Tuesday, September 28, 2010

AUTUMN IS IN THE AIR... KIND OF!



Slowly but surely,
Fall is arriving at our house.
The weather was in the 90's & glorious sunshiney again today...
it certainly doesn't feel like fall weather
but it is the end of September...
so time to start getting some of that Autumn stuff out!


I haven't done much yet.
I added a fall wreath to my front door...


It is big and gorgeous with leaves, pomegranate, pinecones and berries with some feathers and glitz mixed in.


I also put some sweet little wooden pumpkins on the landing.


I am working on a few things inside
decorating the mantle and a couple little
vignettes but they aren't picture ready just yet...

Sugared pumpkin , anyone?

My daughter and I trying to get a Halloween party planned...
so I am adding in a few more
'Halloween' decorations this year-
Fun!!!


I'll share the inside decor soon
I am perusing some magazines, blogs and catalogs for some great fall and Halloween decorating ideas- plus I am working on a few new project posts.

*** Thursday through Saturday join in for my ***

link party!!
right here at French Country Cottage

Happy Autumn!!

Linking to Common Ground for porch inspirations! Go check out the other participants!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

BEACH DREAMING TABLESCAPE


Dreaming of days at the beach...
my toes in the warm sand
Sandcastles and starfish and salty sea air...

This is an older post- but since I am about DONE with snow after the pergola incident
( see my recent post if you missed it.. ugh...)

I thought I would share this dreaming of summer at the beach tablescape -

So ... shall we?


I set the table with the crusty chippy shell mirror and creamy white seashell dishes


Added some seashells & petite starfish


The wood cutout 'SEA' sign -
is recycled from knotty pine boards that came out of our house


Large dreamy shells in a wire cloche
and a beach cottage sign from my bedroom


Rustic wicker candleholders glow warmly in the fading early evening light
and two large shell bowls hold shells and a ceramic starfish.


Little bamboo placemats I bought years ago for a hawaiian themed party worked out perfectly.
Beach colored glass candle holders that usually sit among the plants in the garden beds
brought in some shades of blues...


A single starfish top each napkin.


a few dried hydrangeas nestled in


The lavender plant brings a silvery hue
(I love lavender!!!)
in the silver bin underneath the 'Seaside Resort' sign-
they were almost like a grassy background


I added a tall candelabra for some drama for this picture and faded out the color.
I love the muted shades in this~


Makes me think of weathered,
Sandy beaches,
driftwood,
faded boardwalks.

I can almost smell the glorious
fresh sea air!


Feathered Nest Friday coming your way~
Link will be up Thursday evening.
Hope to see you there!


sharing at these lovely parties
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Friday, September 24, 2010

FEATHERED NEST FRIDAY


Having been so inspired by all the link parties out there
I thought maybe I should try and host one of my own!

I love fabulous finds and decorating and making my house a home
so I tried to come up with something that incorporated all that together.
I Love to visit everyone's blogs and see all your fantastic ideas, finds
& inspirations for decorating and creating your home.
~
that latest vintage find...
the fabric that melted your heart and spurred reupholstering...
the chippy finish on a vintage piece that inspired the bathroom re-do.
the party you are hosting that caused chaotic redesigning of a space
(I know nothing about that one!)
the vignette on the table or sideboard
etc. etc. etc.

You get the idea!
There are so many inspirations that get me going!

This week, I was inspired by this gorgeous seashell mirror I found.


I loved the weathered, chippy, crusty look it had- even though it is brand new.
So, I brought it home and decided to create a beach themed tablescape.
I started out with the mirror in the center of the table and some shells & starfish.
Out came my seashell dishes and a beach cottage sign...


I'll share the finished tablescape soon

For now,
link up your post showing what decorating, inspired find, project or creation
helped you to feather your nest!

Here are the details
Be a friend of French Country Cottage or
become a new friend by following me
Please link back to the party so everyone can find all the great projects and inspirations
Go out and visit other posts and get some more inspirations for feathering your nest!
(Please, no stores, or sales or promotions)


Let's get the party started!!!

UPDATE!!!!
****I am having user- error issues!!! Please bear with me!! ***
The link pictures were coming out too small, so I enlarged them~
It worked! I was so excited until I realized the new additions are coming in correct
but the ones that were already posted are showing up blurry!!
AYE!!!!!
I went to switch it back to the small linkys and it won't let me!!!!
ARGHH!
If anyone out there knows how to fix this PLEASE let me know!
Leave it to me to goof it up! It's my first time hosting a party online!
I APOLOGIZE!!!!
I PROMISE it will be correct from the get- go next time!
Thank you to Anita@goingalittlecoastal for her help and words of encouragement!
:)



GARDEN DINING


A vintage inspired yellow quilt with pink blooms bursting all over serves as a summer tablecloth.


A set of vintage turquoise dishes stacked on white chargers
with seashell plates.
The turquoise set & silver are flea finds.


Antique silver in a wire caddy & rose candle holders


A few of the inspiring pieces for my garden party table setting.


Just a quick post~
wanted to share the setting, the colors, the blooms...


It's getting cooler here at night for sure
but warming up into the 90's this weekend again-
so I was inspired to set a garden table while the weather is warm.


A silver dish with little hydrangea blooms & a wire cloche
with little muffins...
big, bold moss topiaries
&
tiny rosemary in clay pots


A creamy soup
&
sliced sourdough with tomato & fresh basil


mixed fruit, baby lettuce salad
A glass of red wine
&
a little Bubl'e on the ipod...
add in family & good conversation.

Memories in the making...


Enjoy!!


linking to
Cottage Flora Thursday\
Funky Junk's Saturday Night Special

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

ANTIQUE DOLL CHEST OF DRAWERS


I have a couple of these wee little darlings sitting around.
So dainty.
Crusty, chippy, peely paint.
Worn old finishes & character filled details.

This particular doll dresser/chest of drawers
was found in an antique store probably about 6-7 years ago.
I walked in and saw it sitting there atop a chippy table,
drawers opened with linens draped out of them.

I immediately LOVED it's little square wooden knobs and petite size...


and the metal ornamentation on the top drawer,
and the detailed little feet
and the chippy, crusty finish to the paint and...
the drawers were lined in a sweet pink print paper, too!


It was instant love-
but not with the price tag!
So, I rubbed it, opened the drawers, admired it's peeling paint and then
turned around and left...but kept thinking about it...

I searched on ebay thinking perhaps I would find one at a better price than our
over-priced California antique stores...
and as I researched about doll dressers,
I became somewhat fascinated with the design potential of them.

They are fantastic as little stands next to a chair for your cup of coffee or some books
or placed on top of a dresser for storing jewelry.

I found that for one the size of the one I loved,
the price was actually fairly reasonable
and though I searched,
I couldn't find another one similar enough to the one that stole my heart to buy it...


So, I gave up looking for a bit- kicking myself for letting it get away.

About a year later,
I went into a different antique store in a neighboring city and
incredibly
found a little doll dresser sitting on a table...
with things draping out of the drawers...
My heart started racing as I stared at it in disbelief!
Could it be the same dresser?
With all those same little details and the charm I loved?


The woman running the store was the same dealer from the other space and she now had her own store and the price was dropped to something I was okay with!
I bought it right away, brought it home and have LOVED it ever since!


Something you may not know-
I have a little antique doll collection.
I know... A LOT of people are afraid of them... and think they are c.r.e.e.p.y.
I understand... I don't love all antique dolls...
but, I do love so many things about them that it would have to be in a separate post!

So, that might be one of the reasons why I tend to find myself drawn to antique doll furniture & clothing.


So now this darling little doll chest of drawers sits under the table next to my side of the bed.
It holds papers, cables for the computer, little treasures and trinkets and bits
that need to be put somewhere...


When ever I look at it I am reminded of how I found it again after thinking I missed out and how it was meant to come home with me.

LOVE it!!

Sharing with the lovely Chari over at

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

LITTLE LEOPARD FOOTSTOOL



Hello blogger friends!!
I am back from no wi-fi world!!!
Yay!!
Not being able to surf, blog, print off postage for the pile of stuff that recently sold, do listings, etc. etc. etc.- it is crazy how much stuff you do with technology and the internet these days!

I have a few new posts coming up and am thinking about a link party-
but for now thought I would share this darling little footstool
that recently got a makeover-


I found this petite beauty at a yard sale years ago.


It was being used as a step up for a travel trailer.
So there it sat- outside and it had tons of muddy grungy feet marks on it.
Not a pretty site for a little dainty antique footstool.

But it was a fantastic little size and so so darling!
Carved wood and little feet- loved it right away!

I asked if it was for sale, the guy hesitated and then said $5.00
I grabbed it and took it home with me and cleaned it up.

( I had a little help in the re-do today from Bella- this is one of her favorite stools to sit on)
After several years of different fabrics,
I decided it was time for a re-do and went with a
leopard print fabric and had a braided rope trim handy-
so used that for now- not sure it is staying.


It's a bit glam & fun!

I placed it underneath one of my favorite old chair frames.
It is a reddish wood that has been stripped so it has a bleached appearance.
We found it at a flea market and I have not even attempted upholstery on it.
Luckily, I had a silver platter that fit perfectly in the seat which is where
I set my favorite reads or
a basket of flowers.


I love the simple beauty it has.


& I love the elegant details and curves!
Now wearing faux fur & spots ~
the little footstool fits perfectly underneath!


Off to catch up with all of you and read your latest posts!
:)

This is an older post that I am sharing with my friend Chari at her party