Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Silver Linings






From the moment 
I laid eyes
on this photo, 
I fell in love.

Simply divine.


Guess I just have a soft spot
in my heart for shiny silvery elegance.

Do you?


#teapot


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Antique silver calling card boxes.



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Have you ever seen such a tub?



Can you imagine serving from this punch bowl during the holidays?






Would like to have a collection of these sterling tipped walking sticks.



I am not put off
by the fact that this wonderful
shiny metal needs a little TLC
every now and then.

In fact, I actually
enjoy polishing silver.
(I know, I'm weird that way)
I'm also very sentimental 
about my inherited silver pieces.



Do you love silver
or is it too 
high maintenance
to you?

from Ralph Lauren Home
Tell me your thoughts?

44 comments:

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

It just says "class." I don't have too much of it, as my Early American style doesn't call for it, but I do love the look of it! When I did the Bed and Breakfast I had some warming pieces!
xoxo
Me

Carolyn@SweetChaos said...

I love silver, but I'm kind of a slacker when it comes to polishing. Most of mine came from my grandmother. She probably cringes every time she sees it tarnished. She always kept it perfectly polished.

Love that tub!

Pamela Gordon said...

That is quite the punch bowl!! I do love the shine of silver but the polishing is a bit low on my list of favorite things to do. :)

Babs said...

Love the silver tipped walking sticks...love, love silver, and love polishing it. I'm weird that way, too.
Hugs,
Babs

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Oh shoot! I thought it was yours all the silver glitter! Gorgeous, I wish I had all of them too, such amazing things. Thanks for sharing Alyson. Hope you visit my 300 yr. old hacienda. Hugs,
FABBY

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Yes, I do love silver and I don't mind cleaning it either. See, you're not so weird.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love the few pieces I have. I don't use it much so I don't polish it as much as I should!

michele said...

i'm with you. i find it relaxing to polish silver even though i do it rather infrequently since i don't mind the darkening of some pieces. timeless!

michele

Content in a Cottage said...

Once I get started polishing my collection of sterling trophy cups that are on display in my living room I can't stop. I need to do do this more often though. Yes, I do love silver.

Shelby said...

I absolutely adore silver! It doesn't matter what kind: plate, sterling, flatware or hollow...it's all good. And polishing it is almost instant gratification for me. (Nice to know there are fellow "weirdies" out there!)

Thanks for your inspiring blog and beautiful photography.

Sue said...

Alison, As much as I love the gleam of silver, I have to say I am a bit of a slacker when it comes to keeping it bright and shiny. Consequently, I tend to embrace the tarnished look! LOL
Oh to have someone to do it for me. Ha ha...

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

I love silver too Alison! I've seen that first pic before and remembered how it made my heart beat!

Andrea said...

I adore silver....but I don't mind it a bit tarnished, either =0

Erin~Just*Grand said...

I have some wonderful, unigue pieces that my mom collected... She was an antiques dealer and she knew her stuff - how to understand all the markings etc. It's greek to me, but I love the lines and the details. I don't like to polish although the polishing cloths make it a bit easier. When I inherited the silver, I ordered several yards of silver cloth online and I wrap the bigger items in that. They stay nice and shiny that way. I keep several smaller favorites out on display and I think about my Mom when I polish them, and I do enjoy that. Thanks for postignyour pictures!

thistlewoodfarm said...

I love silver, too! I love to stamp silver, use silver everyday, display silver and make jewelry from old silver spoons!

My favorite picture was the sink. Absolutely beautiful

Tartan Terrace said...

Alison - These pictures are gorgeous and so inspiring. I love silver and have been lucky to inherit quite a bit of it. I collect sterling christening cups (the older and more dented, the better). I'm not crazy about polishing it, so I make my husband do it!

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

I do love silver, but also enjoy the tarnished look as well as the polished look. There is something so elegant about these wonderful pieces you shared, Allison. I have never seen a tub like that one before. Can we just say WOW?

xo
Becky

The enchanted home said...

Hi Alison...trying to catch up a little. LOVE silver and like you, its one of the few things I don't mind cleaning:) Something about seeing it take on its new gleam excites me....sound familiar? I especially love antique silver with a little patina, I get so excited when I find something really good!

laxsupermom said...

I love polishing my silver. I find it relaxing. Love that tub and the whole room, really! Gorgeous images! Thanks for sharing.

Bev said...

I love to polish silver, but try not to do it too much since the silverplate on a teapot is in need of being resilvered. Seems the silver I keep on display "yellows" from the gas heat. I give them a good soapy bath and dry with a soft cloth. Keep other pieces and flatwear in Pacific cloth. I LOVE your blog, your excellant taste & pix!!

Priscilla said...

I don't think you are odd, at all.
I love silver and the satisfaction of cleaning it. I received my first place setting of sterling when I was 2 years old. More pieces were added each birthday, Christmas, and lots for my wedding. I have collected hollowware since then. My daughter bought herself a wonderful full (12 settings, 9 pieces each, plus serving pieces) set of antique flatware at auction a few years ago. She has been enjoying using them, since then. I have my mother's and grandmother's as well. Love it all.

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

I adore silver. I think it is timeless and universal, goes anywhere! I don't have any heirloom pieces, but I drop my silver into an aluminum roasting pan full of hot water and I dump in some baking soda....it is miraculous!

Lou Cinda

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

I adore silver! I love the beauty and versitility of it.

A Hint of Home said...

Gorgeous pictures, Alison!
I have seen a hammered copper bath tub similar to the picture you showed. It was so expensive!!
Have a great day!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Totally love it and just pulled out a ton and created vignettes. Love that bathroom too. Hugs, Marty

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Alison, these images are gorgeous! I love using silver and don't mind polishing it. Sometimes, I just need to have that little shine, along with my crystal.

jsides said...

The first item/picture made my heart skip a beat also! Love it!
The punchbowl was out of this world beautiful!!! I have a few pieces, don't mind polishing. I need to use it more. :)

Karen said...

OOOh, I love ALL of this.. especially the sink.. and the TUB!!!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Caring for silver is like making something come back to life again and makes you smile!..

Love the sink and also the tub..both so spectacular.

Karen said...

I love my silver and don't mind polishing it when it needs it.
I'm so happy to have found you from Tartan Terrace today. I have enjoyed a tour of some of your posts and feel a great kinship. My husband often says "plaid, is your favorite color" and I have a fair amount of equestrian accents in my home. I will enjoy seeing your next post.
Karen

Sarah said...

Not sure how I missed this one yesterday, Alison. Love seeing these shiny pics. ;-)
And yes, I'm one of the weird ones ~ I love to polish metals. LOL
~ Sarah

Tracy F. said...

I have lots of silver that I love to polish, so I guess I'm weird, too!I've been using my sterling flatware every day for 37 years---and hand-washing it! I don't mind a bit, because it has always brought me such pleasure.

Carole said...

That sink and tub are decadent but boy would I love to have them in my house. I love silver anything and don't polish any of it. I'm lazy.
Congrats on being featured in old painted cottage.

x
Carole

Tina said...

WOW! Love all the pictures but I am torn between the tub and that beautiful sink. Well, the few pieces of silver I do have not been polished in a while!! But I don't mind polishing it.

Barbara Bussey {The Treasured Home} said...

I love silver and thankfully have inherited a lot of it. I use the flat wear that I got for my wedding, Grande Baroque, in the dishwasher...oops! Someday it may need to be repeated, but at least I'm using it!

How do I get a hold of you!?? Don't see a contact thing on your blog...
Cheers!

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Love it...in fact just bought a new piece today at a garage sale!!

Andrea said...

I love the look of silver but not necessarily the maintenance. That tub is absolutely gorgeous!

Andrea said...

I love the look of silver but not necessarily the maintenance. That tub is absolutely gorgeous!

Ivy and Elephants said...

I just love the look of silver and these photos are amazing!I'm working back and trying to catch up on all your wonderful posts. Divine! We'd love to have you link to WIW and share with us. Hope you can make it!
Big hugs,
Patti

Anonymous said...

Silver in my opinion is an ABSOLUTE must for everyone. For delightful eye candy -- next time you are in Atlanta, go to Beverly Bremmer's Silver Shop.

50cc moped said...

This all silver art look really increase beauty in this picture.It look so awesome.Silver all things are increase beauty in the home decorations.

Sue said...

I love my silver too. From my Reed & Barton sterling to thrift store treasures I love it all. Like you I find maintaining it pleasurable but do have to admit often having a hard time keeping up with it.
Beautiful post.

Debbiedoo's said...

I am into silver and tarnished these days. Just has a classic old vintage look. I do not have much of it though and am on the look out for more fun pieces.

Bliss said...

I. Want. That. TUB!!!!

~Bliss~