Monday, September 08, 2008

Decorating with Lace

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I love lace, preferably vintage lace!!! I have it all over my home...

Lace napkins and hankies tucked here and there...
Hand crocheted lace doilies...
Even the toilet looks better with a little lace...

Vintage lace table cloths... Hanging from shelves...




Pillows and pillowcases...

Lampshades...
Aprons...

Curtains...


I love them so much that I don't even mind all the hand washing and ironing...


80 comments:

Anonymous said...

Cindy, I'm a lace lover too. Your home is so soft and elegant looking and I just love the lace panel pulled back in your kitchen doorway! What a great shot too. Your attention to the little details like peeks of lace here and there make your pretty home so romantic! Suesue

Charlotte said...

Boy you do have a lot of lace. I love it. Thanks for sharing these beautiful pieces. Even for the commode. I think that may be a first. Very pretty.

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Now only you would have thought of lacing up the toilet tank !
:0) :0) :0) Love it!
I think lace makes anything look elegant.

Jackie said...

Love the lace in the toilet tank, elegant!!! Nice post
Jackie

Among the Hedgerows said...

You've got some gorgeous lace pieces, Cindy! I love vintage lace too and like you don't even mind the washing & ironing! Loved another peek into your pretty home!
xo,
Lynda

Glenda~Many Fond Memories said...

We should call you Lacey.

My love of lace as well can be found everywhere in my house. Batten, fine, you name it I love it. I too have lace on my toilet on the lid.

Do you remember the vinyl lace tablecloths ?
I found one at a thrift shop one day, it reminded me of one my mother use to put on the dining table. My sister took the one she had, and I was lucky enough to find one for myself.

It's cooler today !!! started out in the 60's and is still in the high 60's.

CIao

Mo said...

I never thought above using lace to spruce up the toliet. It looks really nice on yours. Will have to try that. Thanks for the great inspirations!

Amanda @ Morning Glory Cottage said...

I just love your house. So soft and pretty. Thanks for reminding me to pull out my vintage linens and use them again. :-)

frillsfluffandtrucks said...

Ahhh, I just love peeking into your home decor. My dream is to move toward a pale decorating scheme after my little ones are grown.

~ Sarah

My Thrifty Victorian Home said...

Lovely lace. I've been able to pick up a few pieces at estate auctions in our area. I don't ever get anything too fancy-it goes for too much! Thanks for sharing some of our lace with us!

Liz said...

You do have a lot of beautiful lace. Wonderful pictures! It's always such a nice break in the day to come visit you.

~~Liz~~

Carolyn said...

I love all your lace touches.The lace in the doorway is especially pretty! Carolyn

For the Love of Cottage said...

You made even a toilet look pretty!!! And I love the aprons.

Hugs,
LeAnn:)

countrygirl3031 said...

Wow...Cindy, your house looks awesome with all the lace...how beautiful! I love lace, just wish it wouldn't show the dust so much!!!

Hugz,
Michele

paintergal said...

Oh my gosh! I love these pictures that you posted. So romantic, soft, and sweet. Thanks for sharing them.

ROSE VINE COTTAGE said...

What a beautiful post and very pretty lace!! I especially love the one in the doorway. Do you have a green painted fireplace? I thought that it looked like it in one of pic.
Hugs~Kelly

ROSE VINE COTTAGE said...

Me again~I forgot to mention I also love to iron the old linens, they always come out so crisp and feel so fresh when you iron them!
HugsAgain~Kelly

Kathysue said...

hi cindy, Oh so pretty. I love the way you display and articulate. some think Lace looks like an old ladies decor but you have proven when done right and well is is just a beautiful decor. As always love your blog, I am so glad you visited my bathroom on rms to tell me about yourself. This is great. smiles Kathysue

Berlin Deluxxe said...

Your blog never disappoints! :)

Virginia said...

Love all your lace, very pretty. And by the way I also like the new look of your blog. Change is qood.
Blessings, Virginia

Wagonwife Designs said...

I love lace too. I have many family pieces from the early 1800's forward.
Monograms too. Just love your collection. Are any family heirlooms?
Just the thought that the family held them or used them makes them special.
Debra

Tara said...

Cindy--what a classy toilet--great idea!

Alberta said...

Cindy, I LOVE lacy linens! You have to be the best at presenting them. Thanks for the inspirational photos.

Frankie Kins said...

Wow! You do have some lace, girl. I love the lace, I just wouldn't like washing, starching and ironing it. I guess you could make a day of it every so often, though.

Your blog is such an inspiration to me. I'm in an apartment in So. Cal, but moving back to Colorado and buying a house! Yay! I can't wait to decorate it.

You can be sure I'll be looking to your blog for inspiration!

sandi said...

Hi Cindy,
I love your blog & your decor style! I do love all things lacey & toile too! Keep up the good work.
Blessings,
Sandi

Shannon said...

Oooh la la Cindy~ I just love your cozy and romantic home :) I love lace too and love the piece in your doorway! Your home is so enchanting and makes me want to curl up with a good book :) Oh an I love the birdhouse table so adorable in the corner!
Blessings,
Shannon

lisa said...

Beautiful!

Lisa

www.palepinkandroses.com

Terry said...

The lace tucked into the toilet is such a great idea -- and so original! Gonna go copy that idea right now....!!

Lu Lu's Fluffy Ruffles said...

Im with you,
there is something so classic and elegant about lace especially the vintage!
smiles,
Sandy

Joy said...

Beautiful photos. I've never seen the back of a toilet seat adorned with lace. That is something to think about and try. It certainly looked nice!

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

So beautiful, Cindy! Thanks for showing your lovely lace collection. How do you care for old lace? Do you wash it in something particular? It's all so WHITE, not the aged ivory or tan you sometimes see.

Diane said...

These are beautiful Cindy! I oh'd & ah'd over every picture! Diane

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Stacey - I usually try to buy pieces that aren't too yellowed and I soak them in Oxy Clean. It works great!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful, as usual. Love is so feminine. You have such a sense of style, with great warmth! Thanks, Sandyt

Joy said...

What beautiful lace things you have. I am a big doily fan too.

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

Hi Cindy,
You have a beautiful collection of lace. It looks wonderful in your home. I've never thought of using it for the toilet! Pretty original thinking of you!
Have a great day,
Diane

Anonymous said...

Cindy...........you have a lot of 'gorgeous' lace. You have a great eye for detail. Love the toilet.

Very pretty your whole home.
Erica

Tracy said...

You take the nicest photos! I wish I had your eye for combining items and using texture. Beautiful!

judicreations said...

Thank you for sharing your lace. You have so many different elegant and romantic pieces....very pretty. I don't think I would mind ironing them either....a little starch and they become beautiful again.

Hope you have a lovely lace day.
Judi

Joyce said...

Oh that was fun Cindy!! I have a lot of lace also, but don't have it on display as you do. I think I may try that because it looks so very pretty the way you have it.
Joyce

Jean said...

Cindy, you have so many beautiful linens. I love using them everywhere too, and they are something that you can still find at a reasonable price. You have used them to their fullest potential. Jean in Virginia

Crystal ~ CJO Glassware & Gifts said...

Cindy ~ not only is your lace enviable (is that a word?), but your photography is breathtaking as well. Thank you so much for sharing your home with all of us.

Crystal

Cottagecheap said...

I am resisting the urge to go find lace to put up. With the impending packing/move/chaos...I will have to do it in the new house.
Such beautiful pics.
As usual!

OKGardners said...

All I can say is "Cozy, cozy, cozy!!" You have the epitome of a cottage home. Beautiful!

Betty in Oklahoma

1RadChick said...

Wow, Cindy, you have a gorgeous lace collection... I have picked up a few odd pieces here and there but I have to admit I don't have nearly as much and I'm not as good at displaying it! So beautiful. Thanks for sharing. :)

Tember

Shelia said...

Hi Cindy! I love all of your lacey things! Lace just goes so well with your romantic decorating style! I have lots of lace too, but this past spring I put most of it away. I wanted to do something different for a while. But I still go and open the drawer where it all is and thumb through all the pretties now and then.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Pink Slippers said...

...JUST SO DARN BEAUTIFUL! I loved the last two pictures they were stunning...What am I saying? Actually they all were. Wendy.

Rhondi said...

Hi Cindy
I love all your lace and I saw some ones that I own too. Even though I don't like to iron, somehow ironing beautiful lace doesn't seem like work! Your lace is beautiful and I love all the different ways you used it!
Hugs, Rhondi

Anonymous said...

Hi Cindy,
what a beautiful and amazing collection you have!! I´m deeply impressed. Eyerything looks so elegant. Very, very pretty!!
Have a nice day,
Sabine

J Leigh said...

Love the lace for toilet! You make it all sooo pretty!

Anonymous said...

Cindy, I love all your lace...and such a variety. I have to ask. Is that a teapot on your toilet? What a hoot. I love teapots and have them all over, but never thought of putting one on the toilet!

Years ago I found plastic lace trim at Wal Mart which I edged all of the shelves on my kitchen cabinets. When you open the cabinet door it looks like lace is hanging over the edges of the shelves. My latest find was a large piece tatted lace at Goodwill for just 1.99. It had a couple of stains, but I was able to get it clean.

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Anonymous: No it's not a teapot, it looks more like a watering can. I would probably put a teapot there though! LOL

Anonymous said...

I love all your lace, but the best idea I've seen in a long time, is the lace on the toilet tank. I'm so going to do that in my guest bathroom.

How did you do that lampshade. Could you post a picture of the whole lamp.

Also, I don't recall seeing that mantle before. It's a pretty shade of blue.

Your decorating is ALWAYS amazing.

~elaine~

Jenni @ nest to keep said...

You always take such beautiful pictures, Cindy. I love how you have used lace everywhere, it is wonderful! :)

Have a good night! :)

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

elaine: Here is a post I did on the lampshade awhile ago: http://romantichome.blogspot.com/2008/01/inexpensive-lamp-makeover.html

You're the second person that mentioned the mantle..It's actually an old window frame with a mirror in it. I used to have it in my dining room but now it's in my bedroom. You can see it here; http://romantichome.blogspot.com/2007/12/groupings.html

Cindy~ said...

Hi Cindy,

I'm a die-hard doiley decorator and love the look of your lucious laced home.

By the way... I've scoured and searched for the old blog post regarding your ironing board cover but I can't seem to find it. I think the cover must be hiding under cover! lol. I kind of recall that it was a pattern of violets or something pretty like that. I want to get one just like it and the lavender water too now!

Also- May I ask how you keep the cover from getting scorched while ironing???

Thanks!

Cindy~

Anonymous said...

Oh, and one more thing...

Kathysue said " some think Lace looks like an old ladies decor but you have proven when done right and well is is just a beautiful decor."

With that, I can invision your home as being the perfect gathering place for the respectable Red Hat Society.

Sassafras tea and shortbread on laced, polished silver, ladies? :)

Cindy~ said...

Whoops! Comment above, made by me below. :)

Cindy~

LISBETH---<-@ said...

Hello Cindy! Love vintage lace ! You do have some beautiful pieces.
Love your blog`s new look ;o))

restyled home said...

Oh my goodness...I love all that lace, especially the cotton lace!

I was surprised that some didn't like your new design...I think it is stunning. Very simple and feminine.

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Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Hi Cindy! Gorgeous post! I am the same way about lace! I have always loved it. Even when I was little, I would pick out the dresses with the most lace on them, lol! I love all of yours.

Hugs,
Amy

Pippi said...

...only wish I could: #1 crochet, #2 had the patience to actually sit down & make beautiful pieces like the ones from days gone by that you so splendidly displayed!

Marilyn said...

Cindy,

Beautiful, romantic touches...as always! The touch of lace adds so much.

Marilyn

Sharon~heartsongs said...

Those pictures are beautiful!

Charmingdesigns said...

Just beautiful!!! laurie

. said...

Wonderful lace.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I too love lace and dare I say it?
The touch of lace on the toilet is tres chic!

Brenda said...

How beautiful! Okay, you've inspired me. I'm going to go drag mine out now.
Brenda

Suzann said...

I think that life would be lovelier with lace. Growing up there was always lace. Doilies, dresser scarves, etc. I had forgotten all of that until seeing this. Great post.

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

Oh how beautiful! I love lace too, especially Battenburg lace. It adds such a pretty feminine touch. I had to laugh at the lace on the toilet tank. I seriously love it, but can just picture my rowdy boys somehow dislodging it and accidentally flushing it down the stool!

You have the kind of home that makes me want to take my shoes off and sink into all the loveliness!

Kady

Debbie from NJ said...

Soooo pretty Cindy! Ahhhhh, I love it all!!I love to collect old lace too. I love the idea of the lace on the commode.

Becky said...

You should publish your own magazine. We all would buy it!
I loved your post today. I like how looking at all your pretty things makes me feel. I am sure it releases endorphines in the brain because I go away feeling so much better.
Becky

sandra blanks said...

Cindy, I don't normally leave comments (just a lurker), but I couldn't help myself after seeing all your lace! I, too, am a lover of lace and have it all over my home...even on my toilets!! Thought I was the only one who did that. haha This post was totally blissful!!! Hugs, Sandra

Silvia said...

That lace on the toilet tank just cracked me up! Never thought of that before! LOL

Reflections from the Stone Nest said...

Love, Love, Love all your lace, Cindy. Absolutely gorgeous! Your home is beautiful! Thanks for sharing....

kitty

Kelly said...

Amen, Some of us can never have enough! I love all white or shades of white. I also use it in my home. I also just love looking at it folded on a chair or table or with a ribbon tied around it. My all time favorite are pure linen pillow cases....I can't sleep without them.
Cindy, you display your lovely linens in such beautiful ways!

Anonymous said...

I love the lace in the toilet, who would of thought of that?? not me!! LOL, anyway, I love all your lace, it's gorgeous!!
Martha

Nikki via The Scarlett Rose Garden said...

I simply love this post~

sweetmemorymakingmom said...

OH Cindy, I love how you decorate. I am going to be here a lot. Ther are some great ideas. Love the lace ideas, especially on the toilet. So cute! Hugs, Ellen

Anonymous said...

I'VE JUST IN THE LAST 3 WEEKS DISCOVERED BLOGGING. I LOVE BEING A JUNKER WITH LACE IN EVERY POSSIBLE INCH OF SPACE. I ONCE HAD A SHOP AND IT WAS NAMED ROSES, LACE AND PRAYERS, IT TOOK A LOT OF ALL 3 ITEMS TO MAKE IT WORK. YOUR PICTURES AND COMMENTS ARE VERY GOOD, ESPECIALLY THE ONES WITH LACE. THANKS FOR BEING HERE WHERE WE CAN ALL ENJOY YOUR PICTURES. BONNIE HACKETT DENBONWEST@YAHOO.COM