Liz Seefeldt's blue-and-white place setting was the No. 1 choice after readers recently voted in our latest Reader Challenge – to create a stunning spring/summer place setting. Out of four finalists, her place setting received 54.8 percent of the votes.
After the voting closed, we called and asked her to share some details. Here is what she said:
“Blue-and-white is always classic, so that is why I wanted to do a blue-and-white setting. A lot of the blue-and-white china I own is vintage,” said Seefeldt, who lives in the Town of Tonawanda with her husband and their two teenagers.
“I love mixing. Some of the jars and vases are from HomeGoods, but the china is vintage," she said.
She has collected old china through the years from estate and garage sales and antiques shops on Hertel Avenue.
It may have started when she discovered a box in the basement that belonged to her husband right after they were married.
It was 22 years ago and they weren’t sure of its origins. Perhaps a grandparent? Soon after, she got hooked.
“From that point on I started collecting more of it,” she said.
“I love china – all different styles. I love mixing and matching. Everything doesn’t have to be from the same era and match perfectly. I just love taking vintage pieces and mixing them with new things and creating something timeless, classic and beautiful,” she said.
"The gold trim on the plates and flatware adds a sophisticated and elegant accent to the table setting," she said.
Oh, and the white flowers in the photo? They are fake but look real. They are from Michaels, said Seefeldt, who is not opposed to faux flowers in her home.
"I love all types of flowers – fresh or fake. It doesn't matter. I just love decorating with flowers. They are all over my house," she said.
She recently launched her own small decorating business.
“After 18 years of staying home with my autistic son and my daughter, I decided to start my own little business. I was always decorating for friends and they always said ‘You really should do this,’ ” said Seefeldt, who in 1990 received an associate in occupational studies degree from the interior design program at what was then called Bryant & Stratton Business Institute.
“I never did anything with my degree, but I have always loved decorating. I’ve always loved design. I’ve always had an interest,” said Seefeldt, who calls her business Liz Decor Interior Styling and Accessorizing.
“I don’t do the designing. I just do the decorating. Basically, it’s just helping someone restyle and accessorize their space. It’s not like I’m working with contractors knocking down a wall. I keep it simple and fun,” she said.
And the next reader challenge:
Time to move on to our next Reader Challenge. This week's challenge is outdoor pillows. These popular accessories for outdoor living spaces come in every color under the sun – with patterns and themes to accent any setting. Whether you email us a photo of a single statement pillow on an outdoor sofa, chair, hammock, etc. or a combination of several pillows, we're ready.
Email your photo to firstname.lastname@example.org. We plan to have readers vote on their favorite.
A few details: If we publish the photo online, we would like to include your name. We will not use your address – but we would like to indicate the town, village, city where you live.
There is a deadline: We need the pillow photos by 6 p.m. July 10. And you can expect to see more Reader Challenges in the future.
* Winners of previous Reader Challenges need to wait two months to submit photos again, please.
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