30 September 2011

FALL INDOORS

There are fall Linky parties all over, and there has just been way too much going on for me to jump in.  Boo!  Today, I see that Julia over at Hooked on Houses is hosting one, so I am MAKING the time to play.  Yes, I should be doing chores.  Ssssshhhh....  Short and sweet, just a few photos of what little I have done so far.  NO orange you will notice.












The leaves are not ORANGE, but reds and golds.



Perhaps I will do more fall decorating later -- it is still quite warm here in the Heart of Dixie, and that in no way makes me think Halloween.  I bought a clear glass pumpkin jar, and I am going to give it the faux mercury glass treatment which I will share when it is done.  (I am too cheap to pay what the trendy stores are asking for theirs.)  Meantime, go over to check out Julia's Fall Decorating party here, and enjoy this lovely Autumn weekend.

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28 September 2011

AUTUMN AT THE BEACH



Just kidding!  Not at the beach quite yet!  But this would be a really nice table for Fall at the beach, don't you think?




































I like this idea of Fall at the beach -- not cliche or complicated, not cutesy, just crisp white linens and shells, white candles and dinner plates, simple functional glassware, and one glitzy thing -- the bronzey beaded napkin ring -- and the natural elements of wood and straw.  Now tie on my lobster bib for me and pass the drawn butter.


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Square charger and beaded napkin ring from the clearance shelf at Z Gallerie.  Everything else from my   shelves.  


I am joining Susan for Tablescape Thursday, 


and 


Sherry at No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays
Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
Diann at The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday
Debra at Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Fridays
Sherry at The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday

and

The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday 


25 September 2011

RECYCLING OLD BOARDS INTO SHELVES

Recently I had a bad reaction to some cortisone which was injected into my knees, and I was totally loopy after two days with no sleep, feeling like I had taken a massive hit of speed and then crashed back to earth.  Combine that with a house which is furnished in a very ample way, with furniture in places which are not really designed to carry a piece of furniture, and you have a recipe for a fall.  


This piece is what tripped me, and it got moved here into the powder room!




It is not really quite this yellow -- honest.










Wandering around barefoot in a fog, I tripped over the leg of this little powder table which I have for over four years kept in this tiny pass-thru hall which is between the LR, PR and the MBR. I am always mindful of its being there, but in my "altered state" I jammed my right foot into one of the legs -- HARD.  I have been in a fair amount of misery for over a week, although the foot is feeling better now and is looking fewer shades of purple and green.  I resolved that as soon as I could maneuver it, I would move this piece of furniture as well as a bench in the foyer.  However, I still need some light -- as in small lamps -- in these spaces, and since these areas are both visible from my LR, they need to look pretty and relate to that.  


I decided to use shelves mounted on the wall in lieu of furniture.  The shelf boards both came from my before-the-redo kitchen.  Both these areas where they were removed look so much better, and in fact, this was one of the biggest improvements we made, opening up that "compressed, wall to wall cabinet" look I hated.  When I finally show you the whole kitchen, you will see what I mean.

















The longest board was removed from the side of the refrigerator, where it did not remotely conceal that appliance anyway.  The shorter board was the cornice piece which lopsidedly connected the two sections of overhead cabinets on either side of the sink.  We had to trim an inch or so from the ends of each to get rid of raggedy edges.  I also had to remove from the cornice piece a scrolly doodad that was stuck on.  A little sanding smoothed out the glue residue a bit.




I painted the long board which was actually cheap knotty pine with the 'Graphite' Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, and the shorter oak one was covered in 'Old White.'  I gave each two coats, and distressed the dark one quite a bit because the board itself was in worse shape.  




Here they are after being installed, but not yet waxed.


In the foyer / hall where I had kept a bench for a while.

In the pass thru between LR, Powder Room and MBR










The iron brackets were on clearance at Hobby Lobby a few months ago for a mere four dollars each.  All five were twenty dollars -- I would call that a bargain.  Originally I had thought I would use them somewhere in the kitchen redo, but they didn't ever seem to fit in any where.  


Here are the shelves, all dolled up (for today anyway -- you know me -- it'll probably change tomorrow).  The best part is that there are no legs to trip over any more in these pass-thru spaces, and I still have a place for light.  









You may be wondering, what is that lovely thing underneath the shelf?  Well, my dears, that is my DR table pad.  I have never had a handy place to store it.  I think it might stay here once I figure out something attractive to put in front of it and cover it up.












I did not wax the white shelf.  So little of it shows that I decided not to.  Below are some shots of the very distressed shelf in the foyer.
























Here are some artsy shots just for fun...






This is what happened when I put the powder table into the powder room.  (Does anybody "powder" anymore?)















Above, this little antique tea table and tray had been in that powder room for four years, and now it is parked over in the end of the kitchen, right next to my new-old sofa which is my favorite spot in the house.  It is just right for holding a drink and a book and few odds and ends like a pen and the digital camera.  


As you can see, my furniture is still migrating from room to room.  Maybe eventually it will all settle down and behave.  Meantime, I really like not having to worry about tripping over furniture legs in a tight space.




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I will be linking (I sincerely hope) to several of the parties this week with this post.  I might have to take back all the trash talking I have done about mean old Blogger.  It seems like this new version is pretty cool.  Some of the things I didn't like about the old version apparently have been corrected.  And as Cass (That Old House) pointed out, it is free.  Free is good!


As usual I will begin with Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday.  Then I will join Kim at Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday.









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