Tablescapes, Home Decor, Thrifting, Cooking

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Pottery Barn to the Rescue!

Early in the summer we did a bedroom switch.  Our guest bedroom was on the lower level. The furniture is a three piece antique burled walnut set I found at an estate sale in Enid, Oklahoma back in the early 70’s.  Because the bed is a double with a footboard and our new son in law is 6’4, we thought he might appreciate a queen size bed when he and our daughter come to visit.


In my mind the new d├ęcor for the guest room would revolve around these pillows I found at TJMaxx and fell in love with.

As you can see they reverse to a stripe.

I had vision of a room that took on a Ralph Lauren feel…warm, comfortable, old suitcases.  You know the look?




The problem was finding a bedspread or quilt that I was happy with to coordinate with these pillows.  I brought home a pale yellow…not the right yellow.  I brought home a dark khaki and a light khaki…too uninteresting.  I even tried using the same old white quilt I’ve had on the bed for years….too tired of it!


Then I decided I didn’t HAVE to use these pillows.  I went into Pottery Barn to see what caught my eye and I found it!!  A beautiful quilt in a subdued blue with yellow and light brown accents.  I have a friend who works there and she was so good about searching the store to find some fun pillows.






I Love the cable “sweater” pillow!



Pottery Barn only had one matching pillow sham which I grabbed fast to use as a focal point around all the others I might incorporate.

I bought the gold patterned pillow shown on the left and decided to come home and just see if my original pillows in soft yellow might work with this.

DSCN5009_1023 Oh!! I LIKED the stripped side with what I had purchased!



I was in Kansas City over the weekend and my daughter and I went into Pottery Barn on the Plaza.  I found the 20 x 20 burlap square pillow top on sale!  I love the added texture this provides.  I am shopping soon for a pillow insert.

The little stripped pillow in the front was from an upscaled resale shop.  Do you think the fringe works?




I still have much fine tuning to do to the room, but I am very excited with how it’s coming together!


I envision hanging some of my brown transferware on the walls



And using some old vintage luggage I have to give the room a Ralph Lauren look!


And see this old map of the United States?  I currently have it in the bathroom up high on a ledge.  The colors seem perfect for my new room.  I’m thinking of transplanting it to this bedroom above a wooden desk in this room.  Yes?







In the meantime, Magnolia says it sleeps real good!




What says the feel of a Ralph Lauren room to you?


I will share more pictures as the room progresses.  We are expecting a new granddaughter very soon.  I may be spending the next couple of weeks rocking instead of decorating!  ; )


So happy to have you stop by for a visit!

I am joining Kristen at Kristen’s Creations



Thursday, October 13, 2011

My Fall Open House

Hey All!  I truly have missed you and seeing all the Fall fun that goes on this time of year.  I can’t even begin to think of all the decorated homes I’ve missed out on!


I just needed a little Bloggy break while I took care of a few things.  Mr. Brown Socks had a surprise surgery in September when his thyroid biopsy turned out to be cancerous BUT thank the good Lord our prayers were answered.  He had the entire thyroid removed and he doesn’t need any further treatment!  The dr. will keep a close eye on things over a long period of time with ultrasounds and such but he seems good as new!  He’s chopping wood for winter, planning a hunting trip and enjoying all those masculine things he likes to do.  Thanks so much to all those who knew about this and sent up prayers.


This past weekend I held my Fall (with a little bit of Christmas) Silk open house.  We had beautiful weather and it was a lot of fun seeing so many familiar faces and a few new ones too.   



  This is what people saw when they first walked in, my Entry table

bursting with fall loveliness in orange, burnt red, golds and FEATHERS!  (love ‘em!)


  The dining room is off to the left so my guests were greeted with this scene pictured below.

For the first time I incorporated some dishes to the table. Just so happens they are my beloved brown transferware.


A designer friend helped me set up.  It was fun to see what ideas she had for display.

Notice the fabric pumpkins?  They were for sale too.  Another designer friend made them and she asked if she could add them to my show.

I liked the look of something other than silks.  Don’t you think the dishes, chargers and the fabric pumpkins helped in that way? Seems more interesting.


DSCN4901_921  The kitchen table was filled too with vibrant fall color.






This piece was one of my favorites and I still have it.





DSCN4906_926  Beth wanted a dramatic look for the piano, one that would compliment the pictures above.  I think she achieved that with the black and apple green combo!


I have more pictures I will share with you soon.

Hopefully I still have a few friends still around to talk to!

TootlesUntil Next Time…. I’m off to see a bit of what I have missed!