Tuesday, August 4, 2015

August Days

I have always found great romance in a fully dressed bed outdoors. Our summer showers are too unpredictable to have anything left on the lawn for long, but I am only trying out a few ideas anyway.

The days are still hot, of course, and very sunny. The dappled light kept changing as I experimented with different ideas under the trees.

My inspiration is this vintage ticking mattress I recently found. It is clean and still in pretty good condition, and so not too scary. It will make for a good display piece to showcase linens.

I can't direct you to a source, but I think there are still artisans who can stitch up a nice example like this one with the rolled edges. It's very good for atmosphere and nostalgia, which August seems to offer in ample quantity.

I love the charm of old linens displayed on ticking. Especially lace. Something about the rustic and refined shown together makes for an interesting look.

This is the antique lace coverlet that I gave you a small peek at in an earlier post. Some of these gorgeous pieces need to be shown in their full aspect to be appreciated.

I have lots more experimenting to do, but one of the things I love to see is old textiles and tablecloths used for bedding. I have a small collection of these cross-stitched cloths with taupe colored thread for the design. They are my favorite cover for my dining room table, and this is my most recent acquisition. I love it layered over the end of the bed for something pretty, but I also wouldn't hesitate to rely on it for a light cover on a hot August night.

But who doesn't think of fall at least fleetingly when the calendar turns to the last full month of summer? I thought this vintage painted metal bed frame the perfect foil for crispy linens when the weather turns. It made me actually look forward to decorating for a new season ahead.

The vintage cloth would look luscious folded over a puffy comforter at the foot of the bed, as is.
And that's a second lace tablecloth lying there ready to be tested out (as you can see a little further down).

This would make the perfect bed for a woodsy cabin somewhere.

"The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses on its turning. The weeks that come before are only a climb from balmy spring, and those that follow a drop to the chill of autumn, but the first week of August is motionless. and hot. It is curiously silent, too, with blank white dawns and glaring noons, and sunsets smeared with too much color." --Natalie Babbit, "Tuck Everlasting"

A heavy old ironstone jug and basin stands ready.

And an elegant vintage garden table serves as nightstand.

The only thing we need now is a cricket lullaby. . . .

Happy August days ahead for you as the season "pauses on its turning"!


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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