Instagram FEATURE Ivory and Noire

Instagram FEATURE Ivory and Noire

I am so excited to featured Jessica from @ivoryandnoire this Saturday on our #Vintageflowersandtea home tour! Below are some facts about her.

Jessica Pearsall is an interior designer and founder of Ivory and Noire. 

Why is her little corner of the internet called Ivory and Noire? Black and white was her all time favorite color scheme until she discovered blue and white!

She is married  to her best friend and she is a proud mamma of two children and a fur baby.

She is fluent in English & Spanish and for a while was conversational in Arabic.

She is a coffee snob, and loves a great cup off coffee, along with a great glass of wine and a tasty cocktail. 

She loves creating a beautiful table but what she loves even more is sharing how she created it and where she found the good stuff!

She started Ivory and Noire to teach and inspire women to entertain stylishly in their own homes.

She loves layering colors, patterns and a bit of chinoiserie on every table she sets.

She’s done everything from flipping homes to designing residential and commercial interiors in the US and abroad.

She's also thrown her share of milestone celebrations.

She has been featured in Entertain and Celebrate and also on the Houston Chronicle!

She enjoys taking workshops in subjects like art and calligraphy.

When Jessica is not traveling to some part of the world, you'll find her trying out new restaurants, dancing salsa with her hubby and snuggling up for a movie night with her two kids and little Cocker Spaniel.

 

 Ivory and Noire Tablescape

Ivory and Noire Tablescape

Ivory and Noire Tablescape

To see her website click HERE

🌸If you would like a chance to be featured, on Instagram, tag your photos with #vintageflowersandtea and follow along with all of the hosts below:

@diga_linda
@thevintagepagoda
@classicsoutherntraditions
@southernskiesnrisingtides

Features happen on Tuesdays and Saturdays, so keep posted to see who will be featured next.

 

xo 

Ceci Mason

 

May 20, 2022 — Ceci Mason
INSTAGRAM FEATURES this week on #Homedecorandart and #Vintageflowersandtea Home Tours!

INSTAGRAM FEATURES this week on #Homedecorandart and #Vintageflowersandtea Home Tours!

This week on Tuesday a great group of ladies and I were excited to featured Carrie and Anne from @tortoiseandharevintage
They started their creative journey together years ago while volunteering at their kids’ school auctions. Years later, as semi-empty nesters, they combined their passions and talents and launched Tortoise and Hare Vintage Collection in 2018. Tortoise and Hare has since grown to six booths in three collectives and a shipping office in Chattanooga.

Anne and Carrie love antique shopping together, going to auctions & going to estate sales. They enjoy decorating the shops, making plate walls & plate wreaths, and selecting upholstery fabric for custom furniture and pillows. “Our style is eclectic, traditional, and always colorful. We are both creative souls and we like making pretty things.” When asked about future plans, they say,
“We are all about having fun and we’ll do this as long as it’s still fun. If it ever gets to be not fun, we’re out.”

 Tortoise and Hare Vintage

To see their website click HERE

If you would like a chance to be featured, tag your photos with #homedecorandart on Instagram and follow along with all of the hosts below:

@diga_linda
@thevintagepagoda
@happyhydrangeahome
@nancysemptynest
@thehouseofhanbury
@tartanandtable
@natashaloveslilly
@grandmillennialmama
@popofcolorbylindsey 

 

These features happen on Tuesdays and Saturdays, so keep posted to see who will be featured next week!

This weekend I will be having a big event at the Mason Magnolia Manor! Our daughter's commissioning for the Navy, graduation from the Corps of Cadets and graduation party from Virginia Tech so look for some fun pictures coming up. 

Have a great weekend friends,

xo 

Ceci Mason

 

May 19, 2022 — Ceci Mason
DIY | HOW TO MAKE A GRANDMILLENNIAL SPRING FLOWER/EASTER CENTERPIECE

DIY | HOW TO MAKE A GRANDMILLENNIAL SPRING FLOWER/EASTER CENTERPIECE

This is a great project to do in the Spring and when you are going to have guests over!  It's perfect for Easter or another special occasion! They surely will be admiring your centerpiece, not only because the vase/bowl is part of your china set but the nest eggs will draw attention to the eye, specially  if they are at eye level!

Another way that you can make that arrangement pop as well is if you put cut out butterflies, birds or any kind of a fun Spring element instead of the nest eggs!

You can find dry moss online, I got it at amazon! The Vista Alegre dishes are from the actual store Vista Alegre in Portugal. I got the entire set then had it shipped over here. Their designs are timeless, classic and since I love blue and white this one seemed to be the perfect set. I also love the sunlight so having a touch of yellow on the set was absolutely perfect!

If you enjoy this tutorial, please comment on the blog below and subscribe to my channel. I appreciate your support.

 Here are some pictures of my table for more inspiration! Thrilled to have been featured today on @replacementsltd  Instagram HERE

 

Grandmillennial Table Setting with Floral arrangement

Blue and White Vista Alegre Table Setting Grandmillennial Style

Easter Table Setting at Diga Linda by Ceci Mason

Grandmillennial Easter Table Setting by Ceci Mason at Diga Linda

Custom Granmillennial Blue and white Botanical Garden Tablecloth

 Grandmillennial Botanical Garden Napkins

The custom tablecloth with the napkins that you see here is my latest Spring release "Grandmillennial Blue and White Botanical Garden" release and it can be found HERE 

I painted every bow, flower, bird and branch you see here with watercolor and you can customize it with your family name. I also have customers that want to say on it "Family and Friends" instead of the family name! It's certainly a conversation piece and you can pass it on to future generations!

I designed the napkins in a way that when you fold then, like you see above each corner is different, so you can style them in many different ways to match your tablecloth. 

These exclusive designs make a perfect Mother's Day gift!

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Thank you and have a wonderful day,

xoxo,

Ceci Mason

Grandmillennial Blue and White Ultimate Bundle

Grandmillennial Blue and White Ultimate Bundle

If you love the Grandmillennial Style, then this blue and white ultimate bundle if for you!

I designed this package so you can use it any time of the year, so it's filled with timeless and classic designs that never go out of style. You can print your files any time you want since you will own them forever.

These blue and white vintage inspired exclusive designs and will look great in any room and go well with any decor!

- You will get 20 instant download Fine art 8'x 10" Ginger jar art prints!  You will also get recipe cards, gift tags, name table cards, flat thank you cards, folding greeting cards, Bible verse cards and book marks!You get over 50 different designs!

Easter is quickly approaching and we know how much time and effort it takes to host a memorable holiday or event in our homes!

There’s buffet, dinner menus to organize at the house, decorations, what to wear and a lot more!

One thing that people need to consider when hosting and eveyone has to seat down is where are they going to seat? A place card ( or seating card) tells a guest where they will seat at the table, so they don’t have to wonder where they are going to end up seating feeling awkard! Guests appreciate the host that takes the time to put these down because that means they care about creating an atmosphere of pleasant engaging conversation between the guests.

Please keep in mind that if you don’t have any place cards, I sell those in this bundle and as soon as you purchase, you can download them right away, no need in waiting for your product to come in the mail! You can even print these as many times as you want since you own the files!

Anyway, please keep in mind that changing place card names on a table is quite unaceptable and if you want to be invited back, never do this! Although I have seen people change their name card before and felt a bit unconfortable, has this happened to you? Share your experiences below!

Thank you for reading,

xo Ceci 

 

April 06, 2022 — Ceci Mason
Decorate Grandmillennial Chinoiserie Easter Eggs | DIY Tutorial using acrylic paint

Decorate Grandmillennial Chinoiserie Easter Eggs | DIY Tutorial using acrylic paint

It's almost Easter and you want to make sure that you have everything ready so that you can enjoy this special holiday! Subscribe to my You Tube channel for more Grandmillennial style decorating ideas.

Here is a fun activity that you can do with your family and create some wonderful memories around the kitchen table. Get some wood, ceramic or plastic eggs at the craft store along with some round brushes, acrylic paint plus a sealer and you are all set to make sure everyone will have a fun time during this activity!

Click on my link below to watch the video tutorial and if you need to watch more  

Watch my Tutorial below.

The top eggs are wood and the bottom eggs are plastic.

My Jade Weekender Bag below can give you inspiration on what to design on the eggs. You can do trees, bushes, flowers, pagodas and more.

Chinoiserie Jade Weekender  Bag

Another place where you can get design inspiration is in one of my products called the Chinoiserie Pagoda in Navy , Blue and White Throw Pillow below.

Chinoiserie Pagoda in Navy throw pillow

 

March 31, 2022 — Ceci Mason
Summer and update on prints!

Summer and update on prints!

Hi friends,

There are so many prints that I released over the Summer and we are still going. The latest is the "Isla" print and you can see that print in a pillow with blue pineapples! Isla means Island and there is nothing better that I relate with hospitality than a pineapple! I have them for indoors and outdoors!

You can click on any picture to learn more about the product!

"Isla" Blue Pineapple Throw Pillow

Another popular print is the New Chinoiserie Pagoda Collection exclusive design that I released in pillows.  I will be placing that print on more products in the future.

Chinoiserie Pagoda in Cornflower Throw Pillow

I added a few more products to the Topiaries Collection and I also released the "Hydrangea Paradise" and Ginger Jars bag and Clutch/pouch! Such a fun and popular print! You are seeing just the best over here!

Topiaries Throw pillows

GInger jar Weekender Bag 

Hydrangea Weekender Bag and Clutch/Pouch

In the Spring I released the "Vincentina Coast","French Leo", "White Hydrangeas" print, that one is a very popular collection as well and a few others.

Below is a picture from a lovely lady that I follow on Instagram called Stacy, on Instagram her account is @theclassichostess, and she is so talented at stying a tabletop.  Here she is styling the "VIncentina Coast' print napkins and tablecloth!

Vincentina Coast napkins and tablecloth

She also styled my popular "Tobacco Leaf" napkins as well.

Also Nancy from @nancysemptynest styled a Tobacco Leaf Weekender Bag for  me and it turned out beautifully! Just click the link and you will be able to see it in the pictures how she  did it!

Another friend who is an interior designer that I follow for great inspiration is Mary Alice on Instagram @maryalice.home and she styled my "Kelly's Chinoiserie" napkins beautifully!

Kelly's Chinoiserie Napkins

Currently I am still working on NEW fall collections, but the "Bow Pagoda Pumpkin" and the "Double Happiness Sunflowers" prints are already out and I hope you enjoy them! 

Thank you for following me along and I appreciate all your support. As you know I am only one person over here and I hope that my designs will bring you joy and make you smile!

There are so many other people that I want to mention in my blog and tons of other popular products that I want to share with you and if you know me, I am always designing something new! So keep posted, more pretty things are on the way!

xo Ceci Mason founder and artist.

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August 26, 2021 — Ceci Mason
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VINCENTINA COAST

VIncentina Coast - the latest print!

This print is so special to me since I am Portuguese and grew up by the ocean. This design print is inspired by the Vincentina Coast in the south west part of Portugal where it's  majestic beaches and cliffs by the ocean, meet the country Cape of St.Vincent.

I wanted to design nature where the blues of  the ocean meet the clear blue skies of the South of Portugal. 

If you are looking for sunshine, beautiful beaches, cliffs and a resort lifestyle, then you would love it on the Vincentina Coast of Portugal. 

I hope you love this print as much as I enjoyed painting it!

These designs and colors reflect the happiness and fun of my original watercolors and digital illustrations.

CLICK HERE to see this collection!

Happy New Year 

xo Ceci Mason

 

January 10, 2021 — Ceci Mason

Tobacco Leaf Inspired Print by Diga Linda

I am so excited to share with you this new print just in time for the holidays!  The original Tobacco leaf pattern was developed circa 1780. It was for export only, mostly for the Portuguese and Brazilian market. Later it was exported to Europe and North America. This pattern was considered special and very popular in the 18th and 19th century due to the nature of the design with so much meaning and also with so much color.

Milred Root Mottahedeh, founded The Mottahedeh & Company, a designer and supplier of luxury porcelain made in Italy and Portugal for the U.S. market later on, based on historical models or direct replicas, that were sold in part through luxury retailers and museum gift shops.

Her large personal collection of Chinese export porcelain for the European market, formed with her Iranian husband, Rafi Y. Mottahedeh, were loved by many. The Mottahedeh porcelain table service "Tobacco Leaf" was even used in the White House and in other government functions.

The "Tobacco Leaf" pattern, incorporates 27 underglaze and enamel colors and gilding in the original plates. This pattern is very colorful and considered the perfect fit for every home or interior. The colors in it represent joy, quality and style. Each shape is made with precision, style and it fits every interior decor, whether it's mid-century, modern, industrial, palm beach chic style, or grandmillennial style, the tobacco leaf fits it all with it's decor design sense.

I designed items that we use daily like placemats, napkins, mug, travel tumbler, apron and other items that we use in our home decor. Therefore it's the perfect gift for yourself or your beloved ones. 

This pattern is considered as a mythological bird, phoenix is a symbol of absolute freedom. According to many legends, this is a bird that will never die because it did not eat the forbidden fruits in the Garden of Eden. The bird is a link between heaven and the Earth, it can walk, fly and swim. It is a bird that burns itself to death and emerged from the ashes, thus making itself eternal. Besides eternity, the phoenix is also a symbol of royalty. 

I hope you enjoy this new "Tobacco Leaf" Inspired Print. Click on the picture to see the collection available for sale.

Tobacco Leaf Inspired Print by Diga Linda

October 13, 2020 — Ceci Mason
Transfer Ware Vintage China Reese Witherspoon Print Inspired Porcelain blue and white Print

Transfer Ware Vintage China Reese Witherspoon Print Inspired Porcelain blue and white Print

Take a look at the Transfer Ware Porcelain China Blue and White Fine Art Print Collection by Diga Linda on the blog. The latest print release, I release a NEW print every 2 weeks.

 

 

October 07, 2020 — Ceci Mason
Maryland State Statement Hand Painted Graphic T-Shirt by Diga Linda

Maryland State Statement Hand Painted Graphic T-Shirt by Diga Linda

🦀Here it is fresh new design that I just finished today! I wish I had this kind of time everyday! 
One of the advantages of having a small biz is that I can create design quick with no ones approval but mine!😂
 
However at the same time it’s hard having to make ALL the decisions. What font will I use, how many fonts, what size, what color and where do they go? There’s a million questions to answer and I did not even get technical yet!😄
 
What elements will be on the design? Create dozens and dozens of layers then when you put it together you check for mistakes! Like yesterday I changed the colors of the words Faith over Fear ( from lite pink to hot pink) on that Tee after I made it public and it took a long time to fix! Learned my lesson (well I keep learning), but need to look at the design a million times to make sure it's ok before it goes public!
So many decisions that have to be made before I publish! Enjoy this one and see me painting it on the video post below with watercolor this morning. By the way the 4 designs behind the "Maryland" words, I did those while I was on vacation in Portugal. I am so glad that I finally got to use them. People say my desings warm the heart, bring joy and make them smile, I love that! So take at this one, can you tell that I love details?🎨
Maryland State Statement Hand Painted T-Shirt by DIga Linda
 
May 14, 2020 — Ceci Mason
Azalea Festival coming to you Online in late May!

Azalea Festival coming to you Online in late May!

Dear friends,

The last few weeks have been so different from anything we have ever seen before. it's hard to imagine such quick changes we have to do to our daily lives and the worry and anxiety that we are all going though just thinking about how cautious we all have to be to stay healthy and safe! We hope and pray that our family and friends here and far away will stay safe too. 

Many things are changing and being on the internet -online is new challenge right now for school distance learning and for other events as well. We know that although it's not possible to have the Azalea Festival at school, the good news is that Landon will still be having it but online this time. 

To see a list of all the vendors that will be participating look HERE

This festival will be different from the previous 65 festivals and what we need to keep in mind is that because it's online, we have an opportunity to make it very special and meaningful for the community. We will not have to worry about the weather conditions and if people can go shopping in a day where the rain does not stop. Also vendors do not have to worry about sett up and take down, although that part I really enjoy for some reason. I love making it all pretty so you can come visit! 

We are so thankful to the Landon faculty and staff for all the work that is being done in order to support our school kids. Landon opened it's doors to 22 students in the fall of 1929 just months before the beginning of the Great Depression. It was with a great commitment, dedication and courage that the school persevered back then and it's with that same spirit of strength that the school will persevere again this time. This year is specially hard for our Seniors. I know for I have one and he will be missing a lot of fun events, but memories will be taking shape in a different way. There will be social events taking place but online this time and when this is all done, he will remember all those moments. People have the opportunity to connect so much online with Facebook, Instagram and with so many other social media platforms.

We hope that you will be excited about this festival coming up just as much as I am. See you here in another blog, talking more about our festival coming up.

  

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April 12, 2020 — Ceci Mason
Portuguese Country Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Portuguese Country Cinnamon Swirl Bread

This bread makes the house smell so good. This is my fast version of "Folar" a traditional cake we have in Portugal for Easter. You can make extra and give as gifts. Everyone will love it. Mix everything and Voilá!

Ingredients

2 cups of flour

1 cup of sugar

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

2 small eggs

1 cup of sour cream 

8 Tablespoons of butter melted warm not hot

1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

1/3 of sugar

Combine the first 5 dry ingredients, mix well then add eggs, sour cream and butter and mix until its all blended.

In a small bowl mix together the last two ingredients (cinnamon and sugar).

Spray a 8"x4" inch loaf pan ( I use glass). Pour a third of the batter into the pan then sprinkle a third of the cinnamon/sugar mixture.

Repeat that two more times and put the rest of the cinnamon/sugar mixture on top. Bake at 350 degrees for about 55 minutes at 350 or until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for about 8 minutes before flipping. Enjoy.

 

Layer the mixture

 

Sprinkle with the rest of the cinnamon and sugar mixture

 

Final result, enjoy!

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(fun fact, I was a baker when I was single in Portugal)

Happy cooking and Baking!!😄

April 11, 2020 — Ceci Mason