It has been time to change items used for vignettes around my living room this week. For me, using books in my decorating is so important. Both my husband and I feel a living room without books is not complete. We love even the look these books bring to our home.
I have removed the cloche on this end table to replace it with two of my vintage books who's themes are about the English countryside. This table represents so much of what I love ~ books, lace, antique eyeglasses and pretty glassware.
One of the weekends my mother was visiting, we drove to the villages of Odoorn and Exloo at the advice of a fellow blogger, Janneke. She gave me a list of some wonderful shops. I found these pretty black urns in a shop called Helen's Choice in Exloo and they were a real bargain at 50% off too. I saved the fun of doing a flower arrangement in them until all my company was gone. It was nice to have it to look forward to doing.
And what says summer better than some cabbage roses?
The other sidetable has also been changed. I placed my book rack between the lamps with my collection of blue bound vintage books.
My miniature portrait of Jane Austen rests near the book rack along with a Victorian dinner bell. Brass items are another thing I love. They add to the English library look.
Two of my latest finds. The first is 'Jan of the Windmill' by Juliana Horatia Gatty Ewing. It is one I wanted to add to my collection simply because of the title with being married to a Dutchman. The second book, 'The Fortunes of Phillipa' by Angela Brazil, I found after reading about this author on Elizabeth's blog. It was a favorite author of hers and I was intrigued and looked into these books. This is the first volume of her school stories.
Finally, a special gift given to me by my friend Angela who visited us. She gave me this beautiful vintage edition of 'Heidi Grows Up'. I teased her that I did not want to grow up. The illustrations are so sweet throughout the book. Thank you so much Angela as I will cherish this volume!
I wish you all a wonderful weekend full of the things you love in life!
Happy birthday to my baby brother today! No birthday songs for him, instead an 'oldie' that he likes so turn on your speakers for a laugh if they are not on and help me wish Eric a happy birthday.....