Summer Tablescapes: Using Vintage Finds

Don’t you just love summer? We do! It’s our busiest time of the year, and we’ve got a full schedule of really great estate sales and new treasures arriving at Michael Taylor At Home weekly. Today we thought we’d share with you some fun ideas for setting a summer table using items that are easy to find at our sales or in our retail location. tablesettings3

Vintage mason jars are a staple at our sales–and some older Ball jars are quite collectible! Group several together and fill with water, glass ovals and floating candles for a pretty outdoor accent. Or add lemon slices, rosemary sprigs and a few drops of citronella oil–this looks pretty and is a natural mosquito deterrent.

Vintage books, an old tin, and mason jar vases accent a rustic dining room table...chic and easy!
Vintage books, an old tin, and mason jar vases accent a rustic dining room table…chic and easy!

Old books and vintage tins are inexpensive and easy to find at our sales, and add height and interest to a tablescape. Pick up a small, decorative plant and voila! Here mason jars are used as drinking glasses–one more use for them.


Vintage china is beautiful and a tremendous buy at estate sales–our sales are literally full of china place settings at very affordable prices.  Don’t be intimidated by the fragile look of these pieces! China is meant to be used and enjoyed, and is easy to incorporate into casual dining.  Here we have a basket full of mix-and-match small plates on a dessert buffet. What an easy, fun presentation…not fussy at all!


Here’s a wedding table centerpiece using silver plate (Michael Taylor At Home has a great selection of silver plate serving pieces!), old books, a china coffee pot, etc. Groupings of dissimilar objects can look great together. Don’t be afraid to experiment!


This beautiful table is set with mix-and-match china. It looks like a million bucks, right? Lots of colorful, creative vintage style. Fun fact: we’ve had brides shop with us to find enough mix-and-match china to set tables for weddings of 200+ guests. We just love helping customers bring their events to life…and isn’t it fun to imagine someone’s old china set being used for a fabulous celebration like a wedding? Mixing and matching takes away that “too fancy!” factor…and brings in a lot of old-world charm.

Need help locating pieces like these? Please feel free to ask any of our staff at our sales to help you find items like any you’ve seen here–we’d love to help you with your treasure hunt! Photos of our sales are updated weekly in the estate sale listings tab, found on the home page of this website. Or you can find similar items at Michael Taylor At Home, open 10-5, Thurs. thru Sat., at 478 Allied Dr.

Happy shopping, and we hope to see you soon!

Michael Taylor and Company