Friday, March 28, 2014

A Pitcher, Linens, & Cabbages & Roses

A change of scene always makes me appreciate more of what awaits me at home. Getting back to the domestic life can bring everything here into sharper focus, and for a moment or two of time I can remember what it is that I am always meaning to do with my life.

Dailiness has a way of crowding out the big picture, but just a pause in routine brings such freshness. And I like to allow an extra day or so at the end of a trip for finding my bearings again. I suppose it is the equivalent of a pet circling a spot before settling in for awhile.

Just before leaving, Christina Strutt's (of Cabbages & Roses) new book came in the mail. I only had a chance to merely flip through it before leaving, and it was in my thoughts often while I was gone.

There wasn't much time for fun shops, but I did manage to find this new pitcher for my collection in an antiques shop in Livermore, CA. A classic!

It's the smaller version shown here. Just shy of five inches tall. A few of the larger ones have passed through my hands, but I have been on the lookout for a smaller one for awhile now. It was a silly thrill to find it!

The book is fabulous of course. This beautiful photo is from Christina's playhouse if you can believe it! The next three photos are from the book as well.

photo from Cabbages & Roses

photo from Cabbages & Roses

photo from Cabbages & Roses

How can one not be inspired by such serene beauty? I love the gorgeous fabrics, and all the lovely simplicity. It made me want to work with my fresh towels and linens right away! (Doing laundry gets me back in the groove again.)

I also thought you might like to see a little chippy table I came across recently, and a fab metal can that would be perfect for a potted tree, or under a desk somewhere.

Great details with original paint.

It's good to get back to my own playhouse again! Haha!

It was so nice to have your lovely comments while I was gone!
I'm looking forward to catching up with you.

Thanks so much for stopping by. . .

Have a wonderful weekend ahead!


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  1. Your new little pitcher is really sweet and so is the chippy table. Love the linens and white vignettes. I hope you have a nice spring weekend.

  2. Jacqueline,
    Lovely linens, dear friend!!!
    Intricate detail. . .and the all whites are so calming.
    Love your new pitcher. . .amazing find!!!
    We have been so~o~o busy here on the Prairie preparing for our Spring Booth that I feel the need for a diversion at our local Antique Mall, soon.
    The book is intriquing, indeed!
    Wecoming Spring with each clump of green grass reawakening on our lawn! Ah~h~h, the freshness of it all!!!

  3. Such beautiful linens and pretty pottery too. Hugs, marty

  4. Lovely, lovely LOVELY!

    Welcome back to your playhouse - enjoy your weekend.


  5. Living Life Beautifully is what you do, Jacqueline. I always feel like I've had a quiet moment when I visit Cabin & Cottage. Welcome home!

  6. the book looks lovely, jaqueline:) you could do a book with all of your pretty things! love your adorable table and tin can!

  7. I love the linens, so pretty. The pitchers are so beautiful and I like the pattern on them. Must look for that book. I am a book lover you know.

  8. I love visiting your blog and seeing your beautiful pictures. They are so serene.

  9. The table is just priceless, I would have grabbed it in a minute. I have Christina's first book that was so inspiring to me and I nearly fell over when I saw this book on your blog...I have just come from Amazon where I've ordered two gardening books and a decor book...Decorating With Whites. Shoot. I would have saved on the shipping had I ordered this one as well. Okay, I need more books like Carter needs pills!! ;-)

    Happy Weekend, J!


  10. Everything about this post is beautiful, Jacqueline...stunning linens! I have the larger pitcher on my dining room table full of hydrangea...I love it, too! The book looks wonderful!

  11. Hi J,
    So glad to see you had a good getaway... simply thrills are often the best and the little pitcher is sweet as can be. Love all the yummy linens, but you know that!!! I am off to look at your book recommendation, you never let me down:-)
    Happy Weekend..

  12. Lovely lovely crisp linen and white pottery So fresh.

  13. So many yummy photos and inspiration!! I think I need the book from Cabbages and Roses.
    Mary Alice

  14. I know what you mean about returning home. Such a lovely feeling. And you have such a beautiful spot to which to return!

  15. Your linens always look so fresh and crisp. You can tell you enjoy giving them such loving care.
    I know the ecstatic feeling of finding that perfect item - the one you've been looking and longing for. Glad you are back at home and back to play.

  16. Love your sweet little pitcher and the book looks amazing. Nothing better than coming home, my friend. xo Laura

  17. I love visiting your blog -- everything is so calming, serene and beautiful. Those linens are absolutely lovely. I am off to check out the book, I can tell I'll like it just by the name. I love to travel, but there really is no place like home!

  18. Jacqueline, the title of the book fits you perfectly! You do Live Life Beautifully! Lovely post! Love the linens and white! I haven't bought a décor book in a long time--have tried not to even look at them to not be tempted, but oh my! This one does look beautiful!

  19. You and I share a love of white pitchers. I'm pretty sure I have those same two pitchers! Your linens are gorgeous and that phenomenal hutch in the background is simply amazing!!

  20. Hello, There is just something about the little pitcher that just makes me happy! I think this will be a new treasure I will be on the look out for! I also enjoy washing and ironing, My sister asked me one time why I liked to iron so much and I told her maybe it was because it was the only thing I could control (wrinkels); o)
    Blessings, Roxy

  21. The book looks great but I really love your new small pitcher! It's just a perfect size! Hope you are relaxing and enjoying being home. Blessings, Cindy

  22. Your linen stuff is amazing Jacqueline and these white vases as well.Your photos make breath a fresh air, always...
    Happy Sunday!

  23. Looks like a lovely book. Will have to look out for it. I always love your finds. You have a good eye and you always find something beautifully vintage.

  24. Love your simple, yet beautiful, new pitcher!


  25. Hope that you are still enjoying your new jug! xx

  26. Welcome home, Jacqueline! I hope you had a wonderful time. The pitcher is so sweet, I love the lines of it. And that size will be so handy for so many things. Your linens are always so beautiful, and you display them so prettily. I sorted through my own linens this weekend, making small piles to iron on Saturday... pillowcases, guest towels, table napkins. You're right that the simplicity and calm of domestic chores does concentrate the mind. Wishing you a lovely week ahead.

  27. You have the loveliest books. Thanks for sharing.


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