Welcome to the very first….
Middle English – Something nonessential but desirable that contributes to an effect or result.
I created this new meme especially for everyone who loves to accessorize, and even more – loves to create vignettes.
I believe that a person can create a lovely room – painted the perfect color, with the exact sofa and custom-designed drapes and all the right architectural effects imaginable. But, until those personal touches and creative bits are added – its just a room.
Accessories are the details that make a room. It is an expression of your personality and your design style.
It’s your home’s voice.
I look forward to your posts, and hope this becomes one of your favorite weekly memes. Please feel free to grab the smaller button below to post on your side bar, to announce that you particpate in Tabletop Tuesday.
Yesterday, for Met Monday at Between Naps on the Porch, I shared a small tabletop vignette I created as part of my after-Holiday redecorating. It is a small side table in my Red Morning Room.
This room features my collection of blue and white Staffordshire and transferware.
Click here to see the full post – “Five Minute Vignette.
For today’s Tabletop Tuesday post, I am continuing on in the same room…this time I have accessorized the top of my antique English Hutch.
Here is the “Before” as it was decorated for Christmas….
Silver reindeer, vintage silver candlesticks, treasured Victorian creamers..and touches of silver and
apple green in a basic, silk plant.
The ledge of the hutch is only about 8″ wide, so large-scale items do not work. Also, I do not want anything that will overpower or distract from the display inside the hutch.
So…with just a few changes I went from Winter Wonderland in Silver and Blue…..
… to Springtime Blue and White.
I am going to share with you the step-by-step details of the flower arrangement I created. It could be one of the hardest arrangements I have ever made…so take notes.
I used my 40% off coupon just after Christmas to purchase this container…
It’s a rustic, frenchy blue vase. They had several shapes in this same style….but I chose the vase for its smaller size.
Don’t you love the design on the front?
Next, I grabbed some stems from my box-o-florals.
Did I ever tell you I never throw out any stems of flowers of any kind. Recycle and reuse…remember my 2010 decorating motto?
Blue and white silk hyacinth stems….
Step 1: Cut some floral foam into chunks. You need the hard kind.
Step 2: Push the foam into the bottom of the vase so you have a firm fit.
Now, this next step gets tricky……
Step 3: Shove the flowers into the foam.
I told you it was tricky.
Stand back and make sure you like what you see….so far, so good.
Step Four: Add moss. I had reindeer moss on hand, but any kind will do. You could even use glass beads or small stones.
Step Five: Twist and bend the leaves to give them a more realistic look.
Optional: I added some grapevine loops. I like the added texture.
Okay, who are we kidding. A pre-schooler could pull off this arrangement – but sometimes the simple things are exactly what is needed.
Next, I added two glass Hurricanes…
These are not old, but I fell in love with them anyway. I bought them at a flea-market in Belgium in a town called Tongeren.
But, I decided that I did not want two taller items on each side of the tall flower arrangement…
So I removed the top portion….and just used the base.
I love the milky-glass appearance.
Next, I added plates….you know I am gonna add plates. That’s a given. ;0
My blue and white plates purchased years ago in an old, Belgium hardware store.
Some white plates purchased last Summer at Marshall’s, along with my Spode salt and pepper shakers.
These were quite the steal. I found these at Ross for $14.99/set.
A breath of Spring…
…. in a room which is quite happy to feature such pretty dishes.
As day intermingles with night, the candles are lit and lamps are turned on…
…and The Grits House becomes a soft, warm place that wards off the Winter cold.
Hints of Springs promise that warmer days are just around the corner.
I hope you have enjoyed my very first Tabletop Tuesday. I absolutely cannot wait to visit each of you and see what you have to share.
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Happy Accessorizing Dear Friends….Barb
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