Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Tablescape with Antique Fish Plates

Before I hung my antique fish plates on the wall, I had to do a tablescape. I’ll let the pictures do the talking.

Limoges fish plates tabelscape 3

Limoges fish plates tabelscape 1

Limoges fish plate 2

Limoges fish plate 1

Limoges fish plate 3

Limoges fish plate 4

Limoges fish plate 5

Limoges fish plate 6

Limoges fish plates tabelscape 2

Limoges fish plates tabelscape 4

Limoges fish plates tabelscape 5

Limoges fish plates tabelscape 6

Limoges fish plates tabelscape 7

I purchased the antique Limoges fish plates at Round Top. You can read about Round Top by clicking here and here. The bubble glasses were purchased from One Kings Lane. The white plates were purchased from Homegoods and the wicker chargers were purchased online from Nell Hills. The flatware is vintage silverplate. The dragonfly napkin rings were purchased from a local shop that is no longer in business and the beaded napkin rings were purchased from Pier One. I made the linen napkins. The silver compote holding the orchids is also vintage. The vintage fish roof tiles were purchased in China.

I love a collected tablescape! I’ll be sharing with Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style and Tabletop Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Gallery Wall with Plates

It has been several weeks since I have posted but hopefully I can get back to posting on a more regular schedule now. During the past few weeks we have transitioned to our summer cottage and I have had lots of projects that are not blog worthy going on. I have scrubbed a  ton of pollen from the porches and spent days pulling weeds and trying to restore the lawn that was damaged by heavy equipment used to take down several mature trees and equipment used to build a new sea wall. I am slowly making progress. I also found a vintage chandelier for my foyer project and I disassembled it and gave it a good cleaning and rewired it. I hope to have it hanging soon.

Today I am sharing my plate wall in the den of the summer cottage. I found the set of Limoges fish plates at Round Top last year and I hung them on the sides of a heron painting. It’s hard to take photos in this room because there is so much light that it causes glare on the glazed walls and other shiny surfaces.

Limoges fish plates with Heron painting

Let’s take a closer look.

grouping of Limoges fish plates

Limoges fish plates 3A

Limoges fish plates 3B

I used Disc Plate Hangers purchased here to hang them. I like the disc hangers because you don’t need a wire plate hanger.

You can read about my trip to Round Top by clicking here and here.

I hope that you are having a great summer!

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Foyer Update Week 6

foyer reflections

Today is the big reveal for the One Room Challenge at Calling It Home. While I didn’t quite finish everything on my list, I am happy with everything that I was able to accomplish.

entry table before

The photo above shows the “before” of my foyer. Nothing was wrong with it, I was just ready for a little freshening up after 28 years!

foyer reflection 2

I chose Thibaut wallpaper in the Royal pattern. The colorway is metallic pewter. (I had previously used this paper in my powder room update which you can see here.)

new finish on mirror

tabletop vignette

While it was time consuming removing the old wallpaper, preparing the walls, hanging new paper, and painting all of the spindles and trim, everything was cosmetic so I didn’t have to work around the schedule of a contractor.

looking toward the front door

new planter

I found this new planter at TJMaxx. I am using the same plant stand that I already had.

new plant and planter

I also added a fresh plant to the planter. At Christmas, I move the planter to another location and put the big tree here in the curve of the stairs.

new rug 2

I purchased this vintage rug on Etsy. You can read about that purchase in this post.

new rug new wallpaper

new rug

old rug

The old rug is still in great condition but the orangey gold colors and the pattern clashed with the new wallpaper.

old rug new wallpaper

In the photo above you can see the clash between the old rug and the new wallpaper.

settee with new fabric

I love the new fabric on the settee.

settee before

The old fabric was looking really tired.

big wall with new wallpaper

The new wallpaper makes a big impact on the stairwell wall. It is a huge wall to decorate if left painted!

stairwell before 2

The photo above shows the stairwell wall before the update.

foyer reflections

I’m still shopping for a new light fixture for the top of the foyer as the crystal chandelier over the door is staying. I didn’t get the new sheers done for the palladian window in the upper foyer area but those will be done soon since I did purchase the fabric. I am so pleased with how everything turned out.

If you missed the previous posts on this project you can see them here: Week 1, Week 2Week 3Week 4,  and Week 5.

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Foyer Update Week 5

My foyer is coming together ( I think) as the clock ticks down for the One Room Challenge. I think that I can complete everything with the exception of replacing the upper light fixture! Several family crises have kept me from shopping for a light fixture so that is still on my list. Let me show you a few snipets of what I’m working on now.

mirror before 3

I have had this antique Florentine mirror in storage for more than a year waiting for this project. I purchased it at Scott’s in Atlanta. The previous owner had a DIY failure of putting some type of paint or glaze over the gold leaf and decided to sell it.

mirror before 2

liquid gold leaf 2

I purchased Liquid Leaf at Hobby Lobby for the new finish instead of trying to remove whatever the added finish was. If I want to reapply real gold leaf I can do that later but for now this finish suits me just fine. You’ll have to come back next week to see how it turned out. I also used Liquid Leaf on the finials for the curtain rod over the Palladian window. It was easy to use and the one small bottle was enough for the mirror and finials with some left over. Quick drying, easy, and inexpensive; my kind of project!

mother of pearl trinket box

I saw a Mother of Pearl trinket box at a showhouse in Charleston while I have been working on this project and knew that would be a great accessory. I checked the designer notebook in that room for the source and price. It was a whopping $245, a little more than I wanted to spend. A few days later I ran across this one on the clearance aisle at Homegoods for $12! Such a great price that I got 2. (I just saved $466!!)

settee before

This settee is way overdue for a new seat!

new fabric for settee

Since I long for lots of bright color, I chose this bright pink upholstery velvet for the settee.

new planter

I found this new planter at Homegoods too.

new sheer fabric

This is the new sheer linen fabric that I have chosen for the Palladian window covering.

vintage oushak rug

I wanted to replace the rug with one with very subtle colors and pattern. I saw 2 different rugs that I like in two different shops. This is a small rug, approximately 4 x 6. Both of the rugs that I saw in shops were $1980. That was more than I wanted to spend for this spot. I searched Craigslist to no avail. I decided to look on Etsy and am so glad that I did. I found this vintage rug from this seller for $242. I was a little hesitant since the seller is located in Turkey but I decided to take a chance knowing that I have great consumer protection with my American Express card. I purchased the rug on Saturday night and it was delivered to my door on Thursday morning! Super fast international shipping which was included in the price of the rug. I am a happy customer and I saved $1738!!

Please check in next week to see the final reveal if I am able to complete it! I have another death in my family and some out of town travel between now and next week!

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I’m linking to the One Room Challenge at Calling It Home.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Foyer Update Week 4

I am moving right along on my progress on the foyer. This week was devoted to painting. Before hanging the new wallpaper, I painted the molding above and below the wallpaper area so as not to have any mishaps on the new wallpaper. This week I painted the wall below the chair rail, the baseboards, the risers on the stairs, and the spindles, all 75 of them, and the newel posts, the doors to the coat closets, and the doors to the living room and dining room. It was a lot of tedious work. Now I am ready to get to the fun part. I’ll let the pictures do the rest of the talking.

new paint and paper 4

catwalk before

The photo above is a “before” shot and the photo below is the “after” of the same area.

new paint and paper

stairwell before 1Another “before” photo above and the “after” below.new paint on the stairs

new paint and paper 3

new paint and paper 2

freshly painted doors

front entry before

And the last “before” above and the “after” below.

freshly painted doors 2

If you missed the previous posts you can click here for week 1,week 2, and week 3. I’m joining the One Room Challenge at Calling It Home. Click the link to see lots of great projects!

Have a great week!

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