Twist on Tradition: Blue and White Porcelain

There is a place for antique blue-and-white ceramic in virtually every room in any fashion home. Whether in a huge collection or a couple of well-placed pieces, this popular colour blend isn’t hard to incorporate, whether it’s dressed up or dressed down.

Whenever it’s commonly thought that using blue ribbon on white porcelain was a method that originated from China, the method really began in the Middle East from the 9th century. The Chinese were not far behind, however. Cobalt-blue pigment was excavated from Iran and exported to China as early as the 9th century also.

Antique pieces are particularly special, but the look of blue-and-white china is not difficult to come by these days. Mass-produced pieces could be inexpensive, easy-to-find alternatives for people who don’t have access to old pieces. Below are some terrific examples of how and where to use these pieces all over the house now.

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Create a strong statement in the entryway. Try putting a grouping like this in a hallway or nook that is especially difficult to fill.

A pair of ginger jars like the one on the ideal side of this table is just one of my favorite things to give for a wedding. The sweet pea vines symbolize”eternally” and”many kids,” while the most important decoration is a shuang xi personality which is the emblem for”wedded bliss” It is a terrific way to think outside the registry.

Tracy Murdock Allied ASID

Dedicate to a collection. If you’re going to get it done, why don’t you commit? I love a statement wall like this where a beautiful collection could be displayed. When these pieces fit, I enjoy it equally as well once you can tell the curator stumbled upon each bit over time and each bit has a story.

Add symmetry to a room with a pair of blue-and-white urns. Filling ceramic with something fresh helps to make the look applicable to all seasons and all holidays. I’d place greenery or flowers from these to really make an impression.

Summerour Architects

Convert urns or lemon jars to lamps. Lamps are a good way to add a touch of blue and white that isn’t too overpowering. There is no reason to search the globe for a matching pair; if you stumble across pieces you love, it’s really easy to have them converted to lamps. I did it a couple of years ago with a pair of ginger jars, and they look fantastic.

Wm Ohs Inc..

Put your collection to work. It is hard to see in this picture, but this kitchen comprises a number of blue-and-white porcelain pieces as practical pieces. Why don’t you use ginger jars as canisters for an unexpected twist?

Yellow is a stunning colour to match with this palette; fill a blue-and-white fruit bowl with lemons and bananas.

Dine like George Washington. Blue-and-white porcelain was the location setting of choice at Mount Vernon. Colorful china gives the table an eye-catching pop involving foods.

These place settings match, however a blue-and-white collection that does not can be fantastic, too. Stories about where you found each piece make for a perfect conversation starter during a dinner.

Kathleen Burke Design

Replace that silver set with blue-and-white porcelain. Once it comes to blue and white, this dining area is flawlessly done. The ceramic provides a punch of colour in an area that is usually earmarked for a silver tea set.

Studio Marcelo Brito

Take your collection to the coast. A seaside home is among my favorite areas to utilize blue-and-white porcelain, as it ties in beautifully with a nautical colour palette.

To keep it from appearing too formal, I’d use the porcelain pieces on a mantel and fill them with wild sea oats, starfish or even seashells for a nice contrast.

Oscar de la Renta’s Dominican Republic home is filled with blue-and-white china. If it’s good enough for Oscar, it’s good enough for me!

Carla Aston | Interior Designer

Think of an unexpected twist. If you enjoy the idea of using blue-and-white ceramic but are not wild about its more traditional uses, a sink like this is a terrific way to think outside the box. It adds a fun new dimension, particularly in a small powder room. Even better, a sink like this is relatively affordable and easily available on the web.

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Guest Picks: Business is Coming!

‘Tis the season when friends and family from out of town come to remain. The ideal host is prepared and offers a warm welcome from the doorstep all the way through the next morning. — Maggie from Maggie Stephens Interiors

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Francesco 4-Poster Bed – $1,499

If you have the space, a four-poster bed creates the greatest sense of luxury. I really like this bed is flexible enough to accommodate any style using a quick change of bedding.

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Circles Rubber Doormat – $16.95

The weather may be turning for the worse, but your guests will not monitor in leaves or mud with this pretty mat at your doorstep. It is such a beautiful way to say “Welcome!”

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Offset Bench – $349

This is the best chair to welcome your guests when they arrive. Offer it as a place to sit, take off their muddy boots and set their bag down on the horizontal tabletop. The pillow comes in various colors, so you’ll be certain to coordinate it with the remainder of your entrance.

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Carved Stool – $259

Instead of a normal luggage rack, how about this elegant little stool? When business leaves, it is still possible to use it as a side table, extra seating or just a pretty pop of blue.

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Miles Side Chair – $299

Even those who get stuck at the kiddie table will appreciate these clean-lined and comfy chairs. I’d use these for routine seating paired with two bigger host seats which have arms.

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Alphabet Candles – $10

These candles are a pretty way to show your guests where to sit, and the flickering candlelight will be lovely on the table. Additionally, they make adorable favors for if your visitors go home.

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Frank Lloyd Wright Blue Butterfly Tumbler – $8.95

When it’s time for after-dinner drinks, impress your guests with those Frank Lloyd Wright–motivated tumblers.

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Barrymore Cabinet – $2,250

This armoire is a super elegant spot to store linens, hold extra books or screen wedding china. You can’t go wrong with it!

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Raleigh Upholstered Daybed with Trundle – $1,499

A daybed is an excellent option if your guest room doubles as a workplace. This one even has a trundle to sleep longer than 1 guest. Line the back with cushions for lounging.

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Italian Vintage-Washed 600-Thread-Count Sheets – $289

Splurge on nice sheets for your visitors — unless you’d rather keep their visit short! In that situation, maybe you can get a set for your own bed.

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Vintage Ticking Stripe Duvet Cover & Sham, Blue – $39.50

Ticking stripes are a timeless pattern, and I understand my guests will be happy sleeping under this simple and pretty duvet. You can even mix it with florals for a feminine appearance.

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Cosy Relax Chair – $862

Make sure your guest area has a spot that isn’t the bed where they can sit, lay out an outfit or put on shoes. I adore the tufting and nailhead trim with this beauty.

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Elizabeth 2 Drawer Writing Desk – $1,300

It is wonderful to have a spot for visitors to sit and write, or to set their notebook (particularly if they will be in town for several days). This miniature desk has loads of charm and two drawers for stashing touch pencils and paper.

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Samar Oval Basket – $39.95

Fill a jar with all the necessities your visitors may have forgotten in the home: cotton balls, lotion, pain relievers, a bottle of water, etc.. Leave it into their own room and they will know they’re well looked after.

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Brass Tyrol Horn Bowl – $28

This is a smart little dish for your guests to place keys and loose change. I’d place it on the nightstand or dresser.

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Barrel Mirror – $299

Do not make your visitors sneak out to the restroom simply to check their morning bedhead. This mirror will go with any style design.

Traditional Bath And Spa Accessories – $300

If money is no object, your visitors will swoon (like I did) over these horn bathtub accessories to get their makeup and jewelry.

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Rivulets Quilt – $288

It is always good to have an extra blanket stashed for chilly nights. I really like the blue color in this.

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Clothbound Penguin Classics – $20

Do not forget to bring some reading stuff! The covers of these are quite enough to use as decor if your guests aren’t big contributors.

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Today is a Good Day Tea Towel – $20

If your guests are the kind to pitch in after breakfast (mine are), don’t hand them the old ratty dishtowel! Hand them this cheery one, or skip the chores and framework it rather.

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Get Organized: Mail Cubbies for the Kitchen

Countertop clutter is an issue for just about everyone — regardless of how big or small your kitchen is. Mail magazines, invoices, school reports, and kids’ artwork appears to pile up at an incredible location. And there never appears to be a spot to put it all at a moment’s notice.

While remodeling this Tennessee kitchen, interior designer Polly Blair decided to solve this problem for her clientele. The clients entertain quite often, with the majority of their guests end up in the kitchen, so that they wanted a large island where they might have each entertaining requirement at the ready. They wanted plenty of space to store counter clutter. In an effort to fill every nook and cranny from the kitchen island she came up with this intelligent storage fix.

Polly Blair

Surprisingly, this email storage solution did not come at the clients’ request. While they requested certain things in particular, they advised Blair she would fill in the remainder of the area however she desired. During the redesign, she found that she was constantly looking for a place to store the clients’ mail, and that’s how this option came to be.

Blair worked with the fabricator to make sure they can size the cabinets to create this nook at the end. She decided about the magnitude of the pockets measuring out envelopes and magazines, allowing for an additional 1.5 inches. She then cut cardboard to the correct dimensions, and advised the fabricator to construct pockets to fit snugly across the bits. The corner was built into the cabinetry, with simple pull-out doorways to cover it when its not being used.

If you’re in the midst of a kitchen remodel, then this is a fantastic storage solution to consider. It’s also something that might easily be used on other areas of the home — built-in desks or entryway cubbies for example.

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