Saturday, August 27, 2016

Anthro tablecloth, estate sale finds and my Grandmother's vintage china

One of my favorite things to do is putting together a table setting for a brunch or dinner. In our house, we celebrate several birthdays during the month of August. Yes, there's a family full of Leos! This year, I hosted a birthday brunch at our house which gave me the opportunity to dust off my Grandmother's vintage china from the 1930s.

I bought this beautiful tablecloth from Anthropologie several years ago. It's one of my favorite prized possessions. It looks vintage with the lovely blue/green old fashioned floral pattern. It also has the cutest pompom trim which is not shown.

My Grandmother's china (Homer Lauglin Virgina Rose Pattern) which she rarely used. It is in perfect condition with no cracks or crazing. Another one of my cherished possessions!

Paper roses that I made a few months ago. I initially had this idea that I was going to sell them on Etsy...a lot of my creative business ideas never get implemented! I arrranged these flowers in an old tarnished brass pitcher along with a vintage crochet doily that I found at an estate sale.

Another successful table setting. Even if the food isn't that great, I always get rave reviews on the table setting!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

I've got cabin fever!

I have a serious house crush on the 2016 DIY Network Blog Cabin! I usually do a post of the annual HGTV Dream Homes and I never enter my name to win the grand prize. However, this time, I will put my name in the drawing because this "Dream Cabin" is a combination of my two favorite things....the Florida Gulf Coast and repurposing vintage items. Here's a little preview of why I love this cabin...
 Arial view of the HGTV Cabin...its surrounded by trees and water

3 levels of outdoor living spaces which includes a volleyball court

Open modern floor plan with lots of windows connecting the outside with the inside

A separate bonus room that doubles as a guest house

Inside the guest house features an unique wood wall feature

 Lower level features lighting made from upcycled old metal tanks

Breakfast nook seating is built from restored mahogany boat.

Cypress tree re-used as a planter in entry way

For more info and additional pics of this awesome home, check out DIY Network.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

A sweet little vintage desk named Gwyndolyn

A new addition to the store....a sweet little vanity desk with chair named "Gwyndolyn". I usually do not name my finished pieces but I spent a lot of time on this desk so I felt inclined. "She" had great lines and good bones and was begging for a much needed makeover so I decided to rescue her from an antique auction. "Gwynie" has a fresh coat of ASC French Linen (gray) and heavily distressed finish. I kept the original hardware intact and papered the drawer. She also has side drop leaves which can be expanded for extra work space. Gwyndolyn is now for sale at the Sleepy Poet and ready for a new home!