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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  1. You haven't changed a bit pretty girl... looking gorgeous now too!
    I love all the white and blue and the Roselli decorator. I will definitely check on him, looks like my type of décor. I just posted some vignettes in blue and white mostly; if you have time check it out.
    Thanks for sharing this, I love it.

  2. Oh! All your beautiful and organized things are so nicely and neat now. I love how gorgeous your silver looks and of course your glass ware is divine too. Great job my friend.

  3. You have so many beautiful things! I know you love the feeling of having everything so organized~ I have some silver, but rarely use it anymore, my life is much more casual these days. Blue and white is timeless and classic and always looks good

  4. How cute you were and still are!! You're as timeless as your beautiful blue and white collection! I certainly admire all your organizational skills. Everything looks wonderful.
    Also, your trip to Seattle, Solvang (what a cute town!) and Mission Inn looked like such a fun time. How nice to buy a cookbook to remember your trip and then enjoy your tea time.

  5. Oh my, you were a tiny little thing. I bet you still are. What an amazing collection you have. Simply stunning! I have filled my rustic cabinet down stairs with blue and white for winter. My collection is eclectic and has been picked up here and there. Nothing as fabulous as yours! My favorite is my red and white transferware and jadite is my newest passion. :)

    1. Yes, I likely could've used a few pounds; ah, the metabolism of youth! I love jadeite's so pretty, and classic cottage with red and white! So pretty. Thank you for visiting, Jann!

  6. I love your collection of blue and white....I love transferware.
    Thank you for your visit!

    1. Oh, Carolyn, my little bits pale in comparison to yours, you have an outstanding collection. Thank you so much for popping by! :)

  7. Loved this post, PP--my new favorite here! I have been a fan of blue and white china my whole life (I think it's genetic, on my mother's side of the family). You've arranged it all beautifully.

  8. I lost my post anyway as I had said your were very pretty young woman and I lo e Blue and Whirpte as well it was my first love too. Happy Friday and lovely weekend with love Janice

  9. Dear Yavette:
    I love your blue and white. You must see Martha Scott's collection at Lines from Linderhof as she collects blue too! It's fun to see what others collect and how they decorate with it! I am so thrilled you shared!

  10. You and I are alike because I like any blue or white dishes, and have 5 shelves full of them. You have a very nice collection and love any kind of transferware. We're also a like in that I spend winter time to clean and clear out and this year I've done the most and it feel so good!

    1. Wow, you are a true collector of blue and white! I do adore it so, it's my all-time fave. Thank you so much for stopping in! Happy Valentine's Day!

  11. You have a fabulous collection of blue and white! I started out collecting the red/pinks but I also collect the blue as well. I adore transferware! It was lovely to see yours. Thanks for sharing and once again, Happy Valentine's Day!


  12. What a gorgeous collection! Thank you for sharing @Vintage Charm!

  13. a lovely collection displayed beautifully. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. xo

  14. Nice collection of blue and white timeless transferware!

  15. One thing I have long wanted to begin adding to my collection is blue and white pieces. You have a delightful collection!

    If you didn't know, we now have a group board for pinning one photo from each person that joins us at Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop. We would love to have you follow and enjoy the pins too. Here is the direct link:

    Thank you for sharing with us at Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop

    Olivia- Co-hostess
    Reinvented Collection

    1. Thank you, Olivia...I will definitely hop over. :)

    2. Hi sweetie, I just wanted to let you know that I'm going to feature you on my blog for the hop this week. ;-)

      I cannot leave my URL because it reads as SPAM links. Annoying I know. But if you would like to stop by it's Reinvented Collection.

      I really am in love with all of your beautiful pieces of China. You are incredibly knowledgeable of what each piece is too.

      Have a wonderful week, my friend. :-)

  16. I am officially in love with your china cabinet - the cabinet itself and the interior goodies! I really like the Willy Lotts Cottage. I've been collecting Haviland off and on. I don't have entire sets of some (some I do), just sets for two. You have inspired me to start using them again - they're just sitting on the shelves!

  17. What a gorgeous collection! Thank you very much for sharing your post.

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