Modern Vintage Tea Cup

Every morning I drink coffee out of a big ol’ coffee cup.  Some have photos of my kids, some have names of universities or “certain” coffee store logos.  I like them because they’re big and they hold a lot of coffee.  A lot of caffeine.

As I drink my coffee every morning, or reach for my afternoon tea, I often think “I should use a pretty tea cup”.  You know, like the ladies on Downton Abbey.

via Downton Abbey Cooks


Tea cups and coffee cups are easy to come by in your local antique shop or thrift store.  There are so many types and styles available.  I did a little Etsy searching and was so impressed by the number of tea cups that have a “modern” look.  They coordinate with today’s trends, or have a timeless aesthetic that makes them as chic today as they were in their time.  Here are some of my favorite “modern” vintage tea cups:



Royal Stafford with Gold Dragons


MCM Rosenthal


Noritake Demitasse Set


Classic Australia Gold Set


Homer Laughlin 1950’s


Colclough Gold & White Set


Grosvenor Bone China – Gold & Black


Ridgeway Blue Willow


Japanese Fleur de Lis


Gold Dragons

swiss tea cup

Suisse Langenthal Green & White


Royal Albert Black & White


Aren’t these amazing pieces of china?  Can you find one that coordinates with your style?  Do you think you could transition over to a smaller modern vintage tea cup for your modern coffee?  Or are you happy with your mug?


Linda at Calling it Home hosts a biannual One Room Challenge in which people share their progress over six weeks while redoing a room.  Back in October/November I participated in her link-up party and chose to makeover my mudroom (see the before and after here).  Today we are all sharing what our rooms look like today.

Pursuing Vintage Mudroom Makeover Update Full View

It’s only been a few months, and I had considered the room “finished” at the end of the six weeks, so there haven’t been too many changes.  As the weather has turned horrible wintery, we’ve added winter coats and boots.

Pursuing Vintage Mud Room Makeover Update Art Wall

The kids’ art wall has been fairly successful, however you’ll see that I’ve gotten a little lazy and have been “layering” the art pieces.  My kids are bringing home an average of four new masterpieces a week, and it was getting a little tiring moving them all around.  That, and my kids freak when I take something down.  They don’t seem to care that the new work goes up, they just get sad that the old work is coming down.  So, unless I wait until the wee hours of the night when they’re asleep, it’s been easier to just put the new masterpiece on top of the old.  (Isn’t that what great artists used to do?  Paint new works over old canvasses?!).

The biggest change was a recent one.  I’m always moving art around as I acquire new pieces.  And I am SO pleased with this move!

Pursuing Vintage Mudroom Makeover Update Kerry Steele Art

I moved my very first Kerry Steele painting into the mudroom.  I feel as though it is complemented by the wall color and the crystal chandelier.

Pursuing Vintage Mudroom Makeover Update Kerry Steele Art and Window

Pursuing Vintage Mudroom Makeover Kerry Steele Art

Isn’t it just fabulous??!  You must check out other work by Kerry and her design blog Design du Monde.

Pursuing Vintage Mudroom Makeover Update Kerry Steele Art

So, that’s about it.  No huge changes.  Just one gorgeous one!

Please be sure to take a look at the other room updates at Calling it Home.  There are a lot of creative ideas over there!


I’ve been beefing up the Pursuing Vintage Shop with more decor!

Classical Female Bust Sculpture on Pedestal Base

Terra Cotta White Washed Planter Fleur de Lis

Female Sculptural Bust Terra Cotta

Tall Terra Cotta Clay Planter Fleur de Lis

These pieces have a distinct European feel.  I wish I could tell you that I found them while strolling through a Parisian market last weekend!

I’m not sure of the age of the pieces.  They appear to be terracotta with a white painted finish and lovely wear to them.  They would be beautiful outdoor accents, or bring them indoors for styling a fireplace mantel or shelves.

They are all available in the Pursuing Vintage Shop.  You can also purchase them through Pursuing Vintage on Etsy.

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