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April 8, 2016

Spring Tweaking around the house Cont'd


I had this tray on the dining table through Easter.  I decided to give it a try on the cabinetry top area that divides the two rooms.

 Instead of using candles I decided to try books inside the lantern.  The brass candlesticks are from many years ago when Macy's took over our Hudson's store.   They had a neat little area with decorating stuff.  They seem to work well with so much I'm glad I picked them up.  Until recently they were on the fireplace mantel which is still quite plain after Easter and I can't decide what I want to do with it.

 I dropped in a boxwood ball for added interest.

 I found the books at a little decorator store in the Grand Rapids area.  I could've gone nuts in there if my wallet was big enough.  

 I also found this sphere there.  She had three sizes but I couldn't make my mind up which one to choose so I went with the smallest one.

 I love elephants and this one made it over here too.  Trying for a whole new look on this cabinet top area.  The candle is few years old too and came from Pottery Barn.

I wanted something to fill the end up and spotted my little cachepot in the closet so I loaded it up with some of my little spheres.  That covered dish came from Ethan Allen a while back when I got that big portrait picture that's above the mantel.  Same with the lamp next to it.  Best deals I ever got from them because our store was closing.  I heard another one may be coming back- that would be awesome!

This is the cabinetry that was created for the room when we added on in 1996.  That's why I created Dan's spot with the chair when I redid the room layout as shown "here".  The lamp and the book stack are the only things that were on top before.

 This is my favorite thing to do- mix up what I already have and get a whole new look from it!



20 comments:

  1. Yes, remix is so fun - and cheap! I love the elephant candle stand, and your idea of books inside the lantern is a fun new twist. I enjoy seeing things you do to keep things fresh. You're always inspiring! Happy Friday!

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  2. HI Liz! Oh, your arranged everything so beautifully! I love your lantern and it seems to be pretty big to be able to put some books in it! Love your cabinet area and the storage it must give you as well as a top to decorate. Sounds like you're still covered in snow! We had some humongous rains and winds yesterday and tree were pulled up all over the place. We were fortunate!
    Be a sweetie,

    Shelia ;)

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  3. You've decorated that terrific tray wonderfully! Such a pretty lantern and putting the books and boxwood in it gives it an interesting look. That sphere with the brass candlesticks add just the right other elements. Fun to see your stereo cabinet too as it speaks to me of how my hubby likes his music as well.

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  4. Very pretty, Liz! That's what I need to do, and I like your ideas.

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  5. I really like the books in it. I'm very jealous of your storage.

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  6. I really like the books in it. I'm very jealous of your storage.

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  7. Liz, love your changes! Using books in the lantern is creative and I might have to borrow that idea! Happy weekend! Pam @ Everyday Living

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  8. Hi Liz,

    Sometimes, the best shopping sprees take place right in our own homes - 2 or 3 levels of bargains! Terrific tweaking!

    Poppy

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  9. I love what you have done to your cabinet top. Very clever to use books in the lantern. I like that idea. I love your tray. Very unique design. You know I am a tray nut. ha! sheila

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  10. Sweet look for Spring. Very creative idea adding the books to the pretty lantern. The elephant candleholder is darling. Have a good visit with Chelsea. Glad you like your blog tweaks.

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  11. Love the books in the lantern, so clever. I think everyone is enjoy the look. Very nice arrangement.

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  12. I love the books in the lantern - very clever. Thanks for linking up!!

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  13. I love the books in the lantern - very clever. Thanks for linking up!!

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  14. I like the changes you made. Using the lantern as a cloche is a fun idea!

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  15. I never would have thought to add books to a lantern! I love it! You are so creative. I love the cabinet top area you have for displaying things! I also just got an elephant candle holder! Very pretty, Liz!

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  16. Liz,
    Your tweaking and savvy decorating eye in adding books to a lantern is so pretty!
    Hope you will share some of your pretty creations this week with us too!
    Happy Wednesday,
    Jemma

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  17. Good Morning Liz,
    Thank you for sharing your designer and decorating tips with us at Thoughts Of Home On Thursday. The party would just not be the same without you:)
    Jemma

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  18. Must remember - books in the lantern. I love that idea! Isn't it amazing how everything looks pretty inside a lantern or cloche. It's a modern phenomenon. :)

    Happy Thoughts of Home. Pinned.

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  19. The use of books in the lantern is ingenious! Love the idea! ...and it's pretty! Great tray, too! :) ~Rhonda

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  20. I just love the idea of books inside the lantern. I have a birdcage that I like to fill with things. I wonder if I can get any books inside the little door?

    Thanks for sharing at SYC.

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