Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Majolica for Spring

Early Spring Mantel
It was time for a new display on my fireplace mantel.
I decided to get my Majolica out that's been packed away.
The white finial came from Hobby Lobby several years ago.
I have quite a bit of Majolica which is an antique pottery from the Victorian era.
It's known for its botanical themes, shapes and bright, shiny lead glazes.
A very common pattern is the begonia leaf.
I have about eight of them and wouldn't mind having eight more.
I only decided to use the Majolica on the fireplace when I was emptying out the buffet in the dining room to paint it.
I placed a few pieces on the mantel and decided I really liked it.
There is currently more of it stacked about the room...since the dining room is all a mess
because of my painting project.
I especially like the turquoise and green but there are bits of pink and yellow too.
I've always loved the colors in these glazes and they have inspired my decorating 
color scheme for many years.
Majolica was very much in high style...the in thing to collect in the late 80's, early 90's....
but has since dwindled in popularity.
But I still love it and I think it's perfect for spring with it's bright pastel colors and nature themes.
Everything comes back in style eventually.
I remember oogling over pages in the design magazines that showed shelves stuffed with the stuff.
I wanted hundreds of pieces. But I've learned I don't need a lot of something.
Ok, I take that back...I didn't learn it....I've got lots of mercury glass.
Anyway I  have a nice Majolica collection (perhaps 40 pieces) but I'm not sure where to display it all
since moving in this house.
So lots of it has been packed away.
I used to really be mad for it. I still love it but have been leaning more towards 
silver sparkly things of late, hence the mercury glass.
In my search for a terrarium...I found this small cloche at TJ Maxx last month.
The little butterfly and bird's nest inside came from Michael's.
I still have not made a terrarium. I haven't found any nice small plants.
But this little cloche with the faux stuff inside seemed to fill my need for a bit of green under glass.
I'm loving the simplicity of this display and the bright pastels.
After all the pink I had out for Valentine's, I'm enjoying the change.
I was in the mood for turquoise and green.
I'm ready for Spring!

**Big News - Just In**
I've been asked to participate in this year's
Parade will run April 4 - 8, 2011

Click on the logo above for more information.
Andrea at Poppies at Play is holding open two wild card you can send her some photos
of your home and you might also be on the tour.
There will be 20 homes with four different homes be highlighted each day over the course of a week.
I was so honored to be included because there are really some super fabulous homes on this tour.

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Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

Beautiful, Nita. I love your mirror so much! Your colors will transition so nicely into Easter.

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

I love absolutely everything on your mantel. I'm crazy for venetian mirrors and yours is gorgeous. I also had some majolica pieces and love it too!!!

My sister and I started collecting it and she ended up with over 250 pieces and she still displays it all in a huge glass front cabinet.

Both of us are now decorating with more silver and glass.


jeanette from everton terrace said...

Very very pretty and they seem to go perfectly with your mantel. I was thinking perfect for spring before I even read your same thought about it :)
My mother really likes Majolica, I'm a mercury glass fan myslef.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Absolutely beautiful! I love everything you used to accessorize your mantel for spring. Martina

The enchanted home said...

Stunning..looks beautiful on the mantle, the colors are so pretty...great pieces to decorate around.

Amy Chalmers said...

Your majolica has such pretty colors, I am used to seeing darker greens..and I remember the popularity of it too. It looks great on your mantel Nita! Do you think of hanging any of the collection on your wall in the dining room or kitchen?

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Wow, Nita you have a wonderful majolica collection. Those are so expensive in the antique shops. I saw loads of them at Scott's antique market. I am going to make a couple of terrariums, too. I googled and found what I need to get and just need to go get the stuff. I have plenty of containers. Thanks for sharing this at WUW.

Olive said...

Nita, you are the queen of finials and your majolica collection is lovely up there on the mantle. ♥O

Unknown said...

Loved your majolica collection. Your mantel was the perfect place to display your collection.

A Whole Lotta Magic said...

Stunning as usual!


Lisa ~Suburban Retreat~ said...

Hi Nita ~ Your majolica collection (what you've shown of it) is gorgeous! It looks perfect on your mantel as we ease our way into spring! Beautiful!

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

Gorgeous again Nita! Love the majolica.

Connie said...

Nita, I am continually amazed by your vision for decorating your home. The majolica is perfect for spring and always your venetian mirrors and this time reflecting your pretty chandy. All so pretty.

cotedetexas said...

I can't get over how beautiful your fireplace is! the majolica is perfect for it!!!! so pretty.

ok. my husband never reads my blog unless I tell him to go read a story in it. but anyway, it's a joke here about his buying sprees on tv buying. sick, sick, sick. hehe. now he is all caught up on these Waterford pieces. He has already bought a lot for the family for next christmas!!!!!!

he's crazy. but the sweetest, most giving man in the whole.

Kelsie From Our Country Home said...

Stunning...I love how soft and warm it is...Perfect for spring time.

Blessings Kelsie

" SHABBY JUNK" said...

Love that miror! judy

Ricki Treleaven said...

Oh, Nita! The majolica is so pretty. I have always wanted to collect it, but I do not own a single piece. I saw a pretty asparagus dish in an antique store yesterday that I thought about buying. I even bought a painting recently because it had majolica on the mantel, LOL! The pieces you have displayed compliment your fireplace tile surround very nicely. GORGEOUS!!!

Ricki Jill

Atticmag said...

Hi Nita, I love your majolica! I don't care if it's in or out of style and who's to say what's in or what's out these days anyway. It's all so over the lot.

If I had 40 pieces I'd have them all massed in one place for maximum effect. Guess the trick to decide where. The colors will make a gorgeoso wall IMO. Thanks for stopping by -- glad to see yours! It looks good on the mantel too - good things look good anywhere in the house. Jane

very merry vintage style said...

The mantel looks great--those finials from Hobby Lobby are really nice. Your Majolica is really nice--love all the different patterns. Congrats on being in the home tour!

An Urban Cottage said...

you've got some of the best collections! those are fantastic. perfect for spring!

Robin Johnson said...

It's all so beautiful and artfully arranged, I just love it.

Cindi Myers said...

I agree with so many of the above comments!!! You really have "IT" Nita! Such a fantastic sense of style. The mantel is just beautiful! :)
Congrats on the being part of the Parade of Homes! How cool!
I can't hardly wait to see it!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Nita, I am in love with your fireplace and mantel! The Venetian mirror and majolica are beautiful. The little butterfly in the cloche is adorable.

Boho Farm and Home said...

Love the majolica! So pretty with that beautiful mantel!

Pottery Figurines said...

Great mantle, and the majolica is just beautiful! It gives an old world touch to the whole thing, which is perfectly complemented by the butterfly in the jar. I also like your candle arrangement instead of a fireplace!

the old white house said...

That mirror is AMAZING!!! love the majolica you have, it's really beautiful and looks lovely on your mantel, makes me wish for spring! xoxo

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous mantel, Nita! Fabulous!!

Angie Holden said...

I love those finials and that mirror -- just gorgeous!!

Sylvia said...

You had me at collection is in a curio cabinet. And I love this time of year when I can bring it out and use it in my Easter displays. I remember the days when you could find a piece of majolica at the flea one single piece...

Great blog!!!


Unknown said...

Beautiful pieces! I'm always surprised at how many people don't know what Majolica is. Even some dealers!

missshawna said...

How lovely! I love your mirror and your Majolica collection is just beautiful...perfect for Spring.

Debra@CommonGround said...

Hey Nita, I don't think I've seen your fireplace before, IT IS AMAZING!!! the majolica looks perfect on it. the colors are wonderful, and you know, if you run out of storage space, I'd be happy to help you out over here! te he! Thanks for coming to the party,

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Beautiful!! The majolica is just stunning!!

The mantel is fabulous.....bring on Spring!

Lou Cinda

PCovi said...

Your blog is my first stop from Debra's party since I spotted Majolica in your thumbnail (that sounds odd, ha!)
Love your collection! Mine is still packed away...I'm so afraid my kids will cause it to disappear :/

Jenn said...

Beautiful! I've never seen Majolica before, but I love it and your mirror!

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

I can't believe you've been hiding that majolica from us! It's dreamy, and so pretty on your mantel. Can't wait to see the kitchen!
Cheers, Andrea

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Just beauituful pieces Nita! They have so many lovely details and look gorgeous as you have them displayed on your mantle- Thanks for sharing at FNF!

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

Your majolica pieces are gorgeous, Nita! And they look wonderful as part of your spring mantelscape.

Thanks for linking to the party. Your home's feminine beauty carries me over from week to week. ;)

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

Michelle @ Sweet Something Design said...

The colors of the majolica is wonderful, good things never go out of style! Beautiful mantle!

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

What a lovely spring mantel! Your dishes are the perfect colors for spring. Your mirror is absolutely stunning!!!

Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

You create such pretty mantels scapes!

{northern cottage} said...

i LOVE how light and airy it looks here! fabululishous!

Susan EvelynAndRose said...

Gorgeous mantel and home you have! Just found you at Jennifer's spring party.
Happy spring!

Unknown said...

Just gorgeous! Perfect and springy! What a great collection! I am going to have to start looking for them!

Betty said...

Everything is just beautiful. Great job.

Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

Wonderful, white makes everything look better.

Blue Ridge Altered Art said...

Wonderful collection. I love your butterflies!!! ~~Sherry~~

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Love that little cloche, Nita! It fits just perfectly in with your mantel decor. Great idea to add a butterfly!

On Crooked Creek said...

Exquisite mantle decor. I am quite smitten with your majolica collection. I would be interested in seeing more when you've completed the display in your home! Inspirational post for our upcoming Season!


I'm your newest follower! I love your Majolica mantel, is it from Spain? I'm also in love with the plates, they gorgeous and very especial. I love your butterfly cloche, it's really nice in the mantel.

Hope you come over and visit, as I like your style.

Chubby Chieque said...

I love each piece in your decos. I never seen such in Sweden nor the countries I visited in EU. I guess, I have to open my eyes more for Majolicas and change my like to silver sparkly things. Another way around for you and me.

Happy w/end & CP...

Greetings from chilly Stockholm,

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh my, your fireplace and your mantel vignette are just stunning. Love everything. So pretty and the plants in your cloche are gorgeous. Absolutely stunning. Thanks for joining the party. Hugs, Marty

Honey I'm Home Blog said...

It's been a little while since I've stopped by (trying to keep my own blog going!). I love this spring decor and what a delicious mirror over your fireplace!

Warmly, Michelle

{northern cottage} said...

that mirror backdrop is divine & I LOVE how it reflects the chandy! Gorgeous display!

Anonymous said...

That mirror is exquisite ! I love the chandelier reflections in it also. Beautiful mantel.
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