And on top of the sideboard . . . a tureen. A Fitz and Floyd red and white tureen (whose twin lives with Cass at That Old House). I love tureens and have a few others (a white ironstone one, a blue and white Asian one) but the red and white one was by far the classiest and thus deserved the place of honor on the breakfast room sideboard.
But I've yearned for and wanted for a very long time, the Spode Blue Italian one. I coveted it but alas, could not justify just buying it -- just because I wanted it!
And then I had knee surgery -- twice -- in two months. And I felt that I deserved a reward . . . and since I had saved some money during the summer since I didn't meet friends for lunch and didn't go shopping . . . . I was able to splurge and the long yearned for tureen became mine!
The Spode tureen certainly looks better on the sideboard, methinks. It's an impressive piece and, to me, completes the sideboard. It is perfect!!!! And I am so glad that I finally bought my long wanted piece. Seeing it on the sideboard, I'm just sorry that I didn't buy it ages ago -- but it is mine now!!!