Friday, May 20, 2022

BIG BOOKS DECOR

Currently what my granddaughters call my special "Big Books" are in a corner of the dining room.  I always use books as risers and these oversized ones are the best. 

MY BIG BOOKS

COPPER DEMIJOHN DRAPED IN VINTAGE ROSARIES

These books are new with matching spines and art---just different sizes.

MATCHING SPINES AND COVERS

I added the copper ribbon many Christmases ago.  It was too perfect to not use all year round.  
It never left the demijohn.

DANGLING COPPER RIBBON

The rosary collection began at a white elephant sale at my home town church.

VINTAGE ROSARY COLLECTION

BOOK COVERS

LOVE THE ITALIAN SCRIPT

The top book was created by adding a new spine and cover to a discontinued art book.  The artist buys close outs from publishers and repurposes them.

TITLE PAGE

PEEK INSIDE THE BOOK

I've saved the BEST for last.  The bottom book is blank pages.  I've filled the pages with my granddaughters' artwork.  This is some of the artwork they made for my birthday.  The book is filled with all their creations.  Every visit always includes some art additions to "Grandma's Big Book"





Do you decorate with "Big Books"?

Saturday, May 14, 2022

MY SPRING GARDEN PATH

Outside my kitchen door is my garden path that meanders down to our back yard.  This is the view when you look up from below.

VIEW FROM THE BACK YARD

 The azalea is in full bloom.

AZALEA IN FULL BLOOM

The bumble bee loves the azalea.

BUMBLE BEE ON AZALEA

There's a level area outside the kitchen door before the sloping path begins.  You can see part of the pergola at the bottom.

PATH AND PERGOLA

This year we added the bird bath.  It's a sentimental feature.  My father-in-law created it many years ago.  We rescued it from my in-law's yard. 

AREA OUTSIDE MY KITCHEN DOOR

I love the modern-looking bird bath.

VINTAGE BIRD BATH

I've had this metal arch for many years.  It's always had clematis climbing up and over it.  


I just had to share the close-ups of the spectacular blooms.




How does your garden grow?   I'd love to see your Spring blooms.

Saturday, April 16, 2022

Framing Artwork With Over-Sized Mats

My question to you is:  Why do mats and the framed artwork they surround have to be in proportion?  When the mat totally overwhelms the art, the mat becomes art too.  An over-sized mat also calls attention to the art it frames.  Check out these images and see if you agree.

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Grouping the framed art makes it even more dramatic.

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One of my favorite designers is Celerie Kemble.  Of course she uses black frequently, which totally endears her to me.  But look at the cover of her book.  Not just black but over-sized mats and furniture with hooves.  I couldn't love her more.

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Let me know if your next framing project will have a large mat.

Saturday, April 2, 2022

REPEATING CORAL

When I was painting my chinoiserie table and chairs coral, I impulsively took the paint brush to some branches in a vase.  At the time there was no plan.  What I later realized was that those curly, gnarly branches repeated the coral in the room, not just in color, but in form too. 

CORAL BRANCHES ON MY BAR CART

Those turned and twisted branches repeat the pattern of coral.

GNARLY "CORAL" BRANCHES

The coral shape repeats itself in the coral framed prints and reflects and repeats in the mirrored frames.

CORAL BRANCHES REPEATING AND REFLECTING IN FRAME

REPEATS AND REFLECTIONS FROM ANOTHER ANGLE

The coral pairs and compliments the copper in the room. Notice the sculptural metal coral on the stand in the upper left corner behind the leopard shaker.

CORAL AND COPPER COMBO

I added a sea life Pottery Barn platter on the bottom shelf.

POTTERY BARN PLATTER ON BAR CART BOTTOM SHELF

I also have some "coral" candlesticks on my table.  I purchased them at West Elm many years ago.

CORAL CANDLESTICKS ON MY TABLE

One of my all time favorite books, CABINET OF CURIOSITIES, rests on my coffee table.  Of course the cover has what else but some coral.

MY FAVORITE BOOK WITH CORAL ON THE COVER

Do you repeat design elements?  Do you have a plan or does it just happen?

Saturday, March 19, 2022

MY VINTAGE CORNER CUPBOARD

One of my first large vintage purchases was this two-piece pine corner cupboard.  It was a large financial stretch for me but one I'll never regret.  I've styled it may ways.  Currently it's filled with ironstone, books, and black and gold accents.

VINTAGE CORNER CUPBOARD IN MY DINING ROOM

IRONSTONE, DESIGNER BOOKS AND GOLD AND BLACK ACCENTS

The cupboard has weathered to a perfect patina.  

PINE CORNER CUPBOARD

My favorite part is the arch on the base of the top.

ARCHED SECTION

PLASTER BUST IN THE CURVED CORNER

IRONSTONE COMPOTE WITH ARTICHOKES AND LETTUCE LEAF PLATES

CHIPPY GOLD FINIAL

IRONSTONE PLATTER, CHINOISERIE SALT AND PEPPER FOO DOGS

STAG HEAD STIRRUP CUPS

Do you have a long-time favorite piece?

Saturday, March 12, 2022

Demijohns

Whether they're housed in a crate, wrapped in wicker, or just standing alone, 
demijohns are one of my favorite home decor accessories.


Demijohns in Crates via Black Rooster

Wicker Covered  Demijohns via Jill Hinsin, Forever Cottage

Covered and Plain Demijohns via This Ivy House Tumblr

Covered demijohn for sale at Buckeystown Design CoOp



I dressed up my copper demijohn for the holidays.

Holiday Copper Demijohn in My Sun Room 

My large green demijohn holds birch branches .
Looking Through my Front Door.  Demijohn with Birch Branches.

Love these lining the steps.
Demijohn in My Family Room