Monday, August 28, 2017

Taking Stock

It seems that I have a collected a lot in my travels over the summer. It all gets plopped down somewhere between trips. So my rooms heave a sigh when I finally get the time to organize, clear things away, and do some deliberate arranging for a change.

It's also time to bring out old favorites, like this antique woven cloth that I only use in fall.

It's nice and thick, with a wonderful weave and texture. And I guess I think of autumn as being more textured than other seasons.

More layered as well. I like a cleaner and sparer look for our rooms in summer, but our spaces take on layers, just like we do, as the summer comes to a close.

I added a couple of wooden spoons and utensils to the mix this season.

I don't know what took me so long!

I also fell in love with this transferware platter that I found in New England in July.

Those sweet looking cows had everything to do with it. But then the creamy color won me over too. It is an old Copeland pattern.

My collection of ironstone wash basins has grown too. I will pass some along eventually, but they are so useful for holding and displaying things, and are so easy to stack.

It seems the summer foraging has brought an abundance to mimic that of nature herself.

This tawny water pitcher seems to have been made for fall. It even seems fatter than most to me.

I have had this terry tablecloth for decades now, and use it mostly as an under layer on the table. It's nice and large, and can help absorb the inevitable spills of a family gathering. . . .

But there are always comforting stacks of tablecloths waiting in the wings in this room. 

The blue glass is helping me cross over from one season to the next. Keeping things light just yet.

But it's time for gathering up dried herb-y bundles, and interesting acorns.

I always fight with the light when trying to take pictures, but we love the big windows in here in any season. 

Baskets and weeds are just made for each other.

The dresser has gotten loaded down with this and that over the past few months too. Over time you find out what belongs and what doesn't. What was merely a passing fancy, and what will be invited to stay.

The hen house is also getting pretty full. But so cheery!

Even the silver has taken on an amber glow. But that little tray will soon get a seasonal polishing up! The pewter just holds its own.

Saying goodbye to another August.

Thankful for a safe home, and mindful of our friends and loved ones in harms way.


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donna baker said...

It looks gorgeous. Just don't ever move and it will all be good. I've spent two days going through containers of old Christmas decorations and pricing. I figured I'd be first to get mine out. It looks like a tornado went through my living room.

Louca por porcelana said...

Great photos!Gorgeous white pieces,exquisite!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

You have beautiful collections! I would love to go shopping in your house.

Botanic Bleu said...

Your stoneware collection is beautiful. Ypu are so right about the wash basins for holding and displaying things, plus they are easy to stack.


Junkchiccottage said...

All your new and old treasures are beautiful. Love those hens such a pretty collection. Happy New Week.

Pat @ bringingfrenchcountryhome said...

Good morning Jacqueline! You must have had a wonderful trip this summer to have found all these beauties. Welcome home. I love the natural colors and earthy displays in your home. I could move right in! Or at least go shopping in your house. Enjoy fall. Hugs, Pat

Jeanie said...

Nothing like dried hydrangeas in ironstone. Such a wonderful look. (The wheat is good, too!)

So many lovely things. I really appreciate how you can make white look like fall!

BarberryLane Designs said...

Jacqueline, your photo spreads are always like a 'sigh on the wind', ethereal and deep, full of meaning and floating out here to us in cyber-space. Thank you---for the lovely entrance to the changing season.

mary scott said...

Everything is so beautiful! I adore white ironstone & restaurant dishes & old linens. Your acorns are from a Burr Oak tree. I have a small collection of them I bring out in fall. Thanks

Lady Pamela said...

Loving the chicken collection.

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Jacqueline, everything looks pretty. All the ironstone and the textures are just made for each other. Your ironstone pitcher and the hydrangea is similar to the one that belonged to my great-grandmother that I have. Your hydrangea looks as dried as mine and mine must be at least 40-50 years old.. Kind of hard to dust though! Have a wonderful rest of the week..Judy

Marilyn Miller said...

Oh my!! That dresser crammed with delights is a sight I love. Also love the transferware plate alot. I just found a transferware plate too and tucked it away. Must get it out and go in the garden to cut some lavender. You inspire me!!!

Amber Lyon Ferguson said...

I just can't find the words to describe the beauty here!

Ahh, oooh, sighs...


The Charm of Home said...

That dresser is always a favorite of mine! So gorgeous! THanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

Haworth said...

I love your layering, Jacqueline. It does change the character to a slightly cozier season without interfering with the lightness of late summer. And bringing dried flowers inside is so lovely and a reminder of the season that just oast and the coming harbest. I am so glad you brought that plate back from here! I do love transferware. Do you know what they say about cows in these parts? If they are all standing, it will be a fair day. If they are all lying down, it will rain. And if some are down and some are standing (as on your plate) that means scattered showers! So you can call your New England plate Scattered Showers. Best of luck culling your beautiful china caninet... I would have a very difficult time relinquishing amy of it!

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