I am truly the first generation in this family to be obsessed with tablescapes. My mother, who loved beautiful things, did not have a passion for china, crystal and silver. I lived in a very small town, until I was eleven and I still remember my next door neighbor's Moss Rose china and stunning sterling coffee and tea service.
When I lived in that town, I was fortunate to have had several older ladies who invited me into their homes often and I was always interested in their dining rooms! I can still describe the chandeliers and tablecloths and how the furniture was arranged. I remembered my grandmother's silverplate, which had been put away after her death.