April 20, 2010

Collecting Elegance - Finds From the Weekend

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Collecting Elegance will be the new title for my weekly offerings to you replacing Fabulous Finds.  I think the new title is a bit more fitting, after all isn't that what we do?  We gather elegant items for our homes that soothe us and create an atmosphere of understated elegance...

Bringing in these lovely items creates a calming effect in our personal havens where we rest and escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

Children's Rosary from Italy - Purchase Here

I love rosaries in general and have an extensive collection, but my very favorite rosaries are the small versions made for children.  This one is especially sweet with tiny opaque white glass beads and a tiny silver crucifix made in Italy.  Drape it over a lampshade, hang it in a window, place in a tiny crystal bowl or lay on top of a vintage Bible.

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I have been gathering tarnished silver pieces, vintage linens, beautiful worn books, kitchen enamelware, old cork bottles in lovely shades of blue and artist odds and ends that I will photograph this week and present to you next week.  I love them all!

Vintage Brass Hose Nozzle - Purchase Here

I love these old brass garden hose nozzles and use them in alot of my displays because they remind me of my love of gardening.  When I can't be in the garden, I like to surround myself with vintage items from the garden.  Old plant markers, hose nozzles, garden tools, vintage seed packets and gardening books.  It's the next best thing...to being in the garden with my hands in the dirt.

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Blending the old with the new makes me happy, it's the perfect blend of vintage meets modern design.  Good design will always be good design...making all eras interchangeable.  It's a sophisticated eclectic style that I love in my home.

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I have decided to replace some of my cabinetry in the kitchen with white open shelving to display my vintage kitchen pieces.  I have been collecting vintage hardware to add hooks to the bottom of the shelves.  I must reproduce the tiny fly screen cabinet, too.  Don't you just love it?

Spring is such a wonderful frenetic time of year, with all the activity after months of being cooped up inside, it's so much fun to dash outside and bring blossoms inside from the garden.  The challenge for me is to always have fresh blossoms to snip and place in vases inside throughout the growing season. 

I picked up the prettiest white geraniums and lavender petunias for my front porch that I can't wait to plant in a hanging wire basket.  The smell of sweet petunias as you come and go is a sweet indulgence.

What are you planting in containers this year?  Have you found anything special lately at the antique markets?Any Spring projects going on?  I'd love to hear about them.

Vintage Star Colander - Purchase Here

Vintage colanders have an abundance of uses other than the obvious - washing fresh strawberries from the Farmer's Market.  They also make great candle holders on tables in the evenings on your screened in porch.  They cast delecate star shapes as the candle flickers inside.  They also make great bowls for pistaschios, candy or fresh fruit.  Like any bowl, the usefulness is endless.

Enjoy the week, my friends....may you have gentle rains for your Spring gardens, warm sunshine on your shoulders and soft grass beneath your feet.

Blessings - Julie


In the Light of the Moon said...

So many wonderful finds,and by the way you describe each and every item,your love is clear for them.Have a wonderful day Julie!!Warmest Regards,Cat

Lori said...

beautiful images to accompany your finds Julie...i love that rosary, so sweet!!!

Synnøve. said...

Hello Julie.
So nice pictures.
The first one is me. The thaugt of sitting in that chair whit a good book and a nice cup og tea or a cognac is so strong.
Like it verry much.

Hugs from Norway.

Lorna said...

Lovely! I especially like the colander and your ideas for it. Never thought about it as a candle holder. Your creativity knows no bounds!

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

Julie, what an absolutely beautiful post. Thanks so much for stopping by and I'll be back to visit.

Lesley said...

Hi Julie,
I just love the way you use words. Your blog has a very calming effect on me and it is a pleasure to visit.
Thank you for the kind words you left for me too.
Lesley x