3/14/2010

Spring Green...A Spring Time Vignette!

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Hello my friends...I'm so happy that you stopped in for a visit today!
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Hmm...just when I think we are in for warmer weather here in Colorful Colorado...BANG! More cold weather and more snow strikes! Sheeshh! I know that so many of you are already experiencing Spring like weather. Ohhh, how I long for Spring! I'm ready for things to green up...I'm ready for some of that "Spring Green"!!!
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I thought that maybe if I start to "green up" inside the house...our weather might follow suit! Hey...let a girl have her dreams! Hehe! Anyway, I have started a little Spring decor at my place. I always seem to start the new decor in my dining room...maybe because it's in the center of our living area...I'm really not sure...but I always start there.
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I'm participating in Metamorphosis Monday today...here is a "before" shot of my dining room buffet!
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My dining room buffet in January and February. I called it "Silver Elegance"! I really did enjoy decorating with all my silver this year!
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A silver soup tureen takes front and center position on the buffet. I also used several old silver candleholders, and alot of mercury glass; mercury glass candleholder goblets, tall finials, and several mercury glass ornaments. As you can see...they are all nestled ever so sweetly in pine boughs and pine cones!
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The "Silver Elegance" of January and February gave way to....the "Spring Green" of March!
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"Spring Green"...A Spring Time Vignette!

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I really do have fun decorating my dining room buffet! This buffet is six feet long...nice sized...there's lots of room for pretties!!!
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How about that for a metamorphosis? Hehe!
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White & "Spring Green"
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When I began to think about changing the decor for Spring...my first consideration was to lighten this space up! Not a real easy feat considering the dining room walls are red! I decided to bring in as much white as I possibly could. Then I wanted a second color to use as an "accent" color...I chose "Spring Green"! You know, that pretty yellow-green...it just feels like Spring to me!
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"Spring Green"...A Spring Time Vignette
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I used a new olive green table runner for the foundation. I found this pretty runner at Walmart on their clearance shelf for just $4. Using the olive green runner ties in with the color on the doors of the buffet.
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Creamy White Florals in a White Ironstone Pitcher...
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Well my friends, wished that I could tell you that this big bouquet of white flowers was real...but it's not! Nevertheless, it's still very pretty and practical! I love my faux flowers! Hehe! I used long stems of white lilacs mixed with white hydrangeas that have just a touch of that "Spring Green" color. I used a large white ironstone pitcher for the arrangement. It's a good sized pitcher standing about 12" tall. I love the frenchy detailing on it!
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Candles...Candles...and More Candles!
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I do love my candles! You even might say that I'm a candle fanatic! Hehe! But hey...if we ever had a storm and lost our electricity...we would be good to go! I decided to leave the four silver candleholders with the white candles for this vignette. However, I added a few "Spring Green" candles into the mix...using a few of my cut glass candleholders!
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Bunnies...Bunnies...Lots of Bunnies!
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Does anything say Spring like a sweet little bunny? I am using six little bunnies in this Spring Time vignette. Here are two of them!
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My Happy Little Bunny on a Pedestal Plate...
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I just adore this little bunny on the glass pedestal plate! He is sitting down with his little feet up in the air...how cute is that? Hehe! Do you see all that pretty "Spring Green" colored moss that the bunny is sitting on? I have to tell you that this pretty green colored moss came all the way from the mountains of California! My dearest friend, Gloria from Happy To Be...set me this moss! She grew it herself! Well...she had a little help from good ol' Mother Earth! But, isn't it pretty?
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Thank you, Gloria!!!
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Here is the second little bunny! I found him at the thrift shop for just $1.50!
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See the beautiful "Spring Green" cloth napkins? My dear, sweet Grandma made those for me when I was just newly married! I also have a matching tablecloth! She embroidered each napkin with a pretty lavender flower! My Grandma was always embroidering, in fact..she was working on embroidered tea towels when she went to be with Jesus at the age of 93! This beautiful set of napkins and tablecloth is one of my most prized possessions!!!
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A close-up of the second bunny, my "Spring Green" embroidered napkins, and one of the pretty cut glass candleholders that I recently found at a thrift shop for just $1/pair!
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More Little Bunnies...
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The taller bunny was another thrift store find. The smaller bunny beside him and the bunny under the cloche were on sale at Hobby Lobby for $1.50/ea.
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And...I am finally getting to use my pretty bunny casserole dish that I found at my favorite Antique Flea Market for just $8. I just squealed and did my little "happy dance" when I seen this pretty covered dish! It's a nice sized covered casserole...measuring about 14" long!
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I love my bunny under the cloche! I used more of that pretty "Spring Green" colored moss that Gloria sent to me!
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A Bunny Mosaic

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"Spring Green" on the Dining Room Table...

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A "Spring Green" Table...
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I'm sure that I'll be adding to the dining room table centerpiece as time goes by...but for the meantime...
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A "Spring Green" Place Setting...
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This pretty set of olive green transferware is called Kensington Staffordshire Balmoral 1801 ironstone. I found an entire set of 32 pieces on ebay for just $10 plus shipping! This is one of my favorite sets of dishes...I just love transferware and I think that the olive green color is fairly rare!
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A white ironstone tea/coffee pot by JG Meakins sits atop a pretty white cake pedestal plate. I found this pretty plate at TJ Maxx for just $5.99! Would you care for a cup of tea?
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Ohhh...and look...a couple of sweet Spring birds have come for a little visit! Hehe!
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I just love this pretty pedestal cake plate with its reticulated edge! I added a pretty "Spring Green" ribbon to the white ribbon that was already there. Oooh...so pretty!
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This isn't a very good view of the white, ceramic lattace work tray but it really is a beautiful piece! I found it at the thrift shop for just $4.99! It measures about 12"x19"...a nice sized tray! I had a few "Spring Green" colored bamboo placemats that I rolled up and tied with a white organza ribbon. I just thought I would add them to the tray for just another "splash" of that pretty color!
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And Voila...there you have it...a Spring time vignette done in white and "Spring Green"! I hope that you enjoyed!!!
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I am joining in with these fabulous parties...
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Mosaic Monday hosted by Mary over at Little Red House.
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Metamorphosis Monday hosted by Susan over at Between Naps on the Porch.
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Table Top Tuesday hosted by Marty over at A Stroll Thru Life.
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Tuesday Tea for Two hosted by Wanda over at Plumed Pen.
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Thank you so much...dear ladies, for hosting these fabulous parties for us!!! Please do go by and visit these sweet ladies and their delightful blogs! I just know that they will have something special for us today! You will find a list of all the other party participants at these respective blogs!

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Well my friends...thank you so much for coming by today! Please leave me a comment and let me know that you were here...I'd love to visit with you!!!

63 comments:

Carol said...

You have an amazing talent for putting it all together! LOVE the green & white transferware!

Blondie's Journal said...

Chari~~

I am so loving your buffet with the flowers and bunnies and candles. Everything speaks of spring. And as always, your dining room table looks like it is ready for a beautiful dinner party. You are so creative and always add that elegant touch!

xoxo
Jane

Diva Kreszl said...

while we are not getting snow this go round we are being hit with a nasty nor'easter, hail, rain, thunder...it's crazy! I too am longing for spring and your post today was certainly springy!!! It's all quite beautiful and I am so envoius of those dishes from ebay, what a great deal, especially for transferware. Of course green is my favorite color too so if you ever want to unload those dishes let me know :)

Jane said...

Hi Chari,
Your buffet looks beautiful. I love the spring green. The entire buffet looks so bright, fun and inviting.
Jane

Kammy said...

Love all your spring Chari ! You
are so correct about all this cold winter weather...spring will be here soon - so it better go away ! LOL !
Kammy

podso said...

You do have a talent to put so much together--and link to so many--in one post! It's always a delight to visit your blog!

xinex said...

Oh those bunnies are so cute, Chari.They look like they are having so much fun enjoying the crisp green fresh spring weather. You sure have a knack for creating adorable vignettes. Everything is very pretty! It's spring here now and I have worked on my back porch and deck. C'mon by for a swim!...Christine

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Chari, this is all so pretty girl...I'm loving all those sweet little bunnies...You got some really great prices on them...Love the lime green candles and ribbon you out did yourself once again my friend...Sorry about your weather enough of the white stuff I tell you ha ha!! Hugs and smiles to you my dear friend...Gl♥ria

Pinky said...

I just LOVE your Spring Green! And the bunnies are all adorable! I just did all my Easter decorating today and IF I can get my hubby off his computer, (can only upload from his) I will post too!!!! XO, Pinky

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Stunning. I am sufficiently drooling. I love both your new Spring buffet and table. Your bunnies are just gorgeous, and of course I love that you used a cloche. Way too pretty. Your tablescape is fabulous. I love the dishes, they are all so pretty. You did such a wonderfu job. Thanks also for joining the party. Hugs, Marty

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love bunnies...especially these beautiful white porcelain bunnies! Everything looks beautiful in your home! Love the red! ♥

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Ok Chari,
Just when I think you have created the most gorgeous and perfect vignette you up and create another perfect one! I love the bunnies, white ironstone and the arrangement! It's as pretty as Mother Natures! Oh, and your beautiful table! I love those dishes, the pedestal looks so pretty with that green ribbon and the silver! You got it going Girl! I hope it springs up there real soon my friend. It was beautiful here today, but I know it could change and even snow again. But, I am so enjoying it right now! Big Hugs, Cindy

Kimberly said...

beautiful, beautiful side table! I love the bunnies! I wish we had a Hobby Lobby around here. You're really an inspiration.

Lori E said...

All of the bunnies are cute but the little guy sitting on his butt is so adorable. You have them displayed beautifully.

Braley Mama said...

Oh that happy little bunny on the plate is sooo cute!!! And I went gaga over the beautiful birds!!!!!

Allie and Pattie said...

I really ldo like the lighter green accents in your room-perfect!
xoxo Pattie

Tardevil said...

I love your bunny vignette! I collect them, and have never really considered collecting all white ones, but thanks to you.... :) Love that green/white transferware & your dishes too!

scribbler-unfocused said...

I tried leaving a comment -- your blog kicked me off!

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Scribbler

Becolorful said...

This was my first visit here and I am now following. I love your red dining room. Maybe because I am partial to red dining rooms and yours looks a bit like mine. I always feel a bit better about myself when i find someone else that enjoys changing things out as much as i do. i only wish I had a whole room to store all of my off season stuff. :o Thanks for sharing.
Pam

vignette design said...

What darling bunnies, perfectly displayed for Spring!

Annesphamily said...

This Colorado weather is about to do me in! I loved the weather yesterday and then today, rain, sleet, snow! Your dining room is awesome! Thanks!

Beth said...

Chari, This is such a great post! I love your buffet, the mirror, both your winter design and your spring design...the bunnies are fabulous and your tea setting with the transferware and the pretty cake plate are so very, very springy and pretty! I hope the snowstorm misses you and that soon spring will come to stay. I love, love, love everything you design, Chari and the photos and the way you tell about things...you speak in such a friendly, down home way yet you have such elegance in your lovely home. I am happy for you! Great job! God bless you and yours!
Hugs, Beth

Sherry said...

Chari,
I am in awe of your lovely transformation! I just love your bunnies. I am blown away that you got that awesome transferware on Ebay for $10!!! everything I bid on I think goes too high. It was lovely of Gloria to send you some moss, how sweet. Your table is beautiful! I think spring must be in your heart as well as your decor. It is just wonderful!

Mrs. P. said...

Chari...I just love your buffet....I feel the same way about the top of my old upright grand piano..it is perfect for all sorts of display matter and always changing to suit the season or mood :)

Blessings!
Gail

Lana said...

Hello Sweet Chari--this Spring Green has me "hoppin'" for spring! We down here in Alabama have, if you can believe it, still been having cold snaps mixed in with some spring teases. I'm praying that this week we warm up FOR GOOD! I loved the silver elegance but am absolutely feeling the spring green, too, with all that green that so much so says LIFE and all those adorable bunnies!!!!!!!!!!! I've been out for a few weeks, but am so happy to be back and able to visit you!!
Love, hugs and turquoise joy,
Lana

32˙North said...

I love how you used the natural moss on the cake stand and under the cloche - makes a great nest for your bunnies and the color really pops against your red walls.

Amanda

Patriotic Mom said...

It may be snowy outside but it is definitely spring in your home. The cute little bunny asleep in the cloche. The other bunnies welcoming visitors to come inside and get warm. Everything is so cute and the embroidered napkins are a keepsake. Lovely, Joan

Oliva said...

Love love love your bunnies vignette! I especially like them because they don't eat all of your plants like mine do!!! I love how you added grass to the bunny cloche...adorable!

Mary said...

Now that is a sight for my sore eyes! I'm so tired of rain, rain, rain... it was wonderful to see your beautiful spring decor. Love the bunnies! Thanks for sharing t MM> :)

mishebe said...

cute bunnies, cute vignette

Barbara said...

Wow What a beautiful change...It is very breath taking, I envy your talent for putting things together and arranging them in such eye catching fashion. I always know I will find something wonderful here.

Barbara

The Tablescaper said...

What a beautiful trip to Spring, even if the weather isn't cooperating. How lucky for you to have gotten that moss from your friend. I'm so into moss this year and can't find that much. I really want to find moss balls, but haven't had much luck.

You got an amazing deal on that set of green transferware. Was that ebay?

- The Tablescaper

Tootsie said...

that buffet is perfect to change up anytime you like...and you did it up perfectly AGAIN!!! I love those dishes girl...they are my style for sure!!!
I hope you have a great week in your beautiful home friend...see you again soon!

Theresa said...

Oh Cheri! HOW Gorgeous! Love the buffet and all of those sweet bunnies. The greens are springtime beautiful. Of course, you know I love those chargers and what a wonderful touch... the ribbon laced cake stand. Oh my, your talents amaze me each and every time you show us your beautiful decor. Have a blessed day my friend!

Meri said...

Love the use of cake plates as pedestals for bunnies and other things.

The Barnett Family said...

Love your vignette....so springy, fresh and crisp looking. The bunnies are just too cute. I have a love for bunnies too not just at Easter time...all year long at my house. Everything looks lovely.

Blessings~
Tonya

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

Hi Chari!

Everything looks just beautiful!!

I just sent you an email.....guess what?....You WON the beautful set of 4 dishes from my giveaway!!! Woohoo!!

Hugs,
Diann :)

P.S. I have a new giveaway going on for a set of 6 Easter egg dishes!

Donna Rafferty said...

What a gorgeous spring transformation! i love your bunny collection!

Happy Met Monday!

Melissa Miller said...

Chari oh how precious are your little white bunnies and green tablescape! I need a few around here and have not found a single one that I like yet.

Hurry up Spring! I agree with you.

Have a wonderful week.
~Melissa :)

Marilyn said...

OK, now that spring has arrived in your corner, I need to do something in my part of the state! Can I just import the whole lot of it a few (?) miles west?! I'd be really happy and you could have the fun of shopping some more! Everything looks great! Thanks for sharing. ♥♪

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Chari, it is simply and utterly charming. The green and white look so fresh and alive!I love the bunnies but my favorite part are the flowers. Oh.....my goodness...they are so beautiful.

You have such a keen eye for detail. Lovely!!!!!

Hugs, Barb ♥

Kathryn @ Bonafide Southern said...

I really love your new look for spring. The green and white is so fresh and bright and all-around perfect! Those little white bunnies are so sweet and look great on your sideboard. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration.

KATHY said...

Hi chari, everything looks so beautiful!! i just love all the bunnies,and all the pretty candles, and dishes.Your so good at putting everything together.Your all ready for easter...Kathy

Rosie@Journey to Charm said...

Everything is so pretty, I don't know where to begin. The lilacs and hydrangea are stunning! And your bunnies are so cute. I love white bunnies. You have got it so together. Now maybe that will make that nasty snow melt for you.

Shelia said...

This is so pretty! You are just so good at making pretty! I love all those darling little bunnies.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Liz said...

Those are the happiest little bunnies ever! It is all so pretty!

~Liz

Debbie said...

Your colors are so bright and beautiful and you sure do have the touch of design.

Phyllis AROUND THE HOUSE said...

I love the post the white bunnies are just the cuttest ever and they look wonderful on the great mantle...your table is so beautiful with the pale green and white dishes and the wonderful white tea pot is soooo pretty, loved everything and loved the great photo work....Phyllis

Sonia said...

Hi Chari,

Those bunnies are so cute hopping and playing our your side table. I love the pedestal cake plate that you can change the ribbon with different tablesettings! Just beautiful...the teapot really caught my eye too! Love all your spring pretties!

Miss Bloomers/Sonia

Miss Janice said...

Love your sideboard and your tablescape. That green transferware is beautiful!

Nellie's Cozy place said...

I loved loved loved all your beautiful green and white. It is so fresh and springy. Love all the cute lil bunnies as well. the floral arrangement is gorgeous as well. thanks for sharing it with us. It was a vision of delight, so
very classy and elegant.
Blessings, Nellie

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

I've been to this post a couple of times already and each tie I find more detail to rave about! The greens and whites are so soft and clean with the crisp whites! So pretty and... SPRING!
Yvonne

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

oh my goodness. I didnt know where to look first.. Bunny under glass giggle that was so cute and your napkins tied with pretty ribbon and your teapot on a stand and and and...
its all just stunning and I applaud your decor and creativeity.. I love your style..

Cozy Little House said...

What a deal on that eBay transferware set! My word I'd have been excited. And those napkins are so precious. They would be my favorite possession as well. I love your sense of elegant style!
Brenda

The Stylish House said...

Chari,
This is a wonderful vignette and I agree your large buffet is the perfect playground for creating them. The bunnies are so sweet and definitely shout spring. Bravo for mixing the dark green runner with the lighter shades of greens. It pulls the look together beautifully and integrates the buffet gracefully. Your grandmother’s handwork is beautiful and what a treasured family keepsake and heirloom to remember her by. It’s nice you displayed them in such a special way for us to enjoy also.
I hope the sun is shining once again in Colorado, but I know how fickle it can be. I sure miss my home state, but live by the motto “bloom where you’re planted”. Have fun in Vegas and win a big jackpot so all the bells and whistles go off!
Cathy

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Hey sis...will I'll be leaving in 2 weeeks from tomorrow to see you guys Yippee!! Can't hardly wait and so many things going on there at that time...I don't think Vegas ever sleeps...but wait until they see the way I can ha ha!! How's the Ford coming along...Girl I'm getting so excited I will call you about our hook up plans...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria ps I'll be the one with the red hair and big smile ha ha!!

Mary Ellen said...

Well friend when did you fancy your blog all up- I love the new look! I read in google reader so don't get to see the blogs format much of the time since I have been so busy I sneak in and out!

Thank you for your prayers- they are so precious to us!! We met with the couple we will be renting the building from and i got to take some pictures which I hope to get up soon. We are so excited about what the Lord has planned for this building (found out today it used to be a bar it it's day! Isn't the Father's sense of humor just so funny!)

I haven't done a thing to the dining room since before we left. I still have the small scaffold set in there even!! WE have been home and it is still going 100 miles a minute it seems. I did get all the wallpaper off- now need to clean the walls and figure out if I am going to paint of do an old world type texture. Thought I would live with the dirty walls for a bit and see if inspiration comes!!!

I have my little Easter basket swap that I need to finish up and get out this week so the few moments I have I have been working on those. I have had that best time playing with the baskets and am excited to show them off when I get them to their new owners!

I love you pretty spring sideboard look!! Can you believe I still don't have my Easter things out- my where is time flying!!!???

Well friend better stop now - we really must get together for tea one day- my fingers don't work as well as my mouth which is probably a very good thing!!

bee blessed
mary

Pat said...

Just gorgeous! I love the white & green together. The green & white transferware is beautiful...can't believe you found the set for $10. Thanks for sharing all the beauty of your home.

xoxo
Pat

My Slice of Heaven said...

The buffet with the bunnies is just beautiful. Thanks for some great ideas!

Chrissy said...

AHHHH! I love your sideboard...so fresh and of course i see a wee bit of Irish in it too!! Your place looks lovely,all the white is just so happy!! Glad to see you had come by,love ya!!!!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Chari,
I just thought I would stop by and say hi! Hope all is well with you my dear. I have had a rather ordinary week except that the weather has been gorgeous! Highs in the mid-sixties! But of course, it's going to turn nasty again just in time for the week-end and next week. ARRRG! It's such a bummer to go back to snow. I am sure you understand since we seem to have similar weather. Big Hugs, Cindy

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Love all the silvers for winter...soooo elegant! Beautiful transformation for spring. Girl, I'm stuck in a rut...I really should think of redoing my buffet...you have my wheels turning, now. :-)

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