Friday, January 9, 2009

Winter White


WOW! I'm so excited about all the participation in the Before and After party. You all really outdid yourselves and I saw some wonderful projects out there. It was so fun sharing with all of you this past year and I look forward to many more fun things in 2009! For all my new readers, I'm SO glad you are hanging out with me, welcome! And I hope you all got some fresh and new ideas for projects yourself.

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Winter White...it just has a nice sound to it, doesn't it? This time of year, I really enjoy the softness of Winter White. Julia at Hooked on Houses is having a Friday linky party of things we are hooked on, so I'm joining her and here's a look at some things that I really love around my house right now...creamware, a collection I started last year and am constantly adding to.

I realized I have quite a few things around the house that could be called Winter White. Right before Christmas, I was in the local nursery and decided for once to finally try my hand at forcing paperwhite bulbs. So I brought 3 of them home, placed them in some white stones with water into an old thriftstore Italian white ashtray that I picked up while in Florida recently. And I watched them grow. And they opened up and exploded….IMG_3748

Into three blooming beauties. What an inexpensive way to get some winter blooms indoors. I will be doing this again next year and I’ll be sure to start a little earlier. IMG_3747

Lovely Winter white delicate flowers.

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After Christmas shopping at TJ Maxx led me to this pretty beauty that I just couldn’t pass up for my creamware collection. A lovely white cake pedestal. IMG_3739

Made in Italy. I just love Italian made ceramics, they really know how to do it right in Italy. And for $15 on clearance, it was a steal. IMG_3751

And perfect for holding my huge cloche and faux pears, it now graces the middle of the diningroom table. So, that's a look at one of my current obsessions, creamware. You can see a part of it there in the background.

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Hoppy New Year, Y’all! I'll be shopping on Saturday with Eddie Ross and of course, you'll hear all about it soon.

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Do it yourselfer said...

i was just on his blog and saw he was in atlanta! i'm not jealous at all. not at all. hope you have fun...really...can't wait to here all about it!

Stacey said...

Oh your paperwhites are just beautiful. What a beautiful sight in winter.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Rhoda, I love your paperwhites, your cake plate, and your cute rabbit! Neat!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Rhoda, I completely forgot this is the weekend for shopping with Eddie in Atanta. I'm looking forward to hearing about it and, of course, seeing photos.

The blog of MBW said...

I pasted your blog button on my page. :-)

Love the white cake pedestal. You can put all kinds of things on it. I've noticed here in Europe that they like white or beige a lot. I'm starting to get that way now.

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Can't wait to see your blog post from the shopping trip!

I love your winter whites! Especially the paper whites.

Diane

Nadine said...

Simply lovely your winter whites. Have fun on your shopping trip.

Leigh said...

Pretty pics, Rhoda!
HAve fun with Eddie. I was supposed to go on Sunday, but had to back out. Next time...
Have a wonderful trip!

Lamp Tramp said...

Beautiful post, Rhoda. Love your winter whites. It is so special to have lovely blooming plants like your Paper Whites, really lifts one's spirits!

Kim@ForeverWherever said...

I do the paperwhites every year...they are so simple and pretty! They even look good in the bathroom or laundry room! One is never enough...too bad they're seasonal!

philben5 said...

Thanks for the blog button! I will display it proudly! Oh and thanks for continually giving us great ideas and how to's.
Blessings
Roxanne

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Winter white .....so clean and fresh after all of the colors of fall and Christmas. Your home is so beautiful.

Melissa Wertz said...

Rhoda, I got one just like that over at TJ's by the Galleria a couple of months ago. Love it. Found a dome for it at Old Time Pottery Barn.

Enjoyed the party! Thanks for hosting! Love TJMax.

DebraK from ~the Bunnies Bungalow~ said...

Hi Rhoda, Love all the pretty creamy white in your home! Paperwhites, while so pretty have a scent that I think smells bad.

Have a fun time with ER, I know you'll post about it! Can't wait, DebraK

Kristen said...

I did paperwhites at Christmas also. I look forward to planting them this Spring so I can enjoy them again!
I am going to post some of my home redos from 2007...it is helping me get back into the remodel mode.
I grabbed your button. I also have a button...I promise when I run I wont get mud on your blog or break any of your pretty things...if you decide to grab my button :-)

Linda Merrill said...

Love the winter white as well, Rhoda! If only I had room for all the things to be "hooked on"

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

I love the winter whites, too! What a lovely post. Thanks for joining my blog party, and have a great time this weekend! Can't wait to hear all about it!! :-)

P.S. Your new blog button looks great.

Mia said...

I also love winter whites. This is a beautiful post with wonderful photos!

My hooked on is a little bit more about summer, but you will find some whites there as well.

Welcome to visit me.

Wendy said...

I forced some paperwhites a couple of years ago. They are so lovely. Just haven't tried since then because of little ones that climb on everything and thing bulbs look like balls. Maybe in a couple of years I'll try again!
Have fun shopping with Eddie you lucky girl!

Gigi said...

I love your new pedestal- it's perfect. I also collect white dishes and it is so addictive. I need a storage solution!

I seriously almost did my post for Julia's party on "Hooked on Eddie Ross." Can I tell you how jealous I am about your weekend? I bought some tarnished silverplate this week, thanks to Eddie. My husband thinks I'm nuts!

sandra/tx said...

Have fun with Eddie. I'm jealous!

I love winter white, too. My paperwhites are droopy and still haven't bloomed all the way yet. Oh, well. Maybe next year. Have a great weekend!

Coastal Sisters said...

Hi Rhoda:

So glad I found your Blog. I just adore all the winter white and just love the little Chef Bunny.

Have a lovely weekend,
LuLu~*

Anonymous said...

Hi Rhoda,

I love paperwhites, last X mas I had a red Amaryllis plant that I just adored, I hated to see it die. I found a silk one in a cute glass cube last year, when I put it out this year everyone thought it was real.

Love your little bunny chef...you have quite the collection of cute bunnies.

Have fun with Eddie.

Kathy :)

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Hi sweetie, beautiful Whites! Love them. Hope you have a blast shopping, but I'm sure that won't be a problem. Eddie seems like a very fun guy....and we already know how sweet you are!
xo Lidy

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Your Paper whites are so pretty. Looking forward to hearing about your trip to Atlanta.
Glenda

Kathysue said...

Hi Rhoda,It was so nice to see you posted two of your rooms over at Micasastyle.com.I think you will be a wonderful inspiration to the ladies over there.I love paper whites and the fragrance is amazing,for that alone they are worth the wait.Have a wonderful trip to Atlanta,I can't wait to see your blog after the trip. Say Hi to my friend Eddie and Jaithan, I so wish I could be there. Kathysue

Susan said...

beautiful whites! have a safe trip to atlanta...and fun!

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

I'll use this with my Jaunary centerpieces if that is ok with you.
You know I love anything 'Made in Italy'~ especially if I can pick it up myself!
Love the new look. We need to share some tips.

Alisa Lucas-Brown said...

Hi Rhoda,
I have always admired your creamware collection. I am not that familiar with creamware but when my Grandmother passed away she left me her collection of what she called "Milk Glass". It's all white, some of the pieces are embossed with a white on white pattern, some have raised designs of fruit, etc. Some ot the pieces are smooth. Have you ever heard of Milk Glass??

Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful said...

LOVE that cake pedestal! I have been on the hunt for a cloche for months now and still no luck. I'm not giving up yet! Have fun on your super fab shopping trip with Eddie Ross...you lucky girl!!!

~Amanda

marty39 said...

After your post on Micasa, I found your blog. What a treat. I love all your white. The cake stand is just perfect with the cloche. Those paper whites are too beautiful. Can't wait to explore previous posts. Great blog. Hugs, Marty

salmagundi said...

All of the winter white looks charming! All we have to do is look outside to see our winter white. Thanks for fixing my link the other day - I have no idea what was going on. Things seem to work today!! Sally

DESIGN BY CATHLEEN said...

Girl, can't wait to hear about your shopping trip!! Take lots of pictures to share.... Love the white cake plate!

xoxo,
Cathleen

Tara said...

I love stopping here and seeing what you are up to, dear lady!

Rosie's Whimsy said...

Beautiful photos of your Winter White. I will experiencing some of the fluffy kind tomorrow as I snuggle in with my sewing machine.

Gayle said...

Love your winter whites!

imjacobsmom said...

I'm loving your "winter whites". Hope you have a fun time shopping! I finally got my project post up - I was having "issues" with my photos. Sorry about the delay....Robyn

KMfamily ;-) said...

Ill be seeing white soon here in Philly...snow is coming my way!!!!
WEEEEEE!

I always wanted a white & cream room...alas with 2 kids and a dog in my household it would never stay white! ..bummer.

SophieMae said...

Hey, sweet thang! I just wanted to thank you for the Hobby Lobby tip. Unfortunately, the closest one is 70-somethng miles away. But I'll be looking while I'm traveling this weekend. Right now, I'm being spoiled by the super-fast connection in my hotel room! It'll be hard to go back to dial-up. 8-}

Have a JESUS-filled day! ^i^

justabeachkat said...

Your paperwhites are gorgeous! I meant to get some this year and forgot in all the "hustle and bustle" of the Holidays....maybe next year.

Have a wonderful time this weekend!

Hugs!
Kat

Jen said...

I am LOVING your blog. I have found you through another blog and I was wondering if you would do a post of out with the old and in with the new. As in, what's going out syle wise for your home and what is coming in!

I am/was obsessed with mixing blue with orange and lime with chocolate colors and have done so. I am still loving ORANGE. I am wondering if it still going to be around in 09? Lime as well. My kitchen and dining open up to my living room so all the colors sort of have to mesh well. I suffer with tan walls, too. So, any suggestions?! That's why I thought about asking you to do a post of this sort.

Great blog & I LOVED LOVED LOVED your top 10 for 2008!

ReminisceHeirlooms said...

Paperwhites are so elegant. So lovely.

Mary said...

I'm looking forward to hearing all about your trip with Eddie. I bought an amaryllis this year for the first time and it's gorgeous,still in bloom since Christmas!

Anonymous said...

i, too have some after christmas paperwhites to try to grow. I did this a couple of years ago with some post christmas clearance bulbs with great success. they are so fun! i have been looking for faux pears-i've seen apples and lemons-no pears...Julie(IA)

AudreyO said...

I love the flowers. Those are beautiful.

PamperingBeki said...

Oh I want flowers!! So pretty.

Miss Charity said...

New blogger friend here! Love, Love, Love your blog and all your decorating tips! Your very inspirational and I may just have to give it a whirl next year with my own paperwhites...yours turned out just gorgeous! I'm so glad I found you...I'll be stopping by quite often...

The Muse said...

Hi!! Just wanted you to know that I put up your link ICON for your new venture..!

As soon I am done on my travels..I hope to join in! But I sure support you!

Rebecca@Harmony and Home said...

I love the rabbit holding the sign! Very adorable! Can't wait to hear what goodies you find with Eddie. He is the quintessential market shopper!

Joanna said...

Love your new button! I have also left you an award on my blog.

Daisy Cottage said...

Oh I am sooooo excited for you... I can't wait to hear all about it - I can only imagine how much fun you are having! Lucky Eddie!
xo,
Kim

marcy said...

Love those paperwhites so much. I buy a dozen every year and start forcing some for Christmas and then more for January. They are magical...so much packed into that little bulb. Just found your blog and am enjoying it! Fondly, Marcy

The Decorated House said...

Those flowers are so beautiful Rhoda!

I think I said Happy New Year already, but just in case...
hope you new year is great!
Donna