Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Serendipity


Hi everyone! I so enjoyed reading the ways you guys motivate yourselves to clean! Diana mentioned that she rewards herself with a cup of chai. I totally forgot that I used to love chai! I can’t for the life of me remember why I stopped drinking it? Anyway, I think a hot cup of chai will be a reward that I'll use as soon as the weather gets cooler.

When I was cleaning my living room I had taken some things and placed them on my dining room table to get them out of the way. There were a couple of items that just happened to look good together (at least to me). So I moved them on top of my dresser and created a new display.
candlestick
I had just put these moss balls from Michaels on top of the candlesticks just to get them out of the way but I thought they looked cute.  Sort of sculptural.
platters
I had stacked these two platters one on top of the other and put two of those iron flowers on top so I could take them downstairs to put away and I also liked the way that looked.
flower
Liked it better with just one flower. I love changing out the display on this dresser. We eat at least  two meals a day in this room so it's nice to have something different to look at!ovalmirror

Then since I like to layer things (less isn't more for me), I added another thrift store mirror on top of the one that’s hanging on the wall.

dressertop
These are the same style mirror but different sizes and found at different times. They used to be gold and I spray painted them black.  The candlesticks used to be brass. I  love my spray paint!

trays
This display - A result of serendipity (good luck in making unexpected and fortunate discoveries)!

Hope you are all having a wonderful week!

34 comments:

Theresa, Max & Milo said...

Cute! Good job in putting them all together :D

Richella said...

Serendipitous indeed!

I've been noodling on Pottery Barn stuff all week. I was in the store this weekend and saw greenery balls atop candlestick-looking things. To be honest, I think yours are cuter than theirs!

Always Nesting said...

Love the new display. Don't you just love stumbling upon the unexpected in your own home,with your own pretty stuff?

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Well, it was definitely meant to be. It looks wonderful. The moss balls are perfect on the candlesticks, what a great idea. The metal flower is fabulous too. I love to see mirrors layered, this looks really pretty. Hugs, Marty

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Oh yes, a happy accident to discovering those displays, Manuela! That is what happened to me when we moved the bottom part of my dining room china cabinet/hutch into our entry, 10 years ago when my hubby was putting down wood floors. I loved the way it looked and went out and got a chest to put there {and it's been there ever since}.

I haven't had a chai in awhile myself, but maybe once the weather gets a little cooler I will have to consider that as a reward!

Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

So pretty! I love it when things come together that way! I'ts not less is more...it's more ie more! My philosophy...to a tee;)!

Enjoy!
Cathy

TinaTx said...

Looks great! Love those two white platters.

Sue said...

Looks good to me!! Sometimes the unexpected is the best thing to happen to us. I like to layer, so placing the two mirrors in front of each other was a great idea. I made some dang moss balls and burned the heck out of my fingers in the process. Why is hot glue so darn hot?! LOL
Sue

Kelley said...

Be-YOU-timous, dahling!

shannon i olson said...

That flower sculpture is great! I love it, the whole display is very well done.

Debbie said...

I couldn't agree more that it's twice the fun when you just stumble upon it! I love your current stumble.

And I would also agree about another thing. I love my spray paint too!!

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

I think that you have such a good eye that you make everything look so good and effortless. The other thing is, you stay true to your own taste rather than the trends so they all do tend to mesh well. Great job!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You have a gift of making things look nice! I love to layer but sometimes it's hard for me! ♥

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

Hey Manuela, I like this new look. Love that runner. Wow, it adds so much. I love table runners! You have such a beautiful way of putting things together. I always get ideas from you! Hope your week is going well.
Blessings,
Debbie

Vee said...

You're just a natural at making everything look good! Thank you for reminding me about my vanilla chai packed away somewhere. I must dig it out if it stays cold and rainy as it's been today.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Pretty vignette - really like the moss ball on the candlestick.

Gloria said...

I like the way you grouped the mirrors and the way it shows the room. Very nice. I see that you collect swagbucks. I have a bloggie friend that does that too. Have a great Thursday.

Theresa said...

Great decorating tips, you are a natural at knowing where to put things and make it look beautiful!

Enjoy your day!

Lallee said...

I love it when 'shopping from your home' brings such great results. This is a nice reminder to me not to stay in the rut of keeping everything the same. Your vignette looks great! I love the moss balls.

Madigan at madiganmade said...

I'm a less is more girl... but I love this! Those moss balls are awesome on top of the candlesticks.

Mrs.Rabe said...

I love when it all just comes together! I also love changing things around...maybe this weekend. Our cooler weather has made me want to start my fall nesting...

Gracie said...

Isn'it good when you find out something nice out of the blue? I like the new display, very stylish!

Melissa Miller said...

Oh wow I forgot about chai tea too Manuela. It is delish! I do what you with cleaning and take little breaks. Usually blogging breaks of course. Ha!

The new vignette looks beautiful. You always think of the neatest things to display in a unique way.

Have a great day!
~Melissa :)

Heidi@TheCraftMonkey said...

i love the double mirrors!

Bella said...

That looks really great. I love the moss balls on top of the candlesticks. Beautiful display.

Michelle said...

I love the layering and the spray painting of the candle sticks. I've been picking up pillar holders to spray paint for a grouping I want to do. Thanks for all of the great ideas.

diXymiss said...

Three cheers for serendipity and spray paint! Love the teXture and curvy silhouette of the the mossy ball atop the candlestick ~ like a whimsical topiary.

My Cozy Cubby said...

I so enjoy seeing all your decorations, especially your beautiful dishes, and trays. Gorgeous runner! Love that fabric!

Pamela

Michelle Hoad said...

I finally got my mantle figured out and I love it. My husband got home and he hates it. I can't win for losing.

Gumbo Lily said...

It's all good! I like that you spray painted brass candlesticks. I'm keeping my eyes open for something interesting like that for my rustic mantel.

Don't you love a happy accident?

Jody (who likes a decaf chai on winter evenings)

Storybook Woods said...

Another sweet, creative corner xoxoxo Clarice

Brenda@Cozy Little House said...

Less isn't more for me either. I love when serendipity helps us decorate! You do such a wonderful job of it too.
Brenda

Linda said...

I have a hard time getting myself to dust for some reason. So thanks for the encouragement. I didn't really like chai until I made it myself. It was too sweet and so by making it I can control that. You have such beautiful things I imagine there are a lot of ways you could place them and they would look great. Linda

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

Love your vignettes Manuela, you inspire as always. I am off now to read your cleaning post as I am ALWAYS in the need for motivation in that area...especially after a summer of injured back and foot. Now that I'm almost healed there's no excuse to begin...but I must get in the mood and your blog is just the place to cull inspiration.
Love and hugs,
Tracey
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