Looking for Whiteware

In my quest to decorate our home and to prove to all of you that pink is not the focus of my life, I’m going to share “before” pictures (something I hate to do) and then later on the “after” pictures (whew, I feel better already). I’m taking a big risk because I’m not positive that what I’m doing will look good. I’m showing you this before I’ve finished. But remember, risk taking is at the center of creativity. So, here it goes…

In the spotlight is our fireplace that resides in our YELLOW family room. It has a tall mantle that’s too high for a mirror. I’d have to stand on a chair to see myself. So, I found an old window, hung part of a “cutter” antique quilt behind it, and now it’s the focal point of the fireplace. It didn’t matter that the window pane goes across the center of the quilt block. I knew that would happen no matter what I put behind the window.

So how did I hang the quilt? First, I stitched a sleeve on the back of the quilt. Then I put a wood slat through the sleeve and made sure the slat was about 1/2″ longer than the quilt on each end (but not longer than the window). I put an eye hook on the top of the slat at each end. The eye hooks are attached with tiny nails to the frame of the window.

My idea is to line the mantle with whiteware pitchers of different sizes. I started with one…

then found two more…I’m shopping ebay, garage sales, friends houses, any place I can think of to find more pitchers. Home Goods has to be a destination place for me soon! I only need about 12 more and then I’ll show the after pictures!

And guess what? I’m getting ready to start the slip cover for our old RED chair. I’ll show you the “before” chair in all it’s glory in the next post.

Meanwhile, if you love decorating like I do, Andrea over at http://www.cottagemagpie.com/ has been to Ikea and posted a wonderful office space.

Off to find white pitchers…

Anne

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  • Miss Jean - This is going to look so nice. What color yellow did you use? It’s really cheery and fresh looking. You can tell I’m ready for spring. Good luck finding the pitchers/white ware. I can’t wait to see the final result. I clicked on the picture and enlarged it and low and behold! Pink petals on the quilt!!! Yea, Pink Power!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • KSedlak - Oh Anne, the quilted blocks look adorable behind the window pane. I love the cute clean country look. Have fun shopping for the white pitchers. You’ll be surprised how easy they are to find.
    Thanks so much for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - And I have been wondering what to do with the old framed windows we have stored lovingly in the garage!! Also have a cutter quilt.
    I thank you for the idea..love it!
    LouiseReplyCancel

  • Adrienne - I like that look. The white ware is wonderful with the white frame and the quilted piece is so nice. ~Adrienne~ReplyCancel

  • Cottage Magpie - *Now* look what you’ve done! I love how those whiteware pieces look against the yellow wall, so now I’m going to have to find a room in my house to paint yellow! Dang it! (And I’m also on the hunt for whiteware. I have three large pitchers and one small one so far.) LOVE the idea with the cutter quilt and the window panes. I just the other day hung some old windows on my living room wall and thought they looked kind of naked…and then you post this! Genius!
    ~Angela :-)ReplyCancel

  • Vicki B. - I can’t believe this, but I think I might have one of those little pitchers packed away somewhere. I remember getting it from my grandmother many years ago. I’ll go on a search, and if I find it, it’s yours! BTW, love the window-pane framed quilt.ReplyCancel

  • Nanette Merrill and daughters - I love the white. The yellow in the quilt under the window is really nice. I can’t wait to see the after.

    I am redoing my living room in white and yellow with touches of red. I have had my home in pink and green and I’m moving from that. I still love pink, but in smaller touches.

    White is nice.ReplyCancel

  • happy zombie - Oh Anne… I’m in love with your yellow, especially with the river-rock fireplace… and the icing on the cake is the window framed quilt! You have a magic touch Anne!

    Every time I start to rethink about painting my yellow to aqua… you pull me back with your yellow delights. Ha… my husband thanks you! ;-)ReplyCancel