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February 19, 2013

Messin' in my office...

I came across the nicest cloche I've found from Pottery Barn 
(on line only).  
I splurged a bit on it but I really feel it's a life long purchase 
because of the extra large size and 
the beautiful mercury glass tray 
it comes with.

12.25" wide x 17" Tall
I stripped everything off the top, shook the linen runner and cleaned all the glass and mirror objects.
This is a picture from Pottery Barn. I didn't capture a good enough shot before I filled it up, but you can see the tray has a wonderful design on it.

I have this white monkey (not everyone likes it but I do) and I was determined to put him in the cloche.  I borrowed two books from my shelf on the desk and I added a the brass piece and a little topiary tree I had stashed away.

 I bought this monkey from One King's Lane a while ago.  
It is from the 1930's

I watched a little video on the Bombay Company web site and this designer was referring to a trend watch he called 
"A Well Traveled Home".  
He was pointing out how to make your home look like you've collected things over time.  As he said "Finding globe trotting elements for an authentic and eclectic mix". 
You can watch it if you like- click this link below

My vision when I started decorating this area last year was kind of in line with what he was describing.  
Today was my experiment and try things out day.  Currently this is where I'm at but I'm not done.  I'll show it to you again when I've finished the whole area.  

When the Sherlock Holmes movies came out with Robert Downey Jr.-  I was intrigued with the decorating.  What a fun job it must be to set up all the rooms for the scenes.
     Well I can't quite achieve this kind of look but I can have a small go at it!

 I antiqued the picture to add a little old world look to it.
It's a bitter winter day here...I'm literally being snowed in.  So it was a good day to have a project like this!

I've got a pot roast in the oven and the house smells so good!  

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  1. I love the new Cloche, it is so large and lovely, I have one on my counter on a pedistal stand with some faux danish and crossiants in it and it is one of my most favorite things ever, enjoy yours, I know you will..

  2. Love your new cloches Liz. The plate is pretty too. Sometimes ya just have to splurge :)

  3. Liz, I LOVE the global, well traveled look. I always think things collected over time are so interesting. LOVE your new cloche and the nice large size gives you so many possibilities...but then you know that. :)
    I didn't know Bombay Company was still in business. The one at our mall closed some time ago. I really miss it and I'm checking your link. Thanks, and that pot roast sound sooo good.

  4. That is some cloche. It can be filled with all manner of things. You have been having your share of winter. Just a few more weeks til spring. ;-) xo

  5. Well, I'm with you-I love the monkey- I am a sucker for them. My one daughter is slowly amassing my "collection" of monkey things and I just broke my favorite monkey lamp. I hope I can glue it to repair it. I love the "traveler's look". It makes me think of scenes in Out Of Africa, too.
    I LOVE your cloche. I keep threatening to spring for a big one-but haven't yet.
    I can smell that roast from here- what time is dinner?;>) xo Diana ps. I'll bring dessert-

  6. Oh, I do like that monkey. His expression almost looks like a real one. Your cloche is wonderful and you did a great job creating the entire vignette. It definitely has that "well-traveled" look. I cannot wait to see the next post!

  7. Love your monkey and you've found the perfect way to showcase him! Love your vignette, definitely looks like you've collected these sweet things over a period of time...my favorite way of decorating too!

  8. I like the idea that as you look around a home that different pieces have a story.

  9. I love it. I really like how you set everything up with the cloche, which is wonderful. Your blog is lovely, too. Thanks so much for popping by!

  10. I love the new cloche and your monkey. I still have the fairy garden in mine - I guess I should change it out, but you are so much better at things like that!! It looks like you had a wonderful Valentine's Day too. I haven't had a heart box of chocolates in years! Are you warming up up there any at all. Our Spring is just around the corner and I absolutely can't wait to spend more time outdoors!! Oh, and now I'm thinking pot roast!! : )

  11. I think that might be a gibbon. They are an endangered species, I believe. I can remember my Mom taking us to the local zoo when we were kids. The gibbon exhibit was very popular. I'm not positive that's what that one is, but I like it! Some might think his eyes to be scary, but I think they're soulful. Almost like they're pleading with you to be kind to him. FABULOUS vignette! You are hitting the nail on the head going for that Sherlock Holmes movie look. I've never seen the movies in their entirety, although I did get to see a few scenes last week when Ramon was watching...that crazy Robert Downey, Jr. in drag was SO funny! You are going to get years and years of enjoyment and use out of that cloche. The 17" size is great. You can do a lot with that! I have a 16" one that I think I've only used once, along with 3 other sizes. This gets my mind whirling...what to do, what to do?

  12. Liz, I love the little monkey! You are doing a great job creating the look.

  13. The monkey is way cute....and love the cloche....you dressed it so perfectly....and I am so happy to hear the design trend from Bombay...I feel that a home should reflect your treasures...ones you have collected over the years...many of them sentimental...ones that you do not want to toss...and ones that you do not tire of...surrounding yourself with the things that you love....

  14. I love a cloche so this is a stunning display you have here! Your white monkey is very unique. Good to be here and see your lovely treasures. The tray is gorgeous too. Have a good week!


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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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