How To Decorate With Ironstone

8.05.2016

Last week I started a new series on how I use my collections in my home in hopes to inspire you to look at your collections in a different way and to find some new ways to use them.This week it's all about ironstone. I have quite a collection now and have used it in several different ways over the years. Funny thing I didn't start collecting it until after I started blogging and saw so many others displaying it. 

A cute pitcher becomes a vase and displays an orchid.

In 2013 ironstone plates hung above the bed become art in the spring guest room. Yes, the guest room used to be green for those new here.

A plate rack in this little hallway between the front sitting room and the great room on the back of  the house still holds a large portion of my collection. This photo is from this post when I had baskets stacked there. Now, there is a small bench.

Simply add a piece of ironstone to a coffee table vignette.

Tuck a piece of coral in a lidded vegetable dish like I did in this summer vignette in the foyer two years ago. Just remove the lid.

This large rare punch bowl serves as a planter in this foyer vignette.

Displayed on the vaisselier in the sitting room.

Love displaying it and using some of it in the kitchen.

My largest collection is on display in the dining room hutch.

Most of my pieces have been found in antique shops, ebay and etsy. Many of my pieces are discolored crazed, and even chipped, but I actually like those pieces the best.

Do you collect ironstone?

Happy hunting and have a great weekend!

18 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing. While a single piece can really stand out when used the way you have shown, there is still nothing quite like a lovely collection grouped together.

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  2. Love ironstone but just recently. I was unaware of it till I started reading decorating blogs.

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  3. Love your collection of ironstone and you use it masterfully in your vignettes! Pam @ Everyday Living

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  4. Pretty! By the way, I pinned your plate rack some time ago. It has been re-pinned numerous times, more than any other of my pins!

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  5. It's so pretty and luminous. And because it's white, it works with everything. I love the idea of the coral in the soup tureen.

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  6. I too love ironstone! I love all the ways you've used it! Most of mine is in our china cabinet. I might have to move some to other locations! So pretty Kim!

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  7. I love the simplicity of ironstone. I have a few small pitchers and some good sized bowls. They may be punch bowls. I use one to display an arrangement of dried hydrangea in the corner of my kitchen. Love all the ways you've displayed your collections.

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  8. You have a wonderful collection of ironstone! I love that punch bowl. I used to collect it years ago, then switched to blue and white and red and white transferware.

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  9. Yes I do! I love the simplicity of Ironstone and also love the crazed pieces. Love the way you display your collection. I've got a nice collection now too. The pedestal bowls are the priciest and hardest to find.

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  10. Yep, love me some ironstone! I've got quite the collection and enjoy using it around our home. In fact today I purchased and ironstone spittoon of all things! Of course it will be used for something entirely different! Enjoy your new collection posts!

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  11. I have a very small collection that I display in my glass front cabinets in the kitchen. You have a GREAT collection,, all displayed beautifully. Have a great weekend too!!

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  12. Love your collection and love the way you beautifully display the ironstone throughout the house!

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  13. Love ironstone, and I am coveting that ironstone punch bowl! What a find!
    Cindy
    edith&evelyn

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  14. I love all your displays they look lovely. I really like the spring room and the green plate rack. I think I only own one piece a pitcher that I found last year at a thrift store. Lovely post . Hapoy weekend with love Janice

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  15. Kim, your collection is beautifully displayed. I also love and collect ironstone, but don't have a huge collection. I tend to buy pitchers, tureens, and sugar bowl. '-) I use my pieces here and there with plants, etc. Ironstone is the perfect compliment to any decor.

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  16. Hi Kim,
    Thank you for this post. Ironstone is just so lovely in its simplicity and I can't get enough. Teapots, pitchers, covered vegetable dish and gravy dish for me. I love the hunt and my prize vegetable dish came from a thrift store as well.

    Sarah

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  17. Love ironstone too Kim. You have decorated with yours so nicely. Happy Week End.
    Kris

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  18. I have loved and used vintage white dishes for a long time. Since reading several blogs I have realized that quite a few of my dishes are ironstone. So, now, I am looking for it all the time. In fact, I just bought a large pitcher from an online auction that I am hooked on. I haven't even had time to look it over well. Ironstone appeals to me because I love decorating with white and it is so simply and beautifully designed. Even the pieces with some actual embellishment in the design appear clean and beautiful to me. So, it was fun seeing your collection which is much bigger than mine. My favorite of your displays is the green wall shelf. That shade of green complements the white of the ironstone so well. It really shows it off. Thanks for showing us all your lovely pieces and displays. Inspiring!

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