Saturday, January 31, 2015

Past Perfection

Hello everyone.  I hope your weekend is off to a nice start.  I just wanted to pop in to share a few photos that I took last weekend while organizing my collection of vintage linens.  

Many beautiful items complete my collection of treasured pieces that I own but vintage linens are my all time favorite ones to collect.   I consider them my "forever to keep" pieces.  

Crisp, white lines always catch my eyes.  I love collecting placemats and napkins to dress my table.

I often wonder of their journey.  The stories passed on from owner to owner.  


Vintage silver and linens are always perfect together.   Instruments of equal importance for creating a captivating table.  Each offering a supporting role.

Recently, I have been drawn to collecting transferware.  The quality and beauty of this china is unmatched.   

As delicate and dainty as these antique pieces appear, they are sturdy and meant to be used.  Perfectly functional and with plenty of years and beauty to share.  To me, this is Past Perfection.  

Thank you for stopping by today.  Wishing you a lovely weekend.


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

2015 Projects ~ Small Closet Makeover On A Budget

Hello my pretty friends.  Oh yes, winter storm Juno is on its way...Bitter cold and deep snow descend on the East Coast as I write this post.  I worked from home today and if the The National Weather Service is correct in their prediction, we will be snowed in by early morning.   So I plan to stay put and enjoy the warmth and coziness of my home for the next few days.

Today, I am sharing the makeover of my closet in our master bedroom.  It is a small space so I really wanted to maximize every little inch in this closet.  I knew that I was going to have to build up in order to find the extra space that needed to get all the clothes, shoes, handbags, scarves and makeup neatly organized in the closet.  And my goal was to do this on a minimal budget.

The first thing we did was remove everything from the closet, paint and add wall paper on the main wall to create some visual interest and to give the closet a little glam.  Next I purchased the Alex drawer unit from Ikea for extra storage which was my largest purchase at $119.00.  Then my husband had the great idea of adding inexpensive closet cubes on top of the Alex Unit.  Less than $15.00 at Walmart by the way...  He just turned the cubes vertically for height and also as a simple way to display a few pieces and to make my closet a little fancy.....  I do love some eye candy when I am getting dress in the mornings.  

I already had the huggable hangers so it was easy to go through all of my clothing and sort everything by color,  Shoe racks were added to the bottom of the closet as well as the top of the closet.

Pretty hooks were also added to hand handbags and large storage boxes were added to store hats, gloves and scarves.  

                    Everything has a place now.  I am so happy with the way it turned out.

Some pieces are far too beautiful to be hidden away.  

Good news is, that I have completed the first item on my to my To-Do list for 2015.  Now it is on to my sun room.  It is all about making everything functional this year along with getting into some healthier eating habits.

Thanks for visiting.  It is always wonderful to hear from you..



Sunday, January 25, 2015

Saturday At Home

It is Saturday....  Chilly and snowy conditions persist through the remainder of the weekend, perfect for being indoors.  And if there was any question about the cold temperatures, the view from my window confirms that I am better off staying warm and cozy in the house. 

Feeling focused and happy, I am doing a little cleaning and re-organizing around the kitchen. Cleaning cabinets, dusting china and re-arranging accessories so that I can admire my favorite objects each and everyday.  They are after all the very objects that start my day.  What my eyes fix  on each morning as I enjoy my warm cup of coffee.

Like my pretty bust which I have lovingly named Mina, reminds me of  all things delicate and classically elegant.  These dried hydrangeas that came from my sister-in-laws garden arranged in a eye catching vintage pitcher warm the heart and satisfy my need to be surrounded by flowers. Classic antique white plates from Mikasa are used on a daily basis.   They are both modern and traditional and can easily transform a table from casual to very sophisticated.  

Linens in easy fabrics such as cotton paired with vintage flatware give my kitchen charm and a livable quality.  

I do appreciate beautiful pieces..  That is why I keep a few of these charming little creamers in my collection.   They are excellent for serving syrups, milk and sauces.  Plus they make everything appear a little glamorous.

And why not listen to some pretty music while making your home home pretty and tidy.  

This was the view from my window today......  No sun in sight today...  Frigid winds have arrived.  The landscape has changed and it is time for nature to sleep. 

We sit and wait for spring to arrive once again.

That was my day friends.  Blessings and may your week be a great one.


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Winter Days

Happy Tuesday everyone.  How are you all dealing with these extreme cold temperatures.  The grey days sure make everything seem cold and dull.

These are the perfect days to enjoy our homes.  To relax and enjoy a little me time.  To create a bit of beauty and sunshine of my own.  For planning our future projects, organize and even dream a little.

Love my Homer Laughlin Eggshell china.  It always takes my breath away.

Vintage silver always complements this lovely china perfectly.

Vintage linens and a handmade napkin ring of my own design adds a touch of romance and elegance to this tableau.  (Napkin ring available at


I can never resist a sweet treat.  

A gorgeous tea set received as a gift from my husband.  It is so elegant.  I love its simplicity and clean lines.

This is how I unwind and plan for the year ahead.  How do you relax???  Have you made plans for 2015?   Will you be working on new projects soon?

Our largest project has been designing our web page and creating all the handmade napkin rings for our online store.  It was a huge undertaking but I am proud to say that it is finally done.  There are many other plans for 2015 and this is definitely a great start.  So if I have been absent from your blogs lately, please forgive me.  

I hope you all have a week full of accomplishments and loveliness.


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Favorite Things ~ Eat More Dessert Cookbook

Hello friends.  I hope you are all having a great week.  I received this lovely cookbook as a Christmas gift, and I thought it was one that deserved a little mention.  It is "Eat More Dessert" by Jenny Keller.  I had to share few of the books photographs just in case you are thinking of adding another cookbook to your collection this year and also because the photos are simply stunning.   Besides, it always helps me to read a book's reviews and to peek at a few of the recipes before I make a purchase.

It is a fantastic cookbook with lots of entertaining ideas and inspiration for creating impressive themed dessert tables.  The recipes are simple but with lots of visual impact.  The book offers ideas for many themed parties but my favorite ones are the vintage style celebrations such as the Princess Tea Party, Vintage Baby Shower and Spring Garden to name a few. She also shares tips on how to display your desserts and offers tips for shopping at flea markets and thrift stores to find the perfect pieces to complete your party's overall theme.

Aren't these cupcakes adorable?  I can't wait to try them.

And what about these amazing looking cookies.  Who wouldn't want to have these at their party??

These cake pops are just too adorable.

There are more than 100 simple to make and fun to eat baked goodies from Jenny Keller.  All yummy looking recipes.   And you will love her ideas on styling it all.

I hope you enjoy the sneak peek.