Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Decorating

Hey all! How are you doing? Do you have the week off? Are you working this week? How are you spending the last week of the year? Have you been out shopping the after Christmas sales? I wrote a to-do list yesterday that included a project I've been wanting to do...re-arrange the shelves in our family room. I wanted to create a white and cream theme with my pressed aluminum collection and touches of metal. I've seen so many gorgeous photos on some of the home decor blogs I follow. Well, last night after dinner I set to work and here's what I came up with.


What do you think? Do you like? You can click on the photo to make the picture larger. I want to do a little tweaking. I want to change the colorful poppies picture on the wall with a new Currier & Ives winter print my friend gave me for Christmas. I also want to add some rolled up sheet music and a handmade banner or tags. Anyway, do you know what the best part of this project is? I didn't buy anything new! Well, that's probably my husband's favorite part! ;) The next photo is the before picture.


It was nice, but change is good and gives us something different to look at. How about a few detailed photos?


Here's a little shell display. The shells in the vintage Bell jar are those Christopher, Dan and I collected on our summer trip to Carolina Beach.



Behind the flowers is a bell jar housing the adorable little bird music box pictured below. I recently found it for just $12 at one of my local antique shops and thought it too sweet!


Next up is some faux paper whites. I've never really liked faux flowers and plants that much, but some are pretty realistic and I don't have the time to fetch and arrange fresh flowers.


The next photo is a stack of books I gathered up that fit the color theme. I want to add a few more books throughout the shelves so I think I'll wrap some in sheet music or Kraft paper...I believe I have some laying around somewhere.

Next is this adorable iron RCA dog I found last summer at the Raleigh flea market. He was a bargain at only $8!


Look at that sweet little face! I tell you, if it's cute, I have a difficult time leaving it behind! :)


This old bird was too cute to pass up on another vintage treasure hunt. And at just $2 dollars, how could I resist?!?! :)


This last photo is a ceramic plaque a dear friend of mine gave me years ago. Love it! I believe she bought it from a Southern Living party. It's got such a lovely aged look to it!

Well, I'm off to tackle more of my to-do list. Most items on the list are not too fun or glamorous, but I thought you might enjoy this decorating task. Have a super day! :) Kathy

16 comments:

Laurel said...

Ooohhh, I love it... so jealous, I wish I had a display case like that! I did tidy and purge in my scraproom yesterday and it feels so good!

~Patty~ said...

I love it too :) I love everything. Espically the bundle of flowers and books.

Virginia L. said...

Wow, Kathy! Before I read the descriptions, I thought these photos were from a magazine! I love the before and after...either one is gorgeous! You really know know how to decorate! That's something I can learn from you---if that's possible :)

Carly said...

Oh-la-la!! Just beautiful! Love everything and the photos are just lovely!

krys kirkpatrick said...

It looks very neat and tidy. i like that you kept the palate clean and simple . So many treasures to oohh and aahhh over. I hope the new year brings you much peace and joy.

Silke Ledlow said...

GORGEOUSLY redecorated Kathy!!! Totally up my alley...love all your pretty things!!! Happy holidays...hugs ~S~

Clare said...

So sweet - I love the display case! The first one does look pretty, but the second looks much cozier! :)

sissie said...

I love your built in arrangements. I always have such a time with mine, I'm never satisfied and just can't seem to get it right! LOL.

Yours looks perfect.

hugs
Sissie

Lynn said...

Beautiful... I am still planning on hiring you for my house!

Sheri (a.k.a PaperCrafty) said...

Beautiful!! I would love you to do my house!!
Happy New Years!!
Hugs~Sheri

Stacy Cohen said...

Gasp! This looks like something out of a magazine. What a gorgeous room!! Happy Holidays, Kathy!

Audrey Pettit said...

Your shelves look beautiful, Kathy! Love the white and cream color scheme.....so perfect for a touch of winter. I think it's a great idea to change your decor around every so often and give yourself something new to look at. That way, you will truly "see" and appreciate all your beautiful things. :)

Rebecca Newport said...

I love this! You have so many pretty things! x

Shelley Germann said...

We share an obsession. I love vintage birds, too. When things go right you can pick them up inexpensively. My recent addition is a red-winged black bird, I adore it and got it for $1!

Suzanne C said...

Gorgeous! The little dog reminds me of one I have from my mother and that I love.

Marisa said...

Wowzers, woman! Your shelf and wreath are gorgeously done!! Thanks for sharing your photos.

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