Monday, November 26, 2018

Winter White Collections

Thanksgiving marks the unofficial end to fall. The leaves still fall, but it feels every bit of winter from where I am standing. At any rate I have cleared the way for some Winter/Christmas decorating to get it's toe hold. As much as I admire a spare look for rooms in a house, there are still plenty of places in my heart that hold room for my collections. Especially this time of year! I seem to be drawn to photos of rooms with lots of collections in it, and of course loving all the gorgeous rooms online and in December magazines right now. Endless!

Just before leaving for a few days, I snapped a few views of my dining room shelves waiting for holiday dressing.

My more recent finds have gathered here like this group of Mason Cash pudding bowls. I'm not sure I could ever pass one of these up!

Plenty of ledge left on this shelf to tuck in a bit of Christmas next to my new Staffordshire figures.

A great little ironstone tureen is new to the collection too.

 Just things that I use and love. I can't wait to add some holiday cheer to the mix!

Pitchers of course!

This Currier & Ives print is new to me this season. We painted the frame a creamy white. I don't think I would have liked it nearly so much without the obvious water damage!

I'm so looking forward to savoring the familiar joys of the season.

Hope you are too! 

Hope it's a great week for you!


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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Unpacking The Holiday Treasures

Hello friends!  
I have been busy digging around in boxes to get things started. How about you? Years go by and those suckers (boxes) have a way of multiplying when the available space to keep stuff stays exactly the same! But thank goodness, yes? As life goes on we take on a few more things and let other things go. . .

One of the things I have taken on is this crusty old candelabra. I thought I was done with them and gave all mine away. Little did I know that those I had in the past were just not tarnished enough! haha!

This old one makes me feel a bit elated. And we can all use a dose of bliss I think, no matter from where.

This flocked tree is from last year and gets an iron urn this time. Small enough to land anywhere. As you can see the seasons flow together around here. I usually let things evolve rather than a big revamp for the holidays. Easing in and easing back out again. 

Bits of vintage lace also play a part. This favorite piece often makes its appearance in one spot or another. 

I'm also working on finding the perfect confection or bauble for these egg trays. Any ideas spring to mind? I like using things year 'round, and I love a dose of sparkly glass at Christmastime.

The usual dilemma of which embossed plates to use. . . .  I always think I have too many, but I boldly let some go during the year and already regret it! Some might call this obsession. . . .  I call it tradition.

And what is a holiday without hollow handled knives I ask you? Hollow, of course!

Few cheerier things than shiny silver anything.

My smaller twiggy trees are already out. I had them in the shop last year and everybody wanted them. They were a kind of dear price at Pottery Barn, but I haven't seen them there this year.

And of course always a stash of lovely doodads of some kind around for when the creative impulse hits.

This shiny garland is a souvenir from my first visit to Rachel Ashwell's Malibu shop and may end up in a tray or puddle of light somewhere.

Our decorating simply ends at some point rather than being really "done." I wonder what else I will rediscover among the boxes this year?

Finally, I want to share my new 2019 calendar from Georgianna Lane with you! She has done a NYC version and a couple of others as well, but I couldn't resist this gorgeous Paris version. You might like one too!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

I hope you enjoy getting ready for a lovely Thanksgiving and holiday season in your own way! 

Have a wonderful week ahead!