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April 20, 2015

Lamps and Lanterns

I finally found a lamp for the living room without ordering one on-line. I was really hoping to find something I could actually see vs. ordering and taking the risk of having to return it. 

 It's made of terracotta with a soft white coloring and acanthus leaves coming up from the bottom.  I'm waiting for the 2nd one which had to be ordered.

The glaze is slightly crackled and gives it a bit of an aged look.  My goal was to have something versatile in case there is a change in the room.  I have been trying to do some updating to the room by adding lighter colors.  Creams and whites seem to be working well.  I started late 2013 by lightening the wall color and new drapery panels.

 So last week I found these white lanterns.  I cleared the mantel and set them up there but suddenly felt at a loss as to how I was going to finish it out.  I had to make my mind up quickly because the store said it would be okay if I needed to return them, but the store is a 50 mile trek one way so I was really hoping to make this work.

I started hunting for a picture that would inspire me and this grabbed my attention.  I look for design formulas that strike me.  I liked the symmetry of the two jars, the cluster of candlesticks, and the plant with a picture centered behind.

I used my white and gold bowl that I won from a blog as seen "here".  My philodendron did the trick for the plant.

 I didn't have three candlesticks I liked together so I decided the white vase would stay and be the "third" item in this cluster.

After eyeing the lanterns a bunch I decided they needed something...so I added these gold tie-back tassels which fit around the neck perfectly.   I put my Luminara candles inside that run on a timer.  I can't really center the tassels because they'd block the candle's flicker.

So here's my version.  I had the white candles in my stock pile and used a sticky wax to fix them to the candlesticks since they are made for tapers.  I thought it was interesting how they seemed to mimic the shape of the white lanterns. 

I knew the lanterns were not as elegant as the picture and were an unexpected choice but I like the challenge to "play a look up or down".  I think the tassels dressed up the lanterns just enough to make it work and I like the unexpected look I got from this.  

I'll be joining the following parties:

Betwen Naps on the Porch
Metamorphosis Monday 

Our Home Away From Home
Tuesdays At Our Home 

A Stroll Thru Life
Inspire Me Tuesday

Ivy and Elephants

Savvy Southern Style
Wow Us Wednesdays

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  1. You did a great job, Liz. The new look is great! Have a great week:)

  2. Liz, I'm loving that new lamp, it's gorgeous! Oh my heavens, your mantel's new look is absolutely beautiful! Great job!

    Have a wonderful week!


  3. You really know how to put lovely pieces together, Liz! Love how your mantel looks and the lamp is absolutely gorgeous!

  4. Love the new look on your mantel Liz and I LOVE your new lamp!!

  5. I like the lanterns and the beautiful lamp, but I LOVE that picture hanging above the fireplace!!!
    Have a wonderful week, Liz!

  6. Very nice Liz! Your new lamp looks great and the open weave on the lanterns give a nice texture and add interest on your mantel. Hope you have a nice week!

  7. I think the vignette works Liz, I also like the picture you chose, perfect!

  8. Beautiful new lamps, Liz!
    Your lighter mantle vignette and the added greenery is great for Spring.

  9. Hi Liz, Love your new lamps. The crackle is a wonderful aged touch. Your mantel is beautiful and adding those few elements from your inspiration pic is perfect. Great job!!
    Have a great week. Hugs, CM

  10. I like the look, too, Liz. The crackle adds the final finishing touch. Your mantle looks really nice and I like the tassels off to the side like that. Looking great!!!! xo Diana

  11. Liz those lanterns are to die for, they make your room look so fresh, and the inspiration picture is perfect... You nailed it..... Again!!!

  12. I would just change the center arrangements in the mantel... some balls in ivory, some low flower arrangement (I Love your tulips)... well, you'll get around it soon enough if I know you ahahah
    The lanterns are to die for and I won't even mention the lamp as envy is so unbecoming ahahah
    Well done!

  13. Hi Liz,

    Your new table lamp is so pretty! I love the neutral color of the base. I wish I had a mantel. You have done a fantastic job decorating it with those white lanterns.

  14. Liz, you did a great job of decorating your mantel with the two lanterns, which are very interesting in themselves. Dressing them up with the gold ties was a winning touch! I, too, like the fact that they echo the shape of the candles. Lovely!


  15. Hi Liz! I adore your new lamp and would love one just like it! Or, maybe two! :) I like how you've put your mantel together with the lanterns, candlesticks and ivy. I've got to get an ivy or two for inside the house. They grow pretty well for me. Thanks for popping in to see me at my RV blog. We've been to Williamsburg quite a few times but never in an RV. I know I'd love that! ;)
    I scrolled through your gardens posts last week and just was amazed at how beautiful your garden and plants always are! You do have a green green thumb.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  16. Good job, Liz! I love it!...Christine

  17. Such a pretty lamp. I always love lanterns on the mantel. You found some lovely pieces. Inspiration photos are always fun.

  18. That is a gorgeous lamp, Liz! Your home looks beautiful. Have a great weekend! xxx Maria

  19. Wow I like your version even better than the inspiration photo. Well done! Have a wonderful weekend dear one!

  20. Great lanterns..and lamp. Don't you love it when you find things that are so pretty and versatile? Way to shop..and style.

  21. Pretty lamp and lanterns, Liz. I think you did a great job of finding an inspiration picture and then making it your own.

  22. I love the beautiful painting above your mantle! Wonderful job of decorating your mantle, Liz! The painting makes a beautiful focal point and I like how you dressed up the pretty white lanterns:) The lamp looks gorgeous! Happily following you back~hugs, Poppy

  23. Liz,
    I adore your mantel arrangement, dear friend!!!
    Like you, I, too, am trying to use the beautiful decor pieces I already own.
    The floral planter is quite exquisite!!! Looks amazing with the philodendron!!!
    Your lamp(s) is gorgeous!!!
    Anxious to see how those are blended into your lovely decor!!!

  24. Very pretty, Liz....I love that picture, too!

  25. That turned out beautifully! I really like the way you tied the tassels around the lanterns.


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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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