Saturday, June 18, 2011

Market flower arranging and summer vignettes

One of my favorite things to do is go to the Friday or Saturday market and pick up all kinds of fresh produce and flowers for the weekend. I take a bucket of water to keep them fresh for the car ride home, and then set about arranging them all in different types of vase throughout the house. The colours make everything seem alive and happy.

along with the flowers from the market, I wander about my gardens and add in some clippings, like the lamb's ear in this stone crock.

new vignette for the front hall. i found a demijohn with a 6 inch opening (great for branches in the future) right now I am just enjoying the green glass. i added a batik bone necklace from Africa to the bottle neck for interest.

some bracket fungi, a bird, and various vintage items fill out the look.

dining room table. sweet and simple white and green.

i purchased this clam shell on Ebay a few years ago and it has been moved around our home quite a bit. newest use: black and white family photo holder and bird perch(i love bird decor, i have quite a few that fit into our home from spring to Christmas)
the tag on the little green glass item said "fairy lamp" at an antique store. i mostly just loved the colour.

buffet view in the dining room with the clam shell.

one of our factory carts with galvanized, green and flowers.

kitchen island flowers

vignette on our coffee table in our living room. it has a glass insert that i placed a coffee sack inside. old barnboard for a tray, and layered books, antique items including the scale, bottles, crock. the white orchids are made of ceramic and add a sense of summer.
although i have yet to blog about this but, that shoe form on the table is only a small part of my collection. i love, love shoe lasts. they are on tables, in glass cloches, on shelves, climbing walls, and even holding open doors. there is just something about their simple nature and the fact that they were used day in and day out by someone for their job.

Hope the flowers brought the happy to you.

Have a nice day


Sunday, June 12, 2011

Outdoor Living

With the warm weather comes the urge for outdoor living, eating, drinking, reading, gardening..... you get the picture. This year we wanted a new sturdy table and comfy seating.

The table became a DIY special. I really love the worn love of the handrubbed sheet metal tables you see everywhere but 2000.oo is WAY out the price range and I knew we could build something close. We purchased an old dining room table off of Kijiji (Canada's Criagslist) in a lovely hunter green colour, which I promptly sprayed my signature black.

this is the table base black and the sheet metal top my husband had made through work (any sheet metal fabricator can do the same) in primed metal.

Trevor and I (mostly the paint can stealing Trevor) sprayed the top black until we got the coverage we desired.

finished product. the grey wicker chairs are Byholma from Ikea with Hejka cushions.
giant leaf was purchased from Homesense in an awful orange gold colour and was of course, yup you guessed it, sprayed black.

new sisal rugs from Home Depot Martha Stewart collection, spare barnwood makes a water durable table runner. accessories collected from clearance sections because of the rust(what are they thinking, they're just starting to get good then)

lots of green and white plants, ferns, and lavender (feels nice and relaxing, the wild colours are out front)

the pond and goldfish provide wonderful ambiance both inside and outside, as we can hear the water from our bedroom.

a view looking back at the patio from the lawn. nothing like a classic afternoon, sitting in an Adirondack chair sipping a nice cold beverage.

more plants on an antique laundry tub bench. some wood slices as planter risers. gotta love the things nature has to offer.

a small view of the garden beside the patio. the pond is behind all of the foliage.

Can't you just smell the peonies?

Have a lovely day and feel the grass between your toes.