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Showing posts from January 16, 2011

A Little Bit Country (Brown and Red Transferware Tablescape)

ENTER MY CSN $40 GIVEAWAY HERE Due to inclement weather, my kids are home from school today and I'm home from the shop too.  Between laundry loads and checking emails I quickly put this table together.  The inspiration?  Trevors bed quilt.  I snagged it before he got it back up to his room where it would not have wound up on a neatly made bed. Honestly, I normally have something in mind for a table setting but today it just didn't happen.  I wasn't sure what to do, what dishes to use, what colors to go with, etc. but when I saw Trev's quilt go into the laundry I thought about something simple that could be put together fairly quick, so here's 'a little bit country'. I played mix and match with layering the plates, and combining two transferware patterns (four different designs) in two colors, red and chocolate brown . I used Royal Staffordshire Rural Scenes in red because of its wonderful, bucolic scenes and its border, which is one of my favori

CSN Stores $40 Giveaway!

  Anyone interested in a $40 gift certificate?  CSN stores contacted me and offered one of my readers just that. My oldest son, Michael, moved into his own place last summer. His apartment is upscale and contemporary in style, decorated with  modern furniture .  He has the basics covered but still needs a few pieces here and there.    This leather uphosltered Herman Miller lounge and ottoman  would look so good with his sofa and existing tables... ...or this Eames designed chaise inspired by director Billy Wilder while filming on location in 1955.    Wilder discovered he could take quick naps on a plank held up by sawhorses and told his friends, Charles and Ray Eames that he needed a narrow office couch.  In 1968, the Eameses remembered the conversation and introduced this chaise, gifting the first one to Wilder.  It's been produced by Herman Miller ever since. It's contemporary and yet paired with French tables for an eclectic look.  I bet Frasier would be proud to hav

My Master Bedroom Tour - Part 1 - Entertainment Center and Purple Transferware Plates

I just cleaned off the top of the armoire in our Master bedroom, and boy was it dusty!  Of course, I accidentally deleted my before pics, so I guess the after pics will have to suffice.   The walls were this color when we moved into the house and not my first choice.  At  least they are a neutral color.  The armoire is centered on the wall with painted apothecary chests on either side.   This photo looks horrible.  I just cleaned these chests for the pics and it looks like there is some film all over them.  Yikes. On top of each chest are two miniature, hand painted cabinets turned outward at an angle giving this more of a built in wall unit look.  I chose the two small cabinets for the colors of cognac and shades of green which tie the apothecary chests and armoire together. On top of the armoire, to add additional height and interest, is an old suitcase and a one of my vintage wooden crates on top.  Staffordshire dogs and antique purple transferware pitchers are on either side