Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Décor: A Weekend Bookshelf Project



I finally got around to doing a much needed overdue project in the master bedroom this past weekend.


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Remember the nondescript built-in bookshelf that’s actually a hidden door?
Too plain Jane.


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Now Ooh La La!


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I had some left over toile fabric that was used to cover the inside of the armoire.
It looks a little more beige/yellow in the photos, but it’s the same creamy white in person.


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I did this project in about an hour.  I measured the backs of the shelves and cut poster board to size.  I then cut the fabric a little larger and folded it around the back of the poster board like wrapping paper and secured it with tape.  I used masking tape to adhere it to the cabinet back.  So easy to change out.
Here are the 4 panels before I taped them in!


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I love the way it turned out!


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I’m playing around with styling the shelves.   With it actually being a door (and a heavy one at that), I have to be careful what I put on it.  I can’t put lots of books or anything extremely breakable.  That’s why it tends to look bare.


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I definitely think the fabric helps to add some interest.


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Now to tackle the shelves in the library.  It will be a much bigger task and I’m not sure yet what fabric I’ll use.
Do you think it might be a different colored toile?
You  know me…


On another note, has anyone seen or tried these candles at Bath and Body Works?  I highly recommend them.  They’re two of my new favorites.


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They smell absolutely divine!!!

Blessings,
Kim

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Monday, January 28, 2013

A BIG Announcement…Are You Dreaming In French?



Have you ever thought about how thrilling it would be to actually BE in France hunting for YOUR OWN flea market finds?


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Can you imagine yourself “brocanting” for real French treasures IN France?


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Wouldn’t you just love to search for these?


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And these?


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Well you can…..I’m so excited to announce this exclusive 

Blogger’s Brocanting Tour in France: Paris to Normandy
which is scheduled for September 19-25, 2013.

You won’t want to miss this exciting opportunity to travel with fellow bloggers who have the same interests as you.
If you’ve been following along for some time, you know I’ve given a few “sneak peek” announcements the past several weeks.
Well the details are worked out and it’s time for me to officially invite my blogging friends on this memorable adventure of a lifetime!









I’ll be leading this group of bloggers with the help of my friend Cat from Sunday Brocantes. She and her husband Alain live in Normandy and offer the most wonderful shopping tours.  Cat has put together a fun-filled 7 day excursion tailored specifically for this special group of adventurous bloggers (are you going to be one of them?).
Thanks, Cat!



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There’ll be lots of fun, camaraderie, and shopping to be had on this trip.

What are you waiting for? Pack your suitcase and dig out your favorite scarves. France is awaiting us!  Ooh La La!


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Space is limited.
Please let me know if you are interested in reserving a spot.


Questions?
Contact me at khites@iccgh.com

Blessings,

Thursday, January 24, 2013

A Delicate Valentine & Special Cherubs

It’s a very chilly 25 degrees here today and I’m thinking about hearts, and love, and roses, and chocolate…..all things to warm the romantic heart.

This precious and very delicate antique valentine card was found many years ago when my husband and I were out antiquing.

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It must have been very special to someone of long ago, because it was already custom framed in this small shadowbox frame.  I’ve never found another one like it.

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Can you see the depth?  It has about 4 layers.

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Of course I’ve never removed it, but it’s most likely German.

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Look at all that awesome gold Dresden scrap.

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As I was thinking about Valentine’s Day today I ran across some antique porcelains that I have with cherubs on them.  The detail on these pieces is amazing.

This is an irregular shaped vanity tray from Limoges, France.

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Here is a cute small plate from Bavaria.

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But my favorite is the Sevres cachepot.  The detail is incredible and it has the most gorgeous shade of blue.

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Cherubs are such a popular icon anytime of the year, and especially during February.  Do you have favorite cherub pieces or valentines?

It’s supposed to snow here tomorrow and I guess now that I’m thinking about Valentine’s Day I’ll start planning some tabletop vignettes.

Here’s to romance,

Kim

Monday, January 21, 2013

What Time Is It?


Time to give you a sneak peek at my Roost clock that finally arrived.


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It has been hung above the family room mantle and my husband says it’s the PERFECT clock for people of our age at a whopping 24” diameter!  Hey, what does he mean by that?


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I’m still playing and tweaking with a vignette, so I’ll show you the final result in a few days. 
I’ve just returned from Lexington with some new camera toys to improve my photos.

Here’s to big clocks! (and cool camera equipment!)

Kim

Thursday, January 17, 2013

My Master Bedroom To Date

 

News Flash:

Please visit Kim over at Savvy Southern Style TOMORROW for my guest post on My Favorite Room.  It’ll be a blast.  See you there!

Now on with today’s post….

As most of you know, I’ve been working on my master bedroom for quite some time now.

It’s gone from this…(holy smoly, did I do this?)

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To this…(really?)

 

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And this…(what was I thinking?)

 

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To this…

 

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And this…

 

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Are you seasick yet?

Drum roll please…

TO THIS

 

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Shew! Finally!

Sherwin Williams Wool Skein on the walls.

 

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Ethan Allen’s new upholstered bed and embroidered shams from Horchow.

 

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Entrance to the room…

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Master foyer…

Love the custom shield shade lamp…it’s mate is in the sunroom.

 

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Detail on the Italian reverse painted antique mirror.

 

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Built-in bookshelf?

Are you sure?

 

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How about a hidden room…leading to luggage storage and a spiral staircase down to my husband’s office!

 

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Limestone mantle…notice the shell motif.

 

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I’m crazy about these vases.  Look at the sweater detail!  These came from Target for a song.  I have been wanting the Arteriors version which were big $$$ until I came across these!

 

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This is a Barclay Butera chair that was upholstered in linen from France.

 

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A rare bronze Eiffel Tower on marble base and set of first edition Napoleon Hill books (a gift to my husband for Christmas) sit next to a Napoleon III glove box that I found at the Paris Flea Market.

 

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I decided on the Alexa Hampton lattice swing arm wall sconces in dark nickel.  The pattern mimics the “X” in the nightstand.

 

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You can’t see it, but the small votives are pewter and have our initial “H” engraved on them.

 

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Ahhhh…my coveted French armoire…but I digress…read about it HERE.

 

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A small oil on board French painting (read about it HERE) and an antique sifter of some sort that I decided to hang on the wall.

I like that it adds dimension, texture, and depth.

 

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Custom toile padded cornices that I used at a previous home and decided to keep in storage.  I’m sure glad I did!

 

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And there you have it.  A new and improved master bedroom.

Now to rest.

Happy Decorating,

Kim

P.S. Remember to visit Kim at Savvy Southern Style tomorrow for my guest post on My Favorite Room.  It’ll be a blast!  See you there.

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