Tuesday, September 30, 2014

An Autumn Tablescape - Royal Doulton Pomeroy in Sage Green & Rust

 I posted some of these photos several years ago.  The plates I used in this setting, I think, are absolutely beautiful.  I have to admit though, that with the exception of me moving homes twice after  that posting, they have not seen the light of day since.   They date to about 1930 and were made by Royal Doulton.  The unusual, loden green transfer is richly hand painted highlights of burnt oranges/rust, subtle golds and pink.   I've held onto them long enough, so now they are for sale in my online shop.

The pattern is Pomeroy, a very popular pattern, but it is most often seen in blue or red, or red with color added.  At the time I purchased these, I'd never seen this pattern in these colors, and to this day, I still have not.   At our home, we have a set of red with painted colors of blue, gold and green which we currently use as our everyday dishes.  I absolutely adore the colors of these plates, especially at this time of year.  

This tablescape was set up as a display when I had a brick and mortar store.   The photos were taken inside a room with no windows so please forgive that they are a little dark.  As is often the case with me, I opt for a non traditional tablecloth.  I used a mossy green lace window panel with embroidered, deep red roses.   I love to shop my house for things to use in my tablescapes so the panel was perfect.  I pick these up on sale, when I can, for little money and solely with the purpose of using in draping a table.  

  I created the floral arrangement with silk roses, a whispy fern that hints of Fall and orange wildflowers to the arrangement.  

The placemats are inexpensive, round woven mats in the same loden green as the plates, but slightly lighter.  The napkins are a soft orange jacquard with light gold threading.  


To give the table a definitive Fall appearance I chose these festive leaf shaped salad plates adorned with a pair of acorns at each end.  I alternated between green and rust colored bowls at each place setting.

The candleholders are vintage brass with amber beaded accents.  Candles are from Zest candles.

Flatware is San Remo by Heritage...or Cambridge...gosh I can't remember! ;-) They have ivory colored handles but paired with the plates and florals at the table they take on a more golden hue.

These ggoblets are hand made with etched roosters on them.   

A brief history of Royal Doulton: 

Renowned as one of the worlds finest producers of tableware, Royal Doulton has a rich history which dates back to 1815 in Lambeth, South London where John Doulton and his partner John Watts established their pottery.
In 1882, Doulton purchased a small factory called Pinder, Bourne & Co, at Nile Street in Burslem, Staffordshire; part of The Potteries, where the Royal Doulton companies reputation flourished.   Tablewares and Art Pottery were being produced alongside industrial ceramics. Also, by 1882, this branch of Doulton's operation was making bone china (porcelain containing bone ash).

Developed by his son Henry Doulton, it became Britain's leading manufacturer of sanitary wares and other industrial ceramics as well as a major producer of art pottery and of ornamental and commemorative pieces, and tablewares.
The Lambeth Studio in London continued in existence until 1956, and until recent years the  Doulton production has been concentrated at Burslem.
Having taken over many of its rivals both in industrial and decorative wares, the Royal Doulton Group was one of the largest manufacturers of ceramics in Britain.

Today, Royal Doulton is owned by the Waterford/Wedgwood group.  As of 2005, the majority of Royal Doulton wares are made in the Far East, and Indonesia.

“Her pleasure in the walk must arise from the exercise and the day, from the view of the last smiles of the year upon the tawny leaves and withered hedges, and from repeating to herself some few of the thousand poetical descriptions extant of autumn--that season of peculiar and inexhaustible influence on the mind of taste and tenderness--that season which has drawn from every poet worthy of being read some attempt at description, or some lines of feeling.” 
Jane Austen

Hope you all are enjoying Fall!

Some of the parties I will be joining in blogland are:
Susan at Between Naps on The Porch
Charm of Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Cozy Little House
Cedar Hill Farmhouse

Homemaking Linkup at Hope In Every Season 
Table It! at Rustic & Refined
Anything Goes Party at Bacon Time with the Hungry Hypo

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Loathe or Love? Decorating with Antlers and Transferware

Antlers.  Love them?  Loathe them?   I posted about antlers a few years ago and there were lots of comments but very few of you were sitting on the fence when it came to using them as design elements.  Some of you flat out said, "no way".   Some of you loved them and use them yourself.  Antlers make a statement in a room for sure.   I have really grown to love the very European, organic, natural look of antlers.  They feel so English Country to me, so old world.   Though they are currently a design trend with manufacturers producing them in resin and even starkly painted white, Charles Faudree, just to name one very famous designer, used them for years in his timeless interiors and they've been used to decorate the finest of European homes, and castles, for hundreds of years.  These days they are seen in everything from modern, high rise apartments to the very traditional English trophy room.  

Because I'm so keen on transferware, I've decided to share mostly  images of rooms combining both antlers and transferware, though I've snuck in a few that don't have any of my beloved dishes.  All of my selections are quite traditional in aesthetic combining a wonderful recipe for R and R (rustic and refined). 

I fell in love with this kitchen the first time I saw it, I believe on Amy's blog (Maison Decor).  Purple transferware and small, Roe deer antler mounts over the sink.

Blue and white is always in style.  I like the use of the antlers flanking the blue transferware plates in this arrangement by Jen Owens

This hallway showcases a wonderful brown transferware collection and antlers.
I think the idea of topping the secretary with the large antler mount is great.  Love!

Fantastic collection of yellow / brown two color transferware!

An antler chandelier hangs above the dining table in this lovely living / dining room combining majolica and brown transferware.

source Michele at Dreaming of A Farmhouse

I like Savvy Seekers asymmetric arrangement.

Eddie Ross' entire bathroom is black and white…I loved this feature and loved the use of the antlers as a towel holder.
Eddie Ross

These antlers were in my old dining room…
but are now above the fireplace in my office.

I can't say how much I love Delores's styling. 
source Delores, Vignette Design

Okay, so this pic might send some of you over the edge but I had to show it anyway.

No transferware in this next shot, but I think this foyer is absolutely charming.  A few plates here and there would be nice; but of course I would think that!

There are antler mounts over the stove in this stunning kitchen…and check out the chandelier!

I love the symmetry of the arrangement over the sofa in Uptown Acorns sitting room.  This room is void of color but has so much texture and is rich in interesting, beautiful objects.  I like the hats by the door as well.

Kim, at Savvy Southern Style, has a wonderful antler collection displayed all around her home.  

Another view of the kitchen in the first photo.  I can't find a thing here that I'm not crazy about.

Here is another fantastic room by Francie Hargrove with which I can find nothing I don't like.  It is anchored with a heavy antler chandelier.  I love those red chairs!  

Brambly is a blog I discovered a couple of years ago and fell in instant love with her decorating style.  She's got a great display of transferware in her breakfast nook, and look….an antler mount as well!

Antlers make interesting table top accents too, especially in Fall or Christmas settings.  I used some naturally shed antlers in this tablescape I did a couple of years ago, mixing them with holly, pine and berries flanking an antique tray of leather decanters. 

Most of us don't think of pink as an accent color in Autumn but not Everyday Home.  This is a stunning use of pink in an elegant Fall table setting. 

Susan, at BNOTP, set this stunning table and used antlers around the table.

So, have you seen enough antlers or are you wanting more?  Do you decorate with them?  Do you want to decorate with them?  Are you a lover or a loather????  Of antler decor that is!

Joining some of these wonderful parties in blogland:
The Charm of Home Six Sisters Stuff
Sundays at Home at Thoughts from Alice
Make It Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings of Your Heart and Home
Share Your Creativity Party at It's Overflowing