The Softer Notes of Fall: Transferware and Hydrangeas in the Potting Shed


Brown transferware sings the softer notes of fall, paired with white pumpkins and hydrangeas.

I love ironstone and brown transferware any time of year, but fall is the season when it really shines.

 I pulled out some pieces to give the transferware its due for a seasonal table vignette in the Potting Shed.

 Harvest Time by Johnson Brothers was my grandmother’s everyday pattern and I have her remaining pieces, including this gravy boat, ideal for fall and ‘harvest time’ nesting.

Limelight hydrangeas have made their fall metamorphosis, changing from white to green, now burnished from days of summer heat.

Faded beauty to pair with brown edges of transferware.

My love of brown transferware is tied to memories of my grandmother and I think of it as the dish equivalent of comfort food . . warm and homey. Pieces were picked up at antique malls and consignment stores over the years. I didn’t make a conscious decision to collect, it just sort of happened. . .a piece, pitcher or plate at a time.

An orphaned transferware tureen lid that was missing its bowl. . .

Williamsburg Aviary by Wedgwood single cup and saucer . . .

An unmarked pitcher with pretty floral details. . .

Autumn’s Delight by Johnson Brothers with its multi-colored fruit pattern is evocative of harvest season.

 You can see at an Autumn’s Delight Alfresco Fall Table, HERE.

Mason’s Ascot is a favorite pattern with its scalloped border, multicolored floral basket and butterfly detail.

You can see it at a Fall’s Last Hurrah Table with Cornucopia Napkin Fold, HERE.

I couldn’t resist the pretty flower basket details of Royal Staffordshire Clarice Cliff ‘Charlotte’. . .

A Johnson Brothers Windsor Ware Dover teapot is a favorite for serving up blooms . . .

Or pouring a cuppa Johnson Brothers Staffordshire Bouquet.

Floral details on the teapot lid are too pretty not to serve up on a plate!

Napkins / HomeGoods

Placemats / Target

Flatware / Assorted vintage

The summer heat and humidity is still lingering here, I’m anxious to ‘delight in autumn’!

Hope you’re enjoying some beauti-fall weather where you are. ♥

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  44 comments for “The Softer Notes of Fall: Transferware and Hydrangeas in the Potting Shed

  1. Sue Farmer
    September 26, 2018 at 8:22 am

    Love your transferware!!! The pop of yellow on the plates is gorgeous.
    Not a pretty Autumn day here in Kentucky. Gloomy and rainy. It has cooled off though. In the 70’s.
    Have a fun day with that new pup of yours!! She is a cutey:)

  2. Patti Kachmar
    September 26, 2018 at 8:36 am

    Lovely as usual. Those dishes are fantastic ! Thank you for the beautiful pixs.

  3. capelover
    September 26, 2018 at 8:37 am

    All these lovely dishes blend do beautifully together, like a happy family. So perfect!

  4. September 26, 2018 at 8:40 am

    Mary, I am smitten with all of your softer notes of fall! The burnished hydrangeas pair beautifully with your collection of brown transferware! This lovely setting in your potting shed makes my heart sing! We have a flash flood watch here today. Hopefully, cooler weather afterwards🧡

  5. Debbie
    September 26, 2018 at 8:40 am

    I really love seeing this, as you know why! I keep picking up transferware in blues and reds, especially. I am charmed by those with boats and ships on them or patriotic themes. My husband likes them, too.

  6. SUSAN
    September 26, 2018 at 8:41 am

    Still hot here in South Georgia. I love the brown transferware too. I only have a few odd pieces but it’s fun looking for it.

  7. S Williams
    September 26, 2018 at 8:54 am

    Love your beautiful eclectic brown transferware collection. Fall is on its way as we are experiencing some intermittent cooler days in sw TN. Hope this cooler weather makes it to you so you too get a respite from the heat. Clara 🍁🎃🍂

  8. September 26, 2018 at 9:09 am

    We have more rain here today, Mary, and the hope of cooler temperatures. I just love how your transferware collection just happened, but my favorite part of the story is how you inherited your grandmother’s Harvest time. Brown transferware is so perfect for Fall, and it looks to pretty with your limelight hydrangeas. Thanks for the Fall beauty from your potting shed.

  9. September 26, 2018 at 9:18 am

    Gorgeous. I love brown transferware. I need to pull mine out.

  10. Janet O. Robinson
    September 26, 2018 at 9:38 am

    I love your dishes and your Grandmother’s dishes. So beautiful! My best are “Woodlands” by Spode displayed in a Country Pine English breakfront. Cool and rainy here in Maine:) The trees are turning .

  11. Granny 35 (France)
    September 26, 2018 at 9:44 am

    Que les faïences anglaises sont jolies !
    Bonne journée

  12. Donna
    September 26, 2018 at 9:49 am

    Love your blog! Makes me want to buy all kinds of seasonal dishes. Where do you store it all? Just beautiful!

  13. Donna
    September 26, 2018 at 9:54 am

    This was a fabulous little post that I opened before reading the newspaper. Sadly, I got rid of my brown transferware, but it did not have the personality of yours. Reading this, I pretended to poke around an English antique shop, a person can daydream, right? This would be beautiful even without the blooms. And the odds and ends are sweet. I have wondered what to do with an unmatched cup or two. My personal fav was the gravy boat, why do they look so sweet, they are all a bit different. One more time you inspire me to set my table for just a regular dinner. . . .my husband does not question it anymore. Maybe I will even pull out a gravy boat and adorn it……you are spreading the gravy love. Have a good morning.

  14. September 26, 2018 at 10:13 am

    Oh, Mary, the mixture of transferware patterns are so charming. They are all enchanting. Your vignette is so pretty with limelights in cups, teapots, sugar shells, and creamers.

  15. September 26, 2018 at 10:30 am

    I love brown transferware. Our neighbor collects it and her dining room is beautiful with its shades of browns and creams. This is such a pretty post, Mary. I love how you’ve styled your potting shade in these softer tones for fall.

  16. Virginia
    September 26, 2018 at 10:57 am

    Good Morning Mary, I just love your assortment of brown transferware. I had some odds and ends of Johnson Brothers years ago, enough for a service for six. Unfortunately I let it slip through my hands and now seriously regret it. Yours is so lovely and has sent me to Replacements website in an effort to replace it. i always washed it by hand and wondered how you cared for yours when you serve on it. We are also looking forward to Fall arriving although today is going to be 89 and are wondering if it will ever cool down.

  17. Donna Milazzo
    September 26, 2018 at 11:02 am

    Such warm and cozy colors. What a delight it must be to have those huge limelight hydrangeas with so many gorgeous blooms to use for your fall decorating! I had a few on my hydrangeas, but getting them to grow well here is a challenge. Hope you have cooler days soon!

  18. Cyndi Raines
    September 26, 2018 at 11:33 am

    What a lovely collection and it all started with grandma’s! I am sure she would be pleased and proud that you have so lovingly taken care of it and continue to add to the collection. They all do speak of Fall and all her glory. My favorite pieces are the Johnson Brothers Staffordshire Bouquet with the colors of Fall, the yellow, soft burgundy and light blue. I also like the swirled edging on the plates, very pretty. The stamping on the back of the plates is awesome, especially the lovely hallmark on Charlotte! Memories…they get us every time. Just completed my annual canning of tomatoes, minus my sweet mom. Still miss her so, even after 2 years. She would have LOVED these tomatoes as they were big, firm and beautiful with no blemishes. What is prettier than a table laden with sparkling canning jars filled with Fall’s bounty? Hello Fall, we are glad you are here. 🍂

  19. Kathleen
    September 26, 2018 at 11:42 am

    Your picture taking is exquisite! Eye candy for sure. Love the white pumpkins and Indian corn paired with the hydrangea. Beautiful dishes.

  20. September 26, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    Just lovely Mary, your brown transferware is so perfect for this time of year, and paired with white it is really stunning! The fading hydrangeas are the perfect floral touch. How lucky you are to have some of your grandmother’s china, wow, so so special!

  21. Sandra Boudreaux
    September 26, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    I love your blog. Every time I read it, it makes me want to entertain. Thanks for making everything so beautiful and truly inspiring!

  22. September 26, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    You have a beautiful collection of brown transferware pieces. I always enjoy your vignettes. I just brought in some of my limelight hydrangeas to dry. They’re a wonderful flower to watch develop from one stage to the next.

  23. Betty Sparrow
    September 26, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    I have always said ,you don’t choose to to collect, it chooses you.

  24. Shirley Graham
    September 26, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    Love the brown – I have a few pieces of transferware & always enjoy them especially in the fall! Thanks for the pics!

  25. Theresa Keller
    September 26, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    love the brown transfer ware reminds me of my Grandmother as well! still warm in Charlotte….. thanks for sharing your pretty pictures!

  26. Terri
    September 26, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    Hi Mary
    I love your posts. And the “she shed”.
    Can you tell me again since the holidays are getting closer, the name of the farm in Oregon I believe that makes wreaths and ships them.
    I ordered from them last year and didn’t save info.
    They were so pretty.

    • September 26, 2018 at 5:33 pm

      Thank you Terri! It’s Lynch Creek Farm, they’re out of Washington. My centerpiece from them lasted 3 months!

  27. Paula
    September 26, 2018 at 5:28 pm

    Very pretty !! I need to go cut a few limelights , I think they are ready !!
    I love your Johnson Bros “Autumn Delight” dishes those are my favorite.
    Have a joyful day !

  28. Marion
    September 26, 2018 at 5:58 pm

    Mary your dishware is very lovely. It is a beautiful pattern.

  29. Joan
    September 26, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    Thank You for sharing your beautiful fall setting.

  30. Marilyn
    September 26, 2018 at 6:01 pm

    You never disappoint when presenting a blog. Mary you know how to present everything just right.

  31. September 26, 2018 at 6:54 pm

    Everything sings a beautiful fall tone for me! I love brown transferware and yours in stunning with the hydrangea.

  32. Michele
    September 26, 2018 at 7:24 pm

    I love, love, love, brown transferware! I have a set of Johnson Brother’s Friendly Village that I got for very cheap at a thrift store and became addicted. Now I am constantly on the search for any kind. Thanks so much for the beautiful pictures. They will definitely be pinned.

  33. Sue
    September 26, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    All the pieces coordinate so well together and I love the natural light from the window as the back drop in the last photo.

  34. September 27, 2018 at 8:18 am

    What beautiful pieces you have..I love the brown transfer ware…I have a set and it’s my favorite for Fall…I also have red..a favorite during Christmas season thru Valentine..I just LOVE transfer ware period…as far as the weather is concerned, hold on..we got cooler tempts yesterday and they are headed your way! 🍁🍂🌻

  35. September 27, 2018 at 9:11 am

    Looks straight out of Better Homes and Gardens. Beautiful in every way! My husband bought me a set of Johnson Brothers Friendly Village dinnerware a couple years ago. I’m so looking forward to getting them out again soon. The Autumn Delight set is lovely!

  36. Rita C.
    September 27, 2018 at 2:41 pm

    Oh, you know I love this. I could get lost in that potting shed with those dishes for an entire day and NOT want to go pick weeds or do anything else. Lovely.

  37. Debra Wilbourn
    September 28, 2018 at 9:38 am

    Beautiful collection of transferware!!

  38. Norma Rolader
    October 1, 2018 at 2:48 am


  39. Naomi Shelton
    October 1, 2018 at 9:52 pm

    The brown transferware is exquisite! And your vignettes are lovely. I have a collection of amber depression glass dishes which is what I associate with the many meals eaten at my own grandmother’s table. It’s not quite as elegant as the transferware but brings back fond memories for me.

    I am trying to collect the Johnson Bros. pink transferware in the series “Old England Castles”. I have several salad plates which I plan to hang together on one of my dining room walls. My goal is to have all of them be the vintage ones with the crown on the back. I don’t know how many different castles were depicted but quite a few I think. I only have two or three different ones so far.

    Thanks for your beautiful post. I enjoyed it very much.

  40. October 11, 2018 at 10:01 am

    I have always adored your beautiful collection of the brown transferware…such a most exquisite display perfectly set in your beloved potting shed. As you already know, I love orphaned pieces! Have a great day Mary!

  41. Fabby
    October 30, 2018 at 8:31 pm

    Mary, your collection of different brown transferware displayed so beautifully on your lovely potting shed for Fall… it is simply gorgeous ! I have only one little brown salad plate and it’s a color I so love. I have mostly blue and white and red and white.

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