How An Inspiration Piece Can Change A Room

I received a gift from the sweetest person the other day.

I put that piece in my sunroom and the wheels started turning.

Come along with me and see

how an inspiration piece can change a room.

Sunroom-Chinoiserie table-Housepitality Designs


As you can see the item that was previously  in front of the loveseat is an antique blanket chest

and there is a larger antique mirror that hangs above the loveseat.

These pieces were changed out with a “new to me” chinoiserie table

and a black and gold “chinoiserie ‘esque” mirror.

The mirror was previously in the stairwell.

Sunroom-Blue and White-Housepitality Designs

I love how the black chinoiserie table grounds the room.

They say that every room needs an item that is black.

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Oh! . . . .  Would you like to see my inspiration piece?

The piece that set the change in motion in this room.

Gold Watering Can-Hydrangeas-Sunroom-Housepitality Designs

This beautiful gold watering can started it all.

I loved the look of the gold in the sunroom

and I set out to find some gold items in the house that could be brought

into the room and I took a trip to a consignment shop to see what I could find.

Chinoiserie Table-Brass Candelabra-Housepitality Designs

The first thing I found was the brass candelabra. It was a great buy!

Chinoiserie Table-Blue and White-Sunroom-Housepitality Designs

Then I came across the sweetest antique cane and bamboo chair.

It was beautifully made using pegs vs. screws.

Antique Cane and Bamboo Chair-Sunroom-Housepitality Designs

Did you notice that the bird cage took on another look too?

It got Rubbed ‘n Buffed in Antique Gold.

Cane and Bamboo Chair-Sunroom-Housepitality Designs

Now that gorgeous Chelsea House Chinoiserie table caught my eye

in the last moments when shopping in the consignment shop.

It was love at first sight; however, it being a piece by Chelsea House,

it was not what you would consider a thrift store find price.

The price was a good one, based on it originally costing well over a thousand dollars.

Sunroom-Blue and White-Chinoiserie-Housepitality Designs

I actually left the consignment shop that day without buying that table.

I needed to contemplate on it for a bit and make sure I had a place for it.

Well, I contemplated for about 5 minutes when I got home

and returned to the shop the next day and luckily it was still there.

Sunroom-Chinoiserie-Wicker-Housepitality Designs

I shopped the house and brought in some brass candlesticks into the sunroom.

If you notice in the background there is a chinoiserie ‘esque planter.

Brass Candlesticks-Chinoiserie Planter-Sunroom-Housepitality Designs

This planter was in the foyer.

The planter is from The Bombay Company that I purchased over 20 years ago.

Originally in this area was a red wicker tiered planter,

which was relocated to another room.

Chinoiserie Planter-Sunroom-Housepitality Designs

Sunroom-Blue and White-Housepitality Designs

When I returned the next day to buy the Chelsea House Chinoiserie table,

I decided to purchase one additional item. So stay tuned for the Part Two

of the Domino Effect.

Sunroom-Blue and White-Housepitality Designs

Sunroom-Blue and White-Chinoiserie-Wicker-Antiques-Housepitality Designs

So I must say that the pretty gold watering can from my sweet and thoughtful friend

was rather serendipitous. Beautiful gift, and a pleasant surprise

that resulted in a wonderful room makeover.

Speaking of beautiful ….. I wish you a most beautiful day!!!

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  1. Love all the black and gold additions. Beautiful table and now you have some glam in that space. That bird cage had to be a tedious job adding Rub’n Buff to it!

  2. The table is perfect in there and I love the way it picks up the black and gold from the mirror. What a beautiful change to the room. Love the bamboo chair too. I was hoping you would come home with that!
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  3. Shirley, the chinoiserie table from Chelsea House is fabulous…when I saw you first photo I swooned. The sun room is always gorgeous, but that just added such elegance. The gold candelabra, the bamboo and cane chair, gold watering can add more glam to your space. I used to purchase a lot of Chelsea House at market for clients. I need to get to NC to shop for sure!
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  4. Shirley, I’m so glad your watering can provided some inspiration for your sunroom! I love the accents of black to your sunroom and the addition of your new chinoiserie table, especially with those wonderful drapes! Your birdcage was beautifully transformed and gilded with Rub ‘n Buff…you have the golden-touch when it comes to decorating. ♥
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  5. I had a feeling you bought that table….it’s beautiful! I think your sunroom feels very serene to me…I think it’s that touch of black. I know you added things, but it doesn’t feel cluttered. You just hit upon the right combination! 😉

  6. Shirley, you found such wonderful treasures! I want to go shopping with you! I spotted that chinoiserie table when you gave a tour of the consignment shop. I was wondering if that was what you bought. The black with the beautiful gold accessories look perfect in your sunroom. I love it! You did a fabulous job!

  7. You found some amazing pieces and they look wonderful in your home.
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  8. OMGoodness, I love, LOVE that table. I have a very similiar one that was a gift from my son when he had his antique shop. I also have one that is a tray table. You hsve me thinking of where I could place them to show them off better. Right now they are in the sitting area of the master. No one sees them very well but me. I love the mirror too and the planter has always been a favorite. Just yesterday, I did a new coffee table vignette. I brought out some of the brass candle sticks that were a gift from a friend who was moving. We are lucky to have such sweet, GENEROUS friends!!!! Have a beautiful day. I am off to do some shopping, it is going to be around 63 degrees today, then overnight and tomorrow AM we get 4-6 inches of SNOW!!!!! Crazy weather!
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  9. You found some wonderful pieces…..I LOVE that bamboo chair!!!!
    Beautiful room!!

  10. I just recently started following your blog. I really like your decorating style; especially how you incorporate older/antique pieces in with your decor. I have some heirloom furniture that I need to breathe new life into. Thank you for the inspiration! Heather

  11. What a beautiful table. I love how your new changes opened up the space. I am so glad the gold and brass accents are back (I never did get rid of them, did you?)
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  12. Gorgeous Shirley! And I love your contemplation time – “five minutes”!! You go girl – you go back girl & get that piece!!

  13. Rebecca Turner says

    Your watering can reminds me of a copper one that my husband’s grandmother gave me years ago. It was already an antique then, and even older now. I passed it on to my daughter who has it hanging from her decorative pot rack in her kitchen, along with a few other copper pieces.

    In your sunroom, my favorites are the little bamboo chair, (LOVE it! Jealous!) the birdcage, and the planter. It seems like you are trying to incorporate some chinoiserie into your space. (I love chinoiserie and particularly British Colonial!) As to the mirror though, I can see why the black rim is appealing, but I have to say that I think the first mirror is better in the space. Its’ length shows off the chandelier much better. Have you considered using a rub on it? Just a thought. Enjoy your room. It is definitely inviting! I can see myself curled up there, contented.

  14. I can’t believe how much that one table changes your whole space!! Black is my go to, it makes everything look great. You changed the mirror too, right? It looks great with your pops of gold and blue. Hurry spring!

  15. Your kind of domino effect is just what I like, Shirley! What a wonderful gift from your friend, and how cool that it inspired you to add all these touches of gold. I love that you spent some money but did other things for little or no money. You’re the decorating master!

  16. The table replacing the chest was a wonderful change. It made the room look so much lighter and airy. I love the change!

  17. A beautiful change, it is elegant and I love the open legs rather than the heaviness of the chest!! Your sun room is my favorite room in your house!
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  18. Very pretty changes and good thing It was there the next day. Works so well with the planter


  19. Great minds think alike! l have just added two black bamboo chinoiserie arm chairs from Ballard Designs to my living room to go with a bamboo coffee table. l love 18th century furniture and this goes so well with it. l love your room and that coffee table makes me swoon. Cannot wait to see more. Thanks

  20. Love all your black and gold added to this room Shirley so pretty. Love the new coffee table there. Love the gold watering can looks beautiful.
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  21. Absolute perfection, Shirley. Just lovely.

  22. Your transformed room is beautiful, thanks to the inspirational watering can and what must be a fabulous consignment store. Of course, you have the eye to put it all together!

  23. I love all the changes. This room looks classic beautiful! What a difference a change can make! I love upscale beauty.

  24. Sandra Groves says

    Just a note to tell you once again how much I love your decor and following your blog. You are a definite inspiration for me. This last addition of the black is spot on!! Thanks again for sharing.

  25. I’m moving in! I love everything you do, and that black table? le sigh. LOVE that. The room looks gorgeous, my friend.
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  26. As always, Shirley, absolutely beautiful! I love brass and gold and have it in quite a few places in my home.

  27. Oh, Shirley, you did good, girl! I love, love, love that table, and the mirror makes it even more attractive in how it draws the eye. I really like Chinoiserie, and have a couple pieces myself, along with a few other Asian-inspired pieces in our home. While it gives a bit of a more formal touch to the sunroom, it’s nice and open, very welcoming, and still casual too with the wicker and now the addition of that bamboo chair, which I also love. I’m crazy about black in any (and every!) room. The lampshades look even better now. Beautiful additions!
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  28. I’ve been swooning with your gorgeous Chinoiserie table and actually, everything in this beautiful place !!
    That mirror and all your blue and white accessories. I would never leave this room if I had it, sweet friend. You did an amazing job. Great décor, magazine worth.

  29. The domino effect indeed. I love all the black Chinoiserie pieces you have added. And the brass and gold is just the natural progression.
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  30. You have great taste! Love all the inspiration pieces you have chosen!
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  31. Love your new gold touches in the sunroom. I’ve always liked gold. It is very elegant. The chinoiserie table is stunning. Glad it was still there.
    I enjoyed your photos and commentary of what a few changes do for a room.
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  32. bobbi duncan says

    Shirley, I just love the transition of your sunroom– and that gorgeous table simply popped the entire room! I am crazy for touches of black–have several bouillotte lamps and some gold gilt mirrors with black placed around our house that make my heart sing. Enjoy your beautiful room. Hugs!

  33. Shirley, no matter what you do in your sunroom, I always love it! But these new additions really add another dimension to it! I just wanted to say that when I contemplate things, they usually are not there when I go back! Lucky you that the chinoiserie table was still there! Enjoy your weekend!

  34. Every single one of these photos just bring a smile to my face. You have created such a cheerful space.

  35. Lovely change… It’s terrific…
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  36. Love your new table, Shirley! I can’t believe you used rub n’ buff on that bird cage! It’s gorgeous, but how long did it take??? That was brilliant! LOL! Such a genius:)
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