How To Use Vintage Items For All Of Your Planting Needs

Why buy new things to contain your plants and flowers

when you can make the plants or flowers even prettier by using vintage items.

So today, I will show you how I use vintage items for all of my plants and flowers.

Orchid in vintage pitcher-Housepitality Designs

You know those orchids that you can get quite inexpensively at the grocery stores?

The containers are not all that interesting, so remove the orchid from the container

and place it in a wonderful vintage pitcher

or any other vintage container that will beautifully accommodate the plant.

Boxwood Topiary-Housepitality Designs

When I buy preserved boxwoods or other faux topiaries

I usually remove them from their department store containers.

This particular one, I placed in a vintage McCoy flower pot.

Vintage Ironstone/Kitchen Vignette-Housepitality Designs

As the ones shown here that I purchased from HomeGoods

and placed them in vintage ironstone sugar bowls.

Vintage tureen plant container-Housepitality Designs

This tropical plant sits in a vintage ironstone tureen

that was purchased at a great price because it did not not have a lid.

Faux topiary in live plant-Housepitality Designs

I am now experimenting with adding faux to real plants.

I took a faux boxwood topiary ball . . . attached it to a stick . . .

and placed it in the center of the live plant that is in a vintage ironstone commode.

Vintage transferware urn/settee-Housepitality Designs

This vintage transferware urn previously contained faux evergreens.

Removed the faux with a pretty green tropical plant (that I call an umbrella plant).

Antique blue and white transferware commode-Housepitality Designs

For as long as I can remember, I have had a plant

in my treasured blue and white transferware commode

a gift many, many years ago from a friend. It was a family piece.

Olive Bucket/Dining Room-Housepitality Designs

Many of us place a plant in these olive buckets.

I just love the difference in the textures. Great juxtaposition of natural and rusty metal.

I am making a conscious effort to “go green” with my plant containers.

Maybe that will give me more of a green thumb!

To use the gently used treasures of the past.

On another note . . . I was in Florida last week. Another season of bleachers and red clay.

While I was there, I met up with a sweet lady!. . . . A blogger that I have not met in person,

however, feel that I know her.

Shirley/Sherry/Merry

That’s me on the left, Sherry from No Minimalist Here, and my friend Merry.

Sherry is a joy!…We had lots of fun and she took us to her favorite antique places.

So happy that I finally got to meet her and can’t wait to see her again at Haven.

It is always so wonderful to be able to meet fellow bloggers and get to know them.

Have a most fabulous day!

High Point Fall Market 2013

At the last minute….I attended the High Point 2013 Fall Market

…..with Kristen of Sophia’s Decor and her talented mom, Linda.

We did lots of walking and gawking in the one day we were there.

We ran into the lovely Courtney (French Country Cottage)…and due lots of miscommunications, etc.

…..we did not get to actually hook up…next time!

Today, I am presenting some great inspiration from one of the companies…

….. that Kristen and I love…Eloquence.

The antique and reproduction furniture is magnificent!

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I love the styling of this cabinet…lots of demijohns and de-constructed books..

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Really like how they layered the bread boards as a back drop…

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Great textures….

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And that gorgeous architectural piece on the wall took my breath away!…

Wanted to take that beauty home!!

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So it definitely looks as though…wonderful painted antique and reproduction furniture…

…..rooms decorated with olive bucket decor, demijohns, and deconstructed books…are here to stay.

…………..glorious antiques and vintage furniture mixed with quality reproductions.

Candace Olsen

Candace Olsen

And one of the highlights of the day…was attending a session with Candace Olsen.

She spoke about design, her show…happenings “behind the scenes”, some personal tidbits…

…..and her gorgeous new line of Surya area rugs…

What a beautiful, talented and very funny lady!!

Stay tuned for more from Highpoint…

Have a beautiful day!!

Hanging Vintage Scale and High Point Market Tidbits

It’s been a whirlwind these past several days…

…..I had the great opportunity to attend the High Point Market in High Point, North Carolina….

……….where I had a fantastic time with some terrific fellow blogger friends.

I want to thank Amy for coordinating this incredible event.

So back to “normal” or something close to that!

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There’s a new scale in the sunroom….I found it at Melville Trading Company in Mebane, NC

It was a fantastic deal at $42.00 and it also came with a zinc scoop!

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When I saw this scale, I knew exactly where I wanted to hang it1

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As many of you already know, I had a houseguest for the High Point Market…

…..and she brought me wonderful gifts that were perfect for the sunroom!

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They went perfectly with the color of the frame of the scale!!

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Kim gave me these great vintage garden tools!

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Just love the patina and color!

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And here we are at the High Point Market…

From left to right:

Suzy (Worthing Court), ME, Rhoda (Southern Hospitality), Amy (Atta Girl Says), Kim (Savvy Southern Style),

…..Kristen (Sophia’s Decor) and Courtney (FrenchCountry Cottage)

I have met everyone previously with the exception of Courtney…

…..this group was so much fun to be with!!

Barb with The Everyday Home was part of our group…her dad was taken ill and she went home to be with him.

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And talking about fun…here is Kim and Kristen…Kristen adoring and petting the cow…

…..Did you know that Kristen was the “Dairy Princess”…? and she spent her childhood living on a dairy farm….

……….and you all pretty much know how much Kim loves cows.

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There were many things at the Market that were definitely inspired by bloggers…

…..such as yard stick items.

I so love these yard stick lanterns…Need to try my hand at this!

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We also went and shopped stores in the town of High Point…they were incredible, and so were the prices!

These olive buckets were in great abundance.

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And guess who was shopping at the same place that we were?!!

…..Michael Groover..Paula Dean’s hubby…He was so nice and some of us were able to get pictures with him!

……….Paula was in the truck waiting for Michael…She was one of the keynote speakers at the Market.

I had the most wonderful experience and I so look forward to the next Market!

Thanks for visiting me and have a beautiful day!!

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