Friday, November 10, 2017

Grey velvet curtains, gilded cornices and Piper


 Velvet draperies are so luxurious.  Hard to tell from this shot, but the velvet
warms up the room, making it nice and cozy for the cold weather months.
I found these 96" lined velvet pinch pleated panels at HomeGoods, in case
you are searching for some at a reasonable price.  Their drapery department has
been pretty impressive lately, as I also found Belgian linen panels earlier this year.
I have had white smocked curtain panels from Pottery Barn hanging in this room
for years now, underneath white metal cornices that I made from vintage cornices
I found at an antique shop in New Hampshire.  They were stamped brass metal, in an
old gold color.  Hmmmm, I kind of wish they were the brass finish now.  At any rate,
I didn't like the look of the grey velvet under the white cornices so I painted them with 
Paris Grey Chalk Paint by you know who.  
 After painting them, I outlined the top with some gilding wax in gold.  Its a quick project
that I was able to do in an hour.  Getting ready for the holidays around here now, so I am envisioning a very Versailles Christmas in my mind's eye.  That means gold and gilding and velvet and of
course that wonderful blue color that Marie Antoinette loved so much.  Its much the same as my wall color in the living room, Woodlawn Blue by Benjamin Moore.  Imagine a white christmas tree with blue and gold....maybe some velvet ribbon.  Yummy!  In the latest Horchow Collection catalogue they have a Versailles Christmas ornament and ribbon collection!  I almost fell out of my french chair.  The only thing I didn't care for was that they added red to the blue and gold collection, which will never happen on my tree.  And thats the awesome thing about Christmas decorating, or any kind of decorating....you get to put your own stamp of personal style and vision together.  And each year its always a bit different, and that makes it fun for me.
So forgive me if Christmas decorating starts making an early appearance on my blog, but I am more than excited this year to get my trees up!  I think Reeve will love seeing the twinkle and the sparkle and the wonder of it all.  I am hoping little Piper can keep her composure around the trees and not make a mess of it.
She's pretty curious about just about everything. 

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Thanksgiving Inspiration Starts at Home


 If you love to decorate or simply take pleasure in setting a nice table for Thanksgiving,
then you are like me! This year I will be hosting again, and I always look forward to having family come to our home and celebrate Thanksgiving.  I don't run out and buy new decorations, but instead look to use what I already have in a new way.  Taking a look back at last year and the year before at what I did in my home inspires me to tweak and change the bits and pieces in my fall stash. Do you do the same thing over and over? Or do you change it up?  I think we all have our own best ideas, and by looking back in the past, its nice to remember the better ones to guide and inspire.
 Although Fall is the season I decorate least around the house,  a few pumpkins with some wintery looking pillows or throws is how I approach it.  Pillows are magic when it comes to decorating, and just by switching them out, you can change the look and feel in a room.  
The dining room is the most important room for Thanksgiving.
This table was perhaps my most favorite table of all.  
I loved how the colors all felt soft and monochromatic.  
The Cinderella blue pumpkins from Trader Joes were a big part of the table design, 
with a few white pumpkins added here and there.
 A vintage compote urn I found at Boston's Vintage SOWA market was my centerpiece.
You can visit this awesome Vintage Market every Sunday, on Harrison Ave in Boston to find your own special treasures.
 I do think a white table cloth adds a formality you can't replicate for holiday formal dining.  But last year I wanted to have a more rustic casual feeling, mixing fancier items, like sterling silver flatware with gold luster and transferware plates, but without the white cloth. I used my large French napkins under each place setting.
 And it just wouldn't be Thanksgiving at our home without my purple transfer ware dishes!
I'm taking my favorite ideas as inspiration and then seeing what I come up with
for this years Thanksgiving table.  With my new granddaughter Reeve bringing her parents along, its just going to be so much fun!  Of course she won't be eating any turkey or stuffing, but she will bring  joy to the occasion, and thats what Thanksgiving is all about.  And although I don't talk about this very often, many of my readers may remember, it was on Thanksgiving 2015 that Reeve's aunt Taylor suffered her heart failure and was hospitalized.  And then it was around the following Thanksgiving that Taylor got her new heart...
We give thanks for Taylor being healthy, and for having Reeve Taylor Power
 as the youngest member of our growing family making 2017 quite a special year.  
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