Antique transferware has an almost cult-like following these days. There are websites, blogs and actual societies solely driven by their love of one thing and one thing alone. . . beautifully decorated transferware pieces.
Don't get me wrong, I know transferware collecting is about more than just dishes but for many of us, that is where is all began.
Whether it is a simple arrangement of two or twenty plates they can create a unique and charming addition to almost any decor. Other than the wall, there are countless places transferware pieces work throughout our homes. Very simple ways to incorporate a little bit of style in unexpected places for everyday uses.
Use a sweet little transferware butter pat dish as your tea bag holder.
I use transferware saucers, in complimentary colors, as holders for liquid soaps in our bathrooms. They look great and help to keep water and any soap drips off the counters.
Use a single plate to compliment a color scheme and paired it with another non transferware piece(s).
When the purple cathedral glass candle holder is lit the charm and color of the transferware comes to life in the flickering candlelight.
This cute little transferware cookie dish is perfect as a key holder on the old corner cupboard at our back door.
Just a small transferware bread plate used in a bookshelf can add color and dimension. I love to use plates in bookshelves behind the main decor items. It is a great way to add color and ground vignettes.
To get away from a flat display of plates on the wall add pieces with more dimension. This small antler plaque is just enough to make this grouping interesting without taking away from the charm of the transferware. A clock, small shelf, carved wood panel or even a wall basket filled with flowers would all be great paired with these plates. Consider taking some of your transferware out of the china cabinet and adding a few pieces to your decor. If you don't have any transferware yet you may want to pick up a piece or two at a flea market or even online. There are so many colors available you can be sure you will find one that compliments your home. Have fun looking for this simply charming stuff.