Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Let's Dish ~ Melamine






Just look at this beautiful table setting. 

Would you ever guess that these

  dishes are actually melamine?

Seems melamine is making a come back.




These Italian inspired dishes 

certainly aren't the retro melamine of my youth.




Each of these charming dishes are by Le Cadeaux.  

The Rustica sage green rimmed in red 

truly looks like Italian ceramics.

Layer in a Louis sage salad plate with a

Rustica cream cereal bowl to create  

an amazingly beautiful place setting.




Add some colorful floral napkin rings




With crisp white linens.




Doesn't this look yummy?




The added detail on the 

napkins is a nice touch.




Pretty green stems




Real ceramic fish bowls



Add to the elegance





Each a delicious color from the sea.





Sarah
Sarah

The summer we married, my husband was in graduate school, and I was employed as a teacher. We took a portion of our savings that summer and purchased a sailboat. We christened our Catalina 22, “Hyacinths For The Soul” after Saadi’s poem. Our "Hyacinths" provided years of pleasure.

59 comments:

  1. Gorgeous is the word! Sublime photography!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

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  2. So pretty--really love those fish plates!

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  3. It's hard to see that they are melamine! It's certainly not the melamine of my childhood! I like the colours - wouldn't it be lovely to have a set for dining out on the patio?

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  4. Looks great Sarah, all of the colors work well together! Cute fish bowls and love the pretty borders on the napkins:@)

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  5. Beautiful Sarah! I saw some melamine dishes yesterday with butterflies on that them that at first glance looked like porcelain! Those pastel fish plates & bowls could swim right to my table :)

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  6. Hi Sarah, and no I would never guess that the beautiful dishes are melamine!! Your table setting is so pretty and colorful. I love all your detail.

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  7. Beautiful and I would never guess Melamine! Love the fish dishes also.

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  8. I love those floral napkin rings; thanks for linking to Cowgirl Up.

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  9. How lovely melamine looks these days! Gorgeous style & colour.

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  10. Tres, tres joli,Sarah! I have not visited for a while, but glad I stopped by today. Love this colorful and so tasteful table. You do work wonders with tableware. Melamine, eh? I would love to see these up close. Le Cadeau, you said. Am I the only one here who does not know where to find the store? Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

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  11. Never in a gazillion+ years would I have guessed these plates to be melamine!!!! The manufacturers are really doing a fantastic job with melamine these days. I can remember it being very drab when I was a youngster, and I didn't care for it a bit. Thank goodness someone called in the dish calvary!!! I have lots of melamine patterns in my dish arsenal. The patterns these days are just amazing! The dishes you pictured here are particularly adept at fooling the eye into thinking they are anything BUT melamine!!! I really like the napkin rings, too, because the flowers on them are so full and fluffy. Gorgeous table!

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  12. These are beautiful dishes, Sarah! You have a nice colorful collection here and they go so well together! I never would have guessed from the photos that they are melamine!

    Hope you are having a wonderful week!

    XO,
    Jane

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  13. Sarah, this is such an elegant table. It is hard to believe that the dishes are melamine. So sophisticated! {AND} so practical to take outside. Lovely table, Sarah!

    xo,
    Ricki Jill

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  14. Just beautiful! Such a festive table!

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  15. Hi Sarah, I was just thinking about melamine becoming so popular now! It is totally different than the older pieces. I just bought some this week in Pottery Barn for the deck, and I had to pick them up to be sure they were not pottery. The salesman said they were flying out the door, and I actually wiped out two stores in the color I wanted. Your dishes are absolutely beautiful and do look like Italian pottery. I also like the use of the striped linens. Linda

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  16. Beautiful. I really like the flower napkin rings! Fun table!

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  17. Never would have known that those are melamine dishes! They are so pretty and I just love the bright cheery colors and how well everything looks together.

    Thank You for sharing and have a wonderful night!

    Aledia @ Plum Perfect

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  18. Hi Sarah,
    that is Melamine as I like it. Melamine is sometimes really useful. For picnics or because of the light weight. I have to look for some of those. Thank you for the great pictures and inspiration.
    Best greetings, Johanna

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  19. Hi Sarah, sometimes I am tricked with beautiful dishes being melamine until I lift it off the store shelf. I love the color and summery detail of your table. I actually prefer using melamine at our cottage. It feels right :-)

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  20. I love the colors! Beautiful table, Sarah!!

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  21. And I threw away all of my melamine dishes - lol!! Of course the ones that I was given, when I married never looked like yours! Love the tablecloth - what great colors.

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  22. Exactly what is melamine? Beautiful table. Your sister will be home from SMU next Sunday! Hard to believe year one is almost done. Have a great weekend.

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  23. Wow, you certainly could have fooled me!! Love the colours.
    Suzyq

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  24. It is a gorgeous table Sarah! I agree, it is amazing the stunning designs they are coming out with in Melamine! And have you also noticed all the amazing patterns in paper plates and napkins? So beautiful. Your choice in colors on this table are so soothing and welcoming. Have a wonderful day! Visiting from LD!

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  25. They do look like Italian ceramics, hard to believe they are melamine. I have some that look like vintage dishes. Thanks for sharing, Laura

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  26. I don't know if it was this brand, but I have seen some beautiful melamine pieces at some of the higher end shops which had to be picked up and touched before you tell it was not ceramic. I really like the turquoise mats and yellow flatware!

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  27. Melamine has come a long way, and I do love the new look of it. You've certainly proved what a great table it can make. Have to ask...did you finish the napkins? That is a great touch.

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  28. Hello Sarah,
    I think these are amazingly gorgeous! I love melamine! Paired with the lovely stemware, napkins and floral napkin rings this is a marvelous tablesetting! I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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  29. Hi Sarah,
    This table is the best Spring so far. Love all your treasures and every details. Just beautiful.

    Happy TS,
    /CC

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  30. It really does seem to be the thing these days. I've seen such pretty melamine at both PB and Wms.Sonoma. Love the colors and textures on this table. I especially like those fish dishes - all of them!

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  31. It is beautiful and certainly makes sense for outdoor dining! I have seen some that it is hard to tell! Love the colors, and the napkin rings are so pretty~
    Thanks for linking up to Let's Dish!

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  32. I just love Le Cadeux! This set is fabulous. and you are right, this isn't the melamine we grew up with. YOu set the prettiest table. I love the colors! xo marlis

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  33. Springtime perfect, entertaining inside or out. Lovely Sarah.

    ~Emily
    The French

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  34. Great colors and pretty tablescape. You would never know the dishes were melamine. A far cry from what I grew up with.

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  35. Very colorful tablescape and a beautiful job putting the colors all together. I like how you used different colors of flowers on each napkins.

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  36. Looks like Summer! Love all the colors and flowers.~Cheers Kim

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  37. Oh my, those are just gorgeous! Those colors are just so brilliant together! I can't believe they are Melamine!

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  38. I haven't heard about this Melamine! Just remember the old vintage melamine...that you rarely see any more. Love those fish dishes...the perfect touch!

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  39. The dishes are AMAZING! You are SO RIGHT, they do look real! Yes, I remember the melamine of yesteryear...I never did care for it, BUT your dishes are GORGEOUS...Adding lots of sophistication to your picnics...I am "IN LOVE" with your fishy dishes though! Your whole table is so much fun!
    Have a WONDERFUL FUN SUNDAY!
    Big Hugs,
    Donna

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  40. Hi Sarah! You're so right - these are not the melamine of our mothers! These dishes are so pretty and look like pottery! What a beautiful table you've set. We called this sort of dishes melmac.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  41. Hi Sarah,
    I have a few new melamine pieces and I just love them. Easy to use and look great! Your table is so colorful and pretty...never would have known these were melamine unless you told us! Pretty post!
    Miss Bloomers

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  42. Sarah, I have seen Melamine dishes that you would swear are ceramic until you picked them up. These are beautiful!
    xo, Sherry

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  43. Wow! I would never believe those dishes were melamine, Sarah. They do look like Europeon ceramics. The ones you have are in such pretty colors and designs. They are perfect foe summer entertaining. I also love the napkins.

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  44. I know... Melamine had gotten fancy and very attractive these days. Your table is very colorful and pretty. Nice napkins too.
    Pat

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  45. Hi Sarah! Your table is just delightful! Love the flowers on the napkins touch! Hope you are having a fabulous weekend.

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  46. It's hard to believe that's melamine. Such great vibrant colors. Sarah, it's always wonderful to have you at Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

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  47. Well, I'll tell you what, girl...these melamine dishes are calling my name...
    this is a stunning, summertime table.
    Love the little napkins, too.
    xoxo

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  48. Oh a charming table, the melamine plates are so pretty. Yep, I always look at the most beautiful melamine dishes at a store around here and wish they weren't, they're not cheap either, and they are making a come back. When I was small they were so ugly! Love the napkins too. Thanks for your lovely visit. Enjoy your Sunday.
    FABBY

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  49. Returning again to see your colorful table. Beautiful.

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  50. Love your tablescape. Your dishes are beautiful, and I love the colorful detail on the napkins.

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  51. Yes Melamine has certainly come a long way. I love to find such pretty dishes for our grands.

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  52. So fun - and not easily breakable too!
    xo Cathy

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  53. Hi Sarah!

    I agree... there are lots of pretty Melamine plates on the market lately. So pretty and bright and safe for the patio and poolside!

    Your table setting is very lovely with all those beautiful "flowers" lol. I think those pretty crisp white napkins with the colorful edges really add to the whole table.

    Thanks for sharing at my party (last week) and sorry that I am so late to visit!

    xoxo Bunny Jean

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  54. Sarah, I would never have guessed. They are beautiful! And oh, I do love those napkins too. laurie

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  55. Gorgeous melamine... who would guess?
    The table linens are beautiful. Love the edging on the napkins and the floral napkin rings. Definitely not the old melamine(Melmac).
    Babs

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  56. Sarah,
    Truly intriquing! Hard to believe they aren't the real Italian dinnerware! "Mr. Ed" and my first set of melamine dinnerware was a wedding present...which we took eerywhere during our early Military Service. They didn't break! Nowadays we use enamelware for patio dining...but...I admit, I've been giving melamine another thought! I adored the soft hues. Thanks for this lovely tablescape!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  57. Beautiful! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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