…English Ironstone

I know there are collectors and vintage lovers out there that are in love with white English Ironstone. I thought I was one of them. I think it’s beautiful. I love that it’s English and pure white, but for some reason I’m not sure it’s a fit for my space.

“White English ironstone is truly the little black dress of the American antique world. It goes with everything and fits in everywhere.”  – M. Taylor

I’ve tried them in a few different spots and just don’t feel in love.


I think it’s such a great look if you have an open, shabby cabinet and want to stack them over and over.

Next house I’ll be sure I paint one and have the space for it.


If interested, I will be selling my pieces in my Shop Vintage section on my site.

12 Days to the Home & Remodeling Show at the Expo Center. Join me! I will be doing an Annie Sloan Chalk Paint demo.





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Coming up with a name, logo & overall image is so personal. And if you don’t make it personal I think people will notice. I think you need to choose a name and image that connects you to your business.

If you’ve ever been in an English Lit class you know how important bird imagery is. Shakespeare, Charlotte Bronte, James Joyce, Thomas Hardy, Kate Chopin, etc, etc.

The familiarity and transcendence of birds have given them a wider range of meaning and symbol in literature than any other animal. The resemblance of their activities to common patterns of human behavior makes them exceptionally suitable for anthropomorphic imagery that links man to the common forms of nature” (Lutwack xii).

Basically, birds mean quite a bit to me and it needed to be part of my presence.

I started looking up names that were already used and there were a TON of nest references. It’s cute, it should be used. Then I thought out what my style really is and although I never like being pigeonholed I needed to have a bit of description to my business.

I loved the contrast of a bright, turquoise egg, that of a robin and the earthy, brown nest. It reminded me of my style as I can appreciate rustic, vintage wares, but also everything that comes with placing something new & lively in your home.

It’s become a theme in my painting & home design…and of course that duck egg blue is my very favorite color in real life.

I love seeing the color everywhere in my home in little pockets. I think it’s important to tie your brand into your own personality, home-life and what you want your business to be. Commit to it and work it so that everything you put out there falls under this umbrella. It won’t be hard to do if you’ve selected a theme that you love and have a connection to.





You can imagine my excitement when I found these.



As a former marketer, I would venture to say that your brand should be one of your top priorities. Think hard about it because you will be investing time & money your company’s future into what you select. Make it unique & make it YOU.

Home & Remodeling Show January 20th @ 1:00. Working on my presentation now. eeek!!!



…This Old House

So fun to seeing Blue Egg Brown Nest on This Old House! This is our Hide & Seek screen introduced by Frammie (my MIL) & built by my DH, stylized by yours truly.


The back story is is that I really wanted window seats so the flatscreen had to find a home above the fireplace. I know this is a big issue of debate. But, the screen has helped and it was a great project. I heart having a handy husband!

I hunted down some vintage bird & botanical prints & had custom mats made for them.

The frames are cheap-o ones from Michaels that I stained and added gold leaf to – another tip from Fram!

DH had to get custom hinges made to make the screen open easily. It’s a bit more tricky than it looks.


Very happy with the finished product minus the fact that I get in trouble when I accessorize the mantel too much and the TV won’t turn on. I can’t help it!

I’m making a few screens now in French Linen. Already have the prints and this little gal has them painted.

FYI – Come see Blue Egg Brown Nest at the Home & Remodeling Show Jan 20th at 1:00 – 2:00.