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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Lady Sings the Blues Part 2

Blue and white is classic decorating at its finest. Many things are trends that come and go, but blue and white has been "in" since the Chinese fully developed it in the 14th century.

 Beautiful groupings can be made from priceless antiques or your local import/export store.

This large planter was a great find at my local antique store. I was about to pay (too much) when I noticed the crack (hairline) on the underside… SCORE!! Half price and the perfect home for my fern. Deals can be made if you’re not too picky.

Speaking of planters, I found this gorgeous (heavy) wrought iron one at a local thrift shop. I painted it white and loaded on the blue and white.

 My plants seem very happy here on this sunny landing.

 I held out on you guys a bit with my “Feeling Cagey” post. Forgive me, but I was saving these beauties for our blue and white feature.

 This little birdie likes his new larger home with all the fancy grille work.

 I just love my cage in the kitchen! It stores all my blue and white china. Cups, saucers, plates, and bowls right on the counter within handy reach. This saves much needed cabinet space, and adds a decorative element.

 Doesn’t he look happy? Home and dry my friend.

 The birdcage isn’t the only grille work holding blue and white treasure.

This scale holds sugar and tea at the ready.

 Anyone for a cuppa?

 This huge cage is the feature in my dining room. I originally wanted to mount it on the wall in the niche, but it was too heavy and hung out too far. So I placed it on this little demilune table I found (for a song) and of course started fussing with it. See the Russian egg tassel?

 Peek inside, pretty porcelain and yummy jewels on the ground floor.

 And the upstairs even has a little chandelier I made and yes, it shines! (Added a little push light to the ceiling. The door handles are jewels and tassels, too.)

 TADA! Here she is in all her finery. I added more blue and white plates and a platter to fill the niche. Oh! Do you spy that bargain planter? See why I had to have it. This is one of my favorite things and I had sooo much fun with it.

We hope you’ve enjoyed hearing us sing the blues. What’s got you blue? Leave us a comment, we love hearing from you!


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Katie @ Wildwood Creek said...

I'm a fan of blue and white and love your collection!

Scrappy Pink Corner said...

I love the blue and white. I had lots of it when I had my own home, but now that I got married have moved away from it. I wish I would have kept some of the pieces. Oh well someone else is now enjoying them. Atleast they went to a good home.
Thanks for sharing. I look forward to seeing all of your decorating. Very inspiring.

At The Picket Fence said...

Oh I just love all of your blue and white and I too have a collection of it that I use around my home! One more reason I feel connected to you gals! :-) You have given me so many more great ideas of how to display mine!

Miss Gracie's House said...

There is something so cheerful about blue and white...and yes, bargains can be had if you are not too picky...most of my stuff is just like that...perfect for me!

Miss Gracie's House said...

p.s. Thanks for the award a bit ago...I am honored! I will *try* to get a post up soon...

Honey at 2805 said...

Very nice blue and white which always looks so fresh and clean.

A Few Pennies said...

Gorgeous photos! I'm loving that blue china; your birdcage vignette is beautiful.

Curtains in My Tree said...

HOney your blues are gorgeous.

YOu have really got the Blues LOl

Love them all nothing prettier to me than blue and white china

Love your huge planter also

I'V got the blue on my blog this week also


Diane said...

You have a beautiful collection of blue and white. I am your newest follower, looking forward to upcoming posts. Diane

Angi Barrs said...

Your bird cages are gorgeous. :)

Temple said...

Love, love, LOVE this blog!



jo said...

Hey guys, thanks for popping by my little blog. I am following you right back, well how could I not? your blog is to die for. I love love love the way you have displayed all your bits n pieces. The birdcage is my favourite and yes I am definately turning green with jealousy.

How on earth do you find the time to atend to all the projects that you do? Painting the large white planter has made it look fab.

I have such a large pile of projects now that this weekend I decided to put them all on the dinning room table and try to get them sorted.

Maybe just one more Op-shop visit first........

Karena said...

So happy to find you!! I love your blue and white series! I have some pieces of blue and white porcelain in every room.


Art by Karena

Come and join my Giveaway of a very special painting!

Savannah Granny said...

Beautiful post and blog. I too, love blue and white. It is indeed timeless. I absolutely love your cages especially the large one and the one holding blues and whites in the kitchen.
I am your newest follower. Please visit me. Ginger :)

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

OMG, what a beautiful collection of blue and white you have. I just love the way you have displayed them too.... especially love the dishes displayed with the bird cage!
Hugs~~~ Daphne

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Oooh...I love all of your blue and white...and lovely ways to display it, too! Thanks for entering my giveaway! Happy weekend!...hugs...Debbie

Sarah Gibbs said...

Such a beautiful collection I just love the classic feel of blue white

Tuesdai Noelle said...

I love welcoming settings! The birdcage is nice:)

Anonymous said...

Wonderful blog Patti! I really enjoyed Lady Sings The Blues (Great title!). You have some amazing pieces and beautifully displayed. Very nice photography too.


Jedbel @ The Pear Tree Cottage said...

I am a blue and white lover too :). I currently have some china in these colors stored away and after reading this post I feel inspired to take it out!

Unknown said...

blue willow has to be one of my all-time favorite china patterns. that blue color compliments anything! you have a beautiful collection. I also wanted to say "merci" for stoping into my studio and for your sweet compliments. made me smile! :)

The Tablescaper said...

Blue and white is my all time favorite. I love the creative use of the cage for storage of the dishes. Simply lovely.

Pat said...

Yours is the most amazing collection of blue and white I have seen. Such a variety of ways to display it. Just so striking. Love the cage and hanging cups the best. Very origional!

Kat said...

Oh boy NOW I gotta find a birdcage for my china! I have a small kitchen, with not a lot of room for my lovely dishes! Mine, my Mom's by GrandMoms etc! LOL I am a dish hoarder! So will be keeping an eye out for an iron one like you have! It turned out just beautiful! WHAT a grand idea! Love it! Hugs Kat =^.^=

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

WOW! I've never seen anyone with such a wonderful blue collection.... I loved the CAGE. How clever.

Warm blessings,

The Tablescaper said...

I just had to come back for a second look. Your collection of blue and white china is only surpassed by your amazing ability to display it. I love your displays. They are so creative an show your collection at it's best.

- The Tablescaper

Debra@CommonGround said...

Hi Patti, what a gorgeous collection of blue and white! the plant stand is a wonderful way to showcase your beautiful vases. Love it all stashed in your birdcages too, so much fun! Thanks so much for linking up with VIF. xo Debra

The Charm of Home said...

Oh my, I am loving your blue & white in the birdcages!! How gorgeous!~ That one in your kitchen is just amazing. Thanks for linking it up!

Nancy's Daily Dish said...

What a beautiful collection! I love your birdcage too. I have a couple in my house as well, including one just like the one on your kitchen counter. Great idea!!!


Julie Marie said...

Hello ladies... I am sitting here with a cup of coffee and just lingering over your older posts... your blog is so beautiful, and informative... I love hearing the history behind all of your tresors... and I love that you both have such an eclectic collection of things you love... both of your homes are just exquisite!... okay then, another cup of coffee and I am back to perusing your posts... wishing you a blissful day, xoxo Julie Marie

Unknown said...

I love you style! Where or where did you get that beautiful bird cage you placed on your kitchen counter top? Lovely display.

treetop45 said...

Oh, I love it too. So many, hard to choose which is the prettiest! Oh, well, no need to pick...I like them ALL.


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