Wednesday, April 10, 2013

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 on the Secretary doors and left open for display.  I LOVE this.  I have wanted an antique Secretary Desk forever.  I know tastes vary on the use of antlers but I love the way these are fitted into the recess atop the hutch.  Love it. 

Jonathan Vickers, a former designer at Colefax and Fowler has an amazing collection of blue transferware.  This is just a glimpse of the dining room but you can see that the theme is carried into adjoining rooms. 

Another glimpse of Vickers collection.  Overkill?  Uh-huh, no way.  

Carol Glasser's home featured in Veranda magazine....her wonderful blue collection is displayed along with utilitarian / advertising wares in the living room.  

I love the open shelving in this Charles Faudree kitchen, courtesty of Traditional Home.  A huge tole tray takes center stage over the stove and is flanked by loads of blue transferware.

What a wonderful place to show off a collection...built behind  the stairway!  This incorporates a forgotten space into part of the kitchen decor.  Love this!

Blue looks good with just about anything.  I love the soothing effect of it against these green walls by Leslie Steinberg Interiors.

  This is an arrangement I did at my shop (when I had one) and it has been featured in quite a few places.  Blue being complimentary to orange cannot help but pop against the rusty-orange wall color.

This next example of decorating with blue transferware equals rustically refined perfection to me!
Just a dab'll do...for some of we are shown here.
The huge meat platter and smaller one in front both add a little burst of color in an otherwise neutral scheme.

This Ralph Lauren bedroom is so charming and cozy...and I love the flow of arched platters which frame in the bed.

Blue is so pretty with pinks and reds...this vignette is simply stunning with layers upon layers of blue transferware and a bouquet of roses from whites to reds.  

Now, head over to Enchanted Home and be prepared to be enchanted.  Tina just built an amazingly incredible home that you will love to see.  She is warm, inviting, has exceptional taste and gift for writing.  While you're there, enter to win $50 towards anything your heart desires at English Transferware, my Etsy store, and pick up a discount code for 15% off any purchase.  Both the giveaway and the discount end soon so be sure to enter right away!

Thank you so much Tina!

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Monday, April 8, 2013

Drifting Near Mt. Vesuvius

Far vague and dim,
The mountains swim
While on Vesuvius' misty brim.
With outstretched hands,
The gray smoke stands
O'erlooking the volcanic lands.

 ~from Thomas Buchanan Read's poem, Drifting~

I have wanted to show this plate since I first began blogging a few years ago.  It is by Spode/Copeland and the pattern is named Beverley and sometimes called Grecian Scroll, depicting a pastoral view with Mt. Vesuvius in the distance.

Mt. Vesuvius is an Italian volcano that erupted in A.D. 79 blanketing Pompeii and Herculaneum in 10 - 75 feet of ash.  It was the first volcanic eruption to be described and written about in detail.

I have collected several pieces in this pattern as well as a few other Spode/Copeland transfer ware patterns of the same colorway; rust and black. 

Most of my black and rust two colored transferware is displayed in MY ENTRYWAY on...
... either side of the front door....

...and down a narrow strip of wall between two doors.

I have only come across the Beverley pattern in green a few times so when the opportunity came up to buy a set of 12 of these plates I jumped.  The Gadroon border of these plates have been hand painted in a green that matches the transfer.   Unusually striking.  They are listed for sale HERE

Eight or nine years ago after I'd bought my first Beverley plate depicting Mt. Vesuvius I came across a book featuring Thomas Buchanan Read's poem, Drifting, which makes several references to the volcanic area.  The title of the poem and its first two lines drew me right in, "My soul today, Is far away".   

I didn't have to open the book to know I would buy it but I did anyway and quickly thumbed through the pages.  I was thrilled to see that the book had at one time belonged to someone with my maiden name, and even more coincidental had an address which I recognized to be from the town I grew up in.  I still need to ask my Mom or Dad if she was a relative of ours.  This little book also had a hand written inscription of Christmas 1918 and 35 pages of notes taken from a lecture by Louis C Elson on The Law of Sound.  Elson is highly regarded as the author of the musical dictionary and wrote and lectured on the subject.  

Each page has a verse and a beautiful etching to accommodate.  I read this poem and look through this book often.  I thought I'd include the poem in its entirety.  I hope you like it~

My soul today
Is far away,
Sailing the Vesuvian Bay;
My winged boat,
A bird afloat,
Swims round the purple peaks remote.

Round purple peaks
It sails, and seeks
Blue inlets and their crystal creeks,
Where high rocks throw,
Through deeps below,
A duplicated golden glow.

Far, vague, and dim,
The mountains swim;
While on Vesuvius' misty brim,
With outstretched hands,
The gray smoke stands
O'erlooking the volcanic lands.

In lofty lines,
'Mid palms and pines,
And olives, aloes, elms and vines,
Sorrento swings
On sunset wings,
Where Tasso's spirit soars and sings.

Here Ischia smiles
O'er liquid miles;
And yonder, bluest of the isles,
Calm Capri waits,
Her sapphire gates
Beguiling to her bright estates.

I heed not, if
My rippling skiff
Float swift of slow from cliff to cliff; -
With dreamful eyes
My spirit lies 
Under the walls of Paradise.

Under the walls
Where swells and falls
The Bay's deep breast at intervals
At peace I lie,
Blown softly by,
A cloud upon this liquid sky.

The day, so mild,
Is Heaven's own child,
With Earth and Ocean reconciled;
The airs I feel
Around me steal
Are murmuring to the murmuring keel.

Over the rail
My hand I trail
Within the shadow of the sail,
A joy intense,
The cooling sense
Glides down my drowsy indolence.

With dreamful eyes
My spirit lies
Where Summer sings and never dies,
O'erveiled with vines,
She glows and shines
Among her future oil and wines.

Her children hid,
The cliffs amid,
Are gambolling with the 
gambolling kid;
Or down the walls,
With tipsy calls,
Laugh on the rocks like

The fisher's child,
With tresses wild,
Unto the smooth, bright and beguiled,
With glowing lips
Sings as she skips,
Or gazes at the far-off ships.

Yon deep bark goes
Where Traffic blows,
From lands of sun to lands of snows:
This happier one,
Its course is run
From lands of snow to 
lands of sun. 

O happy ship, 
To rise and dip,
Whit the blue crystal at your lip!
O happy crew,
My heart with you
Sails, and sails, and sings anew!

No more, no more
The worldly shore
Upbraids me with its loud uproar!
With dreamful eyes
My spirit lies
Under the walls of Paradise!