That people could come into the world in a place they could not at first even name and had never known before; and that out of a nameless and unknown place they could grow and move around in it until its name they knew and called out with love, and call it HOME, and put the roots there and love others there; so that whenever they left this place they would sing homesick songs about it and write poems of yearning for it, like a lover...Willam Goyden
Last week I showed some photos of my block glass window transformation which is part of the Master Bath. I'm not ready to put any major money into the bathroom yet (not that I've got any, anyway) so I'm just going with what is here...wallpaper...not my choice but it's fairly neutral, bright brass fixtures...not my choice but I'm envisioning some antiqued bronze fixtures down the road, and carpet...definitely not my choice for a bathroom.
Here are some pictures, some of which I showed last week, before I'd gotten into this little project. The vanity has two sinks, one on either end and a large mirror that runs the length of it (about 11' wide x 3.5' high).
There is about 2' of space above the mirror and I knew it would be the perfect spot for hanging some transferware plates. I chose to hang a mix of purple and green plates. I first laid them out on the floor to get an idea of how they'd look. I always read to do this first anyway, but admit I usually just start going for it!
I started with this platter in the middle. It's an 1886 piece from the Aesthetic Movement and I just love the bird and florals in this. Green is fairly hard to find as well.This piece was made by T G & F Booths who operated in Tunstall 1883-1891. The pattern is Richmond, depicting a bird on a dogwood or cherry blossom branch. A geometric border surrounds the scene accented with circular florettes and different floral blooms (dogwood, chrysanthemum, berries, etc) .
I got my plates all hung up and decided that the mirror needed more softening around it. It is a straight cut mirror. I found a sheer window panel with a purple and amber scrolled pattern on clearance for $11. I cut it in half lengthwise and tied it tightly about every 12" and then pinned it across the top of the mirror draping a little pink veined green silk ivy across the top.
I had just enough room left in the center of the window sheer to add a gorgeous wreath full of Spring colors of lilac, lavender, pink, cream, green and a subdued rusty orange.
The wreath hands between the window sheers, just below my green bird platter, right at the mirror line so it hangs down over the mirror here a little. The mirror is so large and even with this hanging down it doesn't interfere at all with dressing, etc.
I've had this antique, green pair of metal glove stretchers/forms for years and decided to hang them from the wreath...not sure how well you can see them in my skillfully shot photos (I wish) with my high dollar camera (another wish) but here it is anyway:
So now I've got the top done and brought in things for the countertop. Last week I posted about my antique soup tureen (you'll like this post if you like my posts on the history of transferware pieces) turned washcloth holder...that's the ceterpiece, directly below the wreath.
To either side of the tureen I created a vignette of various pieces of transferware that I use to hold and display makeup, lip pencils, hair pins, jewlery and even sunglasses.
This little salt cellar is used as a trinket dish and displays some rhinestone studded bobbi pins and barettes. I pinned a couple of butterfly upright on the edge of the dish so they look like they're hovering above.
This antique gravy bowl with attached under plate holds my sunglasses (Shawn calls one of them my Jackie-O glasses) and a few more barrettes. The jade necklace draped over the side is the first gift Shawn gave me, Christmas Eve 1985. I was 18 years old.
A creamer holds more barrettes and a couple of them pinned to the side for display
And a dragonfly pin (minus his antennae) is perched atop a covered sugar bowl
I had to add something masculine here as well. After all, it is my mans side of the vanity (gotta love that men don't need as much room as women do). I found this giant, vintage, sales sample shaving lotion bottle for $2! I draped a vintage Royal Borealis bracelet that my Mom gave me around the lid. I love the amber hues in this!
Opposite, I displayed more transferware pitchers, creamers and plates.
This plate holds some perfume bottles I decorated and some of Moms old beaded gloves. They're so dainty!
I love a little silver and these two pitchers on the right are some of my favorites. They are by Wedgwood in the Ferrara pattern and have a silver overlay. One holds foundations and one lip and eye liners. I have an old wood engraved box full of jewelry that one of my Grandmothers left me when I was in third grade. I found the pretty hair comb in it and stuck it at the back of the pitcher. It's so pretty, with green beading. It looks Spanish to me.
This Masons Ascot tea caddy on the left holds q-tips and I found an antique, engraved sterling nail brush, tray and perfume bottle to display in this little vignette as well.
I added soap dispensers by each sink
I had two medicine cabinets that I've never used...not sure I'll keep these here or not but I hung one above each of the towel racks that are next to each sink.
When all was said and done...it went from this:
Next week I'm working on this area:
I'm linking up with Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday, A House in the Roses for Show off your Cottage Monday, Make it Monday, Do It Yoursef Showoff, Rhoda at Thrifty Treasures Monday Strut Your Stuff Thursday & It's So Very Cheri.
Tabletop Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Tabletop Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life