Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Tuesday T...

Sitting here having my morning (black) tea... reminiscing...

I was born in 1960.  My parents brought me home to the house they had built in 1958.  The first furniture I remember in that house was mid century modern - a wood framed sofa with wooden arms and a side table designed right into it.  There was also a 1950s stereo/turntable console, a brass starburst wall clock from Top Value stamps (like S & H Green stamps) and a pair of cool modern lamps with huge parchment drum shades. Shortly after I turned 7, my grandmother passed away and we inherited a living room full of antiques, including a Duncan Phife sofa. I have no idea what happened to that cool mid century modern stuff. Oh how I wish I had it now... especially since I'm redecorating my living room in it... I adore that style!  I have quite a bit of mid century modern pieces already... a huge bubble glass China cabinet standing tall on slim tapered legs, two teak chairs, a coffee table and a 1950s Thomasville bedroom suite, from which the nightstand is being used as an occasional table between the teak chairs... All mid century cool!

So what does this have to do with Tuesday Tea you ask...

This 1950s modern McCoy Daisy pattern tea set (minus the sugar bowl) is part of my teapot collection. It's one of two 1950s McCoy sets I have.  I love to scour the internet and vintage shops for these cool teapots.  They are some of my favorite things ever!

Happy Tea Tuesday ladies...  Don't forget to see what the other Tuesday Tea ladies are up to by visiting Kimmie's blog http://artinredwagons.blogspot.com.


  1. Isn't it odd? Like you, I remember that mid-century modern furniture, dishes, and glassware from growing up with it. About the time I entered high school, my grandparents (who raised me) replaced it with some modern blond Danish furniture. I didn't care for any of it. In fact (close your eyes if you don't want to read this), I sold a ton of 50s dishes, a couple of tea pots, and a few other pieces at a garage sale a few years ago.

    My decorating style was totally different. I started collecting pieces that were made between 1880 and 1910, and only those made of tiger stripe oak. My grandmother was mortified. She said she remembered that style from her childhood and couldn't understand why anyone would want to collect the pieces I did. I could never understand my grandmother's taste in decorating. Now I do.

    Like you, I am beginning to really appreciate the mid-century modern style and wish I had not been so hasty with my slash-and-burn mentality. Thanks for sharing these lovely pieces and a bit of history about yourself today. Happy Tea Tuesday.

  2. that must be "the real McCoy!" tee hee :) ..... lovely set! it looks very retro! Happy T today!! Kimmie

  3. thank you for sharing your sweet memories with us Dianne AND your McCoy pieces are fab too!
    Happy sweet T to you!

  4. I will be on the look out for the sugar bowl!! lovely nostalgic post! happy T!

  5. thanks for coming for T and yup that is all you have to do to make macaroons! easy peasy!

  6. Dianne, these are beautiful!!! I look forward to TT each week to admire your beautiful T paraphernalia....happy happy Tea!!! kindest, steph

  7. Thank you for sharing with us about your beginnings and life. Beautiful McCoy pieces!

  8. So sweet! Lovely little pieces!
    Blessings, peace, and love,

  9. I would love to find that sugar bowl for you. I hope you enjoyed your tea.