Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Dining Room White

Our dining room takes on less importance this time of year even though it sits right in the middle of the house.

In fact, the room is also a passageway. So even if we are taking more meals outside, the space is something of a foyer.
It's a two-edged sword. Either it makes a wonderful area to showcase some fine display or someone drops by the minute you have unloaded the car onto the table.
One way or the other there's usually something of interest accumulating at this 'command central' location.
My chippy iron candelabra is very versatile and able to stand alone or hold fruit, flowers, or what have you, in a mostly overstated way.
Ditto, this commodious tea pot, which holds flowers as often as anything else.

I really enjoy covering my table with the texture of a white quilt. I also like the thick foundation for the tableware.
I have a motley collection of kind of busted up transfer-ware taking up space all the time. In her former home my mom-in-law kept a blue transfer-ware tureen on her kitchen table at all times which she referred to as her 'office'. (It's mine now.) It corralled stamps and a letter opener and such, and I have copied that here.
An empty platter asking the existential question... With what will I be filled?
A decorative tureen perhaps. Candles, shells. Even something edible.

Smooth and delectable white shells.

The dining room also showcases my habit of overdoing the hanging of plates.

Details, details.

What is more delightful in the universe?
My tureen keeping its contents hidden in plain sight!

This tiny vessel was surely part of a pitcher and bowl set in some past life and is my newest little treasure. Cost-- $1.50. Cheer factor--priceless.Unflinching under scrutiny.
Dining room ablaze.

A calm and serene sea of stitching.

"She looked up... and saw the room, saw the chairs, thought them fearfully shabby.... Never mind, the rent was precisely twopence halfpenny; the children loved it;... and there was room for visitors. Mats, camp beds, crazy ghosts of chairs and tables whose London life of service was done--they did well enough here; and a photograph or two, and books. Books, she thought, grew of themselves. She never had time to read them... At a certain moment, she supposed, the house would become so shabby that something must be done... things got shabbier and got shabbier summer after summer."

Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse

Ciao! Thanks for stopping by!

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Vintage Remixed said...

You have some pretty photo. Don't ya just love all white together especially with shells? Hope you have a lovely evening and thanks for stopping by.

Joy @ Thrifty Parsonage Living said...

Very Pretty!

32˙North said...

Your vintage transferware is so pretty - I love all the different patterns and it mixes so well with the solid whites - lovely!


Bella said...

Hi Jacqueline, Lovely as always... I really enjoy your beautiful posts! The iron candle holder is dreamy, and the handle on the tureen, ruffled to perfection :-)

awal.ny said...

What a wonderful white Wednesday. I love the white pitcher it is my favorite.

Dee@FrenchBleuVintage said...

How beautiful ~ I love the candleholder and tureen. I didn't post it for this WW, but I took the same photo of my lovely blue and white tureen filled with White Shells. What is it they say about Great Minds???:)

A Cottage Muse said...

Looove that candleabra!!

bj said...

This is all beautiful. I adore all white....
The different shades look so so good together.
xo bj

black eyed susans kitchen said...

There is something so calming and soothing about decorating in white. The table looks just lovely and your dishes are beautiful.

Faded Charm said...

Beautiful photos, especially the brown favorite. I know what you mean. For some reason my Dining room and table always gets filled up. I had my Mom andDad for dinner last Sunday and had to spend a while cleaning up and putting away things from in there. It looks good now and is a good feeling. We'll see how long it lasts, hahaha...


James said...

The little rose pitcher is definitely priceless. Thank you for sharing your treasures.

Cindy said...

Really enjoyed this post since I am on a "white kick". I devoured the pictures for ideas! Thanks for some timely help!

Nancy said...

Your dining room is so dreamy! I'm s total sucker for any transferware and you've got it all displayed so beatuifully! I keep trying to get a close up look at the large oval piece on your looks like it's in a metal frame. Anyway, it looks neat! I love hanging plates to.

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