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Shopping: Branksome china

We've had a beautiful, teak glass-fronted display cabinet up on the kitchen wall since before Christmas. We still can't decide what to put into it.

All the stuff that actually needs to go in it for storage, doesn't add up to much of a display (as you can see here). So the pondering continues for now. It needs to combine practicality with beauty. Like this...

I love this bit of styling from Branksome China's relaunch. Soft and grown up, and yet spiked with bits of bold – colourful books, the lovely black/green teapot and cups, the copper thing and those dogs. Nice.

Branksome China was established in 1945 and the two-tone, durable porcelain crockery is pretty recognisable (take note car booters. I have a few of those blue plates and some bowls handed down from my gran – not enough to recreate this display, alas).

Despite having been a favourite of Queen Mary in its mid-century heyday, the company was recently flailing and at threat of closure. But – hurrah! – it has recently been bought and saved by the Original BTC group, whose distinctive metal desk-lamps you may particularly recognise. And, before Christmas, they reissued this range which adheres to Branksome's original 60-year-old designs. More treasures from the archive are to come.

Prices start at £12 for a biscuit plate and it comes in Sahara, Elephant Grey or Jet Black for the exterior, and PrimroseYellow, Queen's Blue, Sherbet Orange, Arctic Blue, Forest Green and Blossom Pink for the interiors. If money were no object, I think I'd fill the whole cupboard with a full dinner set. Maybe I'll get lucky on eBay. Maybe I'll have another idea. If you have a kitchen cupboard or shelf arrangement to share for inspiration, do share on the Facebook Page or email a pic to

Meanwhile, do check out for more crockery temptation.

Post by Kate

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