Thursday, January 30, 2014

A Giveaway at Vignette Design & Gorgeous Transferware Table Settings

I am guessing that many of you already know Delores, at Vignette Design, but if not, I am honored to make the introduction for you.  I 'met' Delores at least 10 years ago via Ebay,  around the time I first began selling English transferware.  She was one of my first customers and we then reconnected years later through blogging.  In fact, I think we followed each others blogs and then realized we already had a connection!  

We are both lovers and collectors of transferware!

Delores has been kind of enough to host a giveaway on her blog to my shop, Nancy's Daily Dish, so I hope you will go visit and enter to win a $50 gift card.    She has one of the most absolutely stunning homes with breathtaking, wine country views from the comfort of her back yard, and is an excellent decorator and tablescaper….one of my very, very favorites in all of blogland.  I can (do) spend hours perusing her blog posts like I'm thumbing through pages of one of my favorite magazines or decorating books.  

Delores encapsulates every design element I love to see in a table-scape; a mix of textures, patterns and color creating a warm, inviting but luxurious mood.  I can't get enough of her style!

Below are a few of her fabulous tablescapes she has created in and around her home, most of these with transferware,  and one at a winery that I could not resist including.  

First, is this outdoor table set against the hilly wine country she is fortunate enough to see every day.

Delores loves majolica as well and I love her use of it with transferware and other elements.  She combines the two alot in her tablesettings.   The red chintz transferware plates are Johnson Brothers.  The egg cups…just too cute.  I want those chicken wire chargers!  I have some of the same goblets in red and amber.

Anything tartan works for me.  But this setting and view, oh my…see…I told you she has the most breathtaking views of the wine country!

Royal Doulton Pomeroy…one of my favorite patterns and currently the everyday dishes at my house.  I have those same goblets too!  It's such a colorful, cheery pattern!  It looks good with  so many colors…here Delores paired it with red and green.

Olde English Countryside, another Johnson Brothers pattern I love. This pattern features a charming village in rural England complete with a row of thatched roof cottages.  These were our everyday dishes for a long time as well.  They are pretty neutral but pops of color are easy to add, like Delores did here with the lavender Goblets.  I love the bamboo flatware….I have a set as well! 

And Rural Scenes…one of my all time favorites.  If you know me you know I love it and I collect it as well. I love this pattern and LOVE this table!

Mason's Fruit Basket.  Another cheerful pattern that comes in several different colorways.  I love the green that Delores has and love how she pairs so many of her place settings with natural looking elements and majolica.  Don't you love the corn holders too?

Turkey transferware…what can I say?  I LOVE it all!  

Ok, so there is no transferware in this pic…but I had to share.  Who wouldn't love to have been a guest at this table in one of the wineries nearby???   I love this setting and love Delores's use of layering fabrics and cloths.  

Now that I have you all ooohing and ahhing over Delores' amazing talent, go pay her a visit and let her know I sent you.  Enter to win $50 to my shop and then set your own table with some gorgeous transferware or add a unique piece for an interesting statement!  You will fall in love with her blog and ideas!

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Rose. Rabbit. Lie.

Do you remember, back in November or so, me saying that I might be working on a project that would keep me super busy through the end of the year and that I had a meeting with some VIP's?

Well, the project has come and gone and it did keep me busy and my house looking like a shipping and receiving center.   It was a little mysterious and a little hush hush but the cat's now out of the bag.

Do you think you know what a contortionist acrobat,
© Erik Kabik
and five thousand dollar Caviar,
© Erik Kabik
have anything to do with brothers tap dancing on a bar?
© Erik Kabik
You'll  have to step behind the doors that lie behind the doors of this venue,

To see what is offered on this wax sealed menu.

You might find delicacies like Beef Wellington in a pastry puffed atrium

and edible plants and edible dirt which are dessert; aka a terrarium.

You might take in champagne poured by celebrities,
© Erik Kabik
or perhaps Ben Franklin's Armonica will appease?

                                                                                                                  © Erik Kabik
From room to room you can wander and be entertained with flare,

All the while wining and dining on vintage, English transferware!

© Erik Kabik

About 1700 pieces of transferware were provided by yours truly to The Cosmopolitan's newest adventure, Rose. Rabbit. Lie. that "blurs the lines between a club, restaurant, nightclub and show."

Recently, within about a 6-8 hour window I received several messages via phone, email and my Facebook page from Brook and Andrew Bradbury.   Andrew is one of the world's best known Master Sommeliers who ran the wine program at Aureole at Mandalay Bay and created the world's first electronic wine list  which he launched with Bill Gates and Microsoft.   Together he and his wife Brook have opened some of the nicest wine bars around the world including 55 Degrees, Clo Wine & Design and Amo Eno in Hong Kong.  For the life of me, I could not even fathom what they wanted to speak to me about.  Nervously, I returned their phone call and Brook and Andrew explained to me that they were involved in a $40 million project going into one of the nicest luxury destinations in the world, a new venue at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas.  Only a couple of months before the grand opening a decision was made to use vintage English transferware in this new concept.   Their partners at Coastal Luxury Management and they both had concerns about finding anyone that could handle a project this big and in such a short amount of time.  After some googling they said they found me, did some research on my blog and my transferware collection and wallah… these two were on a plane and the next thing you know were inside my garage! 

                                             (Brook perusing the purple transferware section)

Hence the picture below that I shared a few weeks back of the two of them with Shawn and me.  Together we selected not only the 550 salad plates shown on the kitchen table, but another 650 plates, platters, tureens, pitchers, salt dips and etc. that were scattered in piles ALL OVER my house! 

I then got busy sourcing another six hundred or so pieces for the project and THEN my house became a shipping and receiving station.  This is what it looked like for a few weeks.  

(Rolls of packing materials stacked behind the sofa)

                                  (Shawn packed every single dish in the equivalent of about 3 days time)

At one point we had a little maze of boxes through the upstairs and mind you, this was how our house looked at Christmas time.  
There weren't any sleigh bells ringing around here, and no glistening snow…only a bunch of plates I was ready to see go!   While working on this project which was truly a blessing, I was also experiencing something really devastating to me personally (haven't written about that here) and I was in the midst of moving to my own website (which I have written about here).  I was a little stressed at times, well more than a little stressed actually.  I told Shawn that I would have had a nervous breakdown…if only I could afford one!  lol  Our family loves nicknames and I earned a new one from my husband which our kids quickly endorsed.  I am now referred to as  'mecha corta'.  Spanish translation: short fuse.  We're not Spanish, Shawn just likes the pronunciation.

I have to say that this felt really good to know that I can handle a project of this size, with the help of one person, my hubby.  It was by far the biggest thing I have been a part of business wise and there is some talk and possibilities of some other exciting things happening as a result of this.  We'll see =)

p/s Please visit Delores at Vignette Design.  She is hosting a giveaway to my shop so be sure to enter.  I will be posting more about this tomorrow along with sharing some pics of her beautiful transferware collection and home.

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