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

Blue Willow Memory Foam Contour Toilet Mats

Blue Willow Pagoda Pattern Memory Foam Contour Mat - Blue Willow Memory Foam Contour Toilet Mats
Blue Willow Pagoda Pattern Memory Foam Contour Mat

When I was looking for bath mats, I found these contoured Blue Willow Pattern mats to go around the toilet. They come in two versions of the traditional Blue Willow pattern.

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Blue and White Chinoiserie Memory Foam Mats

Blue and White Chinoiserie and Blue Willow Memory Foam Mats - Blue and White Chinoiserie Memory Foam Mats
Blue and White Chinoiserie and Blue Willow Memory Foam Mats

Bath Mats, Kitchen Mats or Doggie Beds

I was looking for bath mats and found these. They are all very similar, but sold by a lot of different companies. They are very well priced on Amazon, but the descriptions came from other websites.

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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

Capiz Shell Chandeliers, Natural & Fresh

Better Homes & Gardens starts with the article Fresh: Obsessed with Scalloped Edges - Capiz Chandeliers, Natural & Fresh

Better Homes & Gardens starts with the article Fresh: Obsessed with Scalloped Edges

The January issue of Better Homes & Gardens starts with the article Fresh: Obsessed with Scalloped Edges

We’ve seen their swooping symmetry in architecture, furniture, and hemlines for decades, even centuries. What’s new is the way scallop’s structure has been loosened, scaled up, and repeated graphically in a way that’s bolder, curvier, and a bit more carefree.

Better Homes & Gardens, January 2019

The opening photo shows a Capiz Chandelier. I’ve never thought of Capiz as scallops, but it surely is. 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