Tuesday, January 18, 2011

My Master Bedroom Tour - Part 1 - Entertainment Center and Purple Transferware Plates

I just cleaned off the top of the armoire in our Master bedroom, and boy was it dusty!  Of course, I accidentally deleted my before pics, so I guess the after pics will have to suffice.   The walls were this color when we moved into the house and not my first choice.  At  least they are a neutral color. 


The armoire is centered on the wall with painted apothecary chests on either side.   This photo looks horrible.  I just cleaned these chests for the pics and it looks like there is some film all over them.  Yikes.

On top of each chest are two miniature, hand painted cabinets turned outward at an angle giving this more of a built in wall unit look.  I chose the two small cabinets for the colors of cognac and shades of green which tie the apothecary chests and armoire together.

On top of the armoire, to add additional height and interest, is an old suitcase and a one of my vintage wooden crates on top.  Staffordshire dogs and antique purple transferware pitchers are on either side of the . 
The grouping of furniture is framed in with a portion of my purple transferware plate collection. Can you tell I like symmetry?  Very OCD.  Very me.  Very much not kidding.


Since I took this picture, I decided to add some antique lace on top of each of the apothecary chests.  All of my furniture and bedding are darker wood in this room so I think the lace softens and lightens it up a bit.

Recognize this dish?  It's just like the one in my header, but purple instead.  I love these opened hands shaped dishes.  This one holds an old skeleton key. 

Here are some closeups of the plates on this wall.  First is a circa 1830-40 plate by Thomas Mayer in the pattern called Canova.  The backstamp is shown directly below the plate.

Next is another 1830's plate by Ridgway in the Marmora pattern


This plate is circa 1920-30 by Enoch Woods / Wood and Sons in the Castles pattern.  This border is one of my favorites ever...the flowers around the top seem to be dripping into the scene.


Another plate by Ridgway, Oriental pattern, Circa 1830-40 (Isn't the beehive stamp neat on the back of this one?)


This one is called English Scenery, by Wood and Sons

And here is a plate by Midwinter, circa 1930-50ish in the Rural England pattern


Ok, I won't bore you anymore with plates on my wall...well not this post anyway.  Here's a look at the wall from sitting smack dab in the center of my bed, which faces it.  I'm thinking that a little greenery may look good in the crate at the top of the armoire...what do you think?  Should I add some greenery or dried flowers to the crate or just leave it as is?

And here's another shot taken from the same spot, just before going night night.  Have I ever mentioned that Shawn and I are addicted to Frasier?  We have the entire series on dvd and have watched it through and through, over and over.  When we finish the last season, we then start again with season 1.  
I'll be showing the rest of our bedroom over the next couple of weeks.  You'll see a seating area, the bed, more vignettes and of course, yes, more transferware plate arrangements on the walls!

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33 comments:

  1. Love the room, so far, LOL. I would go with greens in the crate, just sayin'.

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  2. I've had a lavender bedroom for years and years....everytime I move I paint my bedroom a pale lavender....I LOVE the plates....I didn't know they came in a lavender color....I'll have to keep my eyes open....Thanks for sharing

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  3. I love all your lavender transferware and your wall. I love the way you grouped your armoire and chest together!

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  4. Love this wall with the armoire and the chests all together. What a fabulous grouping and your plates and accessories are just gorgeous. I love seeing how you use your plates all over the house, they are fabulous and you definitely decorate beautifully with them. Gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

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  5. Lovely master bedroom, Nancy. I love the 2 mini armoires, they are just the cutest..Christine

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  6. Such a beautiful collection. I absolutely love what you've done with your vignette.

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  7. Nancy, you never cease to amaze me with all the lovely dishes that you not only collect and display. I am new to the transferware world and it is fun peeking through your "window." Joni

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  8. Hi Nancy! Oh, I'm loving this! You have some very pretty pieces and your transferware is gorgeous! I think a little greenery would look pretty up on your crate! Now how are you going to get up there? :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  9. Ohhhhh happy transferware day :) I love it all! I love the balance and the fact you can recline in the bed and watch Frasier and a plate collection at once :)

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  10. Absolutely breathtaking!!! Gorgeous transferware, gorgeous arrangement!!!! It's PERFECT!!!!!

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  11. Beautiful! Love your transferware on the wall.
    Sherry

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  12. So that's what it is.. OCD! I am a symetry-loving person too... down to the "weight" of color. Golly! Makes hanging things a challenge.
    I love what you've done with your plates.
    I'm your newest follower, so I'll be back.
    Karen
    Ladybug Creek

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  13. Nancy, that is such a pretty arrangement and I love your transferware and maybe one day I will be able to afford some large platters. I love them. Thanks for sharing this at the party.

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  14. Love this, Nancy. I love the purple platters, especially. I think some greenery or flowers would look pretty up there. You can always take it back away if you don't like it!

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  15. It's a real treat to get tours of your home. This wall arrangement is very creative. I love those small painted chests on either side, and of course the transfer ware is all fabulous. I'll be eager to see more. ~ Sarah

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  16. Love the dish display!! Very creative!!

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  17. Love the arrangement even though it is symetrical.....being asymetrical myself!!! Love the purple, just beautiful pieces, and I also love the backstamps....have many of the same on my antique dishes, they are so charming and almost naive.....how about a bunch of dried baby's breath wrapped in a fabric or paper cone lying on its side??? you can even add a fancy ribbon or raffia tie, or lace streamer.....okay, have to stop here.....hugs...cleo

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  18. One more thing....I once read that you should keep your most special and favorite things in your bedroom so that they are the first things you see when you awake....cool, huh??

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  19. Nancy, I love how you have displayed the purple transferware. Beautiful collection! The apothecary cabinets and the smaller ones on top are fabulous.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  20. Never in a million years would I have been able to put together something as beautiful as that! I think that's what separates the average decorators from the true talents. You are very talented!
    xoxo,
    Kim

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  21. The way you've arranged this is gorgeous! And those may be the prettiest plates I've ever seen!

    Kelly

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  22. Really pretty collection Nancy! I love how you curved in down each side of the cabinet! I have two favorite patterhs that you showed...the one with the flowers dripping down and the one following it. Gorgeous!

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  23. hello - very lovely - I too love symmetry - either dried lavender or greenery will work nicely - I have never seen a lovelier collection of purple transferware!
    Kathy

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  24. I really loved this bedroom tour and can't wait to see more. I am jealous of your purple transferware that is practically littering the whole room!! Grrr...Your room looks so inviting with the brown and purple bedding! I would add more greenery to the crate, and maybe some of those automatic pillar candles in cream. They have a timer and you could set them to come on at dusk and they turn off after 5 hours. I think they would be very romantic and add a little shimmery light to the armoire vignette.

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  25. You are the queen of toile. Interesting the way you displayed the mirror image of this setting.

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  26. you've created a nice entertainment area for yourselves! i love the idea of piecing it together and am not a big fan of "entertainment units" themselves- they lach character, but yours has it!

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  27. I'm so glad I stopped by today. Your decor is very nice and I am thinking, maybe I can do something with my own stuff if I try a bit more. Thank you for the inspiration.
    Rosalie/mudderbear

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  28. Wow...This is honestly the most unique and original vignette I have ever seen. Just beautiful...

    Take care,
    Lisa

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  29. Nancy this is all your BEAUTIFUL girl..you do have that magic touch with all you do at your home and shop..I think I love your bathroom the best...Thanks so much for sharing more of your wonderfu talent and home...Hugs and smiles Gloria

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  30. Hi Nancy, Let me congratulate reflecting their work at home, right through the decoration. I just attach to your blog, for nothing more than to see it got the best of impressions. I have not completed his post route, but I hope to do and when, we emphasize how impressive it is their particular style. Every corner of your beautiful home beautifully decorated. I am fascinated by their transfer ware placed brilliantly in ways that harmonize with everything around, I think every person has special gifts, but not all have "grace. " I think you need to know to be "a virtuous woman" Blessings, Rose Marie

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  31. That is so awesome!!! Love those plates!

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  32. That is great how you arranged and did that furniture. It is quite unique and one of a kind! I never thought to use plates in the master bedroom! Beautiful!

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  33. BE STILL MY HEART---- SWOON! I love your plate collection, I'm so jealous. WOW. Purple the expensive ones. It's breath taking...your display is creative OCD. I would copy it if I had all those plates AND a spot. I'm OCD too. Looking forward to getting to know you and following your blog and life. I will be waiting and watching to see what you share next. Your new friend...xoso Sandy O

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