Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Dressing A Cloche for Fall

One thing link parties do is motivate me!
 I haven't looked at or thought about a cloche in quite some time, so I hunted mine down and gave it a good shine before dressing it for the party.
Since it is November, I decided to use some Fall decorations I had stored away. They had the colors I was wanting to use and the bling to make it shine! These are various items I have picked up here and there over the past few years. I have to say, it was one of the easiest and fastest vignette's to put together. All I had to do was turn my cloche upside down and fill it before turning it right side up again and placing it on a small (tarnished) circular tray.
I decided to elevate it using a clear glass plate stand. The runner is a scarf that had all the colors of the items in the cloche!

I took the pictures from various angles to show all the different goodies inside.
There are glass acorns and copper colored beaded apples with one or two champagne colored pears. Mind you, these are all ornaments found at places like TJ Maxx and Marshall's.

A closeup. After it was filled, I added the copper and gold strand of beads.

As I looked at the pictures, I thought it wasn't bad, but it could be better. I remembered the architectural riser I had showed you in this post. I loved the improvement, but I took it a step further by flipping the scarf to its darker side. Now we're talking!

 I love all the warm colors used together. Flipping the scarf gave it just the right amount of contrast!

The gold mercury glass candlesticks completed the look!

Even the slightly tarnished tray was the right choice. Shiny silver would have been too bright.

So there you have it. A cloche fit for a party!

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Monday, October 31, 2011

Trick or Treat!

Come in!

I am ready to greet whomever dares to knock on my door!

This "condemned" sign was courtesy of Brooklyn Limestone. You still have time to get your copy here!

I had a curious visitor wonder what I was doing outside without her!

As darkness fell, the spirits rose! Can you see them?
Looks like they were having a spooktacular time!

Met Monday
Have a fun and safe Halloween!


All Hallow's Eve

Eye of newt, and toe of frog, Wool of bat, and tongue of dog, Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting, Lizard's leg, and owlet's wing, For a charm of powerful trouble, Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.- - -William Shakespeare (a quote from "Macbeth")

The origins of Halloween are rooted in the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, where people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off evil spirits. Samhain was the Celtic Lord of death and his name literally meant, "summer's end." The Celts celebrated their new year on November 1st which marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the cold, dark, winter. They believed that on October 31st, the eve of the Samhain, the dead would come back to life and cause havoc such as sickness and damage crops. It was also believed that ghosts, witches, goblins and elves came to harm the people.
To protect themselves from these evil spirits, villagers would go from house to house gathering food offerings and kindling for the Samhain fires.
 The people would extinguish their home hearth fires and would gather together to light large fires on hill tops and make offerings to the gods.
They would dance around these bonfires to keep evil spirits away and the bones of dead animals were tossed into the fire and burnt as an offering and to ward off sickness and bad fortune in the coming new year.

The sacred fires were believed to have the power to scare away evil spirits and the villagers would stay close by the bonfire, often wearing the heads and skins of dead animals to scare the spirits and ensure their own safety. As the bonfire died, it was considered good luck to bring an ember home to relight their hearth fire. These embers were often carried in holders made from turnips or gourds that had faces carved in them to scare any evil spirits that might be lurking on their path home.
On the following day, the ashes from these sacred fires would be spread over the fields to protect next years crops from the evil spirits.
 This is where the "Feast of all Saints" or "All Soul's Day" has its connection to Halloween. For Catholics, it is the day where people come together and pray for the soul's of the dead who were waiting in Purgatory for entrance into Heaven. In Spanish speaking countries it is known as "Dia de los muertos" or Day of the Dead.
The name Halloween comes from "All Hallows Evening." "Hallow" is an old english word for "Holy Person" and All Hallows Day is another phrase for All Saint's Day. It eventually was shortened to "Hallow e'en" and then "Halloween."

Today, many people still celebrate with great bonfire's, dress in costume on Halloween and hand out candy at their door.
NY- Halloween Party on West 69th Street
Now that you know the history of this fun and frightening holiday, go out and enjoy and have a

Friday, October 28, 2011

The Color of October

Coastal Bedroom Decor
Can you guess what it is?

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Evolution of a Master Bedroom

In January, I found a great bargain on a Karastan rug from Tuesday Morning. I am usually not one to buy on impulse, but  I grabbed it anyway because 1) I loved it and 2) it was $299 for an 8x10 100% wool rug. I thought I might regret not buying it for that price. I was wanting to use it in my bedroom because I have hardwood floors and I wanted something soft and warm on my feet when I got out of bed in the cold winter mornings.

I also loved the colors in the rug and decided that it could be a jumping off point for the rest of the decor in the room.

As it is, the bedroom isn't bad, but it feels unfinished and I thought the rug would help me make the decisions easier. The paint color is SW Ecru.  It is khaki in bright light but goes green in low light. Doesn't do anything for the headboard or is it the other way around? Whatever, it is on the list to go.

Close up of the headboard fabric. It has a linen like texture and very close to the color of natural linen.

Well, here we are 9 months later and I am still stuck. Partly due to not knowing where to start, (I thought it was with the rug) and decor indecision commitment. Do you have that? Where you think you know what you want but are totally overwhelmed and lack focus? That is what I have. I am sure of it!

 Do you find inspiration or does it find you?

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