Mad for mirrors…….

Good morning! I started this post months ago so part of it was from a while back and then I tweaked and added on just recently. Always fun (and convenient) to find a post in your draft box that was somehow lost in the shuffle! Let’s face it, mirrors will always be a key ingredient to virtually any room in the house.

They add instant drama, open up even a tiny space and have become really important decorative pieces. There are so many fabulous mirrors available at incredible price points today that it makes it possible to have a mirror in every room if you choose!

I have a? lot of mirrors in our house, almost every room come to think of it:) I like when I see creative uses of mirror and I am a mega fan of anything using antique mirror, it is so beautiful! So just a fun post about mirrors, unique ways to use them and a few personal faves. How about you? Are you? mad for mirrors too?

 

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Really like this beautiful antique mirror screen, it opens up the space and is a great “privacy” wall if using to separate from another room/space

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My own bathroom, I am a fan of inset mirror with molding to “frame” it, think it’s a great look for a bathroom,? for mine I chose antique mirror

What a closet! The mirror just adds to the drama and magic of this space, Mirrorupgrade.com

I like the way Jan Showers created maximum impact with this very large over sized mirror in this beautiful gray dining room

This exemplifies beautifully how a relatively small foyer can open up so dramatically by applying mirror to a foyer wall, Florida Design

Really loving this jewel box of a dressing room and the glamorous fully mirrored unit by super talented Andrew Skurman

This is gorgeous but I am afraid it’s too delicate for my crazy cooking skills lol….Amy Howard

?This grand space is incredible! If you look carefully you will see a large paneled mirrored wall with a venetian mirror on top….amazing!

I really like the idea of an entirely mirrored wall behind the sink……enlarges the room and looks so pretty!

?To me, there is no room where a beautiful antique mirror cannot look amazing!

Who said mirrors are just for indoors? With a setting like this, I don’t blame them for putting one outdoors

Could it get any more French than this? Love the mirror and paneled doors

Another gorgeous example of using mirrors outdoors, Atelier de Campagne

This beautiful jewel box of a bathroom is a stunner, with its handpainted over mirrored walls.

How beautiful are these doors, a very glamorous space! South Shore Decorating

This is an interesting way to apply mirror, in panels on the back of a door, great looking!

Love the idea of antiqued mirror for a bar wall, so chic

Now talk about eye catching! Beveled mirror subway tiles for a home bar backsplash, It’s all in the details blog

Mirrors can go just about anywhere, here it is perched on one end of the tub wall…….might be a little too convenient:)

This is so interesting and dramatic, antique mirrored squares give this space a more transitional look, South Shore Decorating

I really love the mood of this room, the colors, the French accents, the blue and white (of course) and the large? trumeau just gives it such a “wow factor” Home and lifestyle

These mirrored doors with geometric panel work are just exquisite……really love this look, Indulgy

?Mirrored doors for a closet are just gorgeous, no way around it….love the look!

Talk about a dramatic hallway….good way to not gain weight if forced to stare at yourself from every conceivable angle:)

How about mirroring an entire wall with antiqued mirror? Talk about enlarging a space….its amazing! Casa Sugar

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This mirror is making a truly beautiful statement in this lovely French inspired powder room….this is fabulous! P Chateau

This is a great looking vignette , oversized paneled double mirror above a screen, so dramatic!

I do love the effect a beautiful ornate Venetian mirror can have even on a simple bathroom Homeedit

I adore the glam factor a mirrored backsplash gives this beautiful kitchen but admit I would be petrified of it breaking!

Jan Showers, known for her glamorous spaces certainly created one here, with this beautiful mirror and mirrored console.

Mirrored furniture has gotten extremely popular, and I think an accent piece is a great way to add a bit glamor and sparkle to any space, here shown in two possible finishes, Decorpad

No mirror? makes quite the statement that? a chinoiserie mirror can..wow! Nostell Priory

This picture is a current inspiration for a small built in I am looking to have built, gorgeous! Love the antique mirrored inserts, Brooks and Falotico

This is a clever way to enlarge a small space. Elegant mirrored panels set inside wood frames, Bent Highlands

Once again Jan Showers brings the “wow factor” to yet another gorgeous room thanks in part to the drama created by using a huge over sized antiqued mirror

Have to end with a bang, how magnificent is this incredible antique mirror hallway!! I so want to do this…..genius Timothy Corrigan at it again!? This is one of those spaces that becomes magical at night when you put all the lights on…

 

AND SOME OF MY MOST FAVORITE STYLE MIRRORS FOR THE HOME…..

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Give me a chinoiserie mirror any day, any color…….Circawho is a great source for them!
And an overszied trumeau can take a pretty room to a spectacular room! After doing this post I am now on the prowl for one….
And love these beauties from Circawho, who always has a fabulous assortment of mirrors
And then there are the stunning Venetian mirrors from Decorative Crafts, they make to? me, the prettiest ones around!
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And of course a classic gold leaf mirror will stand the test of time without doubt, Friedman Brothers to me is the king of the classic gold leaf mirrors, I own several and think they make the best!

So, its your turn to talk! What do you think? What is your favorite mirror? Do you have a creative way you like to use them? Do tell!
I can never get enough and if I find a mirror that dares me to buy it, rest assured I WILL find? a place for it! Mirrors are one thing every home can use. Thanks for stopping by, hope you have a wonderful day.
Last day is today to enter my pillow giveaway courtesy of 6 Wilson, click here to enter!? I will select a winner tomorrow morning.
I have updated my steals and deals from yesterday, things went really fast, there are a few things left. Click here to see the updated list of what is available. Until tomorrow…….
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Mad for mirrors…….and a winner!

Good morning, boy this week has flown! I have been busy trying to finish up my master bedroom, still have bits and pieces to do but its shaping up and I have to say I absolutely love it! My patience indeed paid off:) First I am delighted to announce the lucky winner of the gorgeous Safavieh bench, congratulations goes to……

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? whoa, their offerings go on and on, inspiring a massive case of LUST.

my favorite is the bench; hampton pillow top. all lovely, thank you for the introduction tina
happy weekend
debra

 

Please contact me at theenchantedhome@gmail.com with your shipping information so that this lovely bench can be on its way to its new home!

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I started this post months ago so part of it was from a while back and then I tweaked and added on just recently. Let’s face it, mirrors will always be a key ingredient to virtually any room in the house. They add instant drama, open up even a tiny space and have become really important decorative pieces. There are so many fabulous mirrors available at incredible price points today that it makes it possible to have a mirror in every room if you choose!

I have a? lot of mirrors in our house, almost every room come to think of it:) I like when I see creative uses of mirror and I am a mega fan of anything using antique mirror, it is so beautiful! So just a fun post about mirrors, unique ways to use them and a few personal faves. How about you? Are you? mad for mirrors too?

Really like this beautiful antique mirror screen, it opens up the space and is a great “privacy” wall if using to separate from another room/space

What a closet! The mirror just adds to the drama and magic of this space, Mirrorupgrade.com

I like the way Jan Showers created maximum impact with this very large over sized mirror in this beautiful gray dining room

This exemplifies beautifully how a relatively small foyer can open up so dramatically by applying mirror to a foyer wall, Florida Design

Really loving this jewel box of a dressing room and the glamorous fully mirrored unit by super talented Andrew Skurman

This is gorgeous but I am afraid it’s too delicate for my crazy cooking skills lol….Amy Howard

?This grand space is incredible! If you look carefully you will see a large paneled mirrored wall with a venetian mirror on top….amazing!

I really like the idea of an entirely mirrored wall behind the sink……enlarges the room and looks so pretty!

?To me, there is no room where a beautiful antique mirror cannot look amazing!

Who said mirrors are just for indoors? With a setting like this, I don’t blame them for putting one outdoors

Could it get any more French than this? Love the mirror and paneled doors

Another gorgeous example of using mirrors outdoors, Atelier de Campagne

This beautiful jewel box of a bathroom is a stunner, with its handpainted over mirrored walls.

How beautiful are these doors, a very glamorous space! South Shore Decorating

This is an interesting way to apply mirror, in panels on the back of a door, great looking!

Love the idea of antiqued mirror for a bar wall, so chic

Now talk about eye catching! Beveled mirror subway tiles for a home bar backsplash, It’s all in the details blog

Mirrors can go just about anywhere, here it is perched on one end of the tub wall…….might be a little too convenient:)

This is so interesting and dramatic, antique mirrored squares give this space a more transitional look, South Shore Decorating

I really love the mood of this room, the colors, the French accents, the blue and white (of course) and the large? trumeau just gives it such a “wow factor” Home and lifestyle

These mirrored doors with geometric panel work are just exquisite……really love this look, Indulgy

?Mirrored doors for a closet are just gorgeous, no way around it….love the look!

Talk about a dramatic hallway….good way to not gain weight if forced to stare at yourself from every conceivable angle:)

How about mirroring an entire wall with antiqued mirror? Talk about enlarging a space….its amazing! Casa Sugar

? ? ? ? ? ?

This mirror is making a truly beautiful statement in this lovely French inspired powder room….this is fabulous! P Chateau

This is a great looking vignette , oversized paneled double mirror above a screen, so dramatic!

I do love the effect a beautiful ornate Venetian mirror can have even on a simple bathroom Homeedit

I adore the glam factor a mirrored backsplash gives this beautiful kitchen but admit I would be petrified of it breaking!

Jan Showers, known for her glamorous spaces certainly created one here, with this beautiful mirror and mirrored console.

Mirrored furniture has gotten extremely popular, and I think an accent piece is a great way to add a bit glamor and sparkle to any space, here shown in two possible finishes, Decorpad

No mirror? makes quite the statement that? a chinoiserie mirror can..wow! Nostell Priory

This picture is a current inspiration for a small built in I am looking to have built, gorgeous! Love the antique mirrored inserts, Brooks and Falotico

This is a clever way to enlarge a small space. Elegant mirrored panels set inside wood frames, Bent Highlands

Once again Jan Showers brings the “wow factor” to yet another gorgeous room thanks in part to the drama created by using a huge over sized antiqued mirror

Have to end with a bang, how magnificent is this incredible antique mirror hallway!! I so want to do this…..genius Timothy Corrigan at it again!? This is one of those spaces that becomes magical at night when you put all the lights on….

And some of my most favorite style mirrors (always room in my house for one of these)………………..

Give me a chinoiserie mirror any day, any color…….Circawho is a great source for them!
And an overszied trumeau can take a pretty room to a spectacular room! After doing this post I am now on the prowl for one….
And love these beauties from Circawho, who always has a fabulous assortment of mirrors
And then there are the stunning Venetian mirrors from Decorative Crafts, they make to? me, the prettiest ones around!

And of course a classic gold leaf mirror will stand the test of time without doubt, Friedman Brothers has an exquisite collection of historical reproductions that are of the highest quality

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Love these new mirrors from Safavieh Home

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Your turn to talk! What do you think, love mirrors like I do? Have a favorite way of using them? Do tell……me peronsally, I can never get enough of beautiful mirrors and can always find a spot for one!

I hope you have a wonderful Friday and great end to your week. Finally the weather is supposed to “warm up” a bit all the way up to mid 40’s, I will take it! Hopefully it will finally melt some of this dirty snow we have been looking for what seems like forever!! Enough is enough!? Onto the next season…..spring! I cannot wait, wishing you a fabulous weekend.

 

Don’t forget about the gorgeous Studio Tullia pillow giveaway! Click here to see how to win a pair of stunning blue and white pillows……..you never know:)

 

 

Yearning for urns………

Happy Tuesday to all of you………

The frames that I featured a few days ago that many of you inquired about are offically up in my store as of last night.

I was sooo excited about presenting this post, gotta admit it, I love them. Always have. As far back as I can remember, I have always adored the look of beautiful stately urns, old, new, iron, stone wood…..love them in all their many shapes, sizes and colors. Inside and out. Flanking a front door, on top of a console or side table, a pair on a coffee table….can you go wrong? I don’t think so! Today’s post is dedicated to the versatility and instant elegance urns add to virtually any setting. There are few decors that are not complimented beautifully by the use of urns. Talk about a statement piece!

I also am incredibly fortunate to have urn creator extraordinaire, Debra from the beautiful blog 5th and State whom I consider to be the ultimate expert in how to work with urns. Her beautiful work speaks for itself, I was doubly blessed to get to ask her a few questions and share some of her work with you…information I think you will want to know and be eternally grateful to her for. When I got back her reply, I nearly fell on the floor. It was like the holy grail of chic container gardening and I told her I felt like I owed her an authors fee! Oh what I would give to live close to her, and let her work her magic on my home. Her green thumb is as green and good as it gets.  SO here we go…feast your eyes on this and thank you Debra……..get your gardening gloves out, ready set and let’s go!

Before we begin….this is a long post, chock full of yummy gorgeous pictures, and then a how to post with all kinds of valuable information from Debra follows, in other words its pretty lengthy. My advice? Grab another cup of coffee (or wine or whatever you are drinking) sit back, give yourself an extra five minutes, you have urned it (hehe) it and take it all in………..

This just proves my case, in any color and size, urns are just gorgeous! Halloran Antiques
So this is what perfection looks like………gorgeous orbs in black iron urns! Gorgeous!
Rusty urns are a brilliant way to showcase a beautiful fall statement! Your nest design
Love this entire setting, and the topiaries are fabulous in those urns, Veranda
Have had this pic a long time..have no idea who the mastermind is behind it…anyone know? Love the huge urns filled with green apples…fabulous!
Wow what impact an urn overflowing with flowers has on a simple buffet table! Sabine Scherer
Sheer perfection and symmetry, Veranda
Don’t you love the look of an old weathered urn with an overabundance of flowering something? Parker Meyer
A beautiful pair of iron urns dressed up for fall flanks this front door, Nell Hills
A beautiful antique urn with a shallow orb is a wonderful way to add charm and character to a vintage feeling space, French Junque Couture
Nothing like seeing a gorgeous urn in a garden as a focal point…magnificent!
How magnificent is this!! Think the black makes it particularly impactful! Photo by Dana Gallagher
Love the idea of filling them with pinecones, Rustic Chic
Urns take festive elegance to new heights…..literally and figuratively!
A pronounced urn on a pedestal in the canter of a beautiful garden is breathtaking, Lasting Impressions
Few ways to wow your guests better than with a huge urn filled with greens….
Few things are as pretty as seeing a huge oversized urn overflowing with natures beauty, Haddenstone
Fabulous centerpiece urn filled with flowers, Southern Living
An urn on a center table is always an elegant solution as to what to place on a center hall table, Haus Design
Love the understated way Timothy Corrigan used this beautiful large urn on this console
Urns give new meaning to elegant Halloween decor! EAB Design
Popular at weddings and events, and with good reason! Oliver Dolz
Love this space, so rich and old world….great ideas!! Haus Design
Wow..talk about showstopping!! Love the dozens of hyacinths planted here! James Jackson
Wouldn’t you love to have this greeting you on your hall table every day! Swoon city! From Outdoors-Indoors
Does this have you ready to go find yourself an urn and to get ambitious to try something? It sure has me feeling ready to tackle an urn project. Now just fasten your seatbelt because you are about to get a complimentary crash course from an uber talented urn creator like no other, meet and say hello to Debra from 5th and State! Though this is her incredibly busy season she was kind enough to take time out of her busy crazy schedule and answer my questions. I had to share these with you because unless you are blessed with a green thumb, this information is as good as gold. So without further adue, here we go. Take it away Debra…..
Where do you most like to use urns when using them for the outdoors? we think of the front door and on the deck or patio as the obvious place but there are so many more sittings for urns. my favorite being in the flower borders. the look of an urn, large please, arising from the flowers and awash in flowers creates individual exclamation points of interest.

have a large, fabulous urn that is a stand alone? how about creating and environment around it? could be placed in the center of a wide walk or on it’s own with plantings surrounding it. wouldn’t boxwood and pea gravel look splendid?


What do you think about mixing urns with other types of planters or statuary?  how about this? placing a statuary or ornamentation inside the urn with flowers cascading from it’s feet? and it is all about scale, small pot that will be viewed up close use a small piece of statuary. grand pot, go large. typical scale is 2/3 pot, 1/3 ornament. but i break most of those rules. currently at home i have a very large concrete pot, sitting in the garden waiting for planting. set in there all year is a vintage horse hitching post. it adds such pop and is a great foil to the softness of flowers. (if my camera and computer were speaking to each other i would take a photo, drats!).   i am including the photo below that barely illustrates this; a small pot with an owl. these ornaments can be tucked into the flowers or rise as a sentinel above it as my hitching post does.

oh wait!  your  question really was about mixing urns and statuary, yes tina absolutely! the combination makes  a beautiful  vignette.  
and correct, we should not be afraid to mix different materials with your urn selections. just stay in the  same style.  ex; formal with formal.  c    contemporary stay within that framework. so example for a contemporary; a large wooden box will blend with concrete planters of a similar shape.


Do you prefer using them as a pair or alone?  that too depends.  here’s a great way to look at it; if your home is asymmetrical you can opt for one. symmetrical do two (and i am referring to the front door)……but remember; rules can be broken
What is the ideal size for the average sized front door? Are there rules or guidelines to consider when choosing a pair of urns for the front door? front door 2/3, adjacent planter 1/3. the biggest mistake i see over and over are urns that are too small. send those elsewhere and invest in your “statement” urns at the front door. they can be made of any material to match your homes architectural style .  

Whats your favorite way to plant an outside urn? i am a bit picky here tina. if you take the time to prepare a proper environment for the plants the rewards will be enjoyed all summer long .  the following is what i recommend;
1)  first empty the soil from the previous year. by year 2  it is devoid of nutrients.  
2)  to the bottom add broken terra cotta pot shards or gravel 1-3″ thick. small pot? do the 1″.  
3) i mix a bag of potting blend with half a bag of same size, of top soil. to me most potting blends are too lite weight and the water runs through. with this custom blend you have found the perfect mix.  
4) i take petersen’s fertilizer pellets and blend according to the directions, but mix directly into the soil. the instructions will tell you to scatter on top of the soil. do that too. by mixing them into the soil the nutrients get to the roots fast!
 5) finally mix into the blend ‘soil moist’ (soilmoist.com) or other water retentive polymer.  
6) add 1/4 of the soil to the pot. on top of that add a product called a ‘rain mat’ available at garden centers or order via kinsman co. these are water retentive mats. fit onto the space on top of the soil. add all but a small amount of the remaining soil.
 Note; the rainmat and soil moist products aid with reducing water by nearly 1/2, that’s huge come summer and plants are gasping for water and we get busy. when moistened the products swell as they collect surrounding moisture. the crystal goes from being a fleck to the size of a pea. the mat goes from flat to 2″ thick. as the soil dries they slowly release moisture to the roots diminishing in size as they do so. this process goes on all season long.  
7)  remove the plants from their pots. if tightly root bound, break that up so the roots go down not encircling. you do not have to worry about harming the plant. the equivalent  for us is getting a much needed hair cut, no harm is done. place plants into soil, push down around the entire plants eliminating any air pockets, allowing the roots a faster take. plant at the same soil level they current exist in. a common mistake is planting too high.    
8) top with remaining soil, sprinkle additional petersens on the top of the soil. water deeply and watch them explod


Any “shortcuts” or  “pros secrets” for us novice’s to create beautiful outdoor urns that look like they were professionally done?  yes, and this is hard to grasp for most…..”pay as much attention to the leaf as to the flower” (i am attaching a good example.) consider different types of leaves; colorful, glossy, fuzzy, large, strappy. it makes for a much more interesting composition. a rule of thumb whether in the ground or in a pot is that too many small leaves appear disorderly. large leafed plants lend order
this too is a good example. put your thumb where the hosta is and it appears messy. not as much so in this case due to the colored foliage but it’s visible isn’t it?

  single species in a pot are additionally interesting. fill to bursting a pot with macrophylla hydrangeas, the ones that bloom all season in a big blowzy format, boxwood is a great stand alone…………


   lastly, the adage “thriller”, “spiller”, “filler” is a good objective. 


let’s use this mantra with the pot above with the begonias and caladium;

thriller is the cordyline (tall burgundy leaf)

filler is the caladium, begonia to a degree

the spiller is also the begonia, blue scaevola and the yellow lantana 

When using urns  inside, where do you most like to use them? What is your favorite thing to put inside an urn for indoor use?  topiaries, topiaries, topiaries, my hands down favorite! great topiary plants are myrtle, boxwood & euonymous.  others for indoors include;  orchids and when the flower dies insert a top knotch quality faux, no one will notice the difference!  baby tears am wild about the form of mounding and spilling, rosemary in a sunny kitchen window and that is it for me. more of a  vase with cut flowers kind of a gal

 For placements indoors;
 it is so fun when entertaining to have urns on the serving table (imagine empty but with french baguettes peaking out)  or spilling down with cascades of flowers, a small urn with a carved out cabbage filled with dip……..

for a buffet i will plant matching urns with baby tears and insert into the soil multiple candles, really tall & slender…..once lit, very cool!

inside two urns can be placed on either side of the door. great choices are a pair of ficus lyrata…see below, kentia palm & myrtle topiaries


Best way to create drainage for urns?  see above

What plant(s) do you think are easy to maintain in urns even for those of us who are not blessed with a green thumb?  
SHADE;  hosta’s, impatiens, heuchera, kimberly fern, begonias and creeping jenny 

SUN:  ornamental grasses, petunia, verbena, sweet potato vines, geranium, succulents, ornamental cabbage, boxwood

Thank you Tina!

Now that you have gotten a mini crash course on how to work with urns both inside and out, lets take a look at a few more examples of the  urn goddess’s work, shall we. Breathtaking, fabulous, gorgeous, sublime are all words that come to mind! I want to tell you a little about Debra. She has three shops! 23 years ago when she realized she was not going to become a mother, she created her business and this became “her child”. She says she feels at times she has unruly triplets, that are all demanding and needing massive doses of attention. Debra is blessed to be successful in a career that allows her to follow her heart and passions and clearly a God given talent too! As you if need more inspiration, here’s a snapshot of more of Debra’s incredibly beautiful work. Thank you again Debra………

Need more Debra and her magic? Click on over to her beautiful blog, brimming with even more inspiration….click here to visit 5th and State. I have gotten my fill of beauty for the day, how about you? Wishing you a wonderful day!
And dont’ forget to stop on over at Art by Karena if you haven’t already to be eligible for the beautiul crystal urn candle giveaway I am offering! Click here.

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Yearning for urns………

Happy Tuesday to all of you………

The frames that I featured a few days ago that many of you inquired about are offically up in my store as of last night.

I was sooo excited about presenting this post, gotta admit it, I love them. Always have. As far back as I can remember, I have always adored the look of beautiful stately urns, old, new, iron, stone wood…..love them in all their many shapes, sizes and colors. Inside and out. Flanking a front door, on top of a console or side table, a pair on a coffee table….can you go wrong? I don’t think so! Today’s post is dedicated to the versatility and instant elegance urns add to virtually any setting. There are few decors that are not complimented beautifully by the use of urns. Talk about a statement piece!



I also am incredibly fortunate to have urn creator extraordinaire, Debra from the beautiful blog 5th and State whom I consider to be the ultimate expert in how to work with urns. Her beautiful work speaks for itself, I was doubly blessed to get to ask her a few questions and share some of her work with you…information I think you will want to know and be eternally grateful to her for. When I got back her reply, I nearly fell on the floor. It was like the holy grail of chic container gardening and I told her I felt like I owed her an authors fee! Oh what I would give to live close to her, and let her work her magic on my home. Her green thumb is as green and good as it gets. ?SO here we go…feast your eyes on this and thank you Debra……..get your gardening gloves out, ready set and let’s go!



Before we begin….this is a long post, chock full of yummy gorgeous pictures, and then a how to post with all kinds of valuable information from Debra follows, in other words its pretty lengthy. My advice? Grab another cup of coffee (or wine or whatever you are drinking) sit back, give yourself an extra five minutes, you have urned it (hehe) it and take it all in………..



This just proves my case, in any color and size, urns are just gorgeous! Halloran Antiques
So this is what perfection looks like………gorgeous orbs in black iron urns! Gorgeous!
Rusty urns are a brilliant way to showcase a beautiful fall statement! Your nest design
Love this entire setting, and the topiaries are fabulous in those urns, Veranda
Have had this pic a long time..have no idea who the mastermind is behind it…anyone know? Love the huge urns filled with green apples…fabulous!
Wow what impact an urn overflowing with flowers has on a simple buffet table! Sabine Scherer
Sheer perfection and symmetry, Veranda
Don’t you love the look of an old weathered urn with an overabundance of flowering something? Parker Meyer
A beautiful pair of iron urns dressed up for fall flanks this front door, Nell Hills
A beautiful antique urn with a shallow orb is a wonderful way to add charm and character to a vintage feeling space, French Junque Couture
Nothing like seeing a gorgeous urn in a garden as a focal point…magnificent!
How magnificent is this!! Think the black makes it particularly impactful! Photo by Dana Gallagher
Love the idea of filling them with pinecones, Rustic Chic
Urns take festive elegance to new heights…..literally and figuratively!
A pronounced urn on a pedestal in the canter of a beautiful garden is breathtaking, Lasting Impressions
Few ways to wow your guests better than with a huge urn filled with greens….
Few things are as pretty as seeing a huge oversized urn overflowing with natures beauty, Haddenstone
Fabulous centerpiece urn filled with flowers, Southern Living
An urn on a center table is always an elegant solution as to what to place on a center hall table, Haus Design
Love the understated way Timothy Corrigan used this beautiful large urn on this console
Urns give new meaning to elegant Halloween decor! EAB Design
Popular at weddings and events, and with good reason! Oliver Dolz
Love this space, so rich and old world….great ideas!! Haus Design
Wow..talk about showstopping!! Love the dozens of hyacinths planted here! James Jackson
Wouldn’t you love to have this greeting you on your hall table every day! Swoon city! From Outdoors-Indoors
Does this have you ready to go find yourself an urn and to get ambitious to try something? It sure has me feeling ready to tackle an urn project. Now just fasten your seatbelt because you are about to get a complimentary crash course from an uber talented urn creator like no other, meet and say hello to Debra from 5th and State! Though this is her incredibly busy season she was kind enough to take time out of her busy crazy schedule and answer my questions. I had to share these with you because unless you are blessed with a green thumb, this information is as good as gold. So without?further adue,?here we go. Take it away Debra…..
Where do you most like to use urns when using them for the outdoors??we think of the front door and on the deck or patio as the obvious place but there are so many more sittings for urns. my favorite being in the flower borders. the look of an urn, large please, arising from the flowers and awash in flowers creates individual exclamation points of interest.

have a large, fabulous urn that is a stand alone? how about creating and environment around it? could be placed in the center of a wide walk or on it’s own with plantings surrounding it. wouldn’t boxwood and pea gravel look splendid?


What do you think about mixing urns with other types of planters or statuary? ?how about this? placing a statuary or ornamentation inside the urn with flowers cascading from it’s feet? and it is all about scale, small pot that will be viewed up close use a small piece of statuary. grand pot, go large. typical scale is 2/3 pot, 1/3 ornament. but i break most of those rules. currently at home i have a very large concrete pot, sitting in the garden waiting for planting. set in there all year is a vintage horse hitching post. it adds such pop and is a great foil to the softness of flowers. (if my camera and computer were speaking to each other i would take a photo, drats!). ? i am including the photo below that barely illustrates this; a small pot with an owl. these ornaments can be tucked into the flowers or rise as a sentinel above it as my hitching post does.

oh wait! ?your ?question really was about mixing urns and statuary, yes tina absolutely! the combination makes ?a beautiful ?vignette. ?
and correct, we should not be afraid to mix different materials with your urn selections. just stay in the ?same style. ?ex; formal with formal. ?c ? ?contemporary stay within that framework. so example for a contemporary; a large wooden box will blend with concrete planters of a similar shape.


Do you prefer using them as a pair or alone? ?that too depends. ?here’s a great way to look at it; if your home is asymmetrical you can opt for one. symmetrical do two (and i am referring to the front door)……but remember; rules can be broken
What is the ideal size for the average sized front door? Are there rules or guidelines to consider when choosing a pair of urns for the front door? front door 2/3, adjacent planter 1/3. the biggest mistake i see over and over are urns that are too small. send those elsewhere and invest in your “statement” urns at the front door. they can be made of any material to match your homes architectural style . ?

Whats your favorite way to plant an outside urn? i am a bit picky here tina. if you take the time to prepare a proper environment for the plants the rewards?will be enjoyed?all summer long . ?the following is what i recommend;
1) ?first empty the soil from the previous year. by year 2 ?it is devoid of nutrients. ?
2) ?to the bottom add broken terra cotta pot shards or gravel 1-3″ thick. small pot? do the 1″. ?
3) i mix a bag of potting blend with half a bag of same size, of top soil. to me most potting blends are too lite weight and the water runs through. with this custom blend you have found the perfect mix. ?
4) i take petersen’s fertilizer pellets and blend according to the directions, but mix directly into the soil. the instructions will tell you to scatter on top of the soil. do that too. by mixing them into the soil the nutrients get to the roots fast!
?5) finally mix into the blend ‘soil moist’ (soilmoist.com) or other water retentive polymer. ?
6) add 1/4 of the soil to the pot. on top of that add a product called a ‘rain mat’ available at garden centers or order via kinsman co. these are water retentive mats. fit onto the space on top of the soil. add all but a small amount of the remaining soil.
?Note; the rainmat and soil moist products aid with reducing water by nearly 1/2, that’s huge come summer and plants are gasping for water and we get busy. when moistened the products swell as they collect surrounding moisture. the crystal goes from being a fleck to the size of a pea. the mat goes from flat to 2″ thick. as the soil dries they slowly release moisture to the roots diminishing in size as they do so. this process goes on all season long. ?
7) ?remove the plants from their pots. if tightly root bound, break that up so the roots go down not encircling. you do not have to worry about harming the plant. the equivalent ?for us is getting a much needed hair cut, no harm is done. place plants into soil, push down around the entire plants eliminating any air pockets, allowing the roots a faster take. plant at the same soil level they current exist in. a common mistake is planting too high. ? ?
8) top with remaining soil, sprinkle additional petersens on the top of the soil. water deeply and watch them explod


Any “shortcuts” or ?”pros secrets” for us novice’s to create beautiful outdoor urns that look like they were professionally done? ?yes, and this is hard to grasp for most…..”pay as much attention to the leaf as to the flower” (i am attaching a good example.) consider different types of leaves; colorful, glossy, fuzzy, large, strappy. it makes for a much more interesting composition. a rule of thumb whether in the ground or in a pot is that too many small leaves appear disorderly. large leafed plants lend order
this too is a good example. put your thumb where the hosta is and it appears messy. not as much so in this case due to the colored foliage but it’s visible isn’t it?

??single species in a pot are additionally interesting. fill to bursting a pot with macrophylla hydrangeas, the ones that bloom all season in a big blowzy format, boxwood is a great stand alone…………


? ?lastly, the adage “thriller”, “spiller”, “filler” is a good objective.?


let’s use this mantra with the pot above with the begonias and caladium;

thriller is the cordyline (tall burgundy leaf)

filler is the caladium, begonia to a degree

the spiller is also the begonia, blue scaevola and the yellow lantana?

When using urns ?inside, where do you most like to use them? What is your favorite thing to put inside an urn for indoor use? ?topiaries, topiaries, topiaries, my hands down favorite! great topiary plants are myrtle, boxwood & euonymous. ?others for indoors include; ?orchids and when the flower dies insert a top knotch quality faux, no one will notice the difference! ?baby tears am wild about the form of mounding and spilling, rosemary in a sunny kitchen window and that is it for me. more of a ?vase with cut flowers kind of a gal

?For placements indoors;
?it is so fun when entertaining to have urns on the serving table (imagine empty but with french baguettes peaking out) ?or spilling down with cascades of flowers, a small urn with a carved out cabbage filled with dip……..

for a buffet i will plant matching urns with baby tears and insert into the soil multiple candles, really tall & slender…..once lit, very cool!

inside two urns can be placed on either side of the door. great choices are a pair of ficus lyrata…see below, kentia palm & myrtle topiaries


Best way to create drainage for urns? ?see above

What plant(s) do you think are easy to maintain in urns even for those of us who are not blessed with a green thumb? ?
SHADE; ?hosta’s, impatiens, heuchera, kimberly fern, begonias and creeping jenny?

SUN: ?ornamental grasses, petunia, verbena, sweet potato vines, geranium, succulents, ornamental cabbage, boxwood

Thank you Tina!

Now that you have gotten a mini crash course on how to work with urns both inside and out, lets take a look at a few more examples of the ?urn goddess’s work, shall we. Breathtaking, fabulous, gorgeous, sublime are all words that come to mind! I want to tell you a little about Debra. She has three shops! 23 years ago when she realized she was not going to become a mother, she created her business and this became “her child”. She says she feels at times she has unruly triplets, that are all demanding and needing massive doses of attention. Debra is blessed to be successful in a career that allows her to follow her heart and passions and clearly a God given talent too! As you if need more inspiration, here’s a snapshot of more of Debra’s incredibly beautiful work. Thank you again Debra………

Need more Debra and her magic? Click on over to her beautiful blog, brimming with even more inspiration….click here?to visit 5th and State. I have gotten my fill of beauty for the day, how about you? Wishing you a wonderful day!
And dont’ forget to stop on over at Art by Karena if you haven’t already to be eligible for the beautiul crystal urn candle giveaway I am offering! Click here.

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The alluring art of arranging accessories……

A reminder of the fabulous giveaway I am offering…… Swank Lightingwho has the most beautiful hand blown Murano lamps has generously donated this gorgeous pair of Murano lamps!! The drawing will be  Friday, March 11th 
To be eligible, you have to be a follower or subscriber….that’s it! Be sure to visit their site, they truly have some exquisite and very unique lighting…www.swanklighting.com

Hand blown glass lamps from Murano Italy, made exclusively for Swank Lighting.  These lamps are designed after a popular, classic Barovier & Toso lamp from the 1940’s.  They stand 24 inches tall to the top of the socket.  The glass is hand blown and loaded with 24kt gold flake with vertical ribs and controlled bubbles.  The hardware is top quality solid brass. They retail for $2700.00




The million dollar question…how to arrange a coffee table, side chest, console, entry table or mantle.There is no right or wrong and no magic formula but ideally you will see different heights and different textures being used when done well.  I personally love the feeling that books give honestly just about anywhere, it firstly reveals something about you, your interests, what excites you and the more interesting the better (so be mindful of the books you display) I love nothing more than a big glossy heavy paperweight of a great design or art book.
 I have stacks of them on everything from coffee tables, to my nightstand to chests, there are no limits, then when you couple that with interesting little objects, or a small collection of something that’s when it gets fabulous and personal. 

Some people prefer a less cluttered look with just one or two objects on a table. I think it largely depends on the space, the room, the fussiness of the decor, the colors, there are many contributing factors that would help you determine how much is too much. If you have ever been “stuck” with how to accessorize, hope that these pictures might give some divine inspiration! Remember there are no hard and fast rules, sometimes its a matter of pure experimentation, taking something away, adding, and so on. A pretty container with a fresh orchid is almost always, in my opinion a surefire way to add instant elegance and height to a coffee table, mantle or side chest. Try it and see how you like it! Also I like small interesting frames of loved ones…even put on top of a stack of books, it can look great. Let me know what you think…..whats your opinion when decorating a table, chest or mantle? Some ideas are:

  • A potted orchid
  • Stack of or just one or two coffee table books of a subject that interests you
  • A small crystal or a few crystal objects like balls or obelisks
  • A pair of delicately scaled candlestick lamps
  • A collection of a few smaller frames with pictures of family and friends
  • An urn or small dish with fresh flowers, greenery or fruit
  • A pair of oversized hurricane lamps

A test.….Try not to take in the beauty of each room below but instead, zone right in on the tables or the mantles and pay attention to the placement, colors, textures and heights…see what you think and what you like and don’t like! 
I love the understated elegance in this space, a beautiful french console table adorned with a simple pair of bronze lamps and a gorgeous stone urn brimming with vegetables..T.Corrigan
Sometimes less is more…case in point, these delicate silver pieces atop a small hallway chest
William Eubanks designed this glorious master bedroom, simple Oriental lamps, a small silver frame and small silver container of rosebuds is the perfect touch for this serene space
Candler Smith used a gorgeous centerpiece of greenery and a few books on this romantic center hall table in this back foyer
This blue and green room is fabulous…love all the scattered pops of color, kept simple on the coffee table but artistically arranged on the very tall wall of shelving to display interesting objects
This vivid and bold setting gets a pop of colors from the bright pink flowers, a few books and a small china set….on tables with a lower shelf…books work nicely
A good example of how to use height (though for me this would be a bit too tall and distracting)
David Eastons apartment….proof that you can never have too many books on a beautiful round table..see how he placed a few small objects on top?
Suzanne Kasler selected small objects for the nightstands, shorter lamps, a small floral arrangement, a few books and a few small art objects
A pair of topiaries flank either side of this elegant, formal mantle, I like seeing a mirror rest against the wall as opposed to hanging it, not always but sometimes…it works here!
Another  mirror “resting” on the console in front of two lamps..pretty!
Suzanne Kasler chose a small throw and a tray with assorted objects on this covered ottoman
For a chest, sometimes a lamp and a jar or small arrangement is adequate…with the reflection of the mirror, sometimes less is more,Eileen Kathryn Boyd
The collection of small potted orchids on this gilded console looks very elegant in this foyer, Timothy Corrigan
Fabulous setting of blue and white jars in this foyer…simple and perfect, J Tribble 
A funky lamp, a small vase of flowers and a lot of books grace this end table, Decorpad
The holidays are a great time to accessorize, with all the beautiful fresh greenery, holiday ornaments and winter time flowers…this is a beautiful example!
Sometimes less is more such as in this simple white setting, a pair of candlesticks and a small bowl of fruit is just right,Shannon Bowers
Eileen Kathryn Boyd chose something very tall with this side table alongside small objects of different colors and scales, notice the resting mirror on the fireplace
On this center console table, a collection of crystal table objects, and a bronze statue flank a beautiful orchid which you notice is raised high off the table, Timothy Corrigan
For this more transitional bedroom, a simple geometric shaped lamp and a few small objects are all that is needed
I realize this isn’t practical day to day but it looks so pretty and definitely gave me a great idea for a spring time arrangement!
Elegant console table with a pair of lamps a bronze and a few framed pictures, Rinfret
A pretty collection white alabaster and marble objects graces this pretty end table
For this small console table, an interesting object in the middle is flanked by a miniature painting and a few small frames, perfect balance
An Indonesian inspired theme continues with the interesting statues whose gilded reflection is caught in the gorgeous mirror,Windsor Smith
Candler Lloyd used a pretty flower arrangement and a stack of books on this small scaled table
Here a large basket is used while smaller objects flank the lamps on both of the end tables..sometimes you can do more on the end and side tables and keep the coffee table clear
The ultimate European country home’s foyer…center table with an assortment of interesting objects, statues, frames, candles and books, Timothy Corrigan
A collection of art graces the subdued console and some rustic pieces are appropriately added that feed the feeling of the room, charming and understated
A few petite vases of flowers, a pretty crystal lamp and a small scaled painting add subtle touches to this nightstand arrangement, Decorpad
I like the tray, the flowers and the touch of pale green in the vases for both color and height, the play of colors is done well here, Decorpad
This beautiful center hall is resplendent with blue and white jars, all varying in height and width to add interest, Rinfet
This attractive and regal center table gets an important bust with books and other smaller objects that do not take away from the focus being on the bust, Architectural Digest
Orchids do the trick every time!  Pretty orchid next to a tray with a few objects shorter in height
The height, texture and color of flowers works every time..its a sure thing!
This regal space has a center table with Asian inspired statues and a tall dramatic black vase overflowing with white orchids…Michelle Nussbaumer
Simple and elegant. A tall orchid and black and white photographs successfully compliment the black lacquered console with two white garden stools, Jennifer Ferreira
Beautiful side table with a pair of large containers flanking an oval mirror, very stately
Yes, I know everyones seen this one..but its a beauty! Love the height and pops of color, it works! House Beautiful
Love the hand blown jars in 3 sizes, gives the space volume, texture and reflection,Max and Co.
I like the simplicity of this chest and how there are just 3 large symmetrical items on it
This pretty delicate table has very purposefully placed items in serene colors,Decorpad
Tim Clarke chose an oversized fresh orchid as an elegant backdrop to the oil paintings on display in this circular foyer area….
I personally love a table overloaded with great books..not for everyone, but its “a look”
Mona Haaj chose to put two oriental vases on either side of a large mirror above this elegant mantle…understated and subtle
I like the way this leather covered ottoman has the center tray, the fresh flowers are beautiful and give height and the little jar on top of the books adds a little bit of color and texture
Here a few books are accented with much smaller objects and one larger rounder item
This covered ottoman is used to display a book collection
They got creative here spelling out a word with giant letters..funky and different
Beautiful objects including fresh greenery adorn this mantle, love the alabaster containers!
I like the look of a few smaller paintings or pictures above a fireplace, I think it adds a certain intimacy and warmth to the room
In this silver toned living room…a few objects were placed including two tall white decanters
I like the small oil painting, the simple vase of flowers and a few assorted objects used on this side table, elegant and just enough, Mona Haaj
Always loved this front hall…just a few elegant blue and whites in varying heights are just right
A very orderly and precise arrangement including some greenery, as well as different shapes
Michael Dale chose to put different busts and a few other objects in the same finish on this pretty chest, its busy but successfully done I think because they are all made of the same finish
Books displayed on their backs always look very attractive and orderly
Classic case of less is more, the second shelf gets a series of books while the top of the coffee table just has two decorative blue glasses, flowers and a single book..
Mona Haaj chose books, and a few small objects for this square glass coffee table
Charlotte Moss used the popular formula of a pair of lamps and a shorter object in the middle..pretty!
David Easton went with rich lush greenery in this opulent space
In this soft toned elegant living room, small interesting silver objects and an urn with fresh flowers was used to create height, two pretty plants flank a mirror and sconces above fireplace
I do have a thing for the holidays, will not lie…what a great time to go nuts decorating a mantle….LOVE the pine cones around the mirror, I am going to have to try it this Christmas!
Minimalist in keeping with the decor, one tall item and one smaller rounder item…
Charles Faudree chose beautiful shells and other sea related objects to display in this gorgeous blue painted secretary…the effect is fabulous!
Jean Paul Beaujard chose to use a small urn alongside a crystal lamp, both intended to not take away from the exquisite plate collection on the back wall
This beautiful glass cocktail table has 3 small globes and a few stacks of books
This is an interesting arrangement..I like seeing a collection of prints or small paintings above a fireplace, they added brackets and small statues as well, its very eye catching
Jack Phillips kept the colors monochromatic but choose objects of different heights and textures
Martin Bullard went with beautiful florals in green pots to add subtle color
Photo Jean Allsop creatively uses candlesticks with tight bunches of flowers on this mantle
With a view like this, a few objects are used but its minimal as to not distract from the views
McGill group designed this more modern console in this front hall with an elegant orchid in a pretty silver container, the reflection is caught in the tall mirror
So..what are your thoughts? What are your secrets or tried and true methods to adding accessories to a coffee table, console or mantle? Would love to hear if you have a favorite and how you like to arrange things…always fun to hear your ideas!
Have an enchanting day!

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The alluring art of arranging accessories……


A reminder of the fabulous giveaway I am offering……?Swank Lighting,?who has the most beautiful hand blown Murano lamps?has generously donated this gorgeous pair of Murano lamps!! The drawing will be ?Friday, March 11th?

To be eligible, you have to be a follower or subscriber….that’s it! Be sure to visit their site, they truly have some exquisite and very unique lighting…www.swanklighting.com

Hand blown glass lamps from?Murano?Italy, made exclusively for Swank Lighting. ?These lamps are designed after a popular, classic?Barovier?&?Toso?lamp from the 1940’s. ?They stand 24 inches tall to the top of the socket. ?The glass is hand blown and loaded with 24kt gold flake with vertical ribs and controlled bubbles. ?The hardware is top quality solid brass. They retail for $2700.00








The million dollar question…how to arrange a coffee table, side chest, console, entry table or mantle.There is no right or wrong and no magic formula but ideally you will see different heights and different textures being used when done well. ?I personally love the feeling that books give honestly just about anywhere, it firstly reveals something about you, your interests, what excites you and the more interesting the better (so be mindful of the books you display) I love nothing more than a big glossy heavy paperweight of a great design or art book.

?I have stacks of them on everything from coffee tables, to my nightstand to chests, there are no limits, then when you couple that with interesting little objects, or a small collection of something that’s when it gets fabulous and personal.?



Some people prefer a less cluttered look with?just one or two objects on a table. I think it largely depends on the space, the room, the fussiness of the decor, the colors, there are many contributing factors that would help you determine how much is too much. If you have ever been “stuck” with how to accessorize, hope that these pictures might give some divine inspiration! Remember there are no hard and fast rules, sometimes its a matter of pure experimentation, taking something away, adding, and so on. A pretty container with a fresh orchid is almost always, in my opinion a surefire way to add instant elegance and height to a coffee table, mantle or side chest. Try it and see how you like it! Also I like small interesting frames of loved ones…even put on top of a stack of books, it can look great. Let me know what you think…..whats your opinion when decorating a table, chest or mantle? Some ideas are:



  • A potted orchid
  • Stack of or just one or two coffee table books of a subject that interests you
  • A small crystal or a few crystal objects like balls or obelisks
  • A pair of delicately scaled candlestick lamps
  • A collection of a few smaller frames with pictures of family and friends
  • An urn or small dish with fresh flowers, greenery or fruit
  • A pair of oversized hurricane lamps


A test.….Try not to take in the beauty of each room below but instead,?zone right in on the tables or the mantles and pay attention to the placement, colors, textures and heights…see what you think and what you like and don’t like!?
I love the understated elegance in this space, a beautiful french console table adorned with a simple pair of bronze lamps and a gorgeous stone urn brimming with vegetables..T.Corrigan
Sometimes less is more…case in point, these delicate silver pieces atop a small hallway chest
William Eubanks designed this glorious master bedroom, simple Oriental lamps, a small silver frame and small silver container of rosebuds is the perfect touch for this serene space
Candler Smith used a gorgeous centerpiece of greenery and a few books on this romantic center hall table in this back foyer
This blue and green room is fabulous…love all the scattered pops of color, kept simple on the coffee table but artistically arranged on the very tall wall of shelving to display interesting objects
This vivid and bold setting gets a pop of colors from the bright pink flowers, a few books and a small china set….on tables with a lower shelf…books work nicely
A good example of how to use height (though for me this would be a bit too tall and distracting)
David Eastons apartment….proof that you can never have too many books on a beautiful round table..see how he placed a few small objects on top?
Suzanne Kasler selected small objects for the nightstands, shorter lamps, a small floral arrangement, a few books and a few small art objects
A pair of topiaries flank either side of this elegant, formal mantle, I like seeing a mirror rest against the wall as opposed to hanging it, not always but sometimes…it works here!
Another ?mirror “resting” on the console in front of two lamps..pretty!
Suzanne Kasler chose a small throw and a tray with assorted objects on this covered ottoman
For a chest, sometimes a lamp and a jar or small arrangement is adequate…with the reflection of the mirror, sometimes less is more,Eileen Kathryn Boyd
The collection of small potted orchids on this gilded console looks very elegant in this foyer, Timothy Corrigan
Fabulous setting of blue and white jars in this foyer…simple and perfect, J Tribble?
A funky lamp, a small vase of flowers and a lot of books grace this end table, Decorpad
The holidays are a great time to accessorize, with all the beautiful fresh greenery, holiday ornaments and winter time flowers…this is a beautiful example!
Sometimes less is more such as in this simple white setting, a pair of candlesticks and a small bowl of fruit is just right,Shannon Bowers
Eileen Kathryn Boyd chose something very tall with?this side table alongside small objects of different colors and scales, notice the resting mirror on the fireplace
On this center console table, a collection of crystal table objects, and a bronze statue flank a beautiful orchid which you notice is raised high off the table, Timothy Corrigan
For this more transitional bedroom, a simple geometric shaped lamp and a few small objects are all that is needed
I realize this isn’t practical day to day but it looks so pretty and definitely gave me a great idea for a spring time arrangement!
Elegant console table with a pair of lamps a bronze and a few framed pictures, Rinfret
A pretty collection white alabaster and marble objects graces this pretty end table
For this small console table, an interesting object in the middle is flanked by a miniature painting and a few small frames, perfect balance
An Indonesian inspired theme continues with the interesting statues whose gilded reflection is caught in the gorgeous mirror,Windsor Smith
Candler Lloyd used a pretty flower arrangement and a stack of books on this small scaled table
Here a large basket is used while smaller objects flank the lamps on both of the end tables..sometimes you can do more on the end and side tables and keep the coffee table clear
The ultimate European country home’s foyer…center table with an assortment of interesting objects, statues, frames, candles and books, Timothy Corrigan
A collection of art graces the subdued console and some rustic pieces are appropriately added that feed the feeling of the room, charming and understated
A few petite vases of flowers, a pretty crystal lamp and a small scaled painting add subtle touches to this nightstand arrangement, Decorpad
I like the tray, the flowers and the touch of pale green in the vases for both color and height, the play of colors is done well here,?Decorpad
This beautiful center hall is resplendent with blue and white jars, all varying in height and width to add interest, Rinfet
This attractive and regal center table gets an important bust with books and other smaller objects that do not take away from the focus being on the bust, Architectural Digest
Orchids do the trick every time! ?Pretty orchid next to a tray with a few objects shorter in height
The height, texture and color of flowers works every time..its a sure thing!
This regal space has a center table with Asian inspired statues and a tall dramatic black vase overflowing with white orchids…Michelle Nussbaumer
Simple and elegant. A tall orchid and black and white photographs successfully compliment the black lacquered console with?two white garden stools, Jennifer Ferreira
Beautiful side table with a pair of large containers flanking an oval mirror, very stately
Yes, I know everyones seen this one..but its a beauty! Love the height and pops of color, it works! House Beautiful
Love the hand blown jars in 3 sizes, gives the space volume, texture and reflection,Max and Co.
I like the simplicity of this chest and how there are just 3 large symmetrical items on it
This pretty delicate table has very purposefully placed items in serene colors,Decorpad
Tim Clarke chose an oversized fresh orchid as an elegant backdrop to the oil paintings on display in this circular foyer area….
I personally love a table overloaded with great books..not for everyone, but its “a look”
Mona Haaj chose to put two oriental vases on either side of a large mirror above this elegant mantle…understated and subtle
I like the way this leather covered ottoman has the center tray, the fresh flowers are beautiful and give height and the little jar on top of the books adds a little bit of color and texture
Here a few books are accented with much smaller objects and one larger rounder item
This covered ottoman is used to display a book collection
They got creative here spelling out a word with giant letters..funky and different
Beautiful objects including fresh greenery adorn this mantle, love the alabaster containers!
I like the look of a few smaller paintings or pictures above a fireplace, I think it adds a certain intimacy and warmth to the room
In this silver toned living room…a few objects were placed including two tall white decanters
I like the small oil painting, the simple vase of flowers and a few assorted objects used on this side table, elegant and just enough, Mona Haaj
Always loved this front hall…just a few elegant blue and whites in varying heights are just right
A very orderly and precise arrangement including some greenery, as well as different shapes
Michael Dale chose to put different busts and a few other objects in the same finish on this pretty chest, its busy but successfully done I think because they are all made of the same finish
Books displayed on their backs always look very attractive and orderly
Classic case of less is more, the second shelf gets a series of books while the top of the coffee table just has two decorative blue glasses, flowers and a single book..
Mona Haaj chose books, and a few small objects for this square glass coffee table
Charlotte Moss used the popular formula of a pair of lamps and a shorter object in the middle..pretty!
David Easton went with rich lush greenery in this opulent space
In this soft toned elegant living room, small interesting silver objects and an urn with fresh flowers was used to create height, two pretty plants flank a mirror and sconces above fireplace
I do have a thing for the holidays, will not lie…what a great time to go nuts decorating a mantle….LOVE the pine cones around the mirror, I am going to have to try it this Christmas!
Minimalist in keeping with the decor, one tall item and one smaller rounder item…
Charles Faudree chose beautiful shells and other sea related objects to display in this gorgeous blue painted secretary…the effect is fabulous!
Jean Paul Beaujard chose to use a small urn alongside a crystal lamp, both intended to not take away from the exquisite plate collection on the back wall
This beautiful glass cocktail table has 3 small globes and a few stacks of books
This is an interesting arrangement..I like seeing a collection of prints or small paintings above a fireplace, they added brackets and small statues as well, its very eye catching
Jack Phillips kept the colors monochromatic but choose objects of different heights and textures
Martin Bullard went with beautiful florals in green pots to add subtle color
Photo Jean Allsop creatively uses candlesticks with tight bunches of flowers on this mantle
With a view like this, a few objects are used but its minimal as to not distract from the views
McGill group designed this more modern console in this front hall with an elegant orchid in a pretty silver container, the reflection is caught in the tall mirror
So..what are your thoughts? What are your secrets or tried and true methods to adding accessories to a coffee table, console or mantle? Would love to hear if you have a favorite and how you like to arrange things…always fun to hear your ideas!
Have an enchanting day!

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Sunday Showhouse…and you’re invited!

Good morning! Its another lazy Sunday (thankfully- I need an excuse to take it easy) and today you are invited to take a peek into two different homes, two extraordinary homes. (We can all dream). Since I am still very much in my “French state of mind” (can’t quite seem to shake it-yet) we travel all the way to the magnificent storybook land of The Loire Valley in France. I LOVE French homes and these certainly show them at the their finest. Amazing what the magic wand of a talented designer can do!
 The first is one of my all time favorites…..it was “love at first sight” and certainly a true dream home. Timothy Corrigan, a U.S. designer took both of these incredible 17th century chateaus and lovingly restored them to their former splendor. The result on both is just breathtaking and a dream. Both were featured in Architectural Digest. His story is fascinating and something I think many of us dream about…………….



This home, lovingly restored by Timothy Corrigan is in the Loire Valley and is a fabulous 17th century chateau. Named Chateau De Grand Luce, this is nothing short of perfect in my book.


The very tall ceilings make for such a dramatic and elegant room, the soft ivories with hints of color is so soothing

A dining room fit for a king….love the colors..so warm

Love red and green together, this is a beautiful shade of green isn’t it?

If I was a guest in this jewel of a bedroom…they might not ever get rid of me!

The ridiculously beautiful master bedroom in soothing soft colors 

Almost too perfect to be real!
Then we go back to 2005,  to yet another fabulous chateau also restored by the uber talented Timothy Corrigan…he certainly has the Midas touch, doesn’t he! This fabulous home is named Chateau de Gallerande and is also located in the Loire Valley. Dreamy!

You can see how tall this home is when you look at the dwarfed front door!
Elegant sunlit drawing room

Beautiful Aubusson tapestry in the dining room

Beautiful rich wood paneled walls

Part of the exquisite library

These colors are sooo beautiful together, the pale blue/green and apricot

Another elegant bedroom

Part of the amazing formal gardens, a boxwood parterre
Hope you enjoyed these fabulous homes and that you have a wonderful and relaxing Sunday!


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Sunday Showhouse…and you’re invited!

Good morning! Its another lazy Sunday (thankfully- I need an excuse to take it easy) and today you are invited to take a peek into two different homes, two extraordinary homes. (We can all dream). Since I am still very much in my “French state of mind” (can’t quite seem to shake it-yet) we travel all the way to the magnificent storybook land of The Loire Valley in France. I LOVE French homes and these certainly show them at the their finest. Amazing what the magic wand of a talented designer can do!
?The first is one of my all time favorites…..it was “love at first sight” and certainly a true dream home. Timothy Corrigan, a U.S. designer took both of these incredible 17th century chateaus and lovingly restored them to their former splendor. The result on both is just breathtaking and a dream. Both were featured in Architectural Digest. His story is fascinating and something I think many of us dream about…………….



This home, lovingly restored by Timothy Corrigan is in the Loire Valley and is a fabulous 17th century chateau. Named Chateau De Grand Luce, this is nothing short of perfect in my book.


The very tall ceilings make for such a dramatic and elegant room, the soft ivories with hints of color is so soothing

A dining room fit for a king….love the colors..so warm

Love red and green together, this is a beautiful shade of green isn’t it?

If I was a guest in this jewel of a bedroom…they might not ever get rid of me!

The ridiculously beautiful master bedroom in soothing soft colors?

Almost too perfect to be real!
Then we go back to 2005, ?to yet another fabulous chateau also restored by the uber talented Timothy Corrigan…he certainly has the Midas touch, doesn’t he! This fabulous home is named Chateau de Gallerande and is also located in the Loire Valley. Dreamy!

You can see how tall this home is when you look at the dwarfed front door!
Elegant sunlit drawing room

Beautiful Aubusson tapestry in the dining room

Beautiful rich wood paneled walls

Part of the exquisite library

These colors are sooo beautiful together, the pale blue/green and apricot

Another elegant bedroom

Part of the amazing formal gardens, a boxwood parterre
Hope you enjoyed these fabulous homes and that you have a wonderful and relaxing Sunday!

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