Tuesday, May 18, 2010


Today, I was made aware of a new and, I'm sure, exciting meme "Vignette Friday" at Color Outside the Box...I've chose to go back a couple months and repost this little story about redoing the top of the entertainment center.  Hope you enjoy.


I keep reminding myself, this is my year to simplify.........HOWEVER.......one of the things I loved most about buying and selling "antiques" was setting up and arranging the displays. My urge to "display" said it was time to redo and re-fluff, to heck with simple!

yard and LR 022 After a few days of sunshine, I became convinced spring might just be here and the top of the T.V. cabinet needed a new "do", something light, airy and fun.  I do not love that cabinet....so until something better comes along....like bookcases from Ikea, there she sits.  So, lets dress her up...........

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Along the way I get to look at and enjoy some of my favorite things.  The white Bauer vase, the round tole tray, the wood bowl my husband turned on his lathe, the candleholder we made from an old table leg and this collage that I did using a tintype of my mother and grandfather.

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Among my "loves", when it comes to collectibles, is this wonderful French perpetual calendar!  It is made of old celluloid and has dials to change the month, day and date.  I have it set to my birthday...as a reminder to celebrate everyday.

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I painted the galvanized bucket turquoise and added the Bingo caller's ball cage.  The dollars store bird sits on a silver tray and a stack of small colorful books.  Excuse the fake lavender, it's just that it grows so well in the low light!

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Finally, an old school clock, books, a birds nest and another one of my collages.  Here I uses a photo of a woman and child on a painted and collaged background.



This is my white, light, bright tribute to spring that is not very simple but full of the stuff I treasure! I hope you enjoyed.

I will be linking to White Wednesday at Faded Charm Cottage and Woo Hoo! Wednesday at Always Nesting.  Come join the party and meet some fabulously talented folks.

For the first time I am joining the party at Rednesday because Red is one of my favorite colors!  This seems like a post for Tabletop Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Fife.


Anonymous said...

Woo Hoo! Jan, I'm so glad you linked this post to Woo Hoo! Wednesday. I love all your treasures, and I'm sure you can guess which is my favorite...the bird of course :) So happy to have you. Enjoy the refreshments. Hugs, Marla

Lynn said...

Very nice and spring like! I can't help but peek into the doors of the cabinet though, looks like goodies in there too!

Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

WooHoo...love this...it soooo dresses up your cabinet! So perfect for spring! I love all of the color and that collage you made is wonderful!


Little Cottage said...

Hi Jan,
Thank you so much taking the time to visit my blog!
It's always nice to get some feedback & I certainly enjoy when somebody has a connection to my home country Norway!
"Lutefisk" is for Christmas & THAT I have not had for many, many years.
I try to keep some of the Norwegian traditions for my family, but as we live here in the States, I don't want to exclude my new country either.
In that sense I do understand why your grandparents wanted to merge into their new country fast :o)))
Come see our BarnHouse Fleamarket July 31st.
We have lots of customers coming from all over OR. It really is something out of the extraordinary, for sure!

Robyn said...

Love all your treasures...keep on fluffin!! =-)

The Charm of Home said...

Love the spring vignette. Your collage is wonderful. Always love the color turquoise!

Vintage Remixed said...

Very spring indeed. I love that bingo roller.

Amanda at 32˙North said...

Hi Jan,

I have a soft spot for pottery and tole, too. Your turquoise and white pots are so pretty together!


Anonymous said...

Hi Jan,
I love your spring re-do! It is so fresh! It is so nice to meet you, thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving such a nice comment.
Have a lovely week.

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

What beautiful treasures you have...just keep having FUN...I do!


Emily {Frilly Details} said...

Everything looks very cute!

Allison Shops said...

You have some cool things - love the clock and calender. The little bird is adorable. Dropping by from White Wednesday; Tailored Kitchen.


Cheryl ~ ZanyMayd said...

Your decor is very spring looking, love all the white with the beautiful blue ~ so charming...

Ann said...

What a wonderful vignette you have created. I love that Bauer vase!!
The Tattered Tassel

Joy @ Joy Of Desserts said...

So many great treasures, each one with a memory and a story. That's a great way to decorate. Beautiful wood bowl, and the collage is very nice to honor your family.
Happy Rednesday.

SkinnyMeg said...

So cute! I love the white and teal it really gives an airy feeling :) Happy Wednesday!

Cass @ That Old House said...

So pretty! You have a good eye for staging vignettes...lovely.

craftyles said...

Such a pretty tablescape. Very springy!

★Carol★ said...

Hi Jan! You have so many lovely and very unique things on that cabinet! I loooove that Bauer vase and the French calendar. The soft blues that you used make the whole display look so fresh and summery. I love it all!
Happy REDnesday!

spindlecottage said...

Very happy things and I enjoyed viewing them. I like the turquoise aqua colored things especially!

SueLovesCherries said...

Hi Jan, welcome to Rednesday! I think your room looks very "simplified", because you decorated the top of the t.v. so tastefully. At first, I thought that was the "before" photo! It looks lovely how you incorporated all the things you love and that have special meaning to you!

Come back and visit again!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

How great this all looks girl...I also love antiques and have been collecting for 30 years now ha ha!! Stop by some time...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Anonymous said...

I love your aquas and that sweet little bird :) The tole tray in the background is gorgeous.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Thank you Jan for stopping by and becoming a follower...I also added you to my list as us Antique Lovers need to stick together ha ha!! Hope you have a GREAT day my new found friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

A 2 Z said...

Bonjour Madame LaFolette,

I came for a visit and I love all your decorating ideas. You have displayed all your items so well on top of TV. Just beautiful. Thanks for sharing your home; I'm a new follower and Happy Rednesday!


Sally Annie Magundy said...

Such a charming vignette, love everything!

Unknown said...

great spruce up I must say!!!Beautiful...Mica/The Child's Paper

Lori said...

your collage work is gorgeous...and your vignette looks so sweet...i always say i want to downsize and simplify too...but i like my stuff too much!!!

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Why have I not been a follower of yours before now. I could of swore that I was...how strange!
Anyway I am now and looking forward to getting to know you better.
I so need to do what you did and it just makes such a difference when we finally do it.
Take care

Blondie's Journal said...

How pretty your collections are...looks like you love birds, too!! Love all your treasures!


Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Love your pretty colors so pretty --- so springy!

Anonymous said...

You've done a great job decorating the top of your cabinet! Love the colors you've used and it does look like spring.
Be a sweetie,
Shelai :)

Natasha in Oz said...

That little birdie sitting on the books is so cute! I love your spring-time colours, especially since it is gloomy and cold here in Australia!

Best wishes,

Barb said...

Hi Jan, your displays are lovely. I like how the calming feeling about them. The little bird steals my heart.

Barb ♥

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh I love your vignette. It is so lovely to look at and so full of meaningfull things. I think that's what makes it perfect. I really like the colors of the turquoise and the old books, the flowers and the nest. Beautifully done. Thanks so much for joining the party. Hugs, Marty

Atticmag said...

All very charming and inviting vignettes. Jane F

murva said...

Your yard just gets beautifuler and beautifuler. The weather has been kind to the plants (except roses). There's something about mother nature's watering system that is like no other. I, however, am ready for sun.

Staci said...

WOW did you get some hits on this one?...and I see why. It looks great! I need to have you over soon for an uninterupted design consultation in my living room;-)

niartist said...

Lovely vignette Jan! I'm so impressed! Thank you so much for linking up with Vignette Fridays. I hope you continue to do so week after week - I know you'll be an inspiration to everyone, including me! :)