Monday, August 2, 2010

Teacups & Roses

I don't grow roses so I never get my fill. And more likely than not when I DO buy them they're going to be white.

White flowers suit my rooms best. And since I have moved inside for this week's tea, WHITE it is!

The beginning of August means a new stack of old magazines to pull out. And I've noticed that the August Victoria covers change to indoor scenes as well.

August covers are my favorite because the photos are always full to bursting with gorgeous stuff!

They often feature fun shops and are full of interesting details to pore over. My teacups this week are in the busy category too.

A Myott pattern called Banff, the flowers have a stylized transferware floral design.

As usual I have a few orphaned plates that I can never pass up because they are gorgeous, and often crazy cheap! I either mix and match for a dinner or use them decoratively as here. This one is Medway by Meakin.

Brown transferware can be mixed almost indiscriminately!

This collection is gathered on a sideboard in a south facing room that gets plenty of afternoon sun, and which houses the majority of my decorating books and magazines.

Twenty years ago I saw a neighbor moving this piece of furniture into storage in their basement and offered to take care of it for them. It seemed a shame to hide it away. Year after year sped by and I moved it with me to my new home thirteen years ago knowing I would have to give it up someday. This year we struck a deal, and the piece is now mine! Is that nutty or what?

But I've heard of many such yours, mine, and ours stories about furniture, and have a few more tales to tell myself!

Hope you're enjoying your week!
Thanks for stopping over! Ciao! for now!


Today I'm joining Table Top Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
A Delightsome Life for the Victoria Party
and Martha's Favorites for Teacup Tuesday


marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my, so beautiful and elegant. I love the roses in the champagne bucket. They look fabulous and the teacup is just gorgeous. Such a lovely setting. I would love to sit there with a cup of tea and enjoy the magazine and smell the flowers. Beautiful. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Brenda@Cozy Little House said...

Your entire home is always full to bursting with pretty things! I need to subscribe to Victoria. I've been meaning to do that for weeks.

Jan LaFollette said...

Love the white roses with the romantic.

Kay said...

Your piece reminds me of that beautiful Empire buffet we had, do you remember it? Steve found a country french one he really wanted so we sold the Empire to our neighbor. Many times, I've wanted it back----maybe someday! Yours is beautiful. Good thing it's now yours officially! I missed a day, and there's three gorgeous posts! All lovely and so summery! I'm lovin' summer, too, but I'm still lovin' being out on my swing.

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

I thought I was the only one who saved old magazines and pulled out the past issues by months! Your roses and all the tables tops are beautiful. And I am happy you were able to keep that gorgeous piece of furniture. Linda

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Truly beautiful girl...I'm so glad you got that awesome pice after 13 years ha ha!! too the silver and white roses...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Wanda Lee said...

Oooh my!~I am truly in 'teatime heaven'!..,I love Victoria magazine and save old issues as well, in fact I have every issue from the beginning, through to and including the new versionas well; you've inspired me to get them out once again!

What a fabulous assemblage of delightfully elegant pictures and fab vignettes of lovely tea themed pictures!~ Beautiful!

Thanks so much for sharing!

I also want to most warmly invite you to partake with and visit our little corner of 'Tuesday And Wednesday Teatime In Blogland'..,

..,(I do apologize sincerely for not being able to visit in awhile whereas I am so exceeedingly busy and tired these days, yet I always love to visit you when I'm able, I assure you)!

Please do feel most welcome to visit our little shared meme that I am delighted to share with my dear friend Pam @ http://breathoffresh

..,and also my little bit @ for our 14th, 'Teapots And Tea Things Tuesday'!..,

~There is also my 42nd, 'Tuesday Tea For Two' blog tea party and the 33rd, 'Wednesday Tea For Me and Thee' to be held @

We would simply love to have you join in the teatime fun!

Have a wonderful week!

Cheers and hugs from Wanda Lee

Martha's Favorites said...

You have the most amazing blog. I always stay and read every line. Love the tea cups, just beautiful. Have a wonderful week. Thank you for being a part of TT it would not be the same without you. Blessings, Martha

Rachel said...

How nice of you to house your neighbors furniture, even nicer to give it a loving home and better yet, they gave it to you!!! Your tea looks delightful!
Thanks for sharing!

Kathy said...

This is just lovely! I did a quick overview of the August Victorias - so much treasure to go through! You have a gift for arranging still life like settings! Just love the teacup and the roses! Everything is marvelous!
Thanks again for joining me!
God Bless,

Bookie said...

Shared furniture story is an original! Love the shades of brown in your dishes..warm and homey....

Bella said...

Ha We almost jinxed each other... I had a silver vase out too, but opted for the blue bottle! Love The cup, at first glance the pattern looks like strong crazing :-) Pretty!!

Gee said...

Your banff teacup is lovely. I like it. Thanks for sharing.

Carolyn said...

I am glad you now own that lovely buffet.
I always enjoy my visits here as I think we enjoy many of the same things-even Jessica Tandy!


Brenda ~ Shabby Cats and Roses said...

Hello, that is a very striking Tea set!! Love the white roses in the silver; very elegant! How wonderful that the Buffet is truly yours :)

Have a lovely "Tea" day!

Warmest, Brenda

Debbie Moore at Slice of Pie Entertaining and Cookbooks said...

Very nice! The china pattern is unique and beautiful

Maria said...

I am also a huge Victoria magazine fan, save all my issues, some from 1989. I love they vignette you created, looks so charming and inviting. Hope you have a lovely day!

Lavender Cottage said...

Love the piece of furniture you ended up with.
Your roses are pretty too.

Snap said...

Beautiful roses and perfect with your *busy* teacups. I love to mix and match. Elegant post! Happy Tea Tuesday!

Anonymous said...

I love the roses in the champagne bucket. Everything looks gorgeous...Kathy

Appleshoe said...

Your teacup and saucer look so pretty with that orphaned plate you found. I love it; elegant and a bit playful. Take care.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

That is such a beautiful set!! I just love the colors and the details of the flowers!!

Truly beautiful!!


parTea lady said...

Your "busy" china is beautiful and an unusual looking design. The white roses really do suit all your lovely things.

After reading your post, I'll have to pull out some old Victoria magazines to enjoy over the weekend.

Wanda Lee said...

Lovely as always!..,I saw these loveliest of teatime pictures last week and nearly swooned with sheer and utter delight then!

Thanks so much for sharing these absolutely beautiful lovelies with us!

Please know that I always love having you visit and partake with our little of corner of blogland as well my dear lady!

It's very soon that time of the week once more for, 'Tuesday And Wednesday Teatime In Blogland'!..,

You are most warmly invited to attend and also to partake with our little teatime delights for my 43rd,'Tuesday Tea for Two' as well as for my 34th, Wednesday Tea For Me And Thee' weekly blog teaparties held @

..,Last but not least in our little 'suite of tea party offerings' is the delightful, 15th, 'Teapot And Tea Things Tuesday' shared blog tea party meme that I share with my dear friend Pam @

~The other 1/2 of the 15th, 'Teapot And Tea Things Tuesday' meme is my other meme, held also @ blog..,

As I am fond of saying; you can never have too many tea parties in blogland!..,

Hope to see you there!

Cheers and hugs from Wanda Lee

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