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Wednesday, April 2, 2008


La Tea Dah at Gracious Hospitality is hosting a Tea Blog-a-Thon from March 16 until May 31. She has a different theme for each week and you may participate as much or as little as you like. The theme for the third week, March 30 - April 5 is Decor-a-Tea: "Share ideas and pictures that incorporate tea and/or tea themes into home decor. Displays, art, prints, fabrics, and collection all count in this category. Do you use teapots and teacups as a part of your home decor?"

Tea items serving a decorative function around Oak Rise Cottage are found in four rooms -- the kitchen, dining room, living room and principal bedroom.

The Kitchen
In the kitchen the pine hutch holds blue and white teacup collection. This is presented in my Jan. 25 post.

Three wood receptacles are used to hold teabags – a spice cabinet, a recipe box, and a cottage box on breakfast table holds herb tea and sits atop stack of tea books.

The spice cabinet was a $2.00 buy at a second-hand furniture store. I replaced the broken and missing white china knobs with wooden knobs. The recipe box was found in a thrift store, while the cottage-shaped box was purchased from T.J. Maxx.
Just inside the kitchen door is tea towel hangs on the microwave cabinet.

The Dining Room
In the Dining Room china cabinet is a teapot, sugar, creamer, teacupa and saucers that match the Lenox “Autumn” dishes displayed there.

The Living Room
The cabinet of the Living Room desk holds a pineapple teapot, an apple teapot like one I gave to my niece/godchild, and a blue and white child’s tea set.

In the Living Room curio cabinet is the Spode "Consul" English bone china tea set. My Jan.18 post tells about bringing this set from London to the US.

The Principal Bedroom
My Bedroom tier table displays a gilt-rimmed cream teacup and saucer, Rosenthal "Classic" from Germany and a white gilt-trimmed teapot from England.

Next to the vase is a bureau box with teacup designs. The box holds some of the handkerchief collection.

Please visit La Tea Dah at Gracious Hospitality for links to other participants.


La Tea Dah said...

You have some beautiful tea sets in your collection. I love your blue and white set! It's very, very pretty. Do you know the name of the tiered table in the principle bedroom? Is it a pie table? I am curious about it and how it was originally used. I'd love one --- it displays your things nicely.

Thanks for sharing!

Anita said...

Such beautiful things! I love the Lennox pattern, and I remember the story on the Spode - that's is just gorgeous!
What a good deal on the spice cabinet! It's perfect for tea bags! I am going to have to find something special to keep my tea in for my new house... it's filling a cabinet here, and that takes up too much room!

Have a wonderful day!

Anonymous said...

I just love all of your collections and especially the blue and white tea cups. Your tea cup towel is so pretty. I am going to have to look for something like that. This blog-a-thon rweally has me wanting to add to my small collection of things. Your hutch is absolutely beautiful.

Denise said...

Carrie, What lovely tea things you have! And so creatively displayed, too! I really like your blue and white china ~ such a refreshing combination, don't you think? Thank you for sharing on this delighful blog-a-thon.

Anonymous said...

Oh I did love the tour around your lovely home! I am partial to the blue but it is all so eye catching. Enjoy...

Vee said...

Carrie, I've enjoyed looking around your charming home. You are a definite tea lover! Thanks for participating. (Next week's looks challenging to me; I'm already trying to figure it out.)

Reviekat said...

I really like the way you have incorporated tea themes into all your rooms. You have a beautiful collection!


Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

What a wonderful collection! And I love how the theme of tea has been incorporated throughout your home. Thanks for sharing with us!

Grace said...

Carrie, everything is so wonderfully gorgeous, I had a friend who collected Lenox Autumn and I always appreciated its simple beauty, Thanks for the tour, I enjoyed myself thoroughly!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

I'm so glad you posted your tea things throughout your home! I knew you would have so many beautiful things to share with us!

I love it all!!


Sandy said...

Love the Lenox set!!! YOu have so many clever displays, thanks for sharing your collections!

Alisa Noble said...

Carrie, your apple and pineapple teapots are so fun! Thanks for stopping by my blog to visit.

Anonymous said...

Everything is so beautiful :). I too am a collector of blue and white but you have other precious tea-decor. Thank you for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Everything is so beautiful :). I too am a collector of blue and white but you have other precious tea-decor. Thank you for sharing.

Pam said...

Love your tea sets and your secreatry desk in the living room is gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing!

Rue said...

Thank you so much for coming to see my collections :) I really love yours and the cabinets and displays are absolutely beautiful!

rue :)