Monday, November 8, 2010

A New Room for Tea

Hi all! Last week, my mom was in the hospital so I wasn't able to join the Tuesday memes that I usually attend. I am happy to say that my mom is doing very well and I want to again thank everybody who prayed for her.
Well, I am not going to miss these fun parties today. My setting is in our family room. Do you recognize it? It's been changed. This area used to house our game table but I have switched everything around (next post for Kim's A + B party and Met Mon)). I have always wanted a sitting area in front of this fireplace and I finally got my wish after I won this antique Victorian Rococo (also known as late Baroque) parlor set at an antique estate auction in Brookhaven last Saturday. I will show more of that this coming Sightseeing Saturday.

I am linking with
Marty for Tabletop Tuesday at
Lad Katherine for Teatime Tuesday at
Martha ad Terri for Teacup Tuesday at
WandaLee for Tuesday Tea for 2 and Wed. Teatime in Blogland at
WandaLee and Pam for Tea Things Tuesday at

Last Sunday, antiques row downtown had an open house. I met some regular customers while I was at my shop dropping off some items and they were telling me how they like to come regularly because I always bring in some pretty stuff. That was really nice to hear. I brought a blue mirrorred tray and it sold right away. I sold the napkin rings from my turkey tablescape too so I will have to go back to replace them. Later on, John and I strolled through the other antique shops.
I spotted this tea set as soon as we entered into one. When I saw the price ($25 for the set), I knew it was meant for me.
Isn't it pretty? I love the colors and the pattern. The pieces are all hand painted and manufactured by Lefton China. These are probably one of my favorite finds.
I would have paid way over $25 for them.
I just searched on Google and found a set that looks just like it for $150.00.
Now I really wouldn't mind paying for $115 for Bill's glasses if I win his auction, since I got such a good deal on the teaset and especially because it is for a good cause.

Such pretty details.

The tea cup and saucer did not come with the teapot set. It belongs with my Tirschenreuth tea set but I thought I'd use them with this because of the pink flowers.

The 3 piece parlor set is from 1860.
Do you see the pretty jug on the left side of the fireplace? Janie (Blondie's Journal) gave it to us when they came for a visit. Isn't it pretty? Thanks, Janie and Al. We love it!

I still need a real coffee table. I just moved this little one (part of a 3 piece nesting table) from the bathroom, but it will do for a while.

Now, if I can only convince my hubby that the treadmill is an eye sore, I would be a happy camper, lol. He snuck it into here while I was staying with my daughter for a month in Florida when she had a baby. I managed to move it a little more to the right since I took this picture.

I have had this pewter tray for a while now. I got it on Ebay but I cannot remember for how much.

Isn't this cozy? With this fire, tea set and a place to sit, I am ready for cold winter nights.

Thank you all for your visit. And I thank all our gracious hostesses for throwing these wonderful parties.


Melissa Miller said...

Thank you for inviting us to your lovely home for tea Christine. Everything is elegant and welcoming. The tea set is gorgeous.

My prayers are with your Mom. I'm so happy to hear she is doing better.

Have a wonderful week.
~Melissa :) said...

What a beautiful tea set and I love your little sitting area-so cozy.I went to an auction Saturday, but did not buy a thing!

Beth said...

Christine, Your teaset is absolutely stunning! I just love it! What a beautiful setting, in front of the fire.
Hugs, Beth

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I love the way you set your room up. What a perfect place to sit and enjoy a cup of tea.
Love the teaset, it is so pretty.

Kathleen said...

Oh it is lovely, Christine! And so nice your store is a success!

Kathy said...

everyhthing is so lovely

Dolores said...

So beautiful ... the warmth of the fireplace.... and the gorgeous tea set..... beautiful.... I didn't see the treadmill.....

xinex said...

Thanks, Kathy!

Lady Katherine said...

What a wonderful makeover! I just love your new set, and Tea in front of the fireplace! Wonderful! The Tea set is gorgeous! I barely recognized your room. It looks wonderful Christine!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Christine, that tea set is gorgeous. Everything is so pretty in front of that cozy fire. I love the bench and chairs. So pretty.

Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures said...

I love the fire and the room is gorgeous.

Sonny G said...

OH MY GOODNESS Christine.. This is just too beautiful for words.. The room- the furniture and that magnificent tea set.. call Better Homes and Gardens, they need to get some photos of your home.. their readers would love it....

Jocelyn said...

Gorgeous!!! What a beautiful tea set, and for $25! I too would have grabbed it up. Your furniture is very beautiful as well.


Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

Your Post belongs in a Romantic Homes Magazine spread. It is "GORGEOUS"!!! Every detail(and if you didn't mention the treadmill NO ONE would have known, it doesn't show)... WOW, what a beautiful furniture set, you must have been "SO EXCITED" to get it. I'm doing a Happy Dance for you!!! AND I also LOVE,LOVE,LOVE that tea set. It is "GORGEOUS"!!! EVERYTHING is Perfect!!!
I will always include you and your Mom in my prayers, I am SO happy to hear she is doing better...
Hugs to you, Donna

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

What a deal Christine! That tea set is so gorgeous and looks like a wonderful heirloom to pass down someday@
I love your gorgeous home and always love seeing the pics!
Hugs friend,

Dredd said...

What a lovely tea set my only problem with hand painted china is that I couldn't throw them in the dish machine (lazy me). I will surely miss a fireplace this winter. Your home is very cozy inside and out/ winter or summer.

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

gosh Christine, for 25 bucks!my oh my! jack pot! precious treasure!

Debbie said...

First, I love your sitting area around the fireplace and have always wanted to do likewise here. I just don't have the "right" chairs like you do.

Second, oh my goodness... I am crazy about that tea set. I can't believe your bargain! I would love to own one like it.

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Hi Christine, your seating vignette by the fireplace is so warm and inviting. Love the bargain tea set. I know I'd be sitting there reading and sipping tea often! Linda

KBeau said...

Your teaset is just beautiful, and the setting by the fireplace looks so cozy. Congrats on your finds.

Susan said...

OH my goodness, what an incredible steal. 25 dollars??? Oh, my. I've been looking for that set, actually. I have only one of the cups and saucers to that very set. I love it. It's my favorite cup and saucer and if I ever find the set at a price I'm comfortable with paying, I'll snatch it up. Great purchase. You must be doing a major happy dance. :-)

Your room is gorgeous. It's so warm and inviting. And I barely noticed the treadmill.
;-) We have one too. The things are monsters, aren't they? Ours is near our Christmas tree in the living room. Every shot we take has that silly contraption in it. Oh well.

I hope you have yourself a beautiful day and I'm happy to read your Mom is doing well.

Susan @CluckleBees

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh Christine, your parlor set is stunning, and so pretty in front of the fireplace. I love your new tea set too. It really is just gorgeous. Such beautiful detail and the flowers are so beautiful on it. Fabulous gold detail also. Beautiful setting. Thanks so much for linking to TTT. Hugs, Marty

Snap said...


So happy to hear the news about your Mother. Looks like you are all set for the winter in front of the fire with your new tea set -- wonderful find and treasure.

Appleshoe said...

So lovely. It’s like a scene out of a movie. You have a beautiful house. I loved having hard wood floors in my apartment and miss them sometimes. Your floors are stunning are your fireplace and parlor set. Sigh, Very Beautiful. Take care.

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

hi Christine, see, that's the problem with leaving the hubby home alone. You never know what new things will sneak in! Your sitting area is warm and inviting and I can't believe the deal you got on that tea set. You sound like you are having so much fun with your shop. Linda

Terri said...

Picture perfect tea setting! So cozy and lovely. I think your new furniture is gorgeous as well as your incredible bargain tea set! Those hand painted roses are really special. Your tea cup goes well with it, it is a pretty cup with all those pink flowers.

Blondie's Journal said...

I'm so glad I didn't miss this, Christine. The parlor set looks fabulous in front of the fireplace and I can just imagine sitting there so cozy having tea. The tea set is stunning, I would have snapped it up in a minute! Great bargain. I am also so happy to hear that things are selling so quickly in your must be really enjoying yourself.

So glad to hear that you mom is doing well. How much longer will she be staying with you? I hope when she comes to Chicago that we have a chance to get together!

Have a great week!


Karen said...

Wow! It is beautiful the tea set along with your sitting room. I love the rich color of the wood. Everything is beautiful. Joining you at Marty's.

Jenny @ Simcoe Street said...

So pretty!

Traci said...

The tea set is so pretty! I love the shape! What a great deal.

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi Christine! I am so glad to hear that yur mom is doing better. I know that must have been a scare! Yur tea set is lovely and your family room looks so cozy! I love having a fire in the fireplace! I hope you are having a good week...hugs...Debbie

Unknown said...

Oh Christine you have created a beautiful little spot to sit and have tea. I love the tea set as well as the setee and chairs. What time should I be there?

mo said...

Hi! I am visiting from Martha's and Terri's Tea Cup Tuesday. I am so happy to hear your mother is doing better. Great news! You have a wonderful cozy spot for tea by your beautiful fireplace. I am a huge fan of dark wood and the traditional decor. It is just lovely. Your tea set is a treasure. I am your newest follower. *hugs*

paperbutterfly said...

I am so glad to hear your mom is doing better. God answers prayers.
We are so pleased that you have come to share your tea treasures with our friends. Your teaset is divine and the room setting could come out of a highend decorating magazine!! I would love to be there by the fire and chat with you over tea!!
Have a blessed week.

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