Thursday, March 14, 2013

Blues in the Kitchen

My mom recently gave me 
two big boxes 
of blue dishes 
she had gotten at an
auction last summer.

I put them in my garage
and I sort of forgot about them 
until this week.

I brought them in and unloaded everything
and decided to use them and mix them
with other blue pieces I already had.

Some of the pieces were mixed in here.

Normally I add fresh flowers 
for a winter "pick me up" 
but I've had a virus this week
so I haven't been out shopping.

Then other pieces ended up here.

The dishes remind me of my dear grandmother.
She loved Blue Willow. 
(I once wrote a post about it. Link)

Some of them ended up
on the kitchen table too.

Thanks for coming by today. The blue and YOU
just made my day brighter!


Sarah said...

Alison, sorry to hear you've had a virus. Hope you are feeling better.
Your mom found some gorgeous pieces. I really like the tea caddies and that tea pot. My collection of blue and white is very small, but am happy to say that a couple of new pieces found me recently. I was the lucky winner of the two flower bricks from Marlis and also found a few blue and white finds in the thrift store last week. A blue and white post is definitely in my immediate future. '-)

MarmePurl said...

Blue Willow, boxwoods and the patina of beautiful old wood. Perfection.

The enchanted home said...

Alison in love with every single everything.....don't you love the blue and white against the dark woods? So rich and elegant, you have done a magnificent job displaying everything there and it looks like it was always meant to be there!! Beautiful job.....

Unknown said...

Oh what beautiful pieces she found. Ypu have showcased them so well... against the dark bookcase.
I have a very dear spot in my heart for blue willow. Like yours, my grandmother luved blue willow... I remember eating many meals on those as a small child. She passed away when I was 10 and I never looked at blue transferware the same again. It always caused me pain. That is until lately when I have been longing for some to be able to use and remember fond memories... luving times. Haven't had the pleasure of acquiring any yet. But my quest continues .
Cheers, Gee

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Lucky you to get all those dishes. You have displayed them beautifully. I just love that second hutch with the clock. So unusual.

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Beautiful dishes Alison, what a sweet gift! Hope you are feeling better!!!

Calypso In The Country said...

I love all the blues and they look beautiful mixed in like that! Hope you are feeling better!

Rebecca said...

Nothing beats blue & white in my "book"! As usual, your eye for display & lovely surroundings are truly charming... Hope you're soon back to good health.

NanaDiana said...

Those are gorgeous- What a wonderful gift from your Mom- xo Diana

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

Oh, Alison, I had that virus 2 weeks ago. I spent all week in my jammies. I told Dan I was like an old dog, all I did was eat and sleep! Hope you are better soon. I love blue and white, too and that pop of yellow!

Pamela Gordon said...

I'm sorry you've been ill with a virus and hope you will soon feel better. I love your blue and white dishes. Your kitchen table is gorgeous and that green runner looks like leaves. So petty! Enjoy the weekend. Hopefully you'll have some nice sunshine to perk you up. Hugs, Pamela

Amy said...

Such a nice addition to your present dishes. I hope you feel better.

Preppy Empty Nester said...

A great addition to your beautiful home!

Sunflowers With Smiles said...

Gorgeous collection, love the blue and white.

Dixie Delights said...

All the ladies in my family have blue willow. I love your collection!


Pretty Alyson, your blue Willow collection was a great present from your mother..I can believe you had them in a box..but than I don't, I have lots of china in cartons, lol! Your hutch looks gorgeous with the brown transfer ware pieces and the white ones. I hope you are feeling better, I also had allergies lately, specially in my eyes. Enjoy St. Patty's weekend, wheather you are Irish or like me, a non-Irish..heheheee

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

Love Blue Willow. We have a set that came from my in-laws' lake cottage. It came with the cottage, but when they sold it, I wouldn't let my mother-in-law let the dishes go. We brought them to our house, where we get them out once in a while to enjoy.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Your vignettes and displays are all gorgeous. I love the blue mixed in, how pretty. Hope you are feeling better. Hugs, Marty

Pura Vida said...

They look so rich in that dark wood love!

Karena said...

So beautiful and full of sentiment Alison..hope you will visit soon!

Art by Karena

Rita said...

How lucky of you to get those amazing dishes from your mother. i love transferware and although i'm an avid collector of red transferware i must admit blue is so chic! beautiful display.
wishing you a fabulous weekend
rita from windy Italy

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Alison, what beautiful pieces! Love blue and white!! How sweet of your mom to gift them to you! I hope you're feeling better!!! Try to enjoy your weekend!

Unknown said...

Love incorporating family collections! The blue and white is a classic and looks great how you arranged them!

Happy Weekend!
xo Elizabeth

Andrea said...

love all your blue and white treasures. My grandmother also used the blue willow dishes and it reminds me of her-which is always a special thing =)

The Tablescaper said...

I love blue and white and yours is lovely!

- The Tablescaper

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

My heart is fluttering!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a wonderful gift!!! You know how I LOVE blue and white, and I also love it against dark wood!!!! Just between you and me, I am getting tired of seeing all WHITE everywhere. Rooms, walls, furniture, you name it. This is so refreshing. XO, Pinky PS, no offense to anyone who loves the white look, it just isn't me:)

Terri~terrileeauthor said...

blue and white is always a 'pick me up'. These look lovely. I love the look mixed in with the brown tansferware in that one pic. Beautiful table!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Your blue and white pieces are so pretty Alison and I LOVE the way you have them displayed! Your kitchen hutches are GORGEOUS!

The French Hutch said...

Hi Alison, Your blue and white pieces your mom gave you look lovely in your home. Love how you mixed them in with your pieces. The dark wood hutch in your kitchen I have to say gave me a little flutter!!! It is beautiful. I love how you arranged the shelves. So much inspiration in this one post. Hope you are feeling much better soon. Those viruses are awful!!!

The French Hutch

designchic said...

Your kitchen is stunning- in fact I LOVE your whole house. Just read your post over a Tina's and I'm smitten - would love to have coffee in your tack room - so charming!! Thrilled to be your newest follower ~

christy said...

Hi found you from Enchanted Home and so happy I did, your style is just so beautiful. Reminds me so much of my childhood home in Virginia (horse country). I love all that blue and white against the dark woods, your kitchen and tack room are such inviting rooms. I bet you spend lots of time there. Happy to have found you and look forward to more posts.

The French Hutch said...

Hi Alison, Saw you featured over at Tina's blog, great interview and photos!
Have a great week.

The French Htuch

Leslie said...

Love all your blue and white pieces in the kitchen! Great interview over at Tina's:) Your kitchen is gorgeous.. love the island and the wood floor is stunning. Wonderful photos of your beautiful home! Thanks for sharing Allison!


Alex said...

So happy to discover you via The Enchanted Home. You are a master vignette designer. I am inspired.

Unknown said...

Hi so nice to "meet" you via The Enchanted Home. Your home is so beautiful and charming and full of warmth. I really enjoyed your advice and seeing how you put everything together so well. The post was fantastic. Happy to be a new follower.

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...


I see that many new faces have come over from The Enchanted Home, I loved your post there today! I have been a fan of your blog and your spectacular home for a longtime and it is always wonderful to see it from new angles.

I hope you are feeling better and have a great week!


Babs said...

Love the way you styled the hutch..but then I ALWAYS love the way you style things. :) and the mix of boxwood and Staffordshire pieces with the blue and white. LOVE it all!
Hugs and hope you're feeling better.

Jeffrey said...

Hi! ... Pinterest brought me here, really nice site. The photos of the table caught my eye, and I'm wondering if you have any information on the table runner you used? Looks like a trail of leaves ... its mesmerizing! Is it homemade, store bought, anything really. Thanks