Entertaining Essentials

Entertaining season is upon us! Before you know it, you’ll be opening up your home for guests  to celebrate Easter, Mother’s Day, graduations, Father’s Day, baby showers, and wedding showers. Whether your style is formal dining or casual entertaining, Cottage Grove has everything you need to be the host with the most!

Let’s start with dining rooms. Whether you have a separate room in your home or its open to all spaces, this room can occasionally get neglected. Now is the time to finish and complete the decor.

Dining Chairs and Tables

You can never have enough dining chairs. Whether you need a set for your casual family eating space or a formal dining room, having extra chairs is essential to entertaining crowds. It’s common to pull up those extra chairs on the wall next to your china cabinet; or maybe you wish you had chairs so you could do that! Even if you’re not dining, having a few chairs to pull around for showers and casual get togethers make additional seating easy. A bench can offer the same benefits and break up the monotony of chair after chair.

Classic buffalo check with white…and all 4 have arm rests! Offered by  Cottage Grove Vintage Market .

Classic buffalo check with white…and all 4 have arm rests! Offered by Cottage Grove Vintage Market.

Cane back chairs with blue and white fabric from   Cottage Grove Vintage Market  .

Cane back chairs with blue and white fabric from Cottage Grove Vintage Market.

This classic chair can work with all traditional styles.   Cottage Grove Vintage Market

This classic chair can work with all traditional styles. Cottage Grove Vintage Market

A dotted fabric updates this classic indigo bench.   Cottage Grove Vintage Market  .

A dotted fabric updates this classic indigo bench. Cottage Grove Vintage Market.

Mid-century modern vibes from this table and chair combo.   Cottage Grove Vintage Market

Mid-century modern vibes from this table and chair combo. Cottage Grove Vintage Market

Fresh sea salt with crisp green.   Cottage Grove Vintage Market

Fresh sea salt with crisp green. Cottage Grove Vintage Market

A rare find—the modern tulip chair.  Hill & Grey

A rare find—the modern tulip chair. Hill & Grey

And if you’re in the market for a dining table, many of these chairs have the coordinating table available, too.

Furniture Pieces

Break up all the wood tones of matching table and chairs with a pop of this coral buffet.

This china cabinet is the perfect petite size for small spaces. Just enough open shelves to display your beautiful plates and functional storage below.

Moving right along to the accessories. These smaller items add personality to the party!

Extra China and Plates

Use your china! Just because something is labeled “formal,” doesn’t mean you can’t use it! Perhaps, you don’t have enough in a particular pattern. We have an assortment of plates to help you mix and match and coordinate. Why not serve salad or dessert on a different plate? Something fun to add to the mix! Or if you’re casually entertaining, small plates stacked beside a buffet are always helpful!

Having an assortment of small plates is always a good idea—perfect for salad, dessert, biscuits, etc.  Hill & Gray

Having an assortment of small plates is always a good idea—perfect for salad, dessert, biscuits, etc. Hill & Gray

These egg plates are perfect for Easter!   Four Corner Finds

These egg plates are perfect for Easter! Four Corner Finds

Every one needs a set of crisp white plates and the scallop detail and shape make these unique!   Cherry Rumba

Every one needs a set of crisp white plates and the scallop detail and shape make these unique! Cherry Rumba

Hip at Grove   has a plethora of vintage china to set any table style you could want!

Hip at Grove has a plethora of vintage china to set any table style you could want!

Serve beautiful salads in rustic, wooden bowls.   Syd & Lou

Serve beautiful salads in rustic, wooden bowls. Syd & Lou

Gorgeous Glassware

Nothing says amateur like disposable, red, plastic cups. And if you’re hosting your grandmother, please, don’t go the one-time-use route. We’ve got any type of glassware you need! It doesn’t necessarily need to be glamorous, but coordinating glasses take your party to the next level--whether that’s setting a table to match your china or arranging a beverage area for guests to serve themselves.

Set a rainbow of a tablescape with these vintage glasses.   Crazy Daisy Finds

Set a rainbow of a tablescape with these vintage glasses. Crazy Daisy Finds

All that’s missing is the sweet tea and the front porch and we bet you have those covered.    Four Corner Finds

All that’s missing is the sweet tea and the front porch and we bet you have those covered. Four Corner Finds

Hand painted!  King’s Classics

Hand painted! King’s Classics

Pro tip: chill these in the fridge (or freezer on hot summer days) and it’s the perfect way to keep that sangria at optimum temperature.  VBC

Pro tip: chill these in the fridge (or freezer on hot summer days) and it’s the perfect way to keep that sangria at optimum temperature. VBC

These pastel sweetly scream spring!   Vintage Curations

These pastel sweetly scream spring! Vintage Curations

The glamorous way to sip champagne.   Upstated Vintage

The glamorous way to sip champagne. Upstated Vintage

This can create a beautiful blue and white coffee/tea bar.   Upstated Vintage

This can create a beautiful blue and white coffee/tea bar. Upstated Vintage

You can’t go wrong with classic, clear glass and the modern shape adds interest.  Hill & Gray

You can’t go wrong with classic, clear glass and the modern shape adds interest. Hill & Gray

Cobalt blue to go with all the blue and white dinnerware.   Fox Hill Vintage

Cobalt blue to go with all the blue and white dinnerware. Fox Hill Vintage

Flatware and Servingware

How many times have you had friends bring a dish to share and they forgot the servingware? It’s practical to have additional pieces available for such dire times! There’s nothing worse than trying to serve the macaroni and cheese with a basic tablespoon….guests will be grateful for a larger spoon to scoop up a proper helping of everyone’s favorite side dish.

Mother of Pearl handles!   Fox Hill Vintage

Mother of Pearl handles! Fox Hill Vintage

A beautiful way to serve a salad.   Syd & Lou

A beautiful way to serve a salad. Syd & Lou

Bamboo is everywhere and this set is very versatile! It’s perfect for outdoor entertaining and can add a chinoiserie touch to your formal settings.    Cottage Grove Vintage Market

Bamboo is everywhere and this set is very versatile! It’s perfect for outdoor entertaining and can add a chinoiserie touch to your formal settings. Cottage Grove Vintage Market

Centerpieces and Accents

Florals are a beautiful touch for table centerpieces or on a buffet, but let’s think outside the box!

How gorgeous are these large brass candlesticks! They add height and drama, but still able to see around them on the table.   Cottage Grove Vintage Market

How gorgeous are these large brass candlesticks! They add height and drama, but still able to see around them on the table. Cottage Grove Vintage Market

How fun is this green glass candelabra for votives? It could also make a great way to display flowers; or even dessert--how about cupcakes on each pedestal?!    Grey Street Market

How fun is this green glass candelabra for votives? It could also make a great way to display flowers; or even dessert--how about cupcakes on each pedestal?! Grey Street Market

Finishing Touches

Once you’ve got all the necessities taken care of, the finishing touches of napkin rings, coasters, and salt and pepper shakers will make your table fit for entertaining Martha Stewart--a little extra goes a long way!

These bird print coasters make a gorgeous addition to your formal table.  VBC

These bird print coasters make a gorgeous addition to your formal table. VBC

All the spring and summer colors in rose medallion.   Upstated Vintage

All the spring and summer colors in rose medallion. Upstated Vintage

Napkin rings are better than folding a napkin—just a small touch that makes a statement.   Fox Hill Vintage

Napkin rings are better than folding a napkin—just a small touch that makes a statement. Fox Hill Vintage

If you’re hosting a crowd, you’ll be grateful for salt and pepper shakers at either end of the table or on multiple tables.   Upstated Vintage

If you’re hosting a crowd, you’ll be grateful for salt and pepper shakers at either end of the table or on multiple tables. Upstated Vintage

Salt and pepper cellars for individual place settings—your grandmother will be so impressed.   Upstated Vintage

Salt and pepper cellars for individual place settings—your grandmother will be so impressed. Upstated Vintage

Traditional glass and silver coasters pair well with your crystal and silver at home.   Upstated Vintage

Traditional glass and silver coasters pair well with your crystal and silver at home. Upstated Vintage

Are you even a southern host if you don’t own a deviled egg tray?   Cape Cameron Exchange

Are you even a southern host if you don’t own a deviled egg tray? Cape Cameron Exchange

Whether you’re starting from scratch with dining room furniture or need some small items to complete your entertaining aesthetic, Cottage Grove Vintage Market has all the essentials for your hosting demands.

Trend Report from High Point Market

We went; we saw; we conquered! Several team members from Cottage Grove Vintage Market visited High Point Market on Monday scouting the latest trends and upcoming directions of home interiors. These are the top styles seen throughout showrooms and we’re eager to share them with you!

Blue and White

This color scheme has been around for centuries and has definitely experienced a resurgence in recent years. It’s hard to call it a trend when it’s a classic combination, but the blue and white color grouping was everywhere! And in all types of styles! If your brain immediately jumps to chinoiserie when you think blue and white, imagine it in bohemian vibes, modern shapes, touches of brush strokes, and marbled textures.  Blue and white has no limits in home decor.

Take note: blue and white in marble tie dye with a painted frame.

Take note: blue and white in marble tie dye with a painted frame.

Blue and white was on everything…big pieces and accents.

Blue and white was on everything…big pieces and accents.

Natural Textures

Woven styles of rattan, wicker, bamboo, and all types of natural elements are being incorporated in interiors through furniture, lighting, and accessories. Many showrooms displayed it with a contrasting smooth structure, like brass or lacquered furniture. Nearly every brand had some sort of rattan lighting in oversized pendants or chandeliers.  

Notice how the natural wood is capped with a brass accent.

Notice how the natural wood is capped with a brass accent.

Here, the natural caning is paired with a glossy, white chair frame.

Here, the natural caning is paired with a glossy, white chair frame.

Rattan, wicker, natural elements on all types of lighting!

Rattan, wicker, natural elements on all types of lighting!

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Gold and Brass

We’ve been saying for a while that “brass is back,” and from the looks at market, it’s here to stay. The warm metal truly brightens spaces and offers a warm reflection. Lighting fixtures, small furniture, decorative objects and accents--brass isn’t disappearing!

From accents to tables, gilded items were all around.

From accents to tables, gilded items were all around.

Notice how this large piece incorporates many trends: the bright brass, wicker underneath the pattern, and glossy white as a background for the floral motif.

Notice how this large piece incorporates many trends: the bright brass, wicker underneath the pattern, and glossy white as a background for the floral motif.

See how the natural rope is wrapped around the brass frame of this chandelier.

See how the natural rope is wrapped around the brass frame of this chandelier.

The light, washed wood capped with brass ends.

The light, washed wood capped with brass ends.

Big Hardware

Pulls and knobs are a great way to transform a piece of furniture and the styles we saw at market were statement making pieces. Chunky knobs in brass and oversized pulls were on all types of furniture.

Again, lots of gold!

Again, lots of gold!

Take a look at the size of the drawers compared to the samples of hardware on the front—large and in charge!

Take a look at the size of the drawers compared to the samples of hardware on the front—large and in charge!

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Jewel Tones

Deep colors of emerald, raspberry, and sapphire (more tones of blue) were lacquered on furniture and upholstered in luxurious velvet and soft, leather on sofas, ottomans, and wingbacks.

Turquoise velvet piped in deep indigo.

Turquoise velvet piped in deep indigo.

Making a statement with reflective emerald!

Making a statement with reflective emerald!

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Plush leather and velvet in emerald.

Plush leather and velvet in emerald.

Painted Furniture

Continuing with the bold colors, furniture was showcased in all hues, on all types of pieces. This is another area designers are adding blue, jewel tones, and big hardware--combining three trends just in one piece!

Notice the glossy lacquer of the furniture (in multiple colors) that allows the gold and lucite giant pull to standout.

Notice the glossy lacquer of the furniture (in multiple colors) that allows the gold and lucite giant pull to standout.

Combining three trends here: painted furniture, grasscloth, and big hardware.

Combining three trends here: painted furniture, grasscloth, and big hardware.

Marbled, Painted Brush Strokes

Again, in lots of blue and white, marbled techniques and painted strokes are being added on everything from glossy furniture, to canvases and art, to ginger jars and small accessories.

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These Tempaper marbled wallpapers are available in the store!

These Tempaper marbled wallpapers are available in the store!

First, check out the canvas in the back—painted, loose, dripping hues. Then, notice the jars—deep blues with brush strokes of gold with a very large handle.

First, check out the canvas in the back—painted, loose, dripping hues. Then, notice the jars—deep blues with brush strokes of gold with a very large handle.

Blue and white has gone modern on classic shapes.

Blue and white has gone modern on classic shapes.

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Coral

Sherwin Williams declared coral is the 2019 color of the year and it was visible at market. Many showrooms featured slight deviations of the hue, going slightly deeper into oranges and almost red, or into the pink spectrum.

The pink end of the coral spectrum.

The pink end of the coral spectrum.

And the orange end of the coral spectrum.

And the orange end of the coral spectrum.

Stay tuned for an upcoming posts of items in store to bring these trends to your home and come visit— we’ll be glad to help you select on trend, vintage items for your home and personal style!

This Votivo Honeysuckle Prize Pack Could Be Yours!

Can you tell by our past two blog posts we’re excited it’s finally Spring? We’re continuing the theme today with a floral scented giveaway! We’ve partnered with Votivo for one lucky Instagram follower to win a honeysuckle prize pack!

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Honeysuckle is the quintessential southern flowering vine. Even better than seeing those petite flowers climbing over pergolas is the sweet scent of its lightly floral, honey nectar. Votivo captures the lush fragrance in their aromatic candles and reed diffusers. The scent wafting through your home is the perfect combination of fresh and spring.

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The Honeysuckle Prize Pack is valued at $150! To enter, head on over to our Instagram and comment on our post! Be sure you also follow Votivo!

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The winner will be chosen on Saturday, April 6 and contacted via direct message on Instagram. So log on to Instagram to enter the giveaway. And if you’re dying for scents of spring, be sure you check out our other selection of Votivo products in store.