Wednesday, September 10, 2014

White Glads, French Cows, and Carolyn Westbrook's New Book

Hello friends! I've been out to pasture for a couple of weeks, so if my pictures are blurry it's because I'm a bit fuzzy myself too! Thanks for checking in on me while I was away.

Nothing like a few Gladiolas to cheer you up whether they are in focus or not, or in season or not too for that matter! One of my summer favorites in any color, but especially in white.

A cheery surprise came in the mail while I was convalescing; my beautiful copy of Carolyn Westbook's new book that I had pre-ordered this summer! Full of all the gorgeous things that you would expect from her wonderful French style.

The beautiful photo on the cover is of her own dining room found in chapter five.

Now just guess why that chapter is my favorite!

I couldn't forget this image of her dining room buffet after going to bed and closing my eyes. I love the stacked ironstone platters to display something special on top. But wouldn't it be wonderful if it was a beautiful porcelain figure of a French cow like this one?

It made me have to get out the closest thing I have to it. My little transferware butter dish in the Charlotte pattern. (A good cow name too don't you think?) But I'll be on the lookout for a figure similar to Carolyn's.

I was also fortunate enough to win a giveaway of the premiere issue of Bella Grace Magazine from Sylvia's giveaway over at the beautiful Sylvia's Simple Life blog! Thanks so much Sylvia! Can't wait! You can read more about this gorgeous magazine here.

It is still an absolutely gorgeous late summer here in Albuquerque.
 I hope it's beautiful where you are too!

Happy White Wednesday!


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chateau chic said...

Your little butter dish with the cow on top is adorable, Jacqueline! I may need to order Carolyn Westbrook's new looks gorgeous!
Congrats on your win.
Mary Alice

Blondie's Journal said...

I can so see why this book is a new love of could have photographed it!

I LOVE the white gladiolus...beautiful.

Hope all is well in your world.

Jane xxx

kami said...

I love brown transfer ware, my collection is getting bigger and your butter dish is lovely:) I might order this book, too...greetings from NJ:)

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

So sorry to hear you've been under the weather, Jacqueline...hope you are doing better! The book looks for the library...I love that cow, too! xo

Bella's Rose Cottage said...

Hi J,
I am so glad to see one of your posts on the sidebar!! So glad to hear your perking up:-)
The White Glads look dreamy, I have a new appreciation for them!
Yummy book, what a perfect companion for some R&R!

The Charm of Home said...

So glad you are feeling better Jacqueline! I was missing you and then I saw you on Tumblr tonight. Ha! your butter dish is adorable! That book looks really good too!

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Convalescing, sayeth thee? Have you been ill, my friend? Surgery? Hope you are better?

Beautiful wares and love how you've put them all together.

Still summer here but a storm came in today and is supposed to cool things a mite. Hope so, hate to wish my life away but I like it cooler and autumn is my favorite. May break down and start my transition - but sure not in any hurry.


elizabeth said...

I was smitten with that cow butter dish the first time I saw it here and I love it still!

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Hi Jacqueline,
Sorry to hear you are convalescing for whatever reason....hope you will be feeling tip top again...saying a lil
prayer for you now!
I always love your pictures, you have
such great photography skills everything looks so dreamy and lovely.
Your cow butter dish is so cute and would look lovely anywhere but me thinks it would look awesome on top
of a stack of plates or platter.
The cover of that book, her dining room has that take your breathe away look, so soft and charming and chic.
Gladiola's are just amazing aren't they, course, all flowers are amazing really, don't think I ever found a flower I don't like, course, there are some that are just more amazing that other, like glads, and roses,
and hydrangeas and
name a few!
Always enjoy my vist with you hon.
Blessings for a great day,

Carolyn said...

hope you feel better soon. I love your photos and have always loved your sweet dish with the cow on top.
I am looking forward to getting this book in the mail soon also as my daughter preordered it for my birthday.
I enjoy your inspiring facebook pics too.

Take care,

Jen said...

I love love love the butter dish! Will be on the hunt for one like it.

I'm sorry you've been out--hope you are okay. xo Jen

Lin from A {tiny} Cottage In The Woods said...

You have been missed, Jacqueline! I hope you are feeling better with each day.

Love the little cow on the butter dish.


Kay said...

So glad you're feeling better! Missed you! Beautiful post! My mom loved gladiolas, they are gorgeous. We have had the driest, sunniest July, August and sept (so far) ever!! And I've loved it and hope it lasts a good long time! Many trees have already turned colors, though, and even dropped most of their leaves, which I think is crazy early!
Hope you keep getting better and better!
Love, Kay

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Hi Jacqueline. So sorry to hear you were under the weather and so glad you are feeling better. Love brown transferware and the little cow dish is precious. That looks like an interesting book and I will have to check it out. Your pictures are beautiful as ever and I didn't notice a bit of fuzziness!..Happy Thursday..Judy

Nancy Roberts said...

Carolyn's cow is wonderful and so detailed, but I still like the brown transferware butter tub best! I have one in red like yours. It's one of my favorites!


Beatrice Euphemie said...

Sweet inspiration - the book looks wonderful! Totally you! Love your transfer-ware butter dish and those white glads are so pretty. The magazine looks intriguing, too. Glad you are feeling better. xo Karen

lynn said...

each picture is gorgeous, jaqueline:) love carolyn's books! glad you are feeling well now and hope your weekend is great!

Art and Sand said...

Beautiful decor as usual.

I will have to hunt down the book and add it to my Christmas wish list.

Marilyn said...

I do love your cow on the dish. I have been looking for a sheep similar to the cow on the platters. The fun is in the looking. Glad you are feeling better.

Burlap Luxe said...

Hi Jacqueline,
I have to get the book, and will look it up when I am finished commenting you, as for that figurine of the cow I will keep my eyes open around for me and, one for you!
Is it not the coolest piece...the (cow) ?

As for your linens and laces of course you should have been I the book with pages of your cherished pieces in there neatly folded and piled stacks. I adore your cow butter dish, and having the cow on top makes this piece that much more charming.
Love the brown transfer ware it's my second favorite next to all white.

Hope your on a full recovery mend and back to your creative self, I am in a really tired mode theses last few days, the California heat is just getting to me and I am exhausted with day after days of heat, so looking forward to some chillier days ahead of us, I am so much more inspired when it's cold.

Thank you for the beautiful inspiration, off to order the book.


Seawashed said...

I just love your transferware and the sweet cow. Thank you for the heads up on the book. I have had it on my wish list for months. And I have looked high and low for the new Bella Grace magazine. I think it is going to be a fast favorite. Beauty to you for the new season.

Pat Cantwell said...

The glads, the linens and the butter dish are just precious, dear friend!!
I browsed through Carolyn's book today while at Barnes & Nobles. I'm putting it near the top of my Christmas "Wish List".
Welcome home weary traveler!!!

Linda said...

I agree with Jane at Blondie's Journal, Jacqueline!! I love all your photos of your collections. LOVE that sweet little cow, it just makes me smile to see it.
Wishing you a beautiful day,
Linda at Beautiful Ideas

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