Sorry it’s been a week since my last post. I’ve been busy gallivanting around the country shooting lovely reader homes for Ideal Home’s September issue. A little something to share with you though this fine Friday is House of Rym’s chinaware, available from Couverture soon. House of Rym founders are a Tunisian and Swedish duo who worked with Swedish designers Anna Backlund and Elisabeth Dunker to create this beautiful range of porcelain that I simply LOVE…

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It’s delicate with clean lines yet whimsical with a natural woodland feel…

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Mmmm, don’t you just love the monochrome pattern on this teapot!? Feel’s a little Marimekko-esque crossed with Lisa Stickley

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The blue and white lattice style pattern on the cup below reminds me of a modern take on Royal Copenhagen’s blue fluted design…

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Teapot, £59; cup, £12; saucer, £12; milk jug, £29.

Yet again, scrummy Scandi design at it’s best! Another something for the wish list. Keep an eye on the Couverture website come June. – Alice

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Ah, Beryl. What a name. Perfect for an iconic British tableware range. Wood’s Ware ‘Beryl’ china has become a designer classic. Mostly green (are we calling it mint?), it still fills dusty kitchen cupboards in village halls, Scout huts and churches up and down the country. It’s become a symbol of 1940s, utilitarian, chic. I once bought a whole set of Beryl Wood’s Ware in the rarer primrose yellow colour (officially, it’s called ‘Jasmine’ I think) for next to nothing at a car boot. It reminds me of having tea with my grandparents…

Lovely photos here from vintage shop, Patchwork Harmony

…anyway, this is all very lovely, but what’s the actual POINT?! The point IS, Paperchase has just released it’s AW11 collection and I was chuffed to see some rather splendid Wood’s Ware cake stands and clocks, made from ‘upcycled’ Beryl plates. How very exciting. The clocks are made from tea cups and plates, and I spent an unhealthy amount of time admiring them at the press show. They’re going to start at around £35 and will be in store around September time. Of course, I would never suggest that you learn how to safely drill a hole in a vintage plate, buy some clock hands cheaply from HobbyCraft or Clas Ohlson, then make your own for £3. That would be very cheeky indeed. – Ellie

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Trixie Delicious (possibly not her real name…) of Auckland, New Zealand, likes to ‘up-cycle’ vintage china in her own, very special way. If you like Lou Rota’s beetles and birds, or you’re a fan of RE’s macabRE plates which are plastered with skulls, scorpions and other spooky oddities, then the chances are, you’re going to like this. Note that ENVY is green and GLUTTONY is the biggest!

Trixie’s ‘naughty’ china (there’s a warning on her Etsy shop that some items might offend – you have been warned!) is cheeky and charming and never, EVER twee. Forget ‘LOVE’ and ‘PEACE’…here are some of her classics:

Imagine the bun fight at tea time as you argue about who gets to use which cake plate!

This one’s the perfect gift for that friend you have who thinks raiding a World of Warcraft dungeon counts as socialising.

Yum, yum, yum. These plates look fab arranged on a wall in holders. If I had to choose a favourite, I like the ‘Poison’ trio below. The words ‘Cyanide’, ‘Arsenic’ and ‘Belladonna’ clash so wonderfully with the pretty pink rose plates they’re splashed across! Just pray that your scones are safe to nibble…  – Ellie

Like shoes, men and Maltesers, you can never have too many pretty vintage plates. But if, like me, you have stacks of lovely old china piled high, hidden away in cupboards, that you picked up for pence at car boot sales or in charity shops, but use once a year at most (!), then now’s the time to display a few of your favourites so you can admire them every day.

VINTAGE PLATE1I love the crafty plate projects in our new November issue. This quirky clock idea is super-simple and so effective. Mark the centre of your plate where the hole will be drilled, then put the plate face up on a sturdy surface, and secure with Blu-tack. Cover the centrepoint with masking tape, then drill a hole slowly using a tile/glass drill bit. Then fit a clock mechanism (£10.99, Hobbycraft). Voila!

VINTAGE PLATE2You can use vintage tea cups as pretty planters – great for inexpensive but lovely gifts.

VINTAGE PLATE3Use lovely saucers as photo frames. Cut photos to fit the base of saucers and glue them in place, then glue-gun hooks to the backs of the saucers and hang them with ribbons for a delightful display. You can find vintage china at Chinasearch, or Katy Potts Tea for Two. – Ellie

Ooh look –  it’s the First Lady Michelle Obama and ‘First Lady’ Sarah Brown enjoying a cup of tea using the gorgeous Sophie Conran at Portmeirion china range! The new ‘best friends’ were visiting Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre, where Sarah Brown is the patron, and stopped for a cup of tea and piece of cake to help celebrate the centre’s first birthday. Maggie’s is a place for anyone affected by any type of cancer – including family, friends and carers – to get information, practical advice and emotional support – what a great place to visit…Emily

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The Ladies at Maggie's

 

Patron Sarah Brown pouring a cup of tea or is it coffee?!

Patron Sarah Brown pouring a cup of tea or is it coffee?!

The classic Sophie Conran for Portmeirion white collection, teapot £33.00, teacup & saucer £13.25, creamer £11.25, covered sugar £11.25)

The classic Sophie Conran for Portmeirion white collection: teapot £33.00, teacup & saucer £13.25, creamer £11.25, covered sugar £11.25