Monday, February 7, 2011

seeing spots



Once I became a Cath Kidston enthusiast, I suppose it was only a matter of time before polka dots began to spread.



Even though the new Cath Kidston magazine is sprinkled with "dotty" designs (as shown directly above), my recent purchases have been from local spots ...



like this cake stand from HomeGoods, the oven mitts shown at the tippy-top from Target . . .



or this small, ceramic cake pedestal from TJ Maxx.



Polka dots and florals play nicely together, especially when touches of red are their mutual friend. What patterns are you drawn to these days?

{Still way behind on my blog visits; hope to pop over soon!}

xo
elyse

49 comments:

Saphy said...

I love the spots and laura ashley have some nice ones in. I am all about flowers at the mo, in greens, duck egg blue and bits of red!

Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Ohhhh Elyse!! I love your latest purchases! They are so cute, I love both those cake stands!! Now I want to go to Home Goods and Target right now, lol! Lately, I am just plain drawn to anything aqua and white!! It has totally taken over pink. If I see aqua, I automatically have to look at it. I even bought dish soap because it was aqua, lol!!
Big hugs,
Amy

birdie blue said...

so pretty, else. you know i'm all about polka dots.

isn't the ck spring catalog dreamy? love, love!

take care, my friend.
xo
~molly

Claudia said...

Flowers - always. Turquoise, Robin's Egg Blue, and anything else that catches my fancy.

Love your new purchases! Perfect for your sweet house.

xo
Claudia

Vintage Gal said...

I love your spots ;-) Love the cake stand ~ I love red and yellow together ~ have a great day!

It's me said...

What a nice service ! i like your post.....lovely all that polka dots...lovely week...love Ria....

Sara @ thesherlockshome said...

I'm loving floral patterns still...with a little plaid or stripes mixed in. All of your polka dots are really cute!

A Vintage Chic said...

LOVE, Love, love all the polka dots & roses, Elyse--they're my favorites, too! I actually have those multi-colored polka dot dishes from Target--love them!

Hope you're having a lovely day, my friend!

Julie

debi said...

LOVE your new finds! I'm finding myself drawn to that addition of red with the pastels. Loving the CK look.

You've got me hooked!

Kim said...

Elyse, I just love seeing pictures of your dining room. It looks so bright and cheerful. I would definately enjoy spending some time in a room like that.

NanaDiana said...

Those are so cute. I love your use of color...it is amazing and so fresh and sweet~ Hugs- Diana

All That Jazz said...

CUTE! I was just at a Home Goods (for the first time) in Oregon this weekend and didn't find anything that cute!! ;-) I bet it's kind of like TJ Maxx, it's hit or miss on how lucky you are with what you find!
~michelle~

Mary Ellen said...

I love polka dots!! Some of my most favorite clothes had polka dots on them. You don't find them much anymore... I love all the dots- just more cheeriness abounding!

Hows the weather up there?- were do for 6-8 more inches tonight/tomorrow- please please come Spring!

bee blessed
mary

Country Dreaming said...

Dots, dots and more dots!!!
Love them.

Melinda

koralee said...

Now we all know how sweet dots and florals can make us smile...I am soooo enjoying all your sweet finds my friend. Hugs. xoxoxo

T's Daily Treasures said...

Yes, the spots and florals can be found all over now. They are so pretty and do go so nicely together. I am still all over the place when it comes to decorating. Definitely eclectic because of what I am surrounded by on this side of the world. Love the crackers in your previous post. I am doing the same thing with papertowel rolls for friends. Best wishes, Tammy

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

ahh Elyse, your kitchen looks so colourful and reminds me of Spring! I'm begining to love spots too! recently I bought a spotty tablecloth ala Cath Kidston! I was so happy to find one in red!.. woo hoo! wish I could more of this spotty knick knacks! and yours are just fantastic! Love them!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh I do love polka dots, and that cake stand with the florals and dots makes my heart sing! laurie

Free Pretty Things For You said...

Polka-dots and flowers are divine!!
Love ya lots My dear Elyse!

Lilybets said...

I love all your new purchases,colours and fantasy,they make your house so fashion!!!!.

Jill said...

Love those dots! They're kinda' addicting, aren't they. Polka dots have so much cheerfulness and charm. Instant happy!
Hugs,
Jill

Stadsmuissie said...

I love spots as well! Combining them with florals, checks and paisley in pink, green and blue gives great results, doesn't it? That's why I also love Greengate and CK. Seeing your green walls again, I remember wanting to give my walls a paint. Perhaps a nice job for next weekend? ;-)

X Debby

tina, theoldfrenchdoors... said...

Else, Ilove poka dots and florals. At the moment im drawn to duck egg blue, with soft pinks greens and whites thrown in.
Tina xxx

Jen Kershner said...

Lovely! That cake stand is especially swoony. I'm feeling drawn to Homegoods as we speak! I find myself just drawn to certain colors no matter what the pattern is.

Karen said...

Oh my! I love your polka dots! First time visitor to your blog. Happy to find someone who likes dots and color as much as I do!

Sorta Fairytale Girl said...

you know i love me some Cath Kidston! it's a mild obsession... ;)
your finds from TJ Maxx and Homegoods are so pretty and so Cath like!
i love going to both stores for home stuff!!

Alison said...

So darling! Got to get to Home Goods and find that tiered stand!
Alison

Passionate for White said...

I always look forward to your posts and this one did not disappoint...LOVE the dots...LOVE the floral....LOVE the colors!

Linda said...

Just discovered your charming blog and I love it...I am a new follower!

Little Pink Studio said...

You know, just never really get tired of polka dots.
I love the tiered plate from home goods! Great find!

Brenda Kula said...

Elyse, now you're about as dotty as I am! Wish we had a Home Goods.
Brenda

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

Your polka dots make me smile!

Shabbygal said...

I have been always drawn to polka dots! They always look great with
florals! i will have to seek out the oven mitts from Target to cute! Traci

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

For me personally, I've always been drawn to florals and stripes...but I could also include polka dots, too :) :) Yoru photos are cute and your home has such vintage charm!!! It's truly lovely and you know what, the colors are so good, it really brightens up my mood ;) :) I'm also drawn to lots of pinks, reds, celedon blues, sea foam greens etc!!! Have a lovely day :) :) :) Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love the combination...and the fresh look it gives! You have such great taste! ♥ Love your beautiful home! ♥

The Polka Dot Closet said...

No question about it, I love polka dots, they are just to cherry and clean!

Carol

Jessica at Kids Napping? I'm Scrapping! said...

Polka dots make me so happy. :)
I love your tiered cake stand. I'm downright jealous is what I am. I love it so much! ;)
Hope all is well, Elyse. xo.

Olivia said...

Oh your polka dots are simply divine! Love it!
Hugs,
Olivia

Sandi said...

Your polka dot items are so cute. I have a pink and black polka dot scarf that I love!

Was I ever surprised to get an email from my sister (she lives in PA) and ask me if I have ever heard of a specific ETSY shop and it was YOURS! ha ha! She went on to say that she loved your clothespins and had ordered some from you. (her name is Christine or Chris) What a small world! YAY!
Blessings~

**CREATIVE CARMELINA** said...

Floral china tea cups...and lace crochet!
Can't get enough lately!

Your dotty collections are so cheery! I smile just looking at them...and they must be a pleasure to wash and use and look at each day!

Ciao Bella!

Creative Carmelina

Suz said...

Just love it...so cheery. I am counting on your book deal. I do think this will be a reality, Elyse.

Hungs,
Suz

Cynthia's Cottage Design said...

HI Elyse,

Ok I'm drooling over these pics!!! Don't you just adore the CK look?! Your items are adorable and I missed those at my Home Goods, now I'm going back again :)

Thank you for your compliments too, I so love this work , and such a passion of mine!

Have a great weekend sweetie! Enjoy our new weather :) lol

Hugs, Cyn xo

paperbird said...

I heart polk dots- your images are wonderful- so sweet!

FairieMoon said...

Elyse,
I just found some fab Cath-like dinnerware at Marshalls! Check out my blog! I bought six place settings but think I need two more. Six just doesn't make sense...of course none would have made more sense to my hubby....sigh. Anyway, it might be the same brand as your Homegoods tiered serving plate.
Erin :)

Theresa said...

Precious pretties dear Elyse! Have a blessed day, HUGS!

yunims said...

Hi...Your blog is very beautiful, full of inspiration. Thank you for sharing many useful things to many people. Insights I grew older. My regards!

**CREATIVE CARMELINA** said...

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{Bellamere Cottage} said...

I'm planning a Cath Kidston-ish look for my sewing room/studio re-do....if I ever have about two weeks to sew...that is. Seems I keep getting caught up in LIFE!

Love that tiered cake stand. I just got a 50 dollar gift card to Home Goods/TJ Maxx....how I'd love one for myownself.


Warm Valentine Blessings,
Spencer

bibbitybob said...

That Home Goods cake stand is just gorgeous!