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This is the bookshelf in our family room, next to the fireplace. I am slowly filling it with my vintage book collection. Fun stops from Maine down through to Virginia have helped fill in the gaps here and there. How do I choose? It has to be a special book, like a classic or the artwork on the cover has to be intricate.
The artwork is probably what appeals to me the most. You just don't find this kind of detail on books anymore. Each one is different, like a snowflake! And of course, I love the metallic titles on the binding.
I always keep these three together...since they all seem to have romantic titles and the colors compliment each other. (I never said I was an intellectual. It's all about how they LOOK.)
This is my poetry section. (Like I have a library or something! I also have a classics section. Hey, at least they're not alphabetized with the Dewey decimal system.) The white Tennyson book has the most beautiful pink rose on the cover, otherwise it wouldn't fit the "criteria" I have in mind for what kind of book makes it onto THE BOOKSHELF. But this white book, albeit boring on the binding, is gorgeous on the front. So, I make exceptions. I'll have to add a picture of it for you.
This book I keep in it's own special holder on the mantle...my Dear Hubby brought it home one day for me. Very sweet!
If you're looking for vintage books or for unique vintage finds, check out my virtual antique boutique here.
If you'd like to join in with SCT here is Mr. Linky:
There was a worn out path in the floor on the way to his booth. So many dealers would come in, just to go all the way upstairs and to the back to see his latest finds.
This particular day I happened upon this pink vintage sweetie. And I fell in love.
It is my favorite vintage pink decoration. I won't ever sell it. It hangs in my office on my Somerset Life calendar where I admire it daily!
While that dealer is no longer sharing his great finds in our antique mall, I still keep my eyes wide open for something else to go with this. One of these days I'll find another. I've come close but nothing as beautiful as this soft pink.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
What's a Christmas tree without a little pink? Bare I tell you, BARE.
So of course I have to sneak it in here and there...
The other day Bebe kept hollering "PUFFED RICE!" PUFFED RICE!" And I'm like whaaaaat? We had just come home from the grocery store and she's hollering puffed rice. I'm thinking....I didn't buy any puffed rice.... what....
Then she points and I see she is gesturing to a butterfly. (The ornament above is a butterfly.)
OHHHHHH! BUTTERFLIES! Yes! Butterflies, sweetie!
She's so cute. But let's get back to the pink stuff...
And this cheery sign I purchased on ebay about 5 or 6 years ago. I have a hard time mixing it into my living room decor (I actually don't have too much pink in there) so this year it is going to find a new holiday home in Bebe's room, it is loaded with pink!
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
What is it about a white Christmas? Lately I've been observing my Dear Hubby checking the weather eagerly...I've seen it mentioned on Facebook. People like to see snow on Christmas.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
A beautiful and very old dresser or vanity tray. A beautiful way to display your perfumes or
All found in my Bella Rosa Store.
Monday, December 13, 2010
It goes by incredibly fast and I'm still trying to keep up before the big Christmas day arrives.
We have decorations at least! Below is a picture I took as Bebe was helping Dear Hubs put up our tree. Now this tree is the one I had as a single career gal, toting it from state to state as I worked for different TV stations. Okay, so it was only two states but who is counting?
My decorations reflect my style but not completely. I normally cover the tree with good old vintage glass ornaments but we're being a little protective of them since we have a toddler.
We do have some breakables on the tree but not too many. Bebe has been pretty good so far this year! She likes to play with some of the plastic "horsies" and instruments which is fine with me.
I used a thin strand of vintage style silver "sequin" garland I found through Ballard Designs. Gives the dark green tree a little bit of extra sparkle without going overboard. I love tinsel but Dear Hubs says "NO WAY."
We have an older nativity set made in Germany but I've put out this dollar store version so in case we have a mishap...we're okay! It is a sweet little set.
The stockings are ready to go. . . this year we'll be missing our soldier who is not coming home for Christmas. :( I'm putting his stocking out anyway. He did let us know he received his Christmas care package and really enjoyed the cookies Bebe and I made for him.
Friday, December 10, 2010
So I've had to put these away until next year.
I would love to mix the old with the new but I decided to stick to one theme....
Hope you are enjoying the season... stop on over to How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday and see what everyone else has chosen for their favorite Christmas movie.
Next post I'll show the rest of my decorating...