Thursday, September 10, 2015

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 as decor but not many display it grouped with early transferware pieces like this.  One of my faves for sure!
(source- Atlanta Homes Mag)

This is the upper portion of a huge bookcase I was using in the dining room at our last house.  Now it lives in my breakfast room with a different collection of brown pieces, but I'll save it for another post.   This pic was from a previous post I shared after I'd gotten a wild whim to take everything off and paint the back a mossy green color.  It really made the transferware pop and I like it.  

Okay, this room.  This room-  I want to move in to this room.  It's a perfect mix of numerous patterns and textures, and furnishings, and built ins, and window treatments. 
And transferware.  
Yes, perfection indeed.

These are actually mulberry, but couldn't resist showing this collection against the striking shade of green on the walls and the touch of red in the shade.  So lovely!

(source- The Cottage Journal)

An antique needlepoint in an ornate harvest themed carved frame adds just a bit of color to this arrangement.  Love the symmetry and every detail here!

Keeping it simple.  With exception of the platter over the stove these pieces are mostly pattern free, with just the borders having decoration.  
(source Erica George Dines for Atlanta Homes Mag)

Here's another white kitchen but with pieces having a little more pattern.  I really like this one!

A wall arrangement in my previous guest bath.  One of my most pinned images. 

This lovely bedroom has just one single transferware platter on the night stand.  Beautonomous!

Did I already mention I'm ready to move in to this room?  This is the other side of the photo above with the trundle bed against the wall.  And the antelope rug is to die for…on my bucket list of decor for the home!  Gosh, I love this room so much!

  Below is one of my favorite wallscapes in my house.   Just behind it is our fridge (you can see it sticking out) and the kitchen to the right, the bar/butler pantry to the left which leads to the dining room.  Here I have four of my favorite, and sort of prized brown transferware pieces which I plan to post more on later.  I want to find a cow bell for the bull head but since taking this pic, I did take an old leather belt of the girls and put it around the cows neck.  I'm pretty sure I am the only person who has noticed it, and who ever will, but when you are an ocd - detail oriented person like me it's just something you have to do.   But seriously, wouldn't an old cow bell be cute hanging from this bull head? 

I adore this buffet amassed with a collection of Aesthetic Movement pieces.  The framed botanicals above it create such a cohesiveness as many Aesthetic pieces reflect a love of nature.
(source Tone on Tone)
 Yaaaay, I'm not the only one who hangs plates in the bathroom!  Don't you love the shelf with the open bowls just below? I spy a brown transferware canister by the sink.  I sell these and always say how perfect they are for holding things like cotton balls, q-tips, etc.  
A large brown transferware platter is the crowning point over the window in this guest bedroom.  Aren't the pieces flanking the window wonderful?  What a serene place to stay.

 I about fell out of my chair the first time I saw Lisa Luby Ryan's breakfast room.  What an awesome collection of Aesthetic Movement pieces, and what an awesome display!

Charles Faudree.  I am enamored with this look.  So rustic, so refined.  So stunning!
(source Traditional Home) 
The subtle touches of red in this dining room by Betsy Speert are the perfect amounts of color.  This room is inviting and cozy.  I want to have at least one meal here, if not 37.  I'd like to set a table at this table too.
(source Traditional Home)
A fellow blogger, Alison at the Polohouse, never fails to delight me with her sense of style and amazing  home.  Here's a shot of her built in with ironstone and brown transferware displayed together in perfect harmony…love the greens and browns together.
(source The Polohouse)

Pure delight!  I spy some transferware across the mantle.

Transferware and buffalo checks.  You just can't go wrong!
(source The Cottage Journal)

Now, isn't this a unique idea?  I love the look of the framed plates.

You may have seen this around here before.  

Be still my beating heart!
(source Southern Accents)

A perfect wallscape!
(source Horton Designs)

In this vignette, I made a large topiary and placed it in an antique slop pail.  One of the caged stands has a smaller topiary I made which is in a brown teacup.

And finally, what loveliness brown transferware with a fresh floral arrangement in traditional Fall color brings to the Autumn season!

Now, for the giveaway!  After seeing all this wonderful brown transferware, don't you think you might need some?  Or some red, or green, or teal, or blue, or purple, or yellow, or black transferware?

Well, now's your chance to get some.  I'm giving away a $100 gift certificate to my online shop! 

 The giveaway is open to readers of my blog, and/or those who follow me on any of these platforms.   I post different things on each so feel free to follow on all!

Follow English Transferware / NND on Facebook 
Follow Nancy Roberts / Nancy's Daily Dish on Pinterest
Follow Nancy's Daily Dish on Instagram
Follow Nancy Roberts/Nancy's Daily Dish on Google+
Follow Nancy's Daily Dish on Tumblr 
Follow Transferware on Twitter

 Multiple entries!  You can leave a comment here or FB, or both, to let me know you're following and where.  Leave a comment for each place you follow along to earn extra entries.   Then, visit my online store by clicking the banner below,

and come back to leave another comment letting me know what you'd choose if you're the winner!  That will count as an additional entry!
 Share the giveaway on your blog or social media, and leave a link in another comment for yet another entry. 

Comments will be totaled and one winner will be chosen at random using on September 18th.  The winner will be announced here on my blog between the 18th and 19th and will need to contact me with their contact information in order to claim their prize.   I will give a certificate valued at $100 to one lucky person!

Good luck everyone!  

Sharing at :
 The Scoop
Savvy Southern Style
 Share Your Style 

Sunday, September 6, 2015

It Couldn't Be Done - A Labor Day Poem

 I wanted to share a poem I love and feel is perfect for Labor Day.  It is by Edgar Guest, a writer of sentimental and optimistic poetry.  He was known as the 'People's Poet'.  Born in England in 1881, Edgar came to the United States as a young child with his family.  He published his first poem at 17 years of age.  His poems reflect the American spirit and work ethic that made America great!

Enjoy your family, friends, cook-outs and say goodbye to Summer!

Somebody said it couldn't be done,
But he with a chuckle replied
That "maybe it couldn't," but he would be one
Who wouldn't say so till he'd tried.
So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
On his face. If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing and he tackled the thing
That couldn't be done, and he did it.
Somebody scoffed: "Oh, you'll never do that;
At least no one has ever done it";
But he took off his coat and he took of his hat,
And the first thing we knew he'd begun it.
With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
Without any doubting or quiddit,
He started to sing and he tackled the thing
That couldn't be done, and he did it.

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
There are thousands to prophesy failure;
There are thousands to point out to you, one by one,
The dangers that wait to assail you.
But just buckle in with a bit of a grin,
Just take off your coat and go to it;
Just start to sing as you tackle
the thing
That "cannot be done," and you'll do it.
Edgar Guest