Monday, September 30, 2013

Salute to The Pink Pagoda

What a perfect week to post my Before & After vintage secretary. This week over at The Pink Pagoda Jennifer (Linda, note I did not call her Jenn....) is having a Blue & White link up. The staging for this secretary all came together via TPP.
Blue Willow Note Cards from The Pink Pagoda

As soon as it was delivered knew I wanted to stage this grey & fuchsia lacquered secretary with blue & white. Where does one go for blue & white accessories??? Straight over to The Pink Pagoda ~ stat! Wanted to frame her darling blue willow note cards in gold frames. Originally I was going to do 3 identical cards framed; one on each shelf. Jennifer offered to do 2 other designs to work with her blue willow note card size. Love them lined up together. How adorable are these??? Her  prints are available here. She is wonderful to work with!

The miniature blue & white Staffordshire pups also came from Jennifer. So sweet! These are available in her shop's porcelain collection.

Nancy Drew Books covered in white wrapping paper
I needed small books & wanted them to be white so I scavenged my Mother's basement & found an extensive collection of Nancy Drew's and covered four of them in white wrapping paper. Love them with these petite blanc de chine statues.

Jennifer really prompted my passion for blue & white. If  you are new here; I have never used blue & white in my decor. Crazy: right???  I am old as dirt & yes, I have been living under a rock.... Both of these books are a must for a blue & white aficionado. Flair by the late Joe Nye & A Passion for Blue & White by Carolyne Roehm.

Oh yeah; here is the before sitting in the shop where I found it; a beautiful piece with great bones & detail. The fretwork was in great shape & the height was perfect. 

Check out The Pink Pagoda today for The Blue & White Bash where all Jennifer's friends are sharing their love of blue & white.


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

One Thing Good About End of Summer

Overstock Navy Retro Indoor/Outdoor Rug
One good thing about the end of the season is all the great clearance merchandise for outdoor living. Here in the South we have plenty more porch time so gotta' go for the gusto. I snagged this bad mama jamma rug on Overstock for practically nothing. Seriously, there are millions more over there to choose from; well a least hundreds.... 

This loop pile rug is as soft as a cloud! Water beads right up as tested on Sunday & it is a breeze to wipe clean. No kick backs from Overstock just like to spread the bargain love when I can.