Tuesday, July 28, 2009


Today I am participating in White Wednesday, which is hosted by Kathleen at Faded Charm Cottage. I came upon her blog last week and really loved it. I highly recommend visiting her. I also visited some of the other participants in WW last week and they had some really unique things to show. A lot of decorating ideas here!! So after you leave a comment, visit Kathleen and all of the ladies joining in.

I took tons of pictures at the lake this weekend. It wasn't too hard to find white because I chose open shelving with all white dishes when we renovated the kitchen. I'm sorry to say it is still a work in progress and we are well past the completion date but I am trying really hard to be patient. I hope one day soon I can show you the kitchen and two baths totally finished.

This is a pretty general view of the shelves which are on both sides of the sink and just a bit more on the adjoining walls. I have been putting in a little treasures with color for some contrast such as this blue Cape Cod plate.

My everyday dishes are by Gibson and my china is Johann Haviland. I have mentioned this in a previous post, so I hope I am not boring anyone!! The coffee mugs on the bottom are from The Dollar Tree, believe it or not!! We really like them, they are nice and sturdy and I like the texture of the little bumps around the rim! I also collect little glass bottles and they are scattered all around. They make great bud vases. And finally, I broke down and bought the infamous Target Birds!! Of course, you can click to enlarge the pictures.

Next, I have a clock I bought from Lidy Baars at French Garden House. Please click on if you would like to visit her shop that carries all things beautiful and European. I have shopped her site many times and am always impressed by the quality of her items, and of course, Lidy herself is a very special lady. She may not know it, but she is the one who influenced me to start blogging. I was shopping French Garden House and happened to click on her blog. I thought, "Well, this sounds like a lot of fun, but will I have anything to say?" LOL!! The rest is history!! Thank you Lidy!!

Here are some antique glass dessert plates I found a few weeks ago. They came from a flower shop housed in a huge mansion in White Pigeon, Michigan. The flower shop was actually a very small part of the business. Every room held antique or second~hand items. I was like Alice in Wonderland!! I managed to buy only what I could carry in two trips, with the promise that there will be a huge yard sale on August 6th with over 15 dealers. There were a few thing there that I wanted so badly, but The Husband kept patting me on the shoulder, reassuring me that we would be back. I should have just thrown a tantrum!

A little shadow box with some beachy scenes and vintage silver salt & pepper shakers.

The matching shadow box. I found these in Saugatuck, Michigan, a resort town along the lake, many years ago. Saugatuck is still one of my favorite places to visit.

A vintagy sugar jar from Marshall's.

This canister is made out of iron and is super heavy. I found it at a second hand shop and knew it would make a great utensil holder.

I thought we would move outside. A few weeks ago I posted a picture of a mysterious flower bud and by unanimous decision, it was declared a hollyhock!! It sure is different! But very pretty, a very light blush color. Even though the plants are only about 2 or 3 feet high, I had to stake them. The leaves have a zillon little round holes in them like something has been nibbling. I am wondering if this is why the stems are falling over. I have never seen the blasted critters that are doing the damage so I am not sure what to do. The plants around the hollyhock are doing fab. So, once again, I am asking the Bloggerville Garden Advisory Board for help. :-)

I found this cute white chair with a rush seat also at a second hand store. It is sturdy and chippy and I didn't need to do a thing with it. I used a metal container from Michael's as a planter.

This is called an obedience plant and it came up for the first time this year. It is really pretty and I hope it gets bigger each year. It looks perfect in my English Garden.

And my last picture is of the white birch trees in our yard. They are beautiful. I'd love to have more but all of our trees have matured so much over the years that our house is really hard to even see from the lake!
I hope you have enjoyed my contribution to White Wednesday. I have not even come close to exhausting all of the white I have! LOL! So I will probably join again and of course, hope to make new friends.! Please visit Kathleen and see how pretty simple white can be!! Have a wonderful week! :-)


carolinajewel said...

Such pretty whites - definitely not boring! Love your china and flowers. Hurray for another set of Target bird salt & peppers! :D Jewel

mbkatc230 said...

You have such pretty whites! I love it all, but my favorite is the sugar canister, just love it! And that obedience plant is so pretty - I've never heard of that or seen it. Thanks for sharing. Kathy

Anonymous said...

Hi Jane. Haven't been by in a hot minute and wanted to say hello. I love your white photos. The clock is gorgeous. I haven't heard of this blog party.

Melissa Miller said...

Hi Jane,
Everything you have shown is so beautiful! How pretty and fresh in all white. Love the hutch and dishes. What a lovely idea for a new meme. I'll have to pay her a visit soon.

Thank you very much for your kindness on our master bedroom decor'. You really made my night my friend.
You are such a sweetie! :)

xinex said...

Hi Janie, I really enjoyed looking through your kitchen shelves. You have very pretty dishes and your whole house is looking very coastal. It looks so fresh and clean with all the whites. Your flowers look fabulous!...Christine

xinex said...

Hi again Janie! Thank you for coming and don't worry about missing some of the post,. I understand and you should take advantage of the warm weather and go to the lake house and enjoy it as much as you can. But I would love for you to see my post about my mother's 90th bday when we had a family reunion. I posted it last week on July 18th, WHEN you have time, of course. Are you back in Chicago now? I am flying back home on Friday and I can't wait to see the pool deck and decorate around it....Christine

Paula said...

I loved seeing all of the white in your lake house kitchen. Your shelf arrangements look like something from a magazine! I really like your big, frilly hollyhock. Mine all end up being single blooms. The metal bucket with flowers looks great on top of your vintage white chair. Loved it all!

Deb said...

Beautiful white Wednesday post Janie! Your spot at the Lake is absolutely gorgeous!

April said...

Absolutely gorgeous collection of whites, Janie!

"Blossom" said...

These white a georgous! Simply stunning items that you have blogged about today.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh I am totally drooling. I love it all.

Knitty said...

All of your whites, glass and silver are so pretty, and I really like how you've photographed them.

I may have to join White Wednesday once in a while myself, but until then, I will enjoy visiting you and other participants.

I got a chuckle out of the Target Birds. Soon, every home in America will have a pair..... :)

Anonymous said...

It all looks so pretty. I would have loved to be at that mansion shop. It is exciting when you come across so many treasures all at once. the men just don't get it do they? I hope that your obedient plant stays obedient. Physostegia has a way of springing up all over. Maybe you have "Miss Manners"- She is better behaved. Sweet little chair with the planted bucket. Very very nice Janie.


FrenchGardenHouse said...

Jane, I'm so glad I took a little break to visit today. :) I love that you have a blog I can visit...so beautiful. Your home {and garden} are so welcoming, and just lovely.
hope you are having a happy week!
xo Lidy

Faded Charm said...

Love your blog! Looks like you did fine. If you want to add the logo to your sidebar also that would be great and I'll add you to my list. Thanks for joining and I look forward to all your white goodies.


Carole~Maynard Greenhouse said...

Hi Jane,
I had so much fun visiting you. I took notes as to what I wanted to comment on and the list is long so I'll try to keep it shorter. First let me say I love all your white things. I never heard of the infamous target birds but then that doesn't surprise me. Love your clock and will have to visit French Garden House..it's been awhile.
I haven't tried the tantrum trick...does it work usually?
The holes on the hollyhocks may be grasshoppers...we have them on ours. need to spray soon or it could be earwigs....those bugs that have little pincher.
I love obedient plant and it can reseed.
I'll email you what I know about trumpet vine....which isn't really a whole lot.

Brenda said...

Well, I don't have much white, unfortunately. I guess I'd have to go outside and photograph the clouds... My house is a melange of bright color. Speaking of Lidy, that generous soul gave $500 to a cause I'm working on, Enchanted Makeovers. It is a non-profit that decorates shelters for women and children. I tried to email you this morning about this project we're working on, but couldn't find your email address. I was sending out a call to bloggers I read.

Dawn said...

All your white looks so cool and refreshing right now. I especially love the clock.

Jean said...

Your photos are great. Love all of your beautiful whites.
Jean in Virginia

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

Love all your white things, esp. the pretty flowers. Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great evening, Theresa

Barb said...


Would list my favorites but i would just be listing them all. =0)
Love it!!!

I do really love birch trees, and take the bark that has fallen off and tuck it around my bird nests.
Surprised? =0))

Thanks for coming by for a visit.

Barbara Jean

Dixie said...

Jane... I just love all your photos.. that vintage S&P was calling my name... did you hear them? LOL

thanks for stopping by French Lique today... I don't seem to get enough time to blog lately... including posting comments.. but I always enjoy my visits to your blog..

hugs. Dixie



June said...

Hi Jane, I'm sure you can grow 'Alaska' shasta daisey there. Mine self-seeds like crazy too. Thank you for the lovely visit. I'm loving your place.

Sue said...

Beautiful photos, and I'm especially fond of the hotel clock. First time visiting your blog, its awesome, I will be back!
Take care, Sue

Ms. Tee said...

Hi Janie, Everything in your house is absolutely beautiful! I love it all - so bright and fresh. :) I have never heard of the obedience plant, either, but it's so lovely. You did a great job with your photos! xoxo

Rebecca said...

Thank you for visiting studio and leaving such a nice comment. I would love to see you at the shop anytime, I am closed on Mondays. Your whites are so pretty, don't know what target birds are tho. The holes on your hollyhocks might be earwigs they leave holes in my hostas. I had never seen earwigs when I moved here years ago and when we were moving in I saw a bunch of them under something--I thought they were some kind of scorpion and yelled for my husband..lol Now it seems stupid.
Have a wonderful week

common ground said...

Hi Jane, nice to meet you and thanks for visiting my blog. You have great "whites" and I love your garden photos. My plants have been chewed to pieces this year! I think it's the japanese beetles here in Missouri. Have a great week!

Rebecca said...

Absolutely beautiful! Love everything but that clock stopped me in my tracks! Just delightful.

So glad to find you! Wonderful Blog! I love it!


Sandra~Romantique Inspirations~ said...

Wonderful photo's of all your whites. Looking forward seeing you again for the next White Wednesday Post!

Have a Great Day-

Riet said...

Your blog is beautiful with all the soft whites. Thank you for sharing.

SmilingSally said...

Oh Jane, even your trees are white! LOL I do like the look too. I'm glad that you weakened and bought the "T birds." I can't help you with the blooms, however. I hope that someone else can.

Lady Katherine said...

I just love your white dishes and shelves! Adore the salt and pepper shakers! Haven't I seen them here before? Love the chair with flowers. I do remember them. Now your going to laugh, Most of all I love your Birch trees! I wish we had them here! I a few logs. lol

Southern Lady said...

Blondie, I love your white shelves and dishes. They're so pretty and fresh looking -- just perfect for a lake house.

I love your elegant French clock, too.

I'll have to remember the "White Wednesday" meme. It sounds like fun.

Kathleen said...

Love your whites...I am partial to the little beach chairs..I have some, not white, striped and a votive sits in it..
Your clock is so pretty, and your sugar canister is SWEET! :)
I will have to visit the "other" Kathleen for her white Wed...I have some too...
And there will be another Let There Be White event in Aug..Are you in??..you have white dishes!!

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Jane, all your whites are so pretty and so many of them. I love the china and the beautiful flowers.

Thank you so much for your kind comments on Bella Vista. You are truly so gracious and you warm my heart. Sending you a big hug!!!!


Martha said...

Beautiful whites -- loved all of your pretty white things.

Chari said...

Hi Jane...

Just wanted to stop by to say hello and also to thank you for coming by and taking a peek at my Rose Faerie tablscape...I loved reading your sweet comment!!!

Ohhh my...I do love white...and all of your whites are so beautiful!!! Love your open white shelving in the kitchen...ohhh, and all those pretty white dishes!!! I loved your old chippy white chair with the bucket of flowers...sooo pretty! I'm going to have to find me an old chair and do this...I love the look and nostolgic feel of it! Ohhh...and your white flowers are simply gorgeous!!! Thank you for sharing your fabulous whites and beautiful home with us!

Warmest wishes,

Cass @ That Old House said...

Lots and lots of pretty whites! Lovely -- especially on this hot and humid day, it all looks so cool.

Love the obedience plant. I had one years ago, my girls were fascinated that you could make it bend, and it would stay -- so obedient to your wishes!

Anyway-- love the whites, so fresh and pretty in a kitchen.

Susie Q said...

What beautiful, crisp and lovely whites! I love it and am off to read more of your blog! I found my way here via Sheila at Note Songs and am oh so glad I did!
I just clicked to make myself a follower too! I will be back often!

Antique Glass Bottles Guru said...

Such a lovely article. Wonderful web site.

Neabear said...

Everything is so pretty! You have done a great job decorating with whites! I enjoyed this post.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Really neat whites, Janie! Love them ALL!


Sheila :-)

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