After seeing all those great vignettes at furniture market last week, I knew I would have to get busy and create at least one new table display here at home this week. My head is still spinning from all the different styles I was attracted to in the many showrooms we visited. Am I traditional? Am I contemporary? Do I like bits and pieces of country or shabby chic? I took a decorating test last year that labeled me as” globally eclectic.” Hmmmm…. I like accessories from many different styles and cultures, so I guess that could be true. But, I guess I predominantly lean towards a clean, classic look. So, today I shopped the house and came up with a new spring display for this table in the great room.
I have a round table that is skirted in burlap and covered with a glass top. You know, you can steam press this tablecloth over and over again and the wrinkles never seem to leave. Nature of the beast that I just have to live with it, I guess. That and the messy laying bullion fringe…..
I decided to take a traditional approach to creating this tabletop and feature something that I purchased when we were looking for new vendors in the Market Square showrooms. Many of the vendors in the back of the building were antique dealers who sold their merchandise right off their floor displays. Do you think you’ve spotted what I bought?
It’s the turtle shell smack dab in the middle of the table. The vendor had baskets full of these small turtle shells, as well as the ginormous tortoise shells. I liked the way she had them displayed on the wall, although the husband said he wasn’t crazy about them. He said they reminded him of our old pet sea turtle named Max. Max was our son’s pet for about ten years before we finally gave him away to someone who had an outdoor pond and a lady turtle. The pair eventually became parents to some cute little baby turtles!
This old dictionary was found in its present state- sans covers. I don’t object to people tearing off the covers of old books- I actually like the look. I topped the dictionary with a brass candlestick that I sprayed with oil rubbed bronze paint, a small clock that I found at a church rummage sale for a dollar, and a paperweight that I bought from my friend, Kathy, at her vintage sale last summer.
Kathy encased all these old buttons into the paperweight. She even left some of the attached threads.
This small woven basket, topped with shells, is about thirty years old and was bought when we moved into our very first house.
I set a decorative brass key on top of this small lidded basket. It, too, was a first home accessory purchase.
This tarnished silver box has made its way into many a tabletop vignette in the past couple of years. I found it in the basement of an antique store and paid only $8.00 for it. The monogrammed pin resting on its lid was a gift from my California blogging friend, Kim last year.
An old silverplate tray is the base for this cloche. I filled a silver goblet with stringy moss and topped it with speckled eggs. A newly rooted ivy plant , a pearlized shell, an old postcard of the Eiffel Tower, and a bird nested in a silver bowl add to the display.
Working on this table really put me into the mood to start making the house look light and airy. Spring has definitely sprung - Yesterday, it was sunny and in the mid-eighties! But today was rainy and windy. Typical Ohio spring weather- you never know what the day will bring!
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