What happens on a rainy day when I do not want to venture outdoors?
I find what area needs refreshing and then try to
come up with an idea that starts with a single item as my inspiration.
That inspiration piece was purchased last year,
placed in a closet and eventually hung in the powder room.
Where it hung until I had an epiphany
of exactly where it should land or should I say hang.
This iron baluster once was part of the famous Chalet Suzanne in Lake Wales, Fl.
When it closed the doors after being in business as an inn and restaurant for 83 years,
many of its furnishings, dinnerware, artwork and architectural pieces went up for sale.
Once I decided that this was the place I wanted to hang the iron piece,
which most likely was a part of a railing,
I started gathering items that I thought would coordinate with it.
Trying to lend to a “Country Frenchesque” feel.
The iron scroll lamp was brought up from the media room,
replacing the crystal and mother of pearl lamp previously on the table.
Then I searched for items of varying textures to adorn the table.
The antique 17th century vinegar jar that I purchased in France was perfect.
The vintage French print remains in the same place.
I wish I could say that these pretty wood candleholders
were from a wonderful European manor . . . but alas, they are from a barn,
good ‘ole Pottery Barn, along with the birch candles.
As I gathered all of the pieces together, from the pottery to the candleholders,
to the vintage books, I was loving how it was coming together.
Yet, I kept in mind that I needed some lighter pieces to offset all of the dark tones.
Ironstone pieces and a tea set that I bought from a most kind shopkeeper in France,
fill the shelves along with the antique (dated 1880) Charles Dickens books.
Note a small vintage bronze statue on the shelf had been tucked away
until I found a place for it. It belonged to my late mother-in-law.
I replaced the tall plant stand with this pretty pedestal candleholder
that I was able to purchase at the High Point Market.
It really lends to the look I was going for in this area.
I contemplated painting this candleholder, but I will make that decision later,
to paint or not to paint. That is always the question.
As you can see, I also added the fabulous toleware candleholders that I bought
almost a year ago from Mary Alice’s shop. They were previously in the dining room.
So rainy days and Mondays, never get me down.
As they tend to motivate me to do and create things
that have been on my list and my mind for a long while.
And speaking of rainy days … we had our very first snowfall of the year.
The falling snow was beautiful with the large white flakes billowing down to the ground.
However, the ground was too warm so it did not stay long.
Now that’s the kind of snow I love!
Have a most beautiful day!
I am joining:
Between Naps on the Porch for Met Monday
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday