September 9, 2008

"Chintzy" is a Compliment!!!

As I am sure I have said about 500 times...

We collected until we couldn't collect anymore.
And, although we do have it here and there
in most rooms of the house ( we should do
a "Crazy Places We Have Chintz" post!)
but a lot of it spends its time put away &
out of sight...which is sad... and I sometimes
forget just how gorgeous it is!!!

So, this weekend when I was putting some things
in a kitchen cupboard, I re-discovered a stack
of chintz that I had not gazed upon for, possibly,
more than a year, and as I sat on my kitchen
floor and pulled out each piece, I "oooohed &
aaahhhed" for a full half hour (while two cats
waltzed in and out of the open cupboard!).

So, I thought I'd give you an "up-close & personal"
view of some of these gorgeous chintz patterns
so you can see just why we adore them!
Who can resist Marion, Roslynde & Sunshine...
alluring little minxes!!!!
My very favorite, English Roses...Please do
not buy it!!!! Just tell me where it is so I can!!!

And this amazing pre-WWII leaded periwinkle blue
is just a color that no one seems able to duplicate!!

The all-time favorite "Summertime"

And as odd as this may seem since this is very black...
I really love this pattern, Beeston, also!!! It's very
Mary Engelbreit-ish and the black background makes
the other colors really "POP" (I can't believe I just said

These are only a few of the many patterns made by
Royal Winton, Shelley & James Kent, etc. and if you
keep a sharp eye out, you can find some really great
deals since the popularity of chintz has waned a bit
these last few years. But it's still a favorite with us!!!!

OK, once again during my blog travels I came upon
a new-to-me blog called
and it seems that Layla
has actually made an audition tape to try out for HGTV's
Design Star!!! Now, I have just "met" Layla, so I am not
trying to whip up votes for her or anything, I just thought
it was pretty fun to watch and Layla sure is brave to even
try her hand at something like this!!! So, pop by if your
so might end up with the next Design Star
in your blog roll! :)

PS*** Linda @
is having a little give away!!


  1. oh I love chintz, especially on china and in the bedroom and even tho it's not precisely in my decor at the mo, I line lots of things with it, nothing like a little secret bit of chintz when you open a basket...


  2. Design Star? How cool! I am afraid of actually competing on a reality show, but I do enjoy being a couch commentator. I will check this out.

  3. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I am going to pass your blog onto my mom also. She collects chintz and has a ton of pieces. We are always on the search for a teacup here and a teapot there! How fun!

    Love your blog!
    -Sandy Toes

  4. *Sigh* ~ I LOVE Chintz!!!! How could anyone not? It is so romantic and feminine. It always makes me think of spring :)


  5. Ooo, those are so pretty! I do have a weakness for flowers. If you grew up in the 80s and had a Laura Ashley chintz comforter, you have to love it! :)

    Thank you for stopping by ye olde Painted House and leaving a comment!

  6. Love all your Chintz! I'll have to go check out the blog, wouldn't that be fun to do, I wish I had the guts to join her. All your birds that you made came out so cute!

  7. Each piece is so stunning.... all those flowers... just put in all the right places.... lovely

  8. Thanks for mentioning my give-away. I just got my copy, and it is full of inspiration!!


  9. Everytime I stop by your blog I am always delighted and amazed. You are so talented and creative.

    You always give me the urge to go out and buy more chintz. But... I have no where else to put it my dear... so that's a GOOD THING.

    xo Cathy


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