Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!!

Just a bit of Halloween decor before it's put away.....

I found this darling pumpkin riding the bike a few years ago at Cracker Barrel.
Colorful stockings to keep his legs warm.

Riding off to find some more candy! :-))
A ceramic piece I painted many moons ago.
And last but not least, the dried pumpkins and cinnamon stick potpourri.

I hope you enjoyed the short tour of a few of the Halloween pieces. I'll be back in a bit with pictures of how I'm going to serve our Trick or Treaters this evening. Until then...
hugs ~lynne~

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Mums the Word!!

Hello everyone ! It's a frosty morning here in the Midwest. We had frost on the pumpkin this morning. Wow! Guess fall is slowly closing her doors. I have to say I'm not ready for what's following, I don't care for the snow, except from the inside out. So, let's look at something fun before we start thinking about snow.
For several years now I've put this little guy at our back door, he welcomes you with the sweetest smile. This year as in years past I add a few mums for him to watch over.

Around the pot I added some Spanish moss to cover the dirt and add a bit more texture.

Look at that face, don't you love his sweet smile?
He put on his best cardigan sweater for you.
Look at those eyes, he's so happy you stopped by. :-)) Now, we can only purchase one new piece of clothing at a time, so the patched overalls will have to do, after all they do have new patches on them. :-)) Now, we couldn't do a whole lot with the shoes, they've done plenty of walking in that ole pumpkin patch picking the right pumpkin just for you.

The beauty of a mum.....

What do we have here? Well, it's the Scooter look-a-like. She wanted to join in the festivities. lol

I think she looks a bit embarrassed. :-))
Yep, she's hiding out. :-))
Waiting for your arrival, Mr. Scarecrow has positioned himself under the mums.
Thanks for swinging by today and saying hello. Now, I'm off the front of the shop to put some finishing touches on all the Christmas decor. Yes, you read that right, the Christmas Open House is right around the corner so I'd best get busy! ;-)) Until next time...
hugs ~lynne~

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Let's Put an End to Things !!

I look around my home on a daily basis and wonder what can I move or change to spice things up. One thing I cannot live without is the ever presence of books. They are a main staple in my life. From those I read on a daily basis to the decorative ones I scatter here and there.

While cleaning the other day I realized not only do I have quite a few books, I also have a "small" collection of bookends. Are you ever surprised at how a small thing turns into a collection?

There is a logic as to why books are stored vertically. The boards that form a book's cover are more likely to deform if placed horizontally, especially if the surface they're placed on isn't flat or there are heavy books stacked on top.

Having said all of that, I would love to show you some of the bookends I have scattered here and there. Now, we know I dance to the beat of a different drum, I like to think outside the box and use the unusual in my home. Last spring while out and about I discovered these gorgeous sconces on sale. Now normally, they would hang on the wall and I thought why not use them as bookends. Don't they make quite the statement? They can serve double duty, if I tire of them as bookends I can use them on the wall later in a display. Genius huh? :-))
Don't you love all the details? Remember in an earlier post I told you I had pulled all the runners and napkins off my furniture? This picture was taken before that little task was performed. I'll share with you soon the difference. I'm really liking the "lighter" look and the beauty of my wood pieces showing off their beauty. I had to move these cuties to the dining room table to get a decent picture. You might recall seeing them sit on a piece in front of the dining room window. You can see that post here.

Pretty cute huh?

The details are incredible. I love her patting the puppy.

And this guy playing peek-a-boo!

These beauties were ordered from Nell Hill's in Briarcliff. Janet searched the store over for me to find them. I spotted them in one of Mary Carol's post and fell in "love"! The box their sitting on was one of my grandmothers, I added the old books for the vintage touch.

Moving across the room to the stereo cabinet, you'll find a deer and a green compote used as bookends.
I like the look of one laying down and the green compote on top, adds a bit more excitement to the vignette.
Let's head to the sunporch and I'll share with you the frog bookends. I know Michael of Gollum's would love these. I've had them for over 20 years. Made of bronze and full of whimsy, I fell in love with them. My girlfriend laughed and laughed the day I purchased them. You see, I think someone needs something to look at each day and just laugh.

Back inside we'll head to the kitchen. Quite awhile ago I started adding roosters to the decor , I've edited "a lot" of them out over the coarse of the last couple of years, but the rooster bookends are a mainstay. These are made of heavy bronze with tons of details built into their character.

If you love books and use them as decorating tools in your home, think outside the box and add something fun and different to use for your bookends. Until next time....
hugs ~lynne~

Saturday, October 23, 2010


Just dreaming of the summer that's past and the fresh strawberries that filled this dish... Hope you are having a wonderful weekend. Until next time...

hugs ~lynne~

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Let's turn some lights on

As fall approaches and our days get shorter, it's a good excuse to turn our lamps on. Lamps are a great way to add ambiance to any room, scattered across the room from each other they cast a mood of serenity and peace. Today I would like to share just a few of the lamps I have scattered across our home.

This beauty sits in the kitchen on top the mantel of the fireplace.

My love for bunnies isn't a secret. Everyone, and I do mean everyone "knows" I adore bunnies. Even the grandson says," you'll find bunnies every where in Grandma's house"! :-)) I fell in love with this lamp a very long time ago. I worked around it for over 4 years before "caving" and bringing it home. A perfect fit in the toile bedroom. Who couldn't fall in love with these cuties?
Across the room on the antique dresser sits a metal shaded lamp. The look is complete with some vintage books and family pictures. (I've changed the top of this dresser out, I'll share with you in a future post, what a difference a couple of changes made).

A close up look of the vintage metal shade.
Situated in the living room is this gorgeous beaded lamp. Originally purchased for another area of the home it has now found it's way to the living area. (I've changed a few things out on this vignette as well, stay tuned to see those changes).

Across the room is another style lamp with a "gorgeous" red shade.

Gorgeous huh?

With the lights on. Such a romantic glow. :-))

This beautiful velvet shaded lamp sits on the end of the couch on a marble topped table. I've since removed all the place mats and runners. I felt a need to lighten the tables up a bit and let their beauty shine.

How about sitting a lamp onto of a few suitcases? The suitcases were a gift from my girl friend many years ago, a perfect landing spot for this lamp.

Try as I might I could not get a good picture of this lamp. :-(

Our home has a "very" small entry. As Mr. P says I always seem to find room. lol Although small, I managed to work in this wonderful trunk on a metal stand with the lamp and great plate. I feel that it's cozied up a small blank wall. :-))
The glass ball encased in metal adds to the texture and weight of the lamp. The leather like shade adds a bit more character.
And last but not least, is one of my favs, this adorable bunny lamp. I've had it quite a while and each and every time I look at it I remember fondly the day I purchased it.

With the lights on...

I'm glad you stopped by for the tour of just a "few" of my favorite lamps. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do, if you have a favorite lamp I would love to hear about it. Until next time....

hugs ~lynne~