Monday, February 12, 2018

Dressing the console table for spring...

I'm sure like me, you too have a piece of furniture in your home
that lends itself to numerous changes throughout the year.
 For me that piece is our console table.  

In our previous home, this piece was a staple in our family room.
Here in the new house, she sits alone in the living room waiting to find out her destiny.

Since we moved into our new home seven months ago, we made a conscious effort not 
to rush on purchasing furniture; the reason being is that we want to ensure that the pieces 
we purchase are ones we absolutely LOVE, and not ones we are simply settling for.  

In our previous home, this console table was a piece I absolutely considered a decor staple, and one that would not be going anywhere EVER!!!!  Here in the new house, I'm not so sure.  You see, 
my design style has changed a bit (not a drastic change), and I am just not quite sure this piece will be sticking around.  So, for now, I am having fun styling her any way I can in the event her days with us are numbered! :) 

I am a minimalist in some ways, but for this design, I just went for it.  There's a lot going on 
in this vignette, but it all works together well so I was happy with the overall design.

Here's a little back story about the shabby picture frame that became the focal point of this design.
The picture frame actually held my hubby's professional Bar Mitzvah portrait.  However, I don't think a thirteen year old prepubescent, brace face teenage boy portrait is what either of us had in mind when we considered wall decor for the new house.  So, out came the portrait (don't worry, it's tucked away in the memory bin), and out came the white chalk paint to give the frame a farmhousey touch.

I layered the frame by leaning it up against my Nantucket Farmer's Market sign, and I instantly had a focal point for my design.  I like the intentional showcasing of the parts of the sign I actually wanted visible inside the frame..."MARKET OPEN 7 DAYS 3 miles"


 Chunky candlesticks and round pillar candles
atop a turned over wood crate elevate the design...
Wood decor beads in their natural state draped
over the crate add texture and dimension.



One of the staple decor pieces I can't do without are wood boxes and crates.
I just love the timeless essence they hold, and they can be dressed up or down 
in my styling.

Here, I've turned over this wood box that once held expensive signature gourmet charcuterie
goods.  By turning it over I instantly have a platform to display the pieces
 (like these white candle holders) which highlight my vignette.




Our homes don't have to be bare while we wait 
for our spring gardens to bloom... Here, I am using fresh
greenery branches from Trader Joe's to bring a natural element into the design.
These branches also add the right amount of color to an already neutral vignette.
I love how their dark green leaves pop against the white ceramic vase.


Counter to the natural branches, I used faux spring blooms in a lighter shade of green on the opposite side of the console table.  





The mix of colors imitates a real spring garden.
                                         

 Incorporating texture in as many ways as I can is important to me
 when styling my home.  I like my home to feel warm and inviting, and I feel 
bringing in textiles allows me to create not only a well dressed home, but one that 
has substance within its decor.  



 
 This tall round basket offers the perfect storage receptacle for
holding these beautiful and soft white pillows.  

Placed in front of the console table and not
hidden away in a corner of the room, allows for it
to become a featured decor element in this design.














My DIY Book Page spring Banner from last year not only welcomes
 the new season, but creates a little whimsy in the design.

The banner brings added texture via its old book pages,
metallic gold letters, and hemp twine string.  The off white pages
pick up the natural color of the decor beads in the background. 






















 And here is the console table all dressed up for spring... for now that is.
I am sure shes' going to change from here until spring arrives quite a few times.

Not sure what the future holds for this beautiful table once we decide on the furniture choice for this room, but one thing is for sure, she sure makes any style decor I dress her with look fabulous!







Have a beautiful week sweet friends!

XX,
Betty


Friday, February 2, 2018

Rustic Spring Table

It's hard to believe that February is already here and 
spring will soon be upon us.  Why is it that when we were
kids the years seemed to go on forever, and now that we are 
older we just can't seem to catch our breath and the months 
feel as though they fly by.
Now that February has arrived it's time to start thinking of spring.
Of course, whether we are ready or not, the decor stores have had bunny
displays since December.  I have always refrained from allowing myself to 
give in to the pressures of premature decorating.  However, the decision to start my spring decor in February is easy when the weather here in So Cal is sunny, warm, and beautiful.
I am starting slow of course and keeping things natural and green for the most part.
As the spring months approach I will incorporate more florals into my decor, but for now, green topiaries and fresh tree clippings are my go to spring starters.
So far, I've styled my spring dining room table. The design is a natural rustic style with 
a lot of texture.  When I think of spring, I think of natural elements and that is exactly what 
I envisioned for my spring dining room table.  The design consists of textiles, woods, and greenery.  
I hope you enjoy this little tour of my first spring table design of 2018




Let's begin with THE TABLE...
Our new rustic dining room table has been my favorite
furniture purchase in our new home thus far.  
I love the rustic simplicity it offers.  From farmhouse, to glam, to rustic, 
to traditional elegance, this table is the perfect backdrop to any tablescape
I can possibly imagine designing.

My spring table design goal...
The need to incorporate natural elements and texture in this design
was very important to me, because for me spring brings forth
nature's natural beauty.  One of the natural elements I was committed to using
in this design was wood.  Not only does this beautiful wood dining table
exude a raw natural beauty in itself, I wanted to maintain a cohesive design by incorporating other wood pieces to compliment the rustic table.
The most important piece I used to achieve
this was my vintage wood box/drawer from my favorite local 
antique mart.  


 This gorgeous drawer with original number markings underneath 
it's open handle is rich in texture.  The natural wood tone against 
the greenery placed inside blend well and give off a vibrant color
to the overall design.
 

                               The well defined space inside makes it the perfect receptacle                                        for holding extra utensils, table linens and some extra greenery.
 
Embellished with a personalized wooden tag, this vintage piece 
is beyond utalitarian...it is a decor statement in itself and sure to 
catch the eye of every dinner guest who sits at our spring table. 

 The Greenery...

 As I mentioned in the opening of this post, I wanted greenery to be the center of this spring table design.  I used faux topiaries in varying heights to achieve texture, dimension, and color against the rustic-raw table.  The white pots they sit in add additional color to this natural design palette.

 The beauty of using these faux topiary trees is that, unlike natural foliage, they can be reused thereby making this table design pretty much sustainable with very little maintenance or waste.

 The varying heights give an imperfect balance and don't give off that "matchy-matchy" look that can 
 look redundant in interior styling.





The textiles... Table linens

I am a linen lover, and I am always finding ways to switch up the design of my table linens
in my styling.  In this spring tablescape, I decided to incorporate the use of two different styles and patterns of dinner napkins.



I've combined white hempstitch linen napkins from Pottery Barn with cotton stripped #hearthandwithmagnolia napkins to give this table design an unpredictability.  The alternating napkins balance the table design while giving it relaxed and unsophisticated elegance.















The farmhouse striped napkins in their muted gray tone coordinate well 
with the galvanized wood utensil holders.



Natural elements that add warmth and additional dimension to the design...
 The oversized wooden spoons give extra attention
 to my need for texture in my table design.  I've placed them inside a simple
galvanized mini bucket and their natural beauty stands out against the stark white dinner plates.


My #hearthandhandwithmagnoia round pedestal stand  a Christmas gift from my sweet mom is the perfect base to house my white Ikea candles.  The footed  stand boasts a beautiful rustic 
wood grain and is the perfect height so as not to impede dinner conversations.   

 




 The Farmer's Plate Rack- holds my white appetizer and dinner plates.
The rustic simplicity of this chippy galvanized piece acts as the grounding centerpiece for this table.
I am a true lover of plates, and ever since I received this gorgeous piece as a Christmas gift from my hubby, it has made it's home in the center of our dining table.


 I love the casual vibe it brings to this particular spring tablescape too!


And for casual dinner parties, I will have my guests "just grab a plate..."
 
   Just like spring which comes in quietly and subtly, is how I wanted this design to come to life.
A simple and natural design that exudes the colors and textures of the season without fuss or deliberetness... Spontaneous and beautiful just like SPRING is what I wanted to achieve in this spring tablescape, and I am happy with the results!

What will spring bring to your table?


XX,

Betty
 Here are a few more shots of my spring Table design! 







 











Monday, January 22, 2018

Winter Decorating that mixes in with your existing style: Keeping it cohesive and true to your decor...

Back in one of my December posts, 
I wrote about how important it was for me to create holiday styling that would 
easily transition well into the winter months.  Especially after the holidays when we 
are exhausted from all of the planning, entertaining, set up and break down of holiday decor,
finding an easy transition as the new year rolls around is a peaceful and stress free reprieve from 
all of the pomp and circumstance surrounding the holidays themselves.

For me it was simple, keep it natural and cohesive with my existing decor.  And that is 
exactly what I did.  I designed a fuss free style that goes well with the Rustic-Farmhouse
style of my home.

In the following photographs you will see how I kept things organic in order to keep from
interrupting or compromising my overall home style, and allowing me to ease into the new year with little worry of over-styling after having come off the set up and break down of holiday decor.


 Once I cleared all holiday decor, I brought back staple pieces that 
are consistently part of my design.  In the dining room buffet especially, 
those included my white dishes and pitchers, wooden boxes, glass and galvanized elements just to name a few.  Once those pertinent pieces were brought back, I inserted new pieces into the design like my new #HearthandHandwithmagnolia striped napkins and the wood pedestal from the same line which happened to be a Christmas present from my mom.  

 In addition to the pieces on the buffet hutch, our Rustic-Farmhouse dining table
is adorned with my beautiful new Farmer's plate rack from @antiquefarmhouse.  The 
winter white plates are not only displayed, but they lend themselves well to the design for the season.

The green olive shrubs are placed in white pots from@IKEA and also coordinate with the winter white motif I am aiming for.  Adding greenery whether real or faux is appropriate in any season.



The use of texture is very important in my decor,
because I feel it brings my designs to life by
adding dimension to my styling. 

With the use of textures, my designs don't appear flat.
Instead, they are dimensional and lend themselves to the sense of
sight and touch.  This vintage drawer I picked up at my local
antique mart adds that exact amount of depth to my dining room hutch.  
Paired with my vintage bottles (I've collected over the yeras), they 
fill the space with substance by creating height, and depth to the buffet top.

In this design, I've used various textures in form of glass, wood, and galvanized metal.
Mixing textures keeps the design from looking boring.  

(**Too much repetition of one specific texture will make our design look boring and predictable.)

On the dining table, I've brought more of the glass, wood and greener.
I've also added additional texture by bringing in
a chippy Farmhouse wire plate rack, white dishes and white wax candles 
on chunky white wooden candlesticks.  So the added mix of new textured elements
prevents the design from becoming boring and repetitive as I mentioned above.






























The focal point of the table decor is this vintage silverware 
tray that I picked up from my local antique mart... 
The raw wood compliments the rustic farmhouse table 
and beautifully displays these gorgeous family heirloom pieces
that once belonged to my husband's late grandmother.


 Texture is also visible in the rolled up linen dish towels 
tucked inside one of the tray slots. I like the pop of color 
the green stripes add to the wood piece.






Giving attention to hidden spaces...

Because winter is all about staying warm and layering, 
I took advantage of the wide window sill of our dining room window
and styled it with a GATHER sign from my own collection and draped
a farmhouse towel over it for that layering effect.  I loved the idea of 
using this extra space to display some of my beautiful decor pieces so I 
know I will be dressing up this spot in my future styling. So, don't 
neglect those little nooks in your home, style them and give them 
the spotlight.
  


The winter Console Table...
Candles are a staple in my decorating all year long,
but there is something about candlelight during
winter nights that just adds a bit more "cozy"
into the mix. 

On the not yet furnished living room sits the console
table from our previous home, and of course I had to style her
even though there is nothing else in this room at this very moment.

I wanted a warm vignette of woods and whites to bring a soft
touch of winter to the space for the time being.  I've incorporated
a wood box, wood cubby, and a wood caddy all in a cognac brown to warm up the dark table. 


 To soften the design up a bit, my creamy Nantucvket Farmer's Market sign 
(from my own collection) grounds the vignette. In addition, the white candles
in tall glass vessels add a wintery vibe to the overall design and help create a warm and inviting
glow to the space especially when they are lighted at night.
 




The upstairs Linen Closet

Bringing a little winter warmth to the upstairs linen closet was simple and it took minimal styling to achieve a warm and cozy vibe in this intimate space.

 Chunky white pillar candle holders, a faux white bouquet of Peonies, and a small bushel of faux greenery paired with a couple of Farmhouse signs give this space eye appeal and pretties up the upstairs catwalk.

 
 


The blending of the dark greenery and Farmhouse wood sign are rich in texture and warm up the space just perfectly.



  
Wrap up:
If you notice from these pictures,
I created a simple and natural style that doesn't overwhelm and is cohesive with 
the existing decor in the rest of the space.  It is natural  I used and combined textures
that work well together and utilized unconventional areas within the architecture of
my home that would normally go unnoticed. 


About my design:

I wanted my winter decor not only to be fuss free, but I wanted to keep things simple and calm.
I aimed for a design that is and warm as it's a season where there seems to be 
a "stillness" in the air that exudes tranquility while wildlife and and nature sleep until 
they awake in spring. 

-Betty


Stay cozy my friends and enjoy your winter decorating!

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