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October 28, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Have a Happy Halloween Everybody!
  I  put together a display in the kitchen window.  I found these tins with candles in them from T.J.Maxx...I reused some items I had shown once before....

October 21, 2010

Watch out for the Witches!

I saw this metal pumpkin at T.J. Maxx a month ago and decided I was going to build on top of it.... soooo.... off I went to Michael's for some  products....
So what I did was I got a large cube of styrofoam and spray painted it a bright orange....
Then I stuffed moss around the sides and a little in the front near the mouth.....

I saw this witch on the Lenox website and decided she would work for this project too....she lights up...see the little twinkle there....
The artificial branches were another item from Michaels....I cut them shorter and played a bit with the branches...
I also added a black raven and a skeleton head
(which has a holder for a candle so he lights up-it was actually a yard stake)


October 19, 2010

Come on over!

Hello everyone...come on over to my 2nd blog: http://sitwithmeinmygarden.blogspot.com 
It's devoted to my gardens and gardening....


October 15, 2010

Small Impacts

I never was sure where I was going to put the topiary that I created, but I finally landed it here along with the new frames I had in another spot...I think they work well together and create a romantic look...

October 12, 2010

Happy Fall Everyone!

Happy Fall Everyone...I've created a welcome by the stairs to the deck.... and I planted Mums into my planters...

October 8, 2010

French Infusion, 2nd edition

Tweaking away as usual....I had these two candlesticks in another spot and decided to give them a try on the new chest piece....

This picture on the right is truer to the wall color and the curtains. They always photograph so yellow/gold with the flash, but the walls are not nearly that color. They are painted with Benjamin Moore in Concord Ivory. 
I hope everyone has a lovely weekend.  We are going to try to get out and tour the area and see some of the beautiful fall colors....it's truly a beautiful time of year!
Love to hear your comments....

October 6, 2010

Le Manteau Cont'd

Playing around some more with my mantel....I think I like this look the best....
I borrowed the brass candlesticks from the chest of drawers and moved the small picture I had on there over to the chest.....

 Frames I found at T.J. Maxx...sometimes you gotta love that store! 

 Stick around for my ongoing tweaking!

Please leave your comments I do appreciate them!

October 4, 2010

Did someone say Fleur-De-Lis

Did someone say Fleur De Lis!! Yes that is a design I adore...

We tore apart the bathroom in the spring and painted, then I decorated...I talked my husband into adding another light into the bathroom, and I found this adorable miniature chandelier at Lowes...totally unexpected (roughly $85)...and it looks exactly like a $300 one on Horchow's web site made by another manufacturer in bright brass......The red curtain and valance are hung on their own rods just forward of the tub/shower area.  The shower liner is behind on it's own rod and I keep it tucked to the side so you can't see it.  So, yes there are three rods in all to do this! 

These are Sid Dickens Memory Plaques and the vase was sent to me by a new friend from New Mexico, which has the Fleur De Lis symbol on it too!

I found this tapestry on line and knew it had to be in here!  I started out with wanting to do a "French" theme, and it got a big of Tuscan mixed in with it. I just love this tapestry, makes me think of a castle.....  

This is a close up of the tile accent in the bathroom.  I chose these 9 years ago- I was on the track for this kind of decorating then and didn't know it!

I still have my brass faucets and don't plan to change them...I'm not one to jump too fast on trends...I figure brass will make a come back anyway!  Then I will be en vogue again! We did change the hardware on the cabinetry to an oiled rubbed bronze finish and I think that helped warm things up and allow the brass to still fit in just fine!  
 This is a project I put together for above the commode...I bought this large print, then picked a section to cut away and place behind the multi opening mat...
 I also removed the towel bar that came with the cabinet...I've had fancy towels on it for years and they never get used, so I decided to be different and do away with it.

I covered the hole created from removing the rod with this little decorative piece I found in the lamp hardware section.  It was a brass finished plastic piece and I sprayed it with an oil rubbed bronze paint.

You can't see much of it here, but the sconce next to the cabinet also has the Fleur De Lis design! 

Hope you enjoyed my bathroom tour!

October 3, 2010

French Infusion Cont'd

Le Manteau....
      This is an ongoing experiment of elements on the mantel for me.   I'm using items I already owned and new ones, trying to blend and create this French look I'm goaling for....
     I've had people always say, your good at this you should do it for a living, but truthfully I'm just the average person trying to decorate like a professional....There is a lot to learn and it helps if you have a large wallet to grab the items you want to get your look.  
     I am also working with an existing fireplace with a mantle that I love, but it certainly isn't the first choice for the French look.  

     I found these two pedestal vases at a local decorators store that is going out of business.... I knew I wanted them immediately although I wasn't sure what I was going to do with them.  I visualized them in the dining area, which didn't work the way I thought.  I had ordered a new arched mirror to try with the fireplace mantel area and after it was put up, it suddenly came to my mind to try these on the mantel..

This is a newly acquired piece from another store going out of business.... ugh... such sadness these days. 
This is a Theodore Alexander piece from the Atelier de la Madeleine line.  I had visualized this by my front door, which didn't work.  The color clashed with the wall color but when we set the drawers out in this living room it seemed like it was the place to be!  

I am very pleased with it, I've got my table linens in the drawers and still have one free drawer to use.  
Again, I am playing with decorating ideas...the topiary is a little project of mine, and I don't think it's going to stay there.... Notice the lamp...that was from the same store....it's a Wildwood brand lamp...and if you know the brand you will appreciate that I picked it up for under $200...

    OK, this is for people with a sense of humor!


  What is sad is that for a brief few moments I  thought it might work! I thought I was so smart... put a brass plate over top of the urn and set the lamp on it...brilliant!!  NOT!!!  LOL..... You have to try or you don't know!!  (I plead temporary insanity!)
You know what they say about proportions....
This had potential, but for the spot I was setting it in, it just became lost.  

My mother and father went to Europe for a 7 country tour back  in the early 80's....this Murano glass set was selected by my Mother in Venice.  

The picture is a real oil painting that a young lady my son was dating, brought back for me from France.  I was so appreciative of her getting this for me, but the dominate blue color has been difficult for me to blend in.  For now I have relocated these items into a display cabinet.
So for today this is my Exposé !!!

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