Wednesday, January 18, 2012

My Online Tag Sale ~

I have a few pictures for sale... These are items I have loved and were displayed in my own home. 

First up is a wonderful old paint by number of Dogs. Very nicely done, vintage and in great condition. The frame is old gesso, missing a bit here or there but displays nicely. Glass is very old, WAVY with bubbles and has a wonderful reflection. Measures 20x24. Frame has an old chain attached to the frame for hanging. Could use a few new nails in the back to secure the glass.  Price is $85  


Reduced to $ 60



Sorry for the blurry photo below..



Also for sale is an antique yard long picture of flowers. Very soft and muted tones, lightest pinks, soft hint of purple and white with soft green leaves. Beige background with slightest hint of blue. This was in my kitchen above my cabinets. This print is by Mary Hart, see lower right corner. Has beautiful old wavy glass, creamy frame with decorative metal corners.  No water damage. Print has a slight wave to it. Measures 36x10. Price is $80 
SOLD








I also have a Victorian Oil Sunday School Painting for sale. Very good condition from the late 1800's. Of hollyhocks. Background is a soft green. Very well executed. From my personal collection. I have owned this for years. Signed and dated BC '86. Painting has old nails and canvas is stretched on original wood. One small repair that is not noticeable. Lower right corner could use a new nail. Measures 24x12. Price is $125


Reduced to $100





If you would like more information on any of these items, please email me. At this time, I am not really looking to ship the items with *old* glass. I will mark the items sold when they are. Pickup is available in Thousand Oaks, California. The oil painting can be shipped. Email me for a shipping quote by zip code.

This is my first time posting things for sale so I will see how it goes! Thanks for stopping by :)

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Decorating above Kitchen Cabinets ~ Why is it so hard?

With the New Year, I decided I was ready for a change in the kitchen. Something a bit more farmhouse, more rustic, and less fussy. Here is a picture of our kitchen taken by Jennifer at "The Old Painted Cottage" when she featured our home on her blog in August 2010. 


I wanted to remove most of the floral elements, tole trays, bird houses, white accessories... It's a New Year and I'm ready for a change!! I decided that I would do this change without buying anything new, just use what I have on hand. When watching decorating shows they always tell you to remove everything so you can really see what needs to be done. So, I removed EVERYTHING from above the kitchen cabinets and placed it on my center island. 

{Of course I didn't think this was going to be blog-worthy so I never photographed that mess...so sorry. I may never learn!}

I also didn't plan ahead because this wasn't really a smart move late in the afternoon... Taking everything off the upper cabinets at 5:00pm... Not only was there crap antiques all over our kitchen counters but my family decided they were hungry and I should feed them! Do you believe this? Can't they see that I'm very busy?? 

Kraft Macaroni and Cheese anyone??
 (don't judge!)

After cooking a gourmet meal, I went around and "shopped my house" for rustic, farmhouse, vintage accessories I already owned. Opened closets, took pictures off walls, made a big mess... You know the drill! I put all my inspiration pieces in the kitchen and started to feel very overwhelmed. 

What had I just started??

My kitchen cabinets are staggering heights. Since our home was completely rebuilt a few years ago, I often get asked if we designed the kitchen. We did not. We purchased the home after it's completion. I didn't choose any of the kitchen finishes although I would say the majority are my taste. Since the ceilings are very high, the builder went with a staggered look to the cabinets.  I'm not sure I love this look and it certainly makes them hard to decorate. Nothing I place up there seems proportioned or well balanced. I really struggle with decorating this space.

I decided to take a few minutes to search blogs, Pinterest and magazines for kitchen ideas. You know what I found?? Everybody struggles with "over the cabinet" decorating.... It's Hard!! 

So here's where I'm at today....


My Puritan Bakery box, which I found at Flea Market Wednesday, made the cut... It stayed in the same spot. I tried a few other pieces (a big basket, a large wicker trunk) but decided to stay with the wood box. I did remove the floral tray that was behind it.


I'm going to move to the "right" for each of the photos 
so I can give you a tour...


The area over the microwave...


This area was the hardest in the entire kitchen. I originally had an antique tole bird cage and floral tole tray above the microwave (both for sale soon on Etsy). I replaced them with an old sifting screen, large scale, chunky glass/silver salt shakers, brown transferware platter, and a concrete baby chick... still not sure about this... does it look too staged?



Moving right again....


This area was a bit easier... I placed some lattice pottery, another (smaller) scale and a brown transferware platter. The platter is one of my favorites and it was hanging on the wall next to my kitchen table. Look at that empty nail.... 


I now have to find something to hang on the wall in it's place.... 


I also added an antique pickle jar which I purchased last year from Restoration Hardware in Woodland Hills, California.  When that store was closing, RIP, I got this jar at 75% off... It was still expensive but worth every penny. I filled it with Vintage Silver plate which was purchased at a Thrift store. My family doesn't care for the dainty utensils but when I have a party, it's nice to have extra silverware...


Moving right again, you can see my favorite concrete chap...


Given to me by my mom...
 after I begged her for years! 


He's all decayed from being in my mom's garden... perfect patina! 


The kitchen looking towards the {winter bare} backyard...


An antique fragment hangs over the sink. Probably from an old iron fence. I don't love the hooks that Mr. AntiqueChase used to secure it to the wall, but it's up for us me to enjoy. 

It has remnants of old green paint which I just love...


A couple of vintage cement chickens 
can watch over me while I do dishes...



An antique french basket over the fridge... 
It has a fake ivy in it for a hint of color... 

Wait... is that the phone ringing?? 
Yes it is! 

1980 called and it wants its fake Ivy back??


Tell me...
Should I ditch the fake ivy or is it acceptable up there??


Now, looking back towards the sink...
Notice anything??


I moved my chicken crate 
(which was under the coffee table in my prior post)

and it's now a plant stand of sorts....

Holding a real plant... 
a succulent ring left over from my Thanksgiving table.


Just when you told me you liked the chicken crate under my coffee table... 
I was too embarrassed to tell you I had already moved it!!


I removed the antique the bread boards that were propped over my stove... 
I loved the bread boards there 
but it started to feel too heavy.
  
To see that post click here


For now, 
I added a simple old drying rack... 

I love the weathered wood... 
the gray patina is fabulous!


I added a rustic tin chalkboard to the kitchen. Purchased in December from WUSLU. My teenagers always leave their dirty dishes in the sink...
they say 
they can't tell if the dishwasher is 'clean or dirty'.... It's not that hard people!!! Open the dishwasher and look!

However, I am onto them... 
and now there's no excuse!


I was using chalk to mark the "status" of the dishwasher... but Mr. AntiqueChase suggested using a magnet which works well. I need to find a cute magnet, or take some vintage do-dad and make one!


The wicker tray on the center island is new... I got it this week! I received a gift certificate to Restoration Hardware for Christmas. The tray was on clearance with an extra 10% off which make it a great price! The wicker is a grayish tone which matches my drying rack by the stove... It has a large rope detail on the top which looks beachy, like spring!! I placed three old demijohns in it. The demijohn bottles came right from my dining room table....


Old remnants of wicker and rope....


Some curly twigs thrown in...


I love the generous size of the basket on the island. 
It's just what I needed!


Wow, it looks so clean right now... 
deceiving!


Did I ever show you these little french prints above my kitchen desk? 
I have 8 of them... 

All purchased at flea markets 
and I found four at the Salvation Army. 

The glare is so bad on them, I'll show you more later...


Antique bread boards back in their french artillery basket...


And the pile on the floor by the fireplace...
the mess I am left with today... 

stuff that didn't make the cut...

I will be 
stuffing this all junk in the closet 
selling this all at my next garage sale!

So, tell me...
Do you struggle with decorating over cabinets??


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Sunday, January 1, 2012

Good Morning 2012 ~

Happy New Year Friends!! 
Thanks for dropping by today. 

There are some rooms in my house that have beautiful morning light.  My family room has windows that face South and the morning light warms the entire space... This room is connected to the kitchen and is a wonderful place to have a cup of coffee and plan my day... or in this case, the New Year!

 

The sun is beaming through the windows, 
and reminds me that each new day 
{and year} 
is filled with possibilities...


My candles seem to glow even though they are not lit...


My iron horse is galloping on the window sill..



Hey what's that under the coffee table??


My new {OLD} chicken crate...
holding my extra family room pillows


Under the window sits an antique desk.  It has a wonderful mission style. I adore its antique wicker combined with the patina of old oak. It displays ever-changing vignettes...



My favorite antique tole lamp... 
If you look closely 
you can see the metal birds on the lamp....


My favorite bird nest and a large glass cloche...
and some succulents in silver!!

Read more about bird nests under cloches 
by clicking here


Read more about planting succulents 
in old silver by clicking here



Check out that good looking couple in the frame...  
They are my maternal grandparents...

I found an old chippy white frame, 
scanned the tiny photo 
and had it enlarged at Costco.

What a treasure for under $10.00!


More antique books from the thrift store... 
 purchased for the fleur-de-lis covers.


Our family room windows face the backyard. We have no privacy issues (that I'm currently aware of) so the windows remained uncovered. No window treatments. Luckily, the morning sunlight light does not provide any glare on the TV... oh, and did you notice that we have a new TV?? I was resisting the BIG television, but hubby won...
{You can read the prior post here}

He wanted to hang the new TV on the wall and loose the hutch... That was a BIG NO... I love to display books on the hutch... so we compromised... He got his TV and I still have my hutch...


Inside the hutch, I have junk  the stereo components 
and some fantastic old wood crates. 

I didn't find these old boxes...
they found me!!

My sweet next door neighbor is moving away 
and when packing up she asked me 
if I wanted some 
"junky old wood boxes"... 

Do I want them?? 
Is that even a question??


This one holds our CD collection... 
If you look closely at the music artists, we look like real rockers!


Hydrangeas in an old crock...


The flowers catch the morning light beautifully!

My friend Alison at The Polohouse is having a linky party today called "Favorites on the First - Share Your Collection"... I linked my Antique Trophy Collection. There are so many inspiring collections to view. Have a collection of your own? Go link up! :)

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joy
health 
and peace!!

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