Friday, January 25, 2013

House and Garden's Top Rooms

Today I am sharing some of my favorite rooms listed among the top 50 rooms according to Australia's House and Garden.
 
My choices here are centered around these factors for the most part - gorgeous natural light, indoor-outdoor spaces, unexpected architectural details, contrasts, colors that are bold and stunning, a feeling of comfort and in some cases a fun element.
 
1 Open garden
 
3 Bricks & water
 
 
8 Dream mission
 
 
10 Open-&-shut case
 
 
13 View from on high
 
 
15 Taking a vantage
 
16 Black & white
 
18 In the approach
 
 
19 Private quarters
 
21 Personality plus
 
 
23 Subtropical showcase
 
 
 
26 Giorgi-ous!
 
 
28 Novel enterprise
 
 
31 Light switch
 
33 Seats and the city
 
36 Bush ballad
 
38 Colour at play
 
39 Soft touch
 
 
40 Sculptural views
 
 
41 Set on stone
 
 
42 Country comfort
 
46 Star turn
 
 
 
 
47 Period peace
 
 
49 Perfect vision
 
 
Do you have one favorite or would it be tough to choose? To see all 50 rooms go to House and Garden.
 
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Monday, January 21, 2013

Silver and Gold

As promised, here are some more pictures of my table at Christmas. This post is about the Salvation Army thrift store spray painted glasses. Eight of them. I wanted silver and gold to be the predominant colors; less of the red, even though it was Christmas. Green is always a color incorporated because it introduces nature.

This is with all the candles lit. I decided on flowers in white and settled on hydrangeas which I picked up the day before.
 



This was earlier that day, as the table was taking shape.





Later....






I found these little sparkly metallic Christmas trees on sale at Crate and Barrel. They are placecard holders. The added an additional Christmas element.

 
I asked my kids to make the placecards and they chose to do some in red and some in green. This tied in the festive colors as well as those in the garland I had draped around the chandelier.
 

 
 

 


I will enjoy using these painted glasses to hold colorful florals throughout the year either collectively or individually, as the need arises.

 
 
They certainly helped dress up my dining table at Christmas.
 


 
I used Rust-Oleum's American Accents spray paints for this project.
 
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Monday, January 7, 2013

Christmas Table - A Glimpse

I know it is January, but I want to share some of my Christmas dining table with you. This could be applied to any occasion.I had picked up some glasses at the local Salvation Army thrift shop back in December, as you know, and had decided to use them for my as centerpieces. Here is a glimpse of the table.



We were hosting and as you can imagine, it was a busy day. I had taken some pictures earlier in the day as the setup was coming together and then forgot to take some when the candles were lit and the rest of the table was laid but thanks to a family member I got a few great ones.

Going back to what I used in the center. The glasses from the thrift store.



I loved their shape and height and thought to repurpose them as vases. They could be used collectively or individually throughout the year. I wanted to paint them silver and gold.

There was no time to work on a pattern - something I would like to consider down the road. We had a ton of windy days so spray painting was ever so difficult but I was determined. Were it not for the weather, this would have been an easier project.

I spray painted the smaller glasses silver...


....and the larger ones gold.

 
I had to do several coats due to the wind.
 
Overall, I am thrilled with the color and the idea.
 
I will share further details and more of the table with you later this week.
For now, a glimpse.
 
 

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

The Candelabra from west elm

One of my favorite pieces which I enjoyed very much this season is the Manzanita Candelabra from west elm. I had purchased it about a year ago; it's branches have been stunning on my dining table and subsequently on the coffee table. 
 
 
 
 
I had used it on its own without candles for the entire year. I had not purchased the mini taper candles at the time and later I could not find the right-sized candles anywhere. I displayed it as a sculptural centerpiece, adding a form of nature to my coffee table vignette. Clearly, this is a very organic piece.
 
 
(Picture from earlier this year).
 
This past December, west elm brought the mini tapers back in for the holidays and I was finally able to display the piece with all its nine candles. The candles take the candelabra to a different level altogether. They add further dimension and more height.
 
 
The Manzanita Candelabra continues to be a conversation starter and is something that can be used all year long. Perhaps some day I will consider lighting the candles but for now I am enjoying everything as is.
 




Happy New Year to All! I wish You and Yours a Happy, Healthy 2013 and I thank you for your continued support!

 
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