Month: September 2014

Adding Decorative Kitchen Storage

I’ve come across these vintage style nesting herb crates several times and thought they were cute, but didn’t think I had any need for them.  Until, that is, I saw how Kris from Driven by Decor used hers to hold table items.  Wall decor that is both decorative AND functional?!  I’m in!!  I went online that day and bought mine from Decor Steals, but I see that they are now sold out again.  :(

Vintage Herb Nesting Crates


I couldn’t wait for these to arrive so that I could hang them up and put them to good use.  Believe it or not, but this little sliver of wall {and a matching sliver on the other side of the room} is all that I have in the kitchen, so the crates are nested in between my patio door and the opening to our family room.  {Now that I think about it, for those of you who like to understand a home’s layout, this picture shows how my kitchen runs parallel to my family room but is four steps higher.}


The Parsley crate is holding our salt and pepper shakers and I intentionally put them just high enough so that they are out of reach of our little one.



The Sage crate has a small mason jar with extra spoons and forks.  Somehow it seems like one always gets dropped on the floor during meals and we need an extra!  It is also holding our awesomely fancy everyday paper napkins.  :)  I’d love to tell you that we dine with beautiful linen napkins with ruffled edges, but that just wouldn’t be true!  Except for holidays or parties, we are a paper napkin kind of family.



I added some faux hydrangeas to the Rosemary crate because I always like to add something organic to the mix to soften the look.  And yes, I realize that silk flowers are technically not organic, but I can’t keep cut hydrangeas alive for the life of me so I’ve given up!  I’ll change these out for something different as the year goes on.  I think it would look great with some Baby Boo pumpkins!



The Thyme crate holds something extra special – cute navy ticking striped placemats that my mom made for me!  We don’t have a convenient place to store placemats and so it’s nice to have them located right next to the table in a spot where they are visible.



And while we’re on the subject of the placemats, I love how they look with my other tableware!




It’s sometimes hard to find things that are functional but still look good, so I love when I get the best of both worlds.



Have a wonderful weekend!


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6 Ways to Style A Coffee Table – You Vote!

During my shopping trip at Alameda Point, I came across something that I’ve wanted for a long time…an oversized book!  And better yet, this vintage beauty came from France courtesy of Atelier de Campagne.  I knew right away that I wanted to use it on my coffee table and couldn’t wait to start decorating with it.  I ended up putting together six different designs  – all of which include the book – and would love your input as to which is your favorite!



Before I started, I cleared everything off the coffee table so that I could start with a clean slate.  I then added the book, which was the one thing I definitely wanted to include.  The book is actually a vintage business ledger, and clearly, it’s very worn and delicate.  I love the way paper ages, though, and feel it just adds to the character of the piece.



I have no idea what it says inside, but I’ve had fun looking through all of the pages!



I gathered up a bunch of other accessories that I thought would pair well with the book.  You’ll notice that I used the same items over and over but grouped them differently for each of the designs, thereby changing the look of the table.  The one constant was the book, of course, but even that moved around to create different focal points.



I’ve posted before about different design approaches for styling a coffee table and I followed those different approaches below.  You can read the original post {here}.


1. The Four Corners

I placed a grouping of objects in each of the four corners of the coffee table and tried to balance out the rustic and elegant items.



2. The Four Corners – Variation

This is the same approach, but I changed out some of the objects to create different groupings, giving a little more visual weight to the grouping with the book.



3. Long & Linear

I started by placing the book in the middle and then flanked it with smaller groupings of books.  I kept this design very simple to help streamline the overall look.


4. Long & Linear – Variation

I kept the items running lengthwise along the table, but shifted some of the positioning.



5. The Contained Grouping

While groupings are normally contained within a decorating tray, I decided to contain my grouping on the book.  It is pushed diagonally off to the corner, which allows for more free space on the table itself.



6. The Center of Attention

I made this grouping bigger and showier than the previous ones with the addition of a blue bottle filled with pebbles and greenery.  The entire display is centered on the table to ensure it is truly the center of attention.



Those of you that have been reading my blog might notice that these photos have all been taken in my family room, which is my kids playroom – probably not the best place for a delicate, vintage book and ironstone!  Not to worry, this design will actually be used in my living room, which is an adult space, but I don’t have a coffee table in there yet and so couldn’t photograph in that room.  But you can let me know which is your favorite for when I finally pull my living room together!




So tell me, which one is YOUR favorite?

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Weekend Inspiration!

Yesterday was a perfect day for me.  I mean amazingly perfect, pinch-me-I’m-dreaming happy!  If you follow me on Facebook, then you’ll know that I spent Sunday at the Alameda Point Antiques Faire and to me, shopping the antique faire is a dream come true!  Not only did I come home with a few items that I *love*, but I also saw tons of amazing booth displays and beautiful vintage finds that have inspired me to rearrange everything in my home.  Today, I’m sharing with you a few of the beautiful things I saw.

And speaking of beautiful things {just kidding!}, here I am with Hubby, bright and early, taking a selfie at 5:45AM!  Up at 4:00, we greeted the babysitter at 4:45, and were out the door by 5:00AM with coffee in hand.  It wasn’t nearly as cold or as dark as we’re used to, so we were overdressed and sweltering by noon.



Every aisle that I went down, something caught my eye, like stacks and stacks of grain sacks!  Some were left in their original form, while others had been sewn into table runners, lavender sachets, and even Christmas stockings!



I then stumbled upon this cute little chair.  The seller said that the velvet had been damaged and so she removed it to discover the satin underneath.  She inadvertently ripped the satin on the seat, though, and so took off another layer to discover the ticking.  She ended up leaving it as it was with all three different materials showing, which gives it a lot of character, don’t you think?!


I also have a love of old industrial items, particularly cameras and typewriters.  I’m still searching for just the right typewriter for me, though…maybe next month.




Clocks are also a favorite, whether large…



…or small.



I ended up buying a TON of books.  I absolutely love old, weathered, and worn pages!

{The Vintage Bricoleur}


I also found a few gorgeous vintage seltzer bottles and pieces of ironstone.




As always, Laurie at Elsie Green had a beautiful booth with gorgeous table displays.  I own several pieces of the flatware pictured below and use it all the time!  Laurie is off on a European buying trip soon and I am A) super jealous and B) excited to see what she brings back with her!




Atelier de Campagne is also one of my favorite vendors at Alameda Point and they were so kind to hang onto my purchase for me even though I forgot to pick it up and went home without it!  {Hint: It’s pictured below.  Can’t wait to share what I end up doing with it!}




Just as I was getting ready to leave, I came upon a dresser that I had seen earlier in the show and had fallen in love with.  This piece was painted by the talented Sonya at Belle Maison Designs.  My hope is that I can convert it to a bathroom vanity…



I plan to use it exactly as-is because I love the warm, weathered patina Sonya has given it and the hardware is just perfect.





So, you can see it turned out to be a great day for me!  Not only did Hubby and I get to spend time together {without the kids}, but I was inspired by so many things that I saw and even came home with a few goodies for myself.



Tell me your thoughts on the dresser as a bathroom vanity!  I think that piece would be beautiful, but am I crazy to try?!

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