Thursday, August 29, 2019

FURNITURE INSPIRATION: THE CLASSIC DROP-LEAF TABLE

Old is my favorite style.

And nothing says old, traditional, classic, or antique like a drop-leaf table. Mostly used in England during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, these tables were created to save space. Some of the drop-leaf tables have multiple legs to support the leaves when not folded down. They are also known as "gateleg" tables.

I didn't really realize just how many shapes and styles of these tables there are until I started getting ready to share this post. They can serve many purposes in a home, and today I'm sharing some inspirational ways to use them and a few ideas for how to decorate the table tops. A pretty vignette atop a drop-leaf table might just be my favorite.

A large table would be perfect for a foyer or to fill an odd wall. The blue and white used here stands out against the darker finish of the table and neutral colors, thus making it the perfect collection to display on this drop-leaf table.

Providence Design
House Beautiful

Used as a sofa table, the tables can be decorated a gazillion ways. Lamps, books, bowls, lanterns, baskets, plants--see what I mean?

CoachDecor.com

Oliveaux Interiors

They are perfect also for your coffee cup or your glass of tea when stationed between two chairs. 

Country Living

Thistlewood Farms

They just look good anywhere and add old-world charm to every space.

Stone Gable

Gracious Farmhouse

Nine + Sixteen

Savvy Southern Style

1stDibs via Pinterest

Blessed Momma to Baby Girls

Here are few gateleg tables with their leaves out, showing off their fancy legs.

Carlos Garcia Instagram

via Pinterest

Ballard Designs

The Painted Drawer

Aren't they so pretty? Enjoy your long weekend!

Friday, August 23, 2019

MIRROR, MIRROR SOON TO BE ON THE WALL...

I'm starting this post with a confession: I bought something that I didn't need, something I didn't even have a place for, but the price was so low, and the potential was so high, it had to come home with me. Please tell me I'm not alone, and you have done that a time or two as well.


After three trips to look at it, I bought a mirror--an old, pretty mirror, and I can't wait to use it to create a new vignette that's floating around in my head.


Here are two pictures that came to my mind when I spotted the mirror in the antique mall.

The first photo is from The Pink Pagoda. I came across this one years ago. I have always loved this photograph. The chest, the art, the leaves, the blue and white lamp all look fabulous together.

The Pink Pagoda
The next one is from Jennifer Griffin. She's a blogger at Dimples and Tangles. She redid this powder room for a One Room Challenge. She adores color and chose a bright pink for her mirror. Doesn't it look great in her room?

Dimples and Tangles

Then I saw this one on Pinterest. I'm not sure of the source. 

via Pinterest

The finish is not terrible but will certainly need work. It's flaked off in a few spots, but I think it can be freshend up fairly easy. By that I mean a little sanding and a few cans of spray paint.



When I bought the mirror, it had a sticky note on it that read "1960."



I did a little research and discovered this particular mirror is considered Hollywood Regency style. What is Hollywood Regency style you ask?

"Hollywood Regency decor is exactly what it sounds like; high-octane everyday glamor infused with the requisite high-shine lacquered finishes, metallics, and precious fabrications with a nod to Art-Deco decadence and Mid Century Modern practicality. Think dramatic, sensual, modern, uncluttered, and carefully edited with a mix of delicate and bold for a gender-neutral setting that's timeless in appeal."  

I found a great article that explains all of that! You can read it here. Take a look at what (I'm assuming are original) mirrors from that time period are going for. I'm also assuming the one I found is a reproduction. 

                               1stdibs  //  1stdibs //  Charish  //  Charish  //  Fleur de Lis 

Off to buy spray paint and hope for less humid weather so I can get started.
Have a great weekend!

Kathryn

Friday, August 2, 2019

DECORATING WITH GINGHAM AND BUFFALO CHECKS

Back in June when I got ready to set my summer table, I decided I wanted to use gingham. It's a perfect way to add color, pattern, and interest to a room.


Today I'm sharing some pretty ways to use gingham and buffalo checks. They aren't just for the farmhouse decorators. The small and large checks can be elegant and fancy, too. Use a lot or just enough to add pattern and a splash of color. I don't think you can wrong with a check of any size.

It's beautiful on beds--blankets, sheets, and throws.

Orvis


Better Homes & Gardens

via Pinterest

Style Your Senses

Better Homes & Gardens

Serena and Lily

Photo: Jean Allsopp

Furniture... Make a statement! Cover an accent piece or something bigger, maybe even an entire room.

Eye for Design


French Country Cottage

Shop Society Social

Dimples and Tangles

Savvy Southern Style

Mohn Blumes World via Tumbler

Freshideen

Pillows... Think of the checks as a neutral; they will blend with almost any fabric.

Caitlyn Wilson

House Beautiful

My Little Country Cottage

Forever Cottage


Blog Lovin'

Don't forget the windows...


Bria Hammel Interiors


Via Pinterest

Country Curtains
Anthony Baratta

Traditional Home

Monika Hibbs
And what a great look gingham is on the table any time of the year.

via Pinterest


Premier Table Linens

Etsy

Life on Virginia Street

Dimples and Tangles

Ciao Newport Beach


One more from Jennifer at Dimples and Tangles because she is the Queen of gorgeous tablescapes!


See you next week!

Kathryn