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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Pretty painted china

I must admit I am a real sucker for pretty china and crockery. Whenever we go thrifting (which is rather often) I cannot leave without a new teacup, teapot or a plate or two! None of our dishes match really, which is just the way I like it, and although I really don't technically need anymore I would absolutely love to have a selection from these lovely designers. They all alter vintage (not all vintage, but mostly) pieces either by painting, ink drawing or collage, and I absolutely love them!

Lou Rota is one of my favourite designers, I love the quirky mix of pretty romance with creatures that wouldn't normally be considered beautiful. That crow is one of my favourite pieces! She not only re-purposes china, but furniture and all sorts. I never thought I would be one to like decoupage, but this chair is definitely one to swoon over!

Esther Coombs is a London based designer selling on etsy, whose line drawings are to die for. All her pieces are originally thrift store or boot sale finds, which she then transforms by adding fantastic detail of beautiful buildings and the like. I particularly love her seed markers!

Ninainvorm is another favourite etsy designer of mine! Located in the Netherlands, she not only re-purposes vintage ceramics, but also makes and screenprints her own bowls and the like! I absolutely love her sense of colour and folky illustration style. That wee plate with the bunting is so unbelievably sweet! Nina also has a lovely blog where she talks about all things lovely and crafty. Go take a peek!

Happy Monday to you all, I hope it is treating you well!

Becka xo


Blogger Tina said...

oh!!! these are fantastic!!!!

August 16, 2009 at 10:25 AM  
Blogger Annie said...

these are so beautiful! and thanks for the heads up about the US test!

August 16, 2009 at 11:48 AM  
Blogger Maggie May said...

these are so wonderful. i feel like i could, with money, become some creepy old lady who lives in a house just crammed full of things like this. good thing i'm broke :)

August 16, 2009 at 12:59 PM  
Blogger Teri said...

I think I just found a new obsession... great! I am in love with the fish plate!

August 16, 2009 at 1:20 PM  
Blogger Ida said...

I love the china of Lou Rota!!

August 16, 2009 at 2:01 PM  
Blogger Brian Miller said...

not usually much for china...leave that up to T...but the Ester Coombs looks pretty cool.

August 16, 2009 at 3:40 PM  
Blogger Kaitlyn said...

i love the ester coombs china! its goregous.
love the design

August 16, 2009 at 5:04 PM  
Blogger a mouse said...


August 16, 2009 at 5:42 PM  
Blogger the real mia said...

What a lovely collection. I adore the Esther Coombs illustration and the use of color by all the designers.

August 16, 2009 at 9:18 PM  
Blogger K. Sundari said...

Oh they are all so beautiful. Mine just seem so plain!

August 17, 2009 at 2:58 AM  
Blogger Couture Millinery Atelier. said...

So beautiful ! I have a large collection of divine china cups th oldest of which is made in 1861 in Imperial Russia. My most prized posession!:-)))

August 17, 2009 at 5:12 AM  
Blogger Paresh said...

Scare your guests away with that insect pattern dish !

August 17, 2009 at 6:41 AM  
Blogger down and out chic said...

i'm enamored with plate walls and these would all make lovely additions to a collection.

August 17, 2009 at 7:16 AM  
Blogger Micaela said...

i am SO in love with the LOVE plates. MUST HAVE!!! i might have to save for the $100 + and forgo lunches for ramen noodles. IN LOVE!

August 17, 2009 at 12:28 PM  
Blogger The Lil Bee said...

Oh my gosh, what a gorgeous roundup! You included some of my favorite designers and some new-to-me ones, too. I am such a sucker for pretty plates and things!!

August 17, 2009 at 12:31 PM  
Blogger Tina Tarnoff said...

I'm a big admirer of Esther Coombs work, but thanks for introducing me to Ninainvorm and Lou, their work is amazing!

August 17, 2009 at 4:35 PM  
Blogger The Wanderers' Daughter said...

I love these!! Great post.

August 18, 2009 at 9:24 PM  
Blogger rachel said...

I just discovered your beautiful blog...and just recently- hand painted -reclaimed china myself. These are truly beautiful, and the bar has been raised significantly.

October 30, 2009 at 10:51 PM  

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