There is just something about teacups! They suggest a real gentility that I find so appealing and often they are simply quite beautiful. For many years I have been collecting favorites, found through my travels or forays through antique shops. But early on I had nowhere to display them, as our house wasn’t fully furnished yet. Serendipitously, this led to some unusual ways to use teacups in my home.Teacups are an easy thing to collect because they are generally not a huge expense. Finding a spot to feature them, on the other hand, can be tricky when you haven’t got large china cabinets or curios. Decorative shelf sconces can provide a perfect place to perch items from your collection.One of my most unique pieces is this teacup chandelier. I tell the whole story of its provenance in one of my first posts here, but the short version is that I had my teacups and other trinkets attached to my grandmother’s crystal chandelier.It’s a wonderful conversation piece that always sparks lively banter and hangs in my dining room. It has been with us since long before we had the large hutch that houses most of my china now.Sometimes I display not only teacups, but also books about taking tea. The ritual is a delightful one and these books are often as pretty as the porcelain itself. Two of my favorites are The London Ritz Book of Afternoon Tea and Tea and Sympathy.Another way to enjoy teacups, if your collection is not as developed as you like, is to find artwork that celebrates teacups. Here I mix the paintings with a sugar bowl and creamer set on a chippy shelf in my kitchen.Even my powder room incorporates a teacup piece.On a plate stand at the foot of the sofa I’ve added teacups in varied china patterns. The gentle florals work well with my color palette and the mix adds a touch of interest. The top two are actually soup bowls, but they maintain the same spirit.This sweet little demi tasse set is one of my very favorites. The delicate pieces are from the 1800’s and were found in a market in Paris. Here they are nestled in a book shelf in my library and soften the look of the dark wood.This chintzware espresso cup sits atop a writing desk, one of several in my home. It adds a cheery little note to the snowy scene outside the window.Probably the most classic display option is a simple tilt in the saucer, revealing the lovely design at the bottom of the cup. These are sitting on a bureau in the living room, sharing the space with a silver tea set.This charming china teapot works so well with the Limoges creamer and sugar bowl is rests with.I also like to use my teacups for what they were actually meant for. A relaxing soak in the tub is the perfect time for a cup of tea. You can see more of my master bath add-on by clicking to this post here.Teacups are a natural for decorating with an English library sensibility. In this post here about living with books, I explore this look further.And finally, what better place to be welcomed by a cup of tea than as you enter the front door? Are you a teacup collector? How do you like to display them?
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