Shades of Blue!

 

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents shades of blue at chestnut cottage

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents shades of blue at chestnut cottage

At a recent antiques show in Cashiers, NC, temptation overcame me and I purchased a lovely dessert set! The shades of blue, plus browns and taupe immediately brought to mind the library at Chestnut Cottage.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents shades of blue at chestnut cottage

One of my very favorite fabrics hangs on the windows in the library and my home office.  It was originally window treatments in my first showhouse room and I have never fallen out of love with this fabric! It is a Fonthill fabric and was sadly discontinued several years ago. I keep the fabric sample at my design studio…just for “old times sake”!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents shades of blue at chestnut cottage

It has the same shades of blue , with accents of brown and taupe as does the new dessert set. Perhaps that is why the dessert set was a “must have”!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents shades of blue at chestnut cottage

I love all of the shapes of the serving pieces, especially the footed piece.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents shades of blue at chestnut cottage

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents shades of blue at chestnut cottage

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents shades of blue at chestnut cottage

The pieces are stamped Spode and can be dated approximately 1825.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents shades of blue at chestnut cottage

This pattern is a version of Spode’s Union Wreath, also called Union Spray. The pattern was originally  done in only blue and white and this dessert set is a version of the Union Wreath/Union Spray. The central pattern joins…The Rose of England, The Thistle of Scotland, and  The Shamrock of Ireland, in a tied bouquet and around the border are the daffodils of Wales. Thus the name Union Wreath or Union Spray! I love the idea of all of these countries of the British Empire being united in this beautiful pattern.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents shades of blue at chestnut cottage

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents shades of blue at chestnut cottage north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents shades of blue at chestnut cottage

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents shades of blue at chestnut cottage

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents shades of blue at chestnut cottage

And when not being used for a dessert party…why not hang a few pieces on the wall!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents shades of blue at chestnut cottage

Can’t wait to have an intimate little dessert party in the library at Chestnut Cottage with this lovely little set!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents shades of blue at chestnut cottage

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents shades of blue at chestnut cottage

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8 Responses to Shades of Blue!

  1. Cindy Stierhoff says:

    Oh I love your new dessert set by Spode China you found. I am always amazed at how many patterns of Spode there are. Also, the fabric is divine, an inspirational piece forever.
    As a teen, I loved wearing blue and brown together, my friends thought it looked odd…little did they know.

    xxoo

  2. franki says:

    How is it that we just gravitate to certain design….I see it in my abode absolutely everywhere…. And, what will you serve on your most beautiful find?? franki

  3. Luke says:

    The brown accents with the blue and white are quite striking! Will you be serving something quintessentially British like spotted dick or scones on the dessert set?

  4. Kathryn Greeley says:

    Absolutely Luke…scones are one of my favorite foods in the world!

  5. Kathryn Greeley says:

    Well…scones, and lots of other nice English goodies! Haven’t really thought of my menu yet! But when I do, of course I will share that with you.

  6. Kathryn Greeley says:

    I agree Cindy…nothing odd about blues and browns together!

  7. Carolyne says:

    The patterns and colour combinations are absolutely gorgeous. What I have learned from your blog is to find inspiration from many different sources. Often, the more uncommon combinations are the most exciting. With much appreciation for how you continue to inspire us!

  8. Kathryn Greeley says:

    Thanks Carolyn!

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