Creating A Green & White Fall Tablescape

Over the weekend, I decided to bring a hint of Fall into my dining room.  I say “hint” because in keeping with the other Fall decor I’ve done this year {see posts here and here}, I decided to continue with the green and white color scheme.  I know that to many, green and white doesn’t seem like Fall colors, but to me, it looks like the area in which I live!  I am surrounded by evergreen trees that don’t change color, as well as Sycamores that go from green to brown with nothing in between.  Sure there are the occasional trees that have a beautiful display of Fall colors, but I don’t see any surrounding my home and so to me, Fall is represented by green and brown…and my love of white pumpkins. :)

I wanted my Fall tablescape to reflect my love of mixing opposites and so I decided on a rustic elegant look.  Since I was mixing a lot of textures, I decided to keep the color scheme very muted and soft.  Unfortunately, what I discovered about this muted color scheme is that it doesn’t photograph well!  But I did my best… :)

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I thought for a long time about what type of greenery I could use that wouldn’t look too much like Spring or Christmas and finally settled on some gray-green seeded eucalyptus that I purchased at Trader Joe’s.  Not only does it smell amazing, but I love that it lays flat nicely but also drapes beautifully from the urn.

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Actually, the idea for this tablescape all started with this rusty iron urn that I got from the Co-Op Chicks.  It’s so old that a hole has rusted through the bottom, making it so I couldn’t plant anything in it or use it as a vase, which is why I decided to stack it with silver and white pumpkins.  But I just love the ribbing and fluted detail on it, rust and all!

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Since the urn was so rustic, I decided to keep my place settings very simple and a bit more refined.  I used my IKEA dishes, white linen ruffled napkins, a silver charger, and my vintage flatware.

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To add a bit of elegance, I added a mini orange pumpkin that I spray painted silver to each plate to tie in with the silver chargers.  I also included a spotted guinea hen feather that I had recently purchased from Feather and Earth {for another project but I had a few left over!}.

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And to contrast with the shiny silver used in the place settings, I used vintage tin molds containing wooden tiles as place cards.  Yes, the K is for me.  :)

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I plan to let the eucalyptus dry just as it is and the benefit, of course, is that the dining room smells amazing!

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I still have a few Fall touches to add to the dining room buffet, but other than that, I’m just about ready!

 

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Designer Spotlight: Lisa Luby Ryan

The other day while working on my post about writing desks, I pulled up a picture on Pinterest to use in the article.  While I had pinned the image long ago, I hadn’t ever clicked through to find the source but once I did, I discovered Lisa Luby Ryan…and then I discovered that so many of the beautiful rooms I had pinned in the past were all designed by her!  I was compelled to learn more about this amazingly talented lady and thought I’d share the details and beautiful images with you in today’s Designer Spotlight.

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Lisa Luby Ryan is a talented interior designer based in Dallas, Texas and the owner of Vintage Living, a European antiques and home furnishings boutique.  As a designer, she seamlessly blends French, Italian, and Swedish antiques and found objects with modern conveniences to create calm spaces for everyday living.  She chooses items that bring a story or a bit of history to a home.  The spaces she creates often reflect nature’s color palette and her clean interiors allows these objects to shine.   

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“I’m drawn to aged materials and textures, things that have a history and have stood the test of time.” – Lisa Luby Ryan

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For me, it’s the mix of rustic elegance that Lisa incorporates that draws my attention.  A plank wood table looks perfectly at home paired with a crystal chandelier in her designs.

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I also love that she doesn’t overpower furniture and decor with architectural details, allowing the items to truly take center stage in the room.

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Lisa has an amazing ability to mix old and new, rustic and refined, to create one-of-a-kind living spaces.

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There are some Before & After photos on her website and one thing that really stands out to is how great of an impact furniture and accessories make in a space, even without making any structural changes.  I love how using a series of images above the fireplace brings the room down to human scale.

 

And here, changing out the lighting from an overhead chandelier to wall sconces creates such a focal point on the wall!

 

Now that I better recognize Lisa’s work, I’ve realized that it was actually her living room that inspired me to incorporate blue into my holiday decor last year!  And now I’m going to be on the lookout for some preserved magnolia leaves for the mantel.

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In her shop, Vintage Living, Lisa provides customers find an array of monochromatic sophisticated selections with a touch of chic.  She repurposes found objects into unique creations that add interest, history, and texture.  Should I ever make it to Texas, her store will be a must on my itinerary!

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I hope you enjoyed learning more about Lisa and getting a glimpse of her gorgeous work!  You can also find her style in her line of lamps and accessories with Arteriors.

 

Enjoy your weekend!
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The Writing Desk – A Stylish Solution

I’ve never before thought of a desk as being decorative, especially if it’s my kids’ desks covered in snack wrappers and eraser shavings, but the more I see writing desks, the more in love I become with them.  Not only are the often beautiful pieces of furniture , but they are multi-functional, and I love, love, love furniture pieces that have more than one use, don’t you?

 

The type of writing desk that I’m referring to is one that doubles as a sofa table.  It’s different from having a desk in a home office because when used as a sofa table, the work area is part of the living space and central to the rest of the house.

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When not in use, the desk acts as a sofa table holding decorative items and functional lighting.

 

 

These types of desks are smaller in scale with limited storage, so they are best suited for laptop work or a small writing area, but they provide maximum function in a minimal footprint, so they are ideal for apartments, lofts, or other small spaces.

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Longer sofas can accommodate longer desks which would also be ideal as a kids work station for after school homework!

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Depending on the size of the room, you can actually use a regular desk or table placed behind a sofa as well.  This is one of my favorite spaces I’ve come across and my dream for my living room layout!  {I just have to vault my ceiling, add planking, enlarge my windows….Lol!}

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Also, changing out the type of desk chair used really changes the entire feel of the piece.  A larger chair makes the desk feel more like a functional desk, whereas small stools provide function but look more decorative when not in use.

 

I came across a beautiful writing desk in a local consignment store a few months back at that time, intended to keep my baby grand piano in the living room and so there was no space for a desk.  Since then, I’ve decide that it’s time for the piano to go since {sadly} no one plays it and it’s taking up a lot of space in the room.  I currently write my blog at my kitchen table because I like to look around the entire house as I blog so that I feel connected to and inspired by my home.   Of course, come dinnertime, I’m always shoving my laptop to the side to set the table and worried that a glass of milk might spill and ruin the computer.  Perhaps it’s time for a writing desk!

I love this one from Stanley Furniture because the top opens up to create a larger surface, allowing it to double as a dining table.  This would be perfect for me to use year-round as a desk and during the holidays as a buffet or kids table.  I’m hoping I can find a table that functions similarly on Craigslist…

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Not only would a writing desk be functional and pretty, but it would give me an excuse to buy another beautiful vintage chair!  {Although, since I have a slight obsession with vintage chairs, I don’t really need another excuse to buy one…}

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Even a sofa table that’s not intended for use as a desk will work so long as the height is right for a work surface {and of course for the height of the chair that you pair with it}.  Around 30″ tall, plus or minus, is fairly standard, so look for one that it about this height.  You’ll also need to make sure there isn’t a bar or shelf running lengthwise along the bottom that might interfere with pushing in a chair.

 

Off to search Craigslist now!
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Shopping for Vintage Cameras, Ironstone & More

Happy early birthday to me!  This weekend my kiddos were home sick so our weekend camping plans were cancelled and I spent time hanging at home, rearranging decor and shopping online.  {Yes, I ignored the piles of laundry and barren refrigerator…isn’t that what Monday is for?!}  I did manage to steal away for a couple of hours, though, to visit some of my favorite local stores.  While it’s true that I go shopping a lot, I don’t tend to purchase things very often, but this weekend was different.  So, Happy Early Birthday to me!

While at a local shop, I spotted a vintage camera that I swear was calling my name.  But I resisted….and then thought about it all night long!  So I raced out the next morning to see if it was still there and I was in luck.  I am completely smitten with my “new” Kodak Recomar No. 33.  It was made during the 1930′s for amateur photographers and is in beautiful condition.  There are no tears in the bellows and the Cable Release is intact, whereas I find this piece is often missing in many of the vintage cameras I’ve previously come across.

Isn’t she a beauty?!  She’s the first piece in my vintage camera collection.  Every collection has to start somewhere, right?!

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I also made a stop at HomeGoods and if you follow me on Facebook, then you’ll already know that I found the most fantastic blue velvet tufted Chesterfield and an amazing linen and burlap settee!  But I also came across some super cute blue and white chicken salad plates.  For $2.99 each, I just couldn’t resist.

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I love when items have special details on them and as the sales clerk started wrapping the plates, I noticed that the floral pattern extended to the underside as well!  I know no one will ever see this once I’ve set the table, but just knowing that it’s there makes it extra special.

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The salad plates came in two different shapes – I bought the square.  They also had three different styles of bowls, appetizer plates, dinner plates, mugs, and more, and the pattern came in red, blue and black.

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Aside from these two purchases, I bought two other items from Etsy.  Lately, I’ve been browsing Etsy almost every day because I’m looking for some vintage sconces for my downstairs bathroom.  But I also regularly look at the listing for white ironstone because for some reason, I have a hard time finding ironstone locally.  I currently have four pieces but would love have more, so when I spotted this adorable sugar jar from Edith & Evelyn I knew it was going to be the next piece in my collection!

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This is a W&E Corn Burslem piece from the early 1900′s and has a gorgeous scalloped detail on the top with a corn pattern around the body.TIDBITS TWINE Ironstone Sugar Jar 2 Shopping for Vintage Cameras, Ironstone & More

 

 

I was just about ready to check out with my purchase when another item in Cindy’s shop caught my eye.  Opera glasses.  I have long wanted a pair to include in my downstairs cabinet and these fit the bill perfectly.

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These Lemaire Fabt Paris glasses are circa. 1880 and in working condition.    The leather, once black, is very worn, but that gives it part of its charm that I love so much!

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And while on the subject of Edith & Evelyn, I love the vintage trophy cups currently available in her shop.  I didn’t buy any, but coincidentally came across them on Pinterest last week.  I can seriously think of a thousand uses for old trophy cups, but with Fall just around the corner, would’t these look great displayed in a grouping filled with cotton branches, feathers, and acorns?

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And last but not least, I received some vintage wooden blocks this weekend.  My friend Kelly from Co-Op Chicks knew I loved these and gave them to me when I was helping her get ready for her Barn Sale.  I love vintage wooden objects like hat molds, cutting boards, spools, shoes forms, etc., so these are right up my alley!  I’m thinking that they would look cute under a cloche as part of a Christmas vignette.

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I am in love with my new purchases and can’t wait to incorporate them into my home.  Of course, as a personal rule, whenever I add something to my house, I try to get rid of something else so that I don’t find myself drowning in stuff!  So, this week I’ll have to spend a little time cleaning out the cabinets and my room of extra decor to make space for my new treasures.

 

Hope your week is off to a great start!
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A Green & White Fall Mantel

I love this time of year when the air turns crisp and the leaves start to fall.  Hot apple cider, pumpkin scones, acorns, gourds, baby boo pumpkins, family…there are so many things that I love about Fall!  But there’s one little thing that I don’t love.  Decorating with orange.  What can I say?  Orange just isn’t in my comfort zone!  Finding Fall decor that isn’t red, orange, and yellow is challenging, so this year, I just used items that I had on hand.  Plant clippings, white pumpkins, hydrangea, and pinecones all mix together to create my version of a Fall mantel!

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I included my potted wheat stalks, which have a traditional Fall look to them.  I then decided that the worn edges of old books would tie in well with the wheat, and so added some books to the mantel.  On one side, I stacked several together in a grouping.

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I added a white pumpkin and a pinch of my Bright Ideas sweet potato vine for a pop of color.

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On the other side, I included a bloom from my hydrangea, which started out blue {see it here} but has now turned to this amazing green color!  Fingers crossed that I’ll be able to successfully dry it.

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I added a few pinecones and acorns across the entire mantel, and centered my latest ironstone find, a covered casserole dish.

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I haven’t had this piece very long, but I’ve already found lots of uses for it all around the house!  {Hmmmmm…I might need another one!}

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So that’s how Fall looks in my living room this year!  What are your favorite Fall colors to use in decorating?
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