Quilts, Color Flow, Boots All in a Row

Dated: 03/14/2013

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Here's another guest post from Ellen Barnes of the blog Black and White and Loved All Over. In this one she's started a vintage quilt collection and is pondering color flow in her East Nashville home. 

I'm a big kid with a potty mouth, but I just so happen to have the home decor preferences of a 75-year-old. Especially when it comes to textiles. I like chenille bedspreads and funky patterned sheets, and most of all: quilts. Last week I gave the granny inside of me the thrill of her lifetime and bid on and won two quilts on eBay, one a Dresden Plate pattern and one with appliqué butterflies. Both are purportedly from the 1930s or '40s and seem meant for snuggles and picnics and photo backdrops for years to come. I was crossing my fingers that they were as lovely as they looked in the pictures, and they so are. They arrived in the mail this week, all perfectly faded and well-cared-for, pieced together by hand with scraps of fabric that have my heart. My imagination goes bananas when I look at these quilts. Who made them and for whom? Was it a wedding present or a personal project, and were the fabrics sourced from outgrown baby pinafores and handkerchiefs or from painstakingly collected feed sacks?

I swear I've slept better the last two nights under this beautiful old quilt. Good nights make my days better. That and the sunshine, which has elbowed its way into every corner of the house. Today I made the beds and wandered around taking photos of some of my favorite spots here. I am so grateful for this old bungalow and for a husband who lets me granny up the place.

I put the butterfly quilt on the back of our couch. Even though my oldest daughter is mad about that. She wants it on her bed.

I also found this adorable old Dresden plate pillowcase on eBay for 10 bucks:

And then there was this quilt top that I got for $30! I cut it in in half and turned it into a curtain to cover up the ever-present mess in our little laundry room. I am so happy with it.

A lot of what I've been working toward with the house is better flow and more color consistency. I've blogged about this before, but our house was previously all over the map in terms of color and even decor styles. I like eclectic homes, but I also like direction. I'm trying to hone in on certain colors for our house, colors that can be found again and again--like mint and ocean blue. Really, I'm trying to hone in on what colors make me happiest, and I'm drifting toward pastels. Not sure if it's just because spring is almost here. (Hurry, hurry!) Here a couple more of my favorite new spots in our house:

This lampshade is from this darling little shop in East Nashville called Eclectic. The shade was made by a local company called Sisters of Nature. I literally couldn't live without it.

And this is the bench in our hall upstairs. I painted it Benjamin Moore's "Wyeth Blue" a few months ago (same as our front door and the mantle in our bathroom), and we like to keep our rain boots lined up here--a modern day Papa Bear, Mama Bear, and Baby Bear. My littlest needs rain boots, too. For now, her hot pink Coverse are here.

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TJ Anderson

TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....

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