Friday, August 4, 2017

French Country Tweaks-- One Thing Leads to Another

It all started with an elegant old coffee table that was a bit more French than Country.
(More on that in an upcoming post. Please stay tuned.)

But for now, let me tell you how one thing leads to another.
Doesn't it always?

You see, I had this wonderful chippy green cabinet in back of my couch 
but it didn't have that chic French flavor that I thought would complement the 
1940s leather-topped coffee table that I'd just scored at an estate sale. 
So I decided to try it in the sunroom where the mood was more 
French Country Farmhouse than Chic Paris Apartment. 


After moving it here to there and back again in the sunroom,
I found the perfect spot for it against the original outside wall of the house. 
The rough texture of this wall was the ideal backdrop for the chippy cabinet.
So far, so good.


Of course, that meant I had to move the crusty farm table from the rustic wall . . .


. . . to the window wall in the corner. 
It reminded me of a romantic banquette in a quaint mountain cafe
I'd visited once so I loved it there.


But it wouldn't fit there unless I also moved the wicker chair from that corner . . . 


. . . to a space next to the green cabinet on the rustic wall. Still with me?


I wondered if I should also remove the frenchy ottoman to make the room feel less crowded. 
But I do love to put my feet up so comfort won out over aesthetics on this one
as I believe it almost always should.


The chairs at the table wouldn't fit unless I scooted them completely under the table.
And, since we don't sit at this table all of the time, we decided we could live with that.
Besides, it's easy to slide the bin over a few inches when we want to sit at the table.


Accessories are usually easy to incorporate since they don't take up a lot of room.
My metal stool with the scuffed white paint looked like it absolutely belonged in this room 
so I was determined to find a spot for it.

I placed it in the corner by the cabinet and fiddled with this and that on top but it just didn't work.
Then, I remembered my three chicken bowls that I'd had to move  
when I put a crock on the kitchen counter to hold my utensils. 
The chicken bowls were temporarily roosting in the pantry waiting for a new home.


I stacked them on top of the stool and it looked cute. 
But then I had the idea of putting an ironstone plate on each rung of the stool 
and placing a chicken bowl on each one. 
Now it looks like some kind of custom-made stand to display dishes. Love!!!


Then I moved some lighted branches to the top of the green cabinet 
where they show up much better than they did on the floor where they'd previously lived.


And don't they look magical at night?


Finally, I added a bird's nest inside a cloche to this rustic vignette.
I read that it's good luck to have a bird's nest in your house. Hmm, couldn't hurt. 
This cabinet holds tons of stuff -- candles, vases, tea towels, place mats and vintage tablecloths --
and is a real workhorse. 


Long story short. 
The French Farmhouse cabinet has found a new home in the sunroom 
and the old/new coffee table looks tres chic in the living room. 
At least, for now.

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38 comments:

  1. I love it all, but I am seriously in love with your chicken bowls. Those are A+ :)
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    Connie :)

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    1. Hi Connie! Thanks so much for your kind words. I love the chicken bowls too. Found at a garage sale. Hope you're enjoying your weekend. Hugs, Pat

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  2. Gosh with all that moving, I think I'd need to look for some Bengay. LOL Seriously, it's all quite lovely.

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    1. Thanks Monika! I think I've probably used up all the Bengay. Now trying Salonpas. This is fast becoming my favorite room in the house. Hugs, Pat

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  3. Everything is so precious. I love every photo you have shown. Those chicken bowls are a delight. Thanks for sharing.
    Marilyn

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    1. Thanks Marilyn! Photography has become a habit for me now with this blog. I'm always looking at things differently, wondering how I'd take a picture of it. Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs, Pat

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  4. I eyed that little stool and thought it was a cake stand till i realized it was a stool and thought how clever you were. Your room looks like a small room in a quaint cabin, i would spend a lot of time here.You have so many wonderful things.

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    1. Thanks Marlene! I loved that stool at first glance at a yard sale but had never found quite the right place for it. Now it's home in my little "cabin." Someday I will have a real cabin. I spend every morning in this room, having a coffee, reading a magazine, waking up. Hugs, Pat

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  5. Wow, you've been busy - looks great! I love those lit branches, I have some on top of my china closet and I turn them on first thing when I go home every single day!

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    1. Thanks Debbie! I love the idea of the lit brances on top of a china closet. They do add a little sparkle to a room. Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs, Pat

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  6. Yep, I totally get it, and stayed with you on each shuffle. Love that cabinet, and the stool looks super cute styled as a dish caddy! Have a great weekend, kick up your feet on that comfy stool. ;)
    Rita

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    1. Thanks Rita! My feet are up on that comfy stool and am enjoying my new space. I have a feeling you're a fellow mover. Isn't it fun? And a cheap and easy way to change things up. Hope you're having a great weekend (staying dry I hope). Hugs, Pat

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  7. Pat, isn't it fun to move things around and give your home a fresh look? Your home does look like a cozy cottage or cabin...hope you are enjoying summer there!

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    1. Thanks Lidy Yes, nothing I enjoy more than moving everything around for a new look. Well, maybe shopping for a few goodies like those chicken bowls from a yard sale. This is the only room in my house that looks like a cabin so it's my little escape to the mountains. Cool today for a nice change. Hugs, Pat

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  8. Love all the moves and how you displayed the plates on the stool.

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    1. Thank you Grammy! I'm definitely making more use of this little room since I restyled it. Just finished a coffee and a magazine this morning while it's still cool. Hope you're enjoying your weekend. Hugs, Pat

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  9. Love the moves and I think you hit a good style with the plates on the stool. I may do some rearranging tomorrow since my husband is gone for the day.

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    1. Thanks Carol! I had to laugh about your husband being gone and hoping to rearrange some things. Seems like every time Ron goes somewhere, he comes home to a whole new room! I hope it turns out great. Hugs, Pat

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  10. You have me nailed, Pat! I love moving everything around from time to time to create a new look and not spend a ton of money. All of your pieces and do dads are so precious. You are beyond inspiring!

    Jane

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    1. Thanks Blondie! Wow, I love being called "beyond inspiring." What a nice thing to say. You made my day. I hope your "moving" day turns out great. Guess we will start thinking about Fall arrangements before you know it. Hugs, Pat

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  11. What fun to move things around for a new look. Love those chicken dishes.

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    1. Hi Carole! I'm surprised at how many people zeroed in on the chicken dishes. Found at a yard sale. And to think they were the last thing I did to this room. I have a nice rooster that would look good in this room if I had room for it. I'm sure he'll sneak in there somehow. Enjoy your weekend. Hugs, Pat

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  12. What fun that was! I felt like I was right there with you. It reminded me of you and I redoing my living room. With everyone else I love the chicken plates.

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    1. Hi Jan! Yes, that sure was fun when we "did" your living room. We'll have to tackle another room sometime soon just for the fun of it. I thought of you when I put those chicken bowls out. What is it about cute and fuzzy critters than we love? Hugs, Pat

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  13. Such a charming space and love the storage!!!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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    1. Hi Cindy, Thanks for taking the time to drop me a note. Glad you enjoyed this post. Yep, we can never have too much storage, right? Hugs, Pat

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  14. Oh girl. Do I EVER know exactly what you went through here! In fact I just wrote about it myself! http://www.gwingal.com/2017/08/one-thing-leads-to-another/
    :) gwingal

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    1. Hi Nikki, I hopped over to your blog to read you one thing leads to another post. We're probably not the only ones singing this song. Hope you're having a great weekend. Hugs, Pat

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  15. Pat, I can relate! I always say it's like the children's book, "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie." One tweak always leads to another...and another! Your results are lovely, the last cabinet is my favorite! Thank you for sharing @ Vintage Charm--pinned!

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    1. Thanks so much for visiting. There's always one more tweak isn't there? I appreciate your kind words and pinning. Hugs, Pat

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  16. Hi Pat!
    I loved the way your table looks up against the windows and feel sure we must have visited that same quaint mountain top cafe! (; I agree, the chicken bowls stacked on your metal stool now look like a custom plate display and it is perfect! Trenda

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    1. Thanks Trenda! Wouldn't it be nice if we could meet for coffee at that mountaintop cafe? I appreciate your kind words and hope you have a wonderful weekend. Hugs, Pat

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  17. Pat, it's so fun moving things around! I am really limited in doing that in our home. There is a huge window in the family room and it's very open. We are going to pull up the carpet and carry wood flooring throughout. Hoping to make a few changes then. I absolutely adore that chippy green cabinet! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Thanks Jann! Sometimes I wish we had a bigger house that would make it easier to move things around but we work with what we have. I hope your floors turn out great. I hope you're doing well. Hugs, Pat

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  18. I love moving my things from place to place. It makes evrything feel brand new. Your home is so welcoming. I feel like I could sit in that comfy chair with the ottoman all day reading a good book. And the table with the red checked cloth gives me warm feelings of home. Very nice!
    Patti

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    1. Hi Patti! I appreciate your sweet compliments; they mean a lot to me and I'm glad my home feels warm and welcoming to you. Hugs, Pat

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  19. Loving all those moves you made. The chicken dishes are wonderfully placed; the table couldn't be more adorable by the windows; the chippy green finish on the cabinet is luscious. Here's my only thought, which would upset the whole apple cart. Wouldn't the chippy green cabinet look wonderful with an open shelf hutch on top?

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    1. Thanks so much! Yes! Let's upset the apple cart! Love that idea but will need to find the open hutch shelf first. Take care. Hugs, Pat

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