Lilies, Pinecones & Pearls

Thanksgiving and Christmas do not always mean decorating with cedar, holly, spruce or other fresh evergreens or pumpkins and colorful leaves.   Having the colors of white, black, cream and worn red in the main rooms, I am often at a dilemma as to what color flowers (or maybe vegetables) to incorporate in a fall floral arrangement.  Think out of the box...think out of the box...think out of the box......I often have to tell myself.

  For Thanksgiving, I decided on white lilies bought at the local grocer. The  price was right and they smelled incredible.  Their creaminess looked so pretty along with the white pumpkins and the mellowed patina of the off white holiday tree in the background.
Their delicate nature made a wonderful statement against the earthy and organic hue of the bare naked pine cone branches. 

No green, no orange, no burgundy, .....just the quiet elegance and soft spoken elements of the lilies and tiny cones.
  Perched at the bottom of the old ironstone pitcher, my birdie adds to the charm of this vignette.  Her green moss enhances the green of the lily leaves and adds another aspect to the quiet tones of creams and browns.  Around her neck an old child's rosary bracelet, the old cross worn gorgeous with the age of time.  A gift from a friend, who knows my love of old, it is a true treasure that I will cherish.  Maybe it will adorn a winter angel in a few weeks as I begin my Christmas decorating but for now I will enjoy the lilies. 
My love of creams, worn black, and aged red carries over in my weekly treasure hunt for the booth and website boutique.  A recent favorite find was this gorgeous old worn crock, with luscious crazing and some age spots, (not unlike myself :).  I am crazy about the black transfer ware of the wording and wreath on the intricate logo.   So sweet in the summer filled with happy zinnias or in the deep winter filled with holly and fun red and white stripe candy canes.  Just listed in The Vintage Nest, its charm is unmistakable.
I have a question for you.  Like I mentioned above I love creams and dirty whites and worn black.  Recently I have seen some gorgeous images of beautifully orchestrated bookshelves and vignettes but all the books are turned around backwards so you only see the pages and not the spine......mostly worn white.  It makes for a beautiful photo but how in the world, say if you actually wanted to read a book, would you be able to pick an interesting title?  Just asking.  :)    xoxoxo
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RobinfromCA said...

Your vignette is just beautiful and I love the pearls on the little bird! I may have to borrow that idea!

I'm with you on the backwards books. I actually read my books so I need them to announce themselves! :-)


Unknown said...

Hi Lynn, Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving..how is Adie? Improving I pray...I agree with you on the flowers choice. I love all flowers all year so I never stick to just what the holiday seems to shout at us..the color of these Lillies are stunning. And it does give a quietness to their surroundings. Beautiful and I adore your little miss moss bird..

LizlovesVintage said...

It's all about the decor, for some I guess? I bet they don't read!! Ha, Ha. The lilies look perfect. Funny how I just think of them only at Easter. I'm loving the color combo. As always, thank you for leaving such kind comments on my Blog. I love when you stop by!!
xxx Liz

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

You know I looooove your style. I like to use magnoilias and iced twigs or manzanita branches ...
mmmmm I love books, I love seeing the spines. While I do like creams, off white etc. I have to have some color AND I want to see the titles :))


Blondie's Journal said...

Your colors were perfect...I love the lilies! It's nice to come up with a different color scheme or theme every year...whatever strikes you!

The crock is really beautiful, I love the crazing. It would be perfect holding some wildflowers in the spring and summer! great find!

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, Lynn!


Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Lynn, Your pictures are beautiful and I love the flowers. Thanks again for a wonderful Thanksgiving and I appreciate you sharing this post at the Open House party.

SImple and Serene Living said...

Beautiful and I love that sweet little birdie with its pearl necklace :)

Victorian1885 said...

What a beautiful display! The pearls add that little extra touch too! Have a great week!


Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

How beautiful! Love the lilies and the sweet bird with the pearls.

I have often wondered the same thing about those turned around books.

Ivy and Elephants said...

The lilies are so fabulous. They just put you in the spirit of Christmas. I would love it if you could share this post on our blog. We just launched a linky party


Cottage and Broome said...

I love the alternative colors for the holidays too but it is hard to move away from the reds. I try to use silver, cream and pinks in most of the house and leave the reds for the family room. Will be you newest follower, Laura - Cottage and Broome

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

So sweet! Love the bird with her pearls.

Shelia said...

Hi Lynn! Oh, your vignette is so beautiful! Your photography is beautiful also!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Beverly said...

Lynn, everything looks lovely.

I'm with you on the reversed book. While I like the look, I know I couldn't live with it.

I've been sick with a terrible cold and cough. I'm on week three, and I am beginning to feel a bit better. Unfortunately, now my sweet husband has it.

I hope you'll be joining us every Pink Saturday as we celebrate the holiday season together.

Margaret Cloud said...

I love the picture of the vase and lilies. I also look beyond them and see a nicely arranged table with several items, looks very nice. I also like that marmalade jar. Did you ever think of becoming a home decorater, you would be good at it.Have a nice week and will be looking forward to seeing your Christmas decoration.

Shelia said...

Hi Lynn! I'm back to say I hope you'll show us some of those Italian chalk Nativity pieces. I hope you find your shepherd and wise man! ;)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

mercedes scott said...

Lynn, I'm loving the arrangement you've put together! You've given me a great idea with the pearls on the birdie; I think I'll steal it (is that ok?). Happy White Wednesday :)

Lynn said...

OH. MY. GOODNESS. these photographs are gorgeous!
When I returned from my Thanksgiving trio, guess what I found in my collected mail!!!
Yep, the beautiful cookbook arrived! Just in time for Christmas baking!
Now please tell me where you got your Vintage Nest stickers!
Thank you for the great book!!!

Old Time Cindy said...

That crock is so sweet! And I'm with you on the book arranging. Arranging them backwards makes for a nice picture, but I have to live in my house. LOL!

Elaine said...

Hi Lynn! Your flowers are gorgeous, and the little bird with pearls is just adorable. I admit that I'm turned off by Christmas red and green. Just a little too vivid for my taste.

Visiting from Ivy & Elephants!

Creating Wonderful Spaces

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Oh I love the lilies....so very PRETTY!!!


Christie Hines said...

lol! Oh Lynn, girl ain't that the truth with books being turned backwards...how would we be able to find the one you wanted to read... that's a good question.

Love your holiday decor...everything is beautiful, and so unique and different...gosh I love love love your gingham sofa :)
Hope you have a wonderful holiday season...looks like it's gonna be perfect!
Big hugs,

Sandi McBride said...

How lovely is this? Too lovely for words

Sarah said...

Lynn, that little green birdie dressed in pearls is too cute. You've given me an idea. ;-)
~ Sarah

The Inspired Nest said...

Your photos are just beautiful. I am in love with that sweet bird! Just gorgeous!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Lynn...

My friend, your lily and pinecone arrangement is FABULOUS and ohhh sooo beautiful! It really is different, unique...and I love that! Of course the creamy white lilies look beautiful in your room! Love the pretty Christmas tree in the background too! Little mossy birdie is too cute and very stylish with the beautiful pearl rosary for decoration! I love it all and your photos are FABULOUS!!! This was such a treat, my friend...thank you for sharing your beautiful home and lilies with us!

Warmest Christmas Wishes,

Honey at 2805 said...

Your post is gorgeous, Lynne. The lilies, pinecones and pearls work together so beautifully!

Re the books: In the office, I have a wall of books with the spines turned so they can be read. In my master, there is a wall of built in cabinets and bookcases (sounds strange for a bedroom, doesn't it?) All of the books are old, no longer read, etc. I have them turned around backwards. Some that might be referred to from time to time are on the lower shelves. I really like the unified color of the cream pages and it is more restful to look at. This would never work in the office.

Thank you for linking your beautiful post to Potpourri Friday!

Trotter said...

Hi Lynn! Sorry for the absence, but there was a small accident around here...

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!!

Blogtrotter Two is spending a day at sea. Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend!

Geneva said...

Stunning photographs... and I liked your idea of using black, white and cream for Thanksgiving...also loved the pearls wrapped around your little birdies neck! How cute! It was inspiring to see your beautiful decor... Thank You!

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