Oscar de La Renta
I adore blue china and have been collecting images of it for a couple of weeks to create this post. I went a little picture crazy, however, and have a ton of images - too many for just one post! I guess I just love its use in that many different scenarios! So, this post focuses on the use of blue china in foyers and living spaces (and one bedroom) and next week I will post images of blue china in dining rooms, kitchens and on table settings. I hope that you enjoy these and are inspired to incorporate a little blue china into your home. After creating this post, I think I may have to start a serious collection!
The Oscar de La Renta image made me love the idea of coral red and blue china. Below is a more modern take on the combo:
One of my favorite home stores in Manhattan is William-Wayne & Co. and they have a large selection of blue china:
John Rosselli Antiques also has a great collection of china. He gave some great advice for arranging collections in Elle Decor:
"I like massing objects. I'm known for blue-and-white porcelain. A group of boxes - small, large - looks great on a table. At our house in Punta Cana, we collect white porcelain objects - ducks, chickens fruit. Buy things individually, and before you know it you've got a collections.
Bring accessories from any part of the house and put them on the dining room table. Line up four or five blue-and-white vases and fill them with daisies. Go to Chinatown and buy Asian soup bowls, each one a different pattern, and place them on top of white china. Combine your grandmother’s china with contemporary plates. Mix and match."
Some looks at mixing and matching around the house:
As featured in Traditional Home, Lori Tippins uses blue and white china on a wooden antique console in a client's foyer. I also love the mounted horns!
Designer Toby Fairly also groups the china well. (You can never go wrong sticking an orchid in a blue and white planter.)
It makes great bookends and side table replacements!
Collections on Brackets:
Thomas Burak on Chinoiserie Chic Blog
Another bed with a collection on brackets!
Lots of little brackets are used here by Peter Marino! A bit too much going on for my taste, but interesting nonetheless!
One of my favorite designers, Markham Roberts, uses pieces of blue china here-and-there in many of his client's homes:
Here he uses it in different rooms for one client.
Though it is often used in very traditional spaces, I've been pleasantly surprised to find that blue china works in more modern settings. It can be mixed with a variety of colors, fabrics and styles to create an eclectic look:
It looks great here among exposed wooden rafters, modern artworks and an ikat couch.
Are you sold? Do you now love blue and white china as much as I do? Let me know! I love your comments!
Have a great weekend!