Gimme Five! Serving trays

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Selection of 5 serving trays

We’re great fans of breakfast in bed. A pretty serving tray just adds to the enjoyment of the experience. One thing that all these serving trays short-listed have in common is their bold, bright illustration.

We actually own one of these IKEA trays. We think it’s so striking that we have it on display in our kitchen with our collection of vintage Scandinavian pottery and enamelware.

  1. MissPrint Trees tray: £20-30, John Lewis
  2. BÄRBAR: £5, IKEA
  3. Large Betsy Liberty print rectangular tray: £29.95, Liberty
  4. Owl design round tray: £15.60, Marks and Spencer
  5. George Home lap tray: £8, Asda

Flower power

Collection of vintage enamelware with flower decoration

Following on from the themes of fish & birds we continue to look at the influence of nature on artists & designers. This week it’s the turn of flowers.

detail from a vintage chopping board

detail from a vintage chopping board

floral fabric detail floral fabric detail

vintage fabrics – pillowcases, curtains, tablecloths etc

floral fabric detail

Initially we were going to combine fruit, flowers & foliage but felt that they each deserved their own space. We’ll return to the other two soon.

vintage pottery bowl with floral decoration Vintage Figgjo Flint egg cup

Wining & dining – everything gets given the floral treatment…

Trio of plates with floral decoration

Mismatched plates look great together.

Vintage soup tureen with floral decoration vintage milk jug with floral decoration

Cups, saucers, bowls, jugs, tureens, egg cups, tea pots, coffee pots etc, etc, etc…

Denby Arabesque design tea pot

Again, we’re using items from our vintage collection predominantly from the 1950s, 60s & 70s. We particularly like the stylised treatment given to flowers during this period. You’re not likely to see any of these flowers in your florists, gardens or hedgerows!

trio of vintage Hornsea pottery with floral decoration

small vintage Hornsea pots

floral decorated lidded pot Small vintage china pot with floral decoration

Vintage ice bucket with floral decoration

Interpretations range from the elaborate – almost psychedelic – to the paired down & simple.

green vintage pottery pin dish pottery pin dish

Vintage pottery egg cup

1960s/70s floral coaster vintage pottery hors d'ouvres dish

We love the way that artists & designers play with scale & perspective.

Vintage pottery plate

Vintage Meakin cup & saucer Vintage Meakin cup & saucer

Some designs became almost geometric…

Vintage cup & saucer

…others were more traditional representations.
The very nature of flowers means that colour is a given and their combinations are limitless. They add a real vibrancy to everyday objects!

vintage painted tin tray

We’ve got loads more gorgeous examples so we may have to do a ‘part II’ some day! Hope you’ve enjoyed the ones we’ve chosen to share.