Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Size Matters

Sometimes you find just what you want, and then you realize it won't work.

I have wanted one of these for a long time.

I see so many homes with these vintage bottle carriers filled with flowers.

I found this one on-line at Vintageweave Interiors, 

but it was definitely not in my price range.

Yesterday we had appointments out of town and we dropped by 

Bungalow Antiques to buy some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

Since Steve was with me and we had two other appointments, I was cheated out of a leisurely hunt.

I spotted a wonderful red column, but we were in Steve's sports car and there was no space for it.

I couldn't convince Steve that I really needed an old, chipped red column.

He just doesn't get it!

I also saw a bottle carrier at The Eat and Sleep Boutique.

It was only $28 and I was about to buy it when I stopped and thought about the size.

Our house is little and I need to think about proportion.

As much as I love the metal bottle carriers, they are really too big for my dining room table.

I might have talked myself into buying it, but Steve is NOT a shopper and was getting antsy.

We drove away, but I was still thinking about what I wanted for the table.

Between appointments, we had about 30 minutes so we drove to Barnes and Noble to browse for a bit.

And, right next to B & N was Cost Plus World Market.

I spotted this spice caddy and it was just the right proportion for my table.

I wasn't sure how to get the handle to stand up, but I found an aged metal clip and stuck it to one side of the handle.

Voila!- success.

I wanted to make it look like the clip had a purpose so I hung a key from the hook.

Now, I have a metal bottle carrier on my table.

Filled with flowers.

And, the proportions are just right.

Next up, using the ASCP.

I am down to 11 days of vacation before school starts so I can't delay.

I am linked up at

2805 - Potpourri Friday

 My Romantic Home - Show and Tell Friday


  1. it's adorable, carol:) i found one earlier this year, and yep, it's too big for my new dining table. wish i'd thought about size:( love the trick on the handle--i'll have to remember that:)

  2. Love that you waited
    for one that felt RIGHT.
    It looks like it was made
    for your table and you
    styled it beautifully, too!

    Happy Thursday,
    xo Suzane

  3. love it and are they white stocks you have in the bottles, but most of all I LOVE the key :-) Annie

  4. Good things come to those who wait...I remember my mom telling me this all the time. Love the bottle carrier you finally found. The key is a perfect embellishment.

  5. Awesome's perfect. Love it.


  6. Hi, I saw your welcome at Brenda's Cozy Little House ... when I popped open your screen, I just kept reading and looking, on and on and on, never wanting to stop. But thought I'd pause back here at the top to leave a comment - I'll add you to my blog roll because beautiful blogs are worth a daily read ;) I'd like to ask if it's ok to pin some of your pics to Pinterest, I always "comment" the blog name on anything I pin. Thanks for sharing the beauty with us. Hugs ~ Mary

  7. Stopping by from Brenda's! Like Ms. Redo above I've been reading. I think you World Market find is perfect for your table! I would be delighted if you would link to Potpourri Friday, in progress!

  8. I'm here by way of Brenda's Cozy Little House. Love your blog. So sweet and wonder Brenda loved it. I read a few posts and will read more.....signed up to follow.
    Saw where you talked about painting a yellow stripe on your coffee table. WHy not try tht washi (think that is the name) tape. It comes in all different patterns and colors. It would be easy to change.

  9. How very clever to use the clip for your handle and carrier. The key...genius! I just found your blog today, via Brenda's Cozy Little House.
    The photos she featured were very bright and cheerful.
    I'm just becoming comfortable with color in my home. Finally, I'm excited about choosing paint colors!

  10. Thanks so much for linking your clever project to Potpourri Friday! I may stop by World Market tomorrow!

  11. Hi. I'm over from Brendas. I just sat here and scrolled back through your blog. I love your little cottage and your colors. You can't go wrong with red, blue and yellow. Loved your slip cover project-I did denim slips for our couch and love seat(previous home) so I can relate. Hope I never do that again!Nice to meet you! Leslie

  12. haha,,,,,,,maybe it does :)
    and do not miss....




    It is FUN :)
    HÃ¥kan ( The Roseman)

  13. Perfect. I was going to tell you that those vintage milk carriers come in other sizes - I saw one last week for two bottles of milk. It would have been perfect for you! Glad you got the look you were hoping for.

  14. lovely photos. I'll be happy if you check out my blog too=)

  15. Love them too, but yours is just perfect. At least you managed to find something with an antsy hubby close by!