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Jadite!

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Happy Monday, everyone!  How was your weekend?  This weekend was a good one for me – lots of great family time, homemade pancakes, my oldest son’s first baseball “tryouts”, finding the perfect item for a client, some goodies to list on Gypsy Soul’s Facebook page, and drumroll please…a beautiful set of vintage jadite dishes found at an estate sale.  Pinch me, they were a steal.  I first saw jadite in college when on one of my “clear my head” antique mall trips.  Immediately, I was drawn to their beautiful translucent mint green color.

Pioneer Woman

Pioneer Woman

I wish I had bought them in college since a few years later, Martha Stewart had her jadite collection on her show, and everyone went nutso for it!  And of course, up went the prices.  Now whenever I see it in a store, a plate is $40!  So I have been content to admire it from afar, though it’s hard to get that lovely hue out of one’s mind.

Elizabeth Anne Designs

Elizabeth Anne Designs

Jadite, also known as Jadeite, was a popular form of dinner ware and restaurant ware beginning in the late 1930′s to early 1970′s.  McKee was the first to manufacture it, though Jeanette Glass Company is credited with giving “jadite” its name.  The Anchor Hocking Glass Corporation was jadite’s largest producer, renaming it “Jade-ite” and launching several colors under the “Fire King” name in 1942.  Literally given away in oatmeal boxes and grocery stores for buying a certain amount of an item, it was touted as your go-to, heavy-duty, can’t-hurt-it dishware.  It was not fine china by any means, so as you can imagine, its popularity is confusing to many that were eating off of it at their local diner in the 1950′s.  In fact, a lady at the estate sale was so surprised at how excited I was about my purchase, she said, “Well, my goodness, I have had two huge boxes of that stuff in my attic for thirty plus years!”  I then asked her where she lived.  I’m kidding.  Sorta.

Which reminds me…this weekend, my father informed me he had two huge mid century abstract paintings in his storage unit, where they have been sitting for 30 years.  Ummm, hello!  Don’t worry, I’m on it.

Back to jadite…I love the freshness it gives a space.  It is just so happy and clean and bright and pretty.

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Jadite Kate

Jadite Kate

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The collection that began the craze.

Martha Stewart Living

Martha Stewart Living

Apparently, the egg cups are rare and valuable.  On a side note, does anyone know what the dish they are serving from the egg cup is called?  It looks yummy to me, and they eat it on Downton Abbey all the time.

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Country Living

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I LOVE when plates are displayed this way!

Apartment Therapy

Apartment Therapy

Coastal Living

Coastal Living

Urban Grace

Urban Grace

Country Living

Country Living

How gorgeous are these kitchens?

Better Homes & Gardens

Better Homes & Gardens

Better Homes & Gardens

Better Homes & Gardens

Velvet & Linen

Velvet & Linen

Graham & Co

Graham & Co

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Country Living

Country Living

Holly Doodle Designs

Holly Doodle Designs

My favorite (and what I hope to do in a couple of cabinets in my own kitchen) is mix my jadite with vintage Fire King turquoise and white ware.  I like the collected look, and those colors together are right up my alley.

Jadite Kate

Jadite Kate

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If you see jadite in a store, it is usually fairly pricey, unless you stumble upon someone who doesn’t know what it is.  Score!  But you can occasionally find some good deals on CraigsList and Ebay, so if you love it, keep an eye out.

Do you love jadite?  Do you have any in your home?

P.S.  I also wanted to tell you  I am having vascular surgery tomorrow bright and early, so if I am not around tomorrow or the next day, you will know why.  I am having some blood clots in my legs and malfunctioning veins removed, plus my doctor is re-routing some other veins to help my vascular system function better.  I should be fine and dandy, but if you think of it, I would appreciate the prayers.  Knowing myself though, I will probably be at the grocery store with the kids the next day, ha!  xoxo

Written by Grace

 

 

 

 

 

Campaign Hardware Moves to Kitchens and Bathrooms

You might think campaign furniture is trendy, but really, it has been around since at least the time of Julius Caesar.  It is most often associated with British military officers in the 18th century, who frequently traveled with high quality portable furniture.  It was designed to be easily transportable; therefore, a typical chest would break down into a few pieces.   When the destination was reached, the furniture would be put together.  Because officers of high position in Britain would just not be able to be without the luxuries of home on the road, campaign furniture was the perfect crossover of the luxuries of home and the practicality of travel.  Inset handles, brass corners to protect from bumps, and typically made of a durable wood such as teak or mahogany, campaign furniture was a staple for many years.

With the arrival of the motor car, traveling with loads of cargo went out of vogue, and the demand for campaign furniture changed.  However, it has never really gone out of style, and ebbs and flows in popularity.  A resurgence of interest in this type of furniture occurred in the 1960′s and 1970′s, and there is most assuredly a revamped desire for campaign furniture in recent years.  Kristen and I can hardly keep it for more than a few days when we list it, and it is harder and harder to find.

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A variety of campaign hardware from dhshardware.com

Most often, you see campaign hardware gracing chests and desks and other case goods.  These pieces look gorgeous painted in any color.  Recently, I saw a piece that was left a gray, raw wood color, and it was perfection.  My own living room houses a campaign chest, see the photo below.  Maybe you wouldn’t think of putting a chest of drawers like this in a living room, but it has been soooo practical for us.  It houses light bulbs, linens, and trays.

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Image by Kat Phillips, TheGrayAttic.com

In the last few years, I have been seeing campaign hardware more and more in bathrooms and kitchens.  I love brass so I think it looks terrific, and there is something so beautifully aged about the campaign hardware look.

What do you think of campaign hardware in a kitchen?

Barry Benson

Barry Benson

The Hunted Interior

The Hunted Interior

The Hunted Interior

The Hunted Interior

The Hunted Interior

The Hunted Interior

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House and Home

House and Home

House and Home

House and Home

House Beautiful

House Beautiful

 

Or in a bathroom?

Iconic Kelly Wearstler Bathroom

Iconic Kelly Wearstler Bathroom

Van Rozeboom Interiors

Van Rozeboom Interiors

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La Dolce Vita

La Dolce Vita

 

What are your thoughts?  Would you like campaign hardware in your kitchen or bathroom?  Do you have any elsewhere?

Written by Grace

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