How To Make A Memo Board From Vintage Trays

I needed a memo board. One that I can see on my way out the door.

A board to remind me of things to do, things to get, and places to go.

One that is also for my granddaughter so she can leave us notes.

I did not want a typical framed cork bulletin board, or even a fabric one.

Painting the wall with chalk paint was out of the question as it is a narrow space

and would make it look smaller and obviously darker.

So this is what I came up with:

Vintage Tole Tray Memo Board-Housepitalty Designs

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Iron Gate Wall Decor and Vintage Garden Items

My sunroom, as a sunroom would, gets a great amount of sunlight throughout the day.

Because of this, I have to be careful on what I place on the walls.

Hanging items that I do not have to worry about fading, such as mirrors, plates,

and tole trays seem to be the best solution for this room.

Iron Gate-Housepitality Designs

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Simply Spring in the Guest Room

I have been busy “springifying” each room in my house . .

~ ~ and now the guest room is dressed for Spring.

Guest Room/Tole Trays

The first thing I did to “Springify” the room was to add these tole trays. .

~ ~ of great floral colors. . .

~ ~ ~ ~ they replaced my trio of fabric framed art.

Guest Room/Tole Trays

I really love how the tole trays blend so well with the bed frame and chandy.

Silver room plaque

So come on in and welcome to the “Housepitality Suite” !!

Guest Room

This room will be filled with company this weekend . .

~ ~ and we can all use a bit of Spring!

Guest Room Blanket Chest

Placed a Spring vignette on the blanket chest at the foot of the bed.

Guest Room Blanket Chest

Filled the basket with things to read . . .

~ ~ and placed a “Springy” vintage tablecloth of pretty daisies.

Vintage Glove Form

. . . and I will have a little bouquet of flowers to “hand” them !

The vintage glove form is a gift from my sweet friend, Kristen.

Guest Room Night Stand

On the night stand to the left of the bed . .

~ ~ the faux hydrangeas were replaced with fresh Spring flowers.

Guest Room Night Stand


Spring decor is not complete without a bird or a birdcage . .

Birdcage floral arrangement

. . . that is nestled in a floral arrangement in a reproduction ceiling tin container.

Guest room washstand/nightstand

. . . and a copy of the latest issue of Spring Cottage.

Guest Room Washstand/nightstand

Guest Room

There are some changes in this side of the room . .

~ ~ can you spot them?

Guest Room Round Vintage Table

This table was previously in the sunroom . . .

Milk glass basket w/vintage glass fishing floats

A pop of color was needed in this milk glass basket of vintage fishing floats . .

~ ~ so I added pretty yellow daisies..

Spring flowers on a stack of vintage picnic baskets

This little Spring vignette is on top of something . .

~ ~ that was previously in the media room.

Stack of vintage picnic baskets

. . . a stack of vintage picnic baskets.

Guest room dresser

There is always room for more housing for birds!

French Wood Box

. . . that is beside my French Wood Box with the chicken stamps!

Guest room bathroom

There are some changes still in the process in this guest bathroom . .

Guest bath floral painting

This pretty painting that I bought at a moving sale in our neighborhood . .

~ ~ seems to fit well in this spot and certainly adds “Spring” to the room.

Guest bath table

I purchased this pretty little table at the sale too!

Vintage Tole Trays

So with the addition of pretty floral decor, beautiful fresh Spring flowers . . .

~ ~ a painting of Spring flowers in a vase and places for birds to nest . . .

~ ~ ~ ~ I think this room is ready for Spring!!!

I am partying with 11 fellow friends/bloggers for great Spring Inspiration!

They have some incredible ideas for “Springifying” your home!!


Today’s Line Up:


Creative Cain Cabin

Eclectically Vintage

Housepitality Designs

On Sutton Place

Savvy Southern Style


Stay tuned tomorrow for Day 2 of great Spring Inspiration.


Adventures in Decorating

French Country Cottage

Home is Where The Boat Is


Sophia’s Decor

Top This Top That

I am joining:

Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday

French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday

Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays

A Spring Facelift for the Kitchen

I know we all are looking forward to Spring…

….to the milder temps and pops of color from the beautiful colors from trees and flowers.

So, if I can’t have that outside…

…..I thought I would bring it inside.



Yellow flowers make me so happy…yellow tulips and daffodils…

…..plentiful at the stores this time of year.



So what’s best for a Spring menu?…Spring Rolls!!


But absolutely the “take out” kind!!


The other side of the kitchen got a bit of a makeover too…


The bread box that I have had forever was on top of the cabinets…

… would never notice it, unless you stood back 6 feet or so..

So it came down and replaced a silver tea set I had there.


A pitcher full of silver spoons and a pitcher on clearance from Williams-Sonoma outlet keep it company.



I added this great vintage tray that I bought at our neighborhood yard sale…for $5.00…thanks Martha!


These faux pears were originally in a decorative glass container…….

…..these pears were purchased years ago from Pottery Barn….they found a new home on this tray.


So let’s move to the other side of the room again…

I have this A&P vintage shopping cart at the end of the counter.


The bottom portion is filled with magazines and vintage kitchen tools and cookie cutters…


The upper portion originally contained the “vintage kitchen items basket”…

… that I moved it to the bottom left me room to place these:


I brought up some of my vintage tablecloths from the pie safe downstairs in the media room kitchen…

I have been collecting these over the years…


I thought I would place the happy daisy tablecloth on the top (made by Vera)… welcome in Spring..



I have an entire set of these adorable “days of the week” tea towels…

…..this one seemed more appropriate for my Spring time decor…

Across from the shopping cart is a new “towel bar” that I purchased from Ikea…

… is actually a bar that you can hang little pots and hanging shelves from.


The “towel bar” fit perfectly there…any larger and it would not have fit!


Bought these beauties from my friend who collects and sells antique linens…love them! (Martha again!)..

She also is an artist…I have featured her before…she painted this apple…


And the last thing that I added to the kitchen today was this beauty that I just received…


From Dear Lillie…love her work and her blog…


I love that song…”A Wonderful World”…

And it is wonderful when a friend comes by and leaves a “care package”…when you are down with a cold…


Of homemade chicken soup and wonderful homemade cookies!…Thanks Chris..!!..she is an angel on earth!

So you see, it is a “wonderful world” !!!


A world filled with wonderful people like you!!….

Have a wonderful day!!!

I am joining:

A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday

Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday

No Minimalist Here for Open House Party

Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays

Stone Gable for Tutorials, Tips and Tidbits