Friday, September 17, 2010

What's old is new again...

Hi everyone! I hope you have had a wonderful week! We are enjoying the beautiful weather as summer starts to slowly turn into fall. I wanted to share a couple of late summer vignettes before fall officially arrives.


My dad and I made this table from an old North Carolina wagon wheel, and a rim from one at my cousin's ranch in Montana. We had the glass cut at a local glass company. Because of the thickness of the glass, they will not try it again either! When we made it, I had a lot of American Indian art and had just started collecting pottery as I made trips to Bolivia, and Panama. As I traveled more and started getting more European accessories, the table still seemed to work just as well. It was a labor of love and something I'll always share with my dad:-)

My geraniums have done so well this summer, I brought this one inside. I'm hoping to keep them alive through the winter! I have accessorized with a 1970s glass ashtray containing candles, and a few of my favorite decorating books.


The brass table is probably from India and was inherited from a relative who lived in China and traveled extensively. No one wanted this, but I knew it would fit right in here! I have mixed a Mexican Talavera pot with a mother-of-pearl inlaid box from Egypt and a box from Big Lots. The children put small toys in there.




Pretty soon, all those leaves outside the windows will turn shades of yellow, orange and red, so I am enjoying the green as long as I can. Thanks so much for stopping by:-)

I'll be participating in "Vignette Fridays" over at "Color Outside the Lines." so please go by there and look at all the wonderful ideas!

Anita

24 comments:

  1. So pretty Anita! My mother has one of those brass trays that is the size of a coffee table. She doesn't use it for one anymore but has for years! I love the size of yours! I really love your wagon wheel coffee table though! That is something special! I am very envious and couldn't help but notice you have your windows open! Wow! You must be getting some great weather right now!

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  2. Anita I could look at your vignettes and home all day long...I just love your style, color and accessories.

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  3. Just as pretty as can be! I stared at the whole room for a while and looked at the details. I really love it, especially that box larger box on the brass table.

    If I'm right and that is the one from Big Lots, it says two things: You can get really cool stuff from Big Lots... and I can't discern the real stuff from the knockoff. LOL

    Love your room. REALLY love it.

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  4. Anita, everything looks so pretty and look at the windows open. Too hot here still. Hope it cools down soon.

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  5. You have an elegant touch when it comes to decorating. I just love it! I love how you mix Big Lots with pieces from Egypt and Mexico! Brilliant! That wagon wheel table is a treasure that your kids will fight over one day. What wonderful memories you have making it with your dad! Have a great weekend!

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  6. I just love your home. The wagon wheel table is definitely a keeper ;o)

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  7. Your home is so beautiful, warm and welcoming! I love all your treasures!

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  8. Hi Anita! I love all of the stories behind your furniture and accessories. It gives them so much character and is way more fun and interesting than what I usually write which is, "I got this at TJ Maxx"! :-) Your home is just beautiful and the color palette works so well for any season!
    Vanessa
    http://southerninmyheart.blogspot.com

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  9. Hi Anita! OH, I'm so impressed you and your daddy made this lovely table! Your home is so beautiful and I love hearing about all of your treasures! It looks like you have your windows raised! Ii can almost feel the cool breeze! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  10. Anita, your room is stunning. We also still have summer weather with a lovely breeze flowing through. Your wagon wheel table is amazing.

    Sonny

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  11. Your living room is beautiful, Anita...so many cool things to look at and I bet you have a story for many of your pieces. I love the table your dad made...it really is timeless because it is so original. Love the old 70's ashtray, I remember my parents having the jumbo size as well!

    xoxo
    Janie

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  12. Such a pretty room,so comfortable looking,love the wagon wheel table,I love your vignettes.

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  13. Anita,

    What a gorgeous room! I love it all, but especially the geraniums. I don't have a lot of luck with them, but I love them.

    Have a great weekend!

    God Bless.... Kathy

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  14. I am loving both tables; and such nice memories!

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  15. Hello Anita!

    My jaw dropped when I saw your table! Until now, I have not seen anyone else with a table like mine! My Dad made it when I was three years old. Mine is a dining room table. Sadly though I need to replace the original glass and am having a hard time finding a place that will do it. My father passed away when I was 12 so the table is extra special to me and it has moved all over the place with me.

    Your vignettes look great. I love red geraniums because they remind me of my maternal grandmother because she had huge pots of them on her porch.

    I also like your header.

    I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

    ~ Tracy

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  16. Beatiful room Anita!! I like that your children stash little toys in all that beauty :)

    Blessings!
    Gail

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  17. Anita just love the storys that go along with your pices your home is so warm cozy and filled with love it shows through.What a wonderful coffee table it all just looks so classy thanks for shareing.Hugs Linda

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  18. Gorgeous tables! You have an awesome eye for beauty:)

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  19. Anita, your home look so inviting, I'd love to come and and sit right down. Your tables are beautiful and unique, how smart of you to make and use them.

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  20. Anita, my mama and daddy had that same ashtray! It's long gone, but seeing your's brought a smile! You have such a beautiful room; you've done a wonderful job with your great eye for design. Thank you for stopping by my post visit. I forwarded your kind comments to KC. Come visit anytime. Cherry Kay

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  21. I love the table made with a wheel, very good idea.I have never seen such a table before. Catherine

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  22. I love your sense of style! Gorgeous house! I am a new follower - can't wait to follow along your posts - I am a fellow GA/East Alabama girl as well :)

    Jennifer (Green Door Girl) - greendoordesigns.blogspot.com

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  23. HELLO ANITA...

    THATS ONE FANTASTIC ROOM!!! AND THE TABLE YOUR DAD MADE HAS TO BE PRICELESS :)
    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SWEET COMMENT ON MY BABY GIRL :)

    HUGLETS~XOX~MARI

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