Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Using White in the Dining Room

What would we do without lots of accessories?  Just a simple change in what we have in our displays can lend a whole new look and feel to our homes.  One of my favorite things to do is change my knick-knacks around, and God knows I have plenty of them to work with!

My husband had this tower etegere for several years prior to our marriage, and it is so much fun to decorate.  Currently I have decorated it with white items, and some greenery.  I have used this tower as a towel holder in the powder room, and in several places throughout the house.  Right now, it sits in a corner of the dining room.

I've thought often of giving this a coat of Annie Sloan Old White, but just haven't done it.  I think some day I will.

The dining table is still decorated in green and white also.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Decorating A Small Cupboard

I have a small hall cupboard that was built in a nearby shop, that sits in my dining room.  It is narrow, and I use it to hold candles, and some of my small lamps, etc.  It is always so much fun to decorate, and since it is so small, it provides a quick way to get in a little creativity.

I've been adding a few touches of Spring here and there, trying to hurry the season, I guess.  So I will share the current look for the top of the cupboard.

I kept the quilted runner that has been on for a while now.  It fits the top perfectly.  I placed a bottle I decorated, underneath a cloche, along with a small bible, a strand of pearls belonging to my MIL, a flower, and a small lamb.

Since I am using the Ball jars on the mantel, I redecorated the old blue sewing machine drawer by placing an old thrifted platter, and a small Limoge saucer inside the drawer, then added a jar I painted turquoise, and stuck a peony into it.

Then I placed this (also thrifted) plate on a stand, to blend in with the other items.  I stuck to a pink/blue theme for the top of the cupboard, and featured pink flowers on several items.

I can look at this display and know that spring is on its way. Have you found a spot or two for spring décor?

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Faux Will Do (Early Spring Décor)

I don't buy many fresh flowers, even though I do love them.  I know lots of folks don't use faux flowers in their décor, but I am one who does.  I always have.  Recently, I have found several bushes for a penny each, and have quite a supply now.  I will use some for wreaths, and some for making arrangements for the graves of our parents and other loved ones, but currently, I am displaying some of them in the house.  I haven't "arranged" these, and just have them stuck in the containers so they can be removed and used for more permanent arrangements. Some of my favorites are these yellow and white ones.  I remembered that my husband had brought a beautiful yellow and white bowl and pitcher when we married.  It had been sitting in the guest closet on the top shelf, out of the way.  Seeing these gorgeous stems made me want to put them into the pitcher for a Spring looking arrangement.  See what you think.

Aren't these pretty?
(I have 4 cents in this arrangement)!!!
 I think this makes a nice arrangement.

 The yellow in the table cloth goes perfectly with the pitcher, bowl, and flowers.

These make me long for Spring to get here.  I've had a gracious plenty of this cold, icy weather, thank you very much!

I made another smaller arrangement for the ottoman/coffee table in the office.  I used this small ginger jar my daughter received for her wedding in 1989, so it has some age on it, and had also been stored out of the way for a long time.

 The vase and these flowers have an Asian look.  Again, these are just stuck into the container.

 They make a nice addition to the vignette in the tray.

How about you, do you use faux flowers?

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Friday, February 20, 2015

New Look for the Mantel

After all the red for the last couple months, it is time for more soothing colors.  I created a simple mantel design and really like the calming colors.

I kept the picture of my grandchildren, as well as the white shutters.

All I added is these three aqua jars, and a little more white.

These faux flowers cost me a whole penny!!  How's that for a bargain?

My beautiful grandchildren, my heart and soul!

That's my current mantel, simple and soothing.
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