Skip to main content

Christmas Color History of Red & Green with a Transferware Tablescape

This is a very traditionally colored Christmas tablescape inspired by reading up on the two colors we correlate with the season. 
It is just inside the front door at the shop.

It's all decked out in layers of red and green transferware

 I used several different patterns alternating between red and green plates.
This green dinner plate by Spode is the bottom layer.
Next comes Johnson Brothers Chippendale in a square shaped plate.
Teacup saucers in green by Wood and Sons in a fruit & flower motif' were added
 and then topped with red teacups.

 These cute bubble glasses are from Walmart.  They're quite heavy and very inexpensive...about $10 for a set of 16 if I remember correctly.  I think they still sell them.   I think they're charming and have an old fashioned look.

 I get more compliments on this flatware.  Every time someone is in the shop they usually pick it up and admire it.

 Do you like my napkin rings?  These are actually little gift boxes that did  hold two chocolates in each oneThese had been placed on a table at my nephews wedding.  Trevor obviously got more than their fair share of chocolate, along with his cousin Garrett.   I wondered why the party planners kept restocking that table!   The green bows were already tied on the boxes so I simply slipped my napkins through the ribbon on the back of each box.

Yes, this little tree is decorated with transferware demitasse cups.    In yesterdays post I showed the larger, red teacup tree at my house.
These smaller cups better fit the proportion of the table top tree.  Each cup holds a either a green or red candy cane floating candle.
Inexpensive glittery green Poinsettia and red ball ornaments were also hung on the tree along with green ribbon and silver beaded garland.  Last, a few generous helpings of faux snow were sprinkled all over the tree and table.

Next to each place setting a green candy cane candle rests on a red transferware butter pat.  I couldn't find the lighter to light them...shucks!
 I really like the feel of this table...festive and fun with a little whimsy.  Shawn wants to have our Christmas table in these colors. 

Green and Red
The Colors of Christmas
  We are all so seasoned (no pun intended) to think automatically of Christmas when we see a red and green color combination. 
The red and green colors we see at Christmas time are so deeply woven into our society that the majority of us don't ever wonder about its origin.

The color green is a natural representation of eternal life, specifically the evergreen tree which survives through the winter season. For Christians, green represents the eternal life of Jesus Christ. The color red symbolizes Christ’s blood which was shed during his crucifixion.

Back in the 14th Century, churches presented Miracle Plays which were religious plays used to educate the illiterate public. Each December 24, the church presented The Paradise Play, the story of Adam and Eve and of the Garden of Eden.  Since apple trees were not available in winter, apples were fastened to the branches of a pine tree. Using a pine to represent the Tree of Good and Evil became a common practice among churches and they began incorporating the tree into their Christmas displays each year. Following the church’s example, people began assembling pine trees in their homes and decorating them with red apples. This act introduced two modern traditions: the Christmas tree and our seasonal colors, green for the pine tree and red for the apples.
 I'm joining:

A Stroll Thru Life
Between Naps On The Porch
Shabby Chic Cottage
Three or More Tuesday 
Second Time Around Tuesday
Thriftyville Thursday 
Vintage Thingy Thursday
My Cottage Charm 
Pink Saturday

Publish Post


  1. I am in awe of your beautiful presentation & decor, Nancy. So love the way you came up with such wonderful touches rather than traditional ...

    Have a lovely winter's day ~
    TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

  2. Stunning. Love the red and green and the tree with the cups is amazing. Gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

  3. Very festive! And it's snowing on your blog!!!

  4. Everything is so very beautiful and I love how you used your imagination more than money to create such a lovely setting.

  5. I just love transferware!! Why didn't I think of putting teacups on my tree in the kitchen before? Thanks for the idea!

  6. Lovely setting and what a creative way o trim the tree!!!

  7. Oh, what a beautiful festive table. Happy VTT!

  8. Festive table, Nancy. Love the idea of using the demi cups on the little tree. Happy Holidays! ~ Sarah

  9. Hey Nancy! First, thanks for linking up your lovely tablescape to Treasures and's always so fun to see what you're up to! :) Second...I enjoyed yours snow! lol
    I too have some of the Johnson Bros plates, only mine aren't square....I would love to find some square ones though..they are just so pretty!
    Every time I think of red and green at Christmas, I think of green for a tree..but I think of the cross/tree Jesus was crucified on and the red is the blood He shed on the cross for all of us. I had never heard of the plays before...that was very interesting.
    Hope you have a VERY Merry Christmas my friend

  10. I'll have to invite my dad to dinner at this red and green table. He is a true traditionalist and would love this! He has no use for my pink at Christmas!! Lovely details as always, I am fond of the teacups in the tree.

  11. I love everything about this, but that should be no surprise!! I love the square charger, and I think I will try that with a round plate. LOVE the Johnson Bros plates. I had looked at them on ebay last year. Love all the plates, and the whole table is just gorgeous!!

  12. What a fun table!!! Love all the small details.

    Merry Christmas!


    ps- here from the linky party #150!

  13. Nancy...another wonderful table! So festive in red and green! I love the idea for the napkin rings...filing that idea away for another day!

    CHRISTmas Blessings!

  14. Nancy, people must feel that they've entered a wonderland when they go inside your shop. It's completely fabulous and I wish you the greatest success with it.

  15. Gorgeous table...those dinner plates are so pretty. Love the way you decorated the tree with demitasse cups.
    A very Merry Christmas to you and yours, Nancy!

  16. Nancy, love our red and green... then again, everything you do is beautiful. Thank you so much for the kind comments on my blog - so glad you love my snow covered house 'header photo'... that was last February - so far - only a few flakes that we've had to squint to see! But we ARE supposed to get snow tonight and tomorrow! Can't believe I'm looking forward to it but I AM. I finally finished decorating my tree this morning and put some greenery on my mantel... made some Christmas cookies with 2 out of 3 of my kids last night so I feel like I'm catching up with my list of things to do before Christmas. I hope you have a wonderful holiday with your big, wonderful family ;)

    New England-Style

  17. I just have to get to Tulsa to visit your shop! What is the address? I have a precious friend who lives in South Tulsa. I'll bet she'd be close to your store. Wonderful tablescape! Thanks for sharing your lovely design. Merry Christmas! Cherry Kay

  18. Of course another lovely table. I would love to visit your shop one day! This is just gorgeous as always. I especially love the green Spode dinner plate. I didn't know that about the pine boughs and the apples. Maybe I will have to make one for Christmas Even and teach the family (not that any of them are illiterate!) Have a very Merry Christmas

  19. That is so pretty! And I am green with envy over your GREEN flatware. Need that for ST. Patrick's Day!
    Merry Christmas!

  20. Oh, a tea cup tree. How beautiful--these with the candles and in the blog below with the red bird sitting in a cup. Love birds. The tablescape is beautiful and warm.

  21. Nancy I am truly loving this table! I love the idea of alternating the colors of coordinating china- makes a great impact.

    Lovely lovely!!


  22. Oh Nancy, what a table!!! Such an incredible mixing of patterns. Love that green Spode dinner plate. Just gorgeous.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    - The Tablescaper

  23. Nancy, I love the red and green china used together...wonderful contrast of colors. Your transferware is beautiful. Have a Merry Christmas...I'm sure dinner at that table will be spectacular!

  24. Christmas Blessings to you and your family, From my mountain to yours Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  25. Nancy,

    I just discovered your blogspot after visiting your etsy shop and I'm so glad I did! Your tablescape is beautiful! I collect transferware (brown and white) and look forward to visiting your blog again soon:).

    Merry Christmas,


  26. Sending Merry Christmas blessings and Happy New Year wishes from Frog Hollow Farm. What a lovely post! You have such a knack for putting together beautiful tables with such wonderful transferware pieces! Ciao, bella!

  27. Your tabletop gave me goosebumps for Christmas - thanks for sharing the beauty!


Post a Comment

I love hearing from my readers. I appreciate the time you take to post a comment and I read them all.

Popular posts from this blog

English Cottage Living Room - Before, Partly After & Still a Work in Progress

I am sorry for not posting more pictures of the progress we've made settling into this new (to us) home.   It seems life rushes by so fast and that at times, doing little things, even those that I love and enjoy, often get pushed aside and onto the back shelf of my mind where I tell myself, "I'll get to this later".  Well, it is later and though I don't have as much to share with you as I'd like, I'm going to at least share my favorite spot in our living room.  I promise to show the rest of the room soon but for now the opposite half of the living room has been occupied by my daughters boyfriend who has been staying with us for the past 7 or so weeks until his apartment is ready for him to move into, and so the couch is usually made up for him to sleep on!  

Here is a photo of the current living room just as we found it, a small room just off the entry of the house with a nice marble and wood fireplace surround, hard wood floors, beautiful crown moulding a…

More Traditional Red White & Blue Rooms with Transferware

A couple of weeks ago I shared some pictures of beautiful rooms in red and blue color schemes decorated with transferware.    Here is another roundup of rooms that I adore, all with red and blue color schemes and all with transferware! 

 (via Traditional Home)
(via enchanted home)

(my old living room)

Joining some of the following parties:
Between Naps on The Porch
Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Chic Cottage
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage

The History of Johnson Brothers and The Friendly Village Tablescape

Last week, Shawn and I popped into a couple of estate sales and I picked up over 100 pieces of Johnson Brother's The Friendly Village.  I think I may have to hang on to 12 of the dinner plates and use them this year at Thanksgiving but the rest of them, including this 48 piece service for 8, will be you know where.
I don't know about you all, but I have had enough of Summer and I am down right ready for the cooler temperatures of Autumn.  I've been doing a lot of rearranging around the house….I'm in one of those zones where I've got a zillion projects going on, even if half of them are just in my mind that I'm contemplating!   We've also been moving kids out and around.  Three of them are out and the three still at home are moving or rearranging their rooms around.   
Since I am yearning for Fall, haven't posted any tablescapes in a while and just got these Friendly Village pieces I decided to set the table with them.  
Oh great, I just realized that I lef…

The Aesthetic Movement and Transferware

What is the Aesthetic Movement?
The Aesthetic Movement refers to a period of time in the late 19th century (1870-1900) which was a backlash to the formal Victorian years. 
Artists and writers of the Aesthetic movement period maintained the belief that art should provide refined sensuous pleasure, rather than convey moral or sentimental messages.  They believed that art did not have any didactic purpose; it need only be beautiful. 
Japanese art had a great influence on Aestheticism. Aesthetic interiors were often decorated with Japanese prints, screens, fans and other objects. An appreciation of the art of Japan is seen in the work of many Aesthetic artists and designers such as James McNeill Whistler and E.W. Godwin.
photo credit Country Living

The Aesthetes developed the cult of beauty, which they considered the basic factor in art. They ascertained that life should copy art and considered nature as crude and lacking in design in comparison. Th…

Decorating with Brown Transferware & $100 GIVEAWAY

Brown was introduced as a transferware color around 1829-30 and is the least expensive of colors to make. Therefore it is fairly common, so far as transferware goes, to find.  It is also one of the most collected colors and it is probably the most versatile of colors in my opinion.  Brown is neutral and looks good with any color scheme from pastels to rich jewel tones, but it is with the ushering in of Autumn that I see it popping up in home decor and vignettes the most.  Though, most of these rooms and vignettes are decorated with brown pieces year round, it just seems the perfect time to share them.  I may have to do another post because there are so, so many more equally beautiful spaces that have incorporated the use of displaying brown transferware and I can't fit them all here.
So, check these lovelies out and then stick around for the giveaway at the bottom of the post.
This vignette just stole my heart the first time I saw it.  So many of us have vintage luggage in our homes…

Decorating with Blue Transferware and a GIVEAWAY!

If you haven't already been over to Enchanted Home, you'll want to go over after you finish this post because the wonderful Tina, who authors the incredibly gorgeous blog,  has a great post up about decorating with dishes plus she's hosting a giveaway to my online shop, English Transferware!  Details at the end of the post!
I know Tina loves blue and white (just look at her header and you'll know!) and has a collection of her own. In honor of Tina, I've decided to share some of my favorite images of rooms decorated with and often around blue transferware collections.  You can see more rooms decorated with blue transferware on my Pinterest board.

To me, Charles Faudree is just about as synonymous with English transferware as he his with French Country Decorating...he seemed to always find a use for it in his incredibly detailed decorating schemes.  Isn't this bedroom charming?

I love this next image from Decor Magazine.  Look how the blue pieces are hung directly o…

Children and Their Pet Rabbits ~ Antique Oil Paintings

Have you ever known a child to resist a bunny rabbit?  They're so adorable.   It seems that at some time we've all had as our own, or known someone who had, or bought for our children, a pet rabbit.  I remember surprising Michael, Ethan and Jonah (before our other three came along) with rabbits one year at Easter.  I determined that, for us, owning pet rabbits was a better thought than idea...but that's another story.   
Nonetheless, children and their pet rabbits have long time been a favorite subject of painters. Though I am more keen to having a painting of an animal than actually having an animal, I can't resist the charm and pure innocence in the paintings I'm sharing here.   I adore each of these beautiful works of arts, and I hope you do as well.

The Favourite Rabbit, by John Russell (1745-1806)
Feeding The Rabbits by German artist Heinrich Hirt (1841-1902)

Children Feeding Rabbits by Joseph Moseley Barber
Little Girl with Rabbit by Hermann Kaulbach 
I have this p…