Sunday, February 17, 2013

Simple Change to the Entry Buffet


The entryway buffet has been looking a little sparse ever since I took down the holiday decorations back in January. In fact, it became a catch-all for all things “junk” and “discarded.” I could stand it no more, so as I was cleaning the great room yesterday, I borrowed a few items from around the house and created a new vignette for the entry.


orchid 2

I began with this basket from the great room and used it as the focal point for the buffet. The only thing I did was to change out the book, removing this rust colored one and adding in something a bit lighter in color.



script covered book cover 

Its cover is some undecipherable script- looks a little fancy schmancy….



And the orchid is still pretty, just as it was when it lived in the great room. How could it possibly look anything but good?

It is faux!



A stack of little blue books tied up with a ribbon just adds a little color to tie in with the wall of artwork going up the stairs.


entry wall2



bowl of keys

I rounded up a bunch of no longer used keys and padlocks and placed them in this tiny silver bowl….


bowls of balls

Where they sit in front of this blue seeded bowl filled with some faux greenery balls.



The bowl balances out the new clear seeded glass lamp that I ordered from Stylecraft Lamps at the last furniture market. The pair has been in one of the guest rooms since Christmas; but since I was tired of the bronze colored lamp that has been here for the past few years, I appropriated one for here, instead. Doing so gives the area a lighter, more contemporary look. Its mate found its home on the sofa table in the great room. That table will be getting a much needed make-over, as well. 


Now that the tabletop is cleaned up and styled, I don’t think we’ll be plopping everything and anything on top of it anymore. I can tolerate the mail and my keys on it when I come in from outside, but it’s the scarves, gloves, coffee mugs, and all the “just plain junk” that have been the cause of my dismay and consternation. Can you tell that I’m anxious for the demise of winter and all of the accoutrements that go along with cold weather?


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Monday, February 11, 2013

Cupid Love


cupid cloche

I needed a little pick-me-up on a cold and snowy day a few weeks ago, so I styled a simple cupid cloche in anticipation of Valentine’s Day.



The cloche was purchased at Home Goods last spring. I love its decorative metal base and the bird sitting on top.






bw cloche



blowing a kiss1

Blow me a kiss, little cupid……



Looking for love, perhaps?



Who has your heart?


cupid cloche2



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valentine mosaic

For this Valentine’s Day vignette, I incorporated  a few items from around the house.


hearts on a tray

I used a vintage mirror as the base for the display and placed a couple of pitchers on either side of a plant that is amazingly still alive after several years.

My brown thumb seems to have turned to green lately!

Two little pitchers in the appropriate colors for this holiday of love flank the plant.

They’re joined by glass and ceramic hearts.


red pitcher

This little pitcher really isn’t practical for everyday use- I bought it at a yard sale simply for its color and its cuteness factor.


white pitcher

The same thing goes for its companion white pitcher. Although, I have used this one on occasion as a creamer.


2 hearts

Here are the two hearts on the mirror.


glass heart

I like that I can see a small reflection of the green leaves in this photo.



I’ve had this plant under a glass cloche for the past week and it has started to sprout little pink flowers.

It must be feeling healthy.


pitchers and hearts




valentine card

I never do anything special to celebrate Valentine’s Day, but this year the husband will receive a card filled with those little candy hearts he likes.


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Thursday, February 7, 2013

A Much Needed Touch of Color


In order to overcome the dreariness of our winter weather, I performed a quick decorating fix in our very neutral great room. The new Smith Brothers furniture arrived back in the fall, but I never showed any of the pieces. Then  the holidays arrived, but I still never showed any part of the room except for the magnolia dressed mantel. So, here’s the room - finally- with its neutral gray pieces, along with the addition of some much needed touches of color.  

sofa and buffet wall

I love Ikat and Suzani inspired prints so thought that these patterned pillows would be perfect in this room.  The tufted back sofa was crying out for something besides the key patterned pillows that I ordered to accent its arms.


3 new patterns

The blue in these two pillows is subtle and tends to read a bit on the gray side. I think adding in the muted yellow floral was the perfect foil to them.


pillow 1  pillow 2  pillow 3




I replaced the baker’s rack that was originally on this long wall with the buffet from the dining room. The ceiling is 18 feet tall and the room was simply crying out for a tall piece of furniture that would take up more vertical wall space. Now I’m looking for a replacement piece for the dining room-  I’m thinking that I should look for an old buffet or china cabinet that I can paint.


juliska vase          topiary

A couple pops of green were added to the buffet with a Juliska vase and a boxwood topiary under a small cloche.


green tile

I found this old piece of tile at some obscure shop a few years ago and I try to add it into vignettes whenever possible.


side chair

Here’s my favorite accent chair in the room. It’s smaller in size than the pair of chairs on the opposite wall. Can you discern what the fabric is depicting? Look closely……


chair fabric

It’s a French street map! When I saw this fabric, I knew it would be absolutely perfect to cover this small chair. I had a pair of pillows made to be used on a pair of chairs in front of the entertainment center.


side chairs

Here are the other chairs in the room, accented with the pillows in the map fabric. They’re actually quite comfortable, especially for being a more formal style of chair. The metal table between them was a  Christmas gift from the husband. When we ordered it at the fall furniture market, I kinda had it in the back of my mind that I wanted it for myself, but then I forgot about it completely. So glad it was under the tree on Christmas morning! It replaced the leather stool that is now on the side of the chair.


metal table with moss ball

The puffy moss ball that was on my vintage scale made its way over to the table to add a shot of color.



My glass cocktail tabletop received an addition of color with this orchid. What color, you ask? Well, in addition to the white~ the green from the leaves and the little buds, of course!  I took this shot prior to adding in a small khaki colored book that you’ll see in the photo below.



Here we go…..  So much better to have an odd number of items in the basket. 


orchid closeup 

I need more time to practice, but I think this shot with my new 50 mm lens came out quite well.


painted table

I topped this  ASCP painted table with a blue glass bowl filled with moss balls. 


large moss balls



This simple room re-styling gave me just the push I needed to get going on my own house decorating. I long for the coming of spring and the opportunity to start shopping estate and yard sales for some unique finds with which to decorate. I’m going to be on the look-out for some blue and white pieces to add to the room. Until then, I’ll be re-painting some rooms, as well as taking down some wallpaper.

So don’t come knocking at my front door unless you want to find me covered in paint spatters and dressed in some pretty unusual articles of clothing. Let’s just say that a pair of baggy old workout pants is part of my favorite go-to outfit. Think turquoise blue with lots of eclectic designs on them. Scary………………



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