Wednesday, August 17, 2011

PINK !!!!!!


The belly of the Conk Shell, found in a French Wire Plant Stand on my Side Porch.Sometimes the most purest colors come from Nature.

A group of Surprise Lilies  in my side yard. They come up in the spring with green leaves, the leaves die and surprise, in August you get these stems full of the most wonderful pink lilies. 

Fairy Pink Roses, bloom all season. 

Part of a French Chamber set, this pot is the most lucious pink I have.

Pink Italian beaded chandelier in my pink Guest bath.
      Shall we start with a simple Art lesson? There are three primary colors, Red, Blue and Yellow. From these three colors, plus white, the absence of all color, and Black, the presence of all color, all other colors are made. If one adds white to a color it becomes a Tint  of the former color. If you add black to a color, it becomes a Shade  of the original colors. PINK is a mixture of Red and White. Adding more White makes it a lighter tint. There are all tints and shades of Pink. Other primary and secondary colors can be added to Pink to make it a different shade. Adding a little blue, changes pink to more on the purple side. Adding Black makes Pink a little on the gray side. Yellow changes pink to be a little, what we call Peach. Endless combinations are possible and I am sure that is why  some paint company many years ago invented a machine to figure this all out.
   Pink is sometimes referred to as,"the color of love." The use of the word, "Pink," for the color known today as, "Pink," was first recorded in the late 17th century. Although Pink is roughly considered just a Tint  of Red, the fact most variations of Pink lie between Red, White and Magenta.Roseus is a Latin word meaning,"Rosy," or,"Pink." Lucretius used the word Pink to describe the dawn in his poem,"On the nature of things." The word is often used in the binomial names of several species, such as Rosy Starling. .In most Indo-European- languages, the color Pink is called Rosa.
     The color Pink is named after the flowers called,"PINKS." A flowering plant in the Dianthus family. The name derives from the frilled edge of the flowers. The verb,"to pink," dates from the 4th century. In German the word for Pink is Peck.

One of a Pair of French Old Paris Fan Vases. Only the French can do Pink like This.

Walnut Etergee in Down River Parlor full of English Pink Bristol. When Pink was my favorite color, I once took one of these vases to Home Depot to have the color matched by there computer, for paint for my parlor walls.

Italian Flower Pot with Matching Stand. Those Italians!

One of many pink Bristol pieces.

English Stroke on Trent Hand Painted Vase lives on the pier mirror in the entrance hall.

English Cased Glass Brides basket, from the Up River Parlor Center of the Room table. The pink is electric. 

    In Western Culture, the practice of assigning Pink to individual gender began in 1890's. At first pink was for boys. The reason, Pink, being a more decided and stronger color and more suitable for boys. At that time, Blue was the color for girls.In 1920's. the society norm was inverted, Pink became considered appropriate for Girls and then Blue was assigned to Boys. This practice has continued through the 21st century. Pink has become a Feminist color-a pink ribbon is the international symbol of breast cancer awareness.
   The phrase,"Pink-collar-workers," refers,  in the West, to persons working in fields or jobs regarded as women's work.

   Pink has often been used in the movie industry. Movies like,Pretty in Pink,Pink Cadillac, Pink Ladies in the movie ,Grease and Pink Moon. Pink has also been found in many song titles. Pink Friday, Pink House, Pink, Under the Pink, Pink Moon and Pink Cadillac.The 21st century even brought a Pop signer known by her first name, "Pink."
   Pink used to be my favorite color. Somehow I have left Pink, for a new love affair with Red. In some ways they are almost the same. I still love Pink, it is every where around me, in Nature and in the things I love, in my home. I was so surprised when I started this journey to find so much Pink in my life. I am sure a lot has to do with the fact  that it used to be my favorite. Pink is a easy color to live with. It always makes me smile. Sissy Dog even has a Pink belly (with black freckles). I can never get enough of her belly. I rub it and she goes on her back and feet in the air, saying come on Daddy,rub,rub,rub.
    I was asked by another Blogger, "How Sweet The Sound", to do a Pink Post this week. So here it is, in all it's PINKNESS. I hope you enjoyed my pink Journey. Please come by anytime for a real tour and I will always be glad to show you personally all the pinks in my life. Except, Sissy's Belly, I want to save that just for me. I will leave the lights on and Sissy Dog will always meet you with a jump and a big Pink kiss.
    HAVE A PINK DAY!!!!!

English Sterling and Bristol Pink Epergene, Up River Parlor, side table.

English Needlepoint Face Screen on Stand, with Meisen Nude at base. Pink roses in her hair. 

Another English Art Glass Brides Basket.

Hand Painted Pink Asters on a pair of Limoge Vases, Up River Parlor mantle. 
Hand Painted Britches on a Meissen Statue.

I have a lot of these English Peach Blow Bobechets scattered about the house.

 Hand Painted Limoge plate with a Lady in a Pink Dress. Up River Parlor.

Ralph Lauren Vintage inspired wallpaper, Blue Bed Room Closet.

Needlepoint Chair Seat, made by Me, Blue bed room.

Hand Painted Ginger Jar, Guest Bath.YUMMY!

French Zubber Hand Printed Wallpaper Boarder, Blue Bed room.

Pink Spirera in the Front Garden

Pink Plaid Silk on Child's Chair, Down River Parlor.

A very fancy French Limoge Plate. See the lady all dressed up in her finery and she is fishing?

A Shadow box Framed Bridal Head Piece made from Fish Scales, 

 Pink Italian Marble floor in my Guest Bath

French Automaton Doll in Pink Dress

French Zubber wallpaper in the purple bed room.

French Zubber Hand Printed Wallpaper Boarder in Purple Bed room with pink roses.

Pink Scalamandre Silk Trim, Purple Bed Room Curtains.

This is an example of how the man was dressed in pink and the lady in blue. This was a 19th century ideal. 

This is the baseboard going up my Stairs, I marblized it to match the pink marble floor in the bath room above. 

My favorite Summer Drink. Crystal Light, Strawberry-Orange-Banana. Just add water and stir. Almost is a desert. Come have a big glass with ice with me on my porch. You are Always  welcome!


xinex said...

So many lovely pinks, Richard, I am drooling! I love the chamber pot, the pot with the matching stand, those Old Paris vases, aaaah! Everything!...Christine

Divine Theatre said...

"Blushing is the color of virtue. "

Heirlooms by Ashton House said...

Oh, how glorious to live with such a profusion of pink. I do believe we are kindred spirits. This was another inspiring and informative post. I especially love that pink beaded chandelier and the pink Bristol glass.

akissfromthepast said...

wow. what a details :) :)

Beverly said...

Happy Pink Saturday, Richard. I hope you will enjoy being the featured blog this weekend.

You post is fabulous, and I knew it would be. You have so many gorgeous things, and you are so good about sharing them and the information about them with everyone. I am drooling over all the exquisite pink pieces.

Thank you for taking us all through the history and evolution of pink. I was so interesting. Hopefully one day I will be lucky enough to visit and share fellowship - and some of that refreshing drink.

sue in mexico mo said...

So many beautiful things. I love the conch shell. It is my favorite sea shell.

Pamela Gordon said...

Wow, that's a lot of pinks! I love the pretty plate with flowers on them best! And the Conch shell. I have one in the bathroom.

Cass @ That Old House said...

OK, now, Richard -- you have given me a serious case of sensory overload!

I need to carve out a special niche in the day to visit you as there is just so much to digest and LUST after in your posts.

You have some of the most exquisite things! The gorgeous pink slop jar made me smile; my mother used covered slop jars, most of them awash with roses, in her bathrooms as wastebaskets. 4 kids in the house -- and she taught us to be CAREFUL, and we were -- she gave actual lessons on how to take off and replace the china lid safely. The only person to ever chip a lid on one was Mama herself! (Much to our relief.)

Each bed also had a chamber pot under it -- and my brothers thought it the height of hilarity to put 7-Up in the ones in their room when guests were coming.

I am happily PINKED from this post -- but I have to say that wallpaper border completely knocks my socks off. And I'm not even wearing socks!


lvroftiques said...

Ai Yi Yi!! As always Richard a visual feast for the soul and senses!! I do have a favorite, that automaton doll....Soooo impossibly hard to find without selling one's body parts or children *winks* But to choose a second would be impossible! I LOVE them all!! And seriously Richard do you really need that pink Italian chandy in your bathroom?....I think it needs to come live with me for awhile! *winks*...Maybe I could "rent" it by the week? Lol!
I absolutely adore pink!! I'd say it's in a tie with green for my favorite color.
OK I need to go back and soak up all the "pretty" again!
Oh and my doggy Luca is totally a pink dog with brown speckles! If he were to be shaved he'd be entirely pink!....I knew he was meant to be mine *winks* (((HUGS))) and pats to Sissy girls little pink tummy. Vanna

mississippi artist said...

Wow, such beautiful things-I hope you have help dusting! I couldn't possibly pick a favorite from all these wonderful things. Did you know that your surprise lillies are also called naked ladies? LOL!

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

What amazing pinks! And what great history. My favorite,though, has to be the chandelier. Thanks for sharing.

Sissysmom said...

Oh, such lovelies!! I adore pink. My favorite is your Italian Flower Pot with Matching Stand. I'll have to think of a way to sneak it out your door if I ever get to come back east for a tour of your home!!! Such great information you always share.

Shelia said...

Oh, my Lord, Richard! Look at all these beautiful pink pieces! I love the pretty hand painted ones and that chandy in your bathroom - so elegant. The marble on the floor - glorious! Now you need to have a big ole blog party and invite us everyone to come! :)
congratulations on being featured on Pink Saturday. I'll make sure to pop in.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Anna at the Doll House said...

I am very fond of the colour pink, but perhaps that's because I am female. However, having read your very interesting post, I realize that we have all been manipulated into this girl/boy colour bar. You can always count on the Victorians to pull gender into everything.
Once again, Richard, thanks for such an interesting pot.


red.neck chic said...

I'm tickled pink with all of your pink!!! Your needlepoint is GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!

My son wears a pink t-shirt that says in big bold letters, "this was your girl-friend's shirt"....

I didn't say he gets to wear it when he's with ME. LOL

Beautiful - ALL of it!!!

Stacy Leigh said...

Sissy's belly is awfully pretty, I must say. I love pink too! You have so many pretty pinks all around. Now you should do "purple", hmm..... I wonder where you could find a purple house?

Marcia said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! Love your many examples in photos, too. Thank you for sharing!

Curtains In My Tree said...

Hi Richard

Pink is in , gorgeous over the top as always

wanted you to look at this blog and show Sissy

BeautifulDees said...

Oh I love pink and what beautiful thing's you have...all with wonderful stories as well. I love the Italian marble in the guest bath.
Thank you for your sweet comment.

bj said...

Oh, do, indeed, love the blushing color...:)
You have some beautiful pieces, Richard. Everything is sooo lovely.

Ivy and Elephants said...

Wow Richard...great inspiring pinks. Love the photos.


victorian parlor II said...

Oooo...I love pink! Everything you shared is just beautiful:)!



Anonymous said...

What luscious hues of pink! Seeing your post this morning has reassured me about my purchase yesterday of an antique stained-glass lamp. I love blues and reds, but this lamp is predominately peachy pink. I dithered a long time before I made the leap. Now I'm glad. Just as nature layers tints and shades of color, so should we.

You might consider adding the rose Cuisse de Nymphe to your garden. It translates to "blushing maiden's thigh," a very delicate pink indeed.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Hi Richard, what a fabulous set of pink items you have. I don't believe I've ever seen a set of Pink Chamber items.. that was "gorgeous " !!! I adore the picture of the girl.. and your sofa oh my goodness..... Be sure to give Miss Sissy dog a hug and a pat from me.. hugs ~lynne~

Jil~Say It With Roses said...

Such lovely pinks...of course I am drawn to your plates with all the heavenly roses and the plates with the maidens....Love your beautiful pink shell which looks much like my pink Murex I found on a beach in Mexico, long ago. Your home is beautiful!

It is so nice to meet you and I look forward to following you and I hope you will consider sharing a picture of your sweet Sissie Dog, right side up of course!


Oh, my friend, you're pinks are stunning, ALL OF THEM!! I'd love to go to your historic home with a box and bring me some beauties, you have so many you won't even notice I think.LOL! The Paris vases, the Bristols, the Stock on Trent...FABULOUS. Hugs, FABBY

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Beautiful Pink Saturday post, Richard.

Happy Weekend!

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

My goodness...this post is just chock full of pink eye candy. I swooned over that pink beaded chandelier that I think you said was in a bath....gorgeous. Great to see you being featured at Beverly's today Richard. Have a wonderful weekend. ~

Lola said...

I love the idea of a chandelier in a bathroom. I'm in love with chandeliers in general and think they give a room a more luxurious feel. Happy Pink Saturday. -Lola at Buddhatropolis and Lolarati

LV said...

Congratulations on being the featured blog today. All I can say, in my 81 years, I have never seen so many lovely things in one place. Your pink presentation just about blew my mind. Everything so very nice.

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Richard, You have such beautiful antiques! I couldn't even begin to think which ones I like best, but the hand painted porcelain really speaks to me. I believe some of those might be French? Wishes for a wonderful weekend.

KarenHarveyCox said...

Wonderful historical property filled with gorgeous Pink treasures.

Happy Pink Saturday.


Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

Oh my Richard you have some FABULOUS things! And the pinks! Wowie. I also enjoyed your history on pink, the name, the colors associated with boys/girls...lots of info here. Thanks so much for sharing with us!

PS...I used to live in Cape far away are you from there?

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Wow, Richard! So many pinks and lovely ones too! Love the pink chandy! I really enjoyed all the information you shared too. Thanks for your wonderful Pink Saturday post and have a great weekend.


Linda M. said...

Happy Pink Saturday Richard, WOW! You certainly do have a lot of wonderful, no amazing, pink things. So lovely. Thank you for sharing. Linda

Olivia said...

Oh my heavens! What gorgeous pink antiques! I almost passed out when I saw that pretty pink chandy! Wow, wow, wow! I am in pink heaven here!
Happy Pink Saturday!!!!!
Big squishy hugs,

Lynn said...

Hi Richard,
What an exquisite home you must have. Would love to see the exterior. Where is your town located in regard to Hermann, MO? I love the rose painted plates? Are they German or Bavaria hand painted? I have a very modest collection of plates from my greatgrandmother and gifts from my hubby. Thank you for sharing all your pink treasures. Also never knew pink/blue once had been just the opposite. Fascinating!

Carey said...

So glad to meet you, Richard. I learned alot in one post. I so love that wallpaper. I would love to walk around your home and look closely at everything you have.
Have a wonderful weekend.

Tete said...

Wow, wow and wow. Totally speechless.
Hugs- Tete

DearHelenHartman said...

How I covet that chandelier!

Dru said...

Your post is amazing, so many beautiful pink treasures to treasure more than a lifetime. Thank you so much for sharing all of this with us. Happy Pink Saturday to you...

Shelia said...

Hi Richard and congratulations for being featured for Pink Saturday! Now all the Pinkies are going to flock to your blog! :)
I received my calendar yesterday and it's beautiful! Thank you so much for choosing my tiny name!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Kay Ellen said...

Wow~~~~ oodles and oodles of lovely pink inspired treasures!!

Thanks for the post!and congrats on the feature!

Happy Pink Saturday!!


Kay Ellen

pinkim said...

Wow, such a lovely post with soo many fabulous pinks...Pink is my all time favorite color! You have stolen my heart with this am now a new follower! I am so impressed with the pictures of so many of your lovely Pinks...Pinkim from TrulySimplyPink

Barbara F. said...

All I can say is wow, this is a pink lover's dream post!! xo

Marsha said...

Hey Richard,
It's Marsha with the Cottrell connection. Didn't seen that you're following, but maybe you are (I think you said you were following). I'm new to blogging.
You have a lot of pretty pink at your home. Love the needlepoint face screen on the stand and the beautiful hand-painted china.
I'm ready to sit on your porch for a visit.

dana said...

I enjoyed your Pink Lessons...and seeing all of your Pink items! Wow! You do own a lot of Pink, but they are all lovely!

I know your pup loves to have you rub her Pink freckled belly....and that summer drink treat of yours does look tempting.

Happy Pink Saturday! dana

CollectIn Texas Gal said...

Richard, congratulations on a Stunning Pink Saturday Featured Blog!!! I so enjoyed the Photo Tour of your Historic Old House. I would LOVE to see it in person, but until then, I will enjoy visiting you often as a new follower.

Thank-you for stopping by CITexas Gal and adding the information about Corsage Etiquette. In Texas, we Vintage Gals living in Modern Times still like corsages and funny thing do the 'NotSo Vintage Gals' like my granddaughter. I guess girls will always find a way to wear pretty corsages...even if they have to Tattoo one on their wrist,shoulder or ankle...a bit too modern for me...LOL!!!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Richard, I hope you are enjoying your weekend. You have such gorgeous things and the pinks are no exception. Beautiful!

Anonymous said...

OMG>>>!!!This is my first visit to your blog....WHERE have I been??
Your home is simply the most "eye-
candy" I have ever seen!!! Love all of your pinks, and I could not choose a favorite....the vases were wonderful...I loved the curtains for
the purple favorite
colors to decorate with right now are the lime green and pinks!!!
I would love to tour your house...
does anyone do it in just one visit?
I would want to hear some history on the old homes!!
I certainly will be back for more and thank you for sharing so many of your fantastic PINKS with us today......Francy

bj said...

Hi, Richard..back again to tell you that I have a little giveaway going on over at my place and thought you might want to throw your name in the hat. :)
Good Luck!

Marianne said...

Wow, Richard. I don't think I've ever seen so many pink pretties in one place before. Beautiful. Please stop by and visit me at my blog, Over the Hill and Round the Bend.

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Wow lotsa pink beauties!!! I am loving your pretty in pinks~ the settee, the chandy, your china... so pretty! Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday this week!

Riet said...

Good morning Richard.
I am here for the third time to comment and every time I wanted to tell you which of all your beautiful pieces were my favorites. So I went back to your blog to find them and I got so enthousiastic with everything that I forgot to comment. So now I will tell you which are my favorites, it is the handpainted limoges lady with the tree and the statue with handpainted things of was it Meissen? Anyway all beautiful.

Divine Theatre said...

Yes, Richard, I understand. I feel near suicidal when I leave the shelter. My heart breaks for the little darlings.
Duchess seems happy here. She has not stopped purring. She gets her fill and goes back into her crate to escape us. We are so blesssed to have her!

Kisses to Sissyand Shotgun! I hope they have a chaperone?

xoxo Andie


Hi Richard, I just came back to show my mother your stunning pink collection and she, like me loved your magnificent tour, it's better than any antique store of the best ones. She sends you many congrats and hellows and we thank you for sharing this feast to our eyes. I hope you come and visit my PINKS too, I'm missing you. Have a great Sunday. Hugs, FABBY

Richard Cottrell said...

Ms. Anonymous above. I wish I knew who you are so I could email and thank you. Your comments were so sweet and I hope you do continue to stop by for visits. I am so happy you found me this time. I think I owe it all to Pink Saturday. Fondly, Richard at My Old Historic House.

Gracie Jewellery said...

Love all your pinks! Now off to explore the rest of your blog. Happy Pink Saturday!

Gina said...

Glad to have found your blog through Pink Saturday (How Sweet the Sound). Gina (in Texas)

Rose ~Victorian Rose ~ said...

Right after I have a sip of that PINK drink...I will look around. OH so many pink and amazing things in your home.
Richard, Do you have things "assigned" to members of your family when after you go to your "last roundup" ?
Many years ago..I use to worry about that...but no longer..I will not care what happens to it when I'm gone. Because I will be in the MOST GLORIOUS of Places... instead of this olde world of ours.
Wih many, many Heavenly treasures waiting...including my sweet daughter Dawn who has gone on before me.
They can have it it my remaining children or other relatives...As my belief is this :-
1.Matthew 6:19
[ Treasures in Heaven ] “Do not store up for YOURSELVES treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.1. Matthew 6:19
I will be so out of here !!

OK..that is my sermon for today.
Hope you had a nice week-end.

Love, Rose

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

I am loving all your pinks but I think I especially love the pieces on the shelf near the ceiling in your guest bathroom.
Have you posted on that room alone?
Wow! Looks great!
I love your Bavarian pieces too. They sure can paint a cabbage rose....can't they? So realistic.

Love your Scalamandre tassel trim too. It is all so lovely.

Annesphamily said...

Wow! You have lots of pinks! Coming by to say hi from Pink Saturday! I am now following you! wish I had your gardening talent. But we moved in our house in November so it will be next year, God willing, that we can work on the yard! Your flowers are divine! Enjoy your week and it was a pleasure meeting you! Anne

Shannon@Cozy Home Scenes said...

Richard, you have sooo many pretty pink things. I think the chamber pot and the Limoge plate with the lady are two of my favorite things. Hope you have a wonderful week. Shannon

Pearl said...

My gosh Richard where do I begin? You have the most beautiful things in your home. The nicest collection I have ever seen! Your vase's and plates are my fav's. I've learned so much from you so I'm glad I got to meet? you. By blog is great, but I would love to meet you some day. Thanks for sharing your collections with so many and showing us how the real victorians lived! Hugs, Pearl

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Goodness!! So many wonderful pinks you have shared with us here today!!
All are truly oustanding!!


The French Tangerine said...

My goodness, you must have been collecting those pink photos for quite some time! I love the art lesson and this post is awesome! What an accomplishment! I would've turned this into a series of posts! You are a very dedicated blogger!

Butterbean Row said...

Richard, You are so knowledgeable and prolific. I am so impressed with all of your furniture and other treasures. Those two seaters (canapes) bring back memories of my grandmother. I thought her red velvet settee was so glamourous as a child. My mother was offered it but she declined. She said it reminded her of a whore house. Hmmmm...

Thanks so much for taking time to leave suggestions for my great room on Design Challenge.