Polly Put The Kettle On – Teapot Style

30 May


True to my English roots I would say I am rather partial to a cuppa, I never really enjoyed coffee so I am not too good on the best coffee houses in town, and to be honest could not tell the difference between a flat white, or a soy cappuccino with extra froth or a macchiato. Now give me a Gun Powder Green or a Rooibos and I am your girl.

I have always had the philosophy that a good chin wag over a cuppa solves everything, you can have a good chat and put everything into perspective over a large pot of freshly brewed tea.  In fact I reckon that world wars could have been solved if the leaders just sat down with a pot of English Breakfast or Lapsang Souchong and a couple of shortbreads!!! (well maybe that is pushing it…. but you get my drift.)

Anyway….moving on from my world peace strategic plan (I am sure that the UN will be calling me in very shortly!)…. I thought it would be fun to have a little look at the world of tea and interiors….



UK wallpaper company Mr Perswall has these quirky kettle print wallpaper which are perfect for the trend of adding wallpaper with a little retro quirkiness into your kitchen… teamed up with a little blackboard paint these would make a really fun and funky kitchen.Mr Perswall  incidentally has a great interactive website to allow you to tailor the colours of the wallpapers, change the sizes of the images or  completely design your own.

…or maybe a more subtle suggestion of the teapot in the kitchen through these tea towels from Flower Press at Earthgirlfabrics, “Topsy Turvey Teapot” by Kathy Mellor

    'Topsy Turvey Teapots' tea towel from Kathy Mellor

…or this Elly Oak tea bowl from The Hand Made Store…. Too good to use? why not frame them up….

Oatmeal Linen Tea Towel - Pink Teapot

…..Snuggle up on the sofa……

………with these cushions from Tasmanian textile designer Tara Badcock…..

source the teacosyrevolution

Think outside the lightswitch……

….and upcycle grans old crockery into this fantastic light fitting…see my guide here.

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or look at copycat crafts blog for a how to on making this lamp….

Make an Upcycled Teapot Lamp

 …or if you are not quite game enough to make yourself then take a look at french designer Gilles Eichenbaum‘s up cycled teapot collection…

In the Garden

The perfect spot to grow some herbs or delicate little flowers perhaps…..


…or get cosy with a cuppa after a long hard day or weeding with these biodegradable hesian cushion covers from Felt in New Zealand…….


Shelving the idea……

Pay homage to the humble teapot…..using varying shades of the same theme or colour….. or all white…
Love it lovemidori: Vintage teapot collection! Peg, drools~
….or my favourite more styled collection, perhaps you could tell a story of where the teapot came from coupling tea pots from india with indian fabrics and prints…….. So how do you take your tea?????
Coco Rochas' Teapot Collection

teapots & books--the perfect librarysource pinterest

…ok so below is more milk jug than tea pots (still loosely linked), but how striking does the white ceramic look against the dark background…..

If all else fails just remember……………..

on with the colourful journey………..

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9 responses to “Polly Put The Kettle On – Teapot Style

  1. This Sydney Life

    May 30, 2012 at 7:50 am

    Me – I’m a confirmed caffeine girl, BCD. I do enjoy the very British sense that everything will seem better after a good cup of tea, though… (not sure I actually believe it, but the sentiment is a nice one). Loving some of these images – I have seen the teapot flowers on the hand rail before and remember admiring it at the time, so thanks for reminding me AND that white milk jug selection has my name on it!

    • birdcagedesign

      May 30, 2012 at 12:59 pm

      I am an idealist, can you not tell!! 🙂 But I would like to try out my theory….

  2. tarapappas

    May 30, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Wow! I absolutely LOVE the chandelier and lamp!! Wonderful ideas! As a tea lover, I’m stoked to try some of these myself! Thanks for sharing! Cheers!

    • birdcagedesign

      May 30, 2012 at 1:01 pm

      Glad you enjoyed Tara…. the lamps are good fun arn’t they, if you do try and make let us know how you go! 🙂

  3. EverydaySparks

    May 30, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    Love, love, love that last upcycled teapot lamp, BCD! And the brightly coloured teapots along the stairs – so pretty. The Irish also believe that a good cup of tea solves everything – sometimes to a crazy degree. It used to baffle me when my 20-something housemates would have a cup of tea when we came home from a night out! Cheers, BCD! 🙂

    • birdcagedesign

      May 30, 2012 at 8:50 pm

      Maybe I am half Irish!!! 😉 Nothing like a good cuppa after a night out…. it was just working out who would be willing to make it!!

  4. twoblackdoggies

    June 2, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Love, love, love these!

    • birdcagedesign

      June 2, 2012 at 3:54 pm

      Have I converted you to a good cuppa? 🙂

      • twoblackdoggies

        June 2, 2012 at 4:04 pm

        I do like a good cuppa, might go and put the kettle on now 🙂


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