Friday, August 12, 2011

Doilies

Thoroughly Modern Doily
Have you been noticing the modern use of doilies in decor? 
Doilies are not just for Grandma anymore!
Some how the decidedly nanna-ish doily looks very unstuffy when a bunch are stitched together.
I am now wishing I'd bought every single one I'd seen over the years at flea markets. 

That's Thoroughly Modern Doily!

38 comments:

Gayle from Vintage farmhouse said...

Wow! Great ideas,I have a trunk full of these from my grandmother. I knew someday I would find a use for them. Thank you for the inspiration.

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

OMG Nita, I can't believe some of those things. I like the pendant lights best! Betsy made me remove my doily...I think I have a few in hiding!

lisa said...

Do you suppose the large doily light was made the same way a string covered balloon or pinata was made?
Lisa

Amanda Lightfoot said...

Love that large globe light. Now that's enough to make me dash up to our thrift stores. I'm thinking fabric stiffener and a ball to shape it!??

Etcetorize said...

What a great collection Nita! I think I'm going to have to pin everything here~

two birds said...

i need to find myself one of those huge doily rugs! amazing pictures...i pretty much want one (or two) of everything here!

An Urban Cottage said...

Some of those are beautiful. Still a little granny chic I think. Not that I have anything against grannies.

I like them framed on black so they're really graphic. I was actually thinking of doing that in one of my bedrooms.

Chrissie said...

Gorgeous photos! I love old linens and doilies (sp?) are my favorite :)

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Cool ideas for doilies! We all have them but not always sure where and how to use them. Lots of inspiration there!~Hugs, Patti

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

I love this look! I saw a *gorgeous* tablecloth at Anthropologie with doilies, but it was out of my price range.

Thanks for an inspiring post! :D

xoxoxo,
Ricki Jill

Taylor Greenwalt said...

What great ideas. We have so many dollies. Cant wait to try some of these. It reminds me of Anthropologie. Thanks for sharing.

Diane Writes said...

Hey Nita! I love this post. You made me realize that indeed doilies are not just for grannies. A splash of creativity is all it takes to convert it to wonderful and modern decorative pieces. I love doilies especially knowing the fact that its details are intricate and all hand made.

Karen said...

These are so fantastic, I'm loving the shades and that pendant light wow!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

I loved seeing this doily montage! Wonderful ideas here. My favorite is the doily border on the tablecloth.

Ilona said...

This is a wonderful idea

Belinda said...

I love these and saved a couple of the pictures to my pinterest boards. They made me think of another picture I saved: http://pinterest.com/pin/108589223/

That picture is from http://karapaslaydesigns.blogspot.com/. I just recently came across her blog - she and her husband live in Tulsa and she has been the merchandising director for Anthropologie there. There are TONS of great ideas on her blog and the pictures of her store displays makes me want to go shopping in Tulsa!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

LOVE it!! Especially the ones used in the drape/sheer in the first photo!!

the gardener's cottage said...

yes they sure are pretty and very un-grandma like. have a good weekend nita.

The enchanted home said...

What a doileyliciuos post!! Love these, who knew they so many uses? I LOVE EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THESE.....stunning. The drapes with them on the bottom in the first picture is just gorgeous. Great job Nita!

Marilou of Lulu's Lovlies and Heartful Creations said...

Great post and yep I have saved them all my life as they make wonderful projects, you can get very creative with them. I loved them when I was very young and now that I'm young at heart! I guess I was born with an old soul, :) Hugs and Happy Day! Marilou

Sush said...

Oh now I am gonna go roogarooing around for my Grams' doilies! Yep, now you've gone and done it...thank you actually sooooo many ideas!

Hugs~

Ashley said...

Wow!! I love every single piece in these images...now I regret not buying any at the local barn sale, but their is always next month and now I will be sure to swoop them up! =) Xoxoxo

Shabby Marilyn said...

Love Doilies, great inspiration to get out my lovely collection and get going on some beautiful projects, thanks for sharing!
Love the curtain!

Cindy said...

I love what I have been seeing people do with doilies and I have a bunch of them. I have been tempted to do something with mine and after seeing all of these great images, I just might. Thanks for the great inspiration.
Hugs, Cindy

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Nita! I'm inspired! I'm looking at my doilies in a who new light! Jana in Texas

oldblackcatboo said...

I gotta be honest.
When I saw the post title "Doilies" my first thought was - UGH!
But because it's YOUR blog I read it anyway. I'm so glad that I did.
I especially like them as "shades" on the hanging lights.
Who Knew! LOL!
(well, apparently You did, but you know what I mean)
:) - Cindi

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

To those of you asking how the doily light was made...yes the same as the string globe lights. You need a large ball and thinned elmer's glue and lay the doilies all over it. I wish I I had a spot for one of these in my house but I just don't. But I love it. I'd also think it great fun to crochet one of those rugs. You use rope and crochet just like you would a small doily but use your hands instead of a hook. I imagine it might take a bit to get the hang of it. But I'd love to give it a try.

Upscale Downhome said...

Loved this post. I have been seeing doilies everywhere and have been thinking about how I can incorporate them in a modern way without looking grannyish. Thanks for the inspiration!

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Great post NIta!
They have never reminded me of snowflakes until right now.... the way each one is different, yet lacey.
Such pretty pics. Have never seen rugs before like that.
Awesome!'Have a great weekend.
xx
Alison

Cozy Little House said...

I'm finally in vogue...
Brenda

A Sense of Design said...

Love this...dont you love it when you see a theme starting to happen!

Olive Cooper said...

Even I could sew some of those together. Plus I have some in a drawer somewhere!

Beach House Living said...

I confess no matter how out of style doilies had become I still used them and things we called dresser scarves. Some are family treasures and it's good to see them become acceptable again in very lovely ways.

Shirley said...

Oh Nita, what a lovely post on the use of doilies. How creative and the rug is beautiful. It goes so well in that room. I love the table runner. Heck, I love them all.

The Blackwood Cottage said...

Love it so so much! Thanks for sharing. . .absolutely great pics and ideas.
machelle

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

I especially love that doily rug. Except in my house it would have to be brown due to all the animals and kids.

iamacraftymama said...

What a fresh way to use doilies. As an crocheter who happens to make doilies this has inspired me to think outside the circle. Thanks to Bella Crochet who posted the link to your blog.

Gorgeous Blog!

Lee Ann said...

Interesting and creative! :)

Lee Ann
Crochet...GottaLove It!

 
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