Sunday, July 11, 2010

Still Sparkling And a List of Favorites

Truth be told, instead of viewing life through rose colored glasses, I would rather see things with just a tad of sparkle.
I highly recommend it. In fact, as I looked around my house this morning ,with the sun streaming through the windows, I realized once again that the things I love
are still sparkling.
And so, if you are indecisive about how to select things to display around your house,
my house and I
would like to make a very humble recommendation.
Pick a few things that
   give back.
Through light and just a little sparkle.
My Favorite Sparkling Things:
silver pieces
which are the gift that keeps giving-
none of mine are particularly fine , and they are rarely perfectly polished
but then neither am I- we make a great match
cut glass/crystal and mercury glass-
my favorite choices are rose bowls that aren’t full of tricks- I just let them do their thing-
they are beautiful empty and just as they are
and mercury glass, which speaks for itself –
it has that perfect feel of being just a little old
mirrored place mats-
that I never use as place mats (I don’t need my food to sparkle)
I use these throughout the house because almost all of my furniture (especially its tops) have seen better days-
and whether it is painted white or is dark and  scratched, a piece of mirror helps
mirrors- period-
and the placement of my mirrors is never about logic or standing perfectly in front of it and putting on lipstick-
it is about helping the light travel.
I am linking this morning to
Just click on the button to see more sparkly favorites.


Debra@CommonGround said...

A great post, Laura, so well said. Your Ventian mirror is my favorite, just beautiful! "Things that give back". Important in life too. Have a wonderful weekend, dear Laura!

Cheryl ~ ZanyMayd said...

Hi Laura ~ Loved Your Post ~ The Crystal Rose Bowl is Beautiful, the Mercury Glass is My Favorite ~ I will look for More Sparkle in My Life (It sure could use it)

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Great post. Your silver pieces are wonderful and every home needs a bit of sparkle. What a great idea to add a little sparkle to any life. Hope you have a super sunday. Hugs, Marty

Carole and Chewy said...

What a great idea -I've always been into cozy darkplaces (my office, which looks like a library), but I find I'm turning more to sunlight and sparkle these days.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Laura what a delightful post! I love that, things that give back! What a wonderful way of looking at our treasures. I love the sparkle when light hits glass and silver. This post made my day!

Jojo said...

Laura, You are so right! We all need to glisten a little more! I used to thing that it was a bad thing but nature shines and sets a perfect example for us. Thank you for the beautiful post with such a nice reminder to sparkle more.

Our Porch in Hillsborough said...

What a great post. I also love the morning light when it catches on 'sparklies' - your mercury glass is beautiful and your comment about the rarely perfectly polished silver made me smile.
Hope your week has plenty of sparkle!

Pondside said...

I love your last line - it's a great way to think about placement.
I love a little sparkle, too. My husband and daughter keep the silver sparkling for me - a labour of love!

Lynn said...

We think a lot alike. I use mirrors all over the place for lighting. =)

Jeanette said...

Very nice!

Rettabug said...

♥ ♥ ♥ your Venetian mirror, Laura...and all your other sparkles, too! :-)

Olive said...

Laurayour mirror pictured here is so beautiful. I cannot have enough mirrors. Joe shakes his head every time I find another one but I manage to find a place for it! Stunning photos yet again. ~olive

Rebecca Nelson said...

Beautiful my sweet friend. I love your speaks to my heart! Yesterday I was watching Antique Roadshow and saw a vintage Venetian Mirror that was 2die4. It was gorgeous but no where near as lovely as yours.

Now...your comment on my blog today made me cry. You are as lovely as my friend, Glaphre', and I'm quite sure the lives you touch (like mine) will forever benefit from your love and grace.

God is good.

Love to you~


Ms Bingles Vintage Christmas said...

How beautiful!
Love the post!

Deb said...

love your sparkles...

Privet and Holly said...

You are definitely a girl after my own heart, as I love silver and sparkle, myself! I am with you on mirrors ~ Whatever the condition, the more, the merrier : ) xx Suzanne

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Neat post, Laura, and I love my "shiny" objects, too! And by shiny in this case, I mean silver. Oh, how I love it!


Sheila :-)

Michelle said...

Nice post and I also love a bit of sparkle. Love the mercury glass.

June said...

Hi Laura, this is Patty Peony,
Your sparkly things are just perfect. I'll trade you some sparkle for some peonies! Whatta ya say?
I don't think you can grow peonies in most parts of Texas Laura. But you could ask at a local nursery to find out if your Winter temperatures get cold enough. Peonies must get cold in Winter to bloom.
I hope you find a lot of sparkle in the coming week friend.

Unknown said...

G'eve Laura ~ What beautiful sparkling treasures you have ... I love the mercury glass. My favorite of course is crystals. Your mirror is fab! There is always such a serenity when I visit you ...
Have a beautiful Monday.
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

Anonymous said...

Oh Laura, I love these photos!! I'm a bling bling kinda gal so all the sparkly shiny really appeals to my senses. You have some beautiful pretties that sparkle, just like your personality sparkles in your blog. Hugs,Marla

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

Good advice! I love crystal - sadly I just got rid of most of my mercury glass. I still like it, just not the pieces I had picked up. You have lovely sparklies!

Johanna Gehrlein said...

thank you for this sweet and thoughtful post. You show so beautiful things, like this romantic Venetian mirror and your words are absolutely right. Silver is so versatile, because it matches with every color and every occassion. It is one of the very good basics and so it is a good investment, not only for the moneyworth but for the decorative worth, also.
Greetings, Johanna

Gypsy Fish said...

What amazing sparkle....I love your advice on decorating with things that give back! Thanks so much for stopping by and joining the party...see you next month.

Unknown said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! I love anything silver, and you have some truly great pieces.

I can't believe I just now discovered your blog! Where have I been??


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