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Blue Transferware Tea Display & Shop Makeover

Last week Shawn and I spent alot of time painting at the warehouse/shop to prepare for opening a physical store in June.  We painted one wall with leftover paint from the dining's called Banana Nut which you can see on the wall in the pictures below.

I decided to do a tea setting using mixed patterns of blue transferware.

  I first laid down this gorgeous, sky blue  Heritage Lace table topper from Priscilla's Lace and Linens.  If you like the classic look of Heritage Lace, Priscilla's is the place to go!  She has almost 800 choices of Heritage Lace linens including window sheers,curtains, table runners, napkins and more in her on line shop.  The selection is huge with lots of color choices.  I had no idea that there were so many different pieces by Heritage Lace.  

I just love this sky blue color in the lace topper here on the table. 
 I draped it at an angle so it would only partially cover the table and hang over the sides to show the scalloped edges of the lace topper.

 This topper would be equally gorgeous over a white cloth on a round table.

  I chose four different tea cups and saucers to display on this wire stand with yellow flowers winding up its side next to a tall figurine of a girl in a long blue dress .

These vintage embroidered napkins look nice fanned out at the base of the teacup stand.
This teapot is in my favorite transferware pattern, Byron by Spode.  I collect it in the brown polychrome which you can see some of HERE as well as read about the artist, J C Horsley, whose work is shown on these pieces. 

The sugar bowl and creamer are by J & G Meakin.  I placed them on a pretty yellow ironstone platter, also by Meakin.

This sugar bowl can easily double as a tea caddy or small storage jar and is available for purchase HERE

The pitcher is also available for purchase in my Etsy store, English Transferware

I stacked some dessert plates on a small plant stand to add a little height and balance with the other side of the table.

These Meakin, Romantic England plates depict deer grazing on a lawn at Pehshurst Place.  I like the border of berries and little flowers all around it.

The pitcher is by James Kent...isn't this is a pretty pattern of roses and garland?

Here is one of the pieces that Kathryn at Bonafide Southern selected from the giveaway I had a couple of weeks ago.  It's a divided dish by Midwinter.  Gorgeous!  Congratulations again!

Oh, I almost's a picture of the wall before we painted and set up the blue transfeware tea display.  It looks so much better even in this photo as you can't really see all the marks and dings in the wall...but they were there!
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I've linked up to the following:

Tea Time Tuesday at Lady Katherine's Tea Parlor

Diane at A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words for Second Time Around Tuesday

Between Naps on the porch for Metamorphosis Monday

Wednesday Tea For Me and Thee at Silken Purse 

Tea Cup Tuesday at Artful Affirmations 
Smiling Sally for Blue Monday

The Gypsy's Corner for Three or More Tuesday
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm

Martha's Favorites for Tea Cup Tuesday


  1. Ab'soul'utely lovely. Your display exudes a sense of comfort, beauty and much talent. Best wishes with your new storefront.

  2. Nancy, Congrats on opening a store! How exciting! Everything looks amazing- it will be a huge success
    xoxo pattie

  3. Nancy, Blue and yellow is my favorite color combination and the table set for tea looks wonderful. Congratulations on opening a new store. I wish you much success.

  4. WOW! Your display is beautiful! I bet your shop is going to be absolutely stunning! God Bless! Lauralu :)

  5. Hi Nancy,

    So pretty and I'm excited that you are going to reopen in June...I must plan a road trip with some of my gal-pals..let me know if you have a grand opening! I love blue and white transferware, my Mom gave me a set she purchased in Hawaii (of all places) when she lived's a favorite of mine. It's the Liberty design and Lochs of Scotland is the other pattern. Someday I would love to purchase a blue and white teapot. I have a "thing" for teapots...LOL.

    Have a great week..enjoyed your post.

    Miss Bloomers

  6. Just beautiful. You can't go wrong with blue and white.

    Congratulations on opening the shop!!!

    - The Tablescaper

  7. Wishing you nothing but the best with your venture. It looks amazing. Cheers!

  8. Everything is beautiful for your tea party! I have blue and white china and love it! I like the idea of using you plates stand for the teacups. Joan

  9. OMG! I just LOVE how this looks. The before and after pictures are amazing. Beautiful!!!

  10. Nancy~Again, you have set such a lovely table setting! I like how you used a plant stand to place the plates on and give them height. What a clever idea!!
    I hope you have a wonderful week. : )

  11. Nancy, it's gorgeous! You are such a wonderful designer and you have many beautiful pieces. Best wishes on your store!
    Blessings to you, Beth

  12. So pretty! I love deep rich colors! The dishes and the setting are gorgeous!! May I ask where your shop is?

  13. You've messed me up; I'm GREEN with envy! Happy Blue Monday.

  14. I wish you success in your new store! And I love the blue/yellow combination, says the Swedish girl :-)

  15. Oh what a gorgeous vignette. Love all the pretty dishes and the little girl statue is just beautiful. Love the linens too. Just beautiful. Thanks so much for joining the party. Hugs, Marty

  16. Oh yes! Lovely; all of it!!!

  17. All the blue transferware pieces are beautiful! Your new shop at the warehouse is gong to be wonderful when you get it all done.

  18. Nancy, this is a gorgeous space. The blue and yellow sing with happiness. Makes me want to move this pretty vignette into a corner of my house. Love the different pieces you selected to highlight. Kathryn made a great selection with the divided dish. So beautiful and different, but at the same time such a useful piece. Lucky girl!

  19. Hi Nancy. Congratulations on your store. I am not amazed that you made a gorgeous setting for your shop. You really know how to bring transferware to its best look. I wish you for your shop the very best and hopefully we may enjoy often such lovely photos of your store.
    Greetings, Johanna

  20. My heart skips when I see your dishes. Love it!

    BlueMonday~Blue Jars

  21. Simply lovely Nancy! I love the blue and white transferware and it looks fabulous against the gorgeous rich paint color you chose for the walls. The lace tablecloth and beautiful embroidered napkins certainly add additional beauty and elegance to the whole table setting. I also love the girl figurine with the geese; a perfect addition to complete the whole look. And a big congratulations to you on opening your new store; I am so excited for you and wish you the very best. I know it will be a huge success!

  22. Hi Nancy! Your table is so beautiful. Love the pretty transferware. Your tablecloth and the embroidered one are so elegant. Your little statue is so sweet.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  23. Just so pretty! Congrats on your new store! Your following my dream! :) Can't wait to see more!


  24. I'm drooling over your blue and white -- for I love blue and white -- you have some nice transferware! I love your table!

  25. Hi Nancy! Your wall color is fabulous. The transferware is very nice and the little girl in blue is very pretty. Love the lace topper!...Christine

  26. Nancy,
    You never disappoint! I always look forward to see what lovely piece of transferware you are featuring. You have such a knack for putting it all together. I'm not a blue and white transferware fan, but you make it look fantastic. Maybe I need to start a new collection! haha. I want to visit your new store!

  27. Nancy, what a beautiful tea setting. I love that lace piece and your other linens. The figurines, especially the girl, are really nice and add that special touch to your setting. You do such a good job of accentuating your transferware.

  28. Well! You've been having fun playing!!! =]

  29. Hi Nancy,
    What a pretty table setting! Love the lace and the carved table. The little girl figurine with the geese just set the stage for it all; very sweet! I love your blue china. It's lovely and looks so pretty with your touches of yellow. Thank you for sharing and I would love to have you join my tea party! I will add your link to my post and feel free to take one of my buttons. Have a beautiful day.


  30. Beautiful! All of your gorgeous photos are so fun to look at. The blue transferware along with the Banana Nut color works so well. Such a pretty setting too!
    Your store is going to be fab!
    Thank you for joining in Tea Cup Tuesday,

  31. Everything looks so lovely, I wish I lived closer so I could visit your store.

  32. Beautiful. Just simply beautiful! Be blessed. Cindy

  33. What a gorgeous collection of blue and white transferware you have! It looks especially sweet mixed with a bit of yellow! And the embroidered tablecloth is extra sweet :-))
    Thank you for sharing such pretty pics!

  34. Too pretty for words! Love photographs. How exciting to be opening a store~ I wish you all the best and will drop by often~
    All my best, Theresa MsartistSewCrafty

  35. Hi friend, how beautiful your love story, that you have 6 beautiful children, and to do many things, I identify with you in so many things that you have in your profile, I have also children, four children from 20 to 5 years and you understand the lack of time.
    I love the way you decorate, you have a special talent, good taste, and an ability to Cottage Stylo Ignat, I like Victorian touches to their perfume bottles, curtains with tassels, I'm fascinated with your blog, me muchoooooo inspired ... to decorate my house with things that I have saved from long ago, a special greeting for you, from Argentina, I have 44 years and I am a designer and painter. A hug to always Chany

  36. Gorgeous! I love all of the dishware you have its so lovely!!


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  37. Your blue and white transferware is just beautiful! I am only just starting to collect it here and there. Thought I could never get attached to the blues... but it has taken a hold and I love to see collections such as yours. It looks wonderful with your new yellow wall. The lace tabletop cover is beautiful and I love how it all came together. Very enjoyable to view.

  38. We tried your Parmesan Chicken recipe and it's fantastic! Any hints on re-heating the leftovers? We don't want to waste any of this wonderful food!

  39. Oh, such beautiful photos, love to visit your blog, I love all your beautiful dishes, they are so lovely. Thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful week. Terri

  40. That James Kent pitcher needs a new home -- mine! Keep the shop pix coming and best of luck with it. -- Jane F.

  41. Nancy,
    Thanks for coming to NTT with all your pretties...luv all the tablecloths.


  42. Thanks for linking up to my blog roll!! Sorry it's taken me so long to stop by and say thanks. Busy busy!

    I love all your blue and white dishes. Classic and pretty.

  43. congratulations on opening your store!
    your presentation is beautiful, and your collection impressive!
    Best of luck
    thanks for visiting! And you are right, trampolines are the best!

  44. Nancy you have the best stuff!!! I love looking at your photos. I wish I could glide right in and pour a cup of tea and visit! Really inviting!

  45. The display looks beautiful! Great job!

  46. Congrats on your store opening! I just love the wall color! This Tea setting is lovely! I love coming here to see all your lovely dishes! I love the dish Kathryn chose! I love the lace! Oh, the wire tea cup stand has my heart! Teapot, creamer, sugar! I am drooling! I love the stand and ivy with the wonderful dishes! Spode is so lovely! I adore the screen in the background. The yellow dish, brings out the flowers on the stand, and the lovely vintage napkins! Oh, the napkins are wonderful! This is so pretty! The tables look wonderful with the lace draped on it! Love the blue on the chair too. I just love it all! lol Thank you for joining me for Tea Time Tuesday! Such a joy to see all of your lovely treasures!

  47. Hi, Nancy,
    My goodness your tea table looks so pretty. I love that beautiful lace table topper, and your blue and white dishes are very elegant. The sweet girl figurine makes your vignette complete. Thanks for sharing your pretties with us. Have a blessed week full of sunshine! Vicki


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