Gzhel Russian Style Blue and White Ceramics

Gzhel Russian Style Blue and White Ceramics

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. Originally potters worked in their homes. They increased their productivity…

Gold and Silver Koi Bath Collections from Vern Yip for SKL HOME by Saturday Knight Ltd.
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Gold and Silver Koi Bath Collections from Vern Yip for SKL HOME by Saturday Knight Ltd.

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. The Gold Koi & Silver…

The Shangri La Oriental Bath Collection from Vern Yip for SKL HOME by Saturday Knight Ltd.
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The Shangri La Oriental Bath Collection from Vern Yip for SKL HOME by Saturday Knight Ltd.

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…

Laura Ashley Blue and Yellow Cassidy Collection
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Laura Ashley Blue and Yellow Cassidy Collection

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. Laura Ashley Cassidy Comforter Set A sunny buttercup yellow background is the perfect showcase for these romantic blue roses. A…

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…