In the Potting Shed: Brown Transferware, Hydrangeas and Pumpkins


I love brown transferware anytime of year but fall is when it really shines. I pulled my small collection together to give them their due for a little touch of fall on a window shelf in the Potting Shed, along with some hydrangeas, mini pumpkins and fall grasses.


My brown transferware pieces were picked up at antique malls or consignment stores over the years.


A favorite Williamsburg Aviary by Wedgwood cup and saucer is nesting with hydrangeas on a Johnson Brothers Windsor Ware Dover teapot.


 Limelight hydrangeas have made their fall metamorphosis, changing from white to green with burnished edges of brown. I filled some Ball jars with the greenish/brown blooms to pair with the brown transferware. Their joining mini pumpkins~ white and tiger-striped, fall grasses and a few acorns.


I found a brown transferware tureen lid at a consignment store about 15 years ago.


Since it was orphaned and missing its bowl, I adopted it to give it a home. ;)


I loved its pretty daffodils and basket pattern. You can see it hanging on the Potting Shed door, framed by a wreath for fall, here.



I filled a transferware pitcher with hydrangea blooms and plumes of Maiden grass.


The feathery plumes add some fall color and soft texture.


I harvested some fall grass from the field next to my Potting Shed.


Bundling the grass plumes with twine for some soft texture to enjoy before the field is mowed and baled.








We’ve had some beautiful crisp and cool weather this week, perfect for a little fall nesting!


Hope you’re enjoying some beautiful fall weather where you are!


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  44 comments for “In the Potting Shed: Brown Transferware, Hydrangeas and Pumpkins

  1. October 14, 2016 at 7:33 am

    I love brown transferware! Like you, I especially love how it looks in fall. I’ve created a tablescape, including a platter daffodils, one of my favorite pieces. I don’t care what the patterns or pedigrees are, perfect or chipped, I love the total mish-mash. That bowl with the scalloped edge is unusual, and the wash pitcher and platter both look to be in excellent condition. Your potting shed is one of my favorite places to visit! Have a great weekend.

  2. Michelle
    October 14, 2016 at 7:57 am

    Love your tablewear! Feels and looks like fall. So glad to see your decorations and usage of dinnerwear and flowers. Have a great weekend!😎🌴🎃🍁

  3. Sherlie Magaret
    October 14, 2016 at 8:00 am

    Beautiful fall tablescapes!

  4. emily
    October 14, 2016 at 8:08 am

    As usual, another beautiful and inspiring post! Thank you

  5. Sharon Donley
    October 14, 2016 at 8:09 am

    You are simply amazing. Thank you for sharing the beauty of the season

  6. Ellen Stillabower
    October 14, 2016 at 8:15 am

    I too love my Brown Transferware…like you and the other ladies, I particularly love it in the Fall..mine is not a floral pattern. It’s called Americana..with pictures of the Capitol building, etc….I would love the Johnson Transferware but it’s pricey…anyway, love you tablescape and all your beautiful pieces…beautiful weather here this week and weekend..Indian summer is on the way!! 🌾🍁🍂🌻

  7. October 14, 2016 at 8:15 am

    Beautiful vignette. 😊

  8. October 14, 2016 at 8:23 am

    Mary, you have some of the prettiest brown transferware I’ve ever seen…and I am NOT a “brown” person…in anything…clothes, dishes, just not a favorite color! I only have one piece that I inherited & I never use it.
    You’ve displayed yours beautifully & it is always a pleasure to see more of your creativity!

  9. Bonnie Keearns
    October 14, 2016 at 8:33 am

    Love your darling Transferware and how beautifully you displayed them in your Potting Shed. They found the perfect home! Happy Fall♡

  10. franki
    October 14, 2016 at 8:33 am

    This is SO BEAUTIFUL I actually got a shiver!! Wouldn’t change one thing and I’d look at it every chance I got…franki

  11. October 14, 2016 at 8:33 am

    Mary, Today is a glorious fall day here–the first one and the crispy air and autumn light is getting me excited to go out and putter with my camera and the leaves and acorns. Your beautiful vignette is perfect for the way I’m feeling! I love the pale green of the hydrangea and the creamy color of the pumpkins with the dainty brown transferware patterns. Thank you for this beauty! Linda

  12. October 14, 2016 at 8:43 am

    It is a beautiful Fall day here today, 47 right now but going up to around 70. Next week we get 2 days of 80!!! Crazy. Your potting shed vignettes are always fabulous and this is no exception. LOVE the brown transferware. I don’t have any, sadly:( Have a beautiful day!

  13. October 14, 2016 at 9:11 am

    Mary, I love the brown transferware! Your autumn vignette is stunning! Our days have gotten too warm again, but the early morning is cool and crisp! Have a wonderful weekend, Pam @ Everyday Living

  14. October 14, 2016 at 9:14 am

    This is truly a beautiful display of your dishes! Lovely

  15. October 14, 2016 at 9:24 am

    Stop! Stop! I can’t stand all the “pretty”! :) I love when you share your collection of brown transferware. One of my favorites: the Ball jar with the little pumpkin hidden in the hydrangeas… Happy Fall!

  16. Ellen
    October 14, 2016 at 9:26 am

    The brown transferware is perfect with your beautiful display of Fall elements. The Maiden grass is a wonderful addition to the hydrangeas in that divine pitcher. Love the tiger striped pumpkins too. How can one not love Autumn? Thank-you for this lovely post- your photos always tell a story all by themselves.

  17. October 14, 2016 at 9:31 am

    It’s been the last few years that I’ve become smitten with brown transferware, Mary. It’s funny how our tastes change through the years. Your collection is just beautiful and I love how you adopted the tureen lid, and it look so happy on the shelf. How lovely your collection looks along with your limelight hydrangeas, for such a pretty Fall display in my favorite potting shed. Happy weekend!

  18. October 14, 2016 at 9:54 am

    The pumpkins are so pretty ♥

  19. Vanessa
    October 14, 2016 at 10:28 am

    I love transferware!!! My brown set is Brown Tonquin by Royal Staffordshire. I collect dishes and this was my first transferware set. About eight years ago I found a box in an antique store – almost a complete table setting for eight for about $70 – EUREKA!!!!!! A couple of years ago, I found a few pieces of the Johnson Brothers pattern (like your sugar bowl) at Sleepy Poet in Charlotte. What a beautiful pattern – almost reminds me of watercolors. Your ideas and décor are just beautiful. I am going to have to go out this weekend to an open field and get some grass plumes – never thought of this. They look fantastic!!! Thank you for what you do. You are such an inspiration. Blessings.

  20. Debbie
    October 14, 2016 at 11:11 am


  21. linda k.
    October 14, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    I. Love this. What a wonderful place to relax and day dream before the mass hysteria of the holidays is upon us.

  22. Marilyn (Ohio)
    October 14, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    This post makes my heart go pitty-pat! I love brown transfer china & hydrangeas….and here they are together. Saving to my Pinterest & Tumblr boards/blog. Thank you so much!

  23. October 14, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    Absolutely, positively STUNNING.

  24. Marion
    October 14, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    I enjoyed seeing your transferware. The pieces are beautiful.

  25. Joan
    October 14, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    Thank You for sharing your lovely trnsfereware,flowers and pumpkins. I always enjoy your posts.

  26. RS
    October 14, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    I spotted a small box of brown transferware at an estate sale recently. I thought of you and was glad that I had learned about transferware from your blog. Alas I did not purchase them regretfully. I hope they went to a good home.

  27. October 14, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    So, so beautiful!!! xoxo ~ Jennifer

  28. Marilyn
    October 14, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    I love that brown transfer ware. It is so unique. Thanks for sharing these photos.

  29. October 14, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    Beautiful display!

  30. October 14, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    OH, SIGH! I just love any transferware in any color. And you are right, I dragged something out I’m going to share next week. Wink, you will love them…grins. Thanks for the beautiful inspiration. (Ps, I didn’t get one bloom on my hydrangeas this year, darn. Love them more than anything, except Iris…lol. Sandi

  31. October 14, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    Beautiful as usual!! Love brown transfer ware! love everything you do!

  32. Cyndi Raines
    October 15, 2016 at 7:13 am

    Very pretty Autumn art show Mary. You know my favorite is always the display of any thing you do to “our” potting shed! lol Love, love LOVE all the pumpkins! Grasses and hydrangeas are pretty too. How thoughtful to add the dishes,-our next favorite love! What a show! Thanks!

  33. Teresa
    October 15, 2016 at 8:43 am

    I haven’t looked at brown transfer ware before your post, but that will probably change! I love how you make a place for your adopted pieces. I Appreciate you sharing your talents and pictures, Love your blog!

  34. October 15, 2016 at 9:32 am

    I so love your collection of Brown Transferware…oh that Wedgwood Aviary pattern is the sweetest!…and that lid…be still my heart!….Love the way you styled it with the wonderful dried hydrangeas and those plumes! Have a great weekend Mary enjoying the cooler weather!!

  35. October 15, 2016 at 11:03 am

    Love that Brown Transferware! Everything is so beautifully put together. Enjoy the cool weather we are suppose to get back to mid 80’s here.

  36. October 15, 2016 at 11:37 am

    Such lovely glimpses of beautiful brown transferware displayed in your potting shed! I can’t wait to get to work on my backyard and get some hydrangeas planted so I have the beautiful dried blossoms in Fall.

  37. Wendy McGinnis
    October 15, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    Hoping you and your family faired well during the storm.

  38. Lanita Anderson
    October 15, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    Love your brown transferware dishes…..they look so pretty in this display!

  39. October 15, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    Beautiful as always… I love brown transferware and yours is amazing… I can get lost in your photos….

  40. October 16, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    Brown transferware is one of my very favorites. I hate a sweet neighbor who has a collection of brown transferware plates, and she has all of them hanging on the wall of her chocolate brown foyer over a large robin egg blue chest. It’s one of the prettiest displays ever. Her foyer reminds me of how you’ve mixed the transferware with the turquoise. So pretty, Mary!

  41. October 16, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    *Sigh* it’s beautiful Mary, understated and elegant, it’s a very perfect autumn scene…

  42. Linda
    October 19, 2016 at 6:29 am

    Just lovely…you do capture the moment of the season!

  43. October 24, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    Mary this is so pretty! I love the baby boo nestled among the hydrageas in that blue ball mason jar! Thank you for hosting at Home Sweet Home!

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