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Timeless Kitchenware: Polish Pottery

I love Polish Pottery. The popularity of this style of stoneware has caused a rise in store carriers, and new discount stores are popping up all over the place offering unique collections. I never seem to see the same patterns twice. Polish Pottery, or Polish Stoneware, originated int he 18th Century in the German Province Silesia, which is now part of Poland. The small village of Boleslawiec, the name you will often find on the pottery, is where most of the hand crafted and hand painted stoneware is made. image via The Timeless Kitchen

Prices vary depending on store or online shop. It can be a pricey endeavor to buy all at once, but I like to collect pieces one by one using an artistic collectors heart. A dinner plate I find can be anywhere between $30 and $65 depending on pattern and make. My aunt has joined a club where she receives new pieces in the mail each month that she’s ordered through their catalog…interesting idea.

image via Two Sisters Pottery

Polish Pottery often features traditional “peacock feather” type patterns in bold cobalt blues, deep forest greens and sultry dark burgundies intricately painted onto ivory backgrounds.

Master artists create Unikat or Unique signature patterns as featured here in this painting by Heather Sims from her Polish Pottery Still Life Series. Art inspires art.

For me, it is hard to find a piece or pattern that I don’t like. I’d buy everything here if I could. Polish stoneware is very durable. It’s made that way. And it can find its way into your kitchen’s every day use. The stoneware is safe for microwaves, ovens, dishwashers and can even be used in the freezer, though sharp temp changes can effect it. I wouldn’t go with freezer use. Polish Pottery is lead free and cadmium free.

Image via Top Drawer Accoutrements (TDA)

Outdoor Entertaining…

To celebrate the first weekend of the summer season I found these great tableware ideas at Anthropologie….

Awning Stripe Table Cloth

Lotus Dinnerware in white

Refreshing Lemonade Urn

Celebrate the Day Tumblers

Hobnail Pitcher in blue

Helianthus Goblet in red

and for the centerpiece…this Woven Sunflower Basket

All image from Anthroplogie online.

Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

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Marooned – Flirting with Deep Red Design

When on ponders and looks around for the color maroon, we find everything from a deep red, to the hallowed burgundy of school color, to a dark reddish/purple. For me, maroon is all of these, but more in the red side. Perhaps I’m wrong. But dare we flirt with idea of decorating in this deeply inviting color?

Above is Maroon wallpaper with tree and flower design. Beakyandbe cool “Owl in the Wall” decal is featured.  Found at Be Interior Decorator.

Patterson maroon chenille chaise lounger found at Bisrate for $549 bucks. Cool glam.

Glass coffee table tops a maroon “s” shaped base by Italian design company Taavoli.

Metlox-Poppytrail-Vernon Hawaiian Flower Dinner plates.  At Bizrate.

Finally, go for an original print like this one: Maroon Flowers by Abramsje at Deviant Art.

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Feeling Blue

Got the winter blues?  Hopefully not the emotional blues, but we’ve got the design blues here.

The trend of the color blue and all its many shades of emotional bliss is still in full swing when it comes to decorating homes and apartments.  This wonderful blue living room idea we found at See the Spark opens one’s eyes to the possibilities of using blue to enhance your apartment.

Blue of course is unlimited in shade value, as we see in this powder blue retro kitchen and breakfast suite designed by Brandon Barre.  Shades of blue can be too numerous to name, but here are a few: azure, beryl, cerulean, cobalt, cornflower, cyan, indigo, midnight, navy, Prussian, Robin’s egg, royal, sapphire, sky, slate, or steel blue.

Love these “ocean” blue glass dishes found at New York Classic Party Rentals.

And the meaning of blue: Blue is calming.  It was named the color of the year in 2008.  Blue has qualities of stability, spiritual and mystical when combined with purple, and mysteriousness.  Dark blues are associated with intelligence, unity, integrity, stability, and being conservative.

Though, this wonderful bed design is far from conservative.  Found this lovely idea at Home Decoration Collection.

Easily add a touch of blue to your outdoor table with these blue plastic martini glasses that look amazingly like real glass from City Liquidators.

Ah, a piece of perfection in a blue designed home.  Clear glass chandelier with blue silk shades and blue Murano glass crystals.  Murano Imports.com.

To adorn your walls with blue beauty, consider a painting in blue tones to enhance a blank space.  This painting is by Megan Sax.

Feeling blue can lead to endless decorating ideas in your apartment.  Consider the color blue to enhance you space and create a calming, stable, and inviting environment to live in and share.

If you are looking to rent a new apartment, moving can be a hassle.  Check out the Renters Corner at the top of this blog for useful links to help your move be easy and stress-free.  Apartments i Like has useful info for renters and landlords.