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Monday, November 4, 2013

Containers & A Few New Finds



I'm getting more of a happy balance in my rooms this year. The war I wage between light and dark influences is coming to a peaceful ceasefire these days. The door you see here was painted white awhile back, for instance, and makes all the difference for enhancing other wood elements that I really love. 


But I'm actually showing off a few new things that I found this season that are tucked away in corners about the place as well. Don't you just love an old harvest basket? I found this one a few weeks ago. It came with this luscious cherry patina. It's full of pinecones from our recent forage in the woods.




There's always this part of me inside that lives in an old English storybook and wants harvest baskets full of potatoes and onions stacked about, and goods hanging from the rafters. So homey.









I have this thing for containers obviously. Old crates, bins, boxes, and such. You never know when you will need one, and so they they get tucked into corners and under tables. 




The grandgirls gathered a few acorns when they were here too.




I recently uncovered this gorgeous Wallace silverplate (Sonata 1947) and polished the spoons up. I think I'm going to have to trade something else out in order to keep them!







I like storage that looks good in plain sight. 



I had some kind of a lapse and almost didn't buy this chippy zinc coal bucket last week. WHAT WAS I THINKING!!! 





Another stack of stand-bys. . . . The big wash tub on bottom is a new acquisition from late summer. Very old. Very heavy. The rest has been hanging around awhile. 




I have a bit to chose from for my holiday displays of greens, gifts, trees, and vignettes. In the meantime, everything's ready to contain whatever gets brought in for making ready!








Today I'm working on ideas for paper cones. . . .






I hope you're off to the start of a wonderful November!
So nice that you came by!

Jacqueline




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23 comments:

Kay said...

Hi Jacqueline, lovely post as always! I have a basket exactly like that beautiful one you have pinecones in. Mine is in the attic! Sad that it is, but there is no nook or cranny or corner anywhere in the house for it at the moment. I do have pinecones in a large wire urn (a kind of basket) on my buffet, though! As you know, I have a thing for baskets, too, and bowls! Something about containers!! I do love your balance of dark and light. As much as I love white, I don't think I could ever have all white. Your space is perfect!
Kay

Art and Sand said...

I am like you in that I love boxes, tubs, baskets, buckets . . . you name it, I want it for storage.

And, I love that you would like to live in an old fairy tale.

lynn said...

your hutch is so pretty, jacqueline! back in the 70's my mom had a coal bucket much like yours. i asked her for it a few yrs ago...she had thrown it out!! sigh:)

time worn interiors said...

I love containers too! And I also struggle with the balance between light and dark. Your photos are always inspiring!
tot

susanjmb said...

I agree with "time worn interiors". Your photos are SO inspiring. I've been seeing those buckets that you call an olive bucket on others' blogs...Where can I get one of those?

Barbara Lilian said...

Lovely post. Your pine cones are just waiting to show off in a Christmas post. What a lovely wall hanging cone shape you have with a simple piece of pine fir tucked in it, so pretty.

sweet violets said...

Again, a lovely post!!! I also love containers and use them everywhere....so useful for seasonal items, blankets, reading material, and just to be nice to look at!!!

Lady Pamela said...

Oh, I am so loving the paper cone. I can do that one right away while waiting to put up the Christmas decorations.
Thank you so much.
*Smiles*

Cynthia said...

What a great post with so many lovely items. I just purchased an olive bucket for our new home. I can't wait to use it. That coal bucket is so pretty and yes what were you thinking!!! Love that you grabbed it, it is perfect.

Cynthia

Haworth said...

Such lovely containers, Jacqueline, and so beautiful displayed. My grandson and I picked large fat pine cones on Saturday morning. I love the way they can say AUTUMN or WINTER or CHRISTMAS, depending on how you display them. Yours look so pretty in that harvest basket. Wishing you a lovely first week of November.

Custom Comforts said...

Lovely photos Jacqueline. You set the perfect balance between light and dark and it all works together so beautifully. Love all your containers.
Cindy

Pamela Gordon said...

I love all your containers of different types and the artful ways you display them. Beautiful photos.

must love junk said...

Oh, I love everything about these beautiful pics...you've got wicker, chippy metal, wood, light and dark shades, elements of nature...all my favorite things! :)
Susan

chateau chic said...

You have the best containers, Jacqueline!! Love to see your wonderful inspiration.
Mary Alice

kerrie of sea cottage said...

Always so lovely.

Fågel Blå said...

Wow so many nice things,
And always so lovely photos!
Whish you a nice week
Kathrine

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Love your containers and the hutch. Pinecones are so charming and I love how many ways you can use them. Thanks for sharing your goodies and enjoy your day.

Simply Shelley said...

Very nice...all speaks home sweet home....blessings

ChiPPy!-SHaBBy! said...

Just *VaMpiNg* Over the ChiPPy White Coal Bucket!*!*! Sounds like you did buy it???????
Jeanine Burkhardt

Katie Mansfield said...

You have a wonderful balance! I love your hutch. Just a gorgeous display.

Amber Lyon Ferguson said...

I know I must have said this before in the two years I have been following you, but we are such "Kindred spirits!" I feel the same way about the storybook homey feel and hanging things. I would sit and stare at that hutch all day, so much dreamy eye candy. Your posts are ethereal.

Amher

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

So beautiful, Jacqueline...love the contrasts and textures! I am bringing in pinecones and greens now, too...

Sherry Thecharmofhome said...

That little corner is delightful!
Sherry

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