Thursday, April 11, 2013

Like Peanut Butter And Jelly


There are some things in life that seem like they were just meant to be together.  Like Lucy and Ricky, Oreos and cold milk, peanut butter and jelly and beans and wieners.  And how about with decorating?  When choosing items to cozy up the home, many of us like to coordinate like objects in vignettes that are harmonious and look good together in a room or on a shelf.

Being in the business of scouting out vintage and antique collectibles is a lot of fun and, often times, I have to remember that in order to make a living at what I do, I cannot keep everything I buy.  Yes, this can be a bit daunting at times, especially when recent finds happen to meld nicely together, like biscuits and gravy.


The dough bowl, antique sampler and 1940’s French needlepoint pillow are recent finds and I seriously had great intentions on putting a price tag on them and taking them into one of the stores. 


The colors of the sampler just so happen to be the colors in our dining room…


….and the little pillow looks cute on the green bench…


…and it matches the fresh flower cuttings from our garden.  See where I am going with this?  :)  

Uhhhh…huh and oh-oh.


A few weeks later, I came upon these old books at a thrift store.  The books are circa 1890’s through 1905.  Shades of green, cream and gold….beautiful covers and spines…
all the shades of the sampler.
Oh my…..


And gosh, the books even match the oil painting of roses that hangs on the wall above the bench.


The books could be displayed in the dough bowl,


or just left stacked one on top of the other on the little green bench.


So for now, I will enjoy this old collective of sorts and appreciate the blessing of finding them while out scouting.  Thank goodness my house isn’t very big!  I could always justify holding on to other things if it were!  I know some of my blog friends can identify with that.  Are you one of them?

Till next time…..


Linda said...

Oh I can identify with you completely! I think they look perfect and you can always let them go later if you change things up...but I wouldn't want to...they are perfect! Have a great day!

Loretta Castorini said...

Love your dough bowl, sampler and books together! How could you possibly give them up?

rebecca said...

I don't blame you for holding on to these...not one little bit. What charming pieces!

NanaDiana said...

Oh Yeah- I am one of them. I have a pretty good sized house but I have filled it with much more than I need. I love how you pulled everything together there- It looks great! xo Diana you know you still have double word verification on?

Vee said...

The colors are wonderful and so harmonious with each other and your beautiful room. I'm sure that you can find something else to sell at the shop. ☺

Elsie said...

Girl you know I am! I could NEVER be a dealer, but I'm a darn good collector. :) I would be like this would look good here or there and then it would SO be over and be mine. :P
I have high regards for people like you that can actually sell.
I just wished I lived closer so I could shop.

Stacey said...

I don't know how you do it! I'm sure you only pick up things you love...I'd want to keep it all. Are you doing an Etsy store any more?

Pondside said...

Oh yes, I'm one of them. If I had the justification of scouting for a shop or business I'd be in real trouble!
The greens and creams in the books are just lovely - what a terrific find!

20 North Ora said...

I think those items were just meant for your home! They fit in too perfectly!


Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

We'd be broke and climbing over boxes if I had a spot in an antique mall, because I'd want to keep everything! Your newest finds really do complement your dining room, so I don't blame you one little bit for keeping them. :)

Unknown said...

Ohhhh Yeah! I can relate. Love your pretty dining room! And your fresh roses make me want to go pick some of mine.


Kris said...

Yep, I get you!!!
Great finds!
xo Kris

Unknown said...

You absolutely have to keep all these. They look wonderful together! So beautiful.

Blondie's Journal said...

You've been very helpful in showing us how to create some beautiful vignettes with your tips. And you have such luck in finding beautiful old pieces to pull together a wonderful arrangement. I couldn't give those things up! But I'm always trying to simplify, my home is small, too. I just have to be very picky!

Thanks, Becky!


Jules said...

Well, now I'm hungry for biscuits and gravy AND I'm feeling the need to go find some vintage books. Too bad my kitchen is closed and so are the stores. I will just pretend I live with you in your little house. I know you have a beautiful guest room; and I promise to be quiet as a mouse! :-)

Simply Shelley said...

Those things do look wonderful together in your living room....won't hurt to keep them for a while :) I really like the sampler...very nice. Blessings dear friend

craftyles said...

I love the way you things together. The colors are beautiful. Since we downsized I'm having to get rid of stuff and have way too much in here!

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Oh yeah, I can identify with you! I have a horrible time deciding what to keep and what to sell. I don't blame you for wanting to hold onto these treasures. Those books are fabulous!

Mary said...

I know where you're coming from Becky having owned a booth at an antiques shop - so hard to buy for others when you really want them for yourself!

Well you do don't you?

The dough bowl you must keep, they are getting hard to find, same for samplers in such great condition, pretty needlepoint a must have, and those books with beautiful spines............send them my way with a bill if you really don't want them....but you know you do!!

Lovely post and great photos.
Happy weekend - Mary

marie said...

Oh's a good thing I don't live in a larger home! There are two many goodies out there to tempt me.
LOVE the treasures you found and I think they have found a most perfect home!

Danice G said...

All of the items are beautiful. I especially love the old books. Yes, I'd probably keep all of these items also. 'Too great to part with :)

Claudia said...

I know that deciding what to keep and what to sell would be a definite problem for me. Those finds of yours are gorgeous and they look lovely in your home.

Gosh, I love old books - those spines are so beautiful.


Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Hi Becky,

Oh you do have the knack for putting things together! Love all of your great finds, and they match perfectly! You have to keep them now!!


DownTheLaneWithDaisy said...

A beautiful collaboration of colors and vintage items. Nice job. Keep everything!!!

Kelly said...

Oh boy can I relate to this post! I don't sell things for a living, but if I did, I would be torn too. I love those old books and their decorative covers. Everything looks so good together. You should just enjoy it now and then if you tire of them, you can always sell them then.

dogwood designs said...

yes indeed Becky I do.They do look so great together

WendyBee said...

That is the downside of thrift and antique store shopping....not everything should come home with you!

The Green Pea said...

Oh no, that is how it starts! lol