Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Styling An Antique Baker's Rack

I've been considering the possibilities for this antique baker's rack I just found. Rather than loading it down to capacity, I want to show off every one of it's fabulous chippy rusty features.

I'm feeling that we are at the russet end of summer. And while rust colors used to be a major part of my palette back in the day (pumpkin colored walls and carpet, and deep colored sofas, for instance),  I hardly even recognize that person now! The old wool rug that blends with the terracotta floors is about all I have left from that era.

I've been looking for the perfect place for this old Victorian picnic basket that I first showed you a few months ago. It makes for excellent storage on the bottom shelf.

I chose a few willow baskets to crown the top.

The shelves are perfect for larger platters and serving pieces, and for showing them off!

And I like having a place to put these napkins on display. The cheery piles of linen can be rotated as often as you want. I prefer linens at hand rather than tucked away where you can forget about them.

Beautiful swirls.

The baskets hold bits that I have gathered here and there, like the sunflower head from the public gardens last fall. I almost tossed the dried lemons some time ago, but so glad I didn't! Their color seems to deepen every year. And I love the bunch of dried hydrangeas that my sister-in-law and her husband sent me in a big box last winter from up at the villa. 

A good spot for the large wicker tray to gather a few handy table things.

So that's me. What are you up to?
So nice that you stopped by for a visit!

Hope you're having a fantastic week!


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Saturday, July 25, 2015

A Bit of Thrifting Therapy

Everything about this little creamer tells me that it is French. Do you know the pattern? I can only imagine the exquisite set that it once belonged to. The creamer is one of a handful of sweet little finds from this week that cost me next to nothing, and gives me a little cheap therapy. 

These dessert/salad plates, Rose Point by Pope-Gosser, are one of my top favorite patterns. I found six of them for a dollar each. The close-up shows you what great condition they are in. I snapped them up almost quicker than I spied them!

The little creamer was two dollars.

Someone was also unloading a milk glass collection of double ruffled Fenton. I picked out two beautiful compotes from the few pieces that were there.

Though they are not something that I would usually be looking out for, they are striking together.

These monogrammed damask napkins are thin and oh so soft from long use. I will either finish wearing them out, or fashion some project from them. (At least that's what I tell myself!)

A beautiful natural linen tea cloth with four napkins to match stole my heart. For me, it is all about the texture and color.

I love the details on this darling little work of art! You can see that the handle is curved left and right rather than straight, and the hand-painted details also enhance the shape.

Doesn't it make for a sweet little portrait?

What's good therapy for you?

I hope you find time for it this weekend!

Happy days!


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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Little Things

Home again. . . .

Amid the comfort of quiet rooms. . . .

Where really not much changes.

"Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart."

--Winnie The Pooh

I needed one of my favorite cloths to cover the table.

And a little change up in the wicker planter. Something simple.

The latest transferware. A covered tureen. . . .

With a platter to match.

 (The baby's breath was fresh when we left, but dries beautifully in the vase.)

So summery!

So nice to return to the rows and stacks of one's own order. . . . (or disorder, for that matter!)

Rediscovering the gorgeousness of gleaming silver with expanses of white. . . .

Home, sweet home. . . .

So much more ahead, but enjoying a little catch up with you as July sails by!

Happy days!