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  1. WOW, Lory! You have come up with some really unique ways to enjoy your teacups on a daily basis! Beautiful!!! The teacup chandelier is the most unique of all, and I’m sure it has sparked not only conversation but creativity in those who have seen it. I’ll bet they head straight home and wonder how they could do something with items they have that are treasured and need to be artfully displayed! I know that looking at your vignettes has given rise to my inner decorator!!!

    You have a lot of really gorgeous teacups and saucers that would make taking tea a super pleasure!

    1. Thanks Alycia!! Yes, the chandelier was the first piece, because I had no furniture at the time! Thanks for sharing my enjoyment of these things… 🙂

  2. Teddee Grace says:

    Oh, boy! Do I have cups! I am trying to downsize my belongings from a two-bedroom, bath-and-a-half, two-story townhouse into a one-bedroom apartment and am having a time figuring out what to do with all of them. I’ve tried to sell some through a consignment store and have been told they don’t sell in Boulder, Colorado, especially those with gold on them! Can you believe it? I have, I believe, eight of the pattern in your photo with the books, but mine are navy blue. In the market? You have, though, given me one more idea for display…stacking them on plates on my plate stands. I’m already using every last one of the wonderful and beautiful ideas you have provided. Thanks. Enjoyed this immensely.

    1. I can’t tell you how much I loved your comment! To write a post and find out it really resonates with someone is really gratifying. If you really want to sell, you should consider selling online. I’d love to look at what you have… 🙂 Thanks so much for taking the time to comment!

    2. Suzanne Fisher says:

      Teddee Grace,

      I’m interested in seeing what you have to consider purchasing. Could you please email photos?

      Thank you! 🙂

      1. Suzanne, Is this comment meant for me? If so, what a great idea! I hadn’t thought of selling anything, but I think it’s an excellent thing to consider. If I decide to, I will certainly post on my blog. Thanks for the idea, even if you meant to be addressing Teddee… 😉

  3. Oh, I love the tea books, and I adore your teacups.

  4. Lory, we are sisters from another mother…lol. I LOVE teacups too and have loads of them. I have a similar stand in our kitchen nook but mines cream. LOVE all the pretty pictures and ideas. Thank you again so much for linking up to our Something To Talk About Link Party. I’ll be sharing these all week on Fb too. have a great day, Lisa

    1. Great, and thanks so much, Lisa! Yes, I noticed our similar tastes when I perused your page… 🙂 So glad you messaged me to link up!

  5. These teacups are so beautiful. Thank you for all of the inspirational ideas in this post. It really makes me want to slow down and enjoy a steaming cup with a cookie. Hope you’re having a great day, Coco

  6. Lory,
    I love the way you use your tea cups in your decorating. I have so many tea cups and I found a wonderful way to display them. A thrift store was selling a gun cabinet – yes, you read it right – a gun cabinet. But no one uses gun cabinets anymore because if you are a hunter and own guns, you lock them up. Well the cabinet dropped down to half price and I bought it. My husband fitted the inside of the cabinet with shelves. The cabinet is quite shallow and a cups and saucers fit perfectly inside. I love it!
    Thanks for letting me share.
    Patti

    1. Thanks, Patti! And what an interesting (and much better) use of your cabinet… 😉 I’d much rather look at pretty teacups any day!

  7. What a beautiful post to just curl up and get lost in on a cold winter afternoon! Your photos are gorgeous! Going now to peruse some of your older posts 🙂
    Thanks for sharing on Something To Talk About Link Party!! Please stop by again next Monday!

  8. Ellie LaJuett says:

    So beautiful! I am going to try some of these ideas!

  9. Lory, thank you again for linking up your beautiful eye candy and we’d love for you to link up again tomorrow (Monday) morning at 6 am est to our Something to Talk About Link Party. Hope you had a great weekend, Lisa at Concord Cottage.

  10. Kathryn Leifer says:

    i love tea cups so my cousin made me a “tea tree” in my dining room. 8′ christmas tree decorated with old and new tea cups, saucers, tea pitchers, cups and saucers glued together and decorated with ribbon and pearls. bows and lace on tree also. it is beautiful almost ready to put up another one.
    i have collected old family heirlooms also and put them up.

  11. Your collection is just beautiful and unique Lory, thank you for sharing it and your ideas on display. I too have the weakness, at last count I had 213 tea cups and a handful of pots. Like you I display them everywhere and anywhere I can. In the foyer they are displayed on my open shelving with coats and such. In the dining room they are displayed on an antique iron rack I inherited from my great grandmother along with other favorite memorabilia to do with tea. I have them in the cd rack, on cornices over my windows, in the TV cabinet, on tables and dressers as small object catchers. My favorite way to display though is to find a special antique silver fork. I heat up the prongs and then bend the two outside prongs out and up to hold the plate then I curl the two inside prongs to hold the cup. Drill a hole on the neck and hang them on the walls – they look awesome this way because they seem to almost float there. Thank you again for sharing I really love your cups from Paris 🙂

    1. Thank you so much! You display idea sounds wonderful… 🙂 And wow, 213 cups!! Well done! I do love to see other people’s collections too. Thanks for visiting!

  12. Lory, so many wonderful ideals. I loved the teacup chandelier, that would be such a cute ideal for the garden as well. I have quiet a few teacups and I think you have motivated me to pull them out of the china cabinet and display them. I live in an old house with lots of dark wood and I have never thought how beautiful they looked against dark wood. Again thanks for the inspiration.

    1. My pleasure, Sandy! Thank you for the kind words and for taking the time to comment. I have enjoyed collecting teacups for quite some time. I just find them to be so beautiful. So glad to know others agree… 🙂

  13. A lovely post on teacups Lory! I always admire them, but I don’t have very many myself. I’m interested in seeing the post on the chandelier, but I couldn’t find it. Anyway, you have a lovely style.

  14. Lovely post, always enjoy them. My tea cups not too many but are very special to me, came from my grandmother who came to use from England they were divided up between 3of my sisters. Very fragile and in a hutch in my finding room thank you for your blog look forward to reading it God bless and happy spring

    1. Thank you for your sweet comment, Marilyn! Even a small grouping looks lovely.

      But if you like, you can also add to your collection. It’s one of my favorite things to find in an antique shop because they’re always so pretty but not very expensive… 🙂

  15. What beautiful photos in your e-book!

  16. Cynthia Simmons says:

    I loved this article as I too love teacups. I like to imagine how much pleasure they brought their owners before I acquired them. I made a beautiful wreath for my front door and wired a small teapot, teacup, pair of gloves and a small silver spoon on it. I usually hang it in the summer and it makes me happy every time I pull up to my house and see it! Thanks for sharing, Cynthia

    1. Thank you, Cynthia, and your wreath sounds lovely! I did teacups on a Christmas tree one year. They are just so pretty, aren’t they? 🙂

  17. Lory, I love your ideas for teacup display! I too collect them and have 1 or 2 that you also have. The teacup chandelier is an amazing idea ! I may try that. Would you believe I don’t even like tea but love teacups. Hot cocoa is good in teacups too! If I find a tea that is very spicy or fruity I may drink it. Any ideas?

    1. Thank you and for many years I wasn’t a tea lover either… LOL! But then I discovered Earl Grey and that’s my favorite. Although that might have more to do with the fact that it reminds me of England than the taste… 😉 Maybe give it a try.

  18. Forgot to mention the cute display you have in your kitchen. Also the artwork is so pretty!

  19. Cecilia from Georgia says:

    I have always been drawn to tea pots and inherited the tea cups. I sold several tea pots but it’s hard to part with Mom’s cups. They aren’t serving any purpose in the drawers and you have given me some grand ideas! Your collection is so beautiful.

    1. Thank you and I’m glad you got some ideas. I didn’t keep every last teacup from my mom and grandma’s collections. I selected the ones that most spoke to me or worked together and that was enough… 🙂

  20. What lovely ideas! Thank you so much for posting. I will be doing the basket display.

  21. Teresa Snipes says:

    Having grown up in Charleston, SC, where tea and bread pudding and tea houses were common, I have always been a huge fan! Fast forward to marriage and my husband brings me my first full grown up tea set from Brighton, England. The beautiful Asian Pheasants that is light blue and gorgeous! He continued and brought me tea sets from Germany, Russia, etc., through the years, so I have full sets of teapots, 6-8 cups and saucers, creamers, sugar bowls displayed in a corner cabinet piece. But like you, I have a few, not as many, mismatched cups and saucers that I fell in love with, too.
    THANK YOU for all the wonderful ideas! I LOVE your basket centerpiece! That will be beautiful for my spring dining room table. I appreciate your unique ideas for styling teacups and will definitely be using them.
    Hester and Cook, out of Nashville and Franklin, TN, have unique chandeliers, some of which use teacups in their design. One of the owners uses silver spoons and knives as well as teacups in designing them. I was fascinated when shopping there! Online they are hesterandcook.com.
    Thank you for such a brilliant and useful post!

    1. What a lovely collection it sounds like you have! And how nice that you use them for such meaningful events!! So glad the post resonated with you… 🙂

  22. Teresa Snipes says:

    I forgot to mention that I don’t just collect tea sets for no reason. I use them for prayer and tea bridal and baby showers where everyone gets to be super girlie and genteel and have tea and scones, etc., while the bride or mother-to-be opens their gifts and the gift giver offers up a prayer for different topics the bride or mother-to-be has given us that are hung on a lovely white painted branch so everyone can choose to pray over a topic they are comfortable with.

  23. So many lovely ways of displaying tea cups. Thanks for all your beautiful ideas!

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