Sunday, August 15, 2010

Tweaking Progression…


I’m far from done with this wall, but here’s a look at my progress, so far.


When I re-positioned the baker’s rack directly opposite the entertainment unit wall, I knew I’d have to fill the vast area around it. So I flanked it on either side with my recent yard sale mirror purchase. They are currently a gold tone with some red highlights, but I’d like to change them out to a darker color- perhaps something to coordinate with the metal finish on the baker’s rack.  edited to add that everyone KNOWS I’m gonna use ORB!!!

My intentions are to fill the area above the rack with an architectural piece or some framed prints. Yesterday morning I made a trip up to Troy, OH to see what I could find at a favorite store, Expressions of the Home. The piece I liked wasn’t for sale, but Marge, AKA Diana, has a similar one that she’ll be bringing in to the store for me to see. I’d like to center it above the baker’s rack, then fill in the remaining space between it and the mirrors with something else because I’m one of those people who has a thing for symmetry. If you’d like a glimpse of Marge, see this post. I love her store- it’s filled with vintage finds, architectural treasures, and tons of goodies.


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I found the photo of the architectural piece I wanted to buy. Marge  says she has a similar piece to show me except that it is not as wide.



 Hopefully, I’ll be able to make another trip back to Troy to see the piece this week. If I love it enough to bring it home, I’ll hang it, then decide on what to fill the rest of the area with. Until then, here are a few pictures of the tweaking I’ve done to the shelves on the baker’s rack.





I covered a couple of books with Kraft paper to make them more neutral, then topped them with a candle holder filled with a collection of small shells.  The glass compote is filled with clock parts from a recent purchase at Kathy’s Vintage Market Day. Dried hydrangeas fill a silver bowl placed in front of a wire basket.







My fascination with playing around with books led me to fold in some pages from this book to give it some visual interest.  





Behind the book, I centered the “8 ball” inside an elevated metal cloche. Although there is no significance to it, whatsoever, I just thought it was whimsical and unexpected.




I placed one of my give-away gifts from Dawn @ Cottage State of Mind  in the center of the middle shelf. Dawn recently had a give-away and everyone came away as a winner- she sent every entrant a gift!

I love this pretty floral plate and was happy to give it center stage in this location. Thank you for your kindness, Dawn!






 A trio of metal bowls holds large speckled eggs.





A tall metal box and a bowl full of buckeye nuts fill in the space on this end of the shelf.









Feathered balls fill the two apothecary jars that were moved here from the fireplace mantel.












bakers rack collage 


Most of the accessories shown on the baker’s rack were thrifted or found in antique shops at very reasonable prices. It’s the thrill of the hunt that holds such fascination for me- whether I’m shopping specialty retail stores, flea markets, antique/re-sale shops, or in showrooms at the High Point Furniture Market.

And on that note, let me show you what I discovered at recent church  sale.



A portfolio of over 30 botanicals in two different sizes. All for the price of only $6.00.  It pays to rummage in boxes, let me tell you!




There is such a varied assortment of plants and flowers here. They’ll make a such a fun grouping when done en masse.

I’m linking once again with some favorite parties. Please take the time to visit these blogs on the appropriate party days.


                                                                             Mosaic Monday

 lrh multiple header copy red 2


                 SouthernHospThriftyTreasures-copy_thumb                 Table Top Tuesday






                  linky party           thriftthursday

                                                                     A Little Knick Knack


ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

The 8 ball under the cloche is fun and expected!! Digging those botanicals, too! What a deal!

Sweet as June said...

Love the botanicals... and the two mirrors on either side really anchor it all.

Shelia said...

Oh, Sue! Everything looks so pretty! Love your baker's rack and how you've dressed her! The eight ball under the cloche is the cutest thing! You did well on getting the book filled with those gorgeous botanical prints!! I want some! ;)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Sharing with Sherri said...

Hi Suzy Q!!
Hey looks like you're having some fun re-arranging! I love doing that too! Looks great so far!
I like your idea about changing the color on the mirror frames to match the bakers rack. Maybe in the famous oil rubbed bronze!
Love the botanical prints too!

Have a great day!
Hugs, Sherri:)

Susan said...

Your bakers rack is filled with such wonderful treasures. I like the idea of you painting your mirrors to match the bakers rack.

Nancy's Notes said...

Love the great look! I think your little eight ball is just a delightful surprise, you are a clever one! Love all of your special touches including the pages folded up in your book, neat!


Jo said...

"perhaps something to coordinate with the metal finish on the baker’s rack." Now I know you want to break out the can of ORB....when I saw them in the pix I thought they needed it lol It looks like you are getting the rooms tweaked well.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I love the way that is looking and I agree I would paint the mirrors. I love all your displays and especially the whimsy of the eight ball. I love a little whimsical touch added to a room.

Lenore said...

All those lovely photos of your arrangements are fabulous...the eight ball is VERY unexpected but what caught my eye was the bowl of vintage watch parts and obsession of mine.
Then the botanical wonderful is that????

Snap said...

You've been busy. Love the eight ball and the botanical prints are a real find! Well done!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Really like the vignettes you have created. Great price on the botanical prints - they can be used in so many different ways.
Have a great week!

Traci said...

Wonderful textures and use of natural elements.

Bobbi said...

Hi, everything looks so nice! I love your photos and your mosaic! Hope you have a lovely new week!

Lori E said...

You have so many interesting ideas going on. I can't wait to see all the finished parts.

Jennifer said...

It looks great!!! I'm having the worse time trying to find something that will match to go on each side of my bakers rack!

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I really like all the textures, shapes and colors you have gathered in one spot. The 8 ball is very cool under glass...who would have thought? It is coming together nicely.

Brynwood Needleworks said...

I love what you did with the book! It really looks interesting. I may have to try this with one of my "oldies, but goodies". Thanks for the inspiration.

GrandmaK said...

Nicely done! Cathy

Pam said...

I was going to suggest ORB, but it looks like you figured that out already! I like the look so far. I'm in the process of making the wall behind my sofa a little more interesting. It's one of those huge, tall blank type walls right now and is so hard to decorate.

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Hi Sue! Ok, where do I begin?? I loved what you did to that book's pages....very unique! The whole vignette looks great! The botanicals for $6.....fantastic! That was a great find! You have been busy traveling in this heat. I will feel so much better when the humidity lets up. I am trying to do some painting in the garage and it is so uncomfortable, it's ridiculous! Ugh! We have company coming to stay in a about 2 weeks. Just trying to get it all together right now. Have a great week!~Hugs, Patti

Manuela@TPOH said...

Those botanicals were a GREAT find!!

I really like what you've done so far! That is a big wall to fill. I'm glad you're going to darken the frames cause that's the first thing that came to my mind was they needed to not be gold. I like symmetry too!

Love all the little interesting things you've displayed on that rack. I always love things with books and the folded pages look fab. I also like the 8 ball under the cloche!

Can't wait to see that piece you're getting and how it all comes together!


xinex said...

I love the shape of the mirrors, Sue. You have displayed everything beautifully and you have so many unusual items....Christine

Brenda@Cozy Little House said...

Love the folded pages! That by itself on display is pretty.

Meri said...

I love your floral plate, too. It caught my eye from the beginning. Very pretty arrangement and some interesting explanations of choices made.

Kathleen said...

You have been doing a lot of tweaking! If I brought home that arch. piece I would be behind that 8 ball! :)

Debbie said...

Neato Sue....I love to tweak too, tweak all the time in fact...are we ever done? Well I love all you did...what I love most is you really make it your own...very different, like the folding of the books...neat...the 8 ball, give us all inspiration. Thanks for joining in on my party...loved it! Debbie

Laura said...

Everything looks amazing!
Thank you so much for posting about my giveaway.
You even created a button for it!!!
Thank you,

White Spray Paint

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

I just love all your decorating Sue! Everything looks so nice!
Love that plate from Dawn, she sent me a neat rooster tray!
And those prints were just a super find, love those!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Sue, your bakers rack is just gorgeous and I love the vignettes you have created on each shelf. Very pretty and very interesting. You also did really well with finding the botanicals. They are so pretty. Thanks for joining TTT. I really loved your post today. Hugs, Marty

dogsmom said...

How you can make a collection of clock parts look so attractive! Then the fan fold on the book! Something I would never have thought to try. I like the fact that you have things similar size and shape (symetry) but not exact opposites. Really visually appealing.

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi Sue! I love what you have done...especially the folded book pages...nice effect! I hope you are having a great week!...hugs...Debbie

Rettabug said...

"everyone KNOWS I’m gonna use ORB!!!" LOL Yep!

Love what you've done so far, Sue! The folded pages of the book look really cool & the 8 ball is such a fun, whimsical touch. You new floral plate is BEAUTIFUL!!! I bet it would go in your laundry room, too. (I think I'm remembering the colors right in there.)

Lots & lots of pretties to look at in this post. Makes me embarrassed at how plain the wall is behind my bakers rack. ~~blush~~

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Sue, I really love your style. You always do something unexpected and quirky that livens up your vignettes. the 8 ball is a perfect example. Love the feather balls in the jars, and that cool candle holder with the shells in it. What a deal on those botanicals!! Love Church sales. They always have the best deal, and you struck gold! Did you get my email about the mosaics? laurie

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

LOL...Sue this is too funny. When I first saw your rack, it's contents and the side mirrors, I thought to myself, "she's a symmetry person" and darned if you didn't say the same thing further down the post. Everything looks so great and I especially love the folded in pages book. I am definitely going to do that one. Hope you don't mind if I copy.

You changed your photo. your hair is long it. xoxo Lynn

Patti said...

Looks how you folded the pages of the book!
Stop over to enter my giveaway!

A Hint of Home said...

You have so many pretties to decorate your Baker's rack. You did a great job.

Cabin and Cottage said...

Interesting "objays". Love the book treatments and the rose plate! So wishing to be the one to find the botanicals. Jacqueline

Pamela Rosenberg said...

I agree the eight ball in the cloche is unexpected and was my favorite image here. I always like a bit of humor in a room.


PAT said...

Looks beautiful Sue. I am going to use your book idea, definitely!

Love the botanicals!

niartist said...

Sue it's gorgeous!~ I'm loving those mirrors!!!! I need some for either side of my headboard in my master bedroom - and these are PERFECT! Please share where you got them. Love these vignettes this week! You're a natural - so much inspiration! :) Thanks again! :) Hope to see you next week, too!

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

SHUT.UP!! This looks SO great!! I love symmetry to and you have it done to a T!!! And that book with the pages folded in??? LOVE IT! I am SO going to do that!

And the three bowls nesting?? LOVE!!

It is just beautiful!! Can't wait to see the architectural piece you find!!

Lou Cinda :)

Sherry said...

Love what you did with the book pages. That was really a neat idea. Love the red plate and all of your lovely baker's rack. I am a huge fan of ORB. I have a makeover Monday with it. It was sold out at Walmart last week. Somebody around here other than me is using it! LOL

Mary said...

Wonderful decorating!!! Love the 8 ball in the cloche. :)

Meg said...

WOW! What fun, to look at all your finds. I LOVE those mirrors! The lines are wonderful. And, I've never seen feathered craft balls before! Excellent. Thank you so much for linking up to my Friday link party! I hope you can show us some more good stuff next week!