Ironstone & Transferware Valentines

I’m so happy it’s Friday! That means it is my favorite day for decorating parties out there in blogland. And on a rainy, cold day like today, I can’t think of a more pleasant way to spend a few hours.

I have been a busy bee this week, packing away the snowmen and winter wonderland decor, and changing things out for a bit of a Valentine look.

And now my dining table is all set for a party, using my collection of vintage ironstone and red transferware. I’ve brought back my antique wooden tray and red tool tote from other parts of the house and filled them with my usual favorite decorating combination of antiques, family heirlooms, thrifted pieces, and everyday items.

Each item tells a little story of my life, from the Wedgewood teacup and dishes I bought at a thrift store while I was still in high school, to my wedding silver. Collections are like that. So rich in history. Perhaps not meaningful to anyone else, but the world to you.

The tool tote makes a great spot to tuck away dishes and silver.

This little guy is a recent thrift store purchase. He’s sitting on a piece of history in the red metal lunchbox that was in my father’s family. Love the chippy metal mixed with the shiny gloss of the angel.

The tablecloth came from my aunt, as did the white crocheted pot holder. The other pot holders were made by my grandmother. The Battenburg lace was a purchase I made in college. Each piece with its own little story.

And together they tell a little tale of Valentine’s.

Joining in on the fun at My Romantic Home’s Show & Tell Friday, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, and Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground.

30 thoughts on “Ironstone & Transferware Valentines

  1. Everything looks so shabby and pretty!! Love that you always find something new to rest your eyes on!!
    Oh, how i wish i could start to decorate again…Soon….hopefully…Now when i boys seem to think it’s for them…and tear it down…add there cars etc to it…*lol* So, for the timebeeing i just have to enjoy your pretty home! Have agreat friday! Hugs

  2. Great idea to use the tote to hold treasured items and be all set for a party, too! Looks like your weather is heading our way tomorrow.

  3. How wonderful is this!! Just makes you want to cozy up and have some tea!! What a beautiful table you have set!! It looks like it should be in a magazine.. Your photos look awesome!! Happy Friday to you!!

    Hugs, Linda

  4. just beautiful, audrey! i love the angel on the tin. what a wonderful mix of textures and colors. love your valentine’s day treasures. i think i could look at them all day :). thanks for sharing!
    wishing you a fabulous friday and weekend!
    *hugs* steph 🙂

  5. I want to sit at your table and just look at it all !! It’s just so lovely and serene. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment on my blog! Have a wonderful weekend! 🙂

  6. That little angel is stunning; I spotted this beauty yesterday in your sneek peek 🙂
    I love tableware and these pink dishes are gorgeous. My tableware IS Wedgewood Edme Plain and I use it daily for almost 25 years and can’t get enough of it… Love the combo with silver; that’s one of my other favorites. I will never be able to decorate with it in such a fabulous way like you. But it’s lovely to look at!
    Enjoy your weekend!

  7. Your table looks amazing!!!! I love all of the red you pulled out and how everything has a story! Isn’t it cool to have things like that around your house because every time you walk by them they make you smile!!! Hoping that your home does that for you!
    Happy weekend!

  8. Thank you so much for leaving a sweet comment on my post today. I am pleased to meet you. I love your dining room ‘makeover’ for Valentine’s Day. Your treasures in the tool tote are beautiful. You also make some very nice cards! You are a talented lady. Pam

  9. What a wonderful room. I love the tool tote…you have such a knack with arranging a tablescape. I have a few pieces of red transferware but mostly I have blue. I have Staffordshire Liberty Blue that I use every day. I bought it all on eBay. I love it as much today as the day it arrived. I’m a new blogger…your blog is lovely. I found you at My Romantic Home. Have a good weekend!

  10. What a gorgeous display! I am in love with the red tool tote, it looks amazing with all of your treasures! I especially love the cute little red lunchbox, and those darling glittered birds. Great job!!

  11. So stunning Audrey! I love that cute little red bird and the plates are so pretty! You have a real eye for decorating !! Have a great weekend!! Stay warm!!!

  12. The old tool tote is great….I love the way you have displayed your treasures, especially the family related ones. I’m seeing more and more of those old hammered aluminum trays in displays and vignettes….I just might have to get the next one I see! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog!!!

  13. Thanks for stopping by my humble blog, and leaving a sweet comment. I will enjoy looking through your blog. I am already loving the transfer ware and red container. stay Warm!

  14. What a fantastic collection of treasures you have! I love that various pieces have a story and history, chosen in special ways over the years.
    Thanks for visiting via VIF!
    – Susan

  15. Hi Audrey~ I love your red inspirations!! That tool carrier is so sweet and of course, I love your red transferware! 🙂 I love that everything has a little story to it and love your silverware – beautiful vignettes! thank you for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! 🙂

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