Each time that I pass this corner of the kitchen at Chestnut Cottage, I get a nice wave of joy! This corner is on the way out of the kitchen to the hall that leads to the master bedroom. The old English dresser is filled with many of my favorite pieces of blue and white and when I pass, I can enjoy many “shades of blue”! Not only do I enjoy this blue and white collection, but I also get to enjoy my collection of framed menus that line the hall going to the master bedroom.
One of my decorating mantras has long been… live with what you love! Live with what constantly brings you joy. And my collections bring me a great deal of pleasure, especially my rather extensive collection of blue and white. Recently a friend gave me a gift of flow blue…actually a piece that has never been in my collection! I have several unusual pieces, but never a “child’s chamber pot”. These pieces are typically English, made around the turn of the century. Many “wash sets” and chamber pieces were made and I often see them, but had never seen a small child’s chamber pot like this one.
This rather unusual piece fits nicely in with the other “shades of blue”. Someone said it looked a bit like an oversized cup and when I told them what it actually was, the look on their face was priceless!
The piece is unmarked, but several companies such as Doulton, Garland, and Burgess and Leigh made wash sets and chamber pots. In considering the use of this piece, one can certainly find humor in the fact that the inside bottom is so nicely decorated!
This past weekend I was catching up on my magazines and enjoyed an interview with William Yeoward in my favorite magazine….The British Edition of House and Garden! I have met William on a book signing that we did together and on several other occasions at the High Point Furniture Market and he is so very talented and so very delightful. This interview was about his “do and don’ts of decorating” and I loved and agreed with most all that he said. In particular, I certainly agreed with his decoration mantra…”Something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue and white!” Another thing that he said that really struck a cord with me is “don’t be too influenced by what’s fashionable. He indicated that furniture is affected by fashion, just as everything else is and he thinks it is sad that brown furniture is having a non-vogue moment. I happen to agree with him and think that “brown furniture’s” day is coming back soon!