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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Lavender Love

A few weeks ago, I presented my great ironstone finds.

I found four salad plates and bowls and later discovered that they matched a tureen I found . . .

~ ~ at another antique shop!

I placed these plates and bowls in an antique tool caddy . . .

~ ~ then placed that caddy on the dining room table.

Antique Tool Caddy Centerpiece

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Sunflower Inspired Decor

The other day, I was “on the hunt” for a new pillow for the great room.

I really did not have anything in mind . . . other than it had to coordinate with a gold throw.

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The pillow is crewel work of a pretty gold and brown flower . . .

~ ~ it reminded me of the colors of sunflowers.

Sunflower Decor

Found the throw at HomeGoods too . . it has a “furry” texture on one side . . .

~ ~ and a velvet texture on the other side.

Sunflower Decor

After I left HomeGoods, I went directly to Trader Joe’s to purchase some sunflowers.

I grabbed my red transferware pitcher that I purchased on my France trip and arranged the flowers.

Sunflower Decor

Sunflower Decor

My newly purchased ironstone tureen (my Pennsylvania deal) holds red apples for added color to the table.

Sunflower Decor

I changed out the garden stool that stood beside the chair and added the French Wine Picnic Basket . . .

~ ~ another find from France.

Sunflower Decor

Sunflower Decor

Funny how a item such as this pillow can inspire you to change things about . . .

~ ~ to keep the room fresh and interesting. Pretty changes . . . a good thing.

Have a wonderful day filled with inspiration!

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Birdcage Vignette

I am slowly making some small changes in my master bedroom…

I have a dresser that has a “matchy” mirror.

I tried to “hide” that fact by placing a large birdcage in front of the dresser.

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It did the trick..but it was time for a change.

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This area seemed to be the perfect fit.

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I bought this birdcage a few years ago at our neighborhood yard sale.

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It actually has two additional sections that you can add to the bottom portion.

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I added an orchid from Trader Joe’s to the vignette and placed it in a vintage American Fostoria vase.

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The Leah Hurricane from Pottery Barn remains on the table…

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In the morning when the sun is shining through the windows…

…..there are beautiful little reflections of rainbow colors on the wall.

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They are from my Swarovski Crystals that hang in my windows..

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I so enjoy this “mini light show” every morning…just starts the day off on a happy note!

And I hope your day started out on a happy note too!!!

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A Taste of Carolina Dinner Party Tablescape

We are a part of a Dinner Group consisting of wonderful friends…

…..who I must say are fantastic cooks and gracious hosts.

So, this week was my turn…

…..with my hectic schedule lately, I decided to do something different.

TAKE OUT!!! 🙂 🙂

From many of my favorite restaurants and deli’s…

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Simple Centerpiece of 3 “North Carolina” Beverage Glasses of Flowers…

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At the end of the evening, they will be given to my guests.

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My chef announcing the theme of the dinner….

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Place card holders with the names of the “food origins”…

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Flowers from Trader Joe’s….North Carolina Beverage Glasses from A Southern Season.

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Have you noticed “peaks and valleys” of fabric on the plates?

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So what’s a Lifesaver doing on a napkin?

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Ta Da!!…The “Water Lily” napkin fold needed something in the middle of the flower…

…..so the Lifesaver mint doubles as decoration for the napkin and an after dinner mint!

I will be posting the napkin tutorial soon.

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The original place setting was going to be this one….Dinner Plate, Lenox Butler’s Pantry.

Salad plate and bowl is Noritake Summer Estate.

The actual table setting was meant to be simple…along with the meal…

…..so I thought a “pretty folded napkin” would add some character to the table.

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Tablecloth and napkins by Ralph Lauren (HomeGoods).

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It was a wonderful evening of food, drink and great conversation with wonderful friends.

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TRADER JOE'S ORCHIDS

Dear Trader Joe,

You certainly know what you doing….

…..you strive to make your customers happy…with happy workers…always smiling…ringing that bell!!…

But, really…you know what you are doing….

…..because when we first walk through your doors, we smile.

We smile at those beautiful flowers that greet us…saying welcome!

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But lately, I have really been gravitating to your beautiful orchids….

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I always have at least one blooming orchid in my house….

…..but they make me so happy, that I have to spread the “happiness” throughout the rooms.

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And, at the great price of $12.99…you cannot go wrong.

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This beautiful pink orchid has been blooming for at least 2 months…

…..so, you can have this beauty, that makes you smile, for a little over $1.50 a week…:)

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Isn’t she lovely?….

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Isn’t she wonderful…

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Life is good…with flowers…

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Saying good morning…it’s going to be a great day.

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Hope you have a wonderful day…and don’t forget to stop and smell the roses…oh, and orchids too!

A NOTE ABOUT THE SOUTHERN BLOGGERS CONFERENCE

Yesterday…I had the great pleasure of meeting with some great fellow bloggers.

Amy with Atta Girl Says, Barb with The Everyday Home, Kristen with Sophia’s Decor, and Suzy with Worthing Court.

We met to plan the THE SOUTHERN BLOGGERS CONFERENCE…to be held in Raleigh, North Carolina

….on October 12th and 13th, 2012.

We are setting up a blog for all the information you will need to attend this wonderful conference…

So stay tuned!!…

I will be joining:

TRADER JOE’S ORCHIDS

Dear Trader Joe,

You certainly know what you doing….

…..you strive to make your customers happy…with happy workers…always smiling…ringing that bell!!…

But, really…you know what you are doing….

…..because when we first walk through your doors, we smile.

We smile at those beautiful flowers that greet us…saying welcome!

DSC_2696

But lately, I have really been gravitating to your beautiful orchids….

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I always have at least one blooming orchid in my house….

…..but they make me so happy, that I have to spread the “happiness” throughout the rooms.

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And, at the great price of $12.99…you cannot go wrong.

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This beautiful pink orchid has been blooming for at least 2 months…

…..so, you can have this beauty, that makes you smile, for a little over $1.50 a week…:)

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Isn’t she lovely?….

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Isn’t she wonderful…

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Life is good…with flowers…

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Saying good morning…it’s going to be a great day.

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Hope you have a wonderful day…and don’t forget to stop and smell the roses…oh, and orchids too!

A NOTE ABOUT THE SOUTHERN BLOGGERS CONFERENCE

Yesterday…I had the great pleasure of meeting with some great fellow bloggers.

Amy with Atta Girl Says, Barb with The Everyday Home, Kristen with Sophia’s Decor, and Suzy with Worthing Court.

We met to plan the THE SOUTHERN BLOGGERS CONFERENCE…to be held in Raleigh, North Carolina

….on October 12th and 13th, 2012.

We are setting up a blog for all the information you will need to attend this wonderful conference…

So stay tuned!!…

I will be joining: