Monday, October 29, 2012

NC Part 6- The Dining Room

Here's the dining area in our
North Carolina 'Cabbage'.
We painted the window wall a rich Barn Red,
 Sherwin Williams-Martha Stewart Signature.
We changed out the wrought iron chandelier
 to an antler chandelier. We used what we
had to furnish the Cabbage. The furniture
we've collected over the years has
found a home here. 
The table is very old. I've had it for over
40 years. It was given to me by a neighbor
in Chicago when she moved.
Someone had given it to her years earlier too.
 The ladder back chairs were bought in
Long Grove, IL many years ago.
 The antique corner cupboard, one of my
favorite pieces, was bought in Ohio.
A collection of oil lamps, some vintage, 
an antique wood cheese box all sit on top.
We attended several art shows while in IL.  
The artist Jack Schmitt was a favorite. 
I had several of his original watercolors
reframed and rematted to use here. 
 The bamboo blinds and suede valances are from K-Mart.
Free books from the Bryson City Library 
line the window ledge.
Pine cones and wooden apples fill an old 
wooden bowl on the table.
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One of my favorite things about 
Fall in the Smokies
 is having a fire going every night.
I like that we can see the fireplace from the 
dining room table when we're having dinner. 
We even light the fire in the mornings to 
get the chill out, and enjoy it while 
we're having breakfast.

Stay Cozy...

Thursday, October 25, 2012

NC Part 5 - Neutral Fall Tablescape

Still in the Smokies.
I gathered some of my this-and-that 
to create a neutral Fall table setting this week.
 Here's what I used.
 Leather placemats from JCP outlet, 
on sale for $2 each. 
 Woven bamboo chargers. I found these last 
Saturday at the Maple Leaf Fest in Whittier.
 I got 6 for $2 !!
 My pewter dinnerware set. 
 6 dinner plates, salad plates, bowls, and 
mugs with white pottery liners. 
I got this set at a neighborhood garage sale in
 Barrington, IL many years ago for $30.
 Grapevine napkin rings. 
White ceramic escargot dishes. 
We love escargot.
 My hammered finish Cambridge flatware has
 a bit of a rustic look and works with everything.
 White teapot on warming trivet, 
cow creamer, heart ramekin for soft butter
 and covered bowl for sugar or jam.
 Cow salt and pepper set sits in front of a 
black and white gingham check pumpkin from
 Target last year.
 A Longaberger wrought iron candle stand 
usually sits on the kitchen window sill. 
This week it's a centerpiece.
 A Longaberger pillar candle holder works 
perfectly as a wine caddy. 
I love the pinecone and acorn motif.
 This time I'm using the Longaberger wrought
 iron stand with the metal tray to hold 
the teapot and cow creamer.
It also has a Fall relief pattern.
A use what you have tablescape!

Stay Cozy...


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

NC Part 4: Using A Vintage Window

Thrifting in North Carolina is always on my list.
My favorite find this week was this old window.
 It's all chippy and distressed.
One side was shabby white.
It had perfectly worn edges.
The other side was this vintage green color.
All I did was clean it.
I decided to use the old green side. 
It looked a little plain. I wanted to add a 
banner or bunting across the top but didn't
have the time or patience. 
I grabbed some leaves I had picked up 
and tucked them into the wire that was at
the top. I was going to remove the wire, 
but as it turned out it came in handy.
My plan was to add it to the top of the
entertainment center.
before
 after
Replaced the other things on top.
 I really like it.
$5.00 for hours of fun!

Stay Cozy!

Monday, October 22, 2012

NC Part 3 -Autumn Leaves Tablescape

Still at the NC condo....
I pulled a few items together that I had, 
most of them for years, and a few local finds 
to create an Autumn leaves tablescape.
I'm using the rattan chargers again. 
The black fabric placemats reverse to red 
for another look. Two for one placemats.
 The leaf print plates are used for salad.
 They were a thrifty find at a local craft fair. 
Someone had decoupaged fabric on the back
of glass plates. I got 4 for $1.25.
 All the leaf pottery is from Walmart. 
I bought it on sale last year.
A wreath of fabric Autumn leaves encircles
 a glass hurricane pillar candle.
 Clay pot saucers are used as wine coasters. 
The classic amber stemmed wine glasses
 were bought in Germany many years ago.
 Grapevine napkin rings.
 I used a long hand knitted scarf as a table 
runner. These scarves are great to find at
 all of our local towns' art and craft fairs.
An Autumnized table! 
Ready for an autumn dinner... start with my


Stay cozy...

Gone Leafin' - Part 2, The Living Room

When we bought the condo it was 
a  blank slate. I wanted it to feel
 like a cabin...or cottage..or more cabin.
So it became our cabbage.
Hence the name of it's blog:
I don't keep it active anymore, 
but it's still there to see.
Come on inside!
This was how it started. 
The living room before.
Stone fireplace, log mantle, raised hearth.
 Double sliders on each side leading out to the
 large back deck.
Vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors.
Split bedrooms with baths on each side.
This is now.....
Stone fireplace with sunflower oil painting.
The painting was on sale in a gallery style 
restaurant. We were having my birthday 
dinner there along with my mother and 
she bought it for my birthday gift. 
Larry made the frame from pallet wood
 and I painted it with some
 of the leftover wall paint.  
We added the wood paneled ceiling and the
 beams to give it a more cabin/rustic feel.
 Also added the woodsy antler chandelier.
Dining area too.
We painted the accent wall in the dining area 
Barn Red by Sherwin Williams, a bold red. 
 The living area is painted Bagel by Behr, 
a warm gold color. 
We also added window treatments.
The  antique six drawer chest was bought 
at the Kane County Flea Market. We went 
every month when we lived in Barrington, IL.  
It's one of the best flea markets in the 
country. I got most of my Fleas finds there.
We used quite a bit of our old furniture
and art. It seemed to work better here.
I found a pair of antler lamps and an antler
 frame at one of the local shops. 
That's us with our three Yorkies, 
Lucky, Lucy, and Princess.
(This is our first October without Princess
 and we sure do miss her. She'll show up in 
some of these older pictures enjoying
 herself. Sweet baby.)
Our plywood bear project hangs on this wall. 
The bedrooms with baths are on each side .
The living room, Larry relaxing watching the
 big TV. It can be hidden behind the 
shuttered doors on the wall unit. 
A fire in the fireplace is a must for a cozy. 
North Carolina evening at home.
Lucy warming up after a walk outside.


Stay cozy.....