Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Valentine's Day Mantel in Red, White, Rhinestones & Gold

The most romantic time of year for decorating is here and time for me to share the changes I made to our mantel for the very special occasion.
Here is the mantel candlescape with hearts and a theme of red, white, rhinestones and gold.

 A few of the things that were part of the Christmas look managed to stay around for the new Valentine's day do.
You can see the centerpiece tray, if you missed it here.

A fabric heart, that I made last year, is centered in a vintage gold frame as the feature of the mantel decor.

Two brass hearts and one treasured gold locket complete the arrangement with my handmade pillow inside.

 Pearl head pins suspend the hearts leaving only the tiniest holes behind.

Prettier than a plain old picture in red, white and gold.

A few scattered petals make any romantic creation complete.

Vintage bottles always look prettier with some rhinestone glam.

I moved the gold glass heart from the tray on the suitcase where it was for Christmas and placed it on the Venetian tray here.

A simplified vignette with a pop of red is featured to the right of the hearth to keep with the color scheme.

And then I made one last li'l change..I think I like it better!

This was how it looked for the Holiday.

Now, I'll leave you with a simple edit in black and white.

I've got one last post to do...a tablescape for the day of  LOVE that is right around the corner.

Love, Hugs and Kisses,

and Gucci, too!


Sunday, January 24, 2016

White Wallpaper & Changes to our Old Pine Cupboard

Our old pine cupboard has had quite a few changes since it was purchased back in 1969. It started out in a dark stain and stayed that way until I painted the doors, drawer and edge trim in hunter green back in the 80's!
Then around 2010 I got brave and painted it black with a burgandy interior and a few gold accents.

Today, I pulled out some wallpaper that I had leftover from another furniture project 

and added it to the backs of the three shelves. It's paintable if I should tire of it...you can see how I did exactly that here

I love the subtle touch of class that the white damask adds to my collection of white ironstone and vintage Staffordshire plates.

I'll be using the plates for our Valentine's celebration for two.

Since it's almost Valentine's Day I added a few little touches of love here with me and my girls

and here, of me and my honey.

My penguin, that was in our Christmas window, is up on the top shelf and wearing a red heart, too!

Now, I'm off to finish the post on our mantel...I think you're gonna like it. 
It really is romantic!

  Love, Hugs and Kisses,
and Gucci, too!

Posting a very special "thank you" to the ladies from table it link party
and to Stacey from embracingchange for choosing this post as a party feature!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Love on a Victorian Vanity Tray

A pair of vintage hearts, one a cherished brass heirloom, the other  a vintage rhinestone pin always find their way into our Valentine decor. They make each display look so very special.
 A few personal additions make this year's Valentine's day centerpiece a new favorite for me.

 A vintage Victorian vanity tray is the base for my LOVE vignette.

The mirror is still dusted with snow from the Christmas display that it held.

The card plays "Unchained Melody" by the Righteous Bros. and makes my heart sigh every time it's opened. The mini canvas art is one that I made for last Valentine's day. It was a part of our Valentine's day, dinner for two, tablescape....and yes, that's my honey and me!

 I think it looks just right with the winter theme that's still going on in our living room. 

The mantel and fireplace are all dressed up in red and white and waiting for you to see. 

This glammed up pillar candle on my vintage, venetian tray is a peek for you to see.

 I'll be back to share it all with you...it looks really, really pretty!

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Winter Window Candlescape with a little bit of Love!

Christmas may be over but it's still winter so I changed our bay window to a winter candlescape theme.

My, little, white sled, an assortment of votives and some shiny green leaves, from our camellia tree, were the beginnings of the creation for the new look. 
Red and white are almost always my go to colors. 

Our, old, white painted, fireplace screen adds an interesting depth to the background in the window.

I love a red berry wreath especially when adorned with hearts.

The owl that was on display as a part of the window's Christmas decor is sticking around for the rest of winter. He's just too cute to put away!

An inverted ironstone compote with a red transferware plate created an interesting base for the vignette on top.

Red transferware saucers are placed underneath  many of the votives.

Candles are always just so romantic any ole time of the year.

Epsom salt covers the outside of this votive jar.

A canvas banner of love made it's debut again for Valentine's day.

I think the white rustic crate really makes a great impact to the overall setting.

Another piece of transferware is tucked inside the hanging lantern for a little surprise.

A bouquet of miniature silk roses hangs in a spot that needed just a little something.

 The Waterford heart came from one of my sweet girls for Christmas several years ago. It always makes me sigh when I come across it every year!
I'm looking forward to creating a new tablescape and celebrating an extra special day of  "Love" this year.

 Love, Hugs and Kisses,
and Gucci, too!

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