The origins of blue and white ceramics are rooted in Persia, once traveling to China down the Silk Road. It was here the craft was perfected by skilled artisans, and soon these handcrafted pieces became a vital component of China’s export trade. The popularity of these classic pieces continues today, and as you can see we’re quite enamored by their beauty—translating this appreciation into our Blue & White Collection. Inspired by this classic style, we’ve created an array of pieces—ranging from pottery to wall art to holiday decor—that transform this time-honored tradition into a carefully curated collection.
Now that the holiday season is among us, we’ve selected a few timeless blue and white pieces we know will make great gifts.
Our Koi Fish Salt & Pepper Shakers make a wonderful gift for the kitchen enthusiast.
This set of Chinese Floral Ornaments are the perfect addition to a traditional tree.
And of course, you shouldn’t forget to treat yourself! Deck the halls with our Chinese Bud Vases and your favorite blooms and deck the walls with our Chinese Pottery Wall Art.
“I find it harder and harder every day to live up to my blue china.” – Oscar Wilde
Check out the rest of our gifts here!
Parat bowls have been around for centuries—still commonly used in Indian homes—and are used to prepare and serve chapati or dough.
Chapati is one of the most common forms in which wheat, the staple of northern and western India, is consumed. The Indus Valley, part of ancient India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, is known to be one of the ancestral lands of cultivated wheat. Chapati is first kneaded in a parat bowl before slapping it between wet hands, rotating the dough to perfection.
Though parat bowls were traditionally used to make dough, we see this piece of history as a conversation-starting decorative item. This roughly 50-60-year-old artifact is chiseled into its unique form with an ax, carved by hand from a single piece of wood. Found and collected near the border of Burma, each one-of-a-kind piece is unique in character.
Enrich a room with Old World charm and showcase this piece solo as a collectible or as a centerpiece filled with candles or curios. You knead it!
As a decorative motif, the sunburst may have its roots in medieval religious roots, as it was used in churches as a symbol of God overlooking the members of the congregation. During the 17th century, the Catholic church began using elaborate montrances adorned with gilded rays. (See Wisteria’s interpretation coming this fall—our Sunburst Monstrances.) There is speculation that sunburst mirrors were around centuries before, as a convex mirror with a sunburst design was depicted in a 15th-century painting by Jan van Eyck.
Though sunburst mirrors may have been around for centuries before his reign, Louis XIV, also known as the Sun King, was the one who popularized the starburst motif. Many pieces of furniture owned by Louis XIV and architectural structures within his palace were adorned with this motif, especially the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles.
Rising Sunburst Mirror
The Newsoms have a sunburst mirror Shannon’s mother found in the south of France hung above their fireplace. Inspired by its beauty and uniqueness, we recreated it to share with you. Traditionally made in a gold (and sometimes silver) hue, ours is hand-carved, layered whitewashed wood, adding a modern, rustic twist to a classic design.
The Newsom’s sunburst mirror
Bring a richness to any wall space with our Rising Sunburst Mirror !
Mother Nature, full of wonder and beauty, has a way of making the most ordinary things utterly breathtaking. Take, for instance, our collection of Petrified Pieces.
From Wood to Stone
Deriving from the Greek root petro, literally meaning “wood to stone,” petrified wood is the name given to a special type of fossilized remains of terrestrial vegetation. Through this naturally occurring process, all organic materials have been replaced with minerals (such as quartz) while conserving the original structure of the stem tissue. Preserved for millions of years—due to lack of oxygen underground—petrified wood is a three-dimensional representation of the original organic material, creating a fossilized record of time.
Why We Love It
We’ve always been a fan of blending raw, natural materials into more contemporary-style spaces, rather than being reserved for traditional settings. Incorporating these rustic, rich-with-texture pieces into a modern space mixed with shiny materials (i.e., glass, metals, etc.) help warm it up by delivering a naturally organic, and very cozy, element. We’ve found petrified wood, which is celebrated for its vast range of textures, shapes, and hues, make for unique and intriguing accent pieces to complement existing decor.
Our collection of Petrified Pieces features a set of bookends, a tray, and a stool. Each one of these pieces are a capsule of history that can withstand the elements to last generations.
Teak is a type of deciduous tree that is dominant in mixed hardwood forests. Sometimes referred to as Burmese Teak, teak timber is particularly valued for its durability and water resistance—an ideal hardwood for boats, exteriors, and (our favorite) furniture. Teak is durable even when it’s not treated, so it’s commonly used to make outdoor furniture. In its natural state, the teak tree’s oils make the timber termite and pest resistant. At 1,500 years old, the oldest (and largest) teak tree stands in Uttradit Province, Thailand.
Our Bungalow Table
Simple design and timeless style fashions our Bungalow Table, crafted by hand from teak wood. This piece is framed with smooth slats that highlight the natural grains of the wood, which not only delivers a strong organic presence but helps warm up a space. Its cubby-like design allows you to either showcase or store items, making this piece versatile. Tip: Place an open end facing a wall to to help conceal objects or in an open space to showcase them. Naturally resilient, this piece will last for years to come.