Monday, April 4, 2011

English Briar Rose Table

I love pretty dishes and when I'm out bargain shopping I can't resist a great deal.   I'm usually attracted to floral patterns or interesting edges and borders around the plates and
 spotted these lovely English 
luncheon/salad plates in Goodwill.  I paid $3  for 4 plates..I thought they were so pretty and I'd be able to combine them with other dishes in my collection.
I looked up the pattern on the internet and found they were Churchill 'Briar Rose' china from Staffordshire England.

A few months later while shopping with a friend in an antique store in another town I found what seemed to be the rest of the set!  I was delighted as the dealer had it placed in a 50% off room because it was incomplete...and then gave me an additional discount because I was the only one who had been interested.   I must say I almost did a happy dance in the store!  

 In the end I had 5 cups and saucers, 5 dinner plates and four luncheon/salad plates all for
less than $ 25!!

The scalloped edges are so pretty and go nicely with my placemats which also are scalloped.  The colors are echoed and the flowers stamens even match! 
 I love when that happens!

Pink, yellow and lime green just make a soft and sweet color combination for a spring tea table.  The damask tablecloth was my mother-in-law's and is a peachy pink color.  It is a beautiful tablecloth when spread out on a larger table as well.

This teapot was also purchased in the same antique store although it is brand new.  I just love the shape and of course it will coordinate with almost any table setting.  It reminds me of  Mrs. Potts from 'Beauty and the Beast'.   I am using my flower petaled cake stand again for this table since the colors are perfect.   This little stand is definitely one of my favorite pieces in my
collection and was purchased in a
little store in Wimberly, Texas.  

The little egg cups were a bargain find at Tuesday morning several years ago.  I used the little pink rose dishes I bought for $1 at GW as saucers.

The napkins are from my Mom's linen collection and they are monogrammed with my maiden name initial and they also have a scalloped edge.  The napkin rings were another thrift store find and were only $1.  I love the sweet little birds perched on top of the crystal rings.  

The pink floral pitcher was another Goodwill  find and I like using it as a flower vase.

Setting a spring table was a nice reminder of the warm days ahead and roses that will soon be blooming in the garden.  The Oklahoma wind kept me in the house I just played with dishes!

I'm linking with
Marty's Tabletop Tuesdays


  1. Sonia, Your pretty pink table makes me want to rush right over and enjoy an afternoon there with you! I LOVE the dishes on those pretty layered linens. The floral placemat is a very lovely choice to anchor the dishes.
    Don't you love putting anything on a pedestal? Especially a stylish tea pot!
    What a fun visit!

  2. Those dishes were just waiting to come home with you...Your table looks lovely and totally yells spring time...The teapot is totally adorable and the plates below the egg cups are just to precious.

    Have a wonderful week
    Blessings Kelsie

  3. Such a pretty the white teapot.


  4. I agree, that is certainly a Mrs. Potts tea pot. I just adore it. What a lovely item and such fabulous finds. It all feels so pretty and feminine and spring like. It was brilliant to put the tea pot on the cake stand. The adorable legs on the cake stand look like legs and feet.

  5. Hello sweet friend...

    I couldn't sleep so guess what I'm doing??? Hehe...yep, you're right...checking out the blogs! I seen that you posted another tablescape and couldn't get over here fast enough!

    Ohhh friend, you always create the most beautiful tables! Your spring table is simply scrumptious!!! I love the Briar Rose pattern and you got such a great deal on it! I'm just tickled pink for you, Girlfriend! What a beautiful place setting it makes and it looks so pretty with your round floral know that I love those! Ohhh...and your table linens...embroidered napkins...are gorgeous! I love, love, LOVE the little crystal bird napkin rings! I think I need some like that! Hehe! Ohh my...and for just a dollar? Great treasure find!!! Your new teapot is sooo pretty too! Like you...I love the shape of it! Your entire table just sings of spring, sweet friend! Thanks for sharing it with us!!!

    I hope that my note is finding you and your family all doing well!

    Warmest spring wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  6. Hello friend....beautiful setting and I love that adorable teapot! I don't even own a teapot! lol Thanks so much for coming by...hope you have a great week....Picket

  7. Hello Sonya,
    Just love this pattern - I have a few pieces too. I collect china just like you and looking for the very same things! It is such fun to find these treasures! So glad you paid a visit that I might return the call! Lovely to meet you!

  8. Your table is set to perfection! Every bit of it says spring is here!
    I love your new dishes. What a sweet pattern.
    The tea pot too is such a beautiful shape!
    Thank you so much for sharing with us.

  9. Sonia, just left a comment and lost it. :-(
    Your English Rose tablescape is delightful. I'd love to share a meal at this table. I can see why the stand is one of your favorites. Next time your down this way, let me know. I'd meet you in Wimberly. ;-)

  10. Such a great table. The colors are wonderful and your bargains and good luck are amazing.

    Looking forward to having you in Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  11. Hi: I love the table you set today. My favorite item is that tea pot. It is just stunning. Thank you for sharing your treasures with us. Blessings, Martha

  12. Such an adorably sweet, springy looking tablesetting! ...and LOVE that darling teapot on the whimsical stand!


  13. such a pretty table setting! all so eastery! love them all!..

  14. Oh my, this is absolutely stunning. Love the placemats and the dishes. Everything looks so pretty. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  15. Lovely setting...and how special to find the matching pieces! Good on you!
    What a blessing!

  16. Your table is adorable, Sonia. Such sweet and charming colors, so fresh like spring....Christine

  17. Beautiful table!! I've come over from BNOTP and am now your newest follower. So happy to have found your blog!

  18. I adore the birds perched on top of the crystal rings! I would never find anything that sweet in our GW here in NY. You know how to set a lovely table! The colors are wonderful!

    I hope you give the Lenten Rose a try. They are stunning in the garden.

  19. Love your Briar Rose ... I have 12 placesettings with creme soups ... and serving pieces. Got it as grocery store premiums 20 years ago ... and now it is highly collectible! You have used it beautifully ... the placemats look like they were made just for the china! Thanks for sharing and reminding me to get mine out!

  20. This is gorgeous. Hope to see you at My Dream Canvas!

  21. Oh it looks so good! I love the Tea Pot! Everything looks great!

  22. What a gorgeous table. Just perfect for spring with its pretty colors and wonderful egg holders. I love this post. And how marvelous to have those heirloom linens. The napkins are exquisite. And it's lovely to have your MIL's cloth, too. It's very pretty. The whole table just whispers, "Spring!"

    Happy Pink Saturday to you...


    Sheila :-)

  23. How fortunate you found these gorgeous dishes in two places! What luck. You have put it all together nicely. Before I read it, I too thought that that was a Mrs. Pot's tea pot! Love the cakestand too -- so unusual. Joni

  24. A gorgeous setting, love the colors and the beautiful dishes!
    Happy Spring!

    Happy Pink Saturday!


  25. Oh so beautiful i like all of it. Happy PS!

    Mine is here

  26. I've never been to our Goodwill, but seeing this....I'm going to give it a try. Great tablescape! The napkins are a true treasure. Just returned from taking the grandkids and their parents for a week in Disney World. Worn slick...I'll post after the weekend. Thank you for sharing your darling design

  27. This is such a lovely table setting!! The Briar Rose plates coordinate beautifully with your floral placemats!!

  28. Beautiful table and the GW angels are looking out for you! I love the placemates and the napkin rings are precious. Visiting from Pink Saturday. Have a Great Weekend.
    Betty from My Cozy Corner.

  29. I'd have been happy dancing & squealing over those dishes, too. They are awesome! Your table scape is rich, warm, inviting & elegant. What time are you serving? Chuckle!

    Happy April PS ~
    TTFN ~

    FUN GIVEAWAY ends 4/10

  30. Your table is utterly charming, right down to the little egg cups. Every detail is cuter than the last. Thanks for visiting me -- it's fun to make new blogger friends.

  31. What a beautiful table! Your plates look just perfect with your place mats! :)


  32. It's great having you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    I wish I could get my hands on a cake stand like that. It is so unique.

    - The Tablescaper

  33. Hi there,
    I found you through Beverly's Pink Saturday and I just loved perusing your beautiful table! How lovely it is. I love the colors and how it all canme together. I had such a lovely time here I have become your newest follower. I have a very Pink blog and I don't know if my kind of blog will appeal to you but i'd love it if you could find time to stop by...I am Pinkim from TrulySimplyPink Oh, and I love your button and so I grabbed it and added it to my button collection page!

  34. first....I finally clicked to follow you!!! why didn't I do that before???? what is wrong with me!
    second..I love the whole thing...those place mats are gorgeous
    third...I especially noted that tea pot...I have the teapot and cream and sugar and milk pitcher of that set! They are so adorable!
    great post friend...and sorry it took me this long to realize I only had your blog address copied...and hadn't hit the follow!

  35. Great pattern! I love the egg holder. The strawberry dish in your header is fab too!

  36. Sonia.. oh my what a beautiful table setting. You have a great eye to be able to coordinate everything so well.. I have to show my granddaughter your teapot.. Love the linen, placemats, napkins and rings.. everything! Your newest follower. I am an RN also.. funny. Thanks so much for the visit and kind words.

  37. Lovely table setting! i love the teapot, the egg holder is so cute as well as the plates and teacups! gorgeous!!!

    Susan @

  38. Hi Sonia,
    I have just found you and have discovered that we have much in common! I am a Christian and I love to collect dishes! I also have three sons. Love your tablescape! It says Springtime so well and I love your lovely teapot! Everything is so pretty and I would love to join you for tea. I am your newest follower. Would love for you to stop by and say hello. Wishing you a beautiful day.


  39. How pretty! I love your napkins and napkin rings! I also think your teapot looks like Mrs. Potts! :)

    HaPpY pInK sAtUrDaY!

  40. Sonia, this is so pretty. I have that same china pattern (from 2 different estate sales). Mine wasn't as much a bargain as yours, and I've never set a table with it that looked as pretty as this one. I also love that cake stand! And the ruffly edge on the tea pot is just perfect with this ruffled tablescape! Thank you so much for linking this to Favorite Things. laurie

  41. Delightful...just perfectly delightful! I'm head over heels in love with those scalloped placemats & your "new" dishes! Beautiful!!

    Your little teapot DOES look like Mrs. Potts!! Too cute!
    I need at least another hour to poke around your blog. Let me get a refill on my cup of tea & I'll be right back!



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