Month: September 2014

Creating A Green & White Fall Tablescape

Over the weekend, I decided to bring a hint of Fall into my dining room.  I say “hint” because in keeping with the other Fall decor I’ve done this year {see posts here and here}, I decided to continue with the green and white color scheme.  I know that to many, green and white doesn’t seem like Fall colors, but to me, it looks like the area in which I live!  I am surrounded by evergreen trees that don’t change color, as well as Sycamores that go from green to brown with nothing in between.  Sure there are the occasional trees that have a beautiful display of Fall colors, but I don’t see any surrounding my home and so to me, Fall is represented by green and brown…and my love of white pumpkins. :)

I wanted my Fall tablescape to reflect my love of mixing opposites and so I decided on a rustic elegant look.  Since I was mixing a lot of textures, I decided to keep the color scheme very muted and soft.  Unfortunately, what I discovered about this muted color scheme is that it doesn’t photograph well!  But I did my best… :)

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I thought for a long time about what type of greenery I could use that wouldn’t look too much like Spring or Christmas and finally settled on some gray-green seeded eucalyptus that I purchased at Trader Joe’s.  Not only does it smell amazing, but I love that it lays flat nicely but also drapes beautifully from the urn.

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Actually, the idea for this tablescape all started with this rusty iron urn that I got from the Co-Op Chicks.  It’s so old that a hole has rusted through the bottom, making it so I couldn’t plant anything in it or use it as a vase, which is why I decided to stack it with silver and white pumpkins.  But I just love the ribbing and fluted detail on it, rust and all!

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Since the urn was so rustic, I decided to keep my place settings very simple and a bit more refined.  I used my IKEA dishes, white linen ruffled napkins, a silver charger, and my vintage flatware.

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To add a bit of elegance, I added a mini orange pumpkin that I spray painted silver to each plate to tie in with the silver chargers.  I also included a spotted guinea hen feather that I had recently purchased from Feather and Earth {for another project but I had a few left over!}.

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And to contrast with the shiny silver used in the place settings, I used vintage tin molds containing wooden tiles as place cards.  Yes, the K is for me.  :)

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I plan to let the eucalyptus dry just as it is and the benefit, of course, is that the dining room smells amazing!

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I still have a few Fall touches to add to the dining room buffet, but other than that, I’m just about ready!

 

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Designer Spotlight: Lisa Luby Ryan

The other day while working on my post about writing desks, I pulled up a picture on Pinterest to use in the article.  While I had pinned the image long ago, I hadn’t ever clicked through to find the source but once I did, I discovered Lisa Luby Ryan…and then I discovered that so many of the beautiful rooms I had pinned in the past were all designed by her!  I was compelled to learn more about this amazingly talented lady and thought I’d share the details and beautiful images with you in today’s Designer Spotlight.

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{Original image source unknown}

 

Lisa Luby Ryan is a talented interior designer based in Dallas, Texas and the owner of Vintage Living, a European antiques and home furnishings boutique.  As a designer, she seamlessly blends French, Italian, and Swedish antiques and found objects with modern conveniences to create calm spaces for everyday living.  She chooses items that bring a story or a bit of history to a home.  The spaces she creates often reflect nature’s color palette and her clean interiors allows these objects to shine.   

Lisa Luby Ryan Banquette Veranda
{via Veranda}

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“I’m drawn to aged materials and textures, things that have a history and have stood the test of time.” – Lisa Luby Ryan

Lisa Luby Ryan Kitchen Veranda
{via Veranda}

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For me, it’s the mix of rustic elegance that Lisa incorporates that draws my attention.  A plank wood table looks perfectly at home paired with a crystal chandelier in her designs.

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I also love that she doesn’t overpower furniture and decor with architectural details, allowing the items to truly take center stage in the room.

Lisa Luby Ryan Bedroom
{via Veranda}
Lisa Luby Ryan Clock
{via Traditional Home}

 

Lisa has an amazing ability to mix old and new, rustic and refined, to create one-of-a-kind living spaces.

Lisa Luby Ryan Living Room Settee

 

There are some Before & After photos on her website and one thing that really stands out to is how great of an impact furniture and accessories make in a space, even without making any structural changes.  I love how using a series of images above the fireplace brings the room down to human scale.

{via Vintage Living}
{via Vintage Living}

 

And here, changing out the lighting from an overhead chandelier to wall sconces creates such a focal point on the wall!

{via Vintage Living}
{via Vintage Living}

 

Now that I better recognize Lisa’s work, I’ve realized that it was actually her living room that inspired me to incorporate blue into my holiday decor last year!  And now I’m going to be on the lookout for some preserved magnolia leaves for the mantel.

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{via Veranda}
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{via Veranda}

 

In her shop, Vintage Living, Lisa provides customers find an array of monochromatic sophisticated selections with a touch of chic.  She repurposes found objects into unique creations that add interest, history, and texture.  Should I ever make it to Texas, her store will be a must on my itinerary!

Lisa Luby Ryan Vintage Living Shop

 

I hope you enjoyed learning more about Lisa and getting a glimpse of her gorgeous work!  You can also find her style in her line of lamps and accessories with Arteriors.

 

Enjoy your weekend!
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The Writing Desk – A Stylish Solution

I’ve never before thought of a desk as being decorative, especially if it’s my kids’ desks covered in snack wrappers and eraser shavings, but the more I see writing desks, the more in love I become with them.  Not only are the often beautiful pieces of furniture , but they are multi-functional, and I love, love, love furniture pieces that have more than one use, don’t you?

{via Susan Glick Interiors}
{via Susan Glick Interiors}

 

The type of writing desk that I’m referring to is one that doubles as a sofa table.  It’s different from having a desk in a home office because when used as a sofa table, the work area is part of the living space and central to the rest of the house.

{via Valorie Hart}
{via Valorie Hart}

 

When not in use, the desk acts as a sofa table holding decorative items and functional lighting.

{via Martha O'Hara Interiors}
{via Martha O’Hara Interiors}

 

{via Lisa Luby Ryan}
{via Lisa Luby Ryan}

 

These types of desks are smaller in scale with limited storage, so they are best suited for laptop work or a small writing area, but they provide maximum function in a minimal footprint, so they are ideal for apartments, lofts, or other small spaces.

{via HGTV}
{via HGTV}
{via Lauren Leonard Interiors}
{via Lauren Leonard Interiors}

 

 

Longer sofas can accommodate longer desks which would also be ideal as a kids work station for after school homework!

{Photographer Phillip K Erickson}
{Photographer Phillip K Erickson}

 

 

Depending on the size of the room, you can actually use a regular desk or table placed behind a sofa as well.  This is one of my favorite spaces I’ve come across and my dream for my living room layout!  {I just have to vault my ceiling, add planking, enlarge my windows….Lol!}

{via Houzz}
{via Houzz}

 

Also, changing out the type of desk chair used really changes the entire feel of the piece.  A larger chair makes the desk feel more like a functional desk, whereas small stools provide function but look more decorative when not in use.

Desk with Large Chair
{via Ballard Designs}
{via Orrick and Company}
{via Orrick and Company}

 

I came across a beautiful writing desk in a local consignment store a few months back at that time, intended to keep my baby grand piano in the living room and so there was no space for a desk.  Since then, I’ve decide that it’s time for the piano to go since {sadly} no one plays it and it’s taking up a lot of space in the room.  I currently write my blog at my kitchen table because I like to look around the entire house as I blog so that I feel connected to and inspired by my home.   Of course, come dinnertime, I’m always shoving my laptop to the side to set the table and worried that a glass of milk might spill and ruin the computer.  Perhaps it’s time for a writing desk!

I love this one from Stanley Furniture because the top opens up to create a larger surface, allowing it to double as a dining table.  This would be perfect for me to use year-round as a desk and during the holidays as a buffet or kids table.  I’m hoping I can find a table that functions similarly on Craigslist…

{Stanley Furniture European Farmhouse Split Top Valet}
{Stanley Furniture European Farmhouse Split Top Valet}

 

Not only would a writing desk be functional and pretty, but it would give me an excuse to buy another beautiful vintage chair!  {Although, since I have a slight obsession with vintage chairs, I don’t really need another excuse to buy one…}

{via Pinterest}
{via Pinterest}

 

Even a sofa table that’s not intended for use as a desk will work so long as the height is right for a work surface {and of course for the height of the chair that you pair with it}.  Around 30″ tall, plus or minus, is fairly standard, so look for one that it about this height.  You’ll also need to make sure there isn’t a bar or shelf running lengthwise along the bottom that might interfere with pushing in a chair.

 

Off to search Craigslist now!
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