5/04/2011

A New Spring Vignette in the Living Room...

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Hello my friends...I hope you're having a fabulous day!

Whew...it seems like I have been missing from Blogland forever! It has actually only been about three weeks but it seems like everything in the land of blog moves at "lightening speed". Hehe! I'm sure that I have missed out on all kinds of pretties! As many of you know...my daughter Jenni and five grandchildren were here visiting from Texas. We had a wonderful visit and I just cherished each and every minute that they were here! I really did miss all of you dear, sweet friends...thank you for being so patient with me! Hopefully I will be able to catch up with you soon!*
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A New Spring Vignette in the Living Room...
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Today I thought I would share with you a new spring vignette that I created for the table that sits in front of my large living room window. This vignette can be seen from the front of our home so I always try to create something pretty and of interest. I hope that you enjoy!*
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My 2011 Springtime Mantel...


I thought I would share a photo of my spring mantel that is also located in the living room. Since the mantel itself is built of a dark cherry wood...I wanted to lighten and brighten it up for the spring season. I decided to use lots of white with a sprinkle of silver and greenery.


As you can see...I used several pieces of silver in this springtime mantel vignette. I recently found the silver champagne bucket at an antique flea market...I arranged a climbing ivy in the bucket for a little added greenery. I also used several of my silver candleholders with white tapers. More white was brought into this vignette through a tall statue of a french girl and a decorative french finial. I was very pleased with how this vignette turned out.
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I carried this same color theme over to the new spring vignette that I created for the living room table that sits in front of the large window.


My living room is done in rich reds, golds, and olive green. This color theme presents a challenge when trying to lighten things up for the spring and summer seasons. But...I love a good decorating challenge! Hehe!


This large living room window faces the northwest and gets lots of nice afternoon sun! This is one of my favorite places in my entire home. I love the size of this window and the beautiful arched glass at the top! I usually keep this cherry sofa table right in front of this window...it's perfect for seasonal vignettes...and as I mentioned before...it can be seen from the front of our home.
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Springtime Whites with a Little Silver Elegance...

I continued the same color theme that I used on the mantel over to this table vignette. A white ironstone tureen sits upon a large white charger plate and is filled with vining ivy. I love to use greenery in my vignettes...especially during the warmer seasons.
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A beautiful olive green and gold tapestry runner makes the perfect foundation for this spring vignette!


Ornate silver candleholders with chunky white tapers flank either side of the ironstone tureen.


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The sunlight always looks soooo pretty shining through this window!


On the left side of the vignette...

A bust of a french girl gives this vignette an elegant and frenchy feel.


I just adore this french girl bust!!! A tall sofa table lamp sits to the side of the bust. Just a little more silver elegance! During the evening hours, the light from this lamp shines ever so sweetly upon the french girl and she looks sooo beautiful!


On the right side of the vignette...

A large, creamy white, artichoke finial sits atop a couple of old books! The decorative finial balances out this vignette nicely.


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...and Voila! A new spring vignette for my living room!*
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I am joining these fabulous parties...


Feathered Nest Friday...hosted by Courtney over at French Country Cottage.
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Home Sweet Home...hosted by Sherry over at The Charm of Home.
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Thank you Courtney and Sherry for hosting these fabulous parties for us to enjoy!*
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*Well my friends...thank you so much for coming by today! I always enjoy your visits! Please leave me a note and let me know that you were here...I would love to visit with you!
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*Warmest Spring Wishes!

28 comments:

Poppy said...

Wow Chari, I'm loving all these special touches in your vignette... the tassel, the finial,the french bust and the tureen!I love your arched window as well. it enhances your tablescape so well.Have a lovely evening.~Poppy

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Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Love the white and greens with the darker furniture! and really like the lady bust head.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Lookin good girlfriend!! All your spring touches look beautiful!! Your lady bust is so pretty and I love the effect you used in that first photo. Have a great night my friend, Martina

Mary Ellen said...

Chari I always so enjoying seeing how you change things around. You have such a way with your vignettes!

Girl I am still working on this room! Got the moldings up today- radiator still needs painted - I was hoping today would be move in day with the furniture but not yet!

The retreat will be here before I know it and am praying God will just somehow get things together or give me the energy to get it all done!

bee blessed
mary

podso said...

It's lovely and looks so nice in front of your large window. The shot of the table (from a distance) in front of the window is just spectacular. I'm sure you're enjoying playing a bit and getting the house back in order after all your houseguests!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

The French girl bust is truly stunning! And the white really does look clean and fresh for Spring! Your greenery is just the right combination with the white containers and candles! Beautiful...as always! You are such an elegant lady! ♥

Blue Creek Home said...

How wonderful to have had your family there for three weeks!

You always have the prettiest vignettes. You have a special touch for sure.
Rhonda

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Love both the mantel and sofa table, and I like the siver and white together also. The arched window is wonderful too!

Rondell

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

As always, your vignettes are just beautiful. I love that French girl statute. I've always loved your French girl bust. Your touches of silver and white do combine for a bright Springy look. I know you enjoyed having your family there, but I'm sure glad to see you back in Blogville. Hugs, laurie

bj said...

Everything looks just perfect, as always, Chari. Just beautiful. You are, indeed, the Queen of Vignettes. You have such beautiful things.
Have a wonderful evening.
xo bj

Kathy said...

I am adoring your Spring vignettes - the French girl bust is awesome! I showed my daughter and husband your beautiful mantel - she said it looked like chocolate and reminded her of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory where the prince asked him to create a castle out of chocolate...I forgot the connection but remembered the scene - they laughed at my forgetfulness - anyhow - I love your vignettes!
Kathy :)

Shelia said...

There you are! So glad you had such a wonderful time with your family and those grands!
Now you're at it again making beautiful vignettes! Love your spring mantle and the table in the window is just gorgeous! I've said it before, but you really have a wonderful decorating sense and always put together beautiful scenes.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Oh Chari my friend,
It's looking sooo pretty at your house!
I love the whites next to the dark wood! And those candlesticks and the lady bust, ooh-lala, so perfect there~
I can picture sitting there right now looking at all the pretties inside your home! Dang! Wish I could come every summer!
I am so excited for you and Gloria and your upcoming get together, oh you two will be having a blast!
And thanks so much for your sweet note, you always make me smile!
I went shopping today for material to use as tablecloths for the wedding this weekend. I hope it works ok. It's a country/farm wedding so it's going to be pretty casual.
And Adi is sleeping on the couch behind me. Katie is working and she will probably stay overnight. I love having her but I think me knees are shot from bending and stooping so much. I am on the floor with her a lot and I can really feel it.
Well enough on me. I am so happy that you had a nice visit with your daughter and grandkids! I hope you get to see them again soon.
I know I am sure missing my son in AZ. and can't wait for July!
Have a nice weekend and hi there to Russ too!
Love Ya,
Cindy

Theresa said...

Oh my goodness Chari, I have missed seeing your sweet face here! I knew that you were having the time of your life with your Daughter and the grands!

Love all of your pretties, lightening up for Spring is happening ALL over Blogland! That window is gorgeous to brighten the room:)

Enjoy your day my friend, HUGS!

Sheila said...

My how I have missed peaking inside your beautiful home. Glad to have you back. I love white and silver together. So sophistocated and clean and the bust is to die for. Thanks for sharing.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh Chari, I just love to see all of your beautiful vignettes. You do have such a creative way of arranging things so they look just right. The fireplace is fabulous and your table is stunning. I hope you are having a super week. I have a ton of sewing to do and just can't seem to get going. Hugs, Marty

Sarah said...

Chari, both the mantel and the table vignette make an elegant statement. I love the mix of silver and white with the green ivy accents.
Happy Mother's Day! ~ Sarah

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Beautiful post and sooo.. very elegant home! Loved all those pics and your nice write up. Now,am your newest folllower:)
Hope to see you on my blog too:)

Sanghamitra.
http://rainbow-thecoloursofindia.blogspot.com

Karen said...

So glad you dropped by and visited today!!! What a beautiful living room. Such pretty vignettes and I absolutely love the fireplace - the wood is such a beautiful color.
Have a wonderful weekend.

xinex said...

When it comes to creating vignettes, you are a champion, Chari. I can just imagine how much fun you had with your daughter and grandkids. The only downside to that is getting depressed after they leave and the house is so quiet all of a sudden. At least that's how how I feel when I get visits from kids and grandkids. Your home is always looking beautiful.....Christine

Beverly@southernhomesweethome said...

Beautiful Chari. I love the bust and the finial.. love it.

lvroftiques said...

It looks very pretty Chari (as always) I think you've done a great job of lightening the decor for spring. I'm lovin' that frenchy girl bust! (you knew I would) It's a perfect place to display her in your front window.
How are you two doing? I hear you about it being too quiet. It's been a little too quiet at my house too. The sibs have been moving to other states so not much commotion anymore. I'm really not sure if I love it or hate it?Lol! I guess I'll just get used to it and see. But otherwise all is fine at my place. I'm having fun shopping for the perfect etsy pieces. *winks* Vanna

Flory said...

your vignettes are great as always i love the third photo as well!
Happy mother's day to you Chari
~Flory

kara@elements-interiors.net said...

Hey sweet friend! Im sorry I havent been around much at all the last few weeks...Im still fighting these shingles and now Ive caught a bad headcold...
It all looks beautiful! I love the dark tile on the fireplace surround!

Happy Mothers Day weekend!

xoxokara

Sherry said...

Chari,
Everything looks very pretty. You have the most gorgeous fireplace. I always love to see what you have done with that! Thanks for linking it up.
Sherry

Cindy said...

Hi Chari,
Everything looks beautiful dear lady! I love the beauty that you create! Your faux fireplace is gorgeous!
Hugs, Cindy

Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien said...

Very gorgeous vignettes you've put together! I love the bust of the girl on the side table next to that fabulous lamp! I can imagine how pretty it must look at night. You're mantlepiece is gorgeous too! I love dark rich colors like that!

Debbie said...

Your springtime mantle is just beautiful. You have such a creative mind.