Monday, January 25, 2016

On The Road, Finding Decorative Pieces

There is a fine second hand shop in Appleton, where I used to find the most interesting pieces to decorate our old Victorian.  I found this beautiful two-piece Northwood punch bowl and cups at that shop.  It looks splendid in our tomato red dining room.  

A friend Kathy was with me and she saw the punch bowl first, sitting on the counter.  Being a collector of antique glassware herself, she wanted me to see this piece immediately.  After circling the store, she found me and whispered. "there is an lovely Northwood punch bowl at the counter you need to see". 

I bought a lovely 5 light chandelier for the east bedroom there and a credenza there to store bed linens in my upstairs laundry room.  Also, four gold rimmed pressed glass berry bowls, with matching cream and sugar pieces (pictured in these photos). 

On another adventure, Kathy and I took a road trip to Galena, IL and stayed at a Victorian Bed and Breakfast.  It was lots of fun visiting all the shops on the main street, but the tags were priced for royalty.  However, on our return trip to Wisconsin, we stopped at a little collectibles shop in Cuba City, IL.

In the Cuba City shop Kathy spotted a four piece set of  marigold color "Anniversary" Jeannette-McKee marigold plates, cups, and saucers, and salad plate  (c1960s).   

The marigold candy dish I believe is Fenton.  Ceramic birds and stack of old books made a good looking Thanksgiving table.  

Have you every noticed all the different birds in my house?  Every room is decorated with a bird or two.  It is so subtle, no one sees them but me.  I don't think my husband even realizes it.

Henry is the pheasant who lives on the mantle in the dining room.

Iron curtain holders with bird in the upstairs bath

Blue Heron, Front Door

Two Blue Herons Etched Glass Door 
West Porch Door

Iron garment hooks on several bedroom doors and bath upstairs

Iron garment hooks on several bedroom doors and bath upstairs

The early bird gets the worm, and I've gots lots to do today!  

Talk to you later.


  1. First of all, I want to tell you how delighted I am to read your blog and see your wonderful Victorian home decorated in Victorian style, you don't see that too much here in blogland anymore, so thank you!
    I enjoyed reading about what you have purchased at the second hand store, sounds like a good one. Your Northwood punch bowl is absolutely beautiful, the scalloped, lacy edge is very nice and that color would look great with tomato red.
    I am a fan of taxidermy birds and like your pheasant on the mantle. Are your crows taxidermy too? They sure are cute, and great names too!
    Is that a gumball machine I see in your wonderful bathroom? How cute!
    Again, I so enjoyed reading your blog. Please post more often. :)
    Have a wonderful week, and happy hunting!

  2. I love the story of the birds. What fun names, especially for black birds. All your vignettes look perfect. You's that artistic eye you have. Happy Decorating.

  3. Your bathroom is beautiful-LOVE,LOVE, LOVE the wallpaper! And, I've always wanted a gumball machine and I noticed yours. With two grandsons I maybe could make some $! Your hmoe is gorgeous! Jamie from Kansas