How I Gave One Area Three Different Looks

I finally undecorated the large great room tree and the space always looks so different after the

tree is removed. The item that was previously in the space found its way back; however, me, being me,

could not leave it alone.

I started experimenting with some different looks.

Antique French Commode-Housepitality Designs

Today, you will see how I gave this area three different looks.

I started by moving the antique French Commode that was in the Great Room, to this space.

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Creating a Kitchen Vignette With New Ironstone Finds

We talked about the thrill of the hunt previously.

The thrill of seeing the item, enjoying it’s beauty, it’s character, it’s flaws.

Well I experienced another thrill of the hunt this week. Where was the hunt?

At a large antique mall in Strasburg, Virginia.

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A Crisp White Winter Vignette

I am slowly transitioning my decor from Christmas to the crisp white of winter.

When I remove Christmas decor from a surface, I cannot let that surface stay bare for long.

In fact, I have to gather items right away to create another vignette.

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Iron and Ironstone

The Monday after New Year’s and the holidays . . .

How does that make you feel? . . . Re-energized to start the New Year with great resolutions?

Or, a bit of a let down from all of the holiday activities?

For me, it is time to take down the decorations and refresh and fluff the house.

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I’m All About That Brass . . . I’m All About that Brass

I’m all about that brass . . . not the bass . . . not the bass.

I have always loved brass . . . however, it fell out of favor for a while.

But, now it is back.

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The Christmas Kitchen

I think the kitchen is pretty much where we spend most of our time during the Holidays or

any day for that matter.

So to bring a little cheer into this room is always a good thing!

Bringing a bit of Christmas cheer that can take me through well into January was my goal.

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Tuesday Holiday Tidbits

Have you seen the great mantel inspiration yesterday?

If not, you can see it here along with 10 other fabulous mantels.

I have been busy like the most of you decorating and preparing for the Holidays.

I am pretty much done with just a few tweaks here and there.

Kitchen-Christmas 2014-Housepitality Designs

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Thanksgiving Vignette of Ironstone

I have an area where I display the majority of my Ironstone.

The area needed some “Fallifying”.

Gathering some Thanksgiving inspired items and fall decor and set about creating this vignette.

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Layering Vintage Items and Travel Tidbits

I took a bit of a break . . .

My hubby had a tournament in Las Vegas . . .

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Like “little boys” anxiously waiting for this game to end . . .

~ ~ so they can “play” . . . (hubby is standing on the far right) a gorgeous night in Vegas.

Thanks to my friend Claudia for taking this great pic!

We decided to take a few extra days before the tournament . . .

~ ~ to travel to Sedona, Arizona and the Grand Canyon.

It was our very first time visiting these places and they surely did not disappoint.

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Pictures cannot capture the beauty of the areas we visited.

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Adding to and Starting a New Collection

I need to call the hot-line for “antiques anonymous” . . .

~ ~ seriously, I need to seek a cure from this affliction.

Or do I want to be cured????

I downsize a collection . . . and then what do I do??? . . . start another!!

~ ~ or should I say “many others” !!!

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I saw this bottle in an antique shop in Huntington, West Virginia….

~ ~ an old Lea and Perrins Worcestershire Bottle.

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This bottle was actually the first bottle I purchased of this color . . .

~ ~ from one of those great shops in Carlisle, PA…..A Sawyer’s Crystal Blueing bottle.

I thought I would place it in my laundry room with the other vintage laundry items, but love it here.

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And with the added items in this area . . . I needed more vintage stools to showcase these pieces….

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And a new ironstone soup tureen to add to the collection . . . one of the Carlisle, PA finds.

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The stool is so cute as it has a name carved in the top “Lisa”…

~ ~ I am sure it was made by a dad for his little girl…..or that is what I am believing!

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Adding the velvet pumpkins for the Fall…along side my new sugar bowl ($12.50) … :)

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Found these new pieces in Carlisle, PA too . . . it was a very productive and great trip.

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Loving my new additions and “collections”….

I love this new vignette, but I also loved the previous vignette of ironstone.

~ ~ now off to refinish something to make these two stools “a collection” !!!

Have a great weekend . . . mine will be spent up to my elbows in paint . . .

~ ~ and most likely in my hair too . . . I always manage to get some all over me!