Thursday, March 13, 2014

Shawn's Irish Cream & St.Patrick's Day Tablescape

It's almost Saint Patrick's Day again!  Do you celebrate or do anything special?   We usually make some sort of Irish dish, either a stew or Colcannan as a side dish and always, always, always have homemade Irish cream.   We serve the Irish Cream over coffee flavored ice cream and crumble heath bars on top.  It's my favorite way to have Irish Cream.  I've made truffles with it as well and of course it's great in coffee too.  I've shared some tablescape pics from the past since we are in the midst of packing up and painting a new house.  

May you live as long as you want, And never want as long as you live. 
~Irish Blessing~

Centerpiece - floral swags of lilac and hydrangea on either side with a lattice planter full of roses in the center
Plates- Green Transferware at my shop HERE
Chargers- Spode Byron 
Flatware - Barenthal Marbre Vert
Linens- Irish Lace napkins used in place of placemats, placed at an angle so that they hang over the table
Napkin Rings- I fashioned these from pony tail holders and hair clips purchased at Walmart 
Sherbet Glasses- Forest Green Boopie (look on Etsy, Ebay or antiques stores)
Irish Coffee Glasses- Eamon's of Ireland (I found mine on Ebay)
Cut Glass Goblets - Tuesday Morning
Shawn's Homemade Irish Cream recipe HERE
Colcannon (Irish Potatoes) recipe HERE
Irish Cream Truffles recipe:  HERE

Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday

Heather and Vanessa at At the Picket Fence for Inspiration Friday 
Debra at Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
Sherry at The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday
Donna at Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special 

Kathleen at Cuisine Kathleen for her St. Patrick's Day Blog Crawl
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch 
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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Dining Room Updates ~ Brown Transferware Display

   For the past few weeks I have been in one of my 'decorating' moods, as Shawn calls them, where I am full of ideas and wanting to start, and finish, lots of projects and do some rearranging and redecorating.  I lay in bed at night thinking about what I'm going to rearrange or change the next day.  

While working on The Cosmopolitan project, our dining room played host to packing materials, lots of stacked boxes, and hundreds of dishes and it really became a mess.  I had pushed back some of my brown transferware collection and used the bookcase for miscellaneous pieces and it just got looking messy and unorganized so I decided to move things around a bit. 

 The boys brought in a different dining table which I will show later.  It's an Old World looking trestle table.  I love it!   I added pads to and reupholstered my old dining chairs which is something I have put off for years.   

  I took all the transferware down from the case, washed it and then removed some of the shelves to allow bigger spaces to show some of my really large brown transferware platters.  

When arranging a display I like to layer things.  I put big pieces in first at the back and then fill in with smaller pieces and hollow wares at the front.  I love to display flatware in pitchers and it makes it easy to see and select for various table settings.

The pieces on the left are some of my favorites.  They are knife rests.  Transferware knife rests are usually hard to find.

  I love to illuminate my collections with small candle lamps.  One of my next projects will be to drill holes in the back of the case to run the lamp cords through so they do not show. 

 Dried roses add a soft touch to my gigantic teapot (it holds a gallon!)

After I had rearranged the bookcase and put it back together I hung some botanical prints on either side of the oval mirrors.

An antique champagne basket from France is displayed on top of the bookcase in front of the rabbit print along with some wicker hampers, baskets and silk flowers.  

I also hung a vintage painted tole tray over the cow painting on the left.  I like the subtle addition of florals in the room.

I feel like I am just getting this room the way I want it…well at least the way I want it for being a rental house.  If I owned it, I'd want to change lots of things including the wall color and floors.  My Mother in law and I once talked about how it takes at least a couple (or more) years to get a house arranged the way you really want.  For me, the past 10 years we have moved so many times that I've never really gotten things 'just so' in any place we have lived. 

 Some things just never change.  Would you believe that I started this post on Wednesday and by Friday night I was decorating another room?  Another room at another house that is.  Another house we just leased on Thursday.  I guess I spruced this room up for nothing!  Oh well…

Lots more to come~ I can't wait to tell you about and show you the new house!!!

p/s Everything in my shop is 15% off through the 15th.  Use the code WINDSOFMARCH at checkout.  You can sign up on my FB page or website to receive notice of specials and sales.

 p/p/s I asked Trevor to read my post before publishing and his only remark was, "Wait, you mean that is green back there?" referring to the bookcase back.  Typical guy, huh?