Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Rhino


I'm thinking that the rhino is becoming the next hottest faux taxidermy darling.


Of course Anthro would lead the trend.

Anthropologie

What about these wall lamps from Graham and Greene?  Fun.


Graham and Green

I can always be convinced to go with the gold.  This one's from Etsy.

WhiteFauxTaxidermy

This same vendor sells rhino bookends.

WhiteFauxTaxidermy

How cute is this rhino on wood from Shades of Light?

Shades of  Light

I've just heard that corrugated cardboard is the new black.

Cardboard Safari

I love this contemporary wall covering from Wall and Deco.
Tons of interesting designs on their site.

Wall and Deco

Of course I found a rhino covered butter dish at my favorite shopping destination, Home Goods.
It's fortunate, or maybe unfortunate that a Home Goods just opened waaaay too close to my home.
I bought it even though I don't even eat butter.

I'm ashamed to admit that I still have white formica countertops in my kitchen.
 I  won't miss them at all if we redo the kitchen, but I think I'll cry when I have to remove my snakeskin backsplash and nail head trim.

Rhino Covered Butter on My Kitchen Countertop

Since this rhino won't be covering any butter in my fridge,
 I placed him in a corner in my kitchen with some other accessories.

My Rhino in a Corner in the Kitchen
The pewter platter is a yard sale find, as are the urns.


The gravy server that now holds fruit is from a flea market.
 I didn't know it was Pairpoint until I got it home and noticed the mark.  I love those kind of surprises.


Of course the urns hold flatware with an animal print.

Urn with Animal Print Flatware


Will you be looking for rhinos next?


Kathy

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Sweet Woodruff and Spring Blooms

If you've been reading my blog for a while you'll know that I've already written about my Sweet Woodruff ground cover and shady area garden solutions. It's one of my most pinned garden posts, so I thought I'd share again.  I've included some new photos so it's not a total repeat.

If you're looking for an easy-care, fragrant, and beautiful ground cover for your shady spots, 
Sweet Woodruff is my favorite.  A friend divided some of her Sweet Woodruff and shared it with me.  She told me that it was perfect at the base of a tree where nothing seems to grow.
  I used to plant impatiens in those spots, but the deer have convinced me to find something else.
Besides, Sweet Woodruff is a perennial and it spreads quickly.
 It also completely covers an area and keeps down the weeds too.


Flowering Sweet Woodruff

At first I planted it around tree bases.  Then I discovered that I loved mixing it in with the rocks and flowers in my garden along the walk way from my porch to my patio.

Walk Way From My Screened Porch to My Lower Level Patio

Beginning of Walk Way From Porch to Lower Level Patio

It's so easy to divide.  I can't believe that all these plants came from several small ones.  All I did was dig up a clump of the plant, then tear it apart into smaller pieces.  I re-planted the smaller plants in their new spot with some spacing in between.  They quickly filled in.

 This path is on the other side of my house and goes from my kitchen door to the patio below.

Path From Kitchen to Patio

Path From Kitchen to Patio, Looking Up



They really keep down the weeds around my ferns, nandina, lamb's ear and hosta.



What's your favorite ground cover?

Kathy

If you're looking for more ground cover information, go here.  
Ground cover really helps control your weed population.

University of Illinois

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Painting Vintage Rattan

I have many pieces of vintage bamboo and rattan in my home.
 For me, they work as a neutral and can be used in many different rooms in many different ways.
 I've written about my vintage bamboo before here.

I usually don't paint my bamboo pieces because I really like the natural color variations on them.
I  don't feel the same way about rattan.   Rattan looks much better with a coat of paint.
A rattan chair and matching table were my candidates for an update for this week's vintage Spring Market at The Old Lucketts Store.  I used Benjamin Moore Advance paint in a white high gloss.


Painted Vintage Rattan Chair

I added a new cover too.  The geometric fabric is from JoAnn's.

New Geometric Fabric Seat

To me, the painted rattan looks much better than the original natural.




No before picture of the matching rattan table that seats four.
 I left the top unpainted and used the same high gloss white on the base and edge.



I think the table could also be used as a unique desk.  The chair fits it perfectly.


Kathy


Hope to see you at Lucketts.  My tent is a vintage explosion.





Lucketts Spring Market
May 15-17

details here











Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Turquoise, Green, and Pops of Yellow

This month our sale is one week early so we can participate in the

My space at Sweet Clover is a real mix of colors and finds. 
 Yellow darts all around the booth and is complemented with pops of green and turquoise. 
 Mixed in with my vintage finds are new animal giglees in all shapes and sizes.

The hand-carved swan sits in front of vintage Italian metal wall art depicting branches on a lemon tree--
perfect on a patio or porch wall or in a garden room, kitchen, or dining room.
Above is a Mid Century Modern pendant light that's been re-wired and has a plug.
You don't have to hard wire it if you don't want to.
Also, all things scalloped are popular now.
The leaf botanicals are book plates.


The swan was carved from a single pieced block of wood.  The carver even signed his art.


I dry brushed this small cabinet, and "framed" a floral oil on board.
Don't miss the Italian chandelier that matches the lemon tree wall art.   I added checked shades.



"Framed" Oil on Board 
This double bed headboard wears its original hand painted art.


An antique dresser lost one of its drawers.  I decided that it makes a great shelf.
Books, an architectural fragment, and a boho pendant fill it.
Love the drawer pulls.


Blue and white dresser and Kantha quilt.


Deconstructed french books spill out of an olive bucket.


A yellow sphere hangs in front of some animal giclees.  
 Use the orb suspended inside or roll it into a garden flower bed.


I have another small vintage chest.  The color and apppliques are original.



Large Cow Giclee
Large animal giclees fill a wall.




An entire shelf is filled with Wedegewood dessert and dinner plates.  
There are matching sets of 6, 8, and 12.

Some of My Vintage Wedgewood Dish Sets


Vintage Vanity Bench with New Fabric, Fringe , Ribbon, and Nail Head

Assortment of Flower Frogs

Framed Oil--Fruit Still Life

Hope you can come.


Kathy



May 8,9,10 from 10-5




I hope to see you also at the Lucketts Spring Market 
May 15,16,17