Gzhel Russian Style Blue and White Ceramics

Gzhel Porcelain Butter Dish with Lid

Ceramics have been made in the Russian villages southeast of Moscow around the small town of Gzhel since the 14th century. The pieces are beautiful, with a white background and detailed hand-painted patterns. They are usually blue and white, but may be in other colors. Continue reading

Gold and Silver Koi Bath Collections from Vern Yip for SKL HOME by Saturday Knight Ltd.

Vern Yip Blue Shower Curtain with Gold Koi
Shelf holds Gold Koi Vase, Liquid Soap or Lotion Pump and Toothbrush Holder

Vern Yip’s Koi Bath Collections are available in Gold or Silver. Or you could mix the two. The Gold Koi fabric has a rich blue background. The Silver Koi fabric has the metalic fish printed onto white for a more subtle look that would work with any colors or neutrals. Continue reading

Brighten the Night with Cafe Lights and String Lights

Enbrighten Classic LED Café String Lights run to an outdoor fireplace

We just got some Adirondack chairs and a fire pit to enjoy in back of our new house. Nothing as ambitious as this outdoor fireplace, but I want to do something a little more than the chairs on the grass we have now.

This time of year it stays light really late, but when it gets cool enough to really enjoy our fire pit, it’s going to be really dark back by the brook where I want it.

I am figuring out how to add some light that will look good day and night.

We had string lights for the porch of our log cabin. I used to have to replace them nearly every year until I bought Enbrighten cafe lights. They are still there and still working, but I can’t take them. The cabin is a vacation rental now and people use the lights. Continue reading

The Shangri La Oriental Bath Collection from Vern Yip for SKL HOME by Saturday Knight Ltd.

Vern Yip Shangri La Bath Collection

Vern Yip Shangri La Bath Collection

Vern Yip’s new Shangri La Oriental Bath Collection is primarily black and white, so you can use it with any colors or neutrals. The shower curtain has a large scene, like a detailed transferware landscape of a romanticized oriental scene.

The Shangri La Collection – Beauty of the Orient

Shangri La, a fantasy of the Western world, is known as a mystical, harmonious valley in the Kunlun Mountains of China.

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Kate Aspen Event Blue Willow

Kate Aspen Blue Willow Wedding Table Number, Paper Plates and napkin, Blue Willow Teapot Pretty Little Things Trinket Dish and a votive tea light holder in frosted glass with Blue Willow motifs

Kate Aspen Blue Willow Wedding Table Number, Paper Plates and napkin, Blue Willow Teapot Pretty Little Things Trinket Dish and a votive tea light holder in frosted glass with Blue Willow motifs

This beautiful set of elegant disposable dinnerware from Kate Aspen is designed to make entertaining simple and beautiful.

The pattern is called Blue Willow. It is blue on white and perhaps these are willow flowers and leaves, but it isn’t the chinoiserie inspired Blue Willow. The site says it is French country and I can see that. Continue reading

Lighting with Vintage Telegraph and Telephone Glass Insulators

Lighting with Vintage Telegraph and Telephone Glass Insulators

Repurposed old glass insulators are all over Etsy. People turn them into candle holders and book ends. I have about a dozen of them that I put over inexpensive solar lights. They mostly block both the light and the solar panel, but I don’t care.

A number of lighting manufacturers make lighting collections that use reproduction glass insulators or are inspired by them. They range from rustic and farmhouse to modern or industrial. Continue reading

Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Hampstead Chinoiserie Toile Table Linens

Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Hampstead Toile Table Linens with Cobalt blue Chinoiserie print on aqua blue

Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Hampstead Toile Table Linens with Cobalt blue Chinoiserie print on aqua blue

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation operates historic area stores in Colonial Williamsburg, living-history museum in the historic district of Williamsburg, Virginia. The Hampstead Toile collection was inspired by an 18th century English fan found in the Foundation collection. It has chinoiserie scenes of pagodas, willow trees, stylized Chinese ladies and other traditional motifs in cobalt blue on turquoise blue green. Continue reading

Pfaltzgraff Villa Della Luna Blue Stoneware and Melamine Dinnerware

Pfaltzgraff Villa Della Luna Blue Stoneware and Melamine Dinnerware

Pfaltzgraff Villa Della Luna Blue Stoneware and Melamine Dinnerware

We had Pfaltzgraff when I was a kid. The stoneware stood up to us kids doing the dishes. We had a house fire and one of the only things to survive is one of the Pfaltzgraff plates.

Pfaltzgraff now has dinnerware that looks like traditional Italian ceramics, but in durable stoneware and melamine!

Villa della Luna®

Pfaltzgraff has created a beautiful collection of dinnerware, serveware and accessories based on the book “Dancing with the Moon, a Story of Love at the Villa della Luna” by Jana Kolpen and Mary Tiegreen. The centuries-old traditions of Italian ceramics are honored in the colors, designs and craftsmanship of every piece.

www.pfaltzgraff.com/collections/villa-della-luna

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