Chinese Blue-and-white is an absolute essential in decorating. I can’t imagine a house without some. Where are you going to put your flowers in for God’s sake. Every color of flower, every type of flower, every shape of flower works in blue-and-white. Orange tulips, pink peonies, super tall cherry blossoms, lavender lilac, white anemones, blue delfiniums, red camellias, yellow ranunculus, green ferns, succulents, topiaries, everything. Every color of the rainbow.
Do you know what I hate though? I hate when people have bad blue-and-white and think it’s good blue-and-white. It takes a trained eye to see the difference or just someone with good taste. My aunt (on my father’s side, obviously) had all this blue-and-white all over her house and thought it was so great but it was so not great. As a rule of thumb, don’t buy your blue-and-white from Marshall’s, Pearl River Mart or Tuesday morning. Let’s look at the difference…
Now, I could be the responsible ethical designer and protect my sources. But, I think the world needs to know where all this blue-and-white is coming from. Share the wealth is my motto. Wouldn’t it be funny if I kept a secret source list of everything relating to interior design and then had it distributed postmortem. It would be my gift to everyone. Ha ha Ha. I think I will do that. But for now, drumroll please… I will give up one source. The blue-and-white source.
In a stinky three-story gigantic warehouse in Alhambra California is every piece of Chinese blue-and-white that you will ever need. It’s called Olde Peking Antiques. Ask for Jenny. You’re welcome.