As one can tell by reading my blogs, I am a hunter, gatherer, collector and a stylist. I see the world in composition…seems I have been this way since I was a child. The ability to create something out of nothing has been a natural gift that I have been blessed with! I love sharing my ideas with you, and today, I am sharing how items you already own mixed with a variety of pieces can create an arrangement that will reflect your personality and style.
We have put together another fabulous French Country dining room using many different elements and countries of origin. The star of our show is our gorgeous Pine Breakfront filled to the brim with an accumulation of antique porcelain and ceramic collectables. Topping our breakfront we have an exquisite French Street Scene Painting in an ornate gold gilded frame; flanking on either side are the ever so popular blue and white porcelain urns. Remember, blue and white never, ever goes out of style and makes a statement in any setting. Our choice of color comes from our salmon, blue, green and cream rug. The selection of our Imari porcelain ginger jars and plates melds well with the rug and blue and white items creating a harmonious fluidity of colors. Add the green French marble top table from the Basque region of France, and this dining room now comes to life. The Louis XV host and hostess chairs are paired with our simple Swedish side chairs, illustrating how dignified combined with simple creates a well balanced and evenly matched setting.
Found on a treasure hunt, the antique copper tea urn used as our centerpiece explains how effortless creativity can be. Using vessels you already own as vases adds an unexpected and attention-grabbing element to any arrangement. Stacked upon a wrought iron stand I had stashed away, I gained the height needed for our magnificent flower arrangement. Our antique brass and porcelain cranes not only add panache to our table, but they continue our melodious flow of color.
The things we buy and collect throughout our lives and how we choose to use them by incorporating them into our décor speaks volumes about ourselves to the world. The décor and styles we choose give people a glimpse of who we are. Our collectables become metaphors of our lives, speaking for us before we open our mouths. So bring forth all your treasures, share them with your friends and family and open yourself up to the world!