Wednesday, July 8, 2009

White Wednesday, the Entry

This is my second White Wednesday and I thought I'd share some white things from my entry area. It's actually two areas because it is separated by a main hall. So it's not a lot of wall space. The stair railing is in one area and a large opening to my dining room is in the other.

I heard many years ago that every entry should have a mirror, and that this area should be welcoming and reflect the rest of your home. Because of the divided space, I have ended up with two pieces of furniture that each anchor a mirror, one is a small gold gilt French table, the other a small black Eastlake dresser or buffet. I have a little love affair with Eastlake furniture. It is typically thought of as Victorian, but it is the "Gothic" sort, that is often dark, linear, and notched. I call it "bullseye". It is getting harder for me to find, but I have a few pieces. I've passed over a few that I really regret not buying. I need to learn that even if there is seemingly no where for it, I need to get it anyway, otherwise I will regret it terribly.

I used to change out the flower arrangement seasonally, but I had this iron urn so I just decided to keep it in place and then change out the flowers. I know, I know, wouldn't it be nice to have the $200 a month for fresh flowers? How many times have I heard Oprah and Nate say that if you can't have fresh flowers then you should just forget it? Sorry...There are so many gorgeous silk and faux flowers and stems. I don't think you can equate them to the old grungy, plastic kind.
Besides, I have cats. When I am fortunate enough to have a beautiful cut bouquet, I find them constantly nosing it, chewing it, carrying it off, and then they leave me little barfy presents of masticated, faux it is.

A set of four small fruit prints face each other on the small walls.

A white basket of flowers doorstop on an old tall plant stand.

I traded for this gorgeous French market cart.
I had been looking for one since I saw one on a blog last spring.
Even though it isn't white, it is filled with seasonal
white flowers and branches.

I have two leaded glass windows; one on either side of my front door.

No color, just textured glass.
This photo is natural light.

and with a flash.

Technically, I guess this little concrete dove is supposed to be blue-grey,
but he has lost most of his paint, so I thought I'd include him in the white items.

This little white pitcher is so sweet, but I cannot decipher the mark on the bottom.
It is a laurel wreath with another mark.

Love, love, love white wicker flower baskets.
They are scattered about the house and porches.

natural light

One of my little lambs that I collect. There is a post coming on them.
I guess you can see that I have several.
To me they represent purity, trust, and innocence.

I found an old primitive church pew last fall. It was in really bad shape,
so it got a coat of black paint. I made two of these little toile pillows.
I am so not a seemstress, but I can do a few decor things.

Here is the 75 pound antique urn that my wonderful husband
had to lug back to the car one day at a swap meet. He was thrilled.
(so was I)
I'll give you the full view another day,
since I was trying to stick with the "white" theme today.

"Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise.
Give thanks to Him and praise His Name.
For the Lord is good, and His love endures forever..."
"Psalm 100:4-5"

Be sure and say Hi to Kathleen over at Faded Charm.


  1. Very beautiful Debra, thanks for sharing your home.

  2. Hi sweetie!

    What a beautiful home...thank you so much for sharing! I also prefer dried flowers in my home...mainly because I can't kill them! :)

    Thank you so much for your sweet comment and love! xo...debi

  3. Love that urn and that pillow! Just gorgeous!

    yapping cat

  4. What do Oprah and Nate know? Until they are paying the bills at my house, I will proudly use silks and dried botanticals until the cows come home!
    I love sheep too. I don't have a large collection...YET...but I am working on it!
    P.S. Can't wait to see more photos! It's all so pretty.

  5. Great pics! Thanks for the laugh this morning. Off to garage sales. Later, Jan

  6. Thanks for commenting on my blog. I have been busy since returning from Boston uploading photos and catching up at work and at home. I HOPE to catch up on blog reading one day too! Have a great day!

  7. There is so much to love here! My favorites are the garden urns, the fabulous French market basket, the dove and that cute little white lamb.


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