Tuesday, July 21, 2009

~Easy Living With White~

It’s White Wednesday, hosted by KATHLEEN at www.fadedcharmcottage.blogspot.comBe sure to visit her to see more of her beautiful whites, and see who else has posted their treasures for you! 

I love white and cream, and have used it as my primary “color” for most of the 35 years we’ve lived in our home.  It’s easy to live with whites and creams.   I find that they calm  my nerves, give me a feeling of airiness and light, and they are versatile.  I like to change other fabrics, like draperies, throw pillows, quilts, and accessories, and in case you didn’t know, EVERYTHING goes with white!  There are times I will see something that I like in a color, but I can walk away without buying it.  However…if I see the same item in white, I can’t resist! 

This little candy dish is in an earlier post for Tablescape Thursday, but I wanted to give it more prominence today, because it’s just so pretty.  I love the roses and the handle.  A Home Goods bargain at $2.99!  The flowers inside aren’t attached, and not ceramic. They are just some little silks that I put there for a tad of color.


These sweet little place card holders are made by Coalport in England.  I found 6 of them in white at an antique store, then found another 14 of them in color!  Five of them have pink flowers  that I posted on last week for Tablescape Thursday.  I purchased the Arthur Wood white teapot with dainty multi colored flowers at T.J. Maxx for $7.99 about 12 years ago. I’m sure it will show up again in the future with some teacups on Teacup Tuesday!


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This is a picture of our entry way.  I painted the mirror white just a couple of months ago.  It was rather inexpensive, trimmed in the gold gilt commonly used for mirrors.  I’ve never been too fond of it anyway, because it’s too plain, and not foo-foo enough for me (is that how you spell foo-foo, or is there a fancy way to spell it?), but I needed a mirror and it was there.  I didn’t think painting it white would help it too much, but it did help enough for me to at least like it a little more than I did before.     There is a little white picture frame on one side,  and I’m looking for something to put on the other side, hoping they will give the mirror more “substance”.

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As you  can see, the walls are cream and the entrance door is white.  Again, I’m thinking about painting, but this time, it will just be a warmer shade of cream…well, maybe a hint of yellow…we’ll see.   I have white candles in the candlesticks now, but change them with whatever theme I’m having when serving tea.  For instance, at Easter, the candles will be yellow or lavender.  At Christmas, they’re red, and so forth.   Sometimes there aren’t any candles on this table at all, or there could be two pillar candles on  large candlesticks.  It’s ever changing…could be a big vase of flowers, or it could have more pictures of family, along with a teapot…or two!


I just purchased this little rose trimmed  square “bowl”.  I’m not really sure what I will do with it, possibly a plant.  Any ideas?  It was one of those items that I didn’t have a specific use for, but it’s white and it has roses – what else did I need to know?

The teacup fabric it’s sitting on has a darker cream background, more like a vanilla, but I put it on the table to show it off.  I’ll probably include it again for Teacup Tuesday.  I bought it to use for making a quilt to throw over the cream loveseat, but I just can’t seem to make myself cut it! Maybe a pillow instead.  At least that way, I could cut it in BIG squares!  Or a table runner – oooohhh, the ideas are flowing! 



Now here is my favorite rooster!  His name is Ronnie, after Ronald Reagan, because…well…I think he looks like him!  I mean that as a compliment – I liked Ronnie R.  He’s much prettier and regal looking in person.  He sits on top of the refrigerator, overlooking the kitchen, but I couldn’t get a picture of him up there, so he’s posing for you on the kitchen table.   

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Doesn’t he look mean?


And last but not least are my latest buys from Home Goods – three darling white pitchers.  When I saw Kathleen’s pitchers, I thought they were so pretty and fresh looking, and you could put roses and other flowers in them, so when I saw these, I knew I would enjoy them very much.  I’m going to use them as a centerpiece for a white tablescape, so watch for them on Thursday!



Thanks for stopping by!  This is my contribution for this week’s White Wednesday, and I hope that you have enjoyed seeing them!.  I can’t wait to see what Kathleen and the others have to show us this week.  Just click on the link on the side, and you’ll be right there!

May your day be filled with many joyful and memorable moments. 

Don’t forget to keep “living in the pink”!





  1. Good Morning and Oh how I love all your whites here today especially the white rooster just amazing. Your displays are beautiful. Happy that you liked my little teacup pouches.

  2. Oh Mary these are just beautiful. I love the white frame, so much more dramatic on the area with the setting you have there. It blends in with the wall and provides such a soft setting. I love the pitchers, they look so gorgeous sitting there together as a grouping. Stop by and say hi. Country Hugs, Sherry

  3. I love the white dish. I almost thought the flowers were attached. Great photography! I think you are getting the whole blogger photography stuff now!

    Love the white dish too. I'd put some green grass in there-you see it on the more modern bookshelves, it's a few inches tall. The simpleness of the grass in contrast to the white roses on the square bowl would be a beautiful contrast but allow the bowl to shine!

  4. Hello! I just found your blog and I just love it! I love china too and it looks like we have a lot in common. Such pretty photos!

  5. Mary,
    I'm with yuou as far as passign up color, but if it's white...

    Love the little dish with the flowers around it, and the 3 pitchers!!

    Great post.

    Barbara Jean

  6. Hello
    Beautiful... Love the pitchers.
    Have a great Wednesday

  7. I love your white pitchers. Thanks for sharing them on White Wednesday.
    My Best,

  8. I agree...white is calming on the nerves...something I've come to appreciate more and more. I love your little pitchers best!

  9. Hello Mary, thanks so much darling for stopping by my cottage and for the lovely comment you left behind, much appreciated. I am visiting you now and I must say that I am impressed with your lovely blog loaded with lots of interesting posts and pretty photos. You have a beautiful home full of precious family members and tea and tea related beauties. I joined as a follower and will place a link to your blog on mine through my beau-TEA-ful friends blog, please if you haven’t done so yet, do pay a visit to my friends by clicking the blue door located on the top right hand corner of my blog.

    As for Tea and friendship Tuesday I think it is pretty much like your White Wednesday. You join by following the members and then on Tuesdays you place the logo on your site and either write and post photos of tea or friendship related. You also permeably keep a logo somewhere on your blog to identify you as a member. I recently joined myself and the only member I know other than myself is Charli and me you can find her link on my beau-TEA-ful site.

    Please stop by for more visits and do please join my followers….I have a feeling we will have a great time together.

    Duchess xx

  10. Hi Mary! Thanks for coming over for a visit. You don't look old enough to have been in high school in
    1963! Your blog is lovely. I've really enjoyes looking around. Have a great week!

    My Desert Cottage

  11. Mary, thanks for stopping by.I came to visit you as well your blog is So Sweet and what great stuff you have.Talk to you soon.Fun Finds 2 U... Chickie

  12. What a nice display of all your whites. You have a very lovely blog and it is so nice to meet you. Looking forward spending some time looking at all your pretty post.

    Enjoy your day-