Monday, January 31, 2011

Lilies of the Valley

We opened the month here on The Little Round Table with
and we're closing the month with the same lovely flowers by
California Hand Prints.

Vintage Dunmoy tablecloth below.

And the vintage Calfironia Hand Prints interpretation for today's tablescape.
Details on the elements included at the end of this post.

Vintage Amberstone and Antique Gold Fiesta.

Tablecloth - vintage California Hand Prints
Flatware, yellow lantern, cutwork bowl and napkins from Home Goods
Contemporary Fiesta in Ivory, Chocolate and Lemongrass
Vintage Fiesta in Amberstone, Antique Gold and Turf Green
Vintage Green Depression Glass
White lantern - Pier 1
Silk Flowers - Michael's 

Thanks so much for coming by for this last tablescape of January 2011!

Kitchen Colors

I'm playing along with the everyone over at Nesting Place
with some of my Paint Colors

When we built this house in 2006, I treated myself to a couple of sessions
with a "color advisor."  With large expanses of wall areas and high ceilings, mistakes were not going to be made. It was important to get it right the first time around.

The BEST money I ever spent.  The first visit was on a dark cloudy day to the yet unfinished house with bare raw plaster walls. The second visit was on a sunny day.  Initial colors were chosen, color boards were prepared, a couple colors were eliminated, and final choices were made. An excellent 3 hours of time to choose one of the most important elements in the overall feeling in a home.

Second guessing decisions is a part of making so many critical choices over a few months time,  as a home goes from design to final result.  So it was that our painting contractor tried to talk us into "color matching" the brand of paint he preferred to the colors personally chosen by my color advisor.

Walls were painted with splashes of color from the chosen colors and
then side by side with the "matched" colors.  Not even close to the softness, warmth, "alive" feel of the real thing.  So the final decision was to go for the expert's choices and it was the best decision I ever made.  That being said, it is impossible to capture the way the colors of these rooms change with the seasons and with the light on any given day. They truly do reflect the "mood" of the day.

Kitchen Colors
Benjamin Moore
199 Barley
2144-40 Soft Fern
492 Dune Grass

A tip here from my advisor:
We dealt with only color #'s assigned by the maker, not the color names which can sway you just because of the emotional pull of one name over another.

The exhaust hood bump-out over the range is 492.
The right hand wall and ceiling in these images is 199, which
is the main color used for many of the rooms in the house.
The back and left hand walls are 2144-40.
The light playing on the back wall changes the whole look of the color.

My limitations as a photographer make it hard to convey the true beauty of these colors, but let me assure you that I wouldn't change a thing after four years.

Thanks for stopping by to visit!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Hope On The Horizon

After days of leaden skies, fog and a full night and day of rain ....
tonight's sunset indicates there is hope on the horizon for a better day.

The large "puffy" balls in the bare oak trees are mistletoe,
which is there year round, but barely visible once the trees leaf out.

I'm joining Blue Monday with Smiling Sally

Saturday, January 29, 2011

The Look of Vintage Valentines

with a post originally published Feb 2010
The tablecloth I made last year from contemporary fabrics, napkins from Tuesday Morning.
 It is shown here with White Post 86 Fiesta dinner plates and Scarlet Fiesta heart shaped
bowls, that are perfect for this holiday all about things to do with that loving feeling.

Glassware is from Target (4 tumblers @ $7.99, they come in red, green, blue, yellow;
also in thin horizontal stripes and big bold multi-color polka-dots!) Cutwork
creamware is from the "Victorian Collection" by Coastline Imports,
candle holders are vintage Metlox Poppytrail "Spiral."

Originally published Feb 2010

The Key To My Heart

which features a look back at previously published posts from the past.
Originally published Feb 3, 2010

Mr. TLRT found the key to my heart 47+ years ago, so here is a Valentine
tablescape with a key to unlock the romance in your life. Color and keys swimming
in a sea of hearts.  I'm sure one of the keys will fit perfectly with the one you love.

Starting the process .......
waiting for the sun from the clearstory windows to move away from the table .

This is a contemporary tablecloth purchased at Home Goods for about $10, along with the
napkins for about $5.  Made In China chargers, Post 86 Fiesta Scarlet dinner plates and the decorative salad plates also came from Home Goods during the Christmas season. The wine glasses are vintage.  The glass vase is a contemporary piece modelled after the vintage line of glassware called "Manhattan."  The vintage Manhattan relish tray can be seen in these two tablescapes .  These were items offered in the Park Avenue line of glassware:

There will be five additional Valentines' Day tablescapes here on
The Little Round Table in the next week or so.  Please check back to see them all!

Another idea for a Valentine tablescape is an older post that is very PINK. Girly Girly Pink

This post was originally published 2/3/10 for:
Welcome to another wonderful Tablescape Thursday
hosted by Susan over at Between Naps On The Porch!
Join the party and show us your tablescape.
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