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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

A Plain Jane Vignette

My second post of the day!

I was intrigued by a new blog party -- Ready, Set, Vignette hosted by Beth at The Stories Of A 2 Z. Click on highlighted words, or the button at the end of the post to go check out other favorite vignettes, old and new!

And at Faded Charm blog, Kathleen is hosting White Wednesday. Again, click and go visit!

I am repeating a February post; I found I don't have too many vignettes at That Old House!
If you want to see my Outdoor Wednesday post for today, with some wonderful raindrop photos by my husband, click here!

I love 19th century one-drawer stands.

They are such a pure and plain form, and so useful -- just the right size for tucking in next to a chair, to hold a cup of tea and a book, or for cozying up next to an old 4-poster bed as a nightstand.

I am especially fond of a country Sheraton poplar and cherry stand that Howard and I bought when we lived in Pittsburgh; this poor thing has been dragged to about six different homes in three different states with us, and has finally come to roost in a corner of the parlor at That Old House.

After working hard for us for many years, now it's retired to a pretty cushy job;
all it has to do is behave itself, stay in its corner, and look pretty.
And now I get to place some things on its top, and leave them there,
and know that no one is going to move them, or want to play with them.

I've got white china elephants, one from my Mom, two from eBay.

A Christmas Cactus, one of the many cultivated from my Grandmother's massive plant.

A few old books. I have a lot of old books, most of them gifts from a great aunt, Tante Margaret.

Put them all together, and ta-da! It's a tabletop vignette.
It's not fancy or bling-y, but that's fitting.
After all, it's a plain old table in a plain old room.

Have a lovely Wednesday! Many thanks if you leave a comment; I love to read them! I will try and do the same for you if I can keep Howard away from the computer long enough! -- Cass


  1. Love it! My Mom thinks every home needs some elephants for luck, so we have a couple too!
    xoxo Pattie

  2. Why do you call that "plain jane?"

    I think, at the very least, it is "lovely jane"

  3. Love it! So simple, but makes a huge statement. Love the wall color, love the little table too. AND I LOVE your header and seeing your fantastic house! Wow! Yes, that would be a dream of mine too, to live in a house like yours.

    Thanks for the hint about soap in the linen closet. I have placed dryer sheets in there but not soaps! :)


  4. Hi Cassie! Oh, I love this little table and how you've dressed her! The lamp is gorgeous and I see you Christmas cactus looks so healthy. Did it bloom? That's an awfully cute elephant. My sister in law collects elephants!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  5. Cass,
    Not plain at all. Beautiful table, beautiful lamp, beautiful plant and elephant with trunk up for good luck.

  6. Thanks so much for linking up! The Christmas cactus is the perfect compliment to your elephants and I love the wood grain and stain of the end table!

  7. Pretty vignette - nothing Plain Jane about it.

  8. I just love your elephants, lol.
    Have a nice day.
    Love Elzie

  9. Cass, awesome look! I have to say that your home is one of the most beautiful homes I have ever seen! Love it! Great soap idea! Thanks for sharing.

  10. Wow, I am new here and I love your house. I am a fan of old homes. Love the architecture. YOu definately have a beautiful one. I need to look around a little more. Love your vignette too.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment, I always love to hear what people have to say.

  11. love love love your elephants! ...and your house is beautiful! Please accept my invitation to drop in at my place one day this week when you get a moment. I have become a follower and would be honored if you choose to do the same!

  12. Love your table! But I wanted to know about the stuff under IT. Is that a vintage painted lunch box?

    :) Michelle

  13. simple and elegant, what more can anybody ask ?
    We have a rhino and elephant collection!
    thanks for visiting!

  14. Hi Cass, Thanks so much for coming by my blog for a visit and your sweet comment about my knobs.
    I laughed so hard when you mentioned the kid crap always being around as long as the kids are.

    I was hoping the miniature trunk WAS a lunch box so I could copy it. I just love how it looks with the clock and the lantern.

    :) Michelle


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