Friday, May 31, 2013

Gold Reborn

I'm so glad that gold and brass are becoming popular again.  There are lots of choices out there now, and you can still find lots of things available in thrift stores.  I  have always loved gold and have always used it.   Of course, now I can be in it.
I've had this large gilded mirror for about 25 years and it has traveled many places with me.  The two antique lamps on the buffet have beautiful gold stripes...just a hint is all you need to make something pop and add a little bling.

My sweet husband painted this painting for me on our 10th wedding anniversary and we put it in a gold gilded frame in our dining room.  Wouldn't you love to walk through this poppy field?
My simple, yet elegant white plates have a pretty gold leaf pattern around the edge.  I use these all throughout the year with many different colors and table settings.  Of course, I think that gold goes with everything.
The beautiful "bubble" bowl is gold leafed and when the sunshine hits it, it's magical.  Gold leafing adds such depth....don't you think?
I'm thankful that Fieldstone Hill Design has a gold (ditto) DIY party next week.  It's given me inspiration to show all of you the gold I've been collecting for a while; gold painted candlesticks, gold leafed bowls....such warmth and beauty.

Go on over June 3rd and check out Fieldstone Hill Design  and see how others are using gold in their designs. ..and have a marvelous weekend.
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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Retired Ladder

Okay, what do you do with an old, rickety ladder that's been around a long time and served you well but can no longer can keep up? (literally, can no longer keep me 

I thought and thought of different ways I would use this old thing.  Hang plants on it?  No, that wasn't it.  Towels?  No, not that either...not really the right style.  I know.  Use it to put a few of my favorite books on, my garden hats and some garden trinkets. 
It's always fun to do something new and unexpected at the beginning of Spring.  Going into my kitchen is this little entry way that was perfect for this little old ladder.  Every time I go into the kitchen and see it, it reminds me of all the weeds that need to be pulled.  But what the heck, I'll open one of the books instead.

I love the shape of this little green urn.  It is super heavy and I found it at a Miracle Hill store.  Also, one of my favorite books to get inspiration from is Junk Style by Melanie Molesworth.  I've had this one many years and never tire of it.

The bag the gardening magazines are in came from the Home Exchange party I had last month.  It is one of the things I chose.  It matched perfectly with this little group. 

 Mr. Bunny used to be on the front porch but now is peeking through the small fern.  Maybe he needs a little Shakespeare.

 Just for the time being, I think I'll like this little niche.  I need a little gardening motivation.  Happy Hump Day!  


Monday, May 27, 2013

Something Fishy

Does something smell fishy?

I guess I'm like a lot of you who are getting the beach itch.  It's just the end of May and I can hardly wait until we go to the beach.  It's one of my favorite times of the year.  Scouting the island for beach goodies...walking the beach at sunset...soaking up some rays.

Because the beach is occupying so much of my mind, I decided to create a fun and whimsical tablescape for our Friday night dinner.  I set my small metal table up in a grassy spot in the garden.  The sunlight peeping through the trees was very nice.
These cute little fish plates I found at Miracle Hill as well as the large fish used for the flowers.   My Spirea is blooming right now and has these lovely purple/pink flowers.  Thought they would match the fat fish just fine.

Don't the flowers look a little like fireworks up close?  And I love the lemon/lime colored leaves of this plant.

Small plastic ice cube fruits that I froze for the glasses add a pop of color to the water.  I love the detail on the little fish...his scales and cute little face, and the peach colored shell napkin rings around the yellow napkins match the peach color in the fishes face.

I got lucky with this ever-so-cute fish bowl.  The details in the whole thing are great and it matches my fish plates perfectly.  I happened to find this last one at Old Time Pottery.  What luck.

What's on the menu?  Well, hotdogs of course.  I bet you thought we'd have some sort of fish, but hotdogs are fun and easy just like the beach.  I make a zucchini relish and we used this on our dogs.
I hope you have a fun-fish-filled Monday.


Thursday, May 23, 2013

Memorial Day 2013

Memorial Day is this coming Monday and like many of you, I'll be celebrating this day with my family.   

Remembering those who sacrificed for our freedom is a humbling experience and I'm very thankful to them.

Here is the table I'll be setting up for Monday's cookout.  I did a mock run, so to speak, so I thought I'd share it with you today.  This year I set the table in my Secret Garden.  I love this little spot in my yard because it has such pretty views.

I have an old Ralph Lauren red, white and blue quilt that I like to use for a tablecloth.  I bought the ribbon for the napkin rings at Hobby Lobby.  All the burlap choices in ribbon they have now are great and I really like the look of large ribbon for the napkins.  And the polka!

For the arrangement on the table, I filled a candle holder with water and used the branches from the wild privet growing along the side of our pasture.  I love the little white flowers on the privet and they smell so sweet.  There isn't anything in my gardens blooming red right now so I used these pretty silk flowers in the live greenery and it makes them look very real.

The vine growing on the arch going into the secret garden is Confederate Jasmine.  It is evergreen and is covered in these beautiful, divinely scented, small white flowers.  This is a very easy vine to grow and is in part shade at my house. 

Anytime we celebrate a holiday in our back yard, I like to hang a quilt on the clothes line and watch it blowing in the breeze.  So pretty.  This was another Ralph Lauren quilt I've had for about 10 years and it makes a pretty back drop since it is right beside the table.
I hope you all have a nice Memorial Day and that you get to spend the day with your families.  Be thankful for what this day brings and the sacrifices given for us all.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Our Closet For Wine

Two Friday's ago, I shared with you a wine-rack-turned-guest towel holder.  I have a wine closet, so I really didn't need a wine rack but did need a small towel rack. I thought I'd show you my wine closet.  Want to take a peak inside?

A local wine store and cafe was remodeling several years ago and was throwing out these wooden wine racks and said we could have them.   At first we thought we'd put them in the cellar, but decided it would be nicer to have them in the closet, in the dining room.  Since they were larger than this small closet, my husband cut them down to fit.  Aren't we lucky?

On a trip to Napa Valley we noticed they used the wooden cases in many ways, so we decided to use the lids to line the walls.  I think it gives it character.

The parts we cut off I recycled for the shelves in the middle to hold our wine glasses, a small lamp and wine.  I'd like to eventually wire in a light in the ceiling.

In the bottom of the closet I put a large basket to hold empty bottles for recycling.  I hope to have a bottle rack eventually for my deck.

I hope you enjoyed a peak into my closet.  Have a wonderful Wednesday and I'll see you Friday.


Sunday, May 19, 2013

Dinner on the Deck

It's been so warm here the past week, we've decided to have dinner on the deck. 

We change from the front porch, the dining room, the deck and random places to have dinner at least once a week.  This leaves my husband and kids guessing where we are going to be 

I love all the light color green everywhere, so I am keeping this tablescape green.

We have a two level deck and hopefully soon we'll turn the upper deck into a screened-in porch.  Until then, I have a white gazebo and have put up mosquito netting and corner curtains.

I love how the sun shines through this sheer curtain.

I decided to use Mr. man on this table since he has a green hue.   Is that a smirk on his face?   I think he's enjoying being outdoors for a change.

I made the arrangement inside the kitchen before I put it on the deck, so I was able to get better close-up photos.

My little kitty, darling Darlin,  is checking out the table.  She always loves to check out my tablescapes.   She never wants her picture taken, but always jumps in when I'm shooting the tables.  What's up with that?

I liked the large peach picking basket I saved from last years harvest, so I used it on this table to add a little volume and a country feel.

This little hanging planter is right beside the table on the deck.  Can't wait to see the flowers growing and full.  The little cherub,  which I found at the flea marketis super heavy so I think he's iron.

This gives you an idea of the two level deck with the tent.  Wouldn't the upper deck be pretty screened-in? 

We had a delicious dessert.  I made an upside down cake, but instead of using pineapple, I used chopped almonds and peaches.  It was nice parred with the slightly sweet white wine.

Thanks for visiting my deck tablescape.  I hope you have a fantastic Monday and see you Wednesday.

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