Saturday, October 09, 2010

Vintage Inspiration for Hostesses

"The house was immaculate, and Carney's bedroom was as fresh as the sweet peas on the dressing table. Isobel's rack in the bathroom was a snowy drift of towels. Olga had polished the silver. She had roasted a ham and baked a pot of beans; she had made a molded salad, two kinds of cookies, and a cake. The menus Mrs. Sibley and Carney had planned were written neatly and hung on a hook in the pantry."

--Maud Hart Lovelace, Carney's House Party

11 comments:

appledapple said...

I've not read this one but plan to add it to my list. I do love books that describe domestic beauty so well!

Mrs. White said...

Absolutely Charming! Love this!

Blessings
Mrs. White

Anonymous said...

Another book to add to my winter reading list-Thank you!
~Rhonda

Margo said...

I love it!

Our family was the host family today - we invite any visitors to church to our home for Sunday dinner. This requires lots of planning and preparation. My house is certainly sweet and fresh (but not for long - I hear the children tearing up now that the guests have gone!).

Anonymous said...

I love Maud Hart Lovelace, especially Emily of Deep Valley. Wouldn't a bouquet of sweet peas be lovely?

Jane

Caroline said...

I love this one!

I've been reading the Substitute Guest by GLH and there are so many quotes in there I am running out of post-its to mark them all.

BlancaTherese said...

I've never heard of this author, but what lovely description! I'm going to have to look for her books!

AuntLou said...

I do so love the Betsy Tacy books but haven't got my hands on this one, yet. I'll gotta find it... pant, puff! :D

TessaDiane said...

I just love all the authors you've been posting. I want to run off today and check out some books but our library is closed today and I have a sick kiddo at home. Tomorrow!

Lisa said...

It's certainly important to have something to attain to - but I'm definitely not there yet!!
Trying hard, though.

Lisateresa

Alexia said...

so then you're back? let us know please!

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