Thursday, January 19, 2012

Muted Colors and the Beauty of Common Items

I love shabby looking quilts...


that are almost tattered and thread bare, faded and super soft from being washed and loved...


Inky edged, tea stained books and papers. Mossy textures and wavy glass...


I love chippy whites with vintage patterns and imperfections. Layers of oldness. Things that tell a story and didn't come from China.




Maybe I feel closer to my ancestors by surrounding myself with these things. Maybe after staring at a TV, computer or smart phone all day, these things remind me that life was once harder and simpler at the same time.



That someone once tended a farmhouse garden with a beautiful blue watering can everyday, instead of shoving apples into plastic bags at Walmart...


or played a game with family on the Farmhouse Porch on a Sunday afternoon.



I'm so glad all of these beat up, worn out cast-offs have come to me. They will be loved and appreciated. I feel honored to own these lovely old items from the past, and be able to share them with you!

♥Linsey













Boogieboard Cottage


28 comments:

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Beautiful photos! I too love the old, worn and chippy! Shows they had a life before they found me. hugs, Linda

Stacey @flickerwhips said...

I know what you mean!! I love these things too! I love the history of it all!

chateau chic said...

These wonderful hand-me-downs have so much wonderful history. Delightful post!
Mary Alice

Olive Cooper said...

I love vintage too and appreciate what you said very much. I treasure my olden objects. Olive

Town and Country Gals said...

Linsey,
beautiful photos of beautiful things! We are lucky to be able to own such wonderful hand me down items from the past! Looking at my vintage things makes me happy!
Rebecca

Cozy Little House said...

You and me both!
Brenda

lvroftiques said...

I couldn't agree with you more....The beautiful old quilts really speak to my soul! Vanna

lvroftiques said...

P.S. I'm your newest follower *winks*

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Lovely images! Looks like you are having fun with your new camera and it shows. I want that watering can!

Red Gate Farm said...

What a wonderful way to appreciate all of this!

~Chris

Heaven's Walk said...

Each of your beautiful vignettes tells a story in itself. :) So pretty!

xoxo laurie

Kelly said...

I love all of that old country goodness that you just showed! Those quilts and blue watering can look so pretty together. I agree with your sentiments on all of these things too.

Regina said...

I'm with you on that. I love your pictures so pretty and I feel that same connection to a more quite time...harder for sure, but simpler. I am a new follower of yours. Thanks for sharing.
Regina

Anita Cedar Hill Ranch said...

Oh Linsey, I am still laughing about "shoving apples into plastic bags at Walmart". Not sure why you selected that image, but I am STILL laughing at it. We're going to have fun.

Eileen @ Cottage Beach House said...

Wonderful images and great post! These time worn objects really do have a great ambience that I feel too all around my house. I have always loved vintage things!

Sarah said...

Hi there! Visiting from Sassy Sites! What wonderful items and pictures, I love them all! :) I'm a new follower as our tastes are very similar.

Sassy Sites! said...

I can totally relate with you on the shabby chic and vintage look. I love it all! Great job on the decor placement too! Thanks so much for linking up to Sassy Sites for our Friday ffa party! Have a fabulous weekend!

XOXO!
marni

Bristol said...

I feel the same way! Last night my son was reading letters I found at an estate sale from 1904. My husband thought they were old family letters and told him do not touch. I had to scold my husband because I want him to love old things as much as I do and the stories behind them.
Bristol

Victoria said...

I just found your blog, it is goooorgeous! I'm now following you and also following you on Pinterest:)

michele said...

oh my. shabby gorgeousness.

visiting via brambleberry cottage and invite you to my giveaway here:

http://hellolovelyinc.blogspot.com/2012/01/something-old-something-new-giveaway.html

smiles to you.

michele

Honey at 2805 said...

Oh, I love old things too! Thank you for sharing this fabulous post to Potpourri Friday!

Full Circle Creations said...

So lovely. That is one gorgeous watering can!

Holly

Liz said...

ME TOO! I feel the same way! :)

~Liz

camp and cottage living said...

Don't you wish these items could talk?
I would love to know the lives behind
our treasured items. Most of mine are
family heirlooms too.
I have many similar goodies, but am
not as talented in displaying them.
You really have a gift!
blessings-Kimberly

Vintage Home said...

wow what treasures!.sweet patina is the best!

CIELO said...

We share a love for many of the same things... now, if I can only accepts all the imperfections that I'm starting to see in me as maturity sets in! ;) thanks for participating in Show Off Your Cottage Monday and bringing me here.

Cielo

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Sooo beautiful- such an inspiring lovely post! Thank you for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday!

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Beautiful!! I love your thoughts to go along with your beautiful old collections.

:) Becky

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