Sunday, August 8, 2010

Tweaking Time


Ever since I finished re-arranging the  entertainment center vignette in the great room two weeks ago, I’ve felt that the rest of the room needed a little more tweaking.  I did some furniture moving first off , then tackled the arrangement on the fireplace mantel and on some of the tabletops. Additional artwork in the foyer got hung, as well. I’ll show you that and the rest of the great room in another post soon.




The great room  has 18 foot ceilings and the fireplace wall is natural stone topped with a stained wood mantel. There is a lot of light streaming in from the adjacent windows, so the shot’s exposure is a bit off here. But you can tell that I have a lot of expanse to work with.






fireplace mantel

The leather bound clock stayed from the previous vignette, but I added the two moss mounded urns that were previously  on the sofa table.  The clock was salvaged from the junk pile at Mr. S’s store. It was originally a cocktail table, but the glass covering the clock face broke while in transit, so the manufacturer just sent out a completely new table. It was actually cheaper for the company to replace the entire piece rather than to send out a new piece of glass! Can I say, “Score one free gigantic clock for me?”

The thrifted china dogs made their way onto the mantel from a bookshelf in the study and a cut glass candy dish and a silver plated oval box from a re-sale shop were brought in to fill space. 














 I like the ribbing on this box and I’m not even planning on polishing it up.  





great room fireplace







Since I no longer had the two urns to work with on the sofa table, I had to come up with something else. I took a square woven basket and filled it with an assortment of things found throughout the house. 






 A bundle of twigs is nestled on top on a pair of resin antlers that are tucked underneath an elevated cloche. The cloche is filled with a concrete bird in a woven metal nest filled with meadow grass and speckled bird eggs.





I topped a stack of books with an old bell ringer and laid a bouquet of dried roses against them.  I like to imagine that the bell once sat atop an old hotel desk and was used by clerks to summon a bellboy for his services. 

To fill the remaining space, a metal finial leans it weight against the side of the basket and a decorative ball nestles between the antler horns.





To add some additional color to the side of the basket, I filled a crystal vase with three banana plant leaves.

Enjoy your start of the new week!


great room collage 


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Jo said...

I adore the clock I've been thinking lately this is what is needed on this huge spot next to my fireplace that I have been trying to decide what to do with What a great score for you!

Nancy's Notes said...

Oh that clock is calling out my name, it's just gorgeous! You have it sitting in just the perfect setting.

Hope you are having a great day!


Sweet as June said...

Hi Sue! I think I have said this before but... you truly have a knack for layering... it looks fabulous. ;)

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Your clock is gorgeous, and I love the way you have decorated the mantel. The doggies are precious and the jar with a lid. Really nice...can't wait to see the rest. Linda

Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

How beautiful Sue! I love the gorgeous clock and the dogs are wonderful! The perfect mantelscape!


La said...

Hi Sue!

I see you've been a very busy girl. Love your fireplace!

Have a wonderful week! La

PAT said...

Sue these are wonderful vignettes. I love them all...gorgeous!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Very pretty - really like them both. You really got lucky on the clock. I am determined to change up a few things around here, but I seem to spend a lot of time staring at what is already there, then doing nothing about making a change. Think the heat has cooked by brain. :-D
Have a great week.

Brenda@Cozy Little House said...

You always manage to come up with the prettiest displays from all your bargain treasures!

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

That clock is so impressive! Your decor is so pretty, and it looks almost like a touch of Fall is making it's way there.

Polly said...

Looks nice Sue! I wish I had a fireplace mantle to decorate!! You've done another great job!!


P.S. Did you hit Rt. 127 over the weekend?

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Sue, I love your mantel arrangement and I adore huge clocks. I have a few here and there. Love the basket filled with this and that. Same thing I like to do.

Jemsmom said...

Now that was a sweet deal on the clock!!! I love the mantle and the urns there. You really do have a beautiful touch when putting together your vignettes!

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Hi Sue...You are so good at vignettes! I love that clock and I love the fireplace that you have it on! Have a great week... it's going to a HOT one!~Hugs, Patti

Shelia said...

Hi Sue! Oh, my goodness! Everything is just perfect! You are the Queen of Vignettes I do believe! Your home is so gorgeous!
be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

I love your blog...your header is great and I covet your font...Ha
A few hours of Sunday blog hopping. Hope you will stop by for a visit...I am giving away gifts on both of my blogs this week, all week....
Happy Sunday

A Hint of Home said...

I like how you have arranged your new vignettes. Your fireplace, windows, and ceiling heighth reminds me of my family room.
Love the large clock. What a blessing that was.

CIELO said...

Verly pretty... and such an elegant vignette! Thanks for participating in our "Show Off Your Cottage Monday" and letting us into your lovely home...



Jennifer said...

Looks great sue!!!

Elly-My Everyday Things said...

Owww... i love that big fire place! It looks so warm and cosy. Unfortunately our livingroom is too small for a fire place, but I'm dreaming of it!
Have a lovely Cottage- Monday!

houndini said...

OOOH looks beautiful ;-)

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Everything looks wonderful. I wouldn't have thought to combine all the interesting things in the basket, but it is such a great combination!

The Blackwood Cottage said...

Oh what a lovely home! Thanks for sharing.

Marsha's Mpressions said...

Love your black vases topped with moss and your mantle display. Thanks for the ideas!

bj said...

Oh have such a beautiful home. I love everything here.
I have a thing about big clocks and...I'm needing another...soon!!:)

Pam said...

Those dogs are great! And I'm glad you have some antlers. My husband thought I was nuts to buy my Big Lots antlers for my dining room.

Olive Cooper said...

I especially like the symetry of the dogs and urns around the massive clock. Your tall ceilings cry out for such a big display. Well done...olive

Alicia said...

Sue...I can totally see that bell being used to ring the bell hop. Maybe the bell hop was coming to deliver those beautiful roses?

It all looks super. I especially loved the ribbed box. I wouldn't polish it either. It's gorgeous just as is.

Debbie said...

Sue your room is stunning...I really love the stone FP and that clock looks fantastic sure can work a room!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Everything in the room looks so sophisticated, Sue. Really lovely!
Those dogs remind me of Expensive antique English china dogs

Rachel said...

I love the huge clock and I love that is was FREE to replace! That is always a good feeling! Your mantal display is fabulous!
Thanks for Sharing!

Kim said...

What great looking arrangements. The clock is the perfect scale, and I love the little dogs.

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

I LOVE your taste for decorating... The "mantle" is wonderful. I'm a clockaholic so you KNOW I LOVE that! I have always wanted one of those tables BUT what you did with it is perfect... The dogs, the little silver box(YES DO NOT polish it), the urns, the basket of goodies... "Your home is Beautiful"...

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Sue, the mantel looks fabulous. I love the clock. It is just fantastic and what a wonderful find. The urns and the dogs are the perfect compliment with the books and dish and silver. It looks fabulous. Your basket arrangement is so creative. I really like how it looks like you just collected some things and layed them in it. Gorgeous. Such a fabulous touch. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Kathy said...

Sue, lovely transformations! Quite the score on the clock! I love it! The little box has perfect patina!
The moss covered urns anchor the picture perfectly. You put together a beautiful assortment of items in that basket - quite imaginative. I do think that bell was once in a hotel...fascinating.
Just love it,

Sherrie said...

I would love to decorate such a great wall. I love the clock...good score, good idea to use it their. Thanks for sharing. Be sure to stop by for my giveaway, a chance to visit Maine. Hope to see you there.

Melissa Miller said...

Sue your entire home is gorgeous! I love how you arranged the tray on the table. Fabulous job. :)

xinex said...

I love your clock, Sue. Clocks are another ones I get attracted to. Love all the vignettes you created...Christine

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Sue, I cannot believe you got that magnificent clock free! How clever of you to take it off of the coffee table! Your mantel looks so pretty, and I'm loving your gathering of rustic treasures in the basket on your table. Can't wait to see the rest of the room. laurie

Rettabug said...

WOW, Sue...what a magnificent mantle to have & the tall windows on either side just make everything glow! Very beautiful & I like all the *stuff* you put up there, too.

That little rusty bell is such a cute & unique touch. My grands would never leave it alone but I sure do like it on YOUR coffee table! LOL

Rettabug said...

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Kathy said...

Loved looking at your beautiful home tonight.
That clock is your fireplace.
Your definately in the right business girlfriend!
xoxo~Kathy @
Sweet Up-North Mornings...

niartist said...

YAY!!! Love this soooo much, and I'm so glad you linked up to Vignette Fridays with it! So gorgeous - and I'm so jealous of those ceilings and that fireplace! :) Stunning!

Southern Queen Bee said...

I love the basket on the table. Camo Man has deer antlers out in the garage. I make him keep them outside, but I may have to sneak a few in, then I will have to eat crow when he spots them. LOL
Have a great weekend,

Myrna said...

Hi Sue!
Your blog is FANTASTIC! Oh, I cannot wait to come back and visit..
I hear ya on the redecorating...I will tweak ONE THING and it seems that I need to do the whole house then!! ;-)
Have a great weekend!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Good morning Sue, Girl I love that BIG Clock and how cool that it found a wonderful home with you Love that...Your home is just beautiful and I loved seeing that mirror against the wall again..It would have been broke if it lived at my house oh not from everyone but some me looking into it ha ha!! Hope you have a GREAT weekend my Dear friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi Sue! gorgeous clock! And I love the dogs! Have a great weekend!...hugs...Debbie

Sue said...

Hi that huge clock on the mantel...and my daughter just found those same dogs at a thrift store...I have a similiar wall on stone in my great room but no beautiful windows on each side like you have....we put in a ceiling to floor bookcase on one side and I do have a regular long window on the other side...Over the mantel hangs my Moose head from 1912...very wacky!! Have a great weekend.

Susie Q said...

I stil can not believe you found those doggies thrfting!! You lucky girl you!
I love that clock...wish I had a spot big enough for such a thing!!
You scored in that didn't you sly lady?

Loving all the changes and tweaking!

Hope you can forgive me for not going this week. SO want to go this coming week, if you can. I miss you!


NYCLQ said...

Lovely blog & vignette! The thrifted dogs put a smile on my face - they reminded me of SATC Charlotte's dog - Elizabeth Taylor & her adorable pups!

Happy to have found you over at Artie's Vignette Friday... Don't you just love tweaking? =)


Secret Garden Cottage said...

Hi Sue,
You did a wonderful job! I love the vignette in the basket with nest filled cloche and that vintage bell ringer. Love that bell ringer! Everything looks beautiful.
Have a great weekend,
Hugs ~ Jo

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Gorgeous!! Love the vignette! The cloche with the nest!! So pretty! And the mantle looks awesome!

I tweak constantly! Drive my own self crazy sometimes!

Have a great weekend!

Lou Cinda :)