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Pretty Porcelain

by habituallychic

05 . 17 . 11
“I find it harder and harder everyday to live up to my blue china.”
                                           – Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde might have had a hard time living up to his blue china but the interiors in these photos are completely uplifted by the addition of blue and white china.  I always love blue and white porcelain but it looks even more cheerful in the spring.  After looking at the rainy weather report for the week, I think we could all use a little cheering up today.  If you want to start your own collection, my favorite sources are the flea market, Middle Kingdom and Pearl River Mart.  Enjoy!
Ashley Whittaker

Markham Roberts

Oscar de la Renta

Mary McDonald

La Fiorentino by Billy Baldwin

La Fiorentino

Katie Ridder
Aerin Lauder

Aerin Lauder

Grant K. Gibson

Grant K. Gibson

Tory Burch

Aerin Lauder

Carolyne Roehme

House Beautiful

House Beautiful

Markham Roberts

John Rosselli 
John Rosselli
Habitually Chic Design

Country Living

Markham Roberts

Barclay Butera
House Beautiful

Ralph Lauren

Whitney Fairchild in House & Garden

Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren Home

Whitney Fairchild in House & Garden

Ralph Lauren Home

Carolyne Roehme
House Beautiful

David Lawrence Studio


Mary McDonald


Meg Braff

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  1. The Blue Pear May 17, 2011 | 3:36 pm

    Found your blog a couple months ago and am loving it! I have a question regarding the image in this post labeled Grant Gibson…Do you have any info on that light fixture hanging over the table? It’s amazing.

  2. Habitually Chic May 17, 2011 | 3:38 pm

    The Blue Pear – you can find all the info in this post, http://grantkgibson.blogspot.com/2011/05/san-francisco-decorator-showcase.html.

  3. Curated By Color May 17, 2011 | 5:31 pm

    Great job finding such wonderful photos showcasing different ways to display blue and white porcelain! I’m sharing this with my mom who just moved into a new house and is trying to figure out how to display her collection.

  4. Attiser May 17, 2011 | 6:51 pm

    Really love them all, very royal look of blues… Great finds !

  5. Kelly@Bungalow Blue May 17, 2011 | 7:51 pm

    Fabulous! You can never have enough blue and white china, in my opinion. 🙂

  6. Champagne/CrushParty/StitchPoet May 17, 2011 | 8:03 pm

    OMG! My tweet for MY post today showed up on my dashboard right beside your tweet for this post! Check it out!!! The internet is AMAZING! And maybe a little scary!

  7. Anonymous May 17, 2011 | 8:29 pm

    A lovely post – have long been mad for B&W porcelain.

    BTW – am pretty sure the “unknown” post with the rattan secretary is Barclay Butera – from his actual house!

  8. The enchanted home May 17, 2011 | 8:40 pm

    Love blue and white porcelain, china, and collectibles..its amongst one of my most favorite design elements. Adds such instant beauty, elegance and grace to any room. Beautiful examples shown here….and unlike other elements of design the blue and white truly in my eyes works in any color scheme! Beautiful!

  9. Belle de Ville May 17, 2011 | 9:55 pm

    Wonderful images. I used to have a pair of lamps made out of large antique 18th Centuyr Delft jars…they were beautiful. I miss them!

  10. Megan Abigail Chandler May 18, 2011 | 12:58 am

    Grant K. Gibson, Ralph Lauren Home, Mary Macdonald … oh my!!!! I adore this post! Great inspiration!

  11. Ali@ bdgstyle.blogspot.com May 18, 2011 | 1:36 am

    Great Post! My Mom collected Blue and White China so I will always love it! Some things never go out of style! 😉

  12. Kate Nisbet Designs May 18, 2011 | 1:43 am

    what a beautiful collection! the showroom designers were hot on the blue pottery trend this year at High Point market…i felt like every showroom i went in had them on display!

  13. Kathysue May 18, 2011 | 1:44 am

    Blue and white porcelain is a classic. I use it in my entry and living room and can not imagine either space without it. I think Carolyne Roehm is a master at using blue and white!! KS

  14. Jenny May 18, 2011 | 2:49 am

    What a gorgeous post of blue and white – I love it all! 😉

  15. Allison Egan May 18, 2011 | 9:16 am

    Wonderful! I am so addicted to Blue and White china! I love buying it here in Asia too!I love all these different settings! thank you for sharing!
    xoxo Allison

    Spicer + Bank

  16. mary May 18, 2011 | 11:22 am

    I love antique blue and white anything; and I mix Chinese, Japanese and English/European blue and white. But I think that I’m about to become a little less snooty and acquire some new blue and white. Currently it is really, really hard to tell the old blue and white chinese porcelain from the old. These are fantastic photos. thanks. Mary

  17. Pretty Inspirational May 18, 2011 | 12:15 pm

    Ahhhh! One my favorites to accessorize with! Thanks for all the great blue and white pictures! -Melissa

  18. laughingsalmon May 18, 2011 | 12:17 pm

    Is anything more delicious than blue and white china?…It feeds the soul…

  19. Tyra @ SuperStrata May 18, 2011 | 2:21 pm

    Fabulous post! So interesting to see blue and white porcelain used to accessorize in so many different ways.
    I particularly admire the cobalt lacquered dining room (Veranda). Do you happen to know the designer?
    Thanks again!

  20. Splenderosa May 18, 2011 | 3:14 pm

    Cannot think of anything I love more than blue & white. My collection certainly doesn’t look as splendid as these pics, but it has been collected over years with much love. This is a great post, Heather. xx’s

  21. kayce hughes May 18, 2011 | 6:42 pm

    Great round up of images. Who could not fall in love with some blue and white?

  22. Lost in Provence May 18, 2011 | 7:04 pm

    Oooh, a little freaky as I have been obsessing over this lately so thank you for showing what the best of the best it can be. I have never been a collector but am tempted to start…

  23. jayneonweedstreet May 19, 2011 | 12:00 am

    Love blue & white porcelain. Our two front windows at Sallea are filled with CHinese export blue & white for Spring! It is great all year round but especially so in the Spring!

  24. penelopebianchi May 22, 2011 | 5:00 am

    I think that my favorite of all my favorite blogs (you are one) his introduction is……..”I am still trying to live up to my blue and white china!” An Aesthete’s Lament?

    Brilliant in all ways! Great post!!

    My wish is I can live up to my animals who live in the wild in my garden! Not better…..just different!

    Love, love, love your blog!


  25. julie May 22, 2011 | 1:53 pm

    Hi Heather
    I am a designer living in Dubai, UAE and I am a HUGE fan of your blog-I absolutely love the post about blue and white china-I am an avid collector and I have pieces of blue and white china everywhere! Your images made me literally salivate over the gorgeous pieces and the creative ways of displaying and storing china….it really is a design classic!

  26. over stock lighting May 26, 2011 | 3:52 am

    I love the blue china lamp. It is so beautiful! Thanks for sharing the post.

  27. Anonymous May 26, 2011 | 4:38 pm

    Brilliant – simply brilliant.