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January 18, 2016

The Sun's Out Take Pictures Fast!

Boy the sun was beaming in the room and I grabbed my camera and just started taking pics.  I wasn't even done setting up the mantel yet but I snapped away!
For Christmas I had moved my furniture into new positions.  The striped cabinet had been moved over to this side and I do like it under the picture.  They both have a very Tuscan look and go together well.  I was a bit heavier into Tuscan for a while but have been breaking away from it a bit.

I don't keep a lot of family pictures around the house but I do keep a small group and these were a part of our son's wedding.  I elevated the urn with my newer glass display piece that I used at Christmas which had a small tree on it.  

The etagere was moved back to this corner.  Same things on it as before.  

I keep this copper dish displayed because the kids gave it to us and it is a little mental tie in to my Dad's past.  He grew up in Calumet Michigan which was at one time a very important copper mining town.

On the other side I switched a couple of pieces on this wood top area.  The floral arrangement had previously been on the coffee table, then the dining table and now here… call me fickle!

I found this runner during my visit back home.  I love the quatrefoil pattern and this had to come home with me.   I guess I should have ironed these.  That white linen piece always looks frumpy.  :-/

The big bowl with the deco balls keeps floating around the room too.

I've added pieces from three different stores.  The ones with the brass bands are the most unusual since the body is made of cut pieces of bone.  

Same stuff on the coffee table. I like these elements so they stick around.

 One thing I changed after I took the pictures are the two white candles on the brass candle holders. When I first had chosen the white ones I decided they reflected the shape of the large white hurricanes but after Christmas when I put them back they felt too modern and bold.

I remembered seeing these feather shaped candles somewhere so I went shopping on the internet.  I thought I'd get a pair and see how they'd do.  They aren't offered in white, but I think this ivory is nice because it softens up the look.

 These are called Feathered Twist Beeswax candles made by Dadant Candle.  These are the 8" ones and they are also offered in a 12" size and in multiple color choices.

These candles also make me think of a quill pen which seems appropriate for the period of the picture on the wall.

I feel like something else is needed up there but I don't know what it is yet.  Perhaps some books or a neat box.

I was looking to do something different with the candle holder.  I was staring at my etagere and noticed the golden metal orb looked about the right size so I decided to try it out.  Turned out to fit in there rather well.  Makes me think of a King's Scepter.  :-)

This picture is current the other ones with the sun were from a week ago.  We've had some real mixed up weather here lately as I know many of you have.

I'm joining the following parties:

Between Naps on the Porch
Metamorphosis Monday

Our Home Away From Home
Tuesday's At Our Home

A Stroll Thru Life
Inspire Me Tuesday

Ivy and Elephants
What's It Wednesday 


  1. We saw the sun yesterday too! I like changing things around after the holidays too - you have a lot of unique and pretty things :-)

  2. Your living room looks lovely especially with the sun shining in. I like those 'feather' shaped candles and how smart of you to think of the quill pen connection that goes with the pic above. As you suggested, perhaps some books would look good on your mantel to make the connection even more. Hope you have a good week!

  3. Such a pretty room. I agree, when the sun is out I am so excited and it always makes my home look so cheerful. Love your gorgeous space and those pretty sun pics.

  4. Thank you for the "House Beautiful" tour this morning. The sun makes it look so cozy and warm.

  5. Same here...the sun is out this morning after days of dark grey days. Your winter touches are so pretty. And your copper plate...very nice! Sheila

  6. I love the new look of your blog and your living room looks beautiful! I have been doing some "winter" vignettes after the glitz of Christmas all got put away. Stay warm!! It is FREEZING here in Pa. Plus the winds are howling! UGH!

  7. Liz,
    Your living room is so inviting!!!
    Just the perfect balance of furniture, art work and decor accessories, dear friend!!!
    L O V E those new candles!!!
    I think a stack of two classic vintage books would look splendid on your mantle!!!

  8. Hi Liz, your room is gorgeous and so inviting. Love the candle change out and your mantel is perfect. Just the right balance. You have a great eye for placememt.
    Love the neutral color of the room too. So peaceful. Have a great week. xo

  9. Liz, your sunny shots are gorgeous! Your home is beautiful and I love all of your unique accessories! Great post, sweet friend.

  10. Liz,
    Such a lovely room with beautiful light. You have incorporated so much love, thoughtfulness, care, time and talent to everything and it shows! It flows so lovely and joyfully and I know how you feel when you use things from the past-it is the connection to that time, those people, those feelings that comfort us so much. Beautiful blend of the present, past and looking to the future.


  11. Gotta love that sunshine! It all looks lovely Liz. I love the white balls!

  12. Nothing could go wrong with your vignettes because your living room is precious. And that light is wonderful and so soothing compared with the weather outside.
    I like the new candles very much. I prefer this color and the shape is unique and suits in perfection that setting.
    Why don't you have family pictures around the house? You have such a lovely family and I'm sure there are plenty of dressy occasions where you take really nice ones. I like pictures very much. I like to go around the home and remember the moments we took them or the people portrayed.
    I love your smaller vignettes because I don't bother with them in my house so I end up living vicariously through your accents which are too precious.
    Wishing you a happy day,

  13. Everything looks so beautiful Liz! You always have your home decorated to lovely! Thanks for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  14. Lovely as always Liz! I love how you decorated your mantel so simply!


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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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