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April 24, 2015

Seen Any Good Looking Men In Your Trees Lately?

We had a little excitement here yesterday and today with a tree being cut down.

 I posted about this happening on my other blog.  If you click on the link below you can read more about it.  I'd love to see you visit!  

  It's a bit cool here so I don't know how much I'll get done outside.  I do believe we will be getting a few yards of mulch loaded up on the trailer to spread.  I'm itching to be out there more and more- honestly that's all my mind has been thinking about (no not the guy up in the trees)!   


 Have a wonderful weekend!

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April 20, 2015

Lamps and Lanterns

I finally found a lamp for the living room without ordering one on-line. I was really hoping to find something I could actually see vs. ordering and taking the risk of having to return it. 

 It's made of terracotta with a soft white coloring and acanthus leaves coming up from the bottom.  I'm waiting for the 2nd one which had to be ordered.

The glaze is slightly crackled and gives it a bit of an aged look.  My goal was to have something versatile in case there is a change in the room.  I have been trying to do some updating to the room by adding lighter colors.  Creams and whites seem to be working well.  I started late 2013 by lightening the wall color and new drapery panels.

 So last week I found these white lanterns.  I cleared the mantel and set them up there but suddenly felt at a loss as to how I was going to finish it out.  I had to make my mind up quickly because the store said it would be okay if I needed to return them, but the store is a 50 mile trek one way so I was really hoping to make this work.

I started hunting for a picture that would inspire me and this grabbed my attention.  I look for design formulas that strike me.  I liked the symmetry of the two jars, the cluster of candlesticks, and the plant with a picture centered behind.

I used my white and gold bowl that I won from a blog as seen "here".  My philodendron did the trick for the plant.

 I didn't have three candlesticks I liked together so I decided the white vase would stay and be the "third" item in this cluster.

After eyeing the lanterns a bunch I decided they needed something...so I added these gold tie-back tassels which fit around the neck perfectly.   I put my Luminara candles inside that run on a timer.  I can't really center the tassels because they'd block the candle's flicker.

So here's my version.  I had the white candles in my stock pile and used a sticky wax to fix them to the candlesticks since they are made for tapers.  I thought it was interesting how they seemed to mimic the shape of the white lanterns. 

I knew the lanterns were not as elegant as the picture and were an unexpected choice but I like the challenge to "play a look up or down".  I think the tassels dressed up the lanterns just enough to make it work and I like the unexpected look I got from this.  

I'll be joining the following parties:

Betwen Naps on the Porch
Metamorphosis Monday 

Our Home Away From Home
Tuesdays At Our Home 

A Stroll Thru Life
Inspire Me Tuesday

Ivy and Elephants

Savvy Southern Style
Wow Us Wednesdays

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April 15, 2015

37 Years Ago...

We were married... 
 So much has changed...

Lost my Dad in 1991...

Starting to lose my Mom to dementia...

Friends come and go...

Best of all we moved forward in the world together.  We've survived financial challenges, cancer with our daughter, loss of family members, and countless other ups and downs...

There have been plenty of good moments that outweigh the bad and I'm glad I've had someone to share all this with!

 Thanks for the first 37- let's try for another 37!

Here's looking at you babe!

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April 13, 2015

The White Monkey Had to Go!

Last Wednesday I decided to re-do my curio wall unit.  A couple of years ago I found it at our Ethan Allen store that was closing and had everything marked down.  I managed to find this and a few other goodies which also included that big picture that hangs over the fireplace now.
I struggled with what to put on it and it just became a collection of random things.  

Ethan Allen called this a Chinoiserie (inspired) Wall Curio.  I liked it immediately although I had no idea where it was going to go.

I had a few Asian inspired pieces and have kept them grouped in this area.  The three drawers are still empty but I'm sure something will find it's way into them!

A  jar with bamboo accents that I got from EBay a while back.  Hammered brass candlesticks from Marshall Fields- back in the day.

A pagoda style hinged box (I keep all the extra remotes in it) which I also picked up from EBay a while back.

I made a collage showing a few of the ways I did this while playing with it.  It's funny how seeing what you are working on in a picture helps you "see" it better.  I finally decided the white monkey had to go.  No one likes it anyway, but he was just too white and seemed to pull your eye right to it. 

I wanted to try my two imitation Staffordshire Dog statues (purchased from Nell Hill's a while back) on it.  I wanted them to sit on the bottom self but they were too tall to go anywhere else but the top.  The vase was already up there so I chose to center it. 

The 2nd shelf - a small bowl rests on top of a book box and the coral was from a novelty store specializing in nautical things.  The brass elephant was either a Bombay piece or from Pier 1.  Can't remember for sure!

I could not decide on what else to put on the bottom shelf so I for now that's it.

Tying the tassel with cord around the base of the sphere really made a difference.
I tried to use variety of different elements and textures.  I studied it to see how my eyes moved on it.  That's why the white monkey had to go- he was too much of an attention grabber! 

 Before and after.
I think it's much better!

I'll be joining the following parties:

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April 6, 2015

Vignette Tweaking on the Coffee Table

 I usually keep the tray off to the side and either a magazine or object sits in the open area.  The bowl with the orbs is setting on the fireplace hearth now by a candlestick.  

For Easter I centered tray on the glass and added my cast iron urn to it.

 I put my decorative cream and green balls back in the jar, added my little books back and added my elephant paperweight.

 It's an older piece from Bombay.

I swapped out the greens in the urn too

I found these two skinny book boxes at Hobby Lobby  so I changed out the stack here and added my magnifying lens to it that used to be on the coffee table.

I layered this nice runner I found on clearance at a little specialty shop when we went to Petoskey on my birthday.  I like how the color picks up on the urn.

My little glass box has moved around a lot too.

 The little marble lidded jar has been in a few spots around the room.  I never tried it by the lamp before and I do like them together.  The planter was from last year and I've finally decided I like the philodendron in it.

I keep the white runner on here all the time.  I think it pulls the look together the best for my decorative items.  Sometimes I add another runner on top for color or seasonal events.

So that's my weekly vignette and a tweak on the wood cabinetry!

I'm so excited- I did get my lamps for the room.  One I found at the store and the other is coming on special order.  They aren't the one I showed in my post about the living room as shown "here" but they met the criteria and I'm delighted with them.  I'll save that for when the 2nd one arrives!

I will be joining:

Between Naps on the Porch 

A Stroll Thru Life 
Inspire Me Tuesday 

Our Home Away From Home
Tuesday's at Our Home

Ivy and Elephants 

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April 3, 2015

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