Monday, March 9, 2015

Cottage Green

We don't celebrate St. Patrick's Day in a big way, but we do love our Irish! And I love the color green. It came as a small surprise to me to realize how little of the color I use in my decorating. Aside from house plants and flowers with their deep leafy green, I found that green is a minor accent color for me.

But green is a natural for cottage and garden style in all its different hues. One of my favorite ways to enjoy green is to do a search for green on Pinterest. I don't pin, but I do follow pinners and boards. Saves a ton of time over saving things myself. Sometimes just scrolling through the green gives me a big lift! There is a green board that I enjoy by Vintage Sunday here, And another by Deborah Browning here.

Not surprisingly, I enjoy a bit of green in the linens I collect. Often it's only a hint of color in a print, pattern, or embroidery as in the samples here.

The smallest scrap of a doily is wrapped around a small flat of alyssum straight from the nursery to the center of the table before it finds its way to the garden.

This antique sage green quilt is a prized possession more often used for display than on a bed. I don't want it to work too hard at its age!

Or used for a special event like this Easter tablescape.

Such a pretty spring color!

The green of the handle and spout make this my favorite watering can.

This pale green pattern on a set of sheets and pillowcases makes for sweet spring dreams. 

And a vintage green blanket to toss over.

This delicate Limoges cup and saucer shows my DIL's favorite color combination. But then her birth surname is Green. And her birthday is March 17th. I KID YOU NOT!!!

My SIL gifted me this beautiful English cup and saucer. I adore the mint green color, the hint of rose, and the suggestion of brown transferware. She knew I would love it. And I do!!!

The cover of a vintage copy of one of my most favorite books whose opening pages begin in spring. It is a souvenier of my spring visit to Galway in the West of Ireland years ago.

This technique of paint and embroidery combined always reminds me of Mary Englebreit, the Queen of cottage style.

A small antique majolica plate sports a touch of green. (You're seeing a trove of my favs here.)

A quilted applique butterfly flutters across another small spring themed quilt. (I'll have to feature more of this one soon.)

What is cheerier than a bonnet girl in gingham green?

The last bit of vintage green here is a favorite fifties print tablecloth just made for spring and summer.

A vintage green pot of Swedish ivy sits on top.

Pottery Barn grabbed my attention a couple of seasons ago with outdoor pillows and plates with antique graphics and botanicals. And they can hardly wait for their turn in the sun!

The mixed patterns and stripes is classic cottage style.

We are on the verge of patio weather. . .

With the promise of another round of lawn parties to come!

Let there be green!

I hope it's a lovely week ahead for you!


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Jeanie said...

My heart is doing sommersaults with this post! Oh, those table covers -- the quilt and vintage floral! It just makes me all giddy for spring. And the lovely china, everything! Yes, a singing heart here across the country!

Sarah said...

Jacqueline, everything you post delights my senses! These images are each one made me smile as I scrolled through your post. It's fun to single out a color and then take a close look as to where you have it in your home. Your greens are refreshing.

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Your greens are fabulous - so many shades of green. I have those same Bonnet Girl dish towels - I love that design.

Sarah said...

Jacqueline, you inspired me to begin my own Green Board on Pinterest. I'm starting with some of your photos. Is it OK to pin from your site?

Pura Vida said...

I love green and this is such a happy post, love botanicals

Seawashed Living said...

I do like greens...the green shades in nature. Sage green has been a favorite for most of my life. I used to use it as alot more in my home decor years ago. Now I lean towards the sea greens. I have green eyes. This Spring though I am drawn to the blues...deep and pale blues. We are still in a drought so I think I am yearning for water! Lovely lovely post!

NanaDiana said...

Wonderful, wonderful shades of green. I have always loved green and find it restful, soothing and serene. You have some gorgeous green things. xo Diana

Betty from My Irish Cottage Home said...

I love your greens. That book brings back memories, such a cute story.

Bella's Rose Cottage said...

Hi J,
I have been needing a bit of green lately too!! So Springy!! LOVE LOVE LOVE your Easter table and Sunbonnet Sue is darling!! Thanks for sharing the cheer!

Marjon said...

Spring is in the air...beautiful shades of Green and georgeos vintage China and the Easter tableware i love it....Have a nice week...greetz Marjon

Patty said...

Being a gardener, green is a favorite of mine as well. St. Patty's Day was special in our family, too, because mom always told me that was the day I became their daughter (I was adopted). Sure do adore your favorite picks!


Laurie said...

You have the most beautiful linens. And quite a talent at tablescapes.

alittlecape said...

Beautiful, beautiful pictures and post. Desperately seeking green here, but it will be awhile yet. Patty/NS

Junkchiccottage said...

Your cottage greens are gorgeous Jacqueline.

ShariSue said...

LOVE, love the green! Thank you for the love, too. :-)
~your favorite Green DIL

chateau chic said...

As much as I'm a fan of blue, the pretty greens look so fresh and crisp in the spring. Love them against your beautiful whites. And your quilt is absolutely gorgeous!
Mary Alice

Marilyn said...

Your touches of green are so wonderful. I especially LOVE the quilt and Easter table, but it is all wonderful. I will be back again just to savor some more.

Anne's Attic - Design said...

Jacqueline, your soft greens are so Springy and refreshing! Love it. Jo

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

I love seeing all your pretties with touches of green. I'm in love with the quilt and that pretty spring looking tablecloth. You make everything look so soft and touchable.


Petite Michelle Louise said...

Gorgeous collection of springtime greens Jacqueline! So refreshing! It put a smile in my heart and reassured me that spring really is on it's way! Thanknyou for that! ;)

Burlap Luxe said...

Oh Jacqueline, green was the colour I only saw in my design decor when english cottage and Victorian country was all the design trend. I have weeded it out and too, on putty shades and whites as my main colours....yet I do find myself longing for some colour again and a suble mix of it.

You introduce colour in a big way, quietly easing it in where one may not even notice with your back drop being white and aged whites. It's such a good and pure colour from nature. It makes sense that one would be drawn to green as you are here in your home.

Everything inspires Spring and Easter is that much prettier here because of it.


Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Jacqueline, I am green with envy! I have never seen you use so many greens before, but the timing couldn't be more perfect. Green has never been a big favorite of mine, but in looking through my hoard, or I mean stash, I see a lot of it there. Go figure. I guess there is something enviable in every color and your's are all so beautiful..Happy Wednesday..Judy

heather gilmour said...

So cute to have plates with the same decoration like pillows :) great post

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Curtains in My Tree said...

you have a lot of soft pretty greens
Love the sweet tea cups

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Still covered in a blanket of white here in New England, your beautiful greens have been so nice to look at!

Barbara said...

I just jumped over from Adventures in Thrifting. I love everything. Just move over and I'll move right in. LOL. I'm a new follower now.

lynn said...

the soft pretty greens are a welcome sight, jacqueline:) love the quilted easter table!

Kathleen said...

Such beautiful images! I just love that basket wrapped in Irish textile. So pretty! said...

Love it all! Don't know what I love more...the vintage linens or the teacups.

Parsimonious Perfection said...

What a gorgeous, gorgeous post! So elegant.

KayC. said...

That was just the most beautiful post. I love all of the photos. Thanks for sharing "the touch of the green" with us.

Lori @ Dining Delight said...

So enjoyed seeing all your touches of green in these lovely photos! I am in love with that Easter tablescape with the little pots with doilies and eggs - fantastic! Pinning that one for sure!

Pat Cantwell said...

. . .and you thought you didn't have much green in your decor,dear friend!!!
Gorgeous linens, as always!!!
I adore the quilt you use on the table. Regardless of how you style the table it is such an intricate, exquisite piece!!!
The subtle hues within your collections of green are so~o~o tranquil and serene!!! At Cabin & Cottage, it's easy livin' with green!!!

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Oh, heavenly lovely GREEN! How on Earth did I miss this gorgeous post?

Oh so much eye candy I drooled on my keyboard! Well done, it's lovely, J!

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