Well I guess I'm done for now with my tweaking around the living room.
Recently I showed you my new bowl I had purchased for the coffee table
and I felt it was too big. Our room is set up to view tv, listen to the stereo and use the computer...sort of an an inclusive package! Anyway, I didn't want something on the coffee table that was tall or intrusive to viewing without having to move it. Our TV is set low to be at a natural viewing height when sitting so I have to be careful what I put on the coffee table.
I have this bird cage I got from Ethan Allen many years ago but I seriously overpaid for it and I'm so stubborn I keep trying to find a way to use it! I managed to get a floral ring inside there and set a topiary ball in the middle. This is a new look for me and this bird cage. It's had pot-pourri in it, and a faux orchid on a stick with rocks around it too! Funny thing is- it's never had a bird in it! Of course not a real bird!
My elephant seemed to go well with the bird cage and my new deco ball from T.J. Maxx. The bowl is also new and I felt it was a good pickup to the look I was displaying on the table.
It's actually a glass bowl that is painted from underneath. I was looking for a bowl but I never imagined this!
The green in the bowl works well with the sofa and it makes me happy to see the bird cage in use and my elephant! I love elephants!
This elephant lamp is on my desk along with this clock that looks like an antique but is a reproduction find from T.J. Maxx. This is my view when I'm on the computer (which is probably too often!)
I edited out 3 other picture frames. I looked at my table and thought "I'm turning into my mother" it was too busy! (sorry Mom!)
A couple of views of the room. I hope to be able to get new curtains in the near future.
As you can see we have a very large screen tv and speakers. I can tell you the earth does feel like it's moving sometimes when we play a movie! Behind the tv is a sub-woofer and it can make you feel the seat! I have the room fashioned to view the tv but it also works well for socializing.
Just to the right of the room behind the sofa is a built in drawer unit with a wood top. I currently have some books there with my new Lion bookends.
Another T.J. Maxx find!
I guess I'm building my wild kingdom!
They are holding a shield
The kids gave us a framed portrait from the wedding and I've been working on this corner to create a family area. It's subject to change a bit, but you get the idea!
I have one more area to the right that I'm not happy with yet, but I hope to settle on something soon! You know how it is- you just have to keep playing around until you feel it's right!
Monday Jan. 16th I was notified by Mikasa that I had won a sweepstakes of theirs! I had entered a tablescape on their new "The Great Dinner Party" web page. They did a random drawing and I won 8 place settings of a pattern called Swirl. There were 5 colors to choose from so I chose
I chose to mix them with a couple of other dishes so they could be highlighted more. Their dark color proved to be challenging to take pictures of!
As you can see they are a very deep chocolate color
I staged them on a charger that has a woven design. I used a simple white dinner plate between the first two layers
I added in a small red dish to give a punch
of color and
I layered their bowl on top, but it still felt like it needed more color
So I added the small square bowl and rolled a napkin thinking of the shape of an egg roll! I felt like the unique bowl shape of the Mikasa
Swirl dish felt Asian in design so I decided to work with that theme.
This very oversized hurricane was chosen and I put river rocks in the bottom, set a tall pillar candle in the center and used some miniature sea shell covered balls to accent around it.
The white placemats also have a pearly swirl design on them and my white flatware came into play again!
These glasses are unique in their slightly swirled design and I was lucky that their green color worked well with everything else!
I have to admit I started out with a whole different idea, but once I started rummaging through my linens, dishes and flatware my direction took a new course!
It was fun working with these dishes and I want to thank Mikasa/Lifetime Brands for
their generous gift!
Evening is falling...
We are having a homemade coleslaw, rice, shredded pork and egg rolls for dinner!
shelf(they were behind the plates on the 2nd shelf)
I moved the china set down to
the wood base surface.
I also removed most of the crystal
stemware- washed and hand dried
them. Then I went about relocating
most of the pieces.
These are some of my favorite pieces
in my china cabinet...
Back in the mid 70's my parents
went on a whirlwind trip of Europe.
While in Venice my Mother bought this
serving set at the Murano Factory.
She's been asking us to take
things of hers for years so I asked
While in high school my daughter
met a girl from Italy that was here
as a foreign exchange student. Her
experience with her sponsors turned
out poorly so we took over and had
her live with us. The next summer after
she had left we sent our daughter over
to see her in Naples and they toured all
over Italy. While in Venice my daughter
went to the Murano factory and found
these glasses and a candy dish that she
bought for me!
This is a little favorite of mine that
I found at an antique store. The first and
only antique I've ever purchased! Since
I love gardening I was intrigued by it.
The tag said it was from the 1930's.
I think I need more of the red Mikasa crystal
pieces don't you?? :-)
This also gave me a chance to dust
inside. It's pretty sealed up but somehow
dust migrates in there over time.
Finally done and closed up!
Whew! That took about 2 hrs to do!
Glad I finally did it!
*This set of six (6) 10 1/2" dinner plates in the
Traditions Series from the Spode Archive Collection in Cranberry, made
in England. The titles of this beautiful set of six are : Aesop's
Fables, Caramanian, Castle, Greek, Lucano, and Milkmaid. This red / pink
transferware series features magnificent traditional designs with
wonderful landscape scenes of some of the most popular hand-engraved
original copper engravings that were taken from Spode's archives.