Friday, January 12, 2018

Let There Be White!

After the exuberant stimulation of festive holiday decor,
I'm craving something calming and simple like white.


White is so easy to live with. It calms a chaotic room and soothes our busy minds.
This simple bookshelf turned china cabinet holds some of my white ironstone
and is a restful focal point in the dining room.


I moved the old clock that had been on the top shelf to the living room mantel, 
making room for a large ironstone pitcher.
Because the pitcher had a tiny crack in the handle, I got it for just $25!


White goes with any style from Farmhouse . . .


. . . to Frou Frou.


It adds a touch of elegance to a simple vignette


and is the perfect foil for highlighting a few special pieces.


I love how white contrasts with dark wood.


A unique piece like this garden statue really stands out among white objects and old mirrors.


This statue was a wonderful surprise Christmas gift from Ron. 
I'd raved about it when we saw it in an antique store 
and he sneaked back to buy it for me. I just love it.


My china cabinet seemed to be overflowing with white ironstone
so I thinned it out a bit, letting each piece shine on its own.


I love how it looks through the leaded glass doors.


Here's where that vintage clock ended up.
The dark wood of the clock looks rich against the white mantel.
I also like the empty space at each end of the mantel, 
allowing some breathing room for the wall sconces. 


White decor makes me dream of a snow-frosted meadow in the Rocky Mountains --
a calming place where I can catch my breath and feel at peace.

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41 comments:

  1. How romantic that he sneaked back and bought the statue for you. White is always clean and refreshing and as you say perfect after all the over indulgences of the festive season. Wishing you a very happy and healthy 2018 xx

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    1. Thanks so much and Happy New Year to you! Yes, I love the little statue (and Ron!). Now to decide if it's a garden ornament or if I'll keep it in the dining room. Hugs, Pat

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  2. Beautiful Sister. I love the clock on the mantle. The other thing that caught my eye was the old door knob on the table. Everything is so pretty and yes calming. Ron is such a sweetie getting the statue for you.

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    1. Thanks Jan. I'm tempted to take the old clock to someone to get it up and running, but not sure if it would drive me crazy with its chiming. Ron is the hero of this post, getting lots of nice comments. Hugs, Pat

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  3. It all looks lovely and serene. How sweet of Ron to go back and get you that wonderful statue. I love it. The clock on the mantle looks perfect & the fire cozy and welcoming.

    Happy January ~ FlowerLady

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    1. Thank you Lorraine! I'm enjoying the statue and think it might look nice on my patio this summer. We'll see. Glad you like the clock and mantel. Hugs, Pat

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  4. I love all of the vignettes you showed today!

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  5. Thank you for these peaceful lovely moments.

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    1. Thanks so much Marlene. I appreciate your sweet comments. Hugs, Pat

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  6. Your white decor is so lovely and has a very calming effect. The statue is truly a treasure.

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  7. I love the winter whites, too, Pat. And I really like natural woods as a backdrop with them. Your home looks nice and cozy for winter.

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    1. Thanks Rita! Although I like white-painted furniture, you can't beat white against dark wood. Stay warm, my friend. Hugs, Pat

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  8. All of your photos look like a beautiful still life.

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  9. Looks great! What does your kitchen look like? I've been meaning to ask, thanks...

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    1. Thanks so much Nancy. My kitchen is galley-style, i.e., tiny. Decorated in a French Farmhouse feel. You can do a search on my blog for pictures if you'd like to see it. Hugs, Pat

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  10. Your husband is so sweet. I have been gravitating to white also. My eyes need it after all of the Holiday color. All of the vignettes look so lovely.

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    1. Thank you Debra. Ron is going to be hard to live with after all these compliments! Much appreciated. Hugs, Pat

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  11. The switch to white is so calming and restful after the always frantic cornucopia riot of seasonal color. Beautiful-just beautiful.

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    1. That means so much to me Monika. Thank you! I wish you and Sam a wonderful 2018. Hugs, Pat

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  12. It all looks great - it's a good idea you had thinning out the ironstone in the cabinet so it all stands out. That's SO hard to do when you have so many lovely pieces like you do but it totally is worth the result. The statue was such a beautiful, thoughtful gift - I can see why you loved it.

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  13. Thanks so much Lauren. Sometimes I think I'm just moving things from one spot to another and not really thinning them out but I can't part with my ironstone. This way I can switch things out now and then like an art gallery. I like how it looks. And yes, love that statue. Hugs, Pat

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  14. I love all your pretty white ironstone! It’s so nice to find a blogger that lives out west- there don’t seem to be many. Following

    Melissa

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    1. Thanks so much Melissa. Love your Dancing Dog blog and your fantastic cabin! Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs, Pat

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  15. Everything looks so beautiful...I so love your ironstone collection and how you display it!

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    1. Thank you Shirley! Soon, I'm going to have to either thin my collection a bit or find another display cabinet! Hugs, Pat

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  16. Stunning! Love it all as usual. Thanks for sharing at TFT!

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  17. Pat, what a score that large ironstone pitcher was! Love it girl. I too love the ironstone behind the leaded glass. I have just a few pieces of ironstone. I rarely run across it. Oh, and swooning over your new statue! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Hey Jann! Thanks so much for taking time to comment. LOve hearing from you. Should I put the statue outside or keep it indoors? Hmmm. Have a good weekend. Hugs, Pat

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    1. Thank you Norma! I appreciate you taking some time to read my blog. Hugs, Pat

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  19. What a fabulous find! I love ironstone - it goes with everything all year long. I love the Winter whites. Featuring you tomorrow for Thursday Favorite Things, friend! :-) (PS I can't figure out how to change my google name so i'm writing from my "old" blog ha)

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    1. Thanks so much Angelina! I love participating in your link party and to be featured makes my day. I wish you a great weekend. Hugs, Pat

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  20. Hi Pat! Just letting you know that I will be featuring you at TFT tomorrow! I see that my dear friend Angelina will be featuring you as well! Congrats!
    https://followtheyellowbrickhome.com

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    1. Wow! Thanks so much Amber. I appreciate your featuring my post so much. Just visited your beautiful blog. Love it. Hugs, Pat

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  21. Good Morning Pat! Love your tips this morning and your home. I always look forward to your blog each week, it is full of encouragement that anyone can enjoy their collectibles throughout their home whether it be big or small. Have a blessed week!

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