Wednesday, May 17, 2017

It's All About Vignettes

Vignettes says it all this month @ Buckeystown Design Co-Op.   
Come accessorize your home for summer.
























Thursday, May 11, 2017

Inky Interiors

It's a  dark rainy day here in the Washington DC area. 
 On overcast days like this I'm drawn to inky interiors.  I could see myself spending some time in any of these rooms---dark and moody or not outside.

Tumblr

griegedesign.blogspot.com

Anthropologie

contemporist.com

desiretoinspire.net

  dailyimprint.com

southshoredecoratingblog.com/

nicety.livejournal.com

griegedesign.blogspot.com

myfavoriteandmybest.com

Are you in the mood?

More moody rooms on my Pinterest page Inky Interiors.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Chinoiserie Front Porch

My front porch has changed many times over the years, but the one constant has been my bench.  This year my Chinese Chippendale planter and blue and white garden stools complete the chinoiserie look.

Bench, Chinese Chippendale Planter, Chinoiserie Garden Stools

One of my favorite features about my house is the side-facing door.   

Side-Facing Front Door
The garage doors don't face the street either.   
Entering from the garage creates a different view of the porch.

Entrance From the Garage

A few years ago I painted my front door navy.  I haven't gotten tired of it yet.  Have you noticed I've been adding navy to my decor?  Is navy becoming my new black?  
 Naw, I'll never give up black.

Front Door Wreath with New Navy/White Striped Ribbon


The chinoiserie garden stools were originally on the screened porch.  
They don't exactly match each other.  I like that about them.
Chinoiserie Garden Stool
Chinoiserie Garden Stool

The fern seems very happy in the Chinese Chippendale planter.   I originally purchased this planter  to use as a Christmas tree stand.   I'll still use it for that this winter.

Chinese Chippendale Planter With A Fern

A Closer Look at the Chinese Chippendale Planter

Do you change your porch every Spring?

Friday, April 28, 2017

My Clematis

My clematis has been climbing on my arbor for a few years now.   This Spring I think that it's finally establishing itself and that the emerging blooms and buds are picture worthy.  I can't wait to see it when it all fills in.

Clematis First Blooms on the Arbor



View From Under the Arbor

Looking Into the Back Yard

Looking Into the Front Yard
What blooms first in your garden?

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Garden Decor and More at Our Spring Sale

This next sale is all about Spring and More.  We'll have furniture---vintage and new---garden accessories, florals. lighting, home decor, and textiles.  Here's some of what I'll have.  There's a sneak peek video from the whole store at the end of the post.  


The faux bois metal garden chairs are my favorite.  
The large and small planters are called kerchief planters.  They're rusty metal on a pedestal with scalloped edges.  So unique.  I filled the large one with a fern.  The three smaller ones have cuttings from my nandina bush.   Can you see the sheep weathervane peeking through the greenery? 
 I also created a grouping of candlesticks made from vintage balustrades. The smaller planters are sitting on a large bread board.

Faux Bois Garden Chairs and Kerchief Planters

A Closer Look at The Planter and the Sheep

Candlesticks Made from Balustrades and a Root Ball Sphere

You can see some smaller candlesticks in a tray on the vintage dresser.  The column lamp and shade are new. To the right of the dresser is a large round stenciled restaurant tray.  The cylindrical wall pocket was created from old metal and white washed. 



How fun is this vintage bike.

J. H. Higgins Vintage Bike

The white cone shape is a reproduction of a bee skep.  I could see it in a garden or on a porch.  This second metal wall pocket has a bee stencil.  The tobacco stick planter holds lavender.  Of course I've given you a sneak peek of my huge metal clock.



Large European Walnut Bowl

Art and Urns Used as Planters

My space isn't just about blues, beiges, and blooms.  
I have another area that's mostly black and white.

MCM Lamp and Modern Art

I placed a metal seven-hook coat rack on top of a black sofa table. I dangled my current favorite accessories--tassel necklaces--over the edge and layered them over black and white contemporary art.

Tassel Necklaces
This vintage Duncan Phyfe double pedestal table has a huge leaf.  I covered the vintage shield back chairs in gray linen and bullion fringe.

Vintage Duncan Phyfe Table and Shield Back Chairs

The drawers in my black buffet help me display the botanical prints.

Black Botanicals and Vintage Buffet

Are you excited and ready for Spring?


Here's a slide show from the store.
Please join us if you live in the Washington DC area April 21-23.
Buckeystown Design Co-op
3607 Buckeystown Pike
Buckestown, MD


video

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Easter Means Lettuce Leaf Plates

I have many sets of dishes, but I think that my signature set has to be my lettuce leaf plates.
 It started with some dinner plates and over the years has become quite a collection.  They remind me of vintage majolica and are the perfect table setting for Easter.  Although I only use them a few times a year, they're always on display.  I stack them on an industrial restaurant pot rack in my pantry.


Lettuce Leaves Plates Stacked in My Pantry

The graduated shelves work for my plates, bowls, and serving pieces.
I was able to find the plates in green and white.

Green and White Lettuce Leaf Plates

Did you notice the lamp with the polka dot shade?  It originally was a coffee urn.
 I love the spigot.

Coffee Urn Lamp

I use the bowls for soup or salad.

Bowls and Serving Pieces

The dinner plates fit on the large bottom shelf.

Dinner Plates and Covered Serving Dish

The pantry is a long narrow room.  I wanted to show you how the dishes are displayed in the corner. I've updated the other side of the room.  You'll have to wait to see the new look.  

View of the Right Side of the Pantry

I'll be hosting Easter for my family and I can't wait to get the dishes off the shelf and onto the table.  I don't have a picture of one of our Easter tables, but I do have a photo of the white lettuce leaf plates on my garden table in my back yard.  Notice I have lettuce leaf place mats under the dishes.

Garden Table with White Lettuce Leaf Plates

Happy Easter

I see that Tory Burch is reissuing the original lettuce leaf plates by Dodie Thayer. 
To see Tory's collection, go here.