Jan 10, 2011

A Minimalist?

I don't think I have ever been
accused of being a minimalist!

More likely.. I often don't know when to stop...
maybe that's why the over the top styling
of Victoriana has always engaged my soul...

(click photos to enlarge)

Though,  after the holidays
when most of the glitter is swept away...

I like to pause
and keep things to a minimum
a quietness...

Then as the spring begins again
the decorating
begins again... slowly
organically...


Right before Christmas,
I painted this little dresser in the Dining Room..

100 year old houses are not known for their closet space,
so this is my linen closet...
(my husband finds it very odd I keep a dresser in the dining room :-)

Are you ever sold,  just by the color name on the paint chip?
This is Ralph Lauren's "Deep Cream"
I love the name... and the color...

I am in love with the little dresser again...
The creamy new paint
drew out the details...


told it's secrets...


 shared a glimpse of it's history...


Perched on top
I have freed my little iron bird from his cloche...


Though he still sits in the same nest of potpourri...


The only Christmas I have kept out
is my white glittered house...

It's simplicity spoke of winter
more than Christmas...
And...  I couldn't resist a bit of glitter :-)
Even as a minimalist
I am Victorian at heart :-))


Tonight I will be joining the fun at...

Tabletop Tuesdays come say hi to Marty!
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
and
White Wednesday at Faded Charm


Thanks for visiting me today!

33 comments:

Sherry said...

I have a dresser in my dining room. I don't find it strange. I once read an interview with Charles Faudree, I think it was him. And, he was asked what the most versatile piece of furniture was and he said a chest, aka dresser. French and English interiors have them in the public living spaces a lot. So, I stuck mine there too out of necessity! LOL Yours looks wonderful cream!
Sherry

Sherri said...

Bella your pictures are so beautiful! I really love the picture of the crystal!

High Heeled Life said...

Oh how I have missed your wonderful posts.. I'm now back from our trip to South America and can't wait to catch up!!

Love what you did with the dresser.. I have antique dresser that I too keep in the dinning room I use it for table linens. It was my first purchase when I went away to school and it has remained with me. Wishing you a wonderful week!! xo HHL

Becky C said...

Oh Bella your dresser looks wonderful! It does show off the details. Great idea for the dining room. Love your vignette too.
Blessings
Becky C

luluslovlies said...

It looks very peaceful and relaxing after the holidays! Relax and have a cup of tea! Hugs, Marilou

Cindy said...

I say anything goes...I am for storage in any form and in any room! Looks so pretty...Cindy

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Just beautiful Bella! Love keeping the glittered house out, mine will look similar tomorrow:@)

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hi Bella, I love your beautiful dresser... oooh, what secrets did it tell?... I think it looks gorgeous in your dining room and your little birdie in her nest of potpourri is so sweet... I will never be known as a minimalist either... much more fun this way anyway!... xoxo Julie Marie

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

It's Beautiful Bella- I have a large dresser I use in my dining space as well- it holds everything and I just moved the two mirrors to different areas - I say if you like it and it works for you- go for it! I think it looks beautiful all painted creamy and your vignette is lovely too! :)

Shelia said...

Hi Bella! What a beautiful dresser! I love it and I love how you've dressed it too! So pretty.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Jacqueline, Cabin and Cottage said...

All of your pictures are so pretty today! I'm just charmed by your little rose petal nest and bird. Love your little winter cottage too. Your dresser turned out beautifully. You're getting quite a bit of white going, yes? And that NW weather! We have the altitude for snow, but not the moisture of farther north like Santa Fe and up into Colorado. We'll get a late spring snow. xo

Tete said...

Love your pretty dresser in the living room. I use my radio cabinet in the living room for my linens.

Sharing Shadymont said...

I love the dresser and the vignette. Great look! So clean and fresh!

lvroftiques said...

It's lovely! And just the name deep cream makes me hungry! Vanna

countrycottagegirl said...

Love your sweet dresser! I have my glittery winter house out on my dining table too! Love that little bird on the dresser too! Blessings!

Cat & Cricket said...

Bella.. beautiful again.. I love your iron bird!!!

Dining Delight said...

Your dresser turned out beautifully and what a great place to store linens (I am using the old dressers from when our kids were young for table accessories and linens). Perfect winter decorating on top too! The birdie is lovely in his floral nest and that glitter house is a terrific winter decoration!

DD

Farah Muzaffar said...

Wonder full dresser... and the bird on potpourri looks so adorable... and the little house is a fab... love this post very much, very simple and beautiful...
I was very busy wit some guest thats why I am bit late here, now going to see what happened more in my absence...
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Love
Farah

Leslie said...

I loved the pictures and that dresser is awesome. I bet it has many stories to tell.. I love the fresh clean look of my home when I pack away all my Christmas items, however, I do leave my snowmen up until Valentines day so Cupid has some friends to play with.. The last amounts of glitter I found hanging around the house I threw in my fireplace on Sunday and took some pictures. If you visit my homepage you'll see the "Fire in the Heart" picture, that was a total surprise to see after downloading the pictures!

Have a beautiful week!

Dawn said...

I know exactly what you mean about Paint. I bought a tin of paint by Laura Ahsley called 'creamwear' And I love it it's just like all the old porcalin juggs and bowls. Lovely photos

Love Dawn xx

NanaDiana said...

I love YOUR type of minimalism! Your dresser looks perfect in that room and the Cream Color is wonderful...and yes, I have bought a paint just for the name of it! Canvas being one of them..

Happy Winter Months to you in the lovely world you have created for yourself, Bella. I love visiting you~ xxoo Diana

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Your dresser is gorgeous and you've used such beautiful things to dress it. The lamp is stunning. Such a lovely vignette. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

Very cute display. Like the white!

Hélène GLEHEN said...

What a good idea to paint this dresser. It looks great. I like very much the little bird on its dried petals nest.

♥ Hélène Glehen ♥

Lavender Cottage said...

Hi Bella
I think it's a great idea to store your linens in the newly painted dresser, and I love the colour. My overflow of doilies etc. are kep in a dresser too. (but in a bedroom)
The simple pieces on top of the dresser are just enough and the bird is sweet sitting amongst the pot pourri.
I found a lamp similar to yours, minus the shade last summer when walking the dog and picked it up to carry home. The cord cut off and the light works removed and it's now a little statue in my white garden.
Hugs,
Judith

Bead and Needle said...

Beautiful whites, Bella! Happy White Wednesday - Tanya

Donnie said...

I love how you have decorated. The bureau is gorgeous.

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

Hi Bella, Love all your photos today, I especially love your dresser it's beautiful... and I love that shade of white!!!
Blessings~~~Daphne

Rebecca said...

Hello
your house looks beautiful and I love that color. I make it a point not to look or read the paint colors when I chose paint. The name will influence me and I want the color to... paint is tough enough to choose!
Blessings
Rebecca

stefanie said...

oh, I just love that little bird on his nest!!!

Ana said...

Hi Bella,
Love your dresser. And don't worry, you're not the only one...I have nightstands in my living room, hee, hee, hee. Beautiful color. Happy White Wednesday.

Hugs and Smiles,
♥Ana

Lori Lynn said...

Love the dresser and your little white birdie!
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Blessings from Cindy said...

~Bella~
I love the dresser & the color you chose! You decorated it beautifully. My husband would love me to be a minimalist, but I don't know if I could keep it up!! My house is definitely minimalistic right now for the sale! Pretty!
Blessings,
Cindy