Monday, January 31, 2011

Table Swapping

I've been changing things up a bit around the house, this morning.  Fun,fun,fun!  Don't you just love a new look without spending a dime or doing any hard labor.  I sure do!  Let me show you what I've been up to.

Let's start with a brief peek into my husbands office.  Do you remember this cabinet?

Well, it was my foyer table.  I have been wanting a lighter and brighter look in my foyer and really, really want to paint this cabinet.  But you know how men are, they just don't like painting furniture.  Especially when the piece is furniture inherited from his family.  Pooh!  So, I moved this unpaintable piece of furniture in his office here by the door.  I like the way it looks here now.

Do you recognize my new foyer table?  Yep, it's the one from the kitchen.  I would love a larger more solid piece in here but I am very limited on space.  So for now, I am really loving this switch.  Maybe I can find a newer longer more decorative mirror to help it work in here even better.

It has all the right colors to lighten up this space sooo much!

Then I played around with the tabletop vignettes some too.

I put this silver tray out for now but would love some sort of lightly carved stone piece or picture or something that welcomes guests.  I'll have to do a little shopping to finish this look up a bit more and maybe find some greenery for the carriage below the table also.

But for now I am loving this!

Lighter and brighter!  Yes?

Now I suppose you might be wondering what I did in the kitchen where my new foyer table used to be, aren't cha ya?  Let's take a look, I think your going to like this one.

Do you recognize this table?   It's the black desk I had on the other side of the kitchen, in the kitchen foyer area.  I put the bench back over there which really works better due to the coat rack being right there too.  Now my desk is a server and storage area for some of my small decorative salad plates.

Of course my rooster kept his rightful spot over here.

And I added this new iron piece I got a few weeks ago, needs some greenery too I think.

Then one of my willow candle baskets became a serving utensil caddy.  Love it! 

Speaking of loving it, I am really loving this.  Now I can see all my pretty new salad dish collections.

I am so excited I thought of stacking these like this!  Do you like it?  Please tell me you do, okay!

Then I moved this little country duck basket back over here to hold my multi colored linen coasters and a few new small dishes I haven't showed you yet.  I love this look but may have to find something else to hold these because I was using this basket recently to hold all the remotes in the den and we really liked that set up.  Any who, I guess I'll find either a small dish holder or new remote holder.  I am feeling a Ross trip coming in my very near future.  LOL!   

Did I tell you how much I love this new switch up everywhere?  Well, I do!!!  I can't wait for the Mr. to get home.  I'm not going to say a word and see what he has to say now. LOL!  Men! 

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Brunch for the Girls

Good Morning!  Would anyone care to join me for a sweet brunch?  I've set this table with a brunch in mind for the girls.  I'm not quite ready to show you my Valentines table yet, but were getting a lot closer.

If you follow me you've already seen a few of these elements I used for this setting.  It really is so fun pulling things together to come up with a new look.

These pink bandanna's were my inspiration. 

I saw them at Hancock Fabrics on clearance and thought they would make excellent napkins.

Since they promote breast cancer awareness, I thought they would be lovely napkins for a ladies get together.  I also love that the heart shaped ribbon is perfect for this time of year.

I am prepared to offer coffee or juice.  Make that lot's of coffee!

It will be fun to use my new cream and sugar thrift store finds.

Thanks for coming!

Salad Plates; Lenox Butlers Pantry Buffet
Coffee Mug; Lenox Butlers Pantry Buffet
Juice glass; Southern Living
Flatware; Oneida Louisiana
Napkin rings; yard sale metal ( I painted white)
Place mats; Ross

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Hope you enjoyed it.  I love to have you over!

Monday, January 24, 2011

For the Love of Valentines

I do not usually decorate my mantle for valentines, but this year I just couldn't pass up the opportunity when it all came together so well.  I've had the best time decorating for valentines this year all over the house, and on a budget too.   I've got quite a bit to show you now, so I hope you'll stick around.

My valentines mantle definitely has vintage appeal.

 I knew I was going to use my rose filled teapot for my centerpiece. 
I only needed to add some pretty pink glittery hearts from the DT and a hot pink birdie from Michaels.

Then I remembered I had two rose teacups that I inherited from my MIL's collection.  I was so thrilled that I thought of these.  I think they fit in so perfectly!

Do you remember the pink trees I got from Michaels on clearance a few weeks back.

This is what I envisioned the minute I saw them.  Heart trees!  The glittery foam hearts are from the DT, too.

On the opposite side I added my FIL's old readers from school, a few cherub picks with the stems removed that I've had for a while.

On the mirror I have hung the pink bow I got on clearance from Michaels.  Not sure how much I like this here, but, it's staying there for this year!

Then a bit more inspiration came when I was looking at The Graphics Fairy for graphics to add to my blog for Valentines.  I just loved these so much I had to figure out a way to work them in.

These pink heart dollies from the DT made the perfect background for a banner made easy.  I just printed out my favorite graphics, cut them out with craft scissors and used double sided tape. 

Come on, you know they are just precious!

Whew!  I LUVVVV It!!!

Now let's see what's up on the dining room table.

A plain red runner from DT was begging for a splash of paint!

These are really pink, funny how they look red reflecting off of the runner.  They were part of my Michaels clearance shopping sale too.

Ooops, Sorry for the fuzzy pic!

I recently found this pretty jar on clearance at Hobby Lobby.

I pulled this arrangement together using a few things I already had and added in a few new roses from, you guessed it, the DT.

How do you like it, so far? I hope you do because  I'm not through showing you my Valentines decor yet!

This heart came from DT too.  I was going to paint it red but after seeing how well it matched my light fixture here in the kitchen I decided not to.

And finally on the front door, I have replaced the winter wreath with a Valentines plaque, I purchased at Kohls last year after Valentines clearance sale.

Thanks for sticking around, I hope you enjoyed the Valentines tour!

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