Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Looking Back 2011

Today I’m doing a quick review of projects for the year of 2011 while I look forward to a looooonnnnnngggggg To-do list for 2012! As I went back to organize this post, I noticed that most of my projects were posted in November. Actually, those were done over several months but were not posted due to computer issues until I finally gave in and purchased a new laptop. Perhaps I can be more prompt in posting in the new year although most of my projects take a long time to complete. I do hope that you all will check back in from time to time to see if I have made any progress.

Perhaps the quickest and easiest project of 2011 was this faux mercury glass lamp.


You can read about it here.

Another pretty quick project was mounting a TV in my painted secretary.


You can read about it here.

I shared this bird tablescape too.


You can read about it here.

I love this vintage floor lamp that I rescued.


You can read about it here.

I love a bargain and this writing desk was quite a bargain!


You can read about it here.

A more involved project was the transformation of the settee. I am so pleased with the results.


You can read about it here.

I saved the best for last. My biggest project of the year involved reworking a vintage dining room set for my sweet friend. It was a lot of work but worth every minute because the transformation was quite dramatic.


I am looking forward to a very busy 2012. I got a new tool for Christmas and I can’t wait to use it!


I’m linking to Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style and to the Top Projects of 2011 at Southern Hospitality.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Weekend in New York

I love to visit New York City at Christmastime. The city takes on a whole new attitude during the holidays. Everything is beautifully decorated and even though it is very crowded, people are unusually pleasant.
I especially liked these magnolia topiaries.
Even when not decked out in holiday bling, wonderful architecture is easily spotted.
Just look at those columns and window pediments.
Even the tops of buildings are very ornate.
I love the little green dome on top of the building above.
I love the figures in the pediment of the Stock Exchange. They are life size.
And I love the contrast of this church surrounded by more contemporary buildings.
The doorway above reminds me of the Gates of Paradise in Florence, Italy.
Because it was my nephew’s first trip to New York, we did some touristy things and visited the 911 Memorial.
The streets and shops were very crowded but quite tolerable.
Particularly around Time Square, it was very difficult to walk down the street.
I always enjoy seeing the Salvation Army bell ringers playing their instruments. I have always challenged my children not to pass a bucket without dropping in a donation.
We visited several pop-up shopping areas but my favorite thing to do is to look at the decorated store windows. I must admit that I was somewhat disappointed this year. With the exception of Lord and Taylor, all of the other windows were all white. My personal preference is for a little more variety. I don't have pictures from Saks and Bloomingdales but they were all white too.
This chandelier was in the window at Anthropologie. It is made of vintage ornaments surrounding a single decorative bulb.
The windows at Barneys were all on a Gaga theme. Very interesting.
The window above is from Macys. It was very hard to take photos due to the glare.
This one is also from Macys.
The windows at Lord and Taylor were my favorite. Perhaps it is because they were more traditional.
These windows were somewhat like a giant dollhouse.
We had a wonderful time. I am behind on my Christmas preparations but I decided to take time to enjoy the season.  Now I have to get on the phone with Peggy to cash in my Capital One points to pay for this trip!
I’ll be linking to Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Update on The Painted Secretary

I wanted to share a quick update on my painted secretary. You can read the original post here.


This is where we left off.


I have added the television.


I had to reinforce the back of the secretary with a piece of 1/2 inch thick plywood then I attached a wall mount TV stand. Now, the TV is out of sight when not in use. I also added a few accessories. I am not one to go “purchase” accessories just to have them. I usually wait until I discover something that I really love because I tend to keep things a very long time before changing them. Such was the case with this little Chinese trinket box.


The colors go with my color scheme and it is a reminder of our travels to China. As I told the clerk at the antique shop where I purchased this, it is very difficult to find quality souvenirs in China. There is a tremendous amount of very inexpensive knick knacks in the street markets but finding something of a little better quality is difficult.


This piece is actually a music box of the Imperial Palace or the Forbidden City as we know it. I use it for a ring box.

Another project checked off my list!


I’ll be linking to Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch and to Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style.