Rustic and Elegance, A Great Combination

I cannot say that my house is either rustic or elegant.

However, I would like to feel that I have a bit of both.

Marrying the two elements to make an interesting vignette or feel of a room.

I removed the winter items from the mantel and added a few of my favorite pieces to create a rustic feel

with a bit of elegance.

Great Room Mantel-Housepitality Designs

I have a small collection of Copeland Spode Rosebud Chintz that I started years ago.

I was in my chintz phase and adored the designs of Mario Buatta and his fabulous rooms of chintz fabrics.

Mario Buatta has been referred to as the Prince of Chintz.

Spode Rosebud Chintz Plate-Housepitality Designs

Red Transferware Pitcher-Housepitality Designs

My inspiration for this mantel actually came from this pitcher that I purchased in France.

It has been in the master bedroom and I thought I would bring it out to the great room so that I could

enjoy it more.

Great Room Mantel-Housepitality Designs

Returned the two tall candlesticks that seem to be a staple on the mantel and love the simple,

rustically elegant look!. . . rustically . . . is that a word? 🙂

Ironstone Pitcher and creamers-Housepitality Designs

While I was de-winterizing the mantel, I decided to do the same to the coffee table.

Fresh flowers are always a bright spot in the room and even brighter in a vintage ironstone creamer.

Or maybe I should call it a small pitcher.

Ironstone Pitcher/creamers-Housepitality Designs

This cutie is definitely a creamer.

I added another ironstone piece and placed a pretty tropical plant in this tureen.

I loved that the combination of the colors of the plant goes so well in the room.

Ironstone Tureen/sugar bowl-Housepitality Designs

Coffee Table Vignette-Housepitality Designs

Love a touch of the outdoors on a cold winter’s day!

Great Room-Housepitality Designs

I plan to do a little more tweaking to the this room this week to bring it out of the winter mode and

to somewhere in-between winter and spring.

I wonder if there is a term for the time between winter and spring . . . the season of wishful thinking?!!

Have a wonderful day!!

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  1. Beautiful Shirley! I love the simplicity of your chintz plates and transferware pitcher on your mantle!
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  2. Love your mix of elegant and rustic. Those are great candlesticks on the mantel and I see why they keep coming back.
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  3. I love this mantel…that is all there is to it!! Exquisite plate stands, gorgeous plates and pitchers…just simply everything fabulous against that incredible backdrop!
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  4. What a pretty pattern! I love your display.

    ps Thank you for visiting the Happy Housie house tour. Not sure why your comment wasn’t emailed to me… Blogger!!!!!

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  5. My azaleas are either saying wishful thinking season or ready or not? One or two blooms keep peeking out. Anyway, you do rustic elegance exquisitely. I love those beautiful plate holders! I’m envious of your beautiful white ironstone. Years ago I had a set of white ironstone that I used everyday. It seem to chip and break easily. I wish now that I had kept a few pieces.

  6. Love the pops of red especially on these cold and grey days were are having!

  7. Hi Shirley, your mantel is gorgeous and I too love a bit of rustic and elegant combined. I was just doing the same mid wintering my mantel and posted it today. I love your plates and the pitcher from France is stunning. Your table is so pretty with the plants and their coloring. I adore your little bowl filled with keys.
    Have a wonderful day and mid winter decorating fun!!
    Hugs, CM
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  8. I love your plates and beautiful red and white pitcher. Elegantly rustigue!
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  9. Those candlesticks would be a staple for me too if I had them, so pretty. I have always LOVED those plate hlders too and your chintz pieces look great! LOVE the coffee table vignette too. I am changing my wonter decor out too:) Great minds!!!
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  10. you can make anything look elegant. i bet you look like a million bucks in old sweat pants and sweatshirt!
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  11. I love all of your vignettes, so pretty. I think the plates on the fireplace are gorgeous and the stands are stunning.
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  12. Beautiful done Shirley! Love your coffee tables vignette! Have a super week!
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  13. I love all the flowers, and the China pattern is beautiful, the color and detail are spectacular. What a great combination.
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  14. Love the chintz plates on the mantle and those candlesticks too!!! It’s fun to change things up to beat the winter blahs. Have a great week!
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  15. rattlebridge farm says

    Oh, how gorgeous. I adore your vignettes.

  16. Your mantel and coffee table looks so crisp and fresh and pretty, Shirley! I’ve always been a fan of chintz too…your plates are beautiful with the rustic blue background. I’m ready to dewinterize about now too.
    Mary Alice
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  17. Linda Kemp says

    I love chintz. Wish I had started collecting it years ago 🙂

  18. looks great – you always do such a wonderful job on your tweaking. Not winter and almost spring.
    Have a great week,
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  19. Rustically elegant works for me! Your mantle is lovely. Dare I say pre-spring? The sun was out here all day…and while chilly inspired me to do some spring cleaning and rearranging. Oh…I can’t wait to plant flowers! 😉

  20. Your chintz plates look wonderful with your transfer pitcher! Your room is so pretty with the mixture of elegant and rustic items! Our warm weather has me thinking of Spring- your room certainly has that look to it too. Have a fabulous week!
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  21. The season of “wishful thinking” sounds perfect! I love how you blend styles together seamlessly! I need to find a little vintage creamer/pitcher like that!
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  22. Shirley, I have always loved your rustic mantel pieces! The touch of red and white looks great with the shades of blue. Happy Valentines Day!!!

  23. Just beautiful, as always, Shirley! Love that pitcher you got in France — I think I would want to look at it all the time! You mix everything together so well. Your vignettes are perfection!
    Have a great day!
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  24. Yes, Shirley, you have successfully brought elegance to rustic! Your beautiful china pieces look fabulous in front of that stunning [gate?] piece above your mantel~
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  25. Lovely piece… I like the old wood with raw iron and the pieces in front are a lovely pattern too… Everything just flows so well…
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