Rustic and Refined…Ball Jars and Pretty Plates

Pairing rustic items with things that are a little more refined has long been my favorite style of decorating. I love the look of time-worn patinas and natural materials, like weathered wood and casual flower arrangements, combined with something a bit more…I don’t know quite what the word is…elegant, perhaps? It seems like it’s a look that you can dress up or down, where all the elements shine and feel more fresh. In my way of thinking, anyway 🙂
Recently, I was contacted by someone from Mikasa generously offering to send me some of their products to put together a tablesetting. In the past, I’ve never agreed to do any kind of advertising or accept items from companies since they didn’t feel like a natural extension of what I do here on my blog…but this did, so I said, “Yes.”

Working from my thoughts on the rustic and refined combination, I selected these pretty white dishes and the aqua colored ones too. I thought I’d do a mix and match sort of thing. The flower patterned plates perfectly match those vintage Ball jars, don’t you think? That was a happy discovery.

I think I’m going to have to expand my collection of antique flatware…if you can call six spoons a collection. Trying to come up with a way to incorporate those lonely spoons into the mix, I decided to tie a little camomile flower around the handle with a piece of baker’s twine. It’s a fancy meets farm sort of thing.

And since I’ve been on a blueberry frenzy lately, so I thought I might as well use some of those too…blue jars, blue plates, blueberries. Yep, it works. I bought that white ceramic basket that they’re in from Anthropologie recently. I have a smaller one too. They’re so nice for displaying fruits and veggies.

It’s funny the things you notice after you take all your photos and you’re reviewing them on the computer, don’t you think? Apparently, I was too focused on how cute that flower-filled inkwell would look on the plate, that I was blind to those two little flowers poking out like antennae. Oh, well 🙂
Hope you have a great weekend!
I’m sharing my post at:
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French Country Cottage

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You can find Mikasa at Macy’s and Bed, Bath and Beyond stores.
The two patterns shown above are called Antique White and Silk Floral.
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  • Stacy

    Beautiful! I love the new dishes and the daisy and hydrangea combo in mason jars! The photos are gorgeous and overall, it is an outstanding tablescape!

    April 18, 2013 at 2:41 pm Reply
  • Deanna

    It's always a gift to my eyes when I visit you.

    April 18, 2013 at 2:58 pm Reply
  • Val

    Blue makes me happy – in every way.

    April 18, 2013 at 3:25 pm Reply
  • Villa Lieblich


    April 18, 2013 at 3:51 pm Reply
  • Nancy Claeys

    So lovely — I love Mikasa dishes!

    April 18, 2013 at 3:56 pm Reply
  • Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle)

    Those pale blue jars are so beautiful! You have a way with light and colors in your photography.

    April 18, 2013 at 4:02 pm Reply
  • Evgenia Levitskaya

    I love all new plates and your photos

    April 18, 2013 at 4:28 pm Reply
  • Lisa Gordon

    Tricia, these photographs are just beautiful!
    I love those blue Ball jars.
    Happy day to you!

    April 18, 2013 at 4:29 pm Reply
  • Kim @ Savvy Southern Style

    So gorgeous.

    April 18, 2013 at 5:26 pm Reply
  • Evelyn S.

    As I've said before, your photos should be in a book….or a magazine….somewhere "out there"! Just beautiful! You have the most wonderful decorating sense.

    April 18, 2013 at 5:39 pm Reply
  • traci

    beautiful as always tricia. these are perfect images to lift my spirits on this gloomy, rainy day.

    April 18, 2013 at 6:49 pm Reply
  • Tiffany

    Chuckling about your last sentence, just finished taking pictures and I was thinking about what shows up. Anyway, beautiful as always. Cold and rainy here and your pictures did brighten my day.


    April 18, 2013 at 6:52 pm Reply
  • Myplace4tea

    Ohhh how pretty! I love the colors and the simplicity. Perfect Spring tablescape.
    Even those two daisy antennas look perfect 🙂
    Wishing you a lovely Spring day.

    April 18, 2013 at 7:52 pm Reply
  • Priscila Peters

    Hello Tricia!
    Beautiful images. I love looking at your house… I need to ask you, what is the color of your dining room walls?

    April 18, 2013 at 7:56 pm Reply
  • La Vie Quotidienne

    Such pretty soft colors…beautifully arranged and so wonderfully photographed.

    April 18, 2013 at 8:01 pm Reply
  • Faded Charm

    The blue and white is a beautiful combination. Beautiful photos!


    April 18, 2013 at 8:37 pm Reply
  • Pam

    I really like the Silk Floral plates. They match so well with your Ball jars. I didn't even notice the antennas.

    April 18, 2013 at 8:50 pm Reply
  • millefeuilles

    Those humble little daisies perfectly set off the blue and white plates, don't they? I have been hankering after soft blues recently – celadon in particular – and your beautiful pictures have inspired me greatly, thank you.


    April 18, 2013 at 9:06 pm Reply
  • Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest

    That is just gorgeous!

    I love the hues of aqua, such an amazing spring table, fresh and lovely!

    April 18, 2013 at 9:19 pm Reply
  • Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest


    I am your newest follower!

    April 18, 2013 at 9:19 pm Reply
  • Keeping It Cozy

    Tricia, everything you do is simply beautiful. I love your table setting… it's just the perfect combination, especially for springtime. And the Antique White dishes are one of my favorites. 🙂

    April 18, 2013 at 9:23 pm Reply
  • Tereza

    Love these photos, so fresh and springy!

    April 19, 2013 at 12:15 am Reply
  • Violets Are Blue

    Lovely, breath of spring, tablescape! p.s. love the antenna flowers too : ) Patty/BC

    April 19, 2013 at 1:36 am Reply
  • elizabeth

    Oh, so lovely!

    April 19, 2013 at 1:59 am Reply
  • Yvonne @ StoneGable

    What beautiful images! I love the breezy feel of your table!

    April 19, 2013 at 2:19 am Reply
  • Cheryl Goode-MacKinnon

    Beautiful ~ the soft hues just warm the heart…

    April 19, 2013 at 4:55 am Reply
  • Nely

    Hi dear Rosy,
    Beatiful pictures,so,so lovely:)
    Many hugs

    April 19, 2013 at 5:17 am Reply
  • Mari Crea

    Nice pictures
    Happy weekend

    April 19, 2013 at 10:26 am Reply
  • Nook and Cranny

    The table is beautiful!

    April 19, 2013 at 12:16 pm Reply
  • Lara

    Really pretty photos, Tricia! Cream and blue is SO nice together and I love the way you added the tiny daisy flowers. What pretty blue plates, too. I am on a blueberry kick, too ~ I love putting them in a buckwheat pancake mix or just mixing them in Fage Greek yogurt. Have a nice weekend!

    April 19, 2013 at 4:43 pm Reply
  • Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage

    Gorgeous photos! Love the pops of blue! I agree with you…you do need to find some more vintage flatware. 🙂 It has such wonderful patina!

    April 19, 2013 at 5:43 pm Reply
  • Vintage Amethyst

    Wonderfully delicious photos!
    So lovely.

    April 19, 2013 at 5:56 pm Reply
  • Ruth

    Such beautiful pictures as always, these are so pretty and certainly cheer me up!

    April 19, 2013 at 7:40 pm Reply
  • Robin Johnson

    Trica you've outdone your self – AGAIN. Such a pretty tablescape, your talent for arranging and photo taking just blows my mind. I love the blue floral plates. Normally I would have thought the white plates would have caught my attention but putting them together makes me want both! Next they will be asking you so use your photos for a print ads they are just so pretty.

    April 20, 2013 at 5:29 am Reply
  • June

    Tricia, these photos are gorgeous! They have EVERYTHING I ADORE in them. What you have combined here is amazing.

    I laughed about your six spoons because I used to photograph the same two vintage silver forks I had over and over because I love them so much and they were all I had at the time 🙂
    sending hugs…

    April 20, 2013 at 2:49 pm Reply
  • Mimi

    I'm not generally a fan of blue, but your tablescape is so pretty. Thanks for sharing.

    April 20, 2013 at 7:10 pm Reply
  • Madelief

    Hi Tricia,

    I just discovered your blog through Tulla and Catie. How pretty is is!!

    Happy weekend,


    April 20, 2013 at 8:06 pm Reply
  • Rosemary Aubut

    A feast for the eyes!

    April 21, 2013 at 2:14 am Reply
  • Amy Kinser

    Oh girl, you did Mikasa well!!! You have such a way with all that you do.

    Those dishes are just beautiful and how you used them is perfect!

    April 21, 2013 at 3:09 am Reply
  • tinajo

    This is just lovely, you´re a skilled girl! 🙂

    April 21, 2013 at 6:43 am Reply
  • Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces

    Oh Tricia…everything about this is simply beautiful!

    April 22, 2013 at 4:10 am Reply
  • Periwinkle

    Your blog is amazing!!! I have to learn from you!

    April 22, 2013 at 3:18 pm Reply
  • lulusfolie

    gorgeous photos as usual. You have my all time favourite blog! Simple, clean and elegant

    April 22, 2013 at 4:50 pm Reply
  • Craftberry Bush

    love it so much ! xo

    April 22, 2013 at 6:30 pm Reply
  • Marina Delio

    Oh so pretty! Love the light on the table shot!

    April 22, 2013 at 8:07 pm Reply
  • Bente

    So very beautiful. Love the blue jars.

    Yes I told Laurie that my husband had to make me one table like her`s.

    Have a nice week

    April 22, 2013 at 8:51 pm Reply
  • cathy @ ma vie trouvee

    What time does the party start? I'm there! BEAUTIFUL!

    April 22, 2013 at 11:53 pm Reply
  • jacqueline

    Dearest sweet tricia, i am loving this gorgeous set up so much! Everything is so sweet and beautiful! Very inspiring as always! Have a lovely merry happy Tuesday and a wonderful week! Love to you!

    April 23, 2013 at 2:36 am Reply
  • Burlap Luxe

    Thank you Tricia for taking the time to visit and leaving a compliment to how I create. I love your softness of your ethereal pale in pastel. The Tiffany blue or robin blue egg colour plates invite spring and summer in to a table set for brunch and so sweetly romantic 🙂

    I am following you and will be adding you to my bloggers of inspiration list.

    See you soon and all you inspire.

    April 23, 2013 at 3:13 am Reply
  • Deidre

    It is absolutely gorgeous! I love ball jars and I love pairing them with fancy flat wear!

    April 23, 2013 at 3:50 am Reply
  • sandy @ french laundry 132

    antenna's ? LOL you are so funny Tricia dear. But I Love love love the blue ball jars that really complement the pretty Mikasa china so very well! Hey they can contact me anytime! No such luck, I'm sure.

    I received your lovely comment, and those pretty flowers were all here where I live. Just down the road a couple of miles, and actually the whole town looks like this for about a month in the Spring, just so beautiful you can't believe your eyes.

    I want to email you so badly and I will very soon!


    April 23, 2013 at 3:58 am Reply
  • a quiet life

    your pics always inspire calm tranquil peace and enjoyment~

    April 23, 2013 at 4:01 am Reply
  • Barb

    Your Mikasa dishes and flowers and jars and spoons are matches made in heaven. These photos are simply glorious!

    April 23, 2013 at 4:07 am Reply
  • Cindy Garber Iverson

    The pairing is perfect! And the colors in this posts are a breath of fresh air. I think I'll be coming back a few times just to look at your photos. Now I'm tempted to check out Mikasa. I've been looking for dinnerware this color… seriously.

    April 23, 2013 at 7:33 am Reply
  • Lynnie @ Vintage Gal Style

    Hi Tricia,

    It all goes so well together, nice choice of the dishes and of course I love blue ball jars.

    Newest Follower

    April 23, 2013 at 10:44 am Reply
  • Clara {Clover and Violet}


    April 23, 2013 at 12:12 pm Reply
  • Tanya Payzant

    So beautiful, simple, soft, and elegant all together!

    April 23, 2013 at 1:14 pm Reply
  • Barbara

    Mikasa mentioned your post on Facebook so I popped over here. I am now a new follower – love this tablescape.

    April 23, 2013 at 3:49 pm Reply
  • Jemma

    Well, what a tasteful, gorgeous, elegant, nostalgic mix! What a delight
    to the eye!

    April 24, 2013 at 2:43 am Reply
  • CNA Training

    Beautiful pictures and arrangements. Light and innocent look. Very nice.

    April 24, 2013 at 3:43 am Reply
  • Eva (

    Very lovely – and you were right, this fits in beautifully. I hope they let you keep some of it because it looks right at home in your house!

    April 24, 2013 at 3:44 am Reply
  • trishie

    I love this table setting so much! Beautiful styling.

    April 24, 2013 at 6:03 am Reply

    Such an breathtaking color setting! I love these pics so much! Even the little antennae 😉

    April 24, 2013 at 10:20 am Reply
  • Stacey@A Sort Of Fairytale

    The table setting, colors, and photos are so pretty. My favorite thing you did is the bakers twine a d chamomile flower…so sweet!

    April 25, 2013 at 2:16 am Reply
  • Courtney ~ French Country Cottage

    Gorgeous gorgeous sweet friend!! Sharing at the party tonight- thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!!

    April 25, 2013 at 3:15 pm Reply
  • Privet and Holly

    I'd say Mikasa
    found their girl : )

    Beautifully tied together
    and oh-so-you, Tricia!

    Looking forward to
    our own spring flowers
    as I'm certain that you
    are, too!!

    xo Suzanne

    April 26, 2013 at 2:01 am Reply
  • Katherines Corner

    hopping over from Feathered nest to swoon over your beautiful photos xo

    April 26, 2013 at 3:32 am Reply
  • Rosemary Aubut

    Oh you just make my heart sing! Gorgeous combination of items old and new! Well done!!!

    April 26, 2013 at 11:47 am Reply
  • faye

    this is such a really pretty table setting

    April 29, 2013 at 7:22 am Reply
  • gilda

    How wonderful your pictures .. these reflect your beauty and simplicity! A hug

    April 30, 2013 at 8:57 am Reply
  • 20 North Ora

    Tricia – What a beautiful table setting. The dishes are so pretty and look like they were made to go with those blue Mason jars. Those jars are so adaptable to any surrounding.


    May 1, 2013 at 8:12 pm Reply
  • elizabeth

    Thanks for your kind comment on my post about finding God's will and purpose.
    As always, your posts make me happy. So beautiful every time.

    May 2, 2013 at 6:50 pm Reply
  • einfallsReich

    soooooooo beautyful!!!
    all the best

    May 3, 2013 at 7:51 am Reply
  • Dawna Motz

    As always,,,perfect! So pretty!

    May 3, 2013 at 3:58 pm Reply
  • Algodão Tão Doce

    Acabei de conhecer o seu blog e achei maravilhoso. Me visite:
    Siga-me e pegue o meu selinho!!!


    Beijos Marie.

    May 19, 2013 at 9:37 pm Reply
  • Bonnie

    Serene, peaceful, beautiful and happy are emotions I feel when I view your photos. I relax as I scroll and drink in the beauty. I think you must be sweet, gentle and kind.

    May 19, 2013 at 9:37 pm Reply
  • Art and Sand

    I found your blog on Brenda's spotlight post. Your photos are so lovely and your staging is just wonderful. I am still learning about photography so I will be studying your photos for ideas.

    May 20, 2013 at 2:27 am Reply
  • Annesphamily

    I found you through Brenda's page. I would love to have the stunning photos you share here. I am still learning with our Canon Rebel and hope one of these days I can share such beautiful photos too. Thanks for sharing.

    May 20, 2013 at 8:51 pm Reply
  • Between You and Me

    beautiful. absolutely beautiful.

    May 21, 2013 at 11:24 am Reply
  • Daisy Pink Cupcake

    Loving your blog….gorgeous photos! I am your newest follower!
    Also, I just wanted to stop by to let you know of a GIVEAWAY being hosted by Koralee from Bluebird Notes blog to help celebrate the opening of my new Etsy shop: Daisy Pink Wish…….if you have the time please stop by…..we would love to see you enter!

    June 20, 2013 at 2:34 am Reply
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