Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Seeing Stars!



Cabin fever has set in 
and so I needed to do a project today.

I seem to have a thing for stars.
Do you remember my new star lamps?

I saw this idea in a magazine and loved it- 
Shiny, shimmering stars on the ceiling.


I'm sorry, I tore the picture out but I can't tell you from which magazine...

I also found this photo online 
when I searched for "star wallpaper on the ceiling"



and this one.  

Gorgeous colors!


So enchanting...


Anyway, I love the idea of star wallpaper on the ceiling 
but when I checked into it, it was only sold "to the trade" 
or it was so expensive, it didn't seem worth it.  

Then I thought, what about decals?  
I knew you could buy just about any decals you can think of these days. 
I found these on WallsNeedLove.com and I ordered one package.  
It contained 36 gold stars like this one.



They arrived last week and I knew just where to put them.

The front hallway ceiling needed them.
You can see that here.


Just a Plain Jane ceiling.
Just begging for some Romance.


Burly was there to help me every step of the way.

I got out the ladder and a yardstick and started applying the decals.
Here are the first ones up.  I liked it enough to continue.



Many stars up here.




Don't they look nice with this vintage chandelier?
Who doesn't love a little drama...


I have a few other vintage chandeliers in our house, 
all found at the Kane County Flea Market over the years 
and all rewired, because as my friend Kim from County Line Road says, 
I don't want to burn the house down 
just because I got a bargain at the flea market!. 

This one is in my new kitchen.
You can read more about it in this post.



Funny, this chandelier was in my old kitchen for 25 years 
and no one ever noticed it.  
Now it's the "star" of the show...
Well, that and the "Star Mullions" below!





and I alternated the patterns on the shades.  
Just because.




It was a bit of a challenge getting them spaced out nicely, 
but once I got going, it got easier.



So pretty up close.



And with the lights on...



Here's another view.



I love how they turned out!


Here's the before again-



And after.




Before -



And After.




Can't wait for visitors!




So, what have you been up to?



Linking to:
Metamorphosis Monday at between Naps on the Porch
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Beach Glass Bird



On New Years Day, as is our tradition,
Kim, from County Line Road
and I got up very early and drove to Peru, Illinois 
to spend the day "Perusing" the Antique Mall there.  
It's generally the only place open on New Years Day, 
and so we make our annual pilgrimage there.

We always find some sort of treasure 
and this year was no exception.

I can't resist these bird's nest covered bowls...
I have several, so I guess it's now a collection.

I scored this one at the Antique Mall in Peru.
A bit of research on eBay tells me that it's Westmoreland Glass.


I love the satin green color of the glass and the translucence.



It's in perfect condition and a color that my "collection" was sorely lacking...




This resin version is in our powder room.




and this one is out on our porch.




This aqua glass bird is in our cottage in Michigan, where it's perched on a shelf.



The texture and color of the green and blue glass birds 
remind me of the beach glass we find so often 
while walking on the beach in Michigan.

I even used the colors of beach glass to decorate our bedroom there.

You can read about the bedroom here.

 I had the blue bird in the bedroom when I took these pictures.





The photo below was taken by Gridley and Graves 
when they came to do the photo shoot for the Cottage Style Magazine feature. 
(Shameless self promotion alert!) 
You can see all of those pictures here.



The blue bird is now nestled on the bottom shelf of the wall cabinet, above.

I normally do not have that much stuff out on my shelves, 
but the photographers pulled things out of my cabinets and drawers 
and rearranged them on this shelf for the color and interest.
Then they added lemons!

And anyone who knows me knows I do not allow lemons in our cottage.  
They do not go with my color scheme.

Just kidding.  
Sort of.

But the color of the lemons really does pop...
And their photos are fabulous...
So I may have to relax my standards....

That might even be a good New Year's Resolution.


Happy New Year!


Linking to:
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
Be sure to look at the HGTV Dream House photos posted there!

Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Through Life

Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style




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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Star Lamps




I'm so excited!
I went to the Kane County Flea Market this month 
with my brother and sister in law 
and found some real treasures. 

(You can also read about what I scored there when I went with Kim, 
from County Line Road blog, here.)

I think the December Flea Market is great 
because it's the last one they hold until March
 and the dealers are really dealing! 

My favorite find was a pair of metal star lamps, 
spotted by my sister in law, Joan.
(Someday maybe I'll get to show you their house... It's fabulous!)



They are brand new, in perfect condition, with great shades 




and a cool patina finish.
They were a steal and the colors work beautifully in my family room. 




I put this one in a boring dark corner and it fills the space up so well!



Possibly over accessorized... 
Must edit...
I do love the green hounds tooth fabric on the table, though! 



Hmmmm. Is this any better?  Not sure...  

Must continue to play with things instead of doing anything really important....



I love these lamps 
and when my new end table arrives, 
I think the lamp will look great on it.

The family room is still in progress, ever since our recent kitchen remodel, 
which you can read about here.
Can't wait to get it finished and show it to you!


I also spotted this little tea caddy at the Flea Market 
and couldn't resist.




And this shelf with a mirrored back and Chippendale/bamboo spindle trim.
It's either very grandma or very cool...


I can't decide, but it was a steal and so I couldn't resist.
But where to put it?
Should I paint it white? 
Fun dilemmas.

We'll see! 

Happy New Year!


Linking to:
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
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