I say always start with the best…the best in this post is the amazing collection, of blue and white porcelain, of fashion designer extraordinaire, Andrew Gn (actually one of his many eclectic collections). I was fortunate to work with Andrew a few weeks ago to present his Spring/Summer 2017 Collection at a luncheon he hosted at a private club for members and guests of the Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum.  I will be doing an in-depth profile about Andrew and his collection and his answers to my questionnaire in an upcoming post.  In the meantime, you can enjoy one of the rooms in this creative genius’ exquisite home.


What I particularly love about this room is the wonderful mix of multiple periods and the flash of color, all of which compliment the blue and white collection to perfection, but that is the Andrew Gn style.  This photo appeared in an extensive article on Andrew in Elle Decor a year or so ago. Brilliant.

The next photo is from one of Carolyne Roehm’s homes, she is a major advocate of blue and white and also combines it with many other colors and periods.  I greatly admire her work and had the privilege of working with her when she was in the fashion industry, producing exquisite garments when she brought a collection to Chicago for a big charity fashion show.  Her homes and her books are unbelievably beautiful. I have all of her books, hope you do as well…if not what are you waiting for, get them!!!! and white tablescape from Carolyne Roehm’s book A PASSION FOR  BLUE AND WHITE…oh my! photo that was featured in Veranda Magazine (another of my favorite things!!!!) of Carolyne Roehm’s love affair with blue and white.  Perhaps in any other hands overkill not so with this creator.

Now let’s look at more modest collections (although Margaret’s is extraordinary, I’ve been with her when she has found new treasures, actually at Randolph Street Market!) but none the less loved by their owners and each piece, just like Andrew’s, tell a tale and the collectors are always seeking new additions that can fill a missing period or particular style or shape.

imageA wall in Margaret Buckman’s home of some of her wonderful collection.  You read my blog profile on Margaret a couple of weeks ago and you will hear more about her as we continue our journey of Margaret’s art, textiles, and antiquities.

imageA close up of one of Margaret’s shelves.

imageAnother area of Margaret’s collection, all in her dining room.  Love the mix of modern and antiquities.


imageThe beginning of a blue and white collection in the solarium at an estate in Michigan.

Last 5 photos by Nena.

I must admit, I am not a huge fan of blue and white…I know, I know, I’m in the minority, but I’m a green gal, always have been.  My mother would have been in heaven seeing this posting, she adored anything blue in all shades!  If I wanted to analyze this posting I would say, it is educating me to something I know little about other than most magnificent homes always have blue and white collections displayed in one or many rooms. I guess I need to educate myself further and perhaps get a piece or two.

I will leave you today by sharing one of my Father’s watercolors of a Stuben crystal rooster my parents owned and he wanted to capture in paint…it is a treasure and my bow to owning blue and white!image


  1. Sally Schwartz December 12, 2016 / 1:02 am

    Nena, this is wonderful as always, i love the pictures and witty asides, love you introducing new ways of looking at collections — but especially love your dad’s painting of a Stueben figure – the paint makes it look 3dimensional, how cool!!

    • nenasnotes December 12, 2016 / 1:17 am

      Thank you as always for your comments, Sally. You are my biggest fan! I am most appreciate of your support. I guess you haven’t read my profile on Oleg Cassini, would love your comments. Hugs, N

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