Erika Preval - Simply Put

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Pop Quiz – Name That Tableware

I recently traveled to Birmingham, Alabama, to cheer on my daughter’s club volleyball team. Before checking into our hotel, she and I decided to stop by a local antique shop – Urban Suburban. While exploring the store, I happened upon the treasure pictured below. Hint: If you’re having a sandwich with crusty bread, it would likely come in handy at your table…

Can you name this nifty tool from the past?



The Crumb Scraper was most often used before dessert was served, to clean crumbs and other food particles from the table. Found largely in the mid-late 1800′s, these tools were sometimes accompanied by small brooms that would also assist in the removal of debris. Crumb scrapers, though still in use, are much smaller in scale and less ornate than those pictured above.

If you’re near Birmingham, I highly recommend a visit to Urban Suburban. Recently voted Best Antique Store 2012 by readers of Birmingham Magazine, the shop has great pricing on many charming items from the past.

Urban Suburban | 5514 Crestwood Boulevard | Birmingham, AL 35212 | 205.592.0777



Pop Quiz – Name That Utensil

I have a bit of a fascination with all things vintage – especially pieces for the table. I’ll share with you as I add to my collection. This is my most recent discovery…

While perusing the many shops offering vintage wares in Downtown Franklin, TN, I noticed a beautifully dressed table that included the gem pictured below. 

Can you name this utensil?


The Belgian Powdered Sugar Shell is actually a reproduction piece with an antique silver plate finish, so it looks and feels vintage. Priced at $29, this ingenious utensil features a sifter perfect for sprinkling powdered sugar onto your morning berries and pastries. While I’d prefer to have an original, the good news is you can own (or gift) one, too! Here’s some information to get you started:

Avec Moi | 418 Main Street | Franklin, TN | 615.791.9121


CAKE Vintage Table & Home – Nashville, TN

CAKE Vintage Table & Home - Nashville, Tennessee

CAKE Vintage Table & Home – Nashville

A few years ago, having no plans set for the upcoming Labor Day weekend, my sister and I decided it would be great to meet halfway for a girls only weekend – Mom and my daughters included. We mapped it out, and decided on a destination: Nashville, Tennessee. The trip was amazing, from our accommodations at Union Station to breakfasts at Pancake Pantry and Loveless Cafe. I left with one regret, though: not being able to visit CAKE Vintage Table & Home.

I had no prior knowledge of CAKE Vintage. By happenstance, while my sister was choosing a cupcake at Gigi’s, I happened to glance across the street and saw their sign. The simplicity of their logo – ovals enclosing a fork and clean fonts, caught my eye. Sadly, they were closed. Though intrigued, I didn’t even peek into their windows to see exactly what was being sold.

Once back in Atlanta, I became extremely knowledgeable of their product line. All of my favorite shops carried CAKE Vintage products. I found their paper items at Anthropologie and Paper Source. Star Provisions used vintage flatware from CAKE Vintage on their display table. Imagine my excitement when a tournament in Franklin, TN, appeared on my daughter’s volleyball schedule. Franklin was only 20 minutes away, so I’d finally be able to explore CAKE Vintage!

CAKE Vintage Interior - Broadway Location

CAKE Vintage Interior – Broadway Location

Housed within the parent company of Hester & Cook Design Group, CAKE Vintage Table & Home (est. 2007) is self-described as an elegant home goods line offers a variety of table linens, vintage sliver-plate flatware, handcrafted light fixtures and other unique kitchen accessories. In short, it’s everything that I love! The store is currently tucked away at 1707  Broadway, a busy street full of both traffic and hotels. The space is an escape from the hustle and bustle just outside its doors. Stepping across the threshold, the intimate surroundings beckon you to slow down a bit and admire reclaimed treasures from the past mixed with whimsical lighting and creative papers.

Kitchen Papers

Kitchen Papers – Beautifully Strung

All of the linens and vintage silverware I’d become familiar with were present, as well as pieces from sister companies KnobStoppers and Kitchen Papers. My daughter and I had such a wonderful time in the store and I even created my very first Vine submission while there. Thank you to the pleasant staff of CAKE Vintage for being such gracious hosts during our time shopping with you.

CAKE - Collections of Vintage Tableware

CAKE Vintage – Vintage Tableware

Though they’ll soon be relocating from their Broadway location, you can find CAKE Vintage products online and in over 2000 retailers throughout the United States. I’m certain they’d make a charming addition to your home.