Thursday, May 23, 2013


Lavender was my grandmother's favorite color.
Her room was that palest shade of purple for the walls with a chenille bedspread on the cherrywood low four poster bed. The bed had a matching dresser and on the dresser she had a pair of milk glass lamps.
The Decorologist has a room like it  here.
I love this. Traditional but with a modern feel.
When my brother, Dave had his stroke three years ago, I was heading down to Waco quite often to visit him in rehab.
You can read about it here
It was a stressful and painful time. Usually I
needed to take a breather on the way home from a visit.
(I didn't think I should be crying all the way up I 35.)  
Stopping at an antique shop is a great stress reliever for me and it would give me an opportunity to calm down and regroup before heading further up the highway.   

I saw this platter in one of the shops and was captivated by the purple. I was instantly reminded of my grandmother's room.
 I wasn't a pink girl. My favorite color was purple just like my Granny. 
 At the time I really didn't have anything else in this light and lovely purple hue but I instantly knew I wanted to incorporate the platter somewhere in my home. 
I thought it was a bargain at $35.00.
The plan was to use it in the guest room when my youngest moved out. I thought it would make a cute dresser tray. 
 It never made it up there to Jonnie's room. 
It has become a fixture on the buffet in the dining room.
 Even after Dave recovered and went home, I enjoyed hunting for more vintage white china with lavender or lilac details. 
I found quite a few and sprinkled them around the house.

I was thrilled when I found some cute pillows at Kirklands.
some purple candles.

I love purple, lavender, lilac. It is calming, soothing and chic.
It brings back warm, happy memories of summers at my grandparents. Memories of their cottage at the lake, their house in the city and the beautiful gardens at both of their properties. 
It has been three years since Dave had the stroke. He has done amazingly well. His speech has improved immensely thanks to the faithful speech therapists in Clifton and at Baylor University. They are miracle workers.

It's interesting how I retreat to the familiar and soothing during times of trouble. 
Am I the only one? 

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  1. It's great to surround ourselves with things that evoke good memories. Your vintage china reminds me of pieces my aunt had. Glad that your brother is doing well.

  2. Beautiful room Katie! What a lovely dish! I too fall for items that evoke special memories.It is always wonderful when it is something passed down from a family member.But sometimes you can find that special treasure when out hunting that brings back lovely memories <3
    Have a wonderful weekend!