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Blue Willow China – It’s really not hard to find now!

My first Churchill Blue Willow China from the grocery store - Blue Willow China - It's really not hard to find now

My first Churchill Blue Willow China from the grocery store

In the late ‘70s, A&P Grocery Store let you buy a plate, cup and saucer in the Blue Willow Pattern for 99 cents any time you bought $10 worth of groceries.  They were made by Churchill.  I bought eight. The other pieces cost more. I bought some, but mostly mixed in the white dishes I already had. Continue reading

Rules for Cottage Style

Pretty Snug, Southern Living January 2019 - Rules for Cottage Style— My Design42


Pretty Snug, Southern Living January 2019

The January 2019 Issue of Southern Living has an article Pretty Snug in the Home & Garden: Beautiful Spaces — Inside and Out feature.

“10 new rules for cottage style, a small home can have big attitude. Birmingham decorator Fran Keenan certainly proves it.” Continue reading

Signature Style: Creating Beautiful Interiors

Signature Style: Creating Beautiful Interiors from Traditional Home Books

Signature Style: Creating Beautiful Interiors from Traditional Home Books

One of my favorite decorating books is Signature Style: Creating Beautiful Interiors from Traditional Home Books.

The book is about finding your own approach to design. All of the interiors are Traditional, but the eight different designers have very different approaches.

There are a lot of photos, as you would expect. But the designers explain their process. They let you know what to look for in each photo. Continue reading

Reproduction Transferware Porcelain Tea Sets from the Madison Bay Company

Pagoda Blue and White Antique Reproduction Transferware Porcelain Tea Set with Tray from the Madison Bay Company

Pagoda Blue and White Antique Reproduction Transferware Porcelain Tea Set with Tray from the Madison Bay Company

Blue Willow and other Chinese looking patterns are transferware. Transferware was developed in England sometime in the 1750s and became enormously popular. Transfer-printed dishes were affordable.

Cobalt blue, like Blue Willow, was the most popular, but transferware was also available in green, yellow, red, pink, purple, cranberry, brown, black and gray.

The style is timeless. Whether you have a traditional home filled with antiques or a cottage or farmhouse look, transferware touches the right notes. Continue reading

Rattan Bar Stools

This is another choice for the bar that goes with a lot of different styles.

Whether they are made of natural rattan or a synthetic copy, these bar stools mix with so many styles.

Perfect in a beach house, especially with a woven seat in a bright shade of blue. Continue reading