Fabulous Finds

Bugs and Birds and Bees… Oh My!

On a recent visit to Anthropologie we stumbled upon a table set with the most unique, and yes, some would say bizarre, collection of plates we’ve seen in ages.

The Natural World Collection

The Natural World Collection

We couldn’t decide if these vintage-like ceramics created by the quirky British designer, Lou Rota, were delightful or disturbing.  After all, some of her designs look like pieces from a picnic gone awry – green bugs and stag beetles share space with antique roses – while others are perfect for Halloween.

Green Bugs and Stag Beetles

Waiter - There's a Bug on my Plate!

Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe?

Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe?

Reflecting her passion for nature and a deep-seated recycling ethic, Lou uses collage and decoupage and both handmade and vintage decals to transform people’s unloved cast-offs into highly desirable treasures.

This Could Be Love

This Could Be Love

Are you the type who loves Lou’s light-hearted, mix and match alternative to elegant sets of wedding china?  Would you use these plates at home?

Lou's Plates at Home

Lou's Plates at Home

P.S.  Lou’s eclectic collection of tableware and furniture is available at Not On The High Street and at Anthropologie.

Photos from Anthropologie and Not On The High Street

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  • Reply pve October 29, 2010 at 6:16 am

    Wonderful. My Aunt Mary had the most incredible fish plates hanging in her kitchen breakfast nook. They remind me of these. I love that they are one part sweet and the other a little evil.
    I guess you could say “naughty and nice.”

  • Reply Eddie Ross October 29, 2010 at 10:22 am

    Very cool. We prefer the monogrammed ones. Happy Friday!


  • Reply pretty pink tulips October 29, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Oh, I love these!!!! Love bringing nature indoors. You find the BEST stuff, Carolyn!!!
    xoxo Elizabeth

  • Reply quintessence October 29, 2010 at 11:32 am

    I love these but unlike Eddie, prefer the natural world collection – not as fond of the ones with the bugs – the others are all fabulous!!!

  • Reply Mona Thompson October 29, 2010 at 11:36 am

    You have a lovely blog. I’ve been snooping around. I would have died to meet Charles Faudree. He is one of my heroes!

    • Reply carolyn October 29, 2010 at 11:50 am

      Mona – thanks for coming to The Buzz! Your blog is absolutely gorgeous so it’s a great honor to have you visit ours!

      • Reply carolyn October 29, 2010 at 11:51 am

        Quintessence and E + J – I prefer the Natural World and the monogram collections, as well… something a little strange about having food and bugs on the same plate!

  • Reply The Zhush October 29, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    These are fantastic….but the beetles might freak me out a bit in person! 🙂

  • Reply Struggler October 29, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    The hummingbird is rather sweet, but I wouldn’t want to finish a plate of food and find the bugs staring back at me.

  • Reply CC October 29, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    Lovely! Reminds me of a casual Anna Weatherly!
    CC http://currentlychic. com

  • Reply Kelly Dunn October 29, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    I like the letters! Very cute, must go see in person 🙂 Have a great weekend XOXO

  • Reply dovecote decor October 31, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    Wow! I love china, this is fresh. Of course, I have to figure out where Anthropology found them.

  • Reply STYLE NV November 8, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    I love Lou Rota’s work; it reminds me of an idyllic English summer’s day (sadly over for another year). A big garden party full of strawberry’s, cakes, tea and pretty bugs crawling over the discarded plates!
    I chatted with Lou over a nice cup of tea and a cake (on a bug, bone china plate) http://www.stylenv.co.uk/blogs.php?path=blogs.read&id=132c

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