Saturday, August 4, 2012

Beautiful Ways to Decorate With Hats

A few days ago I posted some pics of my bed HERE with a small collection of straw hats over the headboard and promised to show you all some other photos with great ideas for displaying a small, or large for that matter, collection of hats.  I found some really charming images and great display ideas to share.

First up is a display I was immediately drawn to.  I love the various levels of items here from a mirror over the hats hanging on a long board to the landscapes below.  Check out the tortoise on the table next to the vase of flowers.

Wow!  Love this whole arrangement. What a dressing area!

I love this display below, but even more than the hat display I LOVE that walking stick gathering basket you see propped up in the corner.  I've wanted one of those for the longest time but seldom see them.  They are made to stick in the ground while you take your flower cuttings.  Isn't it cute? 

This disiplay would be so easy to recreate.  Don't you love this hat rack made from tree branches? Such a whismical way to display a hat collection!  It reminds me of a piece of driftwood I had used as a towel rack by the swimming pool at our home some years back.  I wanted to take that driftwood with us when we moved.
I love this look!
source: Shelterness

Hats hanging with vintage lace linens under botanical prints...fresh and feminine.
 You can't have too many in my these hats and baskets on a rustic stone wall. 

How cute is this open shelf above the doorway stacked with hats?

I like this entry way with hat racks flanking the mirror.  

And this one as well from Houzz

This entry is right up my alley...more formal but with whimsical and casual details such as the hats placed upon the walking sticks.
(sorry for the blurry pic)
source: House Beautiful

I really like this display covering wall space up and along the stairs.  This is an area in homes that often gets overlooked and is left blank.  If a space is left blank, it just doesn't look right to me.  This simple collection and display keeps this from looking sterile and totally boring.  The hats add so much visual interest and yet are in keeping with a very neutral, all white color scheme.

I thought this was adorable; a vintage wood window casing with pegs adhered to the glass to hold and display an assortment of hats.

Straw hats, woven purshes and picnic baskets grouped together in a just works!

These suspended hats make a unique display and would work well in a retail space too.  I think you could pull this off if you had high ceilings over a dressing area or vanity. me an idea.

This simple hat display in the laundry room adds just enough texture and warmth to the room.

I found a few more images of hats over beds, like is one.  Love the beadboard walls too!  I could not help but to notice the books displayed under the bed as well.  

 Hats and Woven basket trays

Here is another bedroom I liked with hats displayed over the headboard.  Here, they have combined them with lots of vintage pearl and beaded necklaces.

When you enter my room it is on a landing that will take you a few steps down into the room.  My bed from the landing with hats over head.   In my room, there is so much color that I needed something neutrally colored here.  I don't think having a big floral print or something with loads of color would work as well.  

a true shape poem in the shape of a hat

Joining: Nita at Mod Vintage Life
And Kim at Savvy Southern Style
Under The Table & Dreaming
Funky Junk Interiors

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Royal Staffordshire Waterfall Tablescape

I seldom come across this pattern and when I do it is usually a piece here or there so when I found a 12 piece place setting for four I decided I'd use it in a tablescape.

The pattern is Waterfall (also called Peaceful Summer) by Royal Staffordshire.  Each piece has a slightly different scene consisting of beautiful waterfalls and most with the ruins of an English Abbey in the background.  

6" side / bread plate
The scenes are so serene, so tranquil.  I'd love to be near these places in person.  Such beautiful scenery.

I just love the way the florals and scrolls are intertwined and seem to blend into and become part of the scene along the bottom of each plate.  

I mixed real Angel Ivy with white silk roses, English ivy and a grapevine birds nest and topped it all with a wire cloche as the centerpiece.  

Sheer, windowpane checked napkins were placed at angles to hang over the table,  in lieu of placemats.

The frosted, etched goblets are reminiscent of the borders around the plates.

Royal Staffordshire Blue Transferware in my Etsy shop HERE or email me (I have a service for four).  

Each piece depicts a different waterfall and/or English Abbey ruins scene
Flatware:  Hampton salad forks and Napolean Bee...the bread butter knives are Mother of Pearl handles and sterling blades...antiques.
Napkins:  Tuesday Morning
Goblets / Glasses:  Hobby Lobby about 2 years ago
 Napkin Rings: Too long ago for this mind to remember!
Wire Cloche used as Centerpiece:  Stein Mart
I don't know about you all, but I am so ready to say, "so long Summer".    It was 112° in Tulsa yesterday and it hit 114° in two smaller towns here in Oklahoma.  I think those were the highest temps recorded in the country.   It's plain miserable.  I am longing for the crisp and cool Autumn weather.  


Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
Ivy and Elephants for What's It Wednesday

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Hats Over Head

 The past few homes I've lived in, I have had high ceilings and created an arch of purple transferware platters over my bed that extends outside of the posters.  In this house, the bedroom has vaulted ceilings which also are high but they begin to angle upwards just a few inches below the top of my bed posts.   I did not have room to create a huge arch over and around the bed.  The walls are dark brown with a hint of aubergine to them so I decided that something light against the walls might be a fun change.

Straw or woven hats add warmth, texture, light (against my dark walls) and a little personality punch as well.  

I would love to find an old hat rack to hang them from, but for now they are hanging by little nails hammered through the weave of the hats so as not to damage them.  

Hats are inexpensive decor.  I had a some of mine already but picked up a couple more at Ross for less than $8 a piece.  I've seen some at other stores like T J Maxx as well.  Thrift stores would probably be a good choice for locating some as well.

Have any of you all ever decorated with hats?  How so?
I think I might need to find a little larger one to go on the right sid end...what do you think?

I've gathered some pics of hats on display that I want to share in a few days to give you even more ideas...but until then I'll be joining these lovely ladies and their lovely parties:

 Yvonne at Stone Gable
Susan at BNOTP
Nita at Mod Vintage Life

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