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Monday, February 27, 2012

A New Centerpiece


Not really new.
But new to you.

 
I've had this on our dining table for quite some time now,
but I've been so busy with other projects
that I'm finally getting back to sharing photos
of my own home.


I picked up this fabulous old tool box awhile back,
and knew immediately that it belonged center-stage 
on our dining table.

And I promptly proceeded to fill it up
with all the elements and textures that
make me all giddy and happy inside...


 Of course, a few pieces of my expansive collection
of white enamelware made its way there.
And a couple of small-ish wasp nests are right at home,
having been rescued from one of our barns.


Delicate linen napkins,
and some sprigs of lavender wrapped in twine.


 a French grain sack pillow filled with lavender,
graced with a delicate starfish accent.


 and the lace....



 my, oh my, the vintage lace runner....
my favorite piece on the table.
I just can't get enough of vintage linens these days!


 Iron and wood...
a match made in Heaven!




This piece has patina
and character to spare!


 My dining table...


Now open for business
and serving friends, family and guests!

If you're in the area,
for goodness sake, give me a holla.
Let me give you the tour firsthand, 
first of my charming little town,
then ( provided the house is clean! )
our quaint little farmhouse.

Have a blessed week!





55 comments:

misselaineous said...

love it! thanks for the "brain push"...you know how you have a thing in the shed, or a closet...wherever...but you forgot you have it?...until you see a picture on someone's blog and say "Love it!"...then realize you have one and you can tweak this for your own? thank you! *e*

Alice said...

What a delightful centerpiece! I hope to have time later this week to go antiquing for display props for an upcoming show, and now I've got one more thing to add to my list.

Have a wonderful week!

Polly said...

lovely! that patina is just right!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Weathered wood, rust, and lavender. These are a few of my favorite things.

Brynwood Needleworks said...

The centerpiece is "you", girlfriend. Sure wish I lived closer. I'd be on your front porch for sure!

Happy Week.
xoxo
Donna

Amy Burzese said...

Excellent choices, as usual!

Theresa said...

Beautiful and SO YOU:) Enjoy your day my friend, HUGS!

Jensamom23 said...

So pretty and comforting. Love it!

THE FARMHOUSE PORCH said...

What a cute toolbox! Great patina!
♥Linsey

Svenja said...

hello anne, this is so pretty, i like it.
your style is so special :))
wish you a nice week too, svenja

The Cranky Queen said...

Love the green tool box...so many option for its use. Thanx for sharing. Tiffany

Brenda said...

I love the old rustic look! Sometimes I think I was born in the wrong era. I like old wood and vintage things. Your table is wonderful!! I'm sure that some wonderful carpenter enjoyed this tool box very much!! Glad you were able to rescue it and put it to good use.
Have a lovely day!!
Brenda

Lululiz said...

You sure have style, girl, the pieces you picked to display in that fabulous toolbox are perfect.

blhitchcock901 said...

I want it, oh please me mine! I am green with envy! I keep looking for a tool box like this and will not give up til I find one-that is at a thrifty price:) I collected the red and white enamelware for years. Sold it when it was hot. Now wish I had it back:(Love it!)

Olive Cooper said...

It is scrumptious. Perfect patina.

Erin@TheSavvySeeker said...

Love the color green of the tool box/tray! Very cute and so great for holding some many things! I have something similar on my dining room table...an antique cutlery tray...check it out: http://thesavvyseeker.com/2012/02/22/before-after-my-dining-room/

Junk Exchange said...

loving the tool box .. had a blue metal with the same shape .. will i get to see you at the petticoats on the prairie show?

love ya'
Troy

lisa Moran, Bilancia Designs said...

As always, your pictures are beautiful....your style...incredible.
I would love nothing more than to be able to fly over and sip lemonade on your porch. :)
I'm praying you get the chance to do the same at my home one day.
Sending big hugs. XOXO

Lois Arnold said...

Love the toolbox! I'll be in Dallas next week for meetings & the Dallas Quilt Celebrations, but will not have time nor transportation to take you up on the tour of your town.

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

So lovely.

Fondly,
Glenda

Bee happy said...

Gorgeous display love the trug and everyone in it, so pretty, have a happy week.

Bee happy x
Have a delicious day!

elizabeth said...

LOVE it! I'm happily pinning away these lovely photos!

Bliss said...

I like that metal pipe handle. Recently on someone's blog I saw a toolbox they had put together themselves and used a stair spindle for the handle. That was cute too, but I like that industrial hint of the metal pipe.

~Bliss~

Shannon said...

Very cute~can't wait to see it in person:)

Kerri said...

Would love to see what you've done with your home!

Debra @ Common Ground said...

love this!!!!! I'm with you, the vintage linens really set it off! xoxo

At The Picket Fence said...

Just lovely Anne! The color and patina on that toolbox are fantastic and you loaded it up perfectly! :-)
Vanessa

The French Bear said...

Awesome...so simple but extremely elegant!
Hugs,
Margaret B
xx

Faded Charm said...

Oh how I wish I lived closer, Anne. I'd love a tour of your town and then have a seat at your lovely dining room table so we could chat a bit:-)

Beautiful photos!

xoxo
Kathleen

fiona anderson said...

It's all so gorgeous, but I'm really loving the enamelware - I don't think I've ever seen pieces, that small !!

Low Tide High Style said...

I love it Anne, and the pictures too of course! You can bet your bottom dollar that if I'm ever even close to where you live I'll be givin' you a holla!

Kat :)

P.S. Thanks for the comment!

Urban Farmgirl said...

I love it! I have a 'thing' for old wood totes like these...so cute!!

I am off to Nashville...talk when I get home??

Have a great week, my friend! ;o)

Mary

Cindy@Cutepinkstuff said...

A wonderful idea to use an old tool box as a centerpiece! The tiny bundle of lavender as oh so sweet!

andrea said...

Are you ready for a busload of us? We're comin' over. Bust out some straw mattresses in the barn. andrea@townandprairie

raggygirlvintage said...

I would love to tour your farmhouse, bit of a long drive for me though!! Loving your centrepiece, especially that chippy green paint:-) Mine is a vintage milk carrier right now, but that could all change as the wind doth blow!!
Tracey

sissie said...

Hi Anne,
Your centerpiece is lovely. Wooden boxes are always perfect for holding lovely vintage things.

hugs
Sissie

Deserae said...

It looks fabulous as a centerpiece for your table.... and the color is just divine :o)
~Des

lisa Moran, Bilancia Designs said...

P.S. Your comment was so sweet, Anne. You are just unbelievable... I am SO blessed to have such an amazing friend with a heart as big as Texas. :)
Huge hugs XOXO

Angela said...

So pretty!

Heaven's Walk said...

So pretty, Anne! If I ever make it to Texas, you're the first person I want to see!!!! :)

xoxo laurie

Shelia said...

Hi Little Anne! Oh, this is so pretty! Love your little tool box and your little 'findings'! :) Now just one thing...that bee's nest! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia;)

Tricia said...

What a great little wooden tote! You've styled it so nicely too. I want to see more of your house...I wish I could come in person.

Wild Oak Designs said...

The vintage table runner on the table looks like one we sold not too long ago and like others we have in our Etsy store....
WildOakDesigns.etsy.com
Nancy
wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

A Cottage Muse said...

Ok, I've added a hometown tour with Anne to my someday roadtrip list!!

Charlene said...

Cute & to think I sold my vintage tool box at a sale.... DARN! Are you coming in for Paper Cowgirls? HUGS! Charlene

tara said...

Very Cute my dear!! love the mixture of the metal and the wood!! xo, T

Tanya@takesix said...

What a great centerpiece. A great variety of textures!

June said...

Beautiful, beautiful centerpiece Anne! And I loved seeing your beautiful girl in the post before!!!
hugs from here...

Susan said...

I'd spend all day at your dining room table, taking in those fab treasures. Plus we'd have lots of laughs. Okay, next time I visit Dallas I'll 'convince' someone to take a drive your way. :)

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

Ths is soooo gorgeous. I look forward to seeing you at My Dream Canvas.

About Vintage French Hen said...

You continue you to inspire me! Love it. Marcia

fatmi said...

Fiona I like your name, and the jewelries are also pretty, but less elegance.

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Michelle Palmer said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

Debbie said...

I love the mix of textures in this wonderful vintage centerpiece.

Annesphamily said...

You are such a gracious blogger! Love knowing you here! Your sweet tool box filled with treasures is a beautiful piece highlighting your dining room table! Love it! Love! Love it!

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