Monday, January 12, 2009

Dreaming of Paris.....
I love this new vignette I created! It is my ode to Paris, one of the many places I dream of visiting someday. My Wendy Addison "dream" banner and some vintage lace over my favorite mirror. I so wish I had bought two of these gorgeous mirrors when I found them years ago at Marshalls!A basket full of vintage lace, a vintage glass doorknob and my little Eiffel tower up on a pedestal. I love this palette of silver, tan, black and every shade of white. I would love to do an entire room in these colors.
An old rusty alarm clock, and lots of pretty laces. Some in an old jar with a rusty key and the rest in my wire basket. I had been looking for a wire basket just like this for years before I found one at guess where? The Goodwill, of course!
This silver tray, (tarnished to perfection!) was my grandmothers. Upon it sits a (copy of) and old French hotel receipt, a chandelier crystal, another rusty key, an old watch face, some vintage millinery, lace. and vintage rhinestone jewelry and another cute Eiffel Tower from one of my very favorite stores, "Fleuri". If you live in the Sacramento area you should stop by the store. It is amazing!
I also had a little fun taking some photos of a few of my favorite vintage goodies.
I love to collect these vintage button cards. The "Blue Bird Pearls" one is my all time favorite.
My prettiest teacup with a few sparkling rhinestones inside.
Lots of pretty laces, more rhinestons, vintage sheet music tied up in seam binding, vintage millinery, my very own baby shoes and my sweet husband's grandfather's baby spoon.And last, a little Valentine I created. Now I need to go do something a lot less fun than decorating. Time to clean the cottage. It might be a little more fun if mine looked like this...or if I had this adorable polka dot dress to wear while cleaning.....or these cute aprons to wear.....or maybe if I tied up all my towels with pretty pink bows like the lovely lady below it would be more fun? What do you do to make your household tasks a little more pleasant? I would love to hear your thoughts. Have a lovely day!

44 comments:

Cathy said...

This blog post was sheer perfection. I adore each and every photo. What a perfect vignette of simple, yet elegant colors. I just love when I do something pretty that I can just sit back and stare at.

Just gorgeous.

xo Cath

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

I love your "ode to Paris"! You absolutely must go to visit. I lived there for three years in the early 90's, and it's really a special place. I hope your dream comes true!

Lori said...

oh Michelle, your vignette is a feast for the eyes...it is so soft, pretty and feminine looking, you did an amazing job putting this together...you really find the best things at your goodwill...what gorgeous button cards, i love the ones with the pretty graphics...your valentine is really sweet!!! great post:)

MaygreenFairies said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving your lovely comment. Your blog is GORGEOUS, the photo's of you home are stunning and I enjoyed reading your posts. I shall return! Mandy x

KatCollects said...

Hi Michelle,
Thank you so much for visiting my blog. Oh My Gosh... your pictures and home are beautiful. I can't wait to page through your posts and see more!
Kathy

Antiques and More said...

I'm loving your "Ode to Paris" vignette...love the whites, creams, and black. Never stop dreaming...dreams do come true.
Blessings,
Lisa

Shabby Kim said...

Hi Michelle,

It's so nice to see you doing more frequent blog post over the past few weeks. I love visiting your blog and seeing all of your wonderful new treasures and displays and I always look forward to seeing what you will show next. Congrats on the wonderful baby news!! Take care....

Emily said...

LoVe your Paris display! My daughter will be in Paris for Valentine's Day.....I am so jealous! Emily. XOXOXO

Tammy said...

Just gorgeous! I love this post. You really achieved a wonderful look. I can imagine these photos in a magazine.

Carrie said...

Hi Michelle! I just love, love, LOVE your blog! I wish i lived near you, cause I would LOVE to see your house and how beautiful its decorated! So inspiring! ~hugs to you~

Cottage Way of Life said...

Votre ode à Paris, c'est chouette!

A few french words to go along with it. :-)

Lovely photos!

Vintagebella ~ Andrea said...

I love it all, everything is so pretty!

The Whispering Poppies said...

Oh my goodness! I so LOVE LOVE LOVE your Paris decor! And that MIRROR! I love mirrors, and I love decorating them, too! The glitter banner is the perfect touch, and your collections of treasures are divine!!! =)

Holly Loves Art said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog. Your blog is beautiful! What a lovely Paris post you have here. The mirror is quite gorgeous - I can see why you wish you had another. I am sure you got a great deal at Marshall's too - we have a guy in our little neighborhood who sells them and they are very expensive!

Have a great week!

Holly

Gypsy Mermaid said...

Hey chick! I love love LOVE the mirror and the banner! its so dreamy! big mermaid hugs

toodles-
sarah

RomanticRoses@DorisJoa said...

I loved visiting your blog and reading through your posts. Of course the photos were so beautiful of your home and your collection of beautiful things. They were the ice on the cake. I shall return.

LiLi M. said...

Whow, I love each and every photo! Your ode to Paris vignette is so beautiful. We call such a mirror a Venetian mirror. So when you visit Paris, just pop over to Venice too, as it's beautiful too. I like the photos of your favorite vintage pieces too. Everybody should do that once in a while, you appreciate your collections more and we love them too!

Elyse said...

hi michelle!

i am so enjoying your blog. great photos, great style and the writing is nice and breezy. i LOVE the tiered wire basket. goodwill! way to go!!!

xo

Sugarplum Cottage said...

Your blog is beautiful and so is your home. I love all the vintage decor, especially the pattern and buttons. Hugs, Rosemarie

jillian said...

So glad you stopped by. Your blog is gorgeous! I had so much fun looking at all the eye candy!!
XOXO
Jillian

Antiques and More said...

Michelle, I have a little something for you on my blog.
Lisa

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

Michelle, please come on over because I have something for you...

Sandra~Romantique Inspirations~ said...

I LOVE coming over to visit your blog. So refreshing! You have very nice things to share..

miss gracies house said...

First, congratulations on your new upcoming addition-How sweet it is!

I *love* all of your new vignettes-inspiring!

Rene'

The Cutest Cottage Lamps said...

Hi Michelle, thank you for stopping by my blog and for your sweet words too! So I visited yours..and what a pretty blog it is! You must have a good will near you that sells a lot cheaper than ours!! You have some lovely things,all very pretty! p.s: I joined your following!
xxxooo
Marilyn

SarahD said...

I love your beautiful blog so stunning!!! Your ODE to Paris is gorgeous...swoon

Sugar Bear said...

I love all of your photos! They are heaven. I'm feeling very inspired.
Karla

Becky said...

I love finding blogs like yours. I never get tired of looking at such pretty things.
Becky

jessica said...

It's all just stunningly beautiful!

Beth Quinn said...

i just drooled all over the computer - love love love your ode to paris !!
yummy !!! hope your new year is going well !
xo,
beth

Beth Leintz said...

Your Paris vignette is so wonderful- I LOVE the basket full of lace- that basket is perfect for so many things.

Your button cards are great- I collect them too, but I've never seen the Bluebird Pearls- it is just WONDERFUL!!!!

Cottage45 said...

Nice pictures! I really like how you've taken meaningful items and decorated with them.

Lucy Bloom said...

Hope you get to Paris one day, it's a must! Love the vignette, and all the vintage goodies too!
Lucy x

Couture de Papier said...

Beautiful treasures sweet!

Viola said...

How lovely! Your photos look so stunning, Michelle! So many wonderful treasures! :o)

Barbara said...

I love you beautiful blog!

andyann said...

I am simply loving your blog. So much to look at and enjoy---thank you! Your art work is captivating.
Thank you for all the beautiful pictures of vintage notions and beautiful china!

Debbykay said...

Hello!

What a lovely blog! I enjoyed your photos, and especially your dreams of Paris! You are a romantic after my own heart!

I had a great visit!

Debbykay

Joy said...

I love your valentines you made and that mirror display is too funny!

Tanza said...

Gosh, what a gorgeous blog.. LOVE all the silver in your vignette.. The pretty vintage lace and basket..WOW !! Soo romantic.. Well done, and boy, what fun.. Nice visiting yours.. have a wonderful day .. hugs ~tea~

Linda Marie said...

Wishing all is well with kids and new baby by now :D Your Blog is awesome so many fun goodies .. I am an apron gal wear them all the time and everywhere !!Love these Old Patterns !! Thanks for sharing looking forward to more .Best to you and your beautiful family !!
Linda Marie
www.sunflowerlane.biz

Rose said...

Such beautiful things you have on your blog. I dream of one day owning such lovely things :)
Your blog was a pleasure to visit.

Rose

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