Laura Ashley makes these photo frames in three sizes and three colors. Continue reading
I looked and looked for Blue Willow Melmac for the porch.
Ballard Designs Bamboo Melamine Dishes
Ballard Designs has introduced this Bamboo Melamine Dinnerware that has a Blue Willowish scene in blue on white with a bamboo edge. Continue reading
The romantic floral print of Laura Ashley’s Maybelle Collection is beautiful with Shabby Chic, but this vintage style goes with Cottage, Romantic and Traditional homes.
The Maybelle Collection really only includes bedding. There are no window treatments or throw pillows. I would use them with white. Continue reading
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 I really like. It has white glass and the finish looks like bronze. It has the feel of an orb pendant, but enclosed in glass. Continue reading
This is the Ralph Lauren Marina Large Table Lamp. It is available in small, too. Ralph Lauren Home has quite a few blue and white table lamps. They are decorated with stylized flowers, foo dogs, dragons or other oriental inspired motifs. Continue reading
This week someone pinned a chair that looks like it’s made of glass. There was no link and no name, so I had to look for it. Continue reading
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
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
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
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