Dining Room

Lomonosov Russian Blue Net or Cobalt Mesh China
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Lomonosov Russian Blue Net or Cobalt Mesh China

This is the Cobalt Blue Net or Mesh pattern china from Russia. The basic pattern is crossing lines with “bugs” or bows where they cross. They have been made a long time and are available new and used in hundreds of variations. The white porcelain with cobalt blue is accented with solid blue and gold….

Two’s Company Bamboo Touch Melamine Dinnerware from the Chinoiserie Chic Collection
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Two’s Company Bamboo Touch Melamine Dinnerware from the Chinoiserie Chic Collection

The Bamboo Touch Melamine Dinnerware from Two’s Company has faux bamboo in natural colors or cobalt blue. It is part of their Chinoiserie Chic Collection and coordinates with Blue Willow Two’s Company Bamboo Touch Melamine Dinnerware A sculptural bamboo blue rim lends an elevated look to Bamboo Touch Melamine Dinnerware from Two’s Company Chinoiserie Chic…

Blue Sky Clayworks and Heather Goldminc Octopus Ceramics
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Blue Sky Clayworks and Heather Goldminc Octopus Ceramics

Blue Sky Clayworks has teapots, salt and pepper shakers butter dishes and cookie jars. They are made of durable ceramics. They are not just for display. You can really use these. Octopus Teapot This teapot is absolutely wonderful. It is shaped like an octopus with a tentacle as the spout and another for the handle….

Octopus Furniture Trends
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Octopus Furniture Trends

A few years ago octopus images started showing up at the furniture markets. Both Las Vegas and High Point, N.C. had octopi on fabric, furniture, tableware and pillows. This trend shows no sign of going away. Here are some ways to add this look to your home. Octopus Furniture Octopus Furniture is available at all…

Lighting with Vintage Telegraph and Telephone Glass Insulators
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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…

Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Hampstead Chinoiserie Toile Table Linens
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Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Hampstead Chinoiserie Toile Table Linens

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…

Pfaltzgraff Villa Della Luna Blue Stoneware and Melamine Dinnerware
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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…

Coastal Oyster Shell Chandeliers
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Coastal Oyster Shell Chandeliers

This chandelier over a kitchen island caught my eye as I was page turning the latest Southern Living magazine. It’s not in one of the articles. It is in a list of Southern Living Custom Builder Program Members. What is that light over the island made out of? The builder is Osprey Construction Inc. Osprey…

Rose Gold for Any Room and Any Style
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Rose Gold for Any Room and Any Style

Rose gold finish is used on furniture and lighting. Softer than copper, with a warm pinkish cast, rose gold coordinates beautifully with any style from Hollywood Regency to Farmhouse, from Mid Century Modern to Industrial. Modern and Mid Century Modern Rose Gold ELK Group International 3138-266 Jette Chair 17” wide x 19” front to back,…

Faceted Orb Glass Pendants
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Faceted Orb Glass Pendants

The latest issue of Southern Living magazine has an article Farmhouse on the Water. It is written by Valerie Rains with Photographs by Hector Manuel Sanchez and Styling by Elizabeth Demos. I’ve read about photo shoot styling. It looks like that is a real job that real people really have. Anyway, the photo shows a lantern…