Saturday, January 4, 2014

A New Look Around the House


I took down "Christmas" on December 26 so you would think that by January 4, the entire house organized and back to normal.


The entryway is one of the few spaces that is finished.


The vintage cabinet is organized and sporting a fresh new look on top.


I gathered up glass containers and filled the large ones with balls embellished with numbers and letters.


The interior also got an update and for a change, I am leaving the cupboard doors open.


Some simple changes were moving the flatware from large pitchers to smaller galvanized tin buckets and storing napkins in my Pfaltzgraff Pistoulet tureen.


This metal shelf in the dining room gets updated more frequently than any other piece of furniture.


My grandmother's silver cake platter and wire stars from Christmas are still on display joined by bits and pieces of galvanized tin.


My favorite green and yellow table in the dining room also has a new look.


A box of quotes and a pitcher of flowers grace the top of the table and a stack of colorful books adorn the bottom shelf.


I bought the box filled with blank cards at Anthropologie a few years ago


and started creating alphabetical quote cards.


I am not finished with all the letters so completing the quote cards is a 2014 goal.


8 days have passed and slowly, but surely I am creating a new look around the house.

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I am dropping in at these parties today

The Dedicated House - Make It Pretty Monday

The Thrifty Groove - Thrifty Things Friday

Sunny Simple Life - From the Farm Blog Hop

Classy Clutter - Spotlight Saturday

The Shabby Nest - Frugal Friday

41 comments:

greenthumb said...

You have so many lovely pieces.

Stacy @ Sweethearts + Sweet Tarts said...

You have been much more productive than I have been! Your home looks great. We just put away all of our ornaments yesterday and it was a a bit sad. I am working on a theme for my mantel that totally reminded me of you! You have everything that I need to pull it off ~ that makes me laugh a bit. Primary colors are just as necessary as neutrals. I am huge on neutrals, especially green. Green is an all season color and all season color is all I can afford right now! It is still a blessing though.

Merlesworld said...

If my cupboards were that neat I would leave the doors open too.
Merle.......

Betty W said...

I don't know which I like the best the cute green and yellow table or the metal shelf. I have been making a list for what I want to get done this year and will start very soon.

Emma Elliott said...

Loving the new look love the balls in.the glass jars and adore your favorite table wonderful colour combination :)

Mary @ Ms. Redo said...

I see a lot of your Christmas gifts out and about the house, looking fabulous. Love the cabinet doors open and being able to see the abundance of perfect color inside! Great job!

Mary

Stacey said...

I love it! The galvanized area is a surprise to me and wonderful. You can never have enough jars full of fun things in my book!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Lookin' good!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

That shelf with the galvanized treasures? MY FAVORITE! Carol, I love to follow your footsteps around the house. Your energy to change the scenes is what I love in a teacher, a learner, a homemaker, anyone! Change is good, no matter how small or grand.

No matter what you do in your arrangements, LIGHT from the sun always graces your cottage. That light is the best of decorating tricks!

Happy Sunday dear one. Anita

Jenny said...

I love the bright fresh look of your home! Please, do a post on your quote box - I'd love to hear more about it & hear some tips on making the cards. Are these printed off of your computer, do you use stickers, stamps, ect.? I really love this & would like to make my own.

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

I love the interior of your cabinet with that red chair! I will be packing away the rest of Christmas and making a natural transition into wintertime today. I have been down with a virus so I am a bit behind! Your lovely transition has given me just the amount of incentive and inspiration to get going!
w/L

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

Your home makes me smile. It is so light filled too. Our house is long and dark and I wish it were brighter inside. An addition blocked lots of light. That blue cabinet is Heaven. Pinning it!!

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

It's always a huge process getting the house back in order after taking down the holiday decorations. You've got a good start with your newly organized cupboard (which I'd love to own) that looks so colorful and inviting in your entryway. I've got to get busy and decorate my tabletops and mantels. It looks like we've moved out of our house right now. Bare bones! Your colorful images warm me right up, Carol!

Beth Edwards said...

there is no chance you would ever get depressed in your home. there are so many cheerful colors. love it!! i feel like we are going to play "letter" bingo - or a lottery with those letter balls. so fun!! happy times. i love stopping by. enjoy your weekend!! ( :
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Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love the look you create in your home. Bright and visual and fun!!

Dawn said...

I know I have said this a hundred times, but I really want to see where you keep all those darling trinkets you decorate with. I have a 3,600 sqft house and feel like I don't have that much storage. You use your space so efficiently and I love every inch of it.

Junkchiccottage said...

Carol,
Your new looks look awesome. Love all the colorful displays in that great cabinet.
Kris

Kathy said...

Quote cards - what a great idea, I love it! You know how long I have been working on the altered quote book... I do plan to make another one but it would be fun to work on the smaller cards sometimes. There you go, adding to my to-do list. LOL!

chateau chic said...

Your home is such a cheery, happy place!! Love that you kept out those wonderful wire stars!
Mary Alice

oldgreymare said...

Oh my! how cheerful and pretty everything is..Makes me look forward to the Spring that now seems so far away. I adore that white cupboard and of course the doors should be open to show your lovely display <3

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Everything is so fresh and lovely. It's nice to move things around without spending a dime. Love the idea of those alphabetical quote cards. I do love quotes. Happy New Year, Tammy

Vicky Hunt said...

Once again...you have wowed me with your decorating. I am in love with the box of quotes and want to do something similar. I love words and quotes and have tons saved on my Pinterest boards. The entryway cabinet looks great and I love it with the doors open showing off all the fun dishes and flatware inside. Thanks for sharing....blessings, Vicky

Gina said...

I love the new look and yes, please, keep that vintage cabinet door open! There's too much beautiful cheerfulness in there. I think it would make me smile every time I walked by it.

podso said...

Carol I've enjoyed studying all the details of your creative touches around your home. It all looks so fresh and delightful, really. I like the sticks with the 2014. Your house would be such an interesting place to visit! I like how you have your cutlery and napkins there just ready to use! Great Job on it all.

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Love the look Carol. I envy how organized your chest is. I am in the process of taking down my Christmas decorations and hope to have everything completed by tomorrow. Had a bout of COPD so that put me behind a couple of days.
You are so creative and I love how you have your silverware stored. Looking forward to seeing the rest of the changes you make in the house.
Have a great week.
Mary

Miss LindaLee said...

As always! All kinds of wonderful things going on in your beautiful home. I just love your ideas and your use of colors is always so uplifting. Way to go. Have a wonderful year ahead!

Kelly said...

I took down my decorations on 12/26 too! I love how it wipes the slate clean to start all over again. You've certainly been doing a good job with that. Hope this year is already treating you well.

Andrea Fogleman said...

The inside of your cabinet is so colorful! I don't blame you for not closing it. Beautiful! I also love your yellow table, it's so rustic. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment on my Vintage Ladder and Wreath decor project. Thanks for sharing-Andrea

cynthia lee designs said...

Love the new look around your house...everything looks great!! I love the cupboard with the doors open. Also...really love your galvanized pieces!!
hugs,
Cindy

Melanie said...

Love your new vignettes! I like how you kept the cupboard doors open to display all your lovely wares. Of course, love Steve's beach painting above the tall cabinet. And, creative quote cards? How clever is that!

My Garden Diaries said...

I am so loving that metal shelf in the dining room! Your grandmother's cake platter is beautiful! And you know I am so all over that cupboard of yours! You do such a great job showing people how they can live with less and how to keep things fresh and new at the same time! It is inspiring to me! Have a great week friend!! Nicole xoxo

Botanic Bleu said...

Love all your changes, but am especially intrigued with the box of alphabetical quotes.... Will you be sharing more of the cards you already have made and the ones yet to be made? I hope so.

Judith

Sarah said...

It makes me smile to see all the happy colors here. Love the idea of the box of quotes. You are full of creativity!

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I like seeing the inside of your cupboard in the entry. It's lovely.

Jeanna said...

It's all looking very nice Carol. I still have to take down my Christmas decorations but we've been traveling. Will start that process tonight after work!

karen@somewhatquirky said...

Your home looks wonderful! And very sunny! I still have all the decorations up from Christmas. We both have been sick since we got home and have spent most of our time either laying around or shoveling snow. I have a sewing project to finish before I allow myself to take down the decorations. It hasn't motivated me yes though!

Carla said...

Your place always looks inviting. Love how you turn simple things into eye popping pieces. I really like the metal shelf and all the metal goods on it.
My decorations came down the 2nd day after New Years. It seemed to come down faster this year and I don't know why.

take care

Pondside said...

It all looks very fresh. I like the cupboard doors open when there is such a pretty arrangement.

Jen Ham said...

I LOVE the metal shelf! Lovely everything! xoxo Jen

fiona anderson said...

I love all the galvanised pieces together and your flatware cupboard looks lovely being left open; because of you I find I'm checking out cutlery whenever I look at online shopping sites !

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It all looks GREAT :) I hope you had a great Christmas holiday dear.

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