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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Summer Whites

What's It Wednesday # 29

Now that it is officially summer, we can bring out those crisp and pristine summer whites. Summer is when I pull out the white linen clothing and white home accessories. 

This double sided gravy boat is used for tasty summer salsas like mango, tomato or cucumber and light sauces for pastas. So nice and refreshing.

Some of my favorite operas and musicals seem to arrive just in time for summer. These antique mother-of-pearl Lemaire opera glasses from Paris are just the item needed when Les Miserable and Phantom of the Opera come to town.

Summer means bringing out all of the elements of a beautiful summer day. This includes summer dinner ware. My son gets to sport his Ralph Lauren earthenware as the perfect accent to a summer outdoor dinner party. 

Flowers on porcelain seem to fair much better than the flowers in my garden. No watering, pruning, or fertilizing necessary. 

 I would give anything to grow such a perfect rose. So in the mean time I will stick to porcelain ones. Although they are fragile, they have survived much longer then their real counter parts out in the garden. 

For as long as I can remember I have always wanted a Secretary desk in the bedroom next to the bed in lieu of a nightstand. The base of the desk has four drawers that I use like a nightstand. My favorite part is the top part which is a book case with glass doors. Twice a year I switch it up a bit. For the summer I bring out the summer whites. 

One of my absolute favorite pieces in the Secretary is this antique shaving mug. Gentlemen commonly used them between 1870 and 1920. 

The seller of this wonderful shaving mug listed it as a tea strainer. So needless to say, I got it for a fact I am still singing.

The rose vase, antique mustard pot and flowered pitcher are surrounded by some of my favorite silver pieces. There is something about silver and white that makes me think of clean, fresh, elegance. 

This white porcelain pitcher and bowl with tropical flowers were the perfect addition to the slant top desk. Oh these flowers are inspiring me to be a better gardener. We shall see about that.

What are some of your favorite summer whites?


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Here are this week's WONDERFUL  features

A Lapin Life's beautiful French tray...a must see

Wait until you see what A Delightsome Life did with a bed skirt

Nothing says summer like the beautiful Stafford tea set from Art, Books, Tea...she got for a song

This lovely piece of art was made with so much love. Hvala Biljana za ovaj prekrasan komad umjetnosti.

Elaine of Creating Wonderful Spaces painted a beautiful garden with pink 

This Old Secretary received a beautiful make-over at Living on Cypress Hill

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Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Wonderful post. The china pieces are exquisite and the opera glasses, fabulous.

Thanks so much for hosting.

Anne said...

Lovely photos as always.You have many beautiful whites in your home.Lace is also so pretty this time of the year.

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

Paula, I have to see your posts every week. Beautiful whites today! Love them!

Cottage and Broome said...

I love the secretary, my Grandma had one like that. I love white flowers and gauzy drapes for the summer. Thanks for hosting again this week, Laura

Trisha said...

So many lovely things to look at! Thanks for a fun time!!


Julie Marie said...

Your summer whites are all so beautiful Paula!... and I love the secretary by your bed in place of a nightstand, perfect!... the vintage shaving mug is such a treasure... and I can hear you singing your happy song!... my favorite summer white has got to be my white purse I am using right now... much love, xoxo Julie Marie Hello Patti!

Rhonda said...

You have some gorgeous white pieces. Love the features this week.
Thank you for the party!!

Dora, the Quilter said...

I love the shaving mug! I grew up in the midwest, and my dad used a shaving mug until the late 50's or early 60's when he switched to aerosol shaving cream.
(My grandpa didn't switch because he went to town 3 times a week to see a barber who shaved him with a straight edge. When the last "shaving barber" retired sometime in the 60's, we bought him an electric shaver. What great memories you brought back!)

melissa @ said...

Just found your blog. I am fairly new to the blog-world. I am your newest follower! Thanks for hosting this party!

Poppy said...

Loving your summer whites, especially the double sided gravy boat and mother-of-pearl opera pretty! I don't think I've ever seen a double-sided gravy boat before:)Thanks for sharing your whites and for your lovely comment on my garden party.I appreciate you stopping by. Enjoy your evening!Hugs,Poppy

Karen said...

Beautiful white treasures, love that two sided gravy boat, great features too. Thanks for hosting!

jeanetteann said...

This is all so lovely. I especially like the porcelain rose. The secretaire is such a good idea to have in the bedroom. I would love one like this. I have not seen one with the cupboards at the top before.
My favourite whites are all of my linen and lace. I haven't any really beautiful white china, only my everyday ones. x

SwedishCorner-DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Beautiful whites :)
Thanks for hosting each week!
Greetings from Australia♥

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Love your summer whites. Thanks for hosting.

Dee@FrenchBleuVintage said...

Such lovely treasures and gorgeous photos of them. I am in love with the MOP opera glasses ~ so elegant! Thanks for hosting ~ Dee

Sarah said...

Paula, I'm lovin your summer whites. White linen is a staple in my summer wardrobe. Each of your white pieces are gorgeous, and like you, I've long wanted a beautiful secretary in my bedroom. Wish I had the space! Yours looks so pretty filled with the white treasures. Thanks for hosting and for stopping by to invite me to join in. I've linked up. ~ Sarah

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Silver and favorites.

Misti @ Living On Cypress Hill said...

Thanks for the feature! And I love all of your "whites!" I don't have any, but I am always drawn to them!

Anonymous said...

I haven't seen a double-sided gravy boat before, I rather like it!
I have some old opera glasses, which I have used on many occasions, but they are nowhere near as pretty as yours.

outjunking said...

Gorgeous photos. Enjoyed the the summer white tour.

✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life said...

Hi Girls,

Thanks so much for the feature! I enjoy using my beautiful French tray.

I loved seeing all your beautiful whites.

I finished my art piece. I'm joining your link party :)


Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Beautiful, beautiful whites!!

The opera glasses are to die for!!

Thanks so much for hosting each and every week!!


Curtains in My Tree said...

like I always say , you have the most beautiful things to show us each week.
I love whites also and have them in each room of my house even the bathroom, like a tea cup & saucer
I love the shaving mug because of the pattern so scrolly and pretty

it's always so interesting to come to your post
I have been so busy having fun this week i haven't set down to do a new post so will soon as I get home today

La Vie Quotidienne said...

How pretty. I have a secretary exactly like yours in my bedroom. Like you, I had always wanted one and I was so thrilled when I found it. The gravey boat is very special too!

Diann said...

Lots of pretties here today. I can see why that shaving mug is a fav. It is a wonderful piece! thank you for hosting and have a great day!

The French Hutch said...

Beautiful touches of Summer whites. I do love the idea of a secretary in place of a nightstand too. I haven't pulled that one off yet! One day I hope, yours looks fabulous.
Thanks for hosting and great features from last week.

The French Hutch

Diana said...

You have such beautiful collections. Just love the porcelain flowers on that pitcher and your other treasures. Makes me want to go treasure hunting for new/old white dishes.



Cindy F. Adkins said...

Hello Paula,
I'm so excited! I came over to link up this week and saw that I'm one of your features! Thank you so much - it's my first time being featured on a blog party! All your summer whites are beautiful. I especially like the white rose and the shaving mug. I'm just starting to collect them and they're also often mistakenly called mustache cups! Thanks for hosting!
Hugs, Cindy@Art,Books,Tea

Johanna said...

Hi Paula and Patti,
love all your beautiful "Whites". The porcelain roses are so stunning. Thank you for sharing your beautiful collections, inspirations and treasures. And for hosting this wonderful event.
Best greetings, Johanna

Barbe @ Beez Rental Designs said...

What a lovely post! My dad was still using a shaving mug when he passed in 2008! His wasn't ornate like this one. This shaving mug is so beautiful and so is the double gravy boat. Love your feature choices. Thanks for hosting! By the way, Frugal Treasures Tuesday is back up and running. : )

The Tablescaper said...

Love all of the white!

What happened to your linking thumb nails? They are so tiny, it's hard to decide where to visit.

- The Tablescaper

Sherry said...

Wonderful whites! Love that shaving mug. Thanks for hosting!

Geneva said...

A lovely post and great features this week. Thank you for hosting!

Kim @ La Belle Époque said...

My favorite item is the French MOP opera glasses. Thanks for hosting!

Anonymous said...

thanks for visiting my blog and for inviting me to link up :)

Sherry (Decor Niche) said...

Hi Paula,

Thank you for visiting my site and the invitation to link up. I didn't know what I was missing over here at Ivy and Elephants - I am now hooked - I won't miss it anymore. Thank you for hosting the link party - I love the features too! Have a great day - I know I will as I further explore your posts.

Arani @ Add that Xtra in the Ordinary said...

Hello Paula,your secretary is the perfect nightstand,to house in the bare essentials for the night.Thanks for hosting the lovely party to celebrate the summer whites.

Meeha Meeha said...

Thank you for inviting me to your charming party!

Amy said...

Thank you for inviting me over to your party! Looks like so many great ideas and projects linked up! Have a wonderful day!

Rose :: Fine Craft Guild .com said...

all that white.... really lovely. want to invite you to come share this and participate in our linky party here:

Barbara said...

Love all the summer whites...just beautiful! And those opera glasses are to die for...what a fabulous treasure. Thank you again for sharing your amazing treasures...I always look forward to your posts each week!

Cynthia said...

Just a lovely post. I love the opera glasses they are eautiful. Very pretty pictures.


Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Hi darling, gorgeous post! Love the opera glasses, I've been stalking I mean searching on EBay a long time for some... hugs ~lynne~

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

What a wonderful collection of summer whites - so fresh and pretty! And using the secretary as a nightstand - genius!

Rachel said...

Wow! I love that one flowered pitcher especially!

Dani said...

Paula I love to see your Posts every week!
Love the White flowers!
Thanks for sharing
Love from Brasil

must love junk said...

Hi! I'm a new follower and have linked up my new blog-thanks for hosting!

Faye ~ Wild Rose Vintage ~ Cabin Creek said...

Another beautiful post! Love the porcelain pieces. Thanks for hosting!

Michelles Tasty Creations said...

Beautiful! The china pieces are gorgeous. Thanks so much for stopping by Creative Thursday last week. I couldn’t do these parties without you. Can’t wait to see what you link up this week. Have a great week.

Rose :: Fine Craft Guild . com said...

sweet whites! thank you for linking it up at our party at

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Wow! It took me a week to stop back by! So glad - you just made my day! I do appreciate you sharing my layered tablescape - I am in awe of your incredibly eclectic collections - adoring the two handled gravy boat! The white dishes are lovely!
Delightsome post! I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,


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