Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Lace & Old Roses

I wanted to title this post "trousseau" mostly because I love the romance in that French word. And there is a bridal suggestion in the elements here. But the modern usage has come more to refer to bridal clothing, and less to the whole package that was once put together for the blessed occasion.


Trousseau literally means "bundle", and once also included the linens that would be needed in a new household gathered up into a hope chest. Exquisite hand made laces, bedding, and towels were made by young women and their relatives to prepare for a lifetime of good use.

Wedding converstions are coming up here and there these days because spring and summer weddings are in the intense planning stages about now. But this lovely tradition of preparation for marriage has mostly fallen by the wayside. I still give vintage linens to young brides without really knowing how they will be recieved. But when she married, my niece loved the white on white embroidered pillowcases I gave her with her new monogram on them. 

It's nice to know that there is still a little room left for romance out there somewhere in the cutting edge world.

Thanks for stopping by!
Ciao! for now!


It's time for White Wednesday at Faded Charm!
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style!
Vintage Inspiration at Common Ground!
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage!
Click on links to visit.


Bella said...

Hi Jacqueline,
Oh what is it about old roses... amazing, mesmerizing!! and... what lovely bundles you have! Your linen and lace collection is amazing, drool worthy!! someday you should share your laundry secrets to those bright whites!

Pamela said...

Beautiful linens, roses and photos Jacqueline!
I love it all.
I am so fortunate to have my Italian grandmother's linens from when she was a young bride.

Lovely post!
Pamela xo

Wanda said...

Oooo... Such lovely pictures! But we know what it takes to make a lovely picture -- lovely items and those you have. Like Bella said, drool worthy. Thanks for sharing.

Wanda @ Just Vintage

Jacqui said...

Jacqueline, this is a gorgeous post! I had friends who kept a trousseau trunk in the '60's. I bet their linen is still going strong!!
Love the lace and roses, so romantic!
The other Jacqueline said...

Beautiful! All that lace and those tiny speckled eggs! Perfect spring time photos!

Anonymous said...

Lovely as always Jacqueline.

Anonymous said...

All the lace looks so gorgeous!You take such wonderful pictures.


Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Hey Jacqueline...lovely post as usual. I have some pieces of vintage linen that my grandmother crocheted. She would add trim to pillowcases and dresser scarves (we call them table runners now.) When we emptied out her house no one wanted them so I got everything. I have slowly given them away to cousins but I have quite a few left. What a treasure. Thanks for sharing your beautiful linens. ~Ann

Petite Michelle Louise said...

oh so lovely as always! merci for the inspiration! happiest of white Wednesdays!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi there Jacqueline - what lovely serene photos- I love the idea of a trousseau- your lace is gorgeous and the flowers are just beautiful too! :)

Olive Cooper said...

Jacqueline, I love the delicate and timeless linens. So beautifully photographaged. ♥O

Brenda Kula said...

I guess this custom isn't done anymore. Girls were still getting hope chests when I was younger. I didn't have one. A pity such a classic tribute isn't recognized anymore. Lovely photos, as always!

Fishtail Cottage said...

I enjoyed taking my time scrolling through your beautiful photo's...I love all of your lace you shared....just beautiful! xoox

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Jacqueline, Beautiful linen and ironstone. I love vintage linens especially ones that are monogrammed.

LizlovesVintage said...

What a great collection you have!
xx Liz

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Jacqueline, such wonderful linens and lace you have. Great photos as usual. Thanks for joining WUW.

My Blessed Serendipity Life said...

Beautiful old lace! I've got some lace on now too!


Linda said...

Such lovely roses...and the old linens and lace are really beautiful!

Honey at 2805 said...

Everything is so lovely and peaceful! said...

sigh your vintage linen is fabulous! what a lovely post :-)



WOW! That is a swoon worthy post. You covered all of my bases in your pictures with ironstone, lace and linens, and white roses.


Robynne's Nest said...

Lovely post Jacqueline, when I got married (30 years ago) my parents gave us a fridge...very practical and gratefully received at the time...but I now wish that the gift had been something special that I could hand down to my daughter...a tea service or a cutlery set or beautiful linen. Oh well I guess I will just have to keep collecting lovely vintage things that hopefully will be cherished by future generations. Robx

Cheryl said...

What beautiful photos to start the all the creamy whites and beautiful textures against the starkness of the ironstone pitcher. Wonderful eye candy!
Cheryl at My Sister's Cottage

Janet said...

All of your vintage vignettes of lace and white roses look just stunning!

Anonymous said...

Hi Jacqueline! Such a beautiful White Wednesday post! What a treat for the eyes... thank you! :)

Kelly said...

The lace is gorgeous! And thanks for the little French lesson!



Denise said...

Hi Jacqueline,

My attention was immediately caught when I saw the title of your post -- I definitely love lace and old roses. Are those a variety that you grow at your home? It's not quite time for ours to bloom yet, but I do have one David Austin rose bush (Gertrude Jeckyll) and the fragrance is heavenly! I hope to plant some more old garden roses this year.

Your lace collection is just wonderful -- beautiful and sweet at the same time. I really like your post because I agree that when giving what we would consider a classic gift whose elegance is timeless, I'm really not sure that the young brides of today have any appreciation of what they are receiving. Our son is a sophomore in college, and my husband's grandmother gave us some vintage china and silver to give to him. Obviously, he's not interested in using it now, and I would like to give it to him when he marries (someday), but I'm not even sure if his bride would be interested in having it. The china is bavarian; just a lovely pattern and in perfect condition, complete with all the serving pieces. What a treasure! And the silver pattern is from 1942. I'm carefully storing it for him, but I plan to do a tablescape or two with it in the meantime.

Your photography is beautiful, as usual, and I thought what you had to say was too true. Your writing and pictures are definitely to be savoured.


time worn interiors said...

Great photos! Loving all the linens!

LadyV said...

Very, very beautiful...Thanks for sharing your lovely collection.

Susan said...

Hi Jacqueline,
Oh, how I just love these photos! Such romance in the linens and white roses. I love the pottery, too, and wish we could all get trousseaus like the bygone days. Lovely!
- Susan

The Hopeless Romantic said...

I love them all, im always picking these up here and there, they can go so many places in the home and romance to any space............Bonnie

One Shabby Old House said...

I never get tired of beautiful lace and roses.

Theresa said...

These are so beautiful, the couples who get them are very fortunate indeed! xoxo

Magpies and Magnolias said...

As always, your photography is exquisite and your styling is impeccable.

It is always a treat and a pleasure to visit your blog. Many times, when I have had a particularly trying day, your posts bring me back to a place of peace and beauty.

For that, I thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi Jacqueline~ Just so beautiful all over again!! Love those beautiful linens and your photos are gorgeous! Thanks so much for coming by and sharing each week at my party~ Hugs, Courtney :)

Pamela said...

You have an eye for putting together collections for photographs. I love the white and cream. And the letter is so special.

I'm a new follower from Feathered Nest Friday.

Debra@Common Ground said...

It's all so pretty and fresh, the roses are divine, and I'm in love with brown speckled eggs!
Thank you for always linking up to VIF, I love it when you're there!
hugs and kisses,

Olivia said...

Oh, my heart flutters for these beautiful shabby linens!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...