When we were robbed a couple of years ago, the thieves took only my jewelry. They (the gendarmes said there were probably three) had absolutely zero interest in our silver.
I mention this only to underscore the sad state of affairs for silver these days. It seems no one really cares about it or maybe it’s simply too cumbersome to haul around when a thief considers the return on investment versus the effort involved.
So, lucky for us, we still have all of our silver and we use our silver flatware every day. I always have other objects scattered about the house — Revere bowls, candelabra, trays, etc.
I think Drea will use the silver one day. The beauty of the Pembury pattern is that its simplicity is perfect for either a casual or a more formal table setting.
Since your comments have been fascinating, I thought I would share with you how I rotate our plates and set an every day table.
Occasionally I’ll use coloured water glasses, but never wine glasses. My-Reason-For-Living-In-France believes that when one has red wine in a glass, one should be able to see it. I imagine most sommeliers would agree.
My collections of cloth napkins and placemats are sort of embarrassing. I only use tablecloths when entertaining. They don’t make sense for the two of us and it’s infinitely easier to iron rectangles.
I can always find something in the garden to put in a silver cup or bowl for the center of the table and in the winter, at least on the weekends, I’ll add candles. Candles everywhere are another one of my obsessions.
In fact, I plan on telling you about one of my latest candle finds. You may have to come to France to buy one, but it would be worth it. . .
Once again, merci mille fois for making this such an interesting conversation. Merci full stop for reading and visiting. xo