Tuesday, April 21, 2015

My Tulip Magnolia and Bar Cart

When my tulip magnolia blooms, I know that Spring has arrived.  
The flowers completely fill the large window at the back of my home.

My Tulip Magnolia in Bloom

My fig tree spends the winter inside in front of that window, but that same fig tree prefers to be outside for the summer.  As soon as he vacated his spot, the bar cart rolled out from its corner and filled the space.  No space or horizontal surface ever stays empty for long around here.   Since I'm more of a glass of wine girl,  I styled the cart with whatever barware and accessories I could grab from around the house.   It's not quite a stocked bar, but I like how it turned out.

My Bar Cart

I styled both shelves with barware and complemented with nature-inspired accessories.

Bottom Shelf

Top Shelf

I love my MCM glasses.

How do you style your bar cart?


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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Shells, Sea Life, Sailboats and Botanicals

This month's sale at Sweet Clover was totally inspired by the Mid Century Modern dresser that I painted with navy and white stripes.  I wanted to share some of my nautical mania.  Even though the space is staged in a barn, you can still steal my nature-inspired ideas for your own home.

I dry brushed a vintage woven dresser with some turquoise paint.  (Dry brush tutorial coming in another post.)  I used sea life-inspired accent wallpaper as a back drop for some empty frames.

A driftwood garland joins the two frames.  The large oval metal tray is filled with star fish, a wooden spiral machine part that supports some faux star fish, and a vintage English pond boat.  The boat was made in Birkenhead, England, near Liverpool.

Framed botanicals hang in a row on a weathered door.
Don't miss my blue bird cage in the upper left corner.  I draped one of my scarves over it.

This pair of vintage Italian bentwood chairs were dark brown and missing their caned seats.   Now they're perfect for a garden table with their high gloss white paint and new blue and white fabric.

I also  dry brushed an old metal ceiling tile.  It already had a mirror in the center when I bought it.  I just added some old rope for some nautical flair.

Here's a full view of the striped dresser that inspired the whole space.

On top of the dresser are some signed framed vintage maps of Pawcatuck River and Mystic  River.
I used a piece of fabric with lily pads as a back drop.  A star fish on a pedestal, a large float, and a weathered wood frame, some faux shells, and a ceramic octopus complete the vignette.

More nautical decor---two framed boat lithographs.   One of the boats has a Union Jack flag.   A piece of faux coral on a stack of books is framed by a vintage frame I turned onto its side.

Here's another sea life vignette on this navy buffet/dresser.

This terrarium is filled with shells, faux coral on a pedestal, and starfish.

A coffee table book rests across the deconstructed stool and supports the terrarium.
 I used some rope to join the wooden floats.

My favorite vintage find is this tray with a hand-painted floral design.

What made me love this tray even more is that it has a circle of arrows.

One last vintage find to share:  Fabulous metal Chinoiserie garden chairs.
They wear their original chippiness.

If you're local, I hope to see you this weekend.  I'm working Saturday.
Or, if you're one of my blog readers I hope I've inspired you to add some nature to your decor.


Sweet Clover Sale
April 17-19


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Cheat Sheets

I'm really dating myself, but does anyone remember diagramming sentences in English class?
It was my favorite thing to do.  It broke the whole sentence into organized pieces and was geometrically so pleasing.  Besides, it certainly made me learn my grammar.
 My kids just roll their eyes when I tell them about diagramming and call me a nerd.  I don't care.
 Here's an example if you don't know what I mean.

To my point:  I'm a sucker for all things broken down into parts and organized.  So, it's no surprise that I've been saving my "cheat sheets" for reference on Pinterest.

One of my favorites is the chart that illustrates so many configurations for gallery walls.
(I have many more ideas for gallery walls on my Pinterest page here.)



Now you can give a name to your vintage chair finds.


Here's another chair back chart.


What about headboard shapes?  Perfect ideas if you want an upholstered headboard.


I never can remember the measurements of beds either.


I know they pass these out at the fabric store, but who carries that paper around?


Furniture feet even have names.


You can base your house color on your roof color.


Measurements for hanging a fixture.


More ideas with paint.


Patterns for your patio.


Want to start your garden?


Don't forget to check out more of my pins on my Reference Board and my Gallery Wall Board.


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

MCM Dresser Goes Beachy

I recently purchased a Mid Century Modern dresser and initially was uncertain how to update it. With Spring hopefully on the way and many beach trips in the future, I decided that blue and white was the way to go.  

Here it is in all its nautical loveliness.
I used General Finishes Snow White and Coastal Blue and let the natural geometry of the piece tell me where to put the contrasting colors.

What says beach more than blue and white stripes?

Here's the before.

 I'm a sucker for horizontal stripes,
 and the hardware reminded me of my current favorite decor obsession-----arrows.

Doesn't it look like an arrow?

Is everyone ready for warmer weather and the beach?
I know I'm in the minority,
 but I actually enjoyed the snow days and the enforced stay-at-home-coziness.


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Deconstructed Chair

Previously I wrote about my chippy chair.   I couldn't believe it when I found another similar one.  Not only was this second chair perfectly weathered, but it also sported my favorite color, black,
and was funkily deconstructed.

Chair in My Upstairs Hallway

Chair in Front of My Vintage Door Used as a Frame

I added a patent leather pillow.

Check out the details.

Are you a fan of perfectly imperfect?


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