How to Use Vintage Scales in Your Decor

I love vintage scales of all types.

I so remember the day I bought my first vintage scale. It was back in the 80’s

at a craft show in Miami Lakes, Florida.

I know . . . weird that I remember that!

Vintage Scale Vintage Maxwell House Coffee Tins Housepitality Designs

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Front Porch for Spring 2015

I gave you a bit of a sneak peek of the porch with my front porch wreaths here.

Today, I will show you the rest of the porch dressed for Spring.

I began the decorating of the front porch by purchasing two pillows for the settee.

The pillows are from HomeGoods and I chose them for their happy colors.

HomeGoods Happy that is!

Spring Porch 2015-Housepitality Designs

The blue vintage transferware bowl holds an array of plants

which I tried to coordinate with the color scheme of the pillows.

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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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Potting Bench Makeover

A year ago, I created a potting bench area on the lower porch of my home.

You can view last year’s potting bench here.

It looked like this:


A vintage enamel top table that I added a skirt to . . .

~ ~ and placed a garden bench on the table as a “shelf unit”.

After a year, the skirt was looking a little sad and needed to be replaced.

Potting Bench 2014

So off to the fabric store I go . . .

~ ~ to get a “happy fabric”.

Potting Bench 2014

Potting Bench 2014

Potting Bench 2014

My potting bench . . . A place where I can fill my flower pots with pretty plants.

A place where I can store all my planting materials . . .

~ ~ neatly stored behind the gathered skirt.

Clay flower pots

Potting Bench 2014

Potting Bench 2014

A garden bench re-purposed into a potting bench shelf . . .

~ ~ holds my vintage garden tools . . that I often use!

Potting Bench 2014

Potting Bench 2014

A garden bench that was given to me by my sister many years ago . . .

~ ~ she found it at craft fair and knew I would love it . . .

~ ~ ~ ~ as the back had beautifully painted birdhouses.

Potting Bench 2014

Potting Bench 2014

The chair seat received a new pot of flowers . .

Potting Bench 2014

Potting Bench 2014

This potting bench and outdoor grill area is under the pergola . . .

~ ~ just outside the room of my craft room and my granddaughter’s space.


Where you can also have a view of this . . .


this . . .


this . . .


and these . . . one of my hydrangeas just starting to produce flowers . . .

~ ~ all covered in some “deer netting”.

Potting Bench 2014

I am ready now to get the veranda into shape with the help of my potting bench.

Hope you have a beautiful day among the flowers you love!

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“Gardening” and the Pie Safe

Previously, I showed you all the new hutch in the kitchenette . .

There was an antique pie safe in that spot . . .

~ ~ so it had to be relocated.

You know, my “changes in latitude . .. changes in attitude” . .

My hubby said there was no space left!!!..Ah, I now had a “challenge”!!

Antique Pie Safe

Can you guess where it landed?

Antique Pie Safe

Antique PIe Safe

Yep!…in the sunroom!

Vintage Garden Tools/Flower Pots

Since the sunroom has a “garden feel” to it . . .

~ ~ I decided to place my vintage flower pots and garden tools in the pie safe.

Vintage Garden Tools/Flower Pots

Vintage Garden Tools/Flower Pots

The vintage garden tools were a gift from my great friend and fellow blogger Kim . . .

~ ~ ~ and the great “Shirley” seed packets were also a gift . . .

~ ~ ~ ~ from my friend and fellow blogger, Mary.

Antique Pie Safe

Antique Pie Safe

Antique Pie Safe

I placed a dried flower wreath on the door that was a gift from my dear friend . .

~ ~ I have had this for over 20 years!…I know she is looking down and smiling . . .

~ ~ ~ ~ and saying “you still have that” !!!

Antique Pie Safe

My collection of tole trays add some great color . .

~ ~ to the “all white” vignette on the pie safe.

Antique Pie Safe

So I won the challenge!…now I have to ask my hubby what my prize is!!! 🙂

~ ~ most likely a good “atta girl” !!

Have a wonderful day!!

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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!


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!


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



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!


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


Kim gave me these great vintage garden tools!


Just love the patina and color!





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.


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.


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!


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.


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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Ever So Clever, Ever So Pretty Friday, #5 {Potting Bench}

Happy Friday everyone!!!

Today I present an inspiration that I received from these wonderful ladies…

…..Mary from Home is Where The Boat Is and Yvonne from StoneGable.

Here are their projects that inspired me to complete mine.


Mary, from Home is Where the Boat Is has this incredible potting bench in her Garden Cottage.

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Yvonne, from StoneGable has this adorable and oh so functional potting bench on her porch.


I purchased an enamel top table from Kristen…she has the best things!


I painted a decorative bench that my sister gave me about 15 years ago..

And I put the two together to create my potting bench!


Ta Da!…finally, I finished this project!!


Today is very gloomy…at least it wasn’t raining and sleeting…

….I was out there a 7a.m. this morning taking pics!


I fell in love with this fabric I purchased on sale at JoAnn Fabrics.


It is just so happy!…and so am I!!


The potting bench is located off a little porch area outside the second guest/craft room…


And here is the view from that room.


And did I tell you that I love this fabric…it is so fun and happy…!!



I brought this chair down from the upper porch…thought it was a great fit there…


I added my magnetic metal flowers to the top of the bench..


I love how the bird house bench fit so well on the table.







I love that the top is rusty and chippy!


So thank you for visiting me today and hope that you enjoyed my Potting Bench Project…

…..inspired by Mary and Yvonne!

Have a wonderful day!!

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New Additions to the Sunroom

When I replaced the furniture that was in the craft area with my new Martha Stewart Craft Furniture

….I had to find a place for the oak desk that we have had for years (and years).

The attic is full!

So I decided to paint it….

And it landed here!!


I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint/Country Grey with both clear and dark wax.


How do you like my “leg lifts”…? 🙂


The dark wax was applied on top of the clear…just wanted a bit of a “wash”


I bought a bird cage at the Winterthur Museum store in Alexandria, Virginia a long time ago…

I had it on a high ledge in the living room…unless you looked one really noticed it.


It was on clearance!..a great deal and had to have it.

So as we were walking through the streets of Old Town Alexandria…

… hubby was carrying this beauty…and it was a long walk to the car! What a guy!


I wish I had another “mini urn” to flank the other side of the bird house door…


As you can see, I kept the desk top the original oak stain, along with the drawer.


I added a McCoy flower pot and filled it with my vintage garden tools, a topiary and PB candle and stand…

… complete the vignette.


I collected these garden tools over the years…

…..I love the one with the 79 cent marking



While on a shopping trip with Amy, Kristen (and her mom and daughter too), and Suzy….

…..I came upon these great bird plates…I love a bird motif!!



These plates are part of an Audubon Series by Alfred Meakin/England.

They were a bargain at $9.00 each.


The other side of the potting bench/cabinet proudly displays my watering can and seed packets from Mary..

…..just waiting for Spring to be planted. Hurry Spring!!



On the other side of the room has a table that is also a victim of the “domino effect”…

… was in one of the guest bathrooms. Had to place a bookshelf in that bathroom..

……….to accommodate the craft furniture.


I had a small lamp on the previous table in that spot…really needed a larger lamp…so off to HomeGoods I went.


And..I scored!!

After wheeling my cart through the several aisles in the lighting section…I turned the corner to the last aisle..

….the clearance aisle..and the angels sang…score!


Isn’t she lovely..for $22.00!!!



So with that savings, I can buy more stuff!!…but then again I am saving for my France trip with Kim and Kim

And there’s a new pillow in town…bought this beauty at the Pottery Barn Outlet in Georgia…


This table used to be in-between the loveseat and chair…now it is beside the chair…

…..a convenient spot for my reading material and a great cup of tea.


The tea cup is Spode Rose Chintz…the napkin was a souvenir from my friend Linda…

…..she goes to France and I get napkins!…I will bring her back one this year!!


I love silver spoons and try to gather ones with my initial.



A few things added to the table to give it another look…



Thank you so much for visiting and seeing the changes in my sunroom…


I am working on many projects around the house…here is a sneak peek of one of them…

…..just doing some tweaking in the kitchen.


Adding a few things…shopping the house…like this tole tray that I bought at our neighborhood yard sale…

…..for $5.00 !! 🙂

Have a wonderful weekend!!

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