spring tablescape with aqua napkins and vintage dishes

Spring Decorating with Vintage Dishes

Learn how to add cottage style to your spring decorating with vintage dishes and accessories.

spring decorating with vintage plates

Bloggers Best Home Tour

I am so happy to once again be joining in on The Blogger’s Best Home Tour, hosted by my friend, Kelly at The Tattered Pew.

There are 29 beautiful home tours, with 5 or 6 every day this week. Be sure to visit them all for inspiring spring decorating ideas.

If you are coming over from Simply2Moms welcome to Sand Dollar Lane! I love all Anne and AnneMarie’s tips for decorating for spring with neutrals.

If you haven’t been here before, let me take a moment to introduce myself.

My name is Eileen but most people call me Leen. My husband, James and I love to work on DIY projects together and are currently in year 17 of our 5-year house flip, haha!

We live in coastal North Carolina, have four kids, one grandbaby, and are dedicated to living a family-focused, simple lifestyle.

Last year we started searching for a small farm (still looking!) and in the meantime, we are growing and selling flower, veggie, and herb plants, fresh veggies, and flower bouquets here on our little half-acre lot near Topsail Sound.

You can keep up with all our going-ons on Instagram here and here and by signing up for our newsletter below.

In addition to DIY projects, traveling and growing all the things, I enjoy decorating our home with a coastal cottage style.

Today I am sharing tips for decorating with vintage dishes and how I incorporated family heirlooms.

dining area decorated for spring

A Decorating Tribute

Our blogging community recently lost a sweet friend, Paula from Sweet Pea who lost her long battle with cancer.

Paula was very creative, sweet, and talented. She created the prettiest vignettes, mantles, and tablescapes using vintage items. She displayed her family heirlooms and shared their stories often. With Paula in mind, I used a lot of family treasures when decorating this spring.

open shelving with vintage dishware

Vintage Plates on Open Shelving

I love pretty dishware, especially pretty vintage dishware.

The dainty features, pretty flowers, and embellishments make me swoon.

I just can’t get enough of them!

Usually, I keep our open kitchen shelves stocked with every day items like our dinner dishes and canisters of flour, sugar, etc.

In the spirit of honoring Paula and also our parents who have passed away, I replaced the every day items with vintage decorative items and a few family heirlooms.

I actually love seeing them and will definitely have them on display more.

vintage plates on open kitchen shelving

Along with platters and plates, I added a few collectable creamers and my grandfather’s coffee mug filled with faux flowers.

pretty vintage saucer on open kitchen shelving

Most of the china I found at auctions. You can score great pieces really inexpensively. Often, they sell a large lot for one price.

open kitchen shelves with old plates

This beautiful dish was my great grandmother’s.

My aunt occasionally sends me these treasures and always includes little notes about each piece.

The notes are as precious to me as the heirlooms are!

Prussia collectors plate

This cute bunny is a Target find from a couple years ago. Remember him from my spring entryway last year?

I love this rusty pink sap bucket filled with forsythia.

You can see how I used the vintage pink sap bucket on our front porch and in our dining room.

forsythia in old sap bucket with vintage plates

Using Family Heirlooms in Decor

Along with my grandfather’s mug and my great grandmother’s pretty plate, I also have my mother’s Majolica pitcher on display.

I shared the story about this pitcher last spring when I had it filled with olive tree branches in our spring entryway.

This year I filled it with a bouquet of ranunculus, olive tree branches and lady banks rose vines.

I started these ranunculus in November and babied them all winter. I am excited to be able to offer flower bouquets to our customer’s so much earlier this year!

Also on the sideboard, I added a stack of vintage books.

The Learning Italian was my father in law’s school book and has his signature in it from when he was in early high school.

It also has several of his 7 brother’s names in it as well as some funny notes they wrote about each other! Definitely a family treasure!

vintage books with glass jugs

Sideboard and Dining Table

In the center of the sideboard I placed vintage platters and plates in a small basket.

Vintage dishes on display in basket

I added some handpainted eggs to a pretty rose bowl. Only a few because I didn’t want to cover the pretty design.

Above the board and batten are three antique ceiling tiles. I bought these when we first moved here 17 years ago and I still love them. They’ve moved all around the house, I don’t think we have a single room they haven’t been in!

Cottage dining area decorated with vintage plates

To keep things from looking too cluttered, instead of doing a full tablescape I simply added a wooden cutting board topped with a few accessories to the table.

spring tablescape with aqua napkins and vintage dishes

The strawberry salt and pepper shakers were given to me by my aunt also. I can’t remember which relative they belonged to originally, I’ll have to find that note. I think they are so cute!

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope I inspired you to display family heirlooms and vintage dishes.
If you do use special and/or vintage items in your decorating, leave me a comment and let me know how you display them, I would love to know!

Next up on the tour my sweet friend Cindy from DIY Beautify is sharing her pretty spring dining room. You’re going to love it!

Be sure to check out all the posts this week. They are all so good!

Bloggers’ Best Spring Home Tours

Monday’s Tours

Monday's Spring Tours

The Tattered Pew / My Thrift Store Addiction / Bricks n’ Blooms

Shiplap and Shells / Cottage In The Mitten / Cottage On Bunker Hill

Tuesday’s Tours

Spring Tours Tuesday

Midwest Life and Style / Open Doors Open Hearts / Cloches and Lavender

Amy Sadler Designs / Up To Date Interiors

Wednesday’s Tours

Wednesday Spring Tours

Simply2Moms / Sand Dollar Lane / DIY Beautify

The Ponds Farmhouse / Pasha Is Home / Lantern Lane Designs

Thursday’s Tours

Thursday's Spring Tours

StoneGable / My Wee Abode / County Road 407

She Gave It A Go / Aratari At Home / Willow Bloom Home

Friday’s Tours

Friday's Spring Tours

Lora Bloomquist Create and Ponder / White Arrows Home / Follow The Yellow Brick Home

Robyn’s French Nest / tatertots and jello / My Family Thyme

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  1. You had me at vintage dishes:) Thanks for the beautiful tribute to Paula; we are all missing her presence. Yes, when parents are gone, the pieces from their lives become more special. Decorating with vintage dishes is a perfect way to embrace Cottage style. Loved seeing your pretty collection, styled so beautifully. I love that majolica pitcher from your mom; what a treasure. Fun joining you this week; Happy Spring!

  2. Leen, I just love your vintage plate collection! Such treasures. Those strawberry salt and pepper shakers are adorable. My aunt collected salt and pepper shakers and I am lucky enough to have one of her sets. Such a pretty tour!

  3. Leen, what a lovely tribute to Paula, so deeply touching. Thank you for these beautiful ideas in her honor-pinned!
    It is a joy to be on this tour with you, friend.

  4. Leen I love all of your vintage dishes and the color and character they add. So many great ways to display them and they are just perfect for Spring. Thank you for joining me this week!

  5. Oh my word – I am so jealous! Your vintage dishes are stunning and they make me smile from ear to ear. You’ve displayed them beautifully and how awesome to have some from your mom and grandmother. Not sure why no one in my family has anything like that. I do have a quilt from my grandma but that’s it. All the vintage dishes I have I had to buy. Total bummer. Maybe that’s where I got my lack of sentimentality. Anyway, totally love your spring decorating and I’m so glad to be hopping with you this week. Happy spring!

  6. It’s just such a void to not have Paula here with us on this spring tour. I love that you honored her today in your post Leen. She is truly missed. I am so in love with your vintage dishes and the way you have styled them for spring. You have inspired me so much. Happy Spring my friend.

  7. I love your pretty dishes. What a perfect way to celebrate spring. And I miss Paula as well. I came across an old comment of hers the other day and it reminded me of what a wonderfully kind, and encouraging friend she was. A sweet and kind soul taken too soon.

  8. Gosh, I miss Paula too! I was just thinking about her this morning. I love your tribute to her.
    Oh my gosh. those strawberry shakers are adorable…everything looks amazing!

  9. Oh my! You are speaking my love language with all of your lovely vintage dish decor! Your color palette and styling are absolutely gorgeous–pinned! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  10. I miss Paula too and what a wonderful tribute to her. Wow are those vintage dishes totally amazing!!! They are huge scores and really celebrate spring! xoxo

  11. 1. I miss Paula too. And I absolutely love that you did this for her ❤
    2. I need more vintage dishes. I have 2 collections from great-grandmother’s, but that’s it!

    Love touring with you sweet friend! XoXo

    1. Ooh Leen, I loved this post! I love that you honored Paula who had such a way with sharing her family heirlooms And those floral dishes are so gorgeous and perfect for Spring! Great styling ideas! Happy to be touring with you today xx

      1. I miss Paula too. And I’m sorry about your parents.

        Yout vintage dush collection is amazing. I love using family treasures in our home as you have done…


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