Collections

June 2nd, 2015

Did you catch the June issue of Country Living? It had so many great features, from the spotlight on classic pickup trucks to travel trailers, and a beautiful barn house feature on page 64, I recognized the image of mercury glass bottles from designer Rachel Halvorson’s portfolio (below). In the issue Miranda Lambert reveals she collects vintage salt and pepper shakers, and it got me thinking about the things we collect and how our collections are a window to our heart, often attached to some fond memory or collected simply because they speak to us in some way.

In my twenties I collected cheap mini monuments since I traveled a lot more back then, silly but sentimental, having them still reminds me of the many countries I visited. In my thirties I turned to decorative vessels, I have a mini collection of silver (I polished it yesterday), now I want to collect vintage glass but it’s pricey. I look for it everywhere and whenever I get to NYC I stop into The End of History to splurge on something new. I also subscribe to the notion that one really cannot have too many white shapely ceramic objects!

white pottery collection

rikki snyder

milk glass collection

 country living

mercury glass collection (2)

rachel halvorson

 

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Ready for Summer Entertaining + Giveaway

June 1st, 2015

I welcome this time of year, the transition from a regimented school schedule to a relaxed summer schedule – June and July are months we take it easy and invite friends into the backyard for much merriment. We had a group over to our house yesterday and my brother’s family stopped by for a barbeque. Knowing guests were on their way I spent Saturday cleaning and planting and then Sunday preparing food and drinks.

I was invited by World Market to participate in their summer campaign focused on outdoor entertaining, so with gift cards in hand I paid a visit to my local store on Friday to stock up. In summer I like to use my potting bench as a beverage bar on our upper patio, it has a nice view of our hobby vineyard and is a great place to lounge and chat with visitors.

beverage bar wine barrel side table

World Market is an easy one stop shop for food and drink items too, I picked up some cheeses and savory treats, sparkling juices, mineral water, and two bottles of wine and they make it so easy to fill a large drink dispenser with sparkling soda or juice infused with citrus for a sweet summer refresher.

outdoor beverage bar

 

sparkling limon over ice

 

white wine ice bucket

 

tray of glasses

 

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