8/27/2011

Sunday Favorites...No. 114

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Welcome to the 114th "Sunday Favorites" Party 


"Sunday Favorites" is a Sunday meme designed to give bloggers a chance to share a favorite post from the past!!!
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Hello my friends!
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Welcome to the 114th run of "Sunday Favorites"
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I hope that you're having a wonderful weekend, my friends!  Wow...can you believe that we are nearing the end of August?  Autumn is just around the corner.  I can hardly wait...it is my favorite season of the year!  It won't be long and I will be dragging all of my autumn decor boxes out of storage.  I just love decorating for fall!
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With the thought of Autumn approaching...today for Sunday Favorites...I thought I would share one of my "favorite" posts called "An Autumn Dining Room at Happy To Design"...originally posted on September 27, 2009. 
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Wow...as I was going through this post...I couldn't help but think of all the changes that have been made to my home since this was first posted two years ago.  It's fun looking back and seeing how far I have come...not only with my blogging/photography skills but also in my interior design skills!  I hope that you enjoy this post as much as I did!

  Well my friends...I'm looking forward to seeing your Sunday Favorites posts this week and visiting with you!  You can sign up for the party at the end of this post!
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Many prayers going up for those on the east coast!
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Have a super Sunday!
Chari
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Sunday Favorites My favorite post from:
September 27, 2009
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It's Metamorphosis Monday!
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Hello my friends...I hope that you're having a marvelous Monday!
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It's time for Metamorphosis Monday hosted by our very own Susan over at Between Naps on the Porch! Thank you, Susan for hosting this fun filled Monday event!!! Please go pay Susan a visit today and see what she has for us and while you're there you can visit all of the other Met Monday participants!
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I am also joining in with Mosaic Monday today...I have a couple of photo mosaics that I would love to share with you! Mosaic Monday is hosted by Mary over at Little Red House! Thank you, Mary for hosting this marvelous Monday mosaic party!!! (Whew...say that fast 3 times! Hehe!)
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Autumn is Officially Here!*
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Last week for Metamorphosis Monday I posted my living room's new autumn decor. If you would like to see that just click HERE. This week I would like to share with you a few of the seasonal changes that I've made in my dining room!
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I love my dining room!!! It's a bit eclectic but follows the lines of French Country design. We have a very "open" floor plan in the living area of our home...the living room, dining room, and kitchen are basically all open to one another. I have decorated these rooms in shades of olive green, deep red, and gold...very deep, rich colors...which are very conducive to warming up my home for the autumn season! I love autumn and I love my home in all of its autumn finery!!!
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So without further ado...here is my French Country dining room!
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Happy To Design
Autumn 2009
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Autumn mosaic of my french country dining room...Autumn 2009
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I created this photo mosaic using the photo of my dining room (pictured below). First of all, I took the photo and used Photobucket's photo effect called "Sketch"...this made the photo look like a pencil sketch. Then I took the sketched photo and added the photo effect "Tint" to get the different autumn colored tints...then I used Picasa to make the mosaic. I have been playing with photo graphics alot lately and having so much fun! Hehe!
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An Autumn Dining Room
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My husband built this home in 1998 B.C. (B.C. standing for "before Chari"...hehe!) The original part of this house was built in 1927...honey added on to the front, the back and also added on a second story. It's a beautiful home...my honey is quite talented!!!
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The dining room is in the original part of the house and still has the old original wood flooring. I painted them a charcoal gray color...over time they have taken on an old distressed looking patina! Or in other words...they could use a fresh coat of paint! Hehe!
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Two of the walls in this room are olive green...two are a deep red color! I really do love these deep, rich colors...it's just me! I decided to use white furniture in this room since the wall color was already dark. I really do like the contrast of the white furniture against the red and olive green! The dining room table was a treasure find at an antique market...it also has a distressed finish! I love the old column looking legs on the table!!! The buffet was an old brown colored dresser that I refinished. I love the "frenchy" style of this piece!!!
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Autumn and the Dining Room Buffet
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An Autumn Vignette
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The runner on the buffet is perfect for autumn decor! It's the most beautiful shade of olive green and is emboridered with a floral pattern in dark reds and gold. Can you see the long fringe on the ends of the runner? Soooo pretty!!!
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The two buffet lamps come from Vanna over at Delusions of Grandeur. I just adore these lamps with their pretty crystal prisms!!! I think the lamps are a beautiful addition to the buffet!
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New Floral Arrangement
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I created a new autumn floral arrangement for the buffet...adding long stems of autumn leaves, wispy brown grass, and a few dark red flowers and cattails to a large gold colored pitcher that sits on a matching plate!
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Autumn and Antoinette...
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Hehe...okay, so I named my french girl bust "Antoinette"! Antoinette is sitting atop a couple of old books...an autumn garland of berries graces the bust...and a couple of little brown embossed birds and pumpkins make for an autumny vignette! I just love these little brown birds...they have little acorns embossed on the sides...found them on sale at Michaels for just $1.99!
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A couple of fun photo effects! I used Photobuckets "Color Sketch" on the photo above.
 On the photo below I used an effect called "fresco"! Pretty...don't you think?
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You can see the pretty buffet runner a little better in this photo.
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"Artsy" photo of the florals!
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This is the left side of the buffet. Using three silver candleholders with off white tapers...my silver teapot with patina, and a couple more pumpkins! Hehe...don't you just love the word patina? It covers a multitude of sins or...uh, I mean tarnish!!!
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Autumn Table Centerpiece
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Just keeping my table centerpiece simple since there is so much going on at the buffet! This is an old distressed looking french table tray...filled with autumn pears! To each side of the tray are my newest treasure finds...Roseville candleholders! My honey found these in a box of old things over at his Dad's house...they were so dirty you couldn't even make out the color of them! I didn't even know they were Roseville pottery till after I got them washed up! He found two candleholders and a small jardinare.
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This is Roseville's "Clematis" pattern in autumn brown...ca 1944. I am thrilled to have these pretty pieces and they are so perfect for autumn!!!
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My Window Bench
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This is a bench that my honey made in wood shop when he was in high school. I found it outside behind his shop when I first came here...of course, I saved it and brought it in the house! I painted it the same color of olive green that is in the insets of the buffet and then added a black glaze over the top. Oh yes, and I added a little french scroll piece to the front of the bench...just a little added interest!
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Pillows...Pillows...Lots of Pillows!
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Ohhh my goodness...this is probably "overkill" but I just love pillows and lots of them! The gold ambussen pillow was made in Germany...a souvineer from our honeymoon trip to Europe. I made the two red floral pillows to each side of the gold pillow. I found the pretty bolster pillows awhile back...fell in love with the color, fabric, and pattern!!! Honestly, I just threw the bolster pillows on the bench when I was doing my autumn decor in the living room...and here they still sit! I kind of like them here...no one really wanted to sit down here anyway! wink!
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Autumn Ambiance
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Here in Colorado...along with Autumn comes the cool, crisp weather! It won't be long and we'll have to build a fire in the old wood stove! In fact, our heat has already been running this week! Right now the wood bin is empty but it won't be for long. There's nothing like a warm fire on a cool autumn day or night...autumn ambiance! Hehe!
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Just a couple of "artsy" photos!
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I took this photo looking into the buffet mirror...this is the reflection you see in the mirror of my autumn dining room!
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*Autumn 2009 at Happy To Design
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This is a photo mosaic that I created using a few of the photos that you seen above...using Photobucket's "color sketch" effect! It really does show all the beautiful, deep rich, autumn colors of my little french country dining room!
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Well my friends...I hope that you enjoyed the tour around my dining room today! I'm so happy that you came by...please leave me a comment and let me know that you were here...I would love to visit with you!!!
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Happy Autumn!!!
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Love ya'll,
Chari
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10 comments:

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Fabulous vignettes, as always, my beautiful friend! I love the bust of the girl, I need to have a bust! I saw one of a French girl and boy, last year, but I thought they asked too much for them, so I retracted, I wanted both of them, so it was too much! I'm drinking some wine right now, having a lot of fun at a friends house! Love you, my dear friend and thank yo so much for hosting...be safe! FABBY

Marianne said...

Hi Chari, Thanks so much for hosting. I love your post, I'm so in the autumn frame of mind also. You are always creating such beautiful vignettes. As I sit here listening to Irene's rain pound our home I can honestly say that I'm pretty done with the summer. On to cooler, drier and more colorful days!
Marianne :)

Cass @ That Old House said...

Hey Chari!
I think of all the things in your beautiful RED dining room (we love us those red dining rooms, don't we?) -- I love the window seat the most.
Or, the chandelier.
Or, the tablescaping and vignette-ing you do.
Or -- those painterly mosaics.
Oh dang -- can't pick a fave.
LOVE IT ALL!
Best -- Cass

Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

Loving your Sunday favorites, and so glad that you shared Autumn decor. Fall is my favorite season, and I am ready to start decorating.

Danielle said...

I love Autumn - great post and thank you for hosting!

Faye said...

Very pretty Autumn decor but I'm not ready for fall yet!!! I don't like what comes after and in MN winter lasts way too long! Thanks for hosting...
Faye

Kathy said...

It looks like our dining rooms are a very similar red. I have been trying to figure out what to do with some old dining chairs - green was a possible color - love the look of yours. Your decorations are spectacular - thank you for hosting,
Kathy

Sandy said...

Oh my *drool* on your dining room! Gosh that red is amazing, wish you could remember the color! (don't you have an old can laying around you could look to see heeheeee or an old dried up paint brush you could take to SW to match up the color lol that would be me, the brush abuser) And the buffet, that's beautiful how you have the doors/drawers that lovely color and the mirror to match and then the table, wow. LOVE the floors, I am going to be doing my floors that color, I already have my laundry room in a whitewashed gray and love it. I love your decorating style, you make everything look so warm and comfortable. Giggles on the 1998 B.C. lol
love the wood stove! I am liking the sketches too, thanks for letting us know how you did it, I just printed out your instructions.

We won't be having fall for a long time here, it's still in the 90's with heat indexes of 100 right now and can't forget the high humidity! Oh well, can't complain, it's just hard to think of pumpkins that I love.

Have a wonderful week!

Michele Smith said...

How beautiful! I love fall too and I can't wait to start decorating.
Great inspiration!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Char,

O mY!! I am loving your DR!! I adore the deep rich colors!!
Your vignette is stunning!!
Love the beautiful accessories you have!!

Okay, I am really ready for Fall now!!

Hugs,
Debbie