Thursday, 27 August 2015

Modern blue & white china ….

I hope you have enjoyed my posts & history of the blue & white china design I collect at home.

I have recently seen several really nice modern china patterns which I really like.

Clerkenwell is one such pattern Clerkenwell by House of Folk takes the traditional design & makes it such fun ….

How could you not love this pattern?


I would sooo love to have a few of these to add to my blue & white set - especially the blue bunny plates  shared on this blog …

However, even the very traditional (and expensive) Royal Copenhagen china has their contemporary side as shared in this blog post. 

Which would you choose if you had to from the Royal Copenhagen novelties range

I love the paired back look of the Blue Fluted Mega range which can be combined with the traditional sets 


The designers have such fun jobs to keep these traditional designs modern & in demand. 

Do you have a pattern you collect or have inherited?  What is your passion? 

Thanks for stopping by & taking the time to comment or just browse.
Dee ~♥~

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Vintage Blue & White transfer ware

I hope you have been enjoying the posts on my various blue & white transfer crockery.

I have left the oldest & most traditional for last because most of it is just good for display as some are quite fragile & with damage.

There is no pattern that is more recognisable then the ever popular Blue Willow design & its variations that remain so popular.




Vintage Spode designs …






The blues are pretty but …. they lack some colour … back to browsing the house for something …



A mixture of old & new candelabra's as well as various shades of candles are always in demand & are at hand when needed … 


Some vintage Victorian cranberry glass adds a hint of colour …



Some pink hyacinths echo the colour of the cranberry glass …


Much better


A few more changes - adding favourite vintage sherry glasses instead of the ceramic balls …



 Some favourite blue items make a pleasing vignette …


Changes - mmmm which do I prefer more? Help ….


Time honoured vintage blue & white wares which are lovely to look at even if they are too fragile to use. They are a reminder of the importance that our potteries have had to lives over the last centuries & that are sometimes passed on still, to enjoy & admire.

We no longer value items & collections as we should - few collect sets of crockery & it is our loss …


Many modern designs are worth considering - for-the-love-of-blue-white-contemporary-klerkenwell-dishes is one such that has caught my eye - definitely something I would love to own to just jazz up my traditional sets …

Do you  see history in such family items or are they a relic of the past?

Thank you for stopping by & taking the time to leave a comment.
Dee ~♥~

Monday, 24 August 2015

The blues in action ….

Hi everyone

I hope you are having a better summer than ours in the UK - I think I missed the 3 days of summer we were supposed to have had.  We invited some friends to join us for supper this weekend and since the sideboard was set blue, it was always going to be a blue night!

Table set in the conservatory for a relaxed supper for friends & their children.  A casual table setting with chunky wine glasses that are more sturdy with children about  ….


Late summer casual supper for friends - with a view of the garden …


A plain white table cloth then a bright IKEA blue patterned tablecloth adds a modern touch.

The Ikea blue glass plate for starters platters of breads, cheese, olives & balsamic vinegar / olive oil to give everyone a chance to chat & relax in a continental way that is always popular.


Main course white plates & blue & white pudding bowls …


Tables outside on the patio for drinks before the heavens opened & we had thunder & lightning as well as torrential rain …


Relaxed starters while the storm raged around us - Godson was not impressed by the thunder & lightning … 

Chicken, broccoli & leek plaits for relaxed eating ….


Healthy salads made by a friend



 The blues work well & are being used more often ….



Relaxed suppers are just the thing … I hope you have managed to do a few things over your summer too. Thanks for stopping by & taking the time to read & comment ...
Dee ~♥~

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Cheese & wine blues ….

I hope you are enjoying summer or winter if you are a southerner.

While changing the sideboard to blue colours, I decided to try several variations to have other options to use the blue & white crockery & truth be told, while all the blue & white crockery is unpacked & the candles are changed, I may as well take try some changes ….

This is my take on using it in a modern way for cocktails, snacks or cheese & wine. This time the common thread will be the colour not the pattern.

 I kept some of the cobalt blue designs then brought in colour …


A favourite Dutch cheese platter & cheese slice continuing the blue theme …


A modern glass cheese board is teamed with a Dutch cheese dish & some modern Chinese bowls. The modern cheese knives sit well with the glass board. Don't you just love the little bowls & the plates under them (bought separately but good together).


Drinks corner - bright accessories & favourite Vodka bottles (which just happen to be the right colour)


The modern blue plates are backlit with battery lights to brighten up the shelves for night time


Colourful cocktail glasses add a modern touch & a pop of colour to the sideboard



LED lights & candles light the way to a colourful scene …


Traditional meets modern & they do very well … what do you think? What would you change?

Perhaps I will be using my numerous blue & white transfer wares a bit more often now.
Dee ~♥~

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Mixing up the blues ….


While doing the Blue Danish sideboard, I decided to do some variations because I have several patterns which are complimentary patterns with just small variations as they were made by various potteries over the years.

I shared some of the patterns in a previous post  when I packed it up in January.

I duly mixed up the patterns - some clearly more vivid than others but pleasing all the same.


The various thicknesses of plates can be seen - the Blue Danish pattern runs right to the edge & they are much thinner than the modern versions …


 Modern Ikea blue glass plates are a lovely contrast …


Another pattern with more white


Jugs in various sizes & designs …


Sandwich plates & modern blue glass as well as another pattern …





Several designs on the gravy boats …







The Masons design with fluted edges



Saxon bowl …


A modern Villeroy & Boch design that fits in nicely …



 Mixing up the jugs …





Various coffee cups & mugs - 4 different sets - can you spot the differences?


The important issue - how well do they all sit together?


The patterns all have a common colour & pattern variation so I think they work well together ...



I am definitely going to mix it up more often so it gets used regularly. What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by & taking the time to leave a comment or browse …
Dee ~♥~