Thursday, October 18, 2007

Layers Of Silver and White








A favorite decorating style of mine is to layer things onto a silver tray. In my kitchen you will find two silver trays ( purchased for under 10.00 each), both of which have other thrift store and flea market finds layered on them. Old ironstone, glass canisters and a silver plated creamer stuffed with wonderful old silver utensils looks at home resting on the trays. For some added glimmer, I added two vintage etched against the backsplash. The tone on tone style really speaks to me and I would love to do the whole house in just shades of white with silver and black accents. But, for now, the kitchen is the canvas for my passion.

47 comments:

bee'nme said...

Just gorgeous Becky! This look is WONDERFUL for a kitchen - I just love it and I really appreciate your flair and skill in decorating - you have a real gift!! Is there a book in the works...? Seriously, you should consider it if you haven't... (BTW, your photos are wonderful too - great compositions)

Have a great weekend if I don't talk to you before - take care!

Blessings,
Becky S.

Rosie's Whimsy said...

I really love what you have done....how elegant....be still my heart :-)

Heidi said...

Very nice Becky! Now I can really tell you are in California. My sister and I both received a silver tea set from my parents years ago. I got so frustrated that I got rid of mine. My sister's looked great while she lived in Arizona but also went yucky when she moved east to Maryland. Holland is just too damp for silver and has to be polished every couple of days to keep it any kind of normal.

Do you have a large kitchen? It seems you have alot of counter space.

~~ Heidi ~~

ShabbyInTheCity said...

Yes, yes, yes!! (Do I sound like Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally????)
I love the silver and white things :) Do you entertain some? I'll bet your parties are nice.

Kathleen Grace said...

Very pretty, I really love that look and the color combination. I have some old silver too, maybe I need to dig it out for the holidays:>)

Flea Market Queen said...

Oh Becky...I love the silver & white! So pretty together...
But everything you do is so, so wonderful!
Priscilla

She'sSewPretty said...

My silver is locked away in boxes. What in the world am I saving it for? I think maybe it should make an appearance soon. What a beautiful way to add some sparkle to the kitchen.

Cre8Tiva said...

this is a wonderful vignette...i love using my silver everyday...but i don't have ironstone...just blue and white...may try to layer tho...good idea...blessings, rebecca

Meggie said...

Becky: Love the look of silver and white. The layering look is also quite nice...quite elegant!

Counting Your Blessings said...

Wonderful pictures! You could be a photographer for a magazine. I keep saying that I'm going to do our downstairs sleeping porch with shades of white but the kids are in there all the time so maybe it'll have to wait a bit. - Blessings... Polly

Kari & Kijsa said...

OOOH- we love this look- such elegant flair with humble things! We must go yard saling with you to find some fabulous $10.00 trays!!
blessings,
kari & kijsa

Linda said...

Becky, these pictures are too pretty for words. The mix of silver and ironstone speaks to me. I have a couple of silver trays from Goodwill and love using them with my depression glass. Linda

Anonymous said...

I love the look. I've decorated kitchen and dining room with that same look. It has such a calm feeling. I really like mixing a small touch of dark chocolate brown velvet ribbon...just a touch here and there. Love love old silverware the detail was so delicate back then.
Kathy

Nunnie's Attic said...

I love the look of white and silver. Reminds me of the beach and I'm not really sure why. But with 3 dirty boys in the house, that ain't happening here for a long long time.

Love,
Julie

the feathered nest said...

This is wonderful! I love old tarnished silver and you can find these trays easily. It all looks beautful and elegant.

Manuela

Our Red House said...

We have lots of silver on display in china cabinets that I do not bring out often enough.

Thanks for the inspiration to use it more. I like your combination of silver and white.

Kate

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

Hi Becky,

This is such an elegant look! I must say that I am eyeing a silver tray I have and feeling the need to do a little deco-redo copy idea :)

Hugs,
Dena

Rose Garden Romantic said...

So pretty!! I love silver and white together! Your photos remind me of Victoria magazine!
Michelle

Anonymous said...

Hi Becky..it's 'Becky up the Hill' in Jamestown, just discovered your blog and so enjoyed reading it. I used to have a Scotty too..sadly she passed a few years ago..but now my sweet neighbor Terri, has two! So I enjoy them. So this is just a quick 'Hello'~p.s. hope it rains tonight!

FarmHouse Style said...

Oooo I like your layering technique! Mind if I borrow it?

Your siver trays are beautiful...under $10...really?!!

You have a real knack for making things look lovely:)

Rhonda

melissa @ the inspired room said...

Becky,

You have outdone yourself with these photos. They are really beautiful! I too love silver and white! LOVE what you've done!

xo,
Melissa

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Becky, I just adore old silver trays! Your's look terrific!
Penny

Anonymous said...

I love thrifted silver! The silver and white look so lovely together.

~elaine~ Palmdale, CA

BittersweetPunkin said...

I love the silver...I was just at Goodwill foraging through the flatware...didn't find anything "good" though!
Blessings,
Robin

Jen said...

Becky,
I love your layers of silver and white! I love white! I don't really have any of my white things with silver, but I love the look that you have created! You pulled all of that together so nicely :)
Jen

Feenwerkstatt said...

What for wonderful pictures! The silver utensils are amazing...

Love, Anja

Kristen said...

Becky, you have beautiful taste! I just love all of the pictures! You are truly gifted! I agree with Becky, you should publish a book with your pictures and decorating ideas! AWESOME!!!

Marilyn said...

Becky, I just love the silver layered with white. Somebody mentioned counter space....wish I had more so I could do more 'layering' too! I love yours!!!!!

Sophie Honeysuckle said...

Becky you have such good ideas-the silver trays are fab!! You did make me laugh-I definitely don't mix coke with my wine! I was drinking red wine and later on I switched to 'Tia Maria and coke'-you do mix those two together lol!!xx

Nancy said...

I love your silver! I have a few pieces of tarnished vintage silver and they are real treasures.

Gotta' love At Last by Ella Fitzgerald! A wonderful song.

Susie said...

It all looks so lovely Becky! Quite elegant and put together.
Do you like to polish silver, or do you put something on to keep it from tarnishing. I love the look, but polishing is not my most favorite chore!
xo

Bejeweled said...

Wow! What lovely trays with their artful displays! Your home is filled with so many pretty things and you do such a fabulous job with your photos!

Sandi said...

What lovely arrangements! Thanks for posting these. :)

Jaimie said...

Oh my, these are simply beautiful photos! I love all your silver! I am inspired to get out some of my old things and start polishing...
{{Hugs!}}

Lisa said...

These are really beautiful photographs. I love the cross stitch project in the earlier post too. I have a cross stitch project that I started 8 years ago, still haven't finished. Yikes. I'll have to pull that out and start working on it again.

ginger at enchanting cottage said...

That is just BEAUTIFUL and ELEGANT!
I think I will go clean some silver that I have! Have a blessed weekend
ginger

ginger at enchanting cottage said...

It's me again I have those jars that I keep sugar and coffee but I like the sugar and flour ( because they are both white ) better. But I use my coffee everyday!( okay sometimes twice aday)
ginger

Esther Sunday said...

Bec - love the your combo of white with the silver...very effective together... yeah, I'm with Beck S. up there on the top - when's the book? Love, E

Sue said...

Yum, I love silver and white. Your photos are just beautiful.

Scrappy Moments said...

Just Gorgous, Love Your Blog. What fun Decorating Ideas , everything looks Beautiful and I love Your Dog :)

Angie
www.scrapnmomsmoments.blogspot.com

Kim ~ "HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs" said...

Dear Becky,
what a talented lady you are...you always amaze me with your skill for putting things together!

Love,
Kim

Cottage by the River said...

Becky- I love that look. I used to be so against silver when I was a young bride. My Mom told me I would change my mind as I got older. A mother knows best, she was write.
You have a wonderful eye for decorating!
Bristol

Brenda@Spareminute cottage said...

Becky,love your kitchen ,I like white in a kithchen ,my favorite is white enamelware with black trim and lettering.I don't have any silver but I might have to start looking for some pieces to pick up here and there.
Best of Wishes
Brenda

Decor4U said...

Beautiful and shining silver.
I also want to say
Can you come and help me with choosing price for someone's artworks.
Thank you before hand:)

Cottage Contessa said...

Simple. Classic. Beautiful.
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

Alexandra, Writing & Baking Enthusiast said...

Oh yes, this is so, so pretty. I love silver as well. It is fresh, romantic, and elegant. Hope you and your sweet Scotty have a lovely day.
Alexandra

Lallee said...

Beautiful vignettes with your silver, Becky. Isn't it amazing how much silver is in the thrift stores now?