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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Dressing Up An Old Painted High Chair


Our corner high chair usually occupies its space in all innocence. It's been a patient piece of furniture, happy to stand by until noisily called upon. We were far from the first to summon it to a family table. And now it passes time more quietly than ever.



Today it celebrates an excess of ruffles and lace, its rungs all strewn in godetias and christening gown. It's more like a monument or mantel now. A high chair can do much more when it's finally retired than support a potted plant!



One lace trimmed doily is enough to carry the theme over the top.



This antique gown is nearly in tatters, yet still gorgeous as can be. It's a contest between the flowers or linen as to which is prettier. . . . a win-win proposition. . . . 

























Doesn't she look just like a princess?
 I wonder if I should give her a name!

Have a great week friends--
And best of luck catching up to all that springing forward!

Jacqueline



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32 comments:

Deb said...

Oh my, this is beautiful. I love the old wooden high chairs. They are very pricey now but well worth it. I'm still on the hunt for one at antique shops. Yes, name it. It deserves an elegant name. Hugs, Deb

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Jacqueline: Your posts are always so lovely. Who would think of a high chair and a christening gown but they really do go together don't they? Two treasurers fit for one subject..Judy

Cottage and Broome said...

Beautiful images! Laura

Shelia said...

This is so beautiful and your snaps look like they hopped off a magazine.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Deserae said...

We used to have a high chair very similar to yours in our family. I'm not sure whatever happened to it?!?!?! LOVE yours draped with the christening gown and flowers....just gorgeous!!!!
~Des

Bliss said...

That is an oldie!

Bliss

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

AWESOME gown - what a beauty she is! And who can resist pretty light pink flowers, lace doily and an antique chippy white high chair?

Lovely.

Shirley said...

How pretty! What a treasure that old high chair is.

jeanetteann said...

Everything is so pretty, love it.
x jeanetteann

Custom Comforts said...

Just beautiful Jacqueline! No one but you would think of such a lovely way to "pretty up" an old high chair. Those flowers are exquisite ~ I have never seen them before.
Cindy

val's alentejo blogspot.com said...

I have just become a follower.. I can see why you have so many..
Your blog is beautiful.. its so attractive..
I love the christning dress.. such a lovely
arrangement..
hope to see you my side of the atlantic..
best wishes
val

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

You've turned an old high chair into a lovely work of art.

Anne said...

I love that highchair.So sweet is it's simple beauty.And those flowers and sweet gown add to the beauty.Pure loveliness.

Marlis said...

Oh my Jacqueline, that beautiful dress just makes me giddy with excitement. I love the idea of leaving the highchair out. We had just put our antique up when we found out that grand girl #3 was on the way. She's not quite big enough yet to sit in it, but I'm sure it will be back in service soon! The lace is wonderfully old and the insertion band with the entredeux edging is so pretty. Love this piece. xo marlis

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

What a fabulous gown! And what a neat idea to keep out a high chair. We have one hiding away in the attic until the day grandchildren arrive (if ever!). Maybe I should pull it out sooner.

Susan said...

Breathless beauty! I love this combination of vintage old chair, well-loved beautiful gown, and the prettiest softest flowers.
Sigh....

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Such beautiful pictures!

Gina said...

Very pretty post. Love the soft colors. Several have asked about the floweres. They are GODETIAS. It is an annual and grows almost anywhere, it also comes in the most beautiful colors, lavender, red, pink and bicolors. Grow them from seeds.

White Ironstone Cottage said...

Gorgeous as always you are an inspiration
xxoo
Pam

Haworth said...

A lovely chair, filled with memories, and still pressed into service to brighten your home.

Bente said...

So beautiful, Jacquline. Lovely photos.

Bente

Cindy said...

Oh my goodness gracious! Are those flowers real??? They're incredible. I've never heard of godetias... they almost look like lisianthus. The color is just heavenly...The whole setting is completely gorgeous!

Cindy

Olga said...

Very beautiful! I have a white painted chair in my bedroom too. And I have doilies and pretty lace. Jacqueline, you inspired me to dress up my chair too.

Carol said...

Beautiful! I have my dad's old high chair from his baby hood, and it was damaged when our previous home was flooded a few years ago. I think a coat of white paint would be just what it needs!
Thank you!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Beautiful! You always have the most gorgeous vignettes and photos.
Hugs, Sherry

Sherry said...

Hi Jacqueline!
Yes, I just thought these cups looked very Irish. I was thinking lots of white lace-like texture. Your post is just beautiful! I like those brown eggs, I need some! Have a great week!
Sherry

debi huntsman said...

Oh, I love your high chair, it's so pretty all dressed up. Your photos are beautiful!!

Bella said...

Yes she is lovely! Crazed paint lacy lace and flowers (So pretty I thought they were fake at first!), a perfect setting! YES name her!!
Hugs...

All Things Chic 2 said...

Love the sweetness & softness of the pink flowers!!!They add that special touch...Blessings Lori
Love your style!!!

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Beautiful photos--so soft and feminine!

Carolyn said...

Simply beautiful!!!

Have a lovely weekend,

Carolyn

Heaven's Walk said...

Oh Jacqueline - your photos look like something out of Victoria magazine! Just beautiful!!! :)

xoxo laurie

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