Sunday, February 28, 2016

Springtime Nuances Abounding


Hello, Friends!  Thank you so, so much for stopping by to visit! I am so very excited that there are signs of spring all around.  The flowers are beginning to sprout. The weather is gorgeous, and the air is breezy and fresh.  If you are still buried under snow, adding fresh or faux flowers or a cheerful vignette is a wonderful way to incorporate a feeling of Spring into your décor.

I've added baskets of springy charm to the front doors.  There's nothing like a pop of pretty pastel color to inspire a cheerful and fresh atmosphere!






Even at dusk, the colors are vibrant!






If  you would like to view the super-easy tutorial for my spring hanging baskets, you may do so on my other blog The Crafting Table here.



Just recently, I finally gave in to purchasing this piece, a glorious Chatham England pitcher and basin after stalking it for a few months at my local antique.  I was thrilled to find it was on sale!  Here are a couple of photos of it in the foyer, you can appreciate its scale, which is quite large.






I adored the beautiful detail of blue and white...


and pretty roses.


A perfect receptacle for a fresh arrangement of fragrant beauties!






A simple vignette that is functional as well is this sweet setting for tea, ready to use any time.


Love these sweet little bunnies and soft, muted blue!




Are there signs of Spring where you are?

From my collection:
Bunny serving tray, spoon rest, creamer, and sugar, TJMaxx/HomeGoods 
Teapot, antique Godinger 
Large pitcher and basin, as mentioned, Chatham England, local antique 



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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Set Your Table With Flair--Simple Romantic Tea for Two

Valentine's Day is for lovers.


A lazy day spent under covers.


A bit of romance,


Ne'er left to happenstance...


Yet it can be uncomplicated too,


A sweet bit to nosh,


either simple or posh,




and a quiet stolen moment for two.







From my collection:
Teapot, Ascot Sheffield 
Creamer and sugar, W. M. Rogers
Ruby Teacups, Local Vintage
White plates, Ralph Lauren Whipstitch Collection
Rose saucers, Generic
Crochet-edge tea towels, Horchow/Neiman Marcus
Cake plate, Ralph Lauren Pavilion 
Silver rose napkin holders, Local thrift 
Table topper, fabric, Morex Enterprises Inc. C. Patt Local Vintage 


If you would like to view all the details of my decadent dark chocolate raspberry lovers' cake, you may do so by visiting the post on my blog Parsimonious Pabulum by clicking here.


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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

A Winter Spruce Up and Growing a Collection of Pretty


Hello, dear bloggy pals and beyond!

Over the winter, I like to downsize, reorganize, and refresh the house for the new year.  There's nothing like starting the year anew with a fresh perspective. 

I am definitely a fan of collecting, but not so much one of overage, so in the month of December, we usually go through everything and try to donate or eliminate as much as possible.  One thing I have an extraordinarily difficult time parting with is my dish collection. 

I have always had an adoration of blue and white...beginning back when I was a teenager.  When my hubby and I began our lives in our first rental together, a tiny yet charming 1900's bungalow, the first dishes I snapped up were blue and white....

Here I am in my twenties, setting a table in blue and white for company while the hubby snapped pics.....

 
 


Not much has changed (OKAY, maybe the petite physique, lol).

A while back, I was on Pinterest and stumbled upon a fabulous pin showcasing the collection of John Rosselli.  If you don't know who John Rosselli is, he is a renowned antiquarian, a man after my own heart, a collector of gorgeous blue and white, and husband to the fabulous Bunny Williams. The two make for a dynamic duo in the area of design with Bunny's attention to detail, and John's ability to seek out the most wonderful pieces from all over the world.

What a fabulous room!  The warm wood, beautiful ceramics, and soft azure is so appealing to me!  To see this and more, you may click here to view the article in House Beautiful Magazine.



An antique Delftware piece from his collection.  Beautiful!  To redirect to his website of treasures, you may click here. Along with sublime, timeless antiques, you will find a plethora of beauty, including fabrics, lighting, wall covering, furniture, and rugs.



In this picture, Mr. Rosselli stands in front of some of his wonderful collection from his New York flagship.  I very much liked the juxtaposition of the beautiful dark wood and the blue and white shown in this photograph, and it is the inspiration for my post today.  To read more about him, you may do so by visiting the article from Elle Décor by clicking here.


For a few years now, I have been growing a small collection of china, and my favorites have always been the blue and white pieces.  Over the holiday, I reorganized all my pretties, so today I would like to share them with you.  While nowhere near the fabulousness of the Rosselli collection, I do hope you enjoy the post!

Some of the first pieces I ever purchased were from Spode's Blue Room Collection.

Spode Blue Room "The Kangaroo Enclosure."


Spode Blue Room "Lucano."



A few pieces from the Gainsborough 250th anniversary by Staffordshire.


Next, I acquired a few of Wedgwood England's beauties.

1956, University of Iowa


Wedgwood Queen's Ware, Huddington Court.  I love this pattern from the Romantic England Collection.


Wedgwood Queen's Ware Willy Lotts Cottage teacup, also from the Romantic England Collection.


My favorite Wedgwood....these sweet little demitasse cups, saucers, and lidded sugar.

 
More recently, a few pieces of Johnson Brothers' Indies Collection,


 
a Johnson Brothers candy dish.

 
My latest find was this adorable Sadler teapot.

 
Being that the blues and whites are my favorite of all, I decided they should hold the first position in the china hutch.  Much better than the mismatched hodgepodge I had before!

 
 
The next shelf is where I keep my whites, which is an eclectic mix of Haviland France, Ralph Lauren, and Godinger.

 
All of my silver save for the largest pieces are organized and nestled snugly on the next shelf.
 
 
The smaller side of the hutch houses my every day fleur-de-lis French blue china from Tai Pan Trading and an Italian jug from Neiman Marcus which coordinates quite nicely.
 

This shelf is mostly for entertaining, and it holds my collection of Glen Plaid and Equestrian barware from Ralph Lauren.


 
Finally, also used for entertaining, is my collection of Ralph Lauren Wentworth Tortoise.  I love this collection for use when the day or evening calls for a masculine touch.

 
On the top of the large cabinet, blue and white jars and a tray....

 
on my other cabinet, antique Pilgrim silver filled with a bit of pretty....



and a ginger jar from Ralph Lauren's Mandarin Blue Collection.

 
I am so happy everything is organized!  Color-coordinating everything makes for easy accessibility, and much better when entertaining. 
 
What is your favorite china?

Until next time......
 
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