Lily Lee Designs

New Heirlooms... Porcelain and Paintings along the Bluebonnet Trail.

Our Story - Sharing beauty with bluebonnet gifts & Original Art!

 

Central Texan Mary Lee Nyquist was born an artist. During the years  she was a business woman and a registered Texas Interior Designer, she  still created works of art. Working in oil, watercolor, graphite, and  acrylic, she created a variety of pictures that hang in clients's homes  today.


Wildflower Meadow Dinnerware

In 2000, she teamed up with her daughter, Teresa, and began creating Wildflower Meadow dinnerware, after discovering that the market offered very  little fine china with a wildflower motif. (Bluebonnets were especially  hard to find.) Mary created renditions of well-known wildflowers and  also lovely, rare blossoms, and accented them with lupine blue  butterflies. The flowers and butterflies are laid on dinnerware of fine,  Japanese porcelain, either on a fresh and airy white rim or a soft  limestone-green rim.  A five-piece dinnerware set and a 12" serving  plate were produced. 


Porcelain Boxes

At the same time, she developed another way to share bluebonnet gifts by designing Wildflower Chintz,  a sweet pattern of tiny wildflowers, presented on a square,  porcelain, hinged box. Mary also produced hand-painted, bespoke boxes. 

 Both the dinnerware, the square boxes, and the bespoke boxes were sold  at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and other Texas stores and  were also available online. The dinnerware soon sold out, and then a  problem arose for the small business. The Japanese, fine porcelain  producer (who was selected because of the excellent quality of their  porcelain) of the dinnerware bodies, went out of business, and so the  production of the dinnerware ceased. Lily Lee Designs is currently  working on procuring another porcelain manufacturer. 


New Porcelain Boxes 

The Wildflower Meadow and Wildflower Chintz  patterns can be enjoyed on two new boxes, one a heart and one a petite  round box. Some of the new pieces they've introduced are limited  quantities. Please contact by email or phone if you are interested in one that is sold out, and they will look into the possibility of a special order.


Art

Mary  has several favorite subjects besides flowers. She enjoys drawing  Native Americans from 19th Century and early 20th Century photos, giving  her renderings authenticity. Western scenes and horses are other  favorites. But this is not the limit to the variety of subjects she  creates; sometimes, something just strikes her, and she is compelled to  paint or draw. 


Wildflower Meadow Bernadotte - our  newest design

Spring 2018, we have introduced a beautiful new serving plate / charger. The same flowers seen on our original Wildflower Meadow dinnerware are now gracing the delicate design of Bernadotte  pattern dinnerware from the Czech Republic. The quality and loveliness  of this porcelain is outstanding. Czechs were some of Texas' early  settlers. So this happy marriage of Czech porcelain and Texas artistry  is a kind of a Texas tradition and just a beautiful thing!


So,   Lily Lee Designs is happy to be back online and bringing new bluebonnet gifts to the market. We will be working to  bring you more wildflowers on porcelain and Mary's lovely original paintings, to enjoy and make your very own.



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