Wednesday, September 3, 2014

On a whim . . .

A lot of my decorating is done on a whim.


I can look at something every single day and then all of a sudden, I decide things need changing - right then.


I spend a lot of time on my window seat blogging, reading, eating . . . 


and yesterday, out of nowhere, I decided I was tired of the vignette on top of the porch cabinet.


All it took was about 30 minutes 


to have a new view from my perch on the window seat.


The first order of business was to remove the pitchers on top of the cabinet and replace them with baskets that had been sitting in the garage just waiting for a home.


KC gave me the roses for Mother's Day and I never even put them in water - they went right to the drying stage so I would have the flowers for decorating.


I decided to go with blue and yellow inside of the cupboard.


A favorite bowl that KC brought me from Spain 


and a fish plate I found in my mother's cupboards are now easy to find and I will use them more.


My fiestaware pitchers are now easily accessible as are the tablecloths I use on the garden table.


Beneath the cabinet, a vintage basket (will anyone notice that it is green?) holds pillows for the garden chairs.


I have had a lot of different vignettes on top of the cabinet and I must say this is my all time favorite.


Today's project is not a whim.


Painter's drop cloth, stencils, paint and sachet are my supplies for an idea I came up with - I hope it works.

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I am joining

Lavender Garden Cottage for a Cottage Style Party

Rooted in Thyme for Simple & Sweet Fridays

Cozy Little House for Tweak It Tuesday

Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays

66 comments:

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Well, I just love your tweak! I can see why you do. It looks great. And I can't wait to see what you do with the drop cloth, stencils, and paint. I have a little project I am going to be working on, too. It also involves paint, but I bet yours is cuter!

xo

Sheila :-)

Stacey said...

Looks fabulous! Wire baskets are so neat. Your porch is incredibly welcoming and I love how you can peek through that hole in the wall. Is there a name for that? :)

I'm working on a shelf in my family room today. Ashamed to say it has been the same way for 2 years.

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Well Carol your decorating whims always result in whimsical and fun cheerful changes, Loving the wire baskets and galvanized beverage caddy. Happy creating mon amie!
XO,
Vera

bobbie said...

Do you hire out??? :)
Love the changes, and I can't wait to see your new project ~

Junkchiccottage said...

Carol,
Your tweaking looks pretty awesome. I love that yellow cabinet and all the pretties inside. Love the baskets up on top. Gorgeous. Great job.
Kris

podso said...

I like your arched window showing off your yellow cabinet. It's nice you can pull from your house to change things around! Resourceful!

ANNE said...

I love that yellow and the cabinet too. Makes me want to go paint something yellow except it doesn't go with anything in my house... sigh.

xox

Patty Antle said...

Lookin' good, Carol! It's inspiring to see the changes you make and oh, so pretty!

Cozy Little House said...

Oh, how I would love to have your little house close to the ocean! I love everything you did "on a whim!"
Brenda

Susie said...

Love the baskets. I think I love your window seat best of all. It's the open windows that make it appealing to me. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

chateau chic said...

The baskets and dried roses make a wonderful display on top of your cabinet. Looks a little fallish too.
Aren't we funny that way...all of a sudden something needs to be changed, and we can't think of anything else until we do it.
Mary Alice

Primroses Attic said...

Love your house.The yellow cupboard is wonderful.
Rosezeeta.

Connie said...

Carol, I am so sure that no one loves and cares for their home more than you. You are constantly fussing around and fluffing up and changing this and that until you achieve perfection . . . time and time again. You take junk from the garage and when you are done with it, we are all drooling over it:)
I love visiting your blog:)

Kelly said...

I do the same thing. Decorating on a whim is when I have the best ideas. Love the changes you made. Can't wait to see what you do with that box.

Sarah said...

Carol, your basket vignette is a favorite for me too. Love the entire space from top to bottom, but then your spaces always bring a smile. '-)

Kim - Exquisitely Unremarkable said...

It's lovely Carol. I think some of the best things in life come out of whims!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

You and I are so much alike. I do the same thing. Just all of a sudden and idea will pop in my head and I am up and changing things. Love those baskets.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Love love love the new vignette along with your pretty yellow cabinet! The majority of my changes are done a whim ;-)

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

I love your new vignette, Carol..the baskets are wonderful! I love the blue and yellow, too!

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

I love the simplicity of your wire baskets on top of your fun cupboard, Carol!

Renee said...

I love the blue and yellow. Love the baskets too. I have a thing for metal decorations.

Vicky Hunt said...

Love the new vignette Carol! I do the same thing you do...look at something every day for months sometimes and then all of a sudden, I have to change it up! Can't wait to see your new project. Have a wonderful end of the week.

Blessings, Vicky

Jeanna said...

Love the makeover of the porch cabinet...only you can make a wire basket look great!

Hmmmm...can't wait to see what's next.

My Garden Diaries said...

OHHHHHHHHHHHH I LOVE IT CAROL!!!!! That vignette completely rocks!!!!!! The way that it echoes the garden is seriously amazing and those metal baskets are just gorgeous!!! You nailed it!!!!! And what are you working on right now??? Is that a vintage print up there??? Can't wait to see...I have been looking for some vignette bird prints for my mantle for the fall! Happy day to you and I think what you have accomplished there is beautiful! Nicole xoxo

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

You never cease to amaze me with your great decorating. It looks great and I would love the window seat also.
Have a great rest of the week.
Mary

Botanic Bleu said...

Carol,
Love the baskets on your yellow cabinet. From any angle they look wonderful.

Judith

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Great new vignette on the cabinet! Love those baskets! I love to change things up also! A new idea and I know you will share with us soon!
hugs,
Linda

cynthia lee designs said...

Love the new vignette on top of your cupboard!! It's so pretty.
~Cindy

Blondie's Journal said...

How you fill your home with color makes me long for a whole other place to fix up!! Gorgeous garden and flowers!

Jane xxx

Consider It All Joy said...

I definitely like the changes you made in/on the patio cabinet! Great colors and it's always fun to bring out pieces we have had tucked away for awhile and start using them. I'm sure that will be a busy little cabinet this fall! Blessings, Cindy

Dawn said...

30 minutes well spent I must say, it's all just beautiful like always. Your place is always so cheery.

Wendy McDonagh-Valentine said...

You did a great job!! I love yellow and blue together and that cabinet is wonderful!!! Have a beautiful day!!! : )

~ Wendy

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

I love it too. How nice to have this extra storage...you can reach out your door and grab what you need. Love the color!!

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Such a happy looking home, always love the colors you use!

Melanie said...

Tweaking and playing with decor and changing things around is so much fun, isn't it? I know there's some people who like to keep things the same, but I'm not one of them. Love the blue and yellow theme and the wire baskets!

Suzan Sweatman said...

Looks beautiful Carol - and I love that you can see it right from your perch in your beautiful dining room !!!
xoxo

Burlap Luxe said...

Hi Carol,
I love the pie safe in yellow that keeps all your pretties in beautiful colourfull place.
My mother has her pie safe painted Red, it looks so much like yours.
I adore your colourfull charm, I do have to mention your road appeal to your how I am most certain wows the neighborhood with that beautiful white up against the blue window trim.

See you soon, keep inspiring your country beauty.

Xx
Dore

Canadian Chickadee said...

Your new arrangement looks great! I love that the cupboard is yellow on the outside and white inside, instead of vice versa. And your arrangements on the shelves look terrific. I'll have to do something soon with my little china cabinet in the kitchen. Right now it has my collection of dishes with roosters on them. But perhaps it's time for a change. You have inspired me! xoxox

Sam I Am...... said...

Oh, you did good! Your vignette looks very airy with the baskets and I love the roses! I have no idea why you're not showing in my list but you weren't so I put you back in. I apologize for not stopping by as you are one of my "favs"...duh...am I slipping? I'm so glad you stopped by to remind me that I do not want to lose touch with certain people and you're one of them!
I have something to look forward to now...catching up! I hope you've been having a great summer.

cathy@my1929charmer said...

You and I think a like, I am so much a girl who decorates, changes and cooks on a whim. It's like something just happens and of I go onto something I never planned! I like it that way, seems like so much more fun and creative since it's not "plannted" out. Love your metal basket on top. Have a great weekend!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Oooh, looking forward to seeing your idea! I am kind of like that, too. I often set things up and don't change them because I like the way they look so figure why change things up. : ) However, every so often I will get the itch to do something different and it is usually on the spur of the moment. I like your change up.

My Little Home and Garden said...

I like the dish from Spain! It brought back some happy memories of a trip there.

The Junque Seeker said...

What a great switch! I especially love the baskets. Can't wait to see what you're going to do with those supplies!

greenthumb said...

So pretty, I never think to photograph the changes I make.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Sweet friend,

I am so late. Open House night, getting up early, working late....I just can't keep up. BUT here I am to thoroughly enjoy these primary colors that speak to me. That Greek blue and bright yellow are so comforting to me! Good morning and happy Friday to you!!! Anita

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

It looks great ! : )

I love the flowers in the first photo, too...I think they are snaps?

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Carol, it looks wonderful and what a view from your window seat. Love your decorating on a whim. I tend to do this too especially when cleaning. Changing things up is my therapy.
Love your blue and yellow. Perfect french country in a seaside cottage.
Have a great weekend.
Hugs

Simply Suzannes at Home said...

Thanks so much for coming by and taking the time to leave a comment. I appreciate every one of them!
Your cottage is so pretty. I love seeing all your vignettes . . . looks like a lovely home to enjoy a cup of tea, blog, and relax :0)
Have a wonderful weekend,
Suzanne

Michele said...

I like your baskets on top new look, and the things inside too. Sometimes it's fun to just turn on a dime and go a totally different direction. I always like to see where you head.

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

So beautiful, and loving the wire goodies on top. Blue and yellow dishes, what could be better! :)

Down by the sea said...

I love seeing your decorating, you always inspire me to move things around too! Sarah x

Ana said...

I love changing things around our home too. Keeps things fresh and new. Your new vignette looks beautiful. How's this weather treating you? You are so lucky to live so close to the beach. Wishing you a wonderful weekend my dear friend.

Hugs and Kisses,
❤️Ana

Patty Sumner said...

Hey Carol! I am so happy to come visit with you.. as I read your profile.. Cottage by the sea... I am envious! Your cottage is just beautiful.. I decorate much on a whim too. When it hits me...I do it! I have enjoyed visiting with you and I am following along.. Looking forward to many wonderful visits to your cottage by the sea.. Blessings!

Cathy Carroll said...

Love the baskets and the dried roses Carol. They are so vintage. But, I really love the blue and yellow together - my favorite combo ever. Cathy

Tammy said...

So much more fun to tweak than to buy new stuff and not know where you will put it all. I have a feeling all of your ideas work out somehow, someway. :) Best wishes, Tammy

Pondside said...

I like the change of view - so practical and pretty. Our new/old house has an entry way that is similar to yours, with the cut-out on the porch. You've given me an idea..........
I look forward to seeing what you're up to with the stencils and paint.

Poppy said...

So very pretty and a lovely perk to your existing decor, which always makes me smile! Stencils and paint? Hmm...this one's premeditated, for sure!

Poppy

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

Blue and yellow together are perfect for a seaside cottage. I'm very jealous that you can have a cabinet on your porch, though... Too rainy for that here!

Debbie said...

colorful..cuteness! Love how you pulled all the bright colors together, with the different textures in, and on top of the cupboard for a bright, cheery look!!!
Great job!
Debbie

Patricia @ Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

I'm beginning to get my whim back.
Doing things on a whim used to be a regular occurrence for me... so it is a welcome feeling!
I love that yellow cupboard, I especially love the metal crates and wire baskets.

Doreen@househoneys said...

You're not alone it seems carol! I do the same thing time and time again. That was a good use of 30 minutes. It looks so pretty!

Elaine L. said...

I heart yellow and your house!!

Jann Olson said...

Love the new vignette Carol! The colors are just beautiful.
hugs,
Jann

Brandi said...

I just love your bright yellow cabinet. Such a nice way to store and display your dishes.

Carla said...

Wish I was so good that I could change/tweek things up and make them look so good.
I might get it right every 10th try. LOL

fiona anderson said...

Having a cupboard as pretty as yours in an outside space which is sheltered from the rain, is actually on my dream wish list, along with a table, some chairs, and an outdoor fireplace.
It's good to dream !