Saturday, December 18, 2010

Everything Old is New Again

I was walking through West Elm on my way to somewhere else when I spotted these dishes and snapped some photos with my phone.  West Elm is a little too trendy for me, but if Offhand Flourishing is hip, I guess I'm cooler than I thought!  I haven't sleuthed it but the bird looks suspiciously like something out of E. A. Lupfer's  Ornate Pictorial Calligraphy.

The deer and the horse don't have the same graceful thicks and thins, but the idea is definitely there.

I didn't notice it in the store, but according to their website they also have a snowflake, mandala-like design:
 West Elm photo
So I guess it should come as no surprise that Pottery Barn, which is also owned by Williams-Sonoma, has also used calligraphy in their holiday bedding design.

Pottery Barn photo
In this case the flourishings are relegated to the background, but I think they really make the design:

Pottery Barn photo
Pottery Barn photo
And for the truly obsessed dedicated, you can complement the ensemble with scribbly sheets!  Couldn't name the hand, but it looks to be French.

Pottery Barn photo
Pottery Barn photo
So I wondered if this was a running theme in the corporation, and headed to the Williams-Sonoma website.  Sure enough.  Napkins, tablecloths, mugs, glasses, plates, and even a cookie jar with calligraphy--some recognizably Spencerian--woven in.  We're taking over!

Williams-Sonoma photo

Disclaimer:  West Elm, Pottery Barn, and Williams-Sonoma have no idea who I am;  just thought these were fun and wanted to pass them along.


  1. ooooh! They are beautiful. Thanks for sharing Jody!

  2. Jody,

    I actually adore those deer and horse plates!!! I would love to own them. ...and I am crazy for those sheets! It looks like I am going to have to add a last minute request from Santa.

    I have the Williams Sonoma 12 days of Christmas plates and linens. I love the script on them and have some of the artist's other work as well. Love it!

  3. looks like I ran out of room on my first comment ~ but wanted to thank you for stopping by my blog. I am so glad to have 'met' you!!

    Wishing you all things Merry and Bright.


  4. Thanks Dana! Nice to meet you too! I confess I didn't know one could run out of room on a comment... I know, those sheets seem like such a splurge but they are too wonderful. Lucky you to own the W-S plates and linens.

    All the best to you for Christmas & the New Year.



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