Southern Vintage Table Events – Open House Today at Forest Hall!

Today we are headed to Pittsboro to participate in an open house hosted by Anessa and Nathan Grimes at the Forest Hall in Chatham Mills. Set with our vintage white stoneware, goblets, flatware, and napkins, the tables mesh perfectly in this historic space.

This is not our first experience with this hip venue. We had the pleasure of helping Caroline and Alexander with their brunch reception and loved everything about their design using our vintage wildflower collection and colored goblets. And, yes, the windows are fabulous!

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Photo by Live View Studios
Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental
Photo by Live View Studios

Come by and visit with a great group of vendors from 3-6 pm and see this restored mill space.  Registration is free and we hope you to see you today!


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A New Year Ahead – 2018

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Southern Vintage Table has made much progress this year! At the start of 2017 moving into a studio seemed a faraway dream and yet it became our greatest accomplishment. We have several goals in mind for 2018, but perhaps another unexpected milestone is on the horizon!

Happy new year! Let’s all be ready for the wonderful unforeseen gifts ahead!


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Southern Vintage Table Event – Thanksgiving Tablescapes

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Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Our favorite holiday is coming up – Thanksgiving! This day has always been special for the Bass/Heath/Roberson family because uncles, aunts, grandparents, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends, close and afar, get together to share a traditional Southern Thanksgiving meal. We line the buffet table with favorite dishes, like turkey, dressing, collard greens, deviled eggs, chocolate eclair cake, and, of course, Sandy’s famous mashed potatoes.

The feasting place has changed over the decades though we have settled in the Masonic Lodge in Rolesville. In the past several years, Southern Vintage Table has joyfully set the tables and today we are sharing these tablescapes before next week’s post with this year’s design.


2016 Tablescape
White stoneware plates, colorful napkins and goblets, greenery, pinecones, and pillar candles.

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2015 Tablescape
Blue and white plates, amber goblets, burlap runners, amber bottles filled with florals, and votives.

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2013 Tablescape
Floral stoneware, tumblers in amber, green and blue, placemats on brown butcher paper, pinecones, and florals in mason jars.

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Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC


Come back next Sunday for our 2017 Thanksgiving table design. It will be colorful and fun – this we can promise – and hopefully, a new favorite.

Happy Thanksgiving!


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Vintage Feature – Natural + Colorful + Vintage = Boho

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Left-DHS Photography; Right-Live View Studios

Natural, vibrant, earthy, organic, colorful, artsy, vintage, – all describe the oh-so hip boho look. We’ve embraced this style and want to show you a few things we have that will add a little Boho to your next event!

Macrame is back and in full swing! Popular in the 70s, these knotted creations add a natural, crafty look and our growing collection of macrame bottle vases look perfect filled with flowers.  As our skills improve, we’ll be looking to add more macrame items to our collection!

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Southern Vintage Table

Candles, and lots of them, are essential for the Boho look.  We have an extensive  collection of candle holders, including these ornate, funky ones. The enameled and crystal ones are so chic!  Add a mix of colored tapers to create the look of nature in its full range of colors.

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Vintage colorful biscuit and tea tins are a wonderful addition to the tablescape.  Whether placed simply as an item of interest or filled with flowers, these tins encapsulate the Boho love for florals.

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Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC
Photo by Annie Watts Photography

Nature is a guiding inspiration for the Boho style.  Pinecones, feathers, and shells are just a few decor items that embody a free-spirit look.

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Photo by Ally & Bobby Photography

Thinking natural, colorful, vintage?  Maybe a little Boho decor is just what you need to fit your style.


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Vintage Feature – If You Open A Studio, They Will Come…

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In the movie, Field of Dreams, voices speak to corn farmer Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) that “if you build it, he will come.” Listening to their message, he builds a baseball diamond in the middle of his corn field, trusting that his dream to reconcile with his dead father will come true.

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We may not have heard the voices, but we did believe moving into the studio would mean our clients would come. And they have. This month we have been busy meeting with engaged couples, mothers and brides-to-be, and planners about their upcoming events, showing them our inventory, and offering ideas for their table design. Our dream is being realized and we couldn’t be more excited!

If you are planning a wedding reception, family dinner, baby shower, birthday party, or any special event, we will make a date for you to come, too. As Captain Janeway would say, “Do it!”


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Southern Vintage Table Event – Kelcey & Issac’s Vintage Wedding, Part 2

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Southern Vintage Table Vintage Table Rental NC

They are in!  We’re talking about Kelcey and Issac’s reception table photos from Annie Watts Photography and they are fabulous.  Today we’ll let her photos speak for themselves and they have plenty to say!

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Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Be sure to take a look at Annie’s blog for more photos of this fabulous, vibrant, spring wedding day as well as our first blog post!

Thank you, Kelcey and Isaac, for inviting us to your wedding day.  Best wishes for a beautiful, loving life together!

Venue: Merry Hill Farm Wedding Coordinator: Stacy Newburg of Events by Memory Lane | Photographer: Annie Watts Photography | Assistant Photographer: Colleen Mathias Photography | Videography: Big Dog Little Bed | Florist: Springwell Gardens | Caterer: Catering Works | Cake: Sugar Euphoria | DJ: Big Boy Productions | Band: Integrity Strings | Hair: Dana Page of Biz Mari Hair | MUA: Heather Pratt | Wedding Dress: Stella York from Classic Bride and Formals | Shoes: Jack Rogers | Jewelry: Kendra Scott | Bridesmaids Dresses: Lula Kate and Alfred Sung from Bella Bridesmaids | Tuxedos: Ashworth’s Clothing | Design and Rentals: Greenhouse Picker Sisters | Vintage China and Decor: Southern Vintage Table | Linens: CE Rental | Calligrapher: Annie Timmons | Custom Wooden Signs: Wildflower Words Co.


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Vintage Feature – We’re Back with Lots to Share!

Our July blog hiatus has ended and there’s so much we want share with you! With help from Jami and Priscilla, we’ve made much progress on our studio, inside and out, and we think it looks amazing. So, how did we do with our three July goals?  We invite you to read on!

Goal one was to make a farm table top for the workbench so clients could experiment with different place settings and tablescapes. Instead of the top, though, we now have an actual table, set up in the back, that works even better.

This mother-daughter team came to our studio a few weeks ago and experimented with a variety of different looks. After admiring several possibilities, their lovely reception table plan emerged!  So far we’ve had four clients use this design table to plan their reception tables and several more have appointments to visit us in the next few weeks. Yay!

The next item on our list was to finish and print our brochure.  After my business mentor shared some key editing suggestions, we had a small batch printed.  More editing was done, a reorder placed, and now we are waiting for them to arrive!

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The third and final goal – finish moving our inventory. Whew – we are VERY pleased to declare “DONE!” After three months of steadily packing and unpacking, everything is in the studio and now we’re busily staging and organizing.

Our opening photo and the one below show vignettes in our studio created by Priscilla.  We love them all but the second one down is crazy fun!!  We took the glassware out of the crates, lined the shelves with white lights, and shazam – they sure do sparkle!

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Three goals on our list all checked off!  There’s one more thing we want you to see and it’s the final thing we brought to Studio 238. She happens to be the sassiest, baddest, smartest, wisest, and outright best character EVER created – ta da

Captain Kathryn Janeway of the Starship Voyager!

“Ma’am is acceptable in a crunch but I prefer Captain.”

She’ll be here to greet you and keep us focused on providing the very best service to our clients.  Yes, you can count on us, Captain!


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Vintage Feature – Three Assignments for July

We are taking a blog break during the month of July but that doesn’t mean we won’t be hard at work!  In fact, we have three assignments to have finished before the month’s end and here they are:


1 – Construct a farm table top.

When clients visit our studio, we want them to explore our vintage offerings and be able to set sample table place settings for their guests. We recently added this work table, as seen below, and we’ll be making a wooden farm table slab to place on top. Can’t wait to get the power tools out and start on this assignment!!


2 – Finalize and print our business brochure.

With all of the beautiful photos from the many talented professional photographers, it’s been so delightful to work on this project. We still need to add more text and the photo credits but it’s close – at least this draft.


3 – Finish moving our inventory.

Yep, we’ve got more to pack and move to the studio, including this heavy vintage store shelving unit. Although this is our least favorite assignment, it is the one we can’t wait to finish! 


Check on us in August to see how we did on our assignments.  ‘Till then, wishing ya’ll a fun, carefree July!


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Vintage Feature – Move Update!

It’s almost been 2 months since Amy and I first got the keys to our studio and we are getting so, so close!  The sign is on the window, more shelves filled, inventory shuffled, Amy’s shelves and flower cooler are in, and – the most exciting news for SVT – the commercial dish machine is being installed tomorrow!  Whoop, whoop!


Here’s the day we got the keys….

… and here’s today!



We are working from our new space and meeting with clients as we continue to move in. Please let us know if you’d like to come by and we’ll schedule a time to meet!

The next update will be our last when everything is in place!

PS – Brainstorming with the Yayas is always fruitful.  Thanks for the “Studio 238” combo name – we love it!


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Vintage Tips – Pinterest Tip for Rearranging Pins

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Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC
Here is a screen shot of Southern Vintage Table’s Pinterest Boards

One of the key web tools for sharing inventory of my vintage china and accessories is Pinterest.  I love this site! It’s easy to import, or pin photos, and organize them onto boards.  Plus, the presentation is professional and, with great appreciation, free!

When I first started using Pinterest, I uploaded photos from my website, Southern Vintage Table, and from my computer.  I wasn’t thinking of the order of my uploads because I thought I could later reorganize them on my board.  As I added more photos and looked back at the board, I realized there were large clusters of the same type of photo and I wanted to mix them up a bit.  When I looked up how to do this, I discovered you can’t rearrange pins within a board.

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At the bottom of my board there were five layered vintage china settings in a row. I wanted to move two of them to break up this cluster.

But, I found a semi-solution that helped break up the clusters.  I chose a pin within the clusters and reassigned it to another board.  (Click on the pencil/edit icon in the upper right of the photo. Next to the board field, scroll to find a board to temporarily pin the image.) Then I opened the new board with the moved pin at the top and re-reassigned it, pushing the pin to the top of the original board.  With repinning to another board and then re-repinning to the original board, the end result is a better mix of photos and an overall more attractive board.

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Now there are 3 layered vintage plates together here and at the top of the board.

Using this technique, you change the order of an entire board.  Just start a new empty board and repin your photos from the original board in the order you want them to appear for your viewers. Remember to think backwards with the pin you want to be seen first being the last one you move.

(FYI – Pinterest lets you easily change the order of boards.  Just click on the board and drag it to the new position.  Hopefully, they’ll make it just as easy to move pins!)

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