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February 17, 2019

Watching and Waiting For A Delivery

Late last September Dan and I ventured down to North Carolina to check out the furniture factory outlet stores. 

 We had visited our son and family in Pennsylvania for a few days and then we took off Monday morning and headed to North Carolina. We enjoyed a long scenic ride and arrived in the evening.  We rested up and then headed to some outlet stores but our primary goal was to go to Furnitureland South.

 We arrived at Furnitureland South- which by the way is over 1.3 million sq. ft. of shopping! 

 I had seen a picture of this entryway chest of drawers on line but seeing it in person was quite different!  Good thing I already had an idea of what I was there to look for because it's a bit overwhelming!

 That's Dan down there by the leg of the chest!  At this point I am completely over the top excited and can't wait to get inside!

I only took a few interior pictures and this is small just a fraction of the interior.  We met up with Costanza our sales and design consultant that I had been conversing with prior to our coming.  She was so attentive and I appreciated her patience! 

  I started out looking for a display cabinet (I must have seen at least 20 different ones) and this is the one I chose.  The manufacturer refers to the design style as "Classic Modern" which suited my ideas perfectly (but I didn't go with this color).  I've been slowly working towards an updated look yet I still want to remain traditional.  The two wood end tables we ordered come from a manufacturer in Virginia and boy do they take a long time to deliver!  
I had chosen the Tuscan style in 2006 and this was the room in 2013.

 After the holidays I put the room together and kept it pretty bare in anticipation of the furniture coming.  Furnitureland South insists on doing their own deliveries so all the pieces had to be in at their warehouse before they'd scheduled my delivery.

I'm selling the two end tables and coffee table.  I plan to take them to a consignment shop as soon as my furniture arrives.  The new display cabinet will go where the green striped chest of drawers and the big picture are.  Those pieces as well as two of the lamps are also for sale!  I've removed the wood game table and two chairs to free up the room.  Eventually new curtains.

I am anxiously awaiting the furniture arrival.  We were given a broad delivery date between Feb. 11 and Feb. 27.  Lets pray we won't be having a snowstorm the day they arrive!  I never imagined when I ordered all this back then that I'd be waiting until late February to see it!
The savings were incredible and that was the driving force for us.

I think I may shed some tears of joy when I finally see the truck arrive!


February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine's Day!

 Dan knows I love color and flowers so he definitely hit the mark with this fabulous bouquet!

 Those are white roses but somehow they translated as soft pink through the camera lens.

 Yellow roses were my flower choice when we were married back in 1978!

We finally got a break in the weather and are going out for dinner later.  
Wishing you all a Happy Valentine's Day! 

February 13, 2019

Valentine's Dining With You My Friends!

 Step on in and join me for some Valentine's Dining With You My Friends!

 Due to the heavy snowfall I am stuck home so I chose to use my red poinsettia that is still doing well from Christmas.  It's a bit unconventional for Valentine's Day but I love that it's red like beautiful red roses are! 

 I added two very large artificial white hydrangeas blooms to add some fullness to the top area.  

 Evey so often I get a poinsettia that just keeps going like this one is.  

 I'll remove the flowers and place my lasagna casserole in the center along with a chopped salad and some sliced Italian bread.  Do you like lemon?  I hope so because I will be serving a lemon ricotta almond cake for dessert!
 I chose my Ralph Lauren Sophia dessert plates with a simple white dish below it.  I love the black/white/red colors for Valentine's Day.  I also like pink but this year it seemed to be all about the black, white and red!

 The heart shaped placemats were found at Home Goods labeled Nicole Miller.
I didn't want to compete with the patterns of the dishes or placemats so I kept it simple and used a plain white napkin with a pewter cuff placed as a centerpiece on the dish. 

We're expecting 6" to 9" of  snow in the next 24 hrs!  I'll be sure the house is extra warm and we'll enjoy a cozy Valentine's Dinner together!

Wishing you a Lovely Valentine's Day!


Between Naps On The Porch

February 7, 2019

Eiffel Tower Romantic Inspired Valentine's Day Tablescape

Once again the Eiffel tower became the inspiration for my romantic Valentine's Day tablescape!
 I used the Eiffel Tower for another tablescape in 2015 as seen "here" in case you'd like to check it out! 

This is what is underneath the red napkin.  I flipped a candle holder over and used the square bottom which happened to be about the exact size for the Eiffel Tower.  I wanted to raise it up higher and was glad I found something that could do the job!  I also put some clear plastic stick-on feet to the candle holder so the ceramic wouldn't scratch or move on the mirror.

 As I began my thought process for this table I gathered all my dishes and accents together.  I decided these oversized mugs would work great as vases.  As you can see I used a half round styrofoam piece for my flowers.  I picked up an oversized white hydrangea flower that I centered and a spray of red roses.  I snipped the roses off and pushed them down here and there.  I already had the glittery red hearts on sticks in my saved goodies.  I shortened the sticks to fit each spot.  Since I was preparing this a bit early before Valentine's Day I chose not to use fresh flowers.

 I assembled each on on this plate and had some glitter to clean up afterwards!

 Mirrors are easy to use, inexpensive and can create such a nice reflective and romantic element.

 The dishes were found at Hobby Lobby last year and are made by 222 Fifth which is a label I've come across at various places.  These set the tone for a bit of a more contemporary tablescape design.

 I chose the white (Ralph Lauren) dishes because they reminded me of lace doilies.  When we were kids those paper lace doilies were popular for Valentine's Day.  The black dish has a bit of a square shape so I chose that to balance the look with the Eiffel Tower dishes.

 I chose to make the napkins flat and place them across the dishes to go with the angular lines created with the mirrors, place mats, and dishes.   The flatware adds to the contemporary feel of this tablescape too.

These clear crackle wine glasses from Pier 1 are another favorite.  They always look great with red wine poured in them!

 I  used these dishes last year for my Valentine's Day table as seen "here".  I added the two placemats on the ends with the thought that serving dishes could be used and then later some dessert.

 We've had so little sun I was grateful to capture some images with the bright sun flooding in the living room nearby.  This table could be used for a luncheon with the girlfriends or in the evening with another couple for a more romantic mood.

 In the early evening the sun shines through and I captured a couple of nice shots! 

 I added a tealight candle for some romantic lighting!

 I had these red colored tealights that I saved from Pier 1 that worked out well.

 The gold hearts have been in my stash for a few years which I got from Michael's.  The red napkin is part of a set I bought from Pier 1 several years ago.

 Just to be different I removed the napkins and set them off to the corner.  I like to explore different ideas.  Now you can see the flatware better too!  Go with what makes you happy!

I hope you enjoyed my Eiffel Tower inspired tablescape and got some ideas for yourself!

Please check out the other bloggers listed below for their inspirational Valentine's Day tablescapes!


Welcome to Home and Gardening With Liz. I have combined my previous blogs “Infuse With Liz” and “Sit With Me In My Garden” into this new blog. I love interior decorating and gardening. I enjoy redefining interior spaces by moving things around and reusing decorative items already found in the home. I also enjoy creating tablescapes and an occasional crafting project. I'm so pleased you've stopped by. I invite you to follow me and I do hope you will keep coming back! Liz
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