September 1, 2014

ReDesigning Tablescapes

Redesign tablescapes using the same items.

I recently uncovered some crackle vases from a moving box that was in storage. 

Yes, I am still opening boxes and tubs. I guess you could say that I am taking the slow approach. I have been pacing myself. (ha!) I told myself that our storage bin would be empty by the time school started. It is not empty!

We will start the table changing story here. The vases came from the Hilton Head house and were in one of my recent box openings. The "vintage" brass bowl came from a Danville, KY designer that we used when we built our house on the farm circa 1984. With brass being back in style...I decided to fill the bowl with faux greenery after I took the summer floral arrangement off of the table. (I keep things forever...and use them over and over.)

Within a few days...I decided to change it out yet again. That is how it goes with tablescapes. I come up with new ideas and switch things around...when the mood strikes. :-)

You may notice something new in the corner of the dining room...a cherry highboy. I have a friend who sold their house and is moving to FL. She was wanting to get rid of furniture...and I took this highboy for my dining room to use to store table linens, serving pieces, etc. And...then I had to decorate another tablescape for the top, of course.

So, I moved my large ginger jar and a couple of Johnson Brothers plates to the top of the highboy to help with moving the eye upward. They also help tie in the blues that are in my wool rug on the floor.

Back to the tablescapes... 

I took the brass bowl and greenery, along with the crackle vases, to the hall table that I worked on earlier (and kept it styled with blue and white pieces until just a day ago.) Keeping a vignette display for the summer is a long time for me. So, I moved the blue and white off and put in the pieces that were put on the dining table just a few days ago.

This is the narrow hall table that did have a collection of blue and white pieces.

And later a collection of trays.

Yes, I move things around quite a bit.

With moving my blue and white into the dining room I now have several blue supporting characters with the dark blue wool rug and various pieces of blue china. The blue china is a mix of Johnson Brothers, Staffordshire, Spode, and décor pieces.

I think it is OK to mix pedigree pieces with things that are just pretty.

This is the brass chandy that we bought. It is a combination of brass and stone. I had Williamsburg style brass fixtures in our old house and I was a bit reluctant to pick out brass again...but with brass and gold trending again I decided to take the plunge and go with brass again. I love this piece. The pictures  really do not do it justice. The drawer pulls on my chests are also brass. Again, I am traditional so sometimes my older items still speak to me while others might think that they are just old. Give me old and historic furniture and china and I am a happy camper.

This is it for the switching about of my dining room and hall table vignettes for this week. You can redesign rooms or tabletops by using what you already own. Just mix it up differently! 

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My Kentucky Living
My Kentucky Living

Hello, I'm Sheila and my house is a giant art project! I enjoy creating an environment where my family can feel safe, secure, and loved. We are empty nesters learning to slow down and enjoy life.

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