Books as table decor

Here’s something else I wouldn’t be able to do with a Kindle: decorate this shabby chic luncheon table. Old books never die. Once the royalty is earned out, they remain quietly on shelves. Eventually they enter public domain, inspire fan fiction (!), and become the darlings of interior decorators. Hostesses too. For if the guests at this table are shy and won’t converse, no problem. Let them read!

But what is up with the antique key?

Actually, the best thing about this too-cluttered luncheon table, hands down, is the location. Flowers. Color. Outside. Ahhhh. Spring is coming, friends. It IS.

🙂 Laura


5 thoughts on “Books as table decor

  1. Gayle Mills

    Oh, my! I just love this! I love the old books and the collection of teapots and pitchers and gravy boats.

    So serendipitous. Just delicious.



  2. Laura Hile Post author

    Gayle, I love dishes and tableware even more than clothes. Ask Susan Kaye; she’s seen my crowded cabinets. I could set a table like this, right down to the antique silverware of my grandma’s–her “second best set,” as Sir Walter would say. Curious about the antique keys, though. I wonder what the hostess had in mind?

    This photo grabbed me and I had to put it up. Gray, dreary skies and drizzle are what we have in the Pacific Northwest from December – February. (Can you imagine 30 days without once seeing the sun? Brutal.) The promise of spring is indeed delicious.


  3. Gayle Mills

    Wow, a soul sister. I have several patterns of Depression Glass that I have been collecting for the past 25 years. My mother was quite the enthusiast. My sister and I also dealt antique pottery and glassware for years. We had booths in several antique malls. I especially like Roseville Pottery (some Hull, too) and even have some collections of pressed glass (Bird & Strawberry is my favorite.)

    I think the key is a quirky substitute for a spoon (an antique stir stick?)

    And you’re right, the photo just helps you remember that winter doesn’t last forever. It doesn’t last forever, right?



    1. Laura Hile Post author

      Soul sister, indeed! Someone who can come to lunch and appreciate my (grandmother’s) collection of gold-colored Heisey glass! It’s beautiful enough to appreciate on its own, but to someone who knows Depression Glass … wow.


  4. Susan Kaye

    I can attest on Laura’s china inventory. She took it out once to wash it all. I was surprised when she got it all back in. I, on the other hand, am good with paper plates and sturdy plastic utensils. I do collect odd, old Blue Willow pieces but those are not so elegant. Anyway, it’s lovely to look at, I’d just be worried about rain.



Why yes, we DO want a piece of your mind. ;-)

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s