Tuesday, November 9, 2010


I've finished polishing the silver,

purging the things I no longer need or use,

and re-organized what's left

into manageable groups that are easier to find and access at a moments notice.

Some things I haven't seen for years like this Martini Spike!

I have yet to use these wonderful Christofle chargers that I scored at a thrift shop last year,

because I forgot where I had stored them!

I'm ashamed to admit that I haven't seen these silver trays shine like this for years!

It feels so good to know that when I need them they are clean, polished and ready for me to set my table.

(I took my silver out of the plastic bags after getting some great advice about the risks of storing it this way.)

I can't wait to set my Thanksgiving Table!

Can you believe that I've been dying for some trophy cups all the while not realizing that I already had these sweet little sterling ones that I bought at a garage sale before my son was even born!

I have been treasure hunting in my own home these past several days.

Being a Virgo, I really do love the process of cleaning and organizing.

I recently found this family of pheasants (or quail, I'm not sure) and thanks to Eddie Ross'  Thanksgiving Table inspiration,  am looking forward to incorporating them into my Thanksgiving Table this year.

My husband bought me this food dome at The Alameda Point for my birthday.

I picked up this silverware chest at a garage sale last Saturday and painted it with leftover paint from my son's room (flax from Restoration Hardware) and added this vintage french enamel number that I found yesterday at Chelsea in Petaluma.

After I finished with the Dining Room,

I moved into the kitchen,

and then the linen closet where I purged about a dozen or so tablecloths that no longer fit our new round table.

Now it's time to clean the house!

Going through this process has really helped to get me excited about decorating for the Holidays...


Nita Stacy said...

Oh...loved seeing all your silver. You are right a good house cleaning is in order before pulling out all the Christmas stuff. I saw those crystal knife rests and it made me think of the ones my Mom has. I'm off to Ebay to see if I can score some of my own.

red ticking said...

may i please hire you? he he
i all looks amazing... and i cant wait to see photos of your table setting!

vignette design said...

Such a lovely post! I love the look of "a place for everything, and everything in its place!" You are also an organizer!? Can you come to my house, please and help me organize my stuff! Girl, you need to do a tablescape! With all that you have to work with, it will be stunning!

Anonymous said...

"How can I tell her?
By her cellar
cleanly shelves and whitened wall.
How can I guess her?
By her dresser
by the back staircase and hall.
And with pleasure
take her measure
By the way she keeps her brooms.
Or the peeping
At the 'keeping'
of her back and unseen rooms.
By her kitchen's air of neatness
And its general completeness,
Where in cleanliness and sweetness
The rose of order blooms."

splendid Market said...

oh, the blessings and the difficulties of being a virgo. Everything looks lovely! Happy Holidays!

Anonymous said...

Loved seeing all your beautiful silver and have been inspired to clean mine! However, I see you've put some silver in plastic bags and must pass along what I recently discovered...you should NEVER store unwrapped silver in plastic bags or wrap and make sure that rubber bands do not come in contact with the silver. Since these are petroleum based products, they break down over time and stain the silver.

Karena said...

Wow I am so impressed and you are already for Thanksgiving. Come and organize for me!!? I love the Cobalt Chargers!

sharon santoni at my french country home said...

Oh boy Terri, I am so impressed! Your closets and drawers look beautiful, and I love what you did with that flat chest and the little number plate.
It's not the first time I hear a Virgo say what pleasure is derived from sorting and purging - we Aquarians would do well to copy you.

It's me said...

What a beautiful silver darling !!!...is it not too early for decorating the house????....lovely day.....warm hugs from me Ria....

Tuuli - Lumo Lifestyle said...

Oh, my husband would die for the vermouth dispenser; it's vintage, it's cocktail related and it's cool!

Kerry said...

Wow Terri, I'm exhausted just reading that. My silver is in desperate need...maybe during the summer holiday...or maybe not! :)

Kathy said...

This is the prettiest post that I have seen in awhile. Thanks for sharing..and the inspiration...K

jeanette from everton terrace said...

Oh my goodness that must have been so much work, all the polishing, I cant' imagine. It was worth it though because.......swoon, it's all gorgeous! I want to come dine at your house, what beauty. Some awesome items and you've inspired me with your silverware chest revamp for sure! The food dome is a lovely present.

Kathysue said...

Terri, I am soooo proud of YOU!! You are inspiring me girl!!! I have not forgotten your offer, crazy around here, I will tell you about it later. Love what you have done and the pieces that you have are amazing. I am so glad you will be using them and enjoying them. I think the blue charges will look amazing for Tday. Can't wait to see what you wind up doing. Love you,Kathysue

Dumbwit Tellher said...

To spend a day in your home would be a thrill. All your treasures are fabulous, honestly. The brass quail I swear my grandmother Moore had a set of when I was young. You my dear and your family are going to have a tremendous Thanksgiving. What time is dinner so I'm not late..hee..he?!

xx Deb

Seawashed said...

Okay I will try this again. I had just wrote you a long comment and then the laptop went out!

Treasure indeed...how exciting to find all these forgotten pieces. I don't own any silver due to the upkeep. Your Thanksgiving table will be gorgeous!!!! Like out of a magazine...can't wait to see it. Your linen closet is a dream. I want baskets to store my linens in. Really yours is so lovely.

AND yes!... we would love to come visit and take a tour of the Cathedral. Maybe in the slow month of January when the busy-ness of the holidays are over. We are going through the RCIA program now...it has been wonderful! My husband is Catholic and even though he graduated from Jesuit H.S he was never confirmed. So he is going through the program with me. It has brought even deeper unity in our marriage. Thank you for the kind invite. I really need to make a trip to the Bay Area...to Alameda and say hello to my 87yr. old Aunt whom I haven't seen in so long. ox~ kerrie

Unknown said...

Good Lord I can not WAIT to see your Thanksgiving Day table!!!!

Nutbird said...

You have inspired me to start looking around my house. I have so many things stuffed here and there. Take the silver out of the plastic bags. I find that if I'm not using something for a while, like my tea service, I wrap it in Saran wrap. Keeps the tarnish down. You should start collecting the pacific silvercloth bags. You can buy the fabric by the yard and can even lay it on top of a drawer full of silver, helps stop the tarnish. I am glad someone is using nice things, I was beginning to think I was the only one left. Just noticed, in your new silverware chest. We have the same silverplate. I bought a few sets of this, this year on ebay. I love it, it is so traditional. Did you read Bunny Williams new book on entertaining? She has a whole closet of pale green china like your lettuce leaf ones. Check it out. Ann

Beach House Living said...

Oh my goodness. I have no where near your silver plate collection well maybe because I'm not sure where it all is either. We don't have that much space.

I see your silver service is the Eternally Yours pattern in the chest you painted. The pattern is a beautiful quality.

The blue chargers are a great in house find so now that you found them be sure to use them often.

Lastly, now that you have polished your silver please visit and do mine. I polish so much of it each week that my own has become a horror show.

Jen said...

Look at all of these pieces... gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!! You always have the best pieces on here. You make a girl jealous!

Oh, and if you have a link to the headboard lady, shoot it over to me, would love to put it under her gorgeous picture! I had no idea!

debra @ 5th and state said...

a virtual treasure trove!
and.......to be so organized, a skill that eludes me. if i showed my drawers and closets, it would be a horror flick.

you have a great great eye.........what do you do with those "purged" items?? :-)
great post!

Blooming Rose Musings said...

I have to agree with Sharon in her statement above...We Aquarians would do well to copy you! I can see we are all begging you to come and organize us!
Great post and your silver collection is exquisite. I can only imagine how beautiful your Thanksgiving table will be. You must take pictures. Hope all is well and I'm looking forward to your next trip down this way. I am going up to Sonoma soon so maybe we can figure out a way to meet up. Many hugs.

Cashon&Co said...

I need a flower frog like the silver one you have for my flowers. I am a silver junkie. but am totally laughing, because I just finished polishing some this morning. seriously, just finished. i want to see your table when it's set!!!!

Anonymous said...

I have the same Holmes and Edwards Silverplate. It was my mother's silver pattern.

Privet and Holly said...

Loved seeing all of
your lovelies, Terri!
I just started collecting
the little silver and
silver-plate cigarette
urns and see that you
have some, too : )
Love your linen closet!
Wish I was so organized.
xx Suzanne