Friday, November 3, 2017

A New Arrangement

If you're like me, you probably have a closet or storage space that holds accessories you don't
use all the time. Christmas decorations, faux fall leaves and gourds, silk summer flowers. 

Isn't it fun to shop your own "home store" to create new arrangements without spending a dime?
When the itch hits me, which is does with seasonal regularity, 
I like to change things up and design new arrangements.

Look at things you already have with a fresh eye.
This wire basket had previously held a stack of wash cloths in the bathroom. 
Now it contains old books, a brown glass bottle, and a striped croquet ball in the guest room.


I brought this outdoor urn into the dining room and
added some faux boxwood to extend the summer season. 



Accessories are the easiest way to craft new looks, and you don't even have to move
heavy furniture (although I like to do that too, just ask Ron)!
I needed something to balance the furniture on each side of the dining room mantel 
so Ron moved the sewing machine base from the front porch for me. Perfect!


Infusing a few new finds can give your old arrangement a fresh look. I found this unique
galvanized milk jug and mason jar candle at an antique store while visiting Ohio recently.
Mixing in a wooden bowl from the dining room filled with pine cones and walnuts
adds warmth and brings the outside in. 


These green bottles and jars look completely different when they are all displayed together. 
Like one of our Colorado magpies, I'm always attracted to bright shiny objects!


Switching out vintage books and a pair of opera glasses for a bird's nest 
under this old glass cloche was an easy makeover. 
I also use the cloche at Christmas to hold a holiday arrangement. 


I've been incorporating a horsey feel to the guest room so I rescued my toy horse from the attic. 
He usually makes an appearance at Christmas giving stuffed teddy bears a ride under the tree
but he looks great under this tall window. 


It seemed like the perfect time to move my black velvet riding helmet to the nightstand shelf.


The simple addition of Edgar, the raven, (named after Edgar Allen Poe) 
added a moody dimension to my foyer display. 


I'd been thinking about trying my hand at creating a gallery wall in my stairway.
I used pictures I already had, either in storage or hanging elsewhere, that had a similar feel. 
I laid a stair-step arrangement out on the floor first then measured and marked spots for nails. 
The verdict? From bland to beautiful!
(And there's plenty of space to add to the gallery in the future.)


And finally, a new arrangement on the dining table brings a touch of romance to the room
with a fall centerpiece of candles, autumn leaves, pine cones and nuts.
I found the pretty toile tablecloth at a yard sale.

The two champagne glasses have a funny provinance . . . when we moved into this house, we discovered these glasses tucked into the rafters of the basement where a teenage boy had hidden
them along with his poor report cards! We always think of him whenever we use them. 


So, are you ready for a new arrangement?
Have fun and good luck!

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29 comments:

  1. I think we've all been in the 'nesting' mode lately!! I've been sprucing things up at my house, as well....and just ordered some new drapes, which I'm super excited about!

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    1. Hi Debbie!Isn't it interesting how we "nest" when the weather turns colder? I rarely do spring cleaning in the spring because I'm headed outside but do my cleaning in the fall when I'm spending more time indoors. Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs, Pat

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  2. My husband found the most amazing nest in our yard. We have lots of birds and lots of different nests. This one was so well-padded with some kind of soft fluff that I wished I were small enough to get in and nap. Your idea of putting a next under a cloche is just perfect!

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    1. Yes, some of these nests are quite elaborate. You've given me an idea for a children's story! Have a wonderful weekend, Hugs, Pat

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  3. I've been making some furry pillows for the sofa to match my throw, when it gets cooler i want to find a warm spot. I love all your pretty vignettes and have been outside finding acorns and berries to add to some of mine. Thank you so much for sharing i always enjoy.

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    1. Thanks so much Marlene! Always nice to hear from you. Your furry pillows sound just right for these cooler days. Hugs, Pat

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  4. Love the idea of recycling what is already here. Great ideas!

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    1. Thanks Monika! Yep, I certainly have enough stuff already around to play with! Hugs, Pat

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  5. You have such amazing collections of vintage country wares - I really enjoyed this post!

    I wish you a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Thank you so much Michele. Your sweet comments meant a lot to me. Hugs, Pat

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  6. Your home looks so warm and inviting! I love all the natural elements and vintage wares. Can;t believe it'll be time for Christmas decorations soon!
    xo Kathleen|Our Hopeful Home

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    1. Thank you Kathleen! A few throws and some candles do a lot to increase the inviting atmosphere. I haven't even thought about Christmas decorating yet although I'll probably start right after Thanksgiving. Have a lovely weekend. Hugs, Pat

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  7. Great fall vignettes. Keep going with the wall art gallery. I love art and always on the look out for vintage art in beautiful frames.

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    1. Thanks so much Ann. I was a bit nervous about the gallery but it turned out pretty good. So, lesson learned. It's ok to try something new and if it doesn't work out, oh well! I love pretty old frames too. Hugs, Pat

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  8. Love the story of your glasses! Your gallery wall looks terrific. My only new arrangement lately is changing out my sunroom rug for a darker, cozier look. It's the first step in looking toward holiday decor. :)

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    1. Wasn't that a hoot Rita? I'll start thinking about winter decor soon. One step at a time, huh? Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs, Pat

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  9. Everything is simply fantastic!
    Amber
    https://followtheyellowbrickhome.com/

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  10. Yes! I shop my home all the time! Love your pretty vignettes ~ thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

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  11. Loved the tour of your home. One of my favorite switches is swapping out curtains; my living room and bedroom can use the same ones. It makes a room look so different. Almost time for my dark red ones in the living room for Christmas! I was once married to a man who worked in a construction-related trade. When cabin fever season hit in Feb., he was always laid off so money was tight. Clean curtains, rearranging pictures and furniture was cheap redecorating... 40 years later, I'm still doing it! But now, I can change it up with some thrifted items and my craft projects, too!

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    1. I enjoyed your story Kathy. It reminded me of our home when I was growing up. My mother always bought new throw rugs for the kitchen and that made all the difference! Thanks for visiting. Hugs, Pat

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  12. Love your gallery wall and the fact that you shopped your house to create it. I always enjoy shopping my house because I find things that are forgotten. Thank you for sharing at Snickerdoodle.

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    1. Thanks so much Sharon. Have a great weekend. Hugs, Pat

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    2. Thank you for sharing at Snickerdoodle. I am featuring your post today at the party. Pinning.

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  13. Pat, I am constantly shopping my house. I have many accessories that I rotate. My grandson teases me and says the house is different every time he comes to visit. :) Love how your gallery wall turned out, and love your new found treasures! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  14. That story about the wine glasses hidden by that boy! So funny! Thanks for linking up with Thursday Favorite things! Angelina, now at Petite Haus

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