We seem to be turning the corner from summer to fall. While it is still bloody hot here in Ontario, the days are definitely shortening. It’s dark by 8:30 now as we linger on the porch with a glass of wine or a cup of tea at the end of the evening.

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I’ve turned over the kitchen from summer-themed china to the rich greens and golds of fall. I think I have more green china than any other colour way, as it is a lovely complement for so many other colours. When Tom Hayes at Country Dining Room (now sadly defunct) encouraged me to take these soup plates it wasn’t a very difficult decision. They are the only piece I have in this antique Minton pattern.

A cozy corner of the porch

A cozy corner of the porch

Like a versatile dress, they can be scaled up or down in formality. Here I’ve combined them with peach accented Venetian goblets and tumblers in a “basket pattern” from Elise Abrams Antiques. The plates are Oxford Gold by Royal Doulton from Replacements – a very simple pattern, and perfect for an “underplate”. The linens are from Pottery Barn from a couple of years ago. The rattan placemats are a staple from Pier One.

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Here Tigger awaits his portion of the pasta. After being served, his opinion seemed to be that it was good, but not as good as Tigger’s Pasta, his personal favourite. 

 

 

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