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September 30, 2010

Modern warm glow.....

In the spring of 2010 I was determined to get this bedroom made over.  This was my sons bedroom and since he's all grown up and living in Pennsylvania now, I wanted to freshen the color and have some fun with it.  


This is the old color- I had done the room with a seaside look at one point, then I shifted to using safari accents with elephants, masks and a tiger picture.  That didn't last too long because it just didn't have the right colors and affect.  
                In came the new color- Italian Straw by Pratt & Lambert....and here is the end result.......
The lamp, and pictures are from T.J. Maxx-- The bedding is something I already had and I tried to find things that wold work with it.  One of these days if I find something with the right colors and like it better I'm probably going to switch it out, but for now I'm happy enough with it.
I had the small glass lamp by the window, and when I saw the yellow lamp at T.J. Maxx I knew I wanted it..it had the same drum shade style and the modern shape was perfect with the pictures...they have small circles in them, and the curtains have a circle design too....
        The mirror was from T.J. Maxx and the chair from Pier 1 Imports.....
 Pillows courtesy of T.J. Maxx and Target.. I sewed buttons in the center of the rust ones to draw the aqua color into them...
This is the armoire that has a tv inside and the collage frame is a carry over from the old room...You probably noticed there is no headboard.  I'm working on that yet....I found a headboard but it needs to be painted, it's kind of retro, and I'm excited to have it but haven't had time to finish it....All the rest of the furniture is my daughters and someday when she has her own place it's going with her....

Our house is pretty small as you can see from this room, but I try to make it cozy and somewhat up to date! These are some closeups of a few accents I used in the room....

T.J.Maxx-Mirror
Pier 1 Imports-Curtains
and ZGallerie-Vase





September 24, 2010

French Infusion

Finally my mantel is coming together...my new French styled pedestal vases were an inspiration and the topiary balls pulled the look together.....little by little I'm getting my direction in line.....

September 23, 2010

Artichokes and Roses

Well, I have found myself putting together another project.... I saw these artichokes displayed in a bowl, and then I noticed a box of them and they were on sale, so I bought the whole box. I didn't have a plan, but I felt I wanted them just the same!

I was admiring these pottery pieces at the same store
and eventually decided the two were getting together!
Then I visualized it with a cone shape and decided to make it a topiary....
 I realized the cone wasn't tall enough, so I glued another styrofoam piece in first with hot glue...

 Then I stuffed moss around it to make sure it wouldn't move and glued the cone piece on top with some glue they sell just for working with styrofoam.







Now it's ready to go!
 
 I started gluing the artichokes one by one, which took a while because they wanted to slide down until the glue cooled off (I did a lot of blowing) LOL....
 I started with four around the bottom, then the next row was another four, but above the vacant spot left below, and then two and finally two more towards the top....



 Then I cut the roses off their stems and started randomly poking them in the styrofoam.  Eventually I snipped the leaves off the stems and did the same with them...



Just about complete here...
 There are gaps to be filled yet with moss, the picture doesn't show them up, but there are spots that you can see the styrofoam.....









And here is my final product!  What do you think?  


September 21, 2010

The Mikasa Exchange

Well, I finally committed to buying a new set of everyday dishes, and once again I ended up with a choice by Mikasa!  Approximately 15 years ago I selected a pattern called Brywood by Mikasa.  I was certain I could live with it forever, and I did try!  Finally as the years passed and my tastes changed I couldn't stand it anymore and decided on Mikasa's Italian Countryside.  It's simple, clean lined and will not dictate too much style. 
In the meantime, what to do with my old dishes.  I won't let them go, because they are sentimental to me and let's face it, I paid a lot for them!


Soooo..... after much contemplating, I finally remembered this hidden area in my cabinet that has items in it that I completely forget about.....so everything came out and the dishes went in and I got a chance to straighten up the cupboard!  That's always a good thing! 


And now my new Mikasa has a home!



September 17, 2010

Harvest Blessings...


I put this fall display together with items I purchased at Hobby Lobby, my first ever visit to one.  I know a lot of people prefer natural vs. artificial, but in these cases I like the artificial....it won't die off and get ugly and it's reuseable....


These are the supplies I started with, a glass plate- painted from underneath with a copper finish. A bag of orange colored moss, a few artificial branches, some ceramic  pumpkins, stacked pumpkins on a stick, and candles.  I only used one candle, turned out to be too many items!




This is the final result....













This is the backside view...






The use of artificial branches loaded with pumpkins, berries and leaves give a nice full affect with texture- best thing about it, is I can change my mind and re-use each item in a different way!  I like to play with the branches, bend them into just the right spots and get the best look out of them!
For now it's on my end table, as Thanksgiving nears it will end up on the dining table!

September 13, 2010

Zig Zagging Decisions

My two new Pedestal Vases have gone through a real zig zag process....

I started out with the idea of them going on a floor pedestal and sitting on the floor on either side of the china cabinet....


When I brought them home and put them in the area I intended I realized they might not look as good there as I had hoped...




I set them on the dining table, and immediately felt good about them, but somehow I just wasn't convinced that this was the way to go...  







I briefly entertained the idea of them sitting on my wood tops that cover the built in cabinetry to the living room and divide the spaces between the dining and living room....

But what you can't see is on the left there is a lamp and some other candlesticks that are new and this competes with the lamp in proportion and scale



I started buzzing the internet at pictures of French decorating and saw this picture that gave me my final idea....








So my version has just begun, but here is my start..... 
I've stripped off most everything from the mantel so it looks a bit naked.  The metal swan feature is going to be replaced with an arch mirror....



















I've always wanted a mirror there but had been given advice that I shouldn't put a mirror there because of something to do with it being so high up and not reflecting anything.  I never fully agreed.  I have seen so many fireplace mantels with a mirror and many are high up, that I decided to go with my instincts and try a mirror.  After all, the mirror will reflect some amount of room light, as well as reflect anything that gets placed in front of it, and it will reflect some portion of the dining room and I don't see that as all bad!  The arch mirror seems to me to be a perfect marriage since it reflects the same shape seen in the windows and the wall above the mantel..


I will post the mirror when it arrives....and I will be working on ideas for decorating the rest of the mantel.  I think it's time for some crystal too!


I did order these topiary balls to set on top of the pedestal vases... 
This is picture of the mantel before I started making changes........



 I believe you have to be open minded and see all possibilities when decorating.  I never envisioned these pedestal vases to be on the mantel.
I am finally embracing my desire to decorate with a French style.  I've been playing with it in my kitchen area, which has a blend of Tuscan in it.  There will be a few other accents changed as I go along to pull this look together.

September 8, 2010

Decisions, Decisions!


I picked these up at a local decorators store 
going out of business.... I was drawn to them 
immediately... Now I'm deciding where they will actually be in the room...

     I didn't expect to put them on the table, though they do seem interesting there.


I'm actually visualizing a corbel style shelf for them on the wall either side of the china cabinet where the other wall vases are....  What do you think?

Small update here..
I'm playing with greenery I had already....first attempt to decorate it, what do you think? 



September 6, 2010

Cock a doodle doo!

I've been adding roosters to my life more and more....these are my new dishes....I  love how cheerful they are, excellent for mornings!  Heck anytime of the day!  


 
  


This is Napoli Rooster by Pfaltzgraff













I placed my new whimsical rooster piece in the cupboard with the dishes....just having some fun! But I think I will leave it there because I like it!
















This a platter and plate from the set...








This is Daybreak by Pfaltzgraff






A view of my tiny galley style kitchen. I have waterglass in the doors, which I chose so it would diffuse the look as you view the cupboards and allow me to not worry about having everything perfect..I have my old Mikasa-Brywood set in the other cupboard. A full 12 pc. place setting collection with platters, serving bowls and more.  It's too large for me to store anywhere else (small house, not enough storage!)

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