Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Daily Bread

I like my rooms to be like my days. Calm and serene and with a lot of breathing space.

But wanting ain't always getting. And where it's a bit of a challenge to have serene days, it's so much easier to achieve in a room.

Using a lot of white helps, and I also try to collect what pleases me into small areas that are easy to change. I always have something that cheers me close at hand. 

I find that holidays are a kind of mixed bag these days. They take some work to keep them simple and enjoyable. 

But whether in rooms or the holidays, it's only a matter of putting the details in place.

One of my favorite details is in this decoupaged lamp and lampshade I discovered in a thrift shop a few years ago.

The lamp base has gold leaf applied over the decoupage which is all done from inside the lamp base. I'm just amazed at the patience and skill of the anonymous artisan.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a Happy Holiday!
Ciao! for now!


I'm linking to Kathy's Victoria Party at A Delightsome Life
Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday
Faded Charm for White Wednesday


Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Such a lovely post! I too enjoy Victoria magazine; it's a 'feel good' read! Wishing you and your loved ones a Happy Thanksgiving.


Brenda Kula said...

You inspire me so! I just visit and I am soothed by your soft images.

Linda said...

Your blog is always so lovely, it's like I totally relax when I read it...beautiful! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Cindy said...

Hi Jaquiline,
Very pretty looking and serene feeling, I too seek out serenity in my home. I think it is so important.
Hugs, Cindy

Lavender Cottage said...

You've set a very relaxing mood with your tea post - soft candlelight, pretty linens and a gorgeous silver tray.
The lamp is a unique find, someone was creative to make it so nice.

Susy said...

The serenity of your rooms and collections comes through in your pictures and your words. It's what I look forward to. Happy Thanksgiving.

Carolyn said...

You always have such beauty close at hand!


sissie said...

I think it's a wonderful idea to always have little bits of things that make you happy nearby.

Your post is lovely and so true.

Happy Thanksgiving.


Victoria said...

That post made me want to hunker down with a cup of tea and a book. Such lovely vignettes!

Nice and Easy Antiques said...

What a delightful peaceful! Happy WW!

Amy said...

very cozy and relaxing feel to this post.
I think it is time for a warm beverage about now.

Bella said...

Hi JQ... Love your cozy tray of pretties!! The rose tray has stolen my heart!!! Your photos are beautiful so soft, just gorgeous ...with the added fun of a "where's Waldo", but a pretty version! :-))))

kathee said...

Hi Jacqueline, thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a sweet comment! I love your blog and just became a follower! I too love Victoria Magazine. Your vignettes are beautiful! xokathee

time-worn interiors said...

So calming and peaceful! Lovely!

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

Everything is so, so, lovely!!

Sarah said...

Jacqueline, your posts always make me feel serene. You have a beautiful style that comes across in both images and words. Visits to Cabin & Cottage definitely "cheer" me!
Thank you, sweet friend! ~ Sarah

A Cottage Muse said...

So peaceful, so inviting...thank you!

Have a wonderful holiday!

Marlis said...

Truly a wonderful post. It looks so serene I could feel myself relaxing just being here. I love that lamp too!
Happy thanksgivings.

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

Beautifully luxurious vignette, Jacqueline. A blessed and happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

Love you beautiful vignettes!!! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Blessings~~~ Daphne

Miss Sandy said...

Gorgeous vignette! It really does ooze serenity. Happy Thanksgiving!

Kathy said...

Hello, I feel serene reading and looking at your lovely pictures! You have some very lovely things - you have a special talent for arrangements.
I appreciate you linking with A Return to Loveliness - I always look forward to what you've dreamed up!
Happy Thanksgiving,

Sue said...

Your vignettes are always calming and beautiful.... Enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving Day in my home state. I'm sure the weather there is much nicer than here in dreary, rainy Ohio. :-) Sue


Tea with Victoria! Fabulous!
~ Julie

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