Saturday, July 7, 2018

STYLING YOUR SPACE WITH CONTAINERS

We all have special treasures we want to display.   Containers are an easy way to style your finds.  For me, one of the best ways to do this is to gather them together inside cloches, stack them into glass containers, or even place them inside lanterns.

Clear glass containers work well.   In my living room I stacked some mottled ceramic spheres into a large clear jar.  I rested the jar on a mirrored pedestal.

CERAMIC SPHERES DISPLAYED IN MY LIVING ROOM

This next container is tall and narrow.  Small turtle shells climb over each other to reach the top.  I put some sea glass into the bottom of the jar.

SMALL SHELLS DISPLAYED IN A NARROW JAR IN MY HOME

One of my partners, Monica, @Gatehouse Designs, just dropped some leather-bound books into an over-sized jar.

LEATHER BOOKS INSIDE AN OVER-SIZED JAR

She used the same idea with some freeze-dried artichokes.

ARTICHOKES FILL A LARGE CONTAINER
I simply tumbled my collection of shed antlers into a container and let them fall into place.

SHED ANTLERS TUMBLED INTO A CONTAINER

I did the same thing with this driftwood garland.  It filled and overflowed the fluted jar.

DRIFTWOOD GARLAND CASCADING OVER FLUTED JAR

Cloches work just as well as jars.  When they're on a pedestal, I like them even better.
I rolled up some large architectural book plates and placed them inside a very large cloche on a pedestal.

ARCHITECTURAL PRINTS INSIDE A CLOCHE AT THE STORE

In a matching cloche, I simply added a small bust on top of a stack of vintage books.

BOOKS AND A BUST INSIDE THE CLOCHE

This cloche is on my screened porch.  I filled it with shells, coral, and a mercury glass bird.

CLOCHE ON MY SCREENED PORCH

This "cloche" is actually the top half of a demijohn.  There's a picture frame inside and some jewelry draped around the neck of the bottle.

DEMIJOHN WITH A FRAME INSIDE

My collection of artists' brushes is inside this cloche.  The backdrop is a vintage framed ceiling tile.  HINT:  To get all the brushes in place, I turned the cloche upside down, added the brushes, then the base, and flipped it right-side-up while supporting the base from underneath.

MY COLLECTION OF ARTISTS' BRUSHES

And yes, I didn't put a candle into my lantern.  Instead, I added some books, a cast iron bird, and a piece of fan coral.

LANTERN SANS CANDLE

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

MINIMALIST MANTEL

I haven't posted much about my daughter's house renovation, but I assure you we're working hard and making progress.  The biggest changes have been painting inside and outside and removing the wall between the kitchen and dining room.   I think the most dramatic improvement though was when she added new windows.  We haven't decided if we're leaving the windows as they are or adding bamboo shades or plantation shutters.  

I'll be sharing before and afters later, but for now it's just a peek into the living room.  The mantel is original to the house.  It's a classic style with dental moulding details.   The modern brass mirror was one of the first things we added to her home.   We tried many configurations on the mantel but in the end we let the mirror take center stage and only added topiaries on either side.  We broke up the symmetry with the plaster lion figure.  More about the lion later.

LIVING ROOM MANTEL

The vintage chair came with her from her apartment.  We had it recovered in Dwell Studio fabric.  Next to the chair is a brass garden seat that works as a side table or extra seating.  It also ties in with the other brass in the room.

VINTAGE CHAIR UPDATED WITH DWELL STUDIO FABRIC

 MANTEL AND LOVELY DENTAL MOULDING



The plaster lion is a vintage find.  
Its significance is that she's a Leo and the lion is a perfect nod to her sign.

I'll be sharing more later, but for now the kitchen and one of the bathrooms are still a work in progress.