Monday, October 15, 2012

~My Thrift Find of the Year!~

What do you do when hubby calls home, before returning from a business trip; and says he's in a thrift store?  (He sees some things that you might be interested in.)

You have him take cell phone pictures and say, "yay or nay"!

One of the things that I absolutely loved was this gorgeous soup tureen...I think this must be my year for soup tureens!

I thought the pattern was just lovely; and even though it was floral, the colors work beautifully in my fall dining room.

Please excuse the dirt smudges ...I was so excited to share it, I hadn't cleaned it up,!

It even came complete with the underplate and ladle!! It is so delicate that it's a wonder he got it home, on the plane, in one piece!!

Upon further inspection, we noticed a stamp on the bottom and did a little research; and this is what we discovered via

John Maddock and Sons royal vitreous pottery is a well-known and highly sought after category of antique pottery. Produced by the John Maddock and Sons company, this pottery is known for its ornate designs and superior craftsmanship. Founded in 1842, it was known only as J. Maddock until 1855, when it became known as J. Maddock and Son. Then, in  1870, it became known as J. Maddock and Sons. 

Many of the manufacturer's seals on the pottery give the full name of the company, and it is accordingly possible to date early J. Maddock pieces by the name used on the official seal. Production of original J. Maddock and Sons royal pottery continued until the mid-1960s. John Maddock began producing fine china under his family name in the town of Burselm in 1842. He had previously produced graniteware for export to the United States with other partners. The fine china produced by this firm quickly became noted for its intricate floral designs and its delicate appearance. Well-known production lines and styles include the "Majestic" and "Bombay" patterns that some consider the most exemplary of the this firm's pottery. All of the pottery produced by this firm has distinct markings that make it possible to date and identify each piece. There are several markers which make it possible to narrow the time period down. It was not until 1906 that the firm began placing the words "& CO" beside J. Maddock and Sons. If any piece has "& CO" following the name of the company, it is possible to deduce that the piece was made after 1906. However, there are several seals used after 1906 that have neither "& CO" or "& SONS," which means that the lack of the word "& CO" can not be used to identify the piece as predating 1906.

 We also found a website that shows all of the markers and the

years that they were in use. It appears that this one was used

 between 1880-1896! We're not sure what the value is; but Dear 

Hubby found this one in the thrift store for $15.00!

Can you believe it???!!!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

~Guest Bath Accent~

This is just a short post to share with you a gift that I received, from a dear friend, at church, on Sunday. I think she loves the fleur de lis as much as I do! She had purchased some of these for herself and grabbed a set for me, as well. Wasn't that sweet?

She gifted me with these lovely embroidered fleur de lis towels.
Aren't they pretty?!

I placed them on a silver tray, to give them a place of prominence, in one of the guest baths. 

I think they are just beautiful!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

~Fall Around The House~

Today's post is a compilation of some of the fall decor around our home. I am almost finished; but I wanted to get this post done to link up to some of the parties coming up. You may have seen some of these images in my previous posts; but, I am also including some of the latest additions. I've also mixed some thrift finds in with my new decor.

The fall decorating began with the fireplace mantel...

This was the mantel in September...

I found the shimmery pumpkins at Michaels on sale, and painted them with metallic blue craft paint!

I love the pops of blue!

Now that we have had the first chill of Fall, the lanterns have been brought in for the season; and they have replaced the candlesticks...

The next thing I decorated was the coffee table...

I love all of the fall accents...

This week, I finally made it over to the kitchen. I did my first tablescape of the season...

The napkin rings were a thrift store find. I paid 99¢ for a bag of 6 or so. They were shiny brass; and I spray painted them with Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint. The green goblets were from Dollar Tree last year. (They still have them this year!)

Next to the breakfast area, the office doors have been decorated with swags; and the iron piece above is garnished, as well...

I kept the pot rack simple, with copper pots and a leaf garland...

Below the pot rack, on the center island, the tiered fruit bowl has been filled with fall accents...

On the other side of the kitchen, this little vignette graces the buffet island. A copper tray holds a fall swag, a copper pot, and framed fall subway art that I found on Pinterest...

This copper ice bucket was found at an antique mall for a steal! I decided to use it as a vase, for now.

Inspired by my sweet friend, Liz, at Savvy Seasons, I created a cloche using one of my cake stands and a glass dome...

I kept it simple with a small white pumpkin, some moss, and a few fall leaves.

A fall leaf garland garnishes the decor in the powder bath...

And this cute little leaf dish sits on an end table in the family was a 79¢ thrift find from last year.

This weekend, I hope to finish the foyer table, dining room, and the front porch. I'll share those as soon as I can!!

Well, that's it for today. I hope you've enjoyed your visit!
Happy Fall!!!

Linking to:
Worthing Court-"Better Late Than Never"
House On The Way-Thanksgiving Treats & Fall Fun Link Party
Under The Table and Dreaming-Sunday Showcase Party
Curb Alert-Friday Block Party
One More Time-Share It One More Time
Chic on a Shoestring Decorating-Flaunt It Friday
My Romantic Home-Show and Tell Friday
Kristen's Creations-Share Your Creations
No Minimalist Here-Open House Party
Southern Lovely-Show and Share
Ivy and Elephants-What's It Wednesday
DIY by Design-Fall Into Fall
Not Just a Housewife-Show Me What Ya Got
House on the Way-Twirl and Take a Bow
A Stroll Thru Life-Table Top Tuesday
Be Colorful-Motivated Monday
The Dedicated House-Make It Pretty Monday
The Tablescaper-Seasonal Sundays
Debbiedoo's-October'Fest of Fun
Fox Hollow Cottage-Fall and Halloween Mantel Party
Imparting Grace-Grace At Home
Katherine's Corner-Thursday Favorite Things

Monday, October 1, 2012

~Woodland Fall Breakfast Table~

This year, I am slowly getting my home decorated for Fall.  Being a new empty-nester, I am enjoying the slower pace of being able to take my time, and really enjoy the process. In previous posts, I've shown you my mantel and coffee table. Today, I am sharing my "Woodland Fall" breakfast table". 

I enjoy the deep, rich tones of our kitchen; and they translate well for the warm, cozy feel of the season.

Layers of natural and faux foliage create a "bridge" between the two lanterns...I purchased these several years ago at ZGallerie.

Since there are only two of us at home now, Dear Hubby and I only use one side of the, the display is not a conversation barrier!

My inspiration came from this display at Williams-Sonoma. 

(The quality is not very clear, as I did a quick snap with my iphone!)

I love the beauty of the white dishes, with the rattan chargers; but, it was the pumpkin dinnerware that stole my heart! That mix, along with the stainless and copper cookware was just stunning. I love a mix of elements in the kitchen.

I also fell in love with the 'bushy' foliage of this display at 
Pottery Barn...

(Another quick iphone shot)

So, I merged elements of the two...

The table is set with the "Botanical Pumpkin" plates from 

I saw them in the display above; and it was love at first sight! 

Each setting began with these rattan chargers, which were a previous purchase from 
Cost Plus World Market.

The chargers were layered with white dinner plates from

Then, the "Botanical Pumpkin" salad plates were added.

I purchased the dinner napkins, in the "Botanical Pumpkin" pattern, as well. 

The napkin rings were a thrift find. I bought a bag of 8, for 99¢...they were brass; and I simply gave them a coat of Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze. Now they are perfect for Fall!

A vintage copper ice bucket serves as a vase for the flowers and foliage. Various pumpkins, leaves, and gourds provide seasonal color. I'm doing a lot with copper in the kitchen this season, so this works perfectly.

The flicker of candlelight in the lanterns adds ambience; and they are topped with little fall accents.

To the right of the breakfast table, in a small space between the office doors and the pantry, I added a kitchen towel, also, in the "Botanical Pumpkin" pattern. The towel serves as a base for the wooden pizza peel, that was a thrift find, last week. I added some raffia and a few fall leaves for texture.

I hope to find some small white pumpkins to add to the table soon, as a final touch. Pumpkins are just starting to show up here; and I have not seen the white ones at all.

So, that's my fall breakfast area, for now!
I hope you have enjoyed your visit; and Happy Decorating!

Linking to:
Worthing Court-"Better Late Than Never"
House On The Way-Thanksgiving Treats & Fall Fun Link Party
Cuisine Kathleen: Let's Dish
Life on Lakeshore Drive-A Bouquet of Talent 
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia-October'Fest of Fun
One More Time-Share It One More Time
French Country Cottage-Feathered Nest Friday
At The Picket Fence-Inspiration Friday
2805:Potpourri Friday
The Charm of Home-Home Sweet Home
BNOTP-Tablescape Thursday
Kristen's Creations-Share Your Creations
No Minimalist Here-Open House Party
Ivy and Elephants-What's It Wednesday
House on the Way-Twirl and Take a Bow 
DIY by Design-Fall Into Fall
Savvy Southern Style-Wow Us Wednesday
A Stroll Thru Life-Table Top Tuesday
The Polohouse-Favorites on the First
The Dedicated House-Make It Pretty Monday
Be Colorful-Motivated Monday
Under the Table and Dreaming-Sunday Showcase Party
Homemaker on a Dime-Creative Bloggers' Party Hop
The Tablescaper-Seasonal Sundays
You're Talking Too Much-Meet Me Monday
Debbiedoo's Newbie Party