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A Little Bit Country (Brown and Red Transferware Tablescape)


Due to inclement weather, my kids are home from school today and I'm home from the shop too.  Between laundry loads and checking emails I quickly put this table together.  The inspiration?  Trevors bed quilt.  I snagged it before he got it back up to his room where it would not have wound up on a neatly made bed.

Honestly, I normally have something in mind for a table setting but today it just didn't happen.  I wasn't sure what to do, what dishes to use, what colors to go with, etc. but when I saw Trev's quilt go into the laundry I thought about something simple that could be put together fairly quick, so here's 'a little bit country'.

I played mix and match with layering the plates, and combining two transferware patterns (four different designs) in two colors, red and chocolate brown.

I used Royal Staffordshire Rural Scenes in red because of its wonderful, bucolic scenes and its border, which is one of my favorites, consisting of various farm and garden implements.
Here, the dinner plate depicts a Mother and her children on a felled log while the men work on chopping down another tree.

The brown transferware plates are by Grindley with various coaching scenes on them in brown.  Here is the dinner plate.

You may have already noticed this, but mid stream I decided to add place mats to the setting.  Then I took them away.  I changed my mind about the napkin rings too.  First I used red cardinal napkin rings, then tied a crocheted, vintage red and cream colored lace around the napkins, then added real twigs to the bird rings.  I can't decide.  

  Speaking of indecision, I also took the remainder of the crochet lace and wrapped a piece around the log shaped candle and loosely draped it around the centerpiece.  Here are the after, and before pics. That's backwards.
I don't have it together today.

Speaking of the centerpiece, it was also inspired by laundry or laziness, or both.  When Trevvy brought out the quilt from the laundry room and it clicked in my mind to use this, another click sounded making me think of the antique seed box I keep in the laundry room.  Hmmm, that may make a cute centerpiece filled with a little this, that, etc.  So, here it is.  It's a neat old wooden box with the original label still intact, with instructions for the merchant.  This is something that would have been used as a store display and would hold packs of seeds.  I simply placed one of the checked napkins inside and filled with a candle, berries and a vintage raisin box.  My first choice would have been some antique French seed packs...but I don't know what I did with them and today was not the day to go looking.

Next to the seed box I placed a brown transferware pitcher with a horse scene by Adams, making this part of the centerpiece.  My picture is a little off...think it matches how I'm feeling today. ;-)  Sorry.
It's filled with some winter greens, berries and pheasant feathers.
Back to the seed box for a sec...wanted to show you the dovetailing in the box.  Love it!

 I scattered some itsy bitsy wood slices around the table and called it a day.

Ok, ok...almost a day.  I was just thinking that the title of this post, "A Little Bit Country", begs me to do "A Little Bit Rock 'n' Roll".  I have a small needlepoint rug depicting various musical instruments including an electric guitar ....hmmm...what transferware would go with that? Something to ponder, another day.

I'm joining:

Suzanne at Colorado Lady
Brambleberry Cottage
Pink Saturday
Finer Things Friday

French Country Cottage 
Between Naps on the Porch 
Cheap Chic Home
Common Ground 


  1. I collect red and white transferware and I have never seen a piece like you show in your header. It's so untique! Beautiful setting, hard to believe you were not feeling creative. Stopping by from Debra's xoxo tami

  2. I spent the afternoon looking at rugs on CSN for our newly remodeled bedroom so of course, would love to win the giveaway.

  3. What a gorgeous table scape! I love the red and brown transferware together!

  4. You do quite well when you're "off"!!! I enjoyed it!

  5. You must have so much fun! I'd love to be a fly on the wall and watch what develops on your table! Love your photos and table settings. Thanks for sharing all your beauties with us!

  6. Nancy, it is always a treat to stop by and see "whats cooking." I agree with you that the Royal Staffordshire is so interesting. The brown and red are so beautiful together. Joni

  7. I am loving what you did with the brown and red, it is very cozy!! ~michelle~

  8. I love the picture on the pitcher! The whole table looks so pretty, and the colors complement each other so well.

  9. Beautiful setting. You have won my heart with that centerpiece. I have been perusing seed catalogs and dreaming of spring.

  10. This is by far one of the best posts you have done!!! I love it!! Thank you so much for the inspiration.....I've been contemplating putting brown together with the red, and wondered if I was way off.....but now that I see it, just love it!!! So funny, today was thinking of my next tablescape and since the holidays ended, can't think of anything.....have already planned the Spring ones but nothing inbetween, you have inspired me....where do you find the time for all this, family, shop, and do you cook and do housework??? Amazing!!! by the way, your dish in your header, in my antique books its called a 'relish dish'......take care....cleo

  11. Another beautiful tablescape. I love the fact you started with Trevor's quilt and went with it. I like the napkin rings with the little birds and the vintage seed box centre piece is most excellent.

  12. Oh, how I wish my 'off days' were so beautifully productive!

  13. This one is just as good as the well thought out tables! Love the centerpiece! Antique looking things are interesting to inspect while seated, and usually start conversations. Thank you for another great one.

  14. such a lovely table setting. my grandmother collected transferware milk jugs or that is wha she called them they were like the one on the table filled with greens. She kept them in a china closet and never used them and when I think about it what a shame because when she died no one thought much about them. I found you from second hand rose. I too am having a giveaway with a transferware pomander ball in the mix of things. I am going to put in for your giveaway also.

  15. Everything is beautiful. I love those red plates with the garden tools! So pretty.

  16. Oh Nancy, I love this table. Not having a plan usually works out the best. You work outta the box that way.

  17. Nancy, I always enjoy visiting to see how creative you are with your transferware. Love the red and brown together. Isn't it amazing how an item like your son's quilt helps the creative juices flow.

  18. Great tablescape. Don't invite me for a meal, I will surley scoop up the seed box, love old boxes, especially seed boxes. Have a great weekend. And I love your blog.

  19. So charming, adore every bit of it!

    Happy VTT,

  20. Hi Nancy, I'm in love.... the seed box centerpiece is so right up my alley! The tranfer looks gorgeous with your whole look. Just wonderful!!! Thanks for linking up, I'm always amazed at how you put a table together!

  21. Country Beautiful!!

    I'm a new Follower via Tara's Weekend Blog Hop.

    Have a Great Weekend!

    ~ Jill

  22. Oh I too have red transferware and just adore it!

  23. Gorgeous table setting. I love that laundry inspired it, my laundry never says "table setting" something about white tighties as place mats is just wrong somehow ;c)

  24. I love brown transferware, it looks perfect with the red. Great table setting.

  25. Red toile is all over my house, including on some china patterns. Oh, and curtains, and pillows and table runners and get the picture! Your china is beautiful and the table is warm and welcoming. Stopping by from 504 Main. Kathleen

  26. I love this tablescape. I always love to see what combinations you are going to put together. I like the red bird napkin holder with the twigs best. Can't wait to see the rock and roll table. Hugs, Ginger

  27. Wow this a superb looking table setting. You definitely have a talent.

    Following from Sunny Saturday
    Hope you can visit soon

  28. Nancy,
    Oh I love this, so warm country cozy I can't stand it! And there you go making me drool over transferware again. I have to start collecting more of it and it is your fault, lol!

  29. I'm a new follower via GCF from stepping by saturday bloghop.

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  30. Beautiful transferware - I have accumulated a few pieces and I love them all - such a treasure! Happy Pink Saturday!

  31. Hi Nancy, I love the contrast of your quilt with the rough charger and the graceful china! And the brown and red is a nice and unusual combination! I've been eyeing a few pieces in your shop but one of my resolutions is to get control of my dish addiction! Oh well, maybe I'll have to give in a little. Linda

  32. Beautiful, Nancy! I adore transferware, especially the red! The red and brown go beautifully together, don't they! Happy Pink Saturday.


  33. Simply gorgeous..... I am crazy for transferware, especially red. I love the mixture though. Happy Pink Saturday!

    Mermaid Debbie

  34. That wonderful quilt might not make it back onto the bed in my house. The red and brown combination is a marvelous departure...quite...comforting. I really like it. Thank you for sharing your delightful design and for stopping by my post. Cherry Kay

  35. Hi Nancy,
    I agree that even on your off days you came up with a beautiful table setting!


  36. Nancy, you can pull together a charming table in between laundry. Wish I had that ability. It takes me days to put a table together sometimes. Love the mix of red and brown, and of course the scenes are delightful. Everything about this table is delightful. ;-)
    Stay warm and cozy in that beautiful home of yours. ~ Sarah

  37. HA!! I recognize that quilt pattern..... I had it on my 2 boys twin beds for a few years and just now replaced them. Woolrich @ Target, right? I love it teamed up with your red and brown pieces....they look like they were meant to go together. Love the inspiration you give me, thanks Nancy!!

  38. To have just thrown this together, it sure turned out great! I really like the contrast of the red and brown transferware. And all the goodies in the seedbox centerpiece was the perfect touch.

    Thanks for joining the party.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  39. Nancy, I love it. And, I adore the brown pitcher. Wow! It is gorgeous.

    Happy Pink Saturday.


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