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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

"Stepping Up" My Ironstone Collection

What's It Wednesday #177
Hi everyone! So glad to be back and sharing two of my favorite farmhouse style goodies with you, ironstone and this old ladder.

I love the weathered look of old ladders and they are so useful for displays. I've seen them in just about every room of a house holding everything from linens to book and plants. I literally BEGGED my friend (Margaret) to sell it to me, soooo glad she finally did!!!

The patina on this ladder and the smooth surface of the wood worn from use just makes my heart sing. The splotches of paint just add character. I'd never dream of painting it, but I needed a contrast for it so it stood out.

After trying many and varied items (you know I have lots of those! ha! ha!) I settled upon the creamy white of the ironstone and the vibrant green of the plants.

I chose pieces from my collection that had a variety of shapes and functions, just to mix things up.

I think it gives prominence to an empty corner and allows both the ironstone and the ladder to grab your eye. So, although I didn't get any new ironstone pieces, I sure think the ladder has "stepped up" my collection!

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Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Patti, honey I love the old ladder and who doesn't love white ironstone..I have an old ladder in my guest room I use for books..Hope all is well in your world my dear friend..Hugs and love from my mountain to yours..Gloria

The Speckled Hen Cottage said...

Lucky you, large old ladders in useable condition are hard to come by...yours is a beauty! Love that you mixed things up a bit, that ivy is going to love sitting on that ladder and will look so pretty tumbling down about the ironstone pieces. Thanks for the party, glad to join in. Have a lovely week ~ Mickie.

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

What a great old ladder with such creamy white ironstone and bright plants. Delicious visuals. Thank you for hosting What's It Wednesday 177 today.

Jill Harrison said...

Old ladders with paint splotches certainly have a great history behind them. I have my Dad's old ladder on my patio. Have a lovely week and thank you for hosting.

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Lori @ Dining Delight said...

Fantastic display of your ironstone collection on the old ladder! The colour contrast is striking and adding the greenery is the perfect touch. Thanks so much for featuring my Farmhouse Kitchen Décor - I'm thrilled! I also appreciate that you host this terrific party each week.

Unknown said...

Helle Patti,
Your Ironstone Looks very Beautiful. I Love my antic Ironstone to.
I get it on Fleamarkets in France. And use it everybody Day.
Have a good Week.
Greetings from Germany

Bente said...

I love that ladder. Your ironstone collection looks beautiful on that ladder.
Hugs from here

Cheryl said...

I love your ladder and ironstone, very beautiful!

doodles n daydreams said...

The ladder and the ironstone pieces look so good together.


Tea Cottage Pretties said...

Just beautiful. I always love your fantastic displays. The stoneware is beautiful and that old ladder just makes a wonderful backdrop. Hugs, Beverly

Heirloom treasures said...

A lovely idea Pattie. Nice collection too. I love ironstone too,

Tante Mali said...

Wow, absolutely adorable!!! And: I love how you decorated them! Great!
Happy days

Robyn said...

I'm linking and running today, Patti, because I'm on vacation but wanted to say I just LOVE your collection. I definitely need time to enjoy it when I'm not on my phone, lol. Thanks for the party :)

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

What a neat ladder! The ironstone makes a great display on it. Very creative! Thank you for hosting!

Unknown said...

Welcome back Patti! I hope you feel rested and happy after a nice vacation. We go next week for TWO weeks! Can you tell I'm excited? I'm loving the way you've displayed your ironstone collection. I've just got a few pieces so far and I'm hooked.
Thanks for hosting and have a blessed week my friend.

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

I just love the look of the ironstone with the old ladder. I've had my eye on one in the shop and now I'm going to grab it up. Thanks for showing us a lovely way to display.


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

Beautiful collection of Ironstone and I love how you have it displayed!!
Thanks for hosting!!


Amy at Ms. Toody Goo Shoes said...

The ironstone looks just beautiful on your new ladder! Thanks for the party!

Stacey said...

Patti, great job begging. :)

Your corner looks so pretty with the ladder and ironstone. The plant really adds to it too.

Linking up with you today.:)

Plumfield House Gardens said...

Love your collection and your idea to use the ladder!!!!!
My Ironstone is always a work in progress, half the fun is finding
a piece here or there right?

Julie said...

Your collection looks great on that ladder, Patti. And I really, really love that white plate hanging within the frame...that's gorgeous! Thanks for hosting the party again :)

Linda said...

Morning Patti-

Thank you so much for featuring the Blueberry Salad. It's a nice light meal especially when you don't want the oven on.

Thanks for hosting and see you next week.


xinex said...

What a beautiful white ironstone display, Patti! Thanks for hosting...Christine

Vintage Paint and more... said...

I love the ladder and the ironstone together - so pretty. I bought a ladder a couple years back and have been trying to decide where to put it. Maybe I'll get it done now that I've seen yours and love it. Thanks for hosting your awesome party. Cathy

Curtains in My Tree said...

I have loved ironstone for years, probably as many years as you are old LOL
Glad you got the ladder you wanted, it's a must today for the farmhouse look

Thanks for featuring my little Pie Bird xoxo

foreverdecorating said...

I, like a million other people love ironstone and have a hefty collection myself. I love the display on the ladder...just a lovely look.

Cyndee said...

Patti, you have a beautiful collection of Ironstone. I don't think I have any, but sure would love to get some. Thanks for hosting. I believe it's my first time here!

Penny @ Penny's Vintage Home said...

You have some beautiful ironstone pieces....and I love the way you have them displayed! Thank you so much for featuring my fairy garden this week....hugs...

Pam Richardson said...

Thank you so much for featuring my bedding! I look forward to your party each Wednesday! Blessings,
Pam (

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

You have a lovely collection! The ladder is fun and I love the look of the plate in the frame, too!

Oliva Ohlson said...

Stunning display! I especially love the frame!!!

JP said...

Every home needs a great ladder or to or three or even more! They are just so versatile and fun to scored a nice one, too!
Thanks for hosting and sharing the great features that you chose for this week!

Sarah said...

I'm a fan of both ironstone and old wooden ladders. We have an old painter's ladder that we use to display antique quilts.
You have a beauty there! I like it filled with ironstone. May need to rethink the use of my ladder. '-)
Thanks for hosting.

Lou Lou Girls said...

Hello beautiful! I’m thrilled to be a part of your party. I hope you get a chance to stop by our party. We would love to party with you twice! Lou Lou Girls

Jennelise said...

Hi Patti!
What a beautiful collection! Thankyou so much for the feature! Hope you're having a lovely summer!
Jennelise xo

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

I just love your display! That ladder is fabulous and really does showcase your ironstone perfectly. I would love a ladder like that but could never display anything fragile while my grandchildren are small!

Rita C at Panoply said...

Oh Patti, I really like that look! Form the chippy paint on the wood patina, to the ironstone and green plants - and perfect for that corner. Those steps look wider than normal, which is even better for the display. Thanks for having us all in again. My sisters and I have been shaking things up in our booth spaces again, trying to keep it fresh. :)

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

I love your collection and I LOVE the way you have it displayed on that wonderful old ladder. Thanks so much for sharing at Vintage Inspiration Party!!

Thelma said...

Thanks for featuring my "Pretty Peonies" . It's an honour to be among such talented blogs.
I like your ladder. I am looking for one. Have a good week. xo

Debbie said...

I love the different textures of the ladder, and the ironstone mixed with the plants for a beautiful display. Not to mention the random splashes of color on the wood of the ladder that add interest, Great vignette!

My thrift store addiction said...

Thank you for the party!

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Patti, you certainly did step up your collection. Love the look of the white against the weathered wood! I love old ladders and have a couple. Thanks for sharing with SYC.


Oh my dear Patti, that ladder is fabulous and all that white ironstone collection is it all. You were so lucky your friend sold it to you! Wish I had space in my small kitchen to add a ladder for collections and charm!
Thank you so much for your sweet and kind comments, you did make my day.
I've been sleeping early as I take medicine for some ailments and your party is a little late. Now I'm just gonna join in the morning of Wednesdays.
Thank you so much for hosting and for the great features.

Unknown said...

Patti, your ironstone collection is gorgeopus. And what a cool idea displaying them on the old ladder. Thanks so much for the party.

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Well you certainly stepped things up a bit ;) So super cute always you amaze us with your creativity...oh then there is your collections lol! Wishing you a lovely week....thanks for hosting as always (so glad to be able to join with you today!!!!)
Karla & Karrie

Deanies Stash said...

Patti, I love the ladder! It has a wonderful patina and your ironstone looks fantastic on it!

Anonymous said...

Hi Patti! Oh, I love your olden ladder with all of your white pieces on it! You really must have a large house as you have so many areas to have things all set up and gorgeous! Thank you so much for popping in to see me and I hope you're doing well.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

The Vintage Chateau said...

Oh my, what an amazing collection you have! Truly some unusual pieces,and such a fun way to display them. Thanks for sharing,

Susan Jackson said...

O my ! O my. Your post caught my eye FIRST in the Homemaking party link up and I had to come see. It is LOVELY!

June said...

What a beautiful corner it is Patti!!! Your ironstone collection is beautiful and the way you have 'stepped it up' really make a great statement. Love that amazing ladder my friend!
I hope all is well with you and that you have a great weekend.
hugs from here...

Conniecrafter said...

love the collection on the ladder

Pamela said...

What a fab collection!!

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

Great idea! Love the look... and your title is very clever! Enjoy your weekend and thank s for hosting.

Villrose said...

Beautiful treasures!

Jennifer@MyFlagstaffHome said...

I just love your use of the ladder. I have one decorated in my backyard, but yours looks so pretty indoors! And I didn't realize you had a blog hop, so I'll be sure to come by regularly. I would love to have you post on my new blog hop—the Weekend Blog Hop at My Flagstaff Home ( It begins on Thursday evenings and lasts through the weekend, if you're interested.


Unknown said...

Very, very nice!!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

I love ironstone and love your collections...I am linking up one of my "ironstone marriages"....thanks for hosting!...

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Oh my goodness, such a beautiful collection of ironstone. What a great way of displaying the, Thanks for your sweet visit to my blog. Yes, I am doing a happy dance, because my dogs are good and so am I. Hugs

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Your old ladder is the perfect backdrop for your fabulous collection of ironstone! The plants add a nice fresh look to the corner, too.

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Your old ladder is the perfect backdrop for your fabulous collection of ironstone! The plants add a nice fresh look to the corner, too.

Karren Haller said...

Thank you for hosting this week, there are so many wonderful features and links I think I could spend a day looking. Thank you also for sharing your post on Friday Features this week, I appreciate that!!

Hope you have a great week! Karren

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

OMGoodness I LOVE the combo of that fabulous ladder and the ironstone and plants! GORGEOUS!!! I would have begged her to sell it to me too!! I will be back this week to party. I have been MIA since Joer's surgery, finally got my table posted today. Thanks for your visit!! XO

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

Thanks so much for dropping by!! I really am enjoying my part time schedule!!


Kelly said...

Yes, I would agree that the ladder is a great way to display your ironstone. I love the contrast between the old wood and the white ironstone. I'm sure your friend can visit her old ladder whenever she wants. LOL!

Uniquely Ella said...

Hi Patti, OMG loving your gorgeous collection of ironstone. You have displayed these pieces beautifully on the little wood step latter, so beautiful. My fav piece is the one that is holding the plant, the green looks beautiful agains all that white, just lovely.
Thanks for hosting another great party.
Sending blessings,

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

LOVE that whole display!!

Stephanie said...

Hi sweet Patti! It's always a joy to have you join Roses of Inspiration - thank you! Have a beautiful week. Hugs!

Maria said...

Thanks so much for the feature! I love all the other features, those flowers color of fushia is so vibrant. Maria

Art and Sand said...

I too love to decorate with ladders - I now have 3!

Your ladder display is lovely and it is now pinned on my "not the corporate ladder" board for inspiration.

Red Rose Alley said...

Patti, your ironstone pieces are so lovely. I have a white gravy boat that belonged to my mother, and every year at Thanksgiving I bring it out. It is very old, and belonged to her mother as well. Such treasures these are, and there's just something about a nice sturdy ladder, isn't there?

I hope you enjoy the end of the summer.

love, ~Sheri

Karren Haller said...

Such a creative idea and a perfect showcase for all your ironstone!!

I would love for you to share on my Oh My Heartsie Girls ww this week!

Hope you have a beautiful week!

Lou Lou Girls said...

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Hi Patti, just hopping back to let you know that I will be featuring your gorgeous display at SYC this week.

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

So Pretty Patti!
Thank you for the party so very much,

One More Time Events said...

Love the ladder and how you displayed it on the ladder!!! Thanks for the party Patti

The Charm of Home said...

That is a cute way to display it! Thanks for joining Home Sweet Home!

Unknown said...

I love that ladder! And the monochromatic colorscheme! It's beautiful. Thank you for linking it up.Can't wait to seeing you again Saturday eve with something new! Hugs, Rose,

Mel@Mellywood's Mansion said...

That looks beautiful Patti I think plants in ironstone are just perfect

Parlor Room Ponderings said...

Just lovely! I really like the ironstone in the frame! Thanks again for hosting. Diane

Unknown said...

You are so right, it looks fabulous as is, no paint for this ladder. And your collection is showcased well, it looks fantastic!

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