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
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
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.
The Laura Ashley Cassidy Collection has bedding, window valances and a coordinating shower curtain.
The fabric is 100% cotton with romantic roses in shades of blue, white and green printed on a pastel yellow background. Continue reading
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
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
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
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.
Spode, Royal Worcester and Pimpernel make coordinating tableware in the Morris & Co Strawberry Thief pattern. Continue reading
This beautiful bedding has a chinoiserie toile print in cobalt blue and white on a turquoise blue green background.
The Hampstead Toile collection, by the Williamsburg brand, was inspired by an 18th century English fan found in the collections of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. This quilt collection features meticulously illustrated cobalt blue follies and geishas on a refreshing aqua blue foundation. Hampstead Toile reverses to cobalt and starch white columns adorned with tiny flowers and lace patterns. The reverse pattern is also repeated on the euro sham and bed skirt.
Designed by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.
Made and sold by C & F Home. Continue reading