Friday, July 31, 2015

Dining Room Buffet and a new Tablerunner

Earlier in the week, I talked about some ideas on styling the top of my China Cabinet here in the Dining Room. So I thought today I would just continue with more pics of my teensy Dining Room/Area. I'm grateful for a Dining Space, but it's on the smallish side, with only 3 walls, and I have largish furniture.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Share Your Style #24

Hi Friends, welcome to 
Share Your Style!
We're so glad you're here,
this is the place to bring all your projects and inspiration this week.

Let's see what happened last week...

I really admire someone that can take an idea and interpret it in their own style. Deb from Lake Girl Paints has done just that with her wonderful artwork of this amazing Heron. She saw a similar version in a popular catalogue, then decided to create her own beautiful one-of-a-kind painting. You'll want to see her step-by-step tutorial on her method.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Ideas on Styling a Cabinet or Cupboard Top

I started a little "project"on top of my Dining Room China Cabinet right after we moved into this house last November. We have really high ceilings here, and I love them, but sometimes the furniture looks lost. Believe me, these pieces are huge (this one is about 7 1/2 feet tall) but there is still a big distance between the ceiling and the top of this cabinet. So now 3/4 of a year later, I finally have some kind of decor up there to help fill in this space.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Summer Mantel with Sunflowers

This time of year I'm captivated by Sunflowers.
They are the symbol for late Summer, relaxation, casual dinners al Fresco, 
and all things French Country...

and I love to have them taking the stage on the mantel.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Share Your Style #23

Hi Everyone and Welcome to 
Share Your Style!
Let's see what was happening last week here at SYS.

Pam from Everyday Living shared a great post on Sunflowers, one of my favorite late summer flowers. She had tons of inspiration pics and several from her daughter's wedding. She shows that Sunflowers can be mixed with so many other flower varieties for some beautiful wedding arrangements and bouquets.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Summer Seed Box

...and the Decorating Domino Effect

A few weeks ago, I brought in a small white antique desk/table to the kitchen sitting area. I knew it would be crowded, but I was needing a change up in here and thought that would do the trick. I had it right where this chair is now sitting and it was so fresh and cute, not to mention another flat surface to decorate. I had fun with it for about a week, but then I realized that it was way too crowded in here, and the door to the deck bumped it each time we went out.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

A little something to brighten your day...

Just wanted to drop by and say Hello with my little vintage friend.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Seed Box Graphics

I was sitting here looking at the calendar in my studio, when I was reminded of just how wonderful these old Seed Box Graphics really are. I buy the Smithsonian Seed Catalogue Calendar each year, and this is where my graphics are from when I've put together my own "make your own" seed boxes. Here are a few of my favorites on this year's calendar.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Share Your Style #22

 Hi Everyone, time for taking a break to 
Share Your Style.

With the July 4th Holiday behind us, some of us are gearing down and relaxing before it's time to get the kids ready for school. Now is the time for a few summer projects and DIY decor fun. I love a good Sunburst Mirror and Sheila from Beyond the Portico has a wonderful take with her beachy / outdoorsy driftwood mirror that she created. Sheila has an adorable cottage with a screened porch that I love.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Life is like an old cupboard...

(feeling a little Forrest Gump-ish today)

Inevitably, when you move and downsize many of the furniture pieces you love and have collected have to be sold. Or in order to make the cut, they have to be relegated to different purposes and function. I can't tell you how much was sold last year, but let's just say it was literally truckloads. A couple of pieces that I could justify keeping were for storing things. I bought this piece to use at my antique mall space before I started blogging, but once I finished it, I realized it would be perfect for quilt storage in the downstairs guestroom. Now, it's in the basement/lower level kitchen nook next to the bar, displaying some of my odds and ends "collections".

Here at the new house

Friday, July 10, 2015

Table top Conservatory

Little by little I'm making headway with some of my display pieces. This table top conservatory made of old windows and siding sat empty in the corner of the basement living area for months. I'm hoping, now that I have a few more decorative pieces unboxed, that I can keep it up to date with the seasons. So far I've only made one attempt, and that was in May, so it's still dressed for Spring... or late Spring... or early Summer. 

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Share Your Style #21

Hi Everyone, and welcome to the 21st Share Your Style Party!

I love a great porch in the Summer, and Paige from A JunkChick Life shared two posts last week on how she spruced it up for some Summer relaxation. Here's her Easy Ottoman Slipcover  and  Tangerine and Turquoise for the Front Porch. Don't you love this great color combo? So Summer-y!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Furniture talk...

or... I've had a de-stressing weekend.

This last weekend was a workout. All the family was out of town, so we were on our own to get a little more done around the house. In the one storage unit we have left, we are working our way down to the boxes that I'd just as soon leave there indefinitely. You know, the boxes that have out of style shoes and clothes you know you'll never use again, and boxes that are labeled "non-current office", "garage sale pantry", ect. or my favorite... "miscellaneous". what the heck is in that?

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Patriotic Door and Windowbox

Hope you all are having a great weekend...

I realized I hadn't shared my Patriotic Door Decor.
I changed out my door basket before Memorial Day
and I'll leave it out for another week or two.
A mix of red geraniums, blue hydrangeas, and white daisies.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Share Your Style #20

I know everyone is having a super busy week with the 4th coming up this weekend,
 so thanks so much for coming by and sharing all your "Style" with us this week.

I'm not a great gardener, so I really love seeing how you all do it.
Cathy from the 1929 Charmer Cottage is a Jill of many trades,
and she does them all so beautifully.
 Please go by her wonderful blog and visit her amazing

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

More from the Patriotic Sitting Room

Here's the rest of the pics from my little Kitchen Sitting Room, 
all dressed up for the
  July 4th Holiday.

Gotta have some red geraniums and a flag.

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