Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Design Musings-----Relocated Art

I'm always intrigued by the different ways home owners choose to display their art in non-traditional ways.


--------on the bottom shelf of a console table


--on a folding screen

----resting on a buffet




--on a ledge


--on a weathered board

--with a ribbon layered on a mirror


---another example of layering on a mirror

---on your kitchen counter


--reproduced onto a pillow


--on a shelf  (This shelf looks to me like the side rail to a rope bed.)

--or simply resting on the floor


-----tucked into a bookshelf alcove

--that's some headboard!


--layered onto a book shelf


----or actually on the shelves

--on panels

--inside a wallpapered panel


--inside a cabinet


So, where have you placed art in an unexpected way?

Make sure to stop by next week to see how I've placed the art in my home.


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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Pops of Orange in My Family Room

There's always a change up in the works at our house.
 This time I'll introduce browns, yellows, metallics and my decor favorite----orange.

I moved this ottoman from the living room to my family room.  It originally had a very traditional solid blue cover, but of course I updated it with some Trina Turk fabric in a bold orange geometric.  I draped it with a tasseled throw and added the orange tray that I normally use on the patio in the summer.  Inside are a stack of vintage books topped off with a moss orb and faux antlers.

I think it's just what the room needed to break up all the green.  The green chairs in the background are new to that spot.  They originally were torn red vinyl.  In the background is my much loved MCM buffet.  It supports our huge TV that I conveniently cropped out.

Detail of My MCM Buffet
Check out how the faux antlers hug the moss orb.

Flanking the buffet are a pair of brass, glass, and chrome vintage MCM bookshelves.
The backs were open to my very uninteresting beige wall.  I filled the space with some architectural prints in leather frames.  They're a good back drop for the nature-inspired vignettes.

Take a closer look at the shelves of the bookshelf on the right.
I'm using my orange Hermes scarf boxes as risers.  The antlers are naturally bleached, 
and resting on the top shelf is one of my spikey spheres.

I stacked some mini books under a cloche and added a turtle shell on top of the pile. 
I found the shell on a walk in the woods.
The antler alongside it is faux.

Gotta share the other shelf too.

The Other MCM Shelf
Another sphere is on top, the Santos traveled from another spot to be on the shelf, the skull is resin.

One of my covered bottles helps hold up one of those always wobbly brass birds.

This lantern also decided to come in from the cold.  
(It will go back to the patio when the weather warms.)
I filled it with my growing collection of velvet pumpkins and some seed pods from a neighbor's tree.
The fabulous brass cube table is from an estate sale.

What colors direct your decor?


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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Snippets From This Month's Sale at Sweet Clover

I am so last minute and down to the wire. 
 I just returned home from setting my space and the sale is tomorrow!!!!  So not like me.

Here are a few pics to tease you into coming to shop.
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Boho Mirror and Paper Umbrella with Bamboo Handle

Antique Books with Velvet Belt and Buckle

Section From Framed Print

Loom, Binoculars, Camera, Shoe Last

Chinoiserie Container

Fan in Shadow Bow, Scarves, Mercury Glass

Come shop with us.


Hope to see you all there. 
Sweet Clover
4051 Stanford Court
Frederick, MD
Jan. 16-18

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Recent Finds---Before and After

I've been updating some of my recent finds.  You'll see that I'm in a gray-frenchy-chippy mood.  
Check out my treasures.

This three drawer solid wood chest would make a perfect bedside or side table.
 I updated it with some gray paint.
Did you notice the incised quatrefoil design on the sides?

New mercury glass knobs from Anthropologie.

Detail of Mercury Glass Knob
This is the before.

Next find, also looking good in gray, is a curvy table with a deep drawer and carved accents.

A closer look.

The before.

This next piece has its original hand-painted pattern.  It was missing its seat though.
Next to it is an equally gorgeous florentine column.

Florentine Chair and Column

Chair Back Detail

Chair Leg Detail
I added a new seat with Belgian linen fabric and bullion fringe.

New Linen Seat and Fringe

What have you found and transformed?


They'll be for sale at our first sale of the year at Sweet Clover.
Hope to see you there.  It looks like the weather is going to cooperate.  Yea.

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Sweet Clover
4051 Stanford Court
Frederick, MD
Jan. 16-18

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