Tea for 2 and 2 for Tea

I am newly fond of collecting antique, vintage and otherwise, adorable teapots. I’ve always loved mix and match vintage china especially chintzy flowery teacups and saucers with gilded details in various shapes, sizes and colors. Not only are they all beautiful to look at, but they are very functional – even beyond their intended use. See the collection of teapots I’ve gathered recently and photos from around the Web for some crafty ideas on how you can repurpose your beloved pieces and maybe it will inspire you to get your own collection out of the china cabinet.

If you are interested in any of the teapots from my personal collection, please feel free to contact me for purchase!

CrinolineLadyBlue

From Alice’s China Cupboard

Delft China Blue Wallpaper from Anthropologie (Sadly, no longer available)

CanonsburgMossRose

Vintage 1930s Canonsburg Moss Rose Teapot – I have 66 pieces from this gorgeous shabby cottage chic collection!

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Gorgeous vintage Sadler gold and ivory large cube teapot from my personal collection. This teapot makes me think of Cinderella. Some imperfections including a chip underneath lid.

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Another beauty from my collection of Sadler England china. Miniature aqua and gold cubed creamer. Gorgeous.

Sadler_HotPinkCreamer

Large deep pink and gold creamer from Sadler England. Unused.

Sadler_TealSugarCreamer

Vintage and rare set of matching Sadler England teal sugar bowl and creamer with hand painted floral design, gold trim and bow topped lid. One handle has broken off an been re-glued but the pattern and color are still so pretty.

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Sadler Shabby Cottage Chic Rose Teapot – #1593. Gorgeous. Great condition. Check out this site for info on Sadler back stamps!

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Lovely pastel Sadler England collection found at The Vintage Table. A girl can dream…

SadlerRosesMini

Mini rose vintage numbered teapot – I have the matching sugar bowl (no lid) and creamer too. Some crazing on each. Lovely to display or repurpose.

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From ShabbyFufu – great vintage finds, lush fabrics and bedding and French-inspired projects for sale.

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More great vintage re-styling from ShabbyFuFu. Lovely old candelabra painted blue with tea set repurposed as light holders.

Tea Time by Heather Dutton

Tea Time by Heather Dutton. Find all kinds of products featuring this whimsical pattern.

TeaClock

This creative clock gives a whole new meaning to “Tea Time”. An easy project and clever use of mix and match vintage china.

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From the Decoist, one of my favorite sites for Design inspiration, history and more. Pretty DIY candles in too-cute china.

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Another teacup chandelier…and more DIY design ideas for your teacups and china.

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Make your own mix and match tiered jewelry stand or house all your odds and ends.

TeaCupLamp_PopSugar

This is what I call Ambitious – lots of pink – lots of cups – and lots of balancing.

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Thank goodness for the invention of glue – towering lamp of china.

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Organize any junk drawer and pretty-fy it too!

VintageTerrierTeapot 2

Vintage kitsch ceramic terrier dog teapot. So cute with one ear flopped down:)

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Yellow teacup cupcake stand.

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Grow a mini garden with teacup succulents.

Never Sacrifice Style No Matter What Size Space

I live in a small apartment so I am always scoping out ideas for spacious organization tips and chic decoration trends. I especially love vintage décor and anything with a French flair or Parisian influence that will make my studio feel more like a home.

Some of the best tips I’ve read:

– Divide and conquer. Divide your apartment into livable sections. With limited space, you really want to take into consideration the things you will do at home on a daily basis and the things you have aquired that you need to store or display (You know, the stuff you just can’t bear to love without. The rest should be sent to Goodwill .) For me, not including the kitchen and bath, this entails (1) a closet/vantiy area, (2) a living room area and a (3) bed(room).

– Do double-duty using multipurpose furniture and accessories. My favorite – an ottomon (any size, shape or fabric – as long as it has a lift up top) and vintage steamer trunks. Both can serve as an alternative to a coffee table, extra seating and storage.

– Monthly clean outs. If you love shopping, like me, try to shop by the motto, “buy one, discard three”. Sometimes easier said than done – but try (read:do) and you will live so much happier with less clutter. (I so much prefer the label shopaholic than hoarderJ)

– And NEVER sacrifice style – no matter what size space you have.

Here are some of my absolute favorite designs, layouts and inspiration photos! Hope you find something to inspire you!

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Apartment Therapy – Small Vintage Studio

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Apartment Therapy – Decorating without a “real” closet

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House Beautiful – Designer Decorated Studio

ShabbyChicLiving ShabbyChicOffice   ShabbyChic Closet  ShabbyChicKitchenShabby ChicBed

 

One of my favorite blogs! IHeartShabbyChic.blogspot.com

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Elle Decor

Romantic Decorating – Downton Abbey Style

I don’t know about you but I have hopped on the Downton Abbey train full speed ahead; I don’t know what I love more: the gossipy drama or the vintage Edwardian décor and flair? Up until recently, I didn’t know anything about Downton Abbey other than that it was a PBS show, my grandma watched it and it was all the talked at the 2012 Emmy Awards. After much cajoling, my grandmother finally convinced me to sit for one full episode. Mostly curious as to what had created such a stir in Hollywood that my grandmother had in common with, I watched my first episode of DA – the pilot episode of the entire series. Needless to say, I was hooked in an instant. The drama, the gossip, the scandal – it was like watching an old episode of Melrose Place (from my youth). And when I wasn’t captivated by Matthew Crawley’s gorgeous baby blues and dying for him and Mary to get together, I was further enthralled by the gorgeous interiors throughout every room and every castle in the show.

Walls were adorned in floor to ceiling wallpapers of luxurious damasks in rich reds and lustrous greens. Mirrors and frames were all garishly gold with ornate carvings and details throughout. Elegant rococo style mantle clocks with scroll top heads and curvaceous legs atop a Louis XVI style sideboard. Victorian chairs and settees with Queen Anne legs and serpentine backs. The look is timeless, elegant, feminine and oh so romantic.

I am always looking for romantic style décor and small furnishings, ranging from Shabby Chic to the elegant Edwardian style of Downton Abbey.

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These are just a few of my items that remind me of the era of DA.

Are you a DA décor fan or more into Shabby Chic? Or like me, do you think there’s room for both décor styles – each one capable of eluding romance and whimsy into your home?

Here are a few other blog articles about bringing DA flair into your decor style or check out this month’s issue of Romantic Homes magazine (my favorite home decor mag) where a feature on tea time in Downton style is featured.

http://thedecorologist.com/5-ways-to-bring-home-downton-abbey-decor

http://www.allaboutyou.com/home/home-buys/decorating-ideas-downton-abbey

What’s Old Is New Again

Right now I’m obsessing on the two new china collections from Royal Albert at Macys, Polka Rose and Vintage Pink. PolkaRosePinkVintageRose.pngFirst made in England, Royal Albert’s beautiful Bone China collection Old Country Roses is truly an original Shabby Cottage Chic staple in fine and casual dinnerware. I found a beautiful small scalloped plate from the Original collection at a local thrift store; it almost looks like a star with curvaceous points all around the plate; but I haven’t been able to come across any more from the 1962 set. It is no longer made in England (but made in China and Indonesia) so the originals are truly special. scalloped candy dish

However, now Old Country Roses is available in hundreds of different patterns and shapes in dinnerware as well as in fabrics, soft furnishings and linens. And as I mentioned, you can even buy it at Macys!

You can find the old staple pattern of beautiful bright and light multicolor flowers against a white background and gold trim; and now you can also choose from their recent expansion on the design, Royal Albert’s new vintage inspired collections called Polka Dot Rose and Vintage Pink Old Country Rose.

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Polka Dot Rose is a beautiful soft, minty blue-green with white polka dots; and Vintage Pink Old Country Rose is a beautiful pink rose pattern on your choice of a pale pink background or white. Shabbylicious and ultra-gorgeous! Even the hot pink box with the white crown it comes in is beautiful.

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I am loving that Macy’s online allows you to buy a mix and match assortment of each – that way I don’t have to decide between all the pretty plates.

Do you have any favorite vintage items that you have been scouring for? Have any of them been remade for sale in modern day retail stores? Share your pix and stories with me here.