Friday, September 26, 2008

Show & Tell Friday!



Thanks for all your kind comments about my little black hutch! I love hydrangeas and I made sure to plant a number of different varieties when we moved into this house. If they weren't such water guzzlers I'd have the house just surrounded by them - I can't think of anything prettier (except to include lots of roses as well)!



Show and Tell


I wanted to add a little fall to my kitchen but I really don't have a lot of counter space. Unfortunately, I need my counter space for essentials and meal preparation! I like the plates I already have hanging on the walls and didn't want to change them. So I thought I'd add some of my Johnson Brothers "The Friendly Village" plates on top of my cabinets.




This is an old picture where I showed that I painted the inside of my cabinets, but you can see the "before" soup tureens. Below are the "afters".




I think that's all I'll do in this room. I do more Christmas decorating than fall decorating anyway.


So far, all I've done in the living room is to add this big candle and change my summer pillows back to my beloved red toile! I missed all my toile!



I've had this candle for three years! The candle holder I purchased at Target at an end of season clearance. I think I got the candle either at Pier 1 or Target also at the end of season clearance. That's really one of my best budget decorating tips. Buy this year for next. I'm planning on being at Hobby Lobby and Target the day after Halloween to buy some things for next year!



The first year I had it I set the candle in some fall potpourri. The second year I think I did acorns, and this year I just twined an acorn garland around the base. Kelli set one of her candles in popcorn! I thought that was such a cute idea!

For other Show and Tell Friday posts please visit Kelli at her fabulous blog

There's No Place Like Home

45 comments:

Hootin' Anni said...

Beautiful...everything is just so beautiful! Love the candle and the Autumn spray surrounding the base.

My Show n Tell this week is entitled 'BEE CAREFUL'....stop by if you can find time. And, have a glorious weekend.

Chez Nous said...

The plates really compliment your tureens on top of your cabinets and I love the candle with the autumn spray.

Melissa Wertz said...

I love you cabinets! They look as beautiful on the inside as they do on the outside. And the way you have displayed everything. Just lovely.

I love JB FV. Wanted to collect it at one time, but I have no room to store them. And DH talked me out of it. So I collected fabric instead. ;-)

Adrienne said...

Hi Manuela -
Those plates are perfect there! I wish my cabinets were open at the top so I could put some pretties up there. Maybe someday we will completely redo the kitchen and make it happen. Your candle is wonderful. I love the simplicity of the garland around it.
~Adrienne~

A Hint of Home said...

I love your plates up there. They look stunning.

Cyndi's Re-Creations said...

Beautiful I really like the plates Its just enough without being over done!

Deb said...

Hi Manuela, I love how you've painted the inside of your cabinets. Your Fall decorations are nice too, sometimes a little says a lot! Deb

Jan and Tom's Place said...

How pretty Manuela! I love Johnson Bros, too!! I have a couple of sets.

Thanks for visiting and leaving comments for me about my re-do!!

~Blessings,
Jan

Carrie said...

I enjoyed seeing the photos of your decor. You do such a great job of accessorizing. The white tureens are displayed very well, and the addition of the brown transferware plates adds just the right touch.

Fran said...

The plates just made the tureens stand out! I love how you use things your have and change them out. We don't always need to run to the store to get something new! I also love to pick up things at the end of the season for the next year. If you hit it right, you can get it for almost nothing.

Thanks for great ideas!

Fran

Andrea @ Big Creek Cottage said...

Manuela...Love the plates with the tureens...I just love your kitchen...as you know, I plan to copy that backsplash!!!!

Gattina said...

These soup tureens are beautiful, they must be very old at least they look like !
I don't do any automn decoration, it is not so the use here in Belgium either. Something for Halloween yes and then of course Christmas !

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Friendly Village always looks cozy and it certainly looks great atop your cabinets with the bittersweet twining about.

ROXY said...

I love your cabinets!! I painted the outside but am sorry to say that I never painted the insides. Maybe some day;) Thanks for sharing:)

Kathi said...

Very pretty, Manuela. I love the way you decorate. Kathi

Wanita said...

How pretty, Manuela. I love the soup tureens with the plates.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

glorv1 said...

Manuel, I love the soup tureens and your candle is beautiful. Everything is so perfect.

Paula said...

Dear Manuela,

Everything looks so beautiful! I love the red toile pillows!!!! Your plates look so lovely in your pretty kitchen. I also like to purchase things on clearance after the holidays to put up for next year. You can get some really great bargains! Thank you for sharing your lovely home!
Blessings,
Paula

Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

I LOVE everything you are showing. :)

I started collecting Johnson Brothers plates quite by accident when I'd find one here and there and decided I loved the look (isn't that how we start collecting almost anything?).

I have that same plate... well, I mean it isn't YOUR plate and it is MY plate so it isn't the same... but you know what I mean. :)

I'm now using the ones I've found for display and to serve my Thanksgiving meal on each year.

AJ said...

Love the plates and how you have your cabinets painted!!!

Linda's Blue Gate said...

Those plate add just the right fall touch....perfect...
HUgs
Linda

Bettsi said...

Manuela, how beautiful it all looks! I think we may be at least cousins separated at birth! I have Johnson Bros. Old Mill Stream china! Also, I love red toile too and used a lot of it in my dining/family room. See my post here: http://lemonadehere.blogspot.com/2008/09/i-forgot-how-much-i-love-swedish-style.html
Unfortunately, I didn't like the green I chose for my walls, but I sure like the green you have in your kitchen. What color and brand is that, please?
Your home is just so darn pretty!

Jean said...

Your plates are gorgeous! They look perfect with the soup tureens! Love it! Jean

skoots1mom said...

would love to have your soup tureens...they're beautiful!
come visit any time!

Grandma Faith said...

The plates add a nice touch on the top of the cupboard. Pretty fall decorations..take care.

salmagundi said...

All of the Johnson Bros. patterns are great - these are especially appealing this time of the year. They look wonderful with your soup tureens. Sally

Earthmommy said...

Hi and thanks for visiting Shore's End! I love your plate, snowy scenes are one of my favorites. I too love to shop at season end clearence sales and often get items at as much as 70-90% off.

Penless Thoughts said...

The plates with the soup dishes look real nice.
Susan

Lisa Ann said...

Your fall decorations are beautiful.

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Love the friendly village plates! Susie Q broke some one day and emailed me to see if I would want them for my mosaics..Would I??!!

So now I am waiting for that perfect piece to use them on.
Hugs,
Penny

Ivory Spring said...

What lovely displays, Manuela. The tureens are such beauties!!!

Erin~Old Grain Sacks and Lavender said...

Everything is beautiful!! I love the tureens and the red toile pillows!

~Erin

Sher's Creative Expressions said...

Your plates are beautiful, just beautiful!!

I purchase at the end of the season for the next year too. Stretches the budget that way, doesn't it? We can get more for less. . . and I always say, the seasons always come around again anyways!!

Blessings,

Sher

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Your soup tureen collection is beautiful! I like the plates with them as well!

Katherine

Mrs. U said...

The plates are so very pretty! And I LOVE your soup tourines, too! And they look just right being displayed the way they are!!!

His,
Mrs. U

Kelli said...

Such elegant Autumn touches to your home and I love the scene on the plate. So peaceful!
~Kelli

Mimi Sue said...

Love those Johnson Bros. plates. It really added just the right touch to the tops of your cabinets. Mimi

Kathy said...

Everything is gorgeous, Manuela! I love anything toile. Your tureen and plate collections are so pretty - nice that you have a perfect place to display them. Lovely post!
Kathy

Mary said...

Your cabinets are very pretty. The autumn decor items around the candle. And the tureens are lovely.

I too buy this year for next. There's a lot of bargains to be found that way. I actually bought some Christmas gifts for this year before the big day last year. So now, as Christmas grows closer, I have to look for bargains for next year's presents.

Enjoyed my visit. Have a great weekend.
Blessings,
Mary

Dianne said...

I love that candle! So neat to get it at a good price and revamp it.
Your kitchen looks really nice, love decorating over your head too!
Thanks for stopping by my blog.

southerninspiration said...

I love Friendly village also. I started collecting it when I received my granny's set.....been adding to it little by little-there are some great new pieces in TJ Maxx right now!

Heather said...

wow, i love your pictures. i can't wait to read the rest of your blogs! thanks for checking out mine.
take care!
heather

Lady Katherine said...

Hi, love the plates,the soup tureens, yes!! I love to have few too! I need to add more candles around everyone are so pretty. And thats for stopping at my blog

Laura said...

Good morning!
It's wonderful to have you stop by Our Scented Cottage! I hope you enjoy the posts on my homemade cleaners. I have many others I will be posting in the future so stop in often. I love the company!
Have a wonderful week,
Laura

Laura said...

By the way..I am going to add you to my favorite blogs and would love it if you would add mine to yours!
Ourscentedcottage.blogspot.com

Laura