Color Challenge: White
I was just reading Andrea W at Big Creek Cottage, and she said that Maureen at Penchants, Ponderings & Posies was having a Winter White List Giveaway, where everyone is sharing photos from their home of their favorite whites. The photo at the top is a stoneware creamer that I found at (shocker) a thrift store for a buck. I love it. I also have a couple of full-sized pitchers. There's something about the line and curve of a pitcher (small or large) that I just cannot get enough of. I have glass ones for pink lemonade, white stoneware ones for flowers, and both just for admiring.
This white wicker rocking chair (recent thrift store find) is in the living room for now. The lace pillow sham I found the same day. Wicker is one of the few things I never get tired of. I do tend to rotate pieces in and out, but I always have at least something in wicker.
You've all seen
. This is a close-up of the euro shams. They're not vintage, they just look it because they've been used every day for eight years! Eight! I usually get tired of things quickly. But for some reason, not these. I love them.
Here's a close-up of the lace edging. I admit that normally it doesn't look so nice; I ironed it just for you. I also have a Battenberg shower curtain that I have had since 1993. I haven't had a spot for it since about '95 but I still love it. I'm thinking maybe turning it into a duvet cover.
This bird house (one of many) is also from a thrift store. I have a standing rule to buy any birdcages or bird houses I find when thrifting. I love birds, too. I had an eccentric neighbor once in a little 1920's-era 8-plex who kept doves. She would set their cage outside on nice days. I would open my front door and read while listening to the cooing doves. It was (still is) the most beautiful sound I have ever heard.
This is a little shelf for the bathroom. I love painted, distressed finished. I never get tired of them. The week I turned 18 I got my first apartment with some girls I found on the junior college notice board. (My parents were
thrilled.) One of the girls was refinishing an old dressing table. She was only halfway done, the paint all cracked and peeled, the wood underneath impregnated with white paint. I thought it was the most beautiful thing I'd ever seen. She was going to refinish it with a wood stain. I thought she was nuts. If I could figure out how to reproduce that look; the look of having been painted 40 times and then someone got worn out halfway through a refinishing job? I would do that to everything I own. Really.
And of course, you've all seen my
. This is a close-up. I haven't had it all that long, only a few years, but I adore it. I don't think I'll ever get tired of it, especially because of these wooden appliques (what's the "technical name," I wonder?). I just love them. LOVE. So, my list ended up being things that my love for never wanes. I have to be honest, I'm so fickle with furnishings, colors and accessories, I didn't even realize I had such undying passions. But here's a list to prove otherwise! What about you? What are you absolute most favorite things that you just love, year in and year out? And do you know the secret to making a piece of new furniture look like a half-done refinishing job? Seriously. I want to know.