White Ironstone: A Timeless Collectible

I think most people collect something in their lifetime. Kids collect marbles and rocks. Pre-teens collect baseball cards and teens collect magazines. Adults collect any number of things from antique coins to dishes to cars and more. One of my favorite collectibles is white ironstone, due to its affordability and timeless appeal. (This post contains affiliate links.) I found this large white ironstone pitcher at the local flea market for just … [Read more...]

Summer Decorating in a Farmhouse Dining Room

We've been having some fabulous weather here in the Midwest ... enough rain for the garden and plenty of sunshine to enjoy. Of course, this means the weeds are growing like gangbusters and in order for me to get out in the garden as much as possible, I need to simplify things indoors. As part of my summer decorating routine, I've edited vignettes so there's less to dust and clean. To add a bit of color, I hung a vintage hankie banner onto the … [Read more...]

Kane County Flea Market Finds ~ April 2014

Our local Kane County Flea Market is touted by USA Today as one of the 10 top places to shop for antiques, and I have to agree. It's a pretty big flea market and it's always a highlight for me each month. As with any shopping spree, some outings are more productive than others.  In March, there weren't a lot of vendors and I didn't find much of anything, but April was better and I found some good flea market finds this past weekend for decent … [Read more...]

Collecting White Ironstone and a Free Magazine

Looking back, I can't really pinpoint when I fell in love with white ironstone. Someone asked me if my passion for its beauty started when Martha Stewart made it popular. But that wasn't it ... I actually didn't know she was credited for its surge in popularity. All I know is, collecting white ironstone is like eating chocolate truffles. You can't stop with just one. Once you feel that cool porcelain-like exterior in your hands and display its … [Read more...]

Tips for Building a White Ironstone Collection

In my attempt to give our old farmhouse a legitimate farmhouse look both inside and out, I wanted to build up a collection of white ironstone. I seem to be drawn mostly to pitchers in all shapes and sizes. Large ironstone pitchers in pristine shape are quite pricey so I decided to collect a range of sizes so I wouldn't break the bank. I recently found my smaller pitchers fit quite nicely in a small, shabby cabinet that was stowed away in the … [Read more...]

Decorating with Topiaries and Houseplants

Houseplants are easy to decorate with and when you mix in topiaries with their architectural presence, you can really pack a decorating punch in any room. Lately I've found myself drawn to greenery ... some of my recent finds are more money than I'd like to spend and others are a bargain. Surprisingly, I don't necessarily like the more expensive ones better, which is typically the case. This topiary circle in a mossy clay pot was a recent find … [Read more...]

Embracing the Farmhouse Kitchen

When I think of farmhouse kitchens, I think of my grandmother and also Aunt Bee from the Andy Griffith Show. Remember the episode when Aunt Bee and Clara entered the pickle contest and Aunt Bee's pickles tasted like kerosene? Just like Aunt Bee's kitchen, my grandmother's was simple yet comfortable. It's where all the important conversations of the day took place. Her kitchen was truly the heart of her home, which is the same characteristic I try … [Read more...]

Tips for Arranging Fresh Flowers

Valentine's Day is a time when everyone is thinking about flowers but having fresh flowers in your home doesn't have to be expensive. You can purchase cut flowers and arrange them yourself. It's easier than you think! The trick is to keep your arrangement simple and fuss-free. First, gather your supplies choosing ordinary objects such as white ironstone pitchers for vases. Cut your tallest flowers first for the center of your floral … [Read more...]

Sprucing Up with White and Natural Textures

Although some people like to cozy up their homes with warmer colors during winter, I prefer the fresh, clean look of white. I think perhaps it's because the world is frosty outside and I want some of that crisp and clear beauty inside. To keep things from appearing cold and sterile, I like to throw in natural textures to create an earthy, organic feel. Introducing my new white ironstone bowl with some fun balls tossed in.   I found … [Read more...]

White Ironstone, Valentines, and a Magazine Shoot

Yesterday my daughter and I went shopping in Dekalb, home to Northern Illinois University and the birthplace of barbed wire. Since it's a university town, it has its share of little boutiques and an eclectic coffee house complete with stage for local performing artists. Bridget was looking for Boho style curtains and I was on the hunt for ironstone and mirrors. After returning home, I realized the ironstone makes a perfect backdrop for vintage … [Read more...]

Fixing the Cabinet that the Cat Broke

You may remember my post about stenciling the glass china cabinet doors. Fortunately or unfortunately, a cat hurled itself at the glass door (obviously something freaked him out) and the glass on one of the doors broke. Now mind you, I didn't see this happen but I heard a crash in the dining room and when I came in, there he was looking all guilty. Rather than get too upset (it's just a cabinet, after all) I used it as an opportunity to do … [Read more...]

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