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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Antiques or just Old Furniture?

This is another post for Roomspiration Blog Party. I love this party going on with all 12 blog sites for 12 days. It has made encouraged me to get my Fall decorations out this year. I start on Christmas in mid-November, so this way, I have 2 months of Fall!

Today is “View Along the Way” and that means the living room. Boo knows he shouldn’t be on this chair. It is one of the pieces that is off limits but he loves to watch me take pics. I really believe he poses…honestly. He will stay perfectly still to have his pic made. Rotten? Oh yeah.

boo welcome to living room

Today, we’re in the Living Room. I don’t do a lot of Fall in the living room. We have several antique pieces in here and I’ve gone with a historical theme with my decorations. Mr. Dumpling and I name our antiques. You’re laughing…aren’t you? We name them where we buy them.

For example, this is the Jefferson secretary (Jefferson, TX). We have some of Hull pottery in this and the vintage stick and ball easel on the side.

living room secretary old pic

The Carnes bookcase/china side by side.  (bought at auction in Lufkin, TX at Carnes auctions). We have some of our  Roseville pottery in here and some of my fave books with the White House theme and books by or about First Ladies.

living room nook 2006

The Canton Hall Tree (Canton, TX). If you haven’t been to First Monday at Canton, TX, you are missing more fun than a barrel of monkeys. Held the first Monday (and preceding weekend) of each month with over 100 acres of everything you can imagine! We have purchased some wonderful items there plus scads of decorating junque.  Junque is high class flea market.

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After I took this pic, I noticed the reflection in the mirror. Fun surprise!

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For Fall, I decorate the Shreveport mantel (auction), coffee table and tea cart. I just love tea carts and have them scattered everywhere.

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Don’t you love the way the colors change when the lamp is on?

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This year, I changed up the Canton mantel.

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I used Roseville Bushberry pattern pottery for the center.  I really love this pottery and it just pops during the Fall. I’ll do a later post with some pics.

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Added autumn sprays

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my cherub waterfall lamps and new mercury candle lanterns.

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and some fern mini lights. I forgot I even had these two strings of lights. So glad to find them!

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On the oak lamp table, I brought out what is typically Thanksgiving decorations and used them now. I love pilgrims and these are holding pumpkins. Fall right?

foyer view pilgrims

I placed them on a ceramic corn platter and used one of my favorite cake stands. There are a number of pieces that use this stand.  I have a few pieces and would love to find more!

foyer view from living room
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For the coffee table, I made a new table topper. I found the fern fabric and printed/fringy ribbon at Hobby Lobby. Oh how I love Hobby Lobby.  The white pumpkin is also a Hobby Lobby purchase and I placed it on a cake stand.


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This pumpkin makes me think of a pound cake. See the resemblance? One of Mr. Dumplings aunt’s made a huge pound cake on a regular basis. Family called it “the Big Cake”…sooo good. I think of her when I see this pumpkin. Ok, so my mind takes some twists and turns. Stay with me!

lr table white pumpkin cake

Tomorrow we travel to Homemaker on a Dime for a bathroom tour. Hmm…I think I may show you the guest bath. I recently made a few changes in there.

See you tomorrow!

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Step into Fall

My inspiration for this post is the “Roomspiration” going on at 12 blogs for the next 12 days. The first event/party is “Abode Love” entryways.

foyer table candles lit 2

I may be old fashioned but I love a foyer. Some may view it as wasted space but it really is an introduction of your home and who you are.  It is the first place I start to decorate each holiday and then I move to other rooms.  I spread seasonal decorations just about everywhere. It’s like a sickness…but I don’t think I want to be cured!

I am on a HUGE burlap kick, so, of course, the library table has burlap. I purchased it in large rolls and wish I had bought more!

foyer table candles lit
foyer scarecrow close

And still more burlap!  I found these burlap covered fruit at Marshall’s. Loving the simple look of the burlap in the white bowl.

foyer white bowl burlap fruit

You’ve seen my white glass box before. I’m still not satisfied with it and may tweak it a little more.

foyer white box close

The green leaf dish is new…a find at Marshalls. Hmm, that was a lot fuller with Candy Corn when I fixed it. Oh Mr. Dumpling?

candy corn green dish

The entry was changed up this year with the purchase of an antique cabinet. I like the cabinet but it’s not working for me as I hoped. However, it is all decked for Fall as well. I am just loving white pumpkins and I have for years. Some of these I’ve had a long time and a few things are new.

white pumpkin foyer
foyer amazing grace birdhouse
foyer white pumpkin left 2
foyer pumpkin lit

Did you notice the large plant in the foyer? I have kept it alive for well over a year. It was sent when Mr. Dumpling’s father passed and I have managed to keep it healthy and growing! This is a major accomplishment for me. Plants always get those brown tips when left in my care.

foyer with plant

We purchased the antique oak Pier mirror in Canton, TX many years ago. I designed a special place for it in the foyer. It was originally from an old hotel in Kansas City. Ladies needed these mirrors to make sure their skirts were long enough. It’s one of my favorite pieces we have.  I’ve seen OnlySon and best friend BigH primp in front of this mirror before heading out for a night out with the girls. Don’t think for one moment that boys don’t do this!

autumn pier mirror

Still a few things to do but that’s basically it for now. Tomorrow…I will belatedly join the Living Room party “View Along the Way”. Come back!

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Labor Day Table

How did I get behind? Have you had a week that just seemed to fly by and you really don’t know where it went?

We are enjoying cooler temps and it has just been heavenly. For Labor Day, the kids came in. Since it was cool, I thought it would be nice to eat outside. There’s nothing I like better than a red, white and blue table on the front porch.

I’m loving burlap; however, don’t get me started on my black burlap fiasco. Sigh. Anyway…I decided to make a quick little table topper. Our Super WM has started carrying fabric and ribbon again…yay!! Knowing that I wouldn’t be washing this, I used fabric glue for the ribbon. Quick and oh so easy!

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I knew I would be using my Uncle Sam nutcracker. I’ve had him for years and use him for my patriotic holidays. He just makes me smile.
1 pat nutcracker

He’s standing on my ruby red cake plates. I got these dirt cheap one year at Hobby Lobby. Now the fun starts with layering all the pretties. I started with my white metal chargers and then one of my Noritake patterns. It has the loveliest colors.

1pat table noritake plate

Next we had red napkins and some new plates I just purchased from Marshall’s. Yep, that evil store Marshall’s lured me in again.  I just can’t stay away from their china section.
To the left, you see my mother’s ruby glass bowls. These were our traditional Christmas fruit salad bowls but perfect for this table.

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1pat table ruby bowl
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I really was blessed that my mother adored glassware. She also had this King’s Crown collection.  Love the sparkle!

1pat table kings crown

Fortunately, we had a wonderful drenching rain which settled a lot of the dust. However, since I set the table early, I thought my little plate domes would be fun and also keep the plates clean.

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I added some candles and voila! I'm loving using the canning jars for candles. I've added white beans to these but the possibilities are just endless! We’re ready for an easy dinner outside.
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I’m so ready for Fall, tailgating, picnics in the crisp air, Geaux Tiger football and some pretty leaves. What do you love about Fall?

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