Tuesday, January 8, 2013

January Swirling

After the holiday decor comes down
there's always that time when you 
have to dust off your 
old stuff
to put it back where it goes.
If you are anything like me,
I try to  
"swirl" it around
to make it look different
or new again.

Today was one of those days.
We have 8 new windows
being installed today 
so I am home 
in the kitchen.

Brought in some bright green
 to trick myself into thinking
that it's not the 
first week of January. 
We have a long
way to go before the grass
outside even 
r e m o t e l y
resembles this verdant shade.

It's 43 degrees,
which isn't that bad,
but when you have gaping holes
in the sides of your house 
as windows are being installed
it feels a lot colder. 

Tall old leather double thermos carrier in back and a little leather
collar box holds a pot of English ivy.

Nailhead design on top of the antique hide-covered
document trunk. 

Hope you are 
enjoying your day
wherever you are.
Stay warm.


Will show you the English oak hutch in my next post, ok?     :)


Kelly (Seaux Southern) said...

I bought fresh flowers to brighten up my house after Christmas was packed away. It's dull & dreary out here too but my flowers will cheer things up...at least for a while!!
Love your blog!

Gee Singh Newbanks said...

Luv all your green touches. It is glorious and in the 70"s here in North central Florida.. will send you some Florida warmth and luv.
I too did some 'swirling' this week. :-) trying to quell the feeling of void and nakedness after the Christmas decor was removed.
Cheers, Gee

Pamela Gordon said...

I love the swirling that you are doing in your kitchen Alison! Your hutch looks beautiful. It actually got up to the freezing mark today after 2 bitterly cold weeks. But I didn't notice anything melting. :( I love those candlesticks in the first photo. Beautiful!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

It's all gorgeous and I need the large check fabric on your chair. Oh, and you can send the trophies, too.

Cindy Ritchie said...

It's that time of year! Re-decorating
after the holidays. Your china hutch looks great and I love the moss and boxwood globes.

Ron said...

I love the preserved boxwood orbs. I am trying little by little to get things fluffed. xo

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Absolutely beautiful!! You swirled your hutch perfectly!! Love that check chair!

michele said...

the brown and white transferware! loving these peeks.


Richard Cottrell said...

Your home looks wonderful as usual. New windows should make a big difference. Happy New Year! Richard

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

If your like me you may find something you forgot you had! Love the transferware.

betsy said...

Love that little leather collar box. SO cute! All of it is lovely, really. Beautiful, seasonably warm, bright sunny day down here in central Illinois. More, please.

Sarah said...

Good thing it's at least in the 40s if you are having windows replaced. Layer up and try to stay warm. ;-)
Your swirling makes me smile. I like all the green touches. We need that around us in January!
Raining here all day, which is good. We need it. Supposed to rain through tomorrow. Yea!
Love the peek at all the pretty brown transfer ware on the hutch.......Sarah

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Alison, your 'swirling' looks great! Love the transferware! I guess I'm 'swirling', too...lol! I don't have any major changes on tap; but, I'm having fun just moving a few things around. Your vignettes are beautiful!

The Refeathered Roost said...

Love it all especially the vignette you created! Stay warm! Melinda

Shelia said...

Hi Alison! Oh, I wish I could swirl like you! Everything looks gorgeous!
Happy New Year to you, sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Dixie Delights said...

Truly gorgeous! Love your swirling!

Blondie's Journal said...

Your vignettes and hutch look beautiful! I agree, plants make everything look fresh and alive. I have a lot of swirling to do! lol!

At least it was in the 40's today, I was loving it. I probably wouldn't be so enthusiastic if I were having windows put in though!!


ImSoVintage said...

I love all of your swirling. I love some touches of green this time of year, too.

auntp said...

It is all just lovely and a feast for the eyes! It gives me great inspiration to make some changes on my own hutch - thanks for your blog!

MarmePurl said...

Brown transferware and green topiaries. Life must be good.

NanaDiana said...

I bought flowers today! I just needed something to remind me that there will be blooms here again in a few months.
How'd the window job go? We had a window/door/siding business for a lot of years- xo Diana

Leslie said...

Swirling can indeed be productive! Your home looks perfectly dressed for the long winter. Although we don't get much snow here in the state of WA, we DO get lots of grey, rainy, days that tend to bring the spirit down. The home is so important and I try to keep ours feeling warm with green ivy and fresh flowers. The green ivy balls in the trophy vase are so pretty. I recently bought one (I don't know why I did that.. guess I was testing it out!) and realize now, that I need a couple more. They are so fun to put in unexpected places.

The brown and white pieces are so pretty!

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Garden, Home and Party said...

I love your touches of green. The preserved boxwood balls are so pretty. How fun to be getting some new windows, hope you stay warm during installation. Can't wait to see your hutch.

PURA VIDA said...

I call it piddling..but swirling seems so much more swirly

Amy said...

All looks nice and fresh. The greenery adds much needed life this time of year! ~Amy

Anita@Theycallmejammi said...

Alison you have such beautiful pieces and you always arrange them so perfectly. I so enjoy drooling over your vignettes. Beautiful as always.

Divine Theatre said...

I still have my tree up! :) We don't put it up until the week before Christmas and I feel like keeping it a while longer!

Maybe in a few days? I have so much furniture to paint!



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Terri ~the dressed up cottage said...

I'm like you, I like to have a little green in the decor as well,in January. It always looks a little dead after taking down the tree.
I love your brown/white transferware, some of my favorites!!!

Babs said...

Love the brown and white transferware on you cupboard, and the preserved boxwood on the sideboard...and..are those bayberry candles? I just put mine away. Hmmm..I'm dragging them out again.
Hope you've been ok. It's in the low 70s the last few days..hardly seems like January.