Friday, May 20, 2016

Country Blues On The Table

Cottage, country, or farmhouse style. The lines are often blurred around our place depending on what you emphasize. But I like too many different things to stick with only one look!

There are some classics that span all tastes, however, and I think that blue transferware china in is that category. 

I don't use a lot of blue generally, so when I was casting around for accents to use with this new set of dishes it became a little experimental. I have bits and pieces of a lot of things, so some of them became part of the arrangement. I love the look of a mix anyway.

Mixed up china used to bother my dear old mother-in-law when we first met. She wanted something more uniform and traditional when she sat at a table and suggested that I use a whole set of something. But it never really suited me.

I have just a couple of these teacups without their saucers, for instance. They have such a cheery pattern for spring.

I have had a set of a white rooster and hen for a long time now, but last week a new clucky girl joined the company and seems to fit right in for a centerpiece. Ideally there would be flowers, and a little more height in the center, but some days just call for the old adage, "start where you are, use what you have, and do what you can."

A bit of ruffle for a napkin finishes things off. The tablecloth is a rustic painter's drop cloth that fits my farmhouse mood.

The wavy base of the twin tureens suggested the ruffled napkins to me. And an old French cutting board sits beneath.

It's time for another weekend! Oh my!

But I hope it's a lovely one for you.

Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts with me!


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

the new blue transferware

Sometimes I feel so lucky when I find a big stash of pretty dishes for a great price. But it really is a numbers game. The more you make the rounds, the more likely you are to get the deals. I even vary the time of day or week that I visit a place. You never know what will turn up. This time it was this beautiful blue Myott English china.

I love all the curves and flourishes.

A number of dings are to be expected with this many pieces, but the far majority of this set was in fine condition.

There were two tureens, and a large platter and vegetable bowl as well.

I adore all the extra detail that old English china often has.

Even a sauce pitcher and tray!

Blue and white is so crisp and cool looking for the warm months ahead!

I found this old ironstone bowl in the same market on the same day. Something tells me that they may have been from the same collector. 

The bowl has a lovely pale blue design on the angular rim.

Sometimes my shots are fuzzy, but this time it's the maker's mark that is out of focus! Pretty anyway.

Time for a little summer farmhouse vibe. . . .

I hope your week is off to a wonderful start!

I'll be off inventing tablescapes in blue!



Saturday, May 14, 2016

Hanging The New Bed Canopy

Late afternoon is prime time for taking photos in this west facing room where the freshly painted bed has been placed.

We have just barely begun to put the room together, but I was eager to try out a few looks and linens on the new bed anyway.

I knew that I wanted the new ruffle canopy in white from Simply Shabby Chic at Target. I had to visit two stores to find it, and it was the last white one in stock where I shopped. But it was worth the trouble!

The newly painted bed looks wonderful in the space even minus a full dressing out.

And the canopy gives such a romantic look to the room. . . .

The sweet floral closet door pulls.

On the same day, I went looking for a tall night stand to accomodate the tall mattress and found a rustic garden style stand that may work for me. A stack of books hides the cord and an odd six inch  pipe protruding from the floor. There is a lot to work around in this old house!

I already had the antique marble lamp, and I like how it relates in style to the metal table.

The rustic top helps keep things more casual.

So much more to do! But I plan to keep things simple.

I'm so glad we decided to paint the bed!

So there you are for a first look! 

I hope you enjoyed having a peek at how the bed turned out.

Have a great weekend whatever you're up to!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


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