Sunday, February 19, 2012

A French Ladder and Some Tulips

Happy Sunday~
I hope you are all enjoying the long weekend. Things have been pretty low key here. My husband had to work all weekend so we stayed put here. Kind of a bummer since moist people took off for the long weekend. Luckily my son had some baseball practices and I have been working on getting my daughters room ready for the Big REDO. Today we are headed to my in laws house to see some of the cousins. The kids are so excited. So am I because my sister in law, Kirstin will be there too and we haven't seen them in so ...long:)
Ok, so I have to say that I am a big copycat. A couple of weeks ago I came across this awesome French ladder at a store in La Canada called Julie O'Keefe Home and Garden. I fell in love with it. I wanted it. It had just the right amount of a chippy slate colored blue on it. Perfect for me..right?? But, I REALLY had no clue what to do with it. 
Then I remembered...... I had seen a ladder similar to this one in Tracey's home from French Larkspur. She hung grain sacks from it. I love grain sacks and French towels and I think Tracey's style is one of the best around. So......... I bought the ladder.
I added some grain sacks and French towels and put it in my kitchen.
It fit perfectly in the eating area of my kitchen. It was made for my house.... I think.
Love this paint color
Thanks to Tracey for all the inspiration... hope you don't mind:))
And of course, I can't resist some flower pics. These tulips are from Trader Joe's and they are on my kitchen table .Tulips really are "Happy Flowers". I just wish they would last a wee bit longer.
Ok, I promise just one more flower pic. I have to say that I love the way my camera photographs flowers. My camera is honestly one of the best gifts I have ever received. I am really enjoying it. Most of the pics I  have taken so far are for the blog or my Etsy store. I can't wait to take it on a trip.
This past week I was super lucky and won TWO giveaways. Look what I got:
This fabulous pillow came from Kim at Bella Rustica. I says "Simplify" in Italian. Perfect for what I am trying to do this year.
All of these treasures came from Jessie at A Cozy Cottage In The City. Look what I did with the plates.
They are in my dining room. I flipped the one plate over. I like the back of it too.
What do you think?

Hope you all enjoy the rest of the weekend

Linking up to:
Sweet Talkin Sunday
Show Off Your Cottage Mondays
Tuesday Treasures
Cowgirl Up Link Party
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White Wednesdays
Feathered Nest Friday
Vintage Inspiration Friday


  1. the ladder is awesome! So JDL! Lucky you winning those gorgeous treasures. I do love the way you've arranged the plates especially the one that shows the reverse-side. So"Rose Hicks!"

  2. Cheryl!
    When I heard that you won Jessie's give a way, I told her that I couldn't have imagined a better place for the vintage lovelies. You just confirmed my statement in your post!

    The French ladder is amazing in your kitchen!

  3. I love that latter, and really you can so pull it off in your home. Congrats on the giveaway wins!! And where you live are you all celebrating President's Day?? Here in West Central FL they don't celebrate that holiday any longer with a day off work, but I can remember getting out of school as a young girl for that day. We used to celebrate our founding fathers now not so much. I miss that a lot. Thanks for linking up over at SweetTalkin' Sunday!!

  4. Love the ladder and the tulips. Looks great.


  5. Awesome ladder girl!!! I am so envious!! :) I really love it with all of the grain sacks on it. I've always loved the look of Tracey's with all of her grain sacks.
    And I adore the plates that you got from Jessie, they look just lovely hanging with the blue ones.
    Hope you have a fabulous week Cheryl!!~

  6. The ladder is perfect! I love it there in your kitchen with the fabulous linens displayed on it! What a great find!

  7. Not a fan of the backs of plates, but I truly love what you have done with your decor.

  8. What a find the ladder was! I love it with the grain sacks, they look wonderful displayed on the rungs. How fun to be the winner of some blog giveaways!


  9. I love your ladder--but I am drooling over your chandelier!

  10. I found your blog threw French Larfspur...Wow very happy I tapped into your blog.Like yourself I'm new to blogging too , and I invite you to stop by for a visit...Love your style!!! I will be adding you to my blog roll...Blessings Lori

  11. Your home looks beautiful Cheryl! Love your ladder! And your tulips are beautiful!

  12. but those tulips are so pretty you almost have to take a lot of pictures!! The ladder idea is definitely something worth copying!!
    i am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

  13. Really love the ladder... your placement and what you did with it...and turning a plate so the back shows.......loving that!

    Great decorating job!


  14. love the ladder & the tulips tooo

  15. that blue ladder had your name on it, and it looks stunning in your kitchen. You know, I have seen MANY a ladder over the last 15 years or so, holding anything from towels in a bathroom, to quilts and table linens in the dining room. So that idea has been around a long time.
    Love the tulips, and love the prices and variety at Trader Joe's for flowers.
    By the way, the plates look great. I have seen a wall with all white serving platters turned around ones...I think it was in a house in Texas. Great idea.
    I wish you a hayy week,

  16. love where you placed the ladder. It looks great. Can't wait to see it in person.


  17. Hi Cheryl,
    I found you from Eleventh House blog. I saw you were a fellow nominee for The Versatile Blog Award. I just love your blog. I am your newest follower!

  18. ADORE your ladder, so perfect with the grainsacks, aren't you glad you bought it!! I love TJ flowers too, even though I have to drive there from Canada, it's worth the trip!!

  19. I just love your ladder looks perfect in your kitchen! ~Deb~

  20. Don't you just love these blog hops where we get to find and meet new blog friends? Glad I found you. I'm a new follower and I would love if you stopped by and followed back, so we can stay connected. Lori

  21. Hi Cheryl!
    LOVE your new ladder...just perfect for your beautiful kitchen!
    Your photos are beautiful!

  22. Hi Cheryl, Your ladder is so unique and wonderful! Great color, I'm such a blue person. BTW, if you ever want to sell any of your terrific grain sacks, give a holler. Hard to find here in the East.
    Mary Alice

  23. I love the ladder. I would also love for you to stop by and link up at my linky party via:

    PS: I am your newest Linky Follower

    Mrs. Delightful

  24. I think the flipped plate is perfect!!! As is everything else you have pictured...Happy Tuesday, Cheryl...XOXO Tanya

  25. That ladder looks so pretty in there, especially with all those linens! I've had one in my dining room for quite awhile. I'm redoing things in there now though, so I'm not sure what I'll be doing with it. Hope you're having a good week :)

  26. Hello Cheryl,
    Great blog you have here! I love your style. I think we both like blue and white very much. :)
    You found a fabulous ladder and it looks perfect with those towels and flowers in the foreground.
    I found a similar ladder last fall, and did the same thing you did - copied Tracey's idea of hanging towels.
    She's so good to emulate!
    Take care - I'll be following. Happy White Wednesday!
    - Susan

  27. Just wanted to say that i spent way more time than I intended exploring your lovely blog. Stopping over via the blog hop! So nice to meet you!I'm a new follower :)


  28. Beautiful ladder Cheryl and such pretty Tulips. Your giveaway wins are really nice too. The blue and white reminds me of my sweet mom. She loved decorating in those colors.

  29. Love the back of the plate, and color tones of towels, chandelier, wish I had kept my dad's ladder!

  30. Hi Cheryl,
    The ladder looks amazing...Now I want one too...Hee, hee, hee. Just took a little peak around your beautiful home...Just perfectly dreamy. Congratulations on your giveaways wins. Have a wonderful day.

    Hugs and Kisses,

  31. What a lovely tulips with a lovely chandelier. Looks like it fits to my condo. :)

    condo in Philippines

  32. Cheryl! You won another giveaway at A Cottage Muse!!! Yay!!! Good for you!! :)

  33. Some of the backstamps on transfer ware plates are as beautiful as the images on the front...after all the backstamps are transfer printed the same way the fronts are so they are sometimes every bit as artisitic! One that always comes to mind is Crown Ducal's Colonial Times which has a large stamp featuring an image of pilgrims...very cool. Love your display of plates and love that old ladder!


  34. Love seeing your opaline chandy again! It looks so pretty with the ladder in the background~

  35. Hi Cheryl!!!

    Oh this is just lovely! Those plates look PERFECT in your home - loved what you did with them and thank you for posting about it! :) That really makes me all warm & fuzzy inside {to see these vintage treasures displayed in a wonderful home like yours!}. :) And your ladder and tulips are perfect!!! I'm still on the look out for the perfect one!!! Thanks for sharing - your home is always so gorgeous!!! :)


  36. I love your decorating style and your photos are wonderful. I've seen your posts featured often, and I don't know what took me so long, but I'm your newest follower!


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May you have a happy day:) Cheryl