As we celebrate Mother’s Day, what a perfect time to take out those special items that make a table beautiful! And what better way to celebrate Mom than bringing out the things she loved.
Blue and white Staffordshire ironstone, always a classic, handed down from my mom. She actually gathered it piece by piece from our local grocery store when I was child. When I see it in antiques stores I think, “sheesh, it’s not that old . . . and neither am I”!
A European grain sack for a table runner is one of my favorite things to use, giving the table a French farmhouse feel and adding a layer of texture.
Sterling flatware. I appreciate the fact that my mother thought of future generations when she purchased this, even down to the detail that the maker is my maiden name. With so many inexpensive options these days, we have lost the art of creating an heirloom to pass down to our children. The modern version of standing stones.
By mixing both high and low together, like the galvanized tin pots with the heirloom sterling silver, it achieves that “casual elegance” aesthetic I find so appealing. A melting pot of styles, so to speak.
Being an avid gardener, I like to bring the outdoors in whenever I can. This time of year local greenhouses are abundant with blooms, and by using bedding plants in arrangements, you can plant them in your yard afterwards. I love that!
The gathering of family objects, like a mother hen gathering her chicks, evokes a sense of security, warmth, and happiness. It truly is the sentiment of the tangible that reminds me of the beauty of the person. She may not be here, but that doesn’t mean I can’t celebrate her, her life, and my love for her.
What special items or traditions are you using to celebrate your mother? Happy Mother’s Day to every mom out there!
Photography by Sherry Chidwick
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