Tuesday, June 29, 2010

'Ello! London Calling!



'Ello, mates!  We're feeling our Anglo roots a bit more again these days...
take a look at our new inventory additions and you'll see it's true!

One of the additions (re-intro's, actually) is our reunion with
Emma Bridgewater and the wonderful range of tableware and other 
fun accessories that only she can come up with.


If you've been a customer of The Beautiful Life for a while,
you'll remember that for years and years we were a major Bridgewater stockist --
we had many, many patterns and just about every available piece within each pattern
(plates and bowls of all sizes, serving pieces, mugs galore, etc.).

But... in my ever-changing womanly mind, I began a pursuit of all things French and 
(boy I hate to admit this) I left my "first love" of all things British.  

Lately, though... I've begun to miss stocking those fabulous pieces of Bridgewater pottery,
so we are once again carrying that truly amazing range of tableware
and I couldn't be more excited.

My own kitchen is chock full of the stuff -- and I will tell you for certain, each piece is as 
perfect and gorgeous as the day I set it in my cupboards about 10 years ago!
{{And trust me, we USE it -- we don't handle it with kid gloves, either.}}

The stuff is just simply amazing -- truly made to be used and withstand the rigors of daily, true 
family-style use.  
This is not "precious" dinnerware that the kids have to be afraid of
and I love that it is COMPLETELY MICRO-WAVE/DISHWASHER safe.


If you are not familiar with Emma Bridgewater and her fabulous pottery in the UK, 
I beg of you, watch these videos -- they are delightful!

She would be a great blogger - she is so down-to-earth and as a young mother of several
children, but also a wildy successful international business owner, she no doubt shares many of the
same day-to-day experiences we do.  She is a real treasure - not at all stuffy or "corporate", 
Emma shares her business with her husband Matthew and together they are an 
unstoppable creative team.

Here are the two videos that take you on a delightful, fun tour of the Bridgewater factory
in Stoke-on-Trent, UK  -- fun to see how these fabulous pieces are created and end up 
ultimately in our kitchens!

YOU'LL NEED TO FIRST CLICK THE PAUSE BUTTON ON
THE MUSIC PLAYER ON THE RIGHT SIDE BAR 
BEFORE PLAYING THESE VIDEOS.... YOU WOULDN'T
 WANT TO MISS A WORD OF THE WONDERFUL
BRITISH ACCENTS!  :)





BUT WAIT!

THERE'S MORE!  

;)

Even more fab finds with an English theme....


No, no... we haven't deserted the Nordic-French or the French
looks -- but certainly there is room for another of our Continental friends, right?

In fact, I believe you will find that in particular, the
BLACK TOAST AND MARMALADE pattern
and the
WHITE TOAST & MARMALADE pattern from Bridgewater
 are seemingly TAILOR-MADE for the fairer, more delicate tones we've come to love
in the Nordic-French look.


In fact, I'm fairly certain that had you seen these same pieces from the Bridgewater collection
shown in either Jeanne d'Arc Living or Vakre Hjem Interiors magazines, you'd
be sure they originated right in Scandinavia.

So welcome aboard Emma Bridgewater and make room for the Brit-themed paper goods.

After all, when it comes to decor and decorating, we're ALL ABOUT MIXING IT UP, 
so dust off your best English accent and head over to 
the shop and have a look!

CLICK HERE TO GO!


{{Below are a couple of other products not yet in, but on the
order list -- plus, there are still more things shipping to us
over the next month or so,
so...
Stay tuned!









  


15 comments:

Tamra said...

Aw Misses yer a gem yer are. Such lovely pottery!

Gonna have to get me some of that!

Preppy Mama said...

Oh I love it all! I have a secret love affair with the union jack, it is one of my faves and hard to find here in the states!!

cathy said...

those videos are wonderful, ruth! i love watching "how it's made" on the history channel so these were right up my alley! it's always a good thing to remind ourselves how much labor goes into our necessities and luxuries!

cityfarmer said...

mmmmmm ... I think not ...
can't do the red thing-y

hope you still love me

LuLu said...

OH I love the pottery.... the butter dish is fantastic!!! and I see the teapot as a gift to my mom who luvs her tea!!
xo,
LuLu

Karena said...

Ruth how wonderful and thank you for showing us the video!! I adore the pottery!

Karena
Art by Karena

Rhonda said...

Being very Anglo - I love it all!!!

I must visit my favorite online shop (yours) that inspired me to wrap gifts with more flare! I will never forget receiving a package from your shop. I just stared at it, I couldn't open it right away!

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

I'm off to check it all out, looks like a dream from here, Ruth!
~Tracie

Bringing Pretty Back said...

How fun is all of this! GREAT!

Bringing Pretty Back said...

Thank you so much for your comment todat! OH! I have sooo much to say on marriage!
Have a pretty day!
Kristin

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Ruth this is my first time stumbling upon your blog & it's magnificent. The huge Anglo theme pulled me in & I'm glad it did. Wow!

Hope you have a great 4th of July weekend and thanks, I'll be back!

Cheers my dear ~ Deb

The Flying Bee said...

Yay for Bridgewater pottery again! I love my pieces and look forward to getting more.

Thank you mam! (said in my best British accent)

xo,
Adrienne

Landon Shockey said...

Such wonderful little things! I'm off to the store to check it all out! -The Arkansan Anglophile

Obee Designs said...

Happy 4th weekend Ruth!
Just in time for some red white and blue, just not our country, though. It's so funny because I have really gotten in to all of this too. I love the whole English theme too. You're right there is always room for friends from England, France, Belgium, Holland, Sweden.... It's all good and all to pretty to love just one style, so why not love them all!! I'll be doing my own version of British style in a post soon too. It's so fun!!
I hope you're enjoying your holiday weekend!
XoXo
Gail

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

I have a few pieces of Bridgewater and just love them! I wish they would start making the butter slabs again.
xo, Sherry