Nesting on the Porch: Mikasa Song Bird


It’s nesting season on the porch

with temperatures creeping to the 60s

and Spring around the corner!


  Song Bird by Mikasa Gourmet Basics

 sets the mood for nest feathering

and spring dining at the table or porch!


A bird perched on floral twig,

graces the stoneware. . .


And floral stems are blooming

 on the flatware and set the

mood for spring flowers!



I feathered my nest twig by twig with

some bird houses and pillows. . .


 A pair of bird finials flew home to roost

with me recently, enticed by bird seed

that’s readily available :)


We spend 9 months out of the year on the porch~

a comfy spot to bird watch and

enjoy coffee in the morning.

Nesting on the Porch

A found nest with faux eggs

fills a Song Bird bowl,

perched on top of a stack of books.



A cloche protects another found nest

with blown quail eggs.


Napkins and flatware are nesting

in a bird wine bottle caddy.







Nesting on the Porch Details:

*Dinnerware/ Song Bird by Mikasa Gourmet Basics

 *Flatware/ International Home Floral Frost

Placemat, Napkins, Bird Finials /  World Market

Tray & Nesting Pillow / Pottery Barn

Bird Wine Bottle Caddy/ HomeGoods, used here


*Lifetime Brands’ products have been provided free of charge in exchange for promotional consideration.



Hope it’s nesting season

where you are soon!

Nesting on the Porch with Mikasa Song Bird

Thank you for your visit, I’m joining:

 Metamorphosis Monday,

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Wow Us Wednesdays,  Tablescape Thursday

  61 comments for “Nesting on the Porch: Mikasa Song Bird

  1. vicky
    March 3, 2014 at 6:00 am

    Love the china and love the blue and brown theme. You’ve inspired me this morning – thanks so much! I think I’ll go find some of that china and buy a piece or two to set out for Spring! I’m ready for it!

  2. Sandi Lee
    March 3, 2014 at 6:35 am

    Lovely-I love the urn and the color of the pillow that matches the color of the urn.

  3. March 3, 2014 at 6:52 am

    I am inspired to get that dinnerwear . I just love it! My birthday is comming up and I will drop a hint or two!😊 have a great day!

  4. Poussière d' Argence
    March 3, 2014 at 6:54 am

    J’ai adoré, très belle page.
    J’ai l’impression que cette année on va un peu abandonner le rose en décoration au profit du gris bleuté, bleu poudré, bleu fané toujours dans les tons doux.
    Qu’en penses-tu?
    Je te souhaite une belle et douce journée

  5. March 3, 2014 at 6:55 am

    So sweet….Love your potting shed porch!

  6. Jan
    March 3, 2014 at 7:19 am

    Can you tell me where you purchased both the stripe and solid blue pillow please.

    • March 3, 2014 at 7:58 am

      The pillows came from Target several years ago :)

  7. March 3, 2014 at 7:27 am

    Oh my…you are so gifted! I love this setting! Of course, birds are one of my favorite things!! Thanks for sharing!


  8. March 3, 2014 at 7:42 am

    I love stoneware. I guess because it mimics hand thrown/built. Add the bird and I’m in love. Beautiful post. I’m nesting under the afghans with the kitties … the coldest weather of winter today!


  9. paula
    March 3, 2014 at 8:20 am

    I bet you enjoy your peaceful mornings with coffee and watching the birds. The stoneware is very sweet, I’m sure the birds love nesting at your place!
    Did your hubby make the loveseat and table?? since he made your cute shed I thought made that ? :)
    Have a sunny day!

    • March 3, 2014 at 8:28 am

      Hi Paula, The loveseat and table along with our chairs by the lake came from Uwharrie Chair Company, made in NC:

  10. March 3, 2014 at 8:26 am

    I wish I was a little birdie and could fly in there and join you at your pretty porch setting, Mary. I love the rustic look of the dishes and the soft colors and only you could enhance their beauty. xo

  11. March 3, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Love, love, love the color combinations! Where do you have room to store all of your beautiful dishes?

  12. March 3, 2014 at 9:01 am

    The birds are singing beautiful songs and along with the sunshine and warmer temps gives me a spring in my step!

    Wish I could identify the birds that are singing by sound. That won’t happen as many birds have numerous songs.

    Pretty Mikasa pattern and delightful vignette. Have a fun day.

  13. March 3, 2014 at 9:12 am

    The poor birds here are crying ( icicles instead of tears ) it’s freezing – they ( and I ) desperately want Spring to come )
    Your porch is just gorgeous – love love love those plates!!!

  14. March 3, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Love the dishes and as always I am amazed by how you have just the right things to create a cohesive theme. What a collection of accessories you must have!

  15. March 3, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Oh goodness, Mary – another beautiful setting! You did such a wonderful job of showcasing the dishes.

  16. March 3, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Well, first of all the porch setting is stunning!…I have always loved that wonderful settee in which you always style it so beautifully…and then the setting is incredibly enhanced with the gorgeous dishes!…I have been searching for more “bird themed” dinnerware and now I have found them!…So they are on my “shopping list”…Thanks for always giving us such a “happy moment” in our day!!

  17. March 3, 2014 at 10:10 am

    what a perfectly lovely nest you have created for your very own nesting on the porch~I love your trays full of goodies and surprises, your photos are always like hide and seek books to me, if you look hard enough you will be rewarded with so many treats! I love your wine bottle candelabra and your little bird finial watching over everything, and the Nest pillow of course…what a great spot to dream of soon to be summer days~

  18. franki
    March 3, 2014 at 10:32 am

    You did say…spring…didn’t you???? franki

  19. March 3, 2014 at 10:41 am

    LOOOVE these dishes, Mary! The bird theme is beautiful! Your porch is SO inviting, however you style it. Wish I could be there with you. We got more snow last night so I took my bird shots from INSIDE this morning, they are on Facebook right now if you want to come see. Question: where did you get the LONG tray that is underneath the table??? That is awesome!!! Have a beautiful, WARM week. Hopefully we are “flying south” soon. Actually by car but the destination is the same:):)

  20. March 3, 2014 at 10:56 am

    So pretty!!! Love all the cute details, the sweet birds and nests! Happy new week!! xo Holly

  21. March 3, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    You create such a beautiful scene. I love all of it!

  22. March 3, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    The clay bird sitting in the basket on the floor (with napkins and flatware in it) looks similar to some I used to have,,,they came from Guatemala and I found them in Miami. I’ve tried to find them again but no one seems to remember them – not even in the store where I originally bought them!

  23. March 3, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    I am loving this setting!! Love the dinnerware, love the pillows, love the colors, love the use of plaid, paisley and stripes – love everything about it!! Photos are fabulous – will have to pin it so I can look at it over and over again and will probably see another detail each time!!

  24. March 3, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    It’s all making me itchy for Spring, love your wonderful Bluebird shots!

  25. March 3, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    I am so ready for spring. Love the birdhouse and I always love fleu-de-lis. Your porch looks all prepared for the nice spring weather.

  26. March 3, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    How wonderful that you are able to get out and enjoy a bit of sunshine and warmth already!!! We woke up to those nasty record-breaking -6 temps this morning, and it was quite the shock to our systems! We’ll be well below average all week long. SO ready for Spring to get its hips here!!!

    I love the Songbird collection! VERY pretty!!! I am pretty sure I will be tarred and feathered like a bird if I bring one more dish in this house, though, so I am not even going to go to the web site. The temptation will be far too great!!! :-)

    Beautiful porch arrangement, Mary! Enjoy!!!

  27. March 3, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    What a lovely setting you’ve created on your porch! I’m always amazed at how you find linens to match the tableware so perfectly! Love the rustic Songbird pattern!

  28. March 3, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    Great colors. It really does give me hope that spring will come.

    – Alma, The Tablescaper

  29. March 3, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    What a wonderful spot you’ve created to enjoy life!

  30. March 4, 2014 at 12:03 am

    Gorgeous Pictures!!!!! I would love for you to share on my Chic By You Link Party @ Hope to see you there!

  31. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud
    March 4, 2014 at 7:00 am

    I always love your porch posts Mary, it looks like such a relaxing and welcoming spot:@)

  32. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life
    March 4, 2014 at 7:40 am

    Oh my goodness, this is so gorgeous. I could just snuggle up there and watch the birds all day. Fabulous. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  33. Suzi
    March 4, 2014 at 7:52 am

    I just love love birds! On my porch listening to their morning song as I enjoy my oatmeal. You have so many wonderful bird books and this and thats…how cute is that bird wine stopper!

  34. March 4, 2014 at 11:40 am

    another darling presentation, you sure do birds well! and twins again on those feathered features here and there. love the attention to detail, always makes me smile. also enjoy seeing the porch again, i remember when you didn’t have your patio and table, the porch always felt like my second home~

  35. March 5, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    Lovely pairing of linens with those dishes, Mary. I bet your porch is a wonderful spot, such a great view! Hope to see you next Wed. at the 6 th Annual St. Pat’s Blog Crawl! :)

  36. The Quintessential Magpie
    March 6, 2014 at 10:00 am

    Mary, I love all of your layers. I know your background was in marketing/display, but you do it so well. Love the nod to nests.

    Dropping by from Susan’s!



  37. March 6, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Love how you tied in the “nest” pillow with birds, nests and bird books! Ahh I’m jealous that you can get outside like that! I have to put on knee high boots and snow pants just to feed the birds! LOL…. chirp chirp chirp!

  38. March 6, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    I definitely have to do some “re-nesting” on my front porch. It is an embarrassment compared to this lovely spot! You have such a beautiful touch with everything. Your Mac and Cheese looked fabulous too!

  39. March 7, 2014 at 8:28 am

    So beautiful, Mary. I’ve been thinking about getting out to back porch for some springifying. Your post is inspiring me!

  40. March 8, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    Mary, is the basket that you show here the Beachcomber Seagrass Tray from Pottery Barn? I’ve been stalking this and wondering just how sturdy it is. Can you tell me whether you like it or not?

    • March 9, 2014 at 6:13 am

      Hi Pattie, It is, I got on super sale :) They shipped me two, the first one, the handles wouldn’t stand up. I love the size but it does have some give and flex to it.

  41. March 9, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    Oh wow so much to see! Love the jar with the jar and the bird house is so sweet! So fortunate to have this sweet spot!

  42. March 10, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Such a fantastic hang out. I could sit out there for hours. I’m sure you really enjoy it.

    Shannon ~

  43. March 10, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    Very pretty porch. I especially like the way you decorated your bench/seat. Kathy

  44. March 11, 2014 at 7:16 am

    Great job on your porch, beautiful pillows and the color combination is wonderful.

  45. April 9, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    Birds, birds every where, but where is the boat! LOL A patio that represents all of ours dreams.

  46. Liz @ Infuse With Liz
    April 9, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    Stopping by again- I remember this post- cute!!

  47. Ellen
    April 9, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    I wouldn’t mind nesting on your porch. A great collection!

  48. April 9, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    Thanks for linking up to the challenge at Let’s Dish. You were way ahead of time, lol!

  49. April 9, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    My goodness so many things to enjoy and put together so beautifully!

  50. April 9, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    Perfect post to link up for the challenge from Cuisine Kathleen. Wish I could look through all your bird books.

  51. April 10, 2014 at 1:10 am

    Mary, the beauty lakeside never ends! I could linger on this porch, tray in hand, and enjoy every detail again and again. The linens and dishes are perfect together. You are a master shopper!

  52. April 10, 2014 at 6:49 am

    Hi Mary, I love it when you set up your porch for us to visit! This would be a wonderful place to enjoy a cup of tea or a glass of wine surrounded by the birds and the bird “things” like the wine bottle candelabra and the those pretty dishes, and read your bird books. Your blue bird shot is gorgeous. I barely captured my pair in a fuzzy picture but I’ll keep trying. Linda

  53. Bev
    April 10, 2014 at 7:15 am

    Beautiful…love everything on the table. Lovely trays, wonderful dishes.

  54. April 10, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    The Mikasa Songbird sets the perfect tone for lovely times spent on the porch. So much to love here. Thanks for inviting us for a peek. Cherry Kay

  55. April 10, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    So spring-y…love it, Mary. The plates are lovely.
    Have a great week.

  56. April 11, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Love the porch. The bench and table are perfect for coffee on a Spring morning. The plates are pretty and the flatware is perfect with the flower stems on the handles. Lovely!

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