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.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Gallery Wall Cheat Sheets

Before I share these gallery wall cheat sheets/diagrams, I must confess that I probably never would use them.  You see I'm a random kind of girl with an aversion to math and measuring.  Also, I would rather patch a hole created by mistake by some crazy nail than pull out a measuring tape.

These cheat sheets contain many configurations for your gallery wall. You could modify them and add interest, depth, and texture to your display with non-art elements.  A mirror--or two--would work, as would a wall sconce, an architectural element, faux taxidermy,  a turtle shell, or even an empty frame.  

If you're not into randomness and want to be more precise, these cheat sheets will be very helpful.

My suggestions:

1.  Assemble your art/items for the gallery wall.  

2.  Have more items than you need.

3.   Select the diagram that best fits your space.

4.  Cut a sheet(s) of paper to the size you want to fill on the wall.  Place the paper onto the floor and   put your items onto the sheets of paper according to your cheat sheet selection.

5.  Trace around your artwork.

6.  IMPORTANT:  Take a photo of your arrangement, then remove the items from the paper.

7.   Tape the marked paper to the wall with blue painters' tape and mark where you need to put your   wall hooks.  

8.  Remove the paper guide and start hanging your art.


Source:  Simplified Bee







Are you random or precise?
I'd love to see your gallery wall.

If you haven't had enough, I have more.

To see the gallery wall in my daughter's apartment that couldn't have been done without my husband's math skills, go here.

For cheat sheets for just about everything, visit my Pinterest Page: Reference.

Or, my Pinterest Page:  Gallery Wall.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

That Certain Perfect Green

I guess St Patrick's Day made me think about it, but for a while now I've wanted to add that certain green to my home decor.  You know the perfect green I mean.  It looks so good in a lacquer finish, in velvet on a sofa or chair, or on a wall.  That certain green on furniture is the statement piece in a room, or the pop of color with draperies.

These are my current green obsessions and inspirations.

I love this table.  Should I paint my kitchen table this green lacquer? 

http://tiltonfenwick.com/

Add a green settee?

http://whisperofvintage.tumblr.com/

Paint my bamboo chairs green?

bamboofurnitureblog.com

Cover my wing chairs in velvet and nail head trim?

http://www.desiretoinspire.net/

Paint my front door yet again?

http://www.chinoiseriechic.net/

Maybe change the color of the shutters instead?

visittheworld.tumblr.com

Change my draperies again?  Why not?

amberstudios.com

Add this Goddess Chandelier from Currey and Company

Goddess Chandelier Currey and Company

Paint a room green?

chinoiseriechic.net

Paint inside some bookshelves?

cotedetexas.blogspot.com

Or, just take the easy safe route and add some pillows?

sadieandstella.blogspot.com

decorpad.com

Could this be my green?

Benjamin Moore  Amazon Moss




So many choices and so many projects . . . . . . . 
What would you choose?

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

We're Welcoming Spring at Our March Sale at the CoOp

Well Mother Nature fulfilled my wish for snow.   
But, we're all about Spring at Buckeystown Design CoOp this month.

Here's what I'll have.


What says Spring more than a rabbit and greenery?





How clever to turn this huge champagne crate into a bench!

Champagne Crate Made Into a Bench/Ottoman

The stenciled bucket is made from old tin.  It can stand alone or hang on a door or wall.

Stenciled Bucket

This vintage princess dresser is a soft grey.  The mirror is beveled.

Princess Dresser

It's hard not to keep this cow weathervane and the lightening rods.

Cow Weathervane and Lightening Rod

This antique European hamper would make a perfect coffee table with storage.
Don't miss the candle holders made from porch balustrades.

European Basket and Balustrade Candle Holders

An antique military chest is another coffee table option.  
 I have several vintage stenciled restaurant trays.

Antique Military Chest and Stenciled Restaurant Tray

This clock is only decorative.  I'm considering hanging one on the outside of my garage.

Clock, Vintage Cupboard, and Chandelier

Who knew that a hay fork could hold your jewelry?

Hay Fork for Jewelry

I'll always have barware.  This cart can be a bar or a mobile kitchen island.  

Cart and Mirrored Shutters

Hope you DC area readers will visit us this weekend.
It's our one-year anniversary. 

Buckeystown Design CoOp
3607 Buckeystown Pike
Buckeystown, MD

More info and photos on our Facebook page here.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

I Miss The Snow

I never thought I'd say this, but I really miss the snow.  
We've had Spring-like weather all season.  

 Last winter around this same time there was a huge snow storm.  We were trapped inside for days--no school and no where to be--I loved it.  During the storm I walked around the house taking photos from the inside out.  

Since I'm feeling such winter nostalgia,  I wanted to share again.


The roof was covered and the snow continued.


My iron sphere, my wreaths and the Mugo Pine had much more than a dusting.




The front door was blocked and the porch was covered in snow.



It wasn't much better on the screened porch.  
The snow not only came in, but it also coated the screen and mounded on the railing.





Looking Into the Back Yard

My  Poinsettia Added Some Color

It took a while to get to the garage.



Looking Out From My Kitchen Window

Our Arbor and Iron Bird

My Yellow Sphere on the Shephard's Hook

Profile of Anthro Elephant

They're predicting colder weather this weekend and a possible storm on Sunday.
I'm hoping for at least one storm before this winter ends.