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January 18, 2018

Cheerful and Bright, Red and White

Flowers and lots of color always makes me feel cheerful!  
Though the sun is mostly hidden today it is very bright outside which is a good thing!
This table is about "color" which I am craving right now.  

 I went for a cohesive look of red, white and black.

I do love red- and so many colors can be mixed with it too! 

I love this combination of whites and greens.  I picked up the flowers from Costco.  We just got  one up here and I noticed they always have beautiful roses and mixed flowers bouquets so I know I'll be back for more.  

Imagining a delicious morning breakfast with stacked blueberry pancakes or french toast, sausage or bacon, orange juice and coffee!

My favorite clear glasses called Trellis by Fitz and Floyd

Polka dots and checkered patterns...

Salad dishes by Ralph Lauren (called Spectator, Paisley).  The all creamy white dinner dish below accented with the black border was from Horchow a while back (CMG, Portugal is marked on the back).   Flatware also came from Horchow several years ago but had no identifiable pattern name.

I even changed the plate rack out to add more color!
Since our world is rather white outside right now so I eagerly seek color!


The green dishes came from One King's Lane several years ago and the red polka dot patterned ones (222 Fifth, Home Cupboard) were ordered through Replacements, Ltd., a while back.  I was thinking along the lines of Mary Engelbreit when I started focusing on the plate rack.  It still needs something- perhaps yellow!

Cheerful and Bright, Red and White!
I achieved my goal for color and for a cheerful table. Perhaps this will inspire you to pop some color in your life right now too!  

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January 16, 2018

Pick-Me-Up Blue Hydrangea Arrangement


I was asked to review a product from Silk Plants Direct-Silk Flowers and I gladly accepted the opportunity!  I selected this lovely Blue Hydrangea arrangement for my review and I love it!  

This is the arrangement I ordered from Silk Plants Direct and here is the link to it-
Blue Hydrangea .  I did receive this in exchange for my review.   My review is based solely on my opinion of the product and I have not been compensated in any other way.


I'm pleased with the quality of the silk flowers and how well put together it is.  The white planter bowl is very nice and suitable for display anywhere.

It came very well boxed and all I had to do was release a couple of straps that held it in place and then I fluffed it out a bit.  

I had the choice between many flowers but ultimately decided that I'd get the most use out of this arrangement.  

Silk Plants Direct-Silk Flowers has also also authorized a 10% discount to a viewer using this code BLOGGER10- just enter that code at checkout (except for anything that is custom).

I added some embellishments to the table to go with my new arrangement.  

This was a nice pick-me-up for this time of year for me!  Seeing the pretty blue hydrangeas makes me feel a little closer to spring and summer which I think most of us are anxiously awaiting for!

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January 14, 2018

New Look For The Entryway Chest


While sorting out my storage closet I came across the little gold easel and that sent me off on creating a new look for my entryway chest.



I was looking for a new spot to put the orchid and this turned out to be a winner!

This gold finished metal easel could hold a larger picture but I kind of like this little picture seated in it. 

I went downstairs to look for this lamp.  It’s been a while since I’ve used it.  It was a find at a store that was closing in Grand Rapids back in 2010.

With some evening glow...

Did I mention how much I love this picture!  Such a sweet portrait of a child with his dog. I did some research on it and it is by Arthur William Devis, titled Master James Alexander Simpson.  I did recently find some on Ebay which is where I found mine.

This my favorite kind of fun with decorating- putting things together in different ways for a whole new look!

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January 11, 2018

Luncheon-time for Soup!

Two classics - buffalo plaid and paisley!  I used the galvanized charger to create a subtle transition between the two patterns.  Tiny checked red napkins with pewter napkin rings help repeat color and texture.  The glass snowflake coffee mugs can be used for coffee, tea or hot cocoa. The little blue tid-bit plates work perfectly as a saucer for the mugs.

Using my three tier stand I created a decorative centerpiece that also has some functionality for the dining experience!

Starting on top is my favorite little "Porcelain China Vendor- Incense Smoker" piece that Dan bought me during one of our visits to Frankenmuth.  I keep him displayed under a glass dome but today he's holding centerstage!

I thought a candle would be nice so I added some pine cones for a rustic touch...

I put saltine crackers in this crystal gravy server which will be easy to pass around.

He comes apart in two pieces. 

You set a little cone shaped incense piece on the round metal plate and air comes up through the back hole to help keep it burning and the smoke escapes through the mouth. 

I didn't have the proper kind of cone shaped incense so I used a piece of regular incense that I broke as small piece off of to light.  It probably produced more smoke than the other kind but I wanted to demonstrate how it works.

I chose soup bowls because  I was thinking about making soup after reading a post by my blogger friend Martha Ellen at "The Joy of Home With Martha Ellen" who posted a recipe for her Chicken and Wild Rice Soup.

Well there you have it!
Eat well and stay warm!!

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January 9, 2018

Living Room With a Fresh Look

Last week I started putting the living room back together.  I switched up a couple of things on the mantel borrowing items from other areas.


The big wood bowl had little Christmas trees in it during the holiday.  I still wanted to use it in this room and decided to give it a go up on the mantel.  I mixed in the deco balls and artichokes I've used in other containers and I think it worked out nicely.

The candlesticks were new last summer and offer some softness which I thought would look nice next to the portrait.  

This white lantern was already here before and so was the candle votive but set up differently.

The lantern/conservatory has moved around the room but is now back on the hearth.

I pulled it apart and re-did the bottom with a layer of dark green moss.

I added this combo of natural and green reindeer moss.

I picked up this cherub early last fall but hadn't used it yet.  I love how it looks like such an old piece.

The Christmas Cactus now resides out in the living room as it outgrew it's space near the kitchen.  I open the bottom of the shade when it's sunny.  Our windows have a UV protective coating so it doesn't really get a full shot of UV.  This is a south facing window and it was used to an eastern exposure so I hope it will continue to do well.

The sun was dipping in and out through the afternoon...

A little more greenery for the room- once again using the metal planter that I've used many times.

I swapped places with the large dark stained tray and put it on this game table which offers a nice contrast.   I like how it mixes with the darker tone in the chairs.  Two of these pieces used to be on the coffee table came along with it. 

This tray had been on the game table but I like how it looks here better- again a better contrast.  Using some more decorative pieces I had on hand gives a whole new look.  I got the tray a few years ago at Pier 1.  I would like a small glass object to sit on there too but don't have what I am looking for yet.

So thrilled when the sun comes out during these long winter days.  

I've been tearing through closets straightening things up.  We have made some nice donations with things I've decided to let go of so I feel good about that.



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