August 25, 2008

Have a look around~

Our breakfast nook (is that what it is called?)

There is so much in this little room I want to share with you~ I am hoping the photos I took will allow you to see everything.

As I have shared before, I love junkin' and much of what is in here is from thrift stores, consignment stores and salvage yards.

Okay lets not talk about the urns~ They look kind of twiggy, but I have no idea what to put in them right now. Last week they had magnolia branches in them. Once they became brittle I threw them out, stuck a few branches in them and that is how it has stayed.

So lets over look the urns, and move on to something else~

Like the columns, the wrought iron chairs , or the picture frame. All of which were found at local salvage yards.

I wanted to add something to the back corners of my 'nook' and the columns fit the bill. The urns (sorry, even I can't get away from them) finished it off.

The chairs were all piled up in a corner of a salvage yard. They were white with a bit of rust on them. I paid 5.00 for each of them. Took them home sprayed them black and have used them for years now. You can see the black has begun to chip away and the white is peeking through. which is a look I love. Over the years they have been recovered a half dozen times to suit my look. They are so functional~ and I got them for twenty dollars. How cool is that?

The frame is a favorite. Not because it is a spectacular frame but because the years have given it a nice patina. It has aged well and now it has found a perfect place to rest here on my hutch.

Let's move on to the chandelier~ It was bought at a second hand, consignment store. I made a chain 'snake' by taking a long piece of silk material sewing it into a tube and scrunching over the chain.

I so love English ironstone dishes. Very few of my dishes match because they were found at thrift stores. Sometimes I get lucky and can find 3 or 4 of the same style, but most of the time it is a lone dish or a plate. Because they are all the same color they work well together even without matching.

The cow that is sitting in front of the frame is my mother in laws soup tureen. It is quite unique.

Last thing I want to share is the message board (empty right now because I just finished tufting it). The frame once housed a mirror. The mirror broke. Instead of looking at it as seven years of bad luck, I saw it as a opportunity to make something that I had been wanting for some time.

Hope you liked the having a little peek into our home.


Mom To Six August 25, 2008 at 9:51 AM  

OK! I LOVE IT! Can I get you to come over here and decorate? Besides not having the time and money, it so hard to find things that I can pull together to make it look like THAT! You're amazing!



Debbie August 25, 2008 at 9:55 AM  

What an awesome job – the room is beautiful. Thanks for sharing, it makes me want to get out there and find some unknown treasures of my own. Problem is I can never see those type things in the things I find. Hope you had a relaxing weekend with your mom.

Lauren and Justin August 25, 2008 at 9:57 AM  

GIRL! it looks GREAT in there! and honestly, i love the twiggy sticks. i think they are a nice textural contrast to the softness of the room. love love love :)

Michelle August 25, 2008 at 10:00 AM  

VERY lovely! Thanks for sharing this with us along with your decorating ideas! You are very talented!

Have a wonderful time at the beach!!!

Carrie August 25, 2008 at 10:04 AM  

Your room looks great I love the cow. Have fun at the beach!

Wife to the Rockstar August 25, 2008 at 10:19 AM  

You have great taste!!!!

The blog looks awesome too!!!

Susie Harris August 25, 2008 at 10:20 AM  

Very classy... I love the urns and the white... Oh heck I just love that whole room! smile>>>>

Joannah August 25, 2008 at 10:57 AM  

I love your style! I'm especially impressed that you have been able to do that with thrift store finds.

Have a great day at the beach.

Amanda August 25, 2008 at 10:58 AM  

beautiful beautiful room!! I LOVE black and cream- its so sophisticated! you did an amazing job!

Debz August 25, 2008 at 11:44 AM  

Beautiful! I wish I had an eye for decorating.

The Byrd's Nest August 25, 2008 at 1:04 PM  

You have done some great work! I love it!

Michelle August 25, 2008 at 1:52 PM  

Beautiful!!! You have great taste and a great eye for looking at something and turning it into a treasure.

Maria and Family August 25, 2008 at 2:23 PM  

I love it !! Your room looks so elegant but comfy :) You had so much more rain from Fay then we did...we just had a ton of wind and lots of humid thick clouds. Hope the water went down. Maria

mommy24treasures August 25, 2008 at 2:57 PM  

oh thank you I love it!

Daniella August 25, 2008 at 3:09 PM  

You are sooo talented. I wish I can take something and make it special like that. Your home is so beautiful.

Tiffany August 25, 2008 at 4:14 PM  

Beautiful.... You have such wonderful ideas and are very talented.
Love it!!!!

frillsfluffandtrucks August 25, 2008 at 4:40 PM  

I like your toile message board. I love toile and yet I have NONE in my house...this isn't right!

~ Sarah

Marla August 25, 2008 at 4:41 PM  

Oh I wish I had the knack for finding good little finds. Your room is amazing.
I look forward to pictures of you and Bella, beach, mom, could it get any better? Have a great week.

Felicia August 25, 2008 at 4:44 PM  

How beautiful...looks very shabby chic!

a day in the life of bella August 25, 2008 at 4:52 PM  

Your nook is so elegant and pretty, I love everything...especially the cow..of all things! lol But I do!

Nice to meet you:)


duchess August 25, 2008 at 4:52 PM  

Love your breakfast nook. Thanks for letting us take a look. The twiggy urns look good too.

Thanks for stopping by earlier. Hope you have a good trip.

Cameo August 25, 2008 at 4:56 PM  

Wow! You have a great style. I love the way you have put hings together. Just beautiful!

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! August 25, 2008 at 4:56 PM  

I love the nook!!! You did a fabulous job with looks very inviting and cozy!

I think you might need to teach me a thing or two about junkin!!!


Virginia August 25, 2008 at 5:06 PM  

You did a beautiful job. Love it!
Blessings, Virginia

Joy August 25, 2008 at 5:11 PM  

Your nook is absolutely beautiful! I love all of the unique pieces like the columns and the cow soup tureen. And your mix of wrought iron chairs with a traditional table is really fun. The entire room looks very stylish.
Thanks for joining the party.

deepfriedapplepies August 25, 2008 at 5:29 PM  

Oooh.. what a pretty room! I love all of your bargains, and ironstone!
I think you should get some of those white pumpkins for the urns for fall~!! Maybe a small grapevine wreath under the pumpkin.. hmm.. I think I need to find some urns to do that with!!!

Josh & Katie August 25, 2008 at 6:32 PM  

so many great things! it's so neat to see what you've accumulated over the years-

hope you had/have a great girl's weekend!

Jenni @ nest to keep August 25, 2008 at 6:43 PM  

You did a great job with the chairs and I absolutely LOVE your white chandelier! SO beautiful! Oh, and I think branches and twigs make wonderful accessories!

Thank you also for visiting my blog, and for leaving me a comment on what I wrote about my friend Amy. It was really difficult for me to write something so very personal, and step out of my comfort zone like that! It's so much easier for me to say the light and fluffy stuff. Anyway, I really appreciate what you said, it means a lot! :)

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! August 25, 2008 at 7:58 PM  

You have GOT to be kidding! Those chairs came from a salvage yard??? They are gorgeous! I love the material on them. And that bulletin board (or whatever it's called!) is SO pretty!

Lori August 25, 2008 at 8:34 PM  

It's always fun to see others' homes!
I love the message board and can't believe you made that!

Kacey Randolph August 25, 2008 at 9:09 PM  

Thanks for stopping by my blog and giving me your input! I REALLY appreciate it! You have a beautiful family and I really enjoyed my visit to your newly redecorated blog! Ha! Ha! Love your ironstone dishes and your message board too. I need good thrift stores in my town! :o) Have a wonderful day.

emily August 25, 2008 at 9:17 PM  

I love it ALL! The seat cushion fabric is lovely, as is everything else. I'm such a sucker for black and white. Beautiful job!

Cherry's Jubilee August 25, 2008 at 9:36 PM  

So glad you joined the have style girl. I see we have some things in common. I love that cow tureen. cherry

Mrs. B August 25, 2008 at 9:38 PM  

Your breakfast nook is beautiful! I love all your ironstone and I love the black and white color scheme. I even think the twigs in the urns are just fine. I've made a message board similar to that one before. I think they're a nice touch to a room. Thanks so much for coming by my blog today!

Melissa Wertz August 25, 2008 at 10:03 PM  

I love what you have done and I love your chandelier. I am looking for one like that to shabby chic for my breakfast nook.

Nicole August 25, 2008 at 10:10 PM  

Wow, that room is beautiful. I love all of it. That chandelier is amazing and I love the fabric that you used on your message board. Old thrift store finds just have so much more personality than new things.

sara August 25, 2008 at 10:14 PM  

Oh my - I thought the urns were gorgeous just as they were & I love that you got the chairs for such a deal 7 they are so versatile! I also love the message board. Maybe you would do a "how to"? I'd love to have those for all the kids!

megan August 25, 2008 at 11:01 PM  

I'd say that was some mighty fine junk! Looks great!

Amy August 25, 2008 at 11:06 PM  

I love it! Very creative you!

Angie August 25, 2008 at 11:10 PM  

All of your projects look awesome, especially that toile bulletin board. It looks like an expensive one you'd see in a store. Great job!

proudgrits11 August 25, 2008 at 11:30 PM  

Oh, that is faulous!! Almost magical somehow.
Hope you have a great trip!!!!

Mimi Sue August 26, 2008 at 12:43 AM  

Is that toile on those chairs?Love. it. Thanks for coming by. Mimi

ROXY August 26, 2008 at 12:49 AM  

So glad I found your blog. I just love that toile message board!! SO pretty:)

Leslie August 26, 2008 at 12:57 AM  

OMG i love Junkin too!!!!!! They are called "Treasures,Not junk!" LOL

Your very very creative!!! Love deals!!! I will have to take some pics of my house and show you..Im not very creative but my hubby is!!!!! Have a fun weekend with the girls!

Shelly and Family August 26, 2008 at 7:28 AM  

I love the look of your breakfast nook! The color contrast is so "eye-catching"!!! You did a great job!!!!

Tami August 26, 2008 at 10:15 AM  

Very nice!!!!!! I love ironstone as well:-).

mah-meeee August 26, 2008 at 10:36 AM  

oh i think bella is going to grow up with great taste in decorating watching you!

very beautiful nook!

nikkicrumpet August 26, 2008 at 10:58 AM  

The room looks like a million bucks...and it speaks to your talent that you did it so inexpensively. Very impressive! And now you got me thinking of making a chain snake for our master bedroom....I bet my hubby wants to throttle me when I say I want to take the light fixture down lol...I wonder if you could make one that velcros on lol

Debbie @ August 26, 2008 at 11:02 AM  

Hey girl, you did a great job. I love the whole room and all you did. Those urns are great. Have a lovely day.
Blessings, Debbie
PS I like your music you chose, great songs!

Darlene August 26, 2008 at 11:19 AM  

Oh I LOVE your breakfast looks GREAT!! I LOVE that cow up there!!

Cindi August 26, 2008 at 11:52 AM  

You are genius at making your finds absolutely beautiful!
Truly cozy and inviting..... love the space!

sassy seamstress August 26, 2008 at 12:36 PM  

thanks for stopping by my blog. i love the bookcase. and i love dishes that don't match.

American in Norway August 26, 2008 at 1:29 PM  

Oh yea! Thank you for coming by my blog... word must be out that I am in NEED of HELP! I am going to post some pictures of my trouble spots...besides the 21 naked windows....
Ooo yippee I am so excited to get some HELP!

tales from an O.C. cottage August 26, 2008 at 2:21 PM  

WOW!!!! Just fabulous!!

M ^..^

Nikki August 26, 2008 at 3:24 PM  

The room is beautiful and very elegant.

mollyandmarshal August 26, 2008 at 3:42 PM  

I LOVE that chandelier! The room looks gorgeous and I love your style, too!

laurel August 26, 2008 at 4:04 PM  

That is gorgeous! You have the touch.

Manuela August 26, 2008 at 4:21 PM  

I collect soup tureens so I'm sooo coveting yours. Loved the peek - it looks beautiful!


Imperfect August 26, 2008 at 4:28 PM  

Hi, just stopping by from a friends blog. My goodness that room is beautiful. And even with the twiggy things in it, I love the urns. I'm looking for something exactly like them for my living room. Seeing them here gives me hope that they are out there! Now I just have to find them...

southerninspiration August 26, 2008 at 5:03 PM  

Your home is lovely, and I share your ambition for re-purposing things! Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a sweet comment!


momof3azkids August 26, 2008 at 6:24 PM  

What a beautiful little nook. You have such a creative touch...I love it! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Lulu August 26, 2008 at 6:29 PM  

that beautiful..

angie August 26, 2008 at 8:59 PM  

IT looks absolutely, positively amazing. Your design taste and ability is commendable......I'm envious!

Andrea August 26, 2008 at 9:33 PM  

I love the cow! That is totally unique and adorable! What a great breakfast nook.

Terri August 26, 2008 at 9:35 PM  

Very nice!!! Very elegant!

Dreaming of Mermaids August 26, 2008 at 10:12 PM  

good for you, junkin'! i love turning old 'trash' into something for me to treasure! Love it!

Barbie August 27, 2008 at 12:23 AM  

What a beautiful room!! Oh, I would love to sit at that table and share a cup of coffee with you!

Kim August 27, 2008 at 8:37 AM  

Great room! Love that hutch! Looks like I need to go to some thrift stores and find something to spray paint around here :)

Thanks for the great ideas!

Blissful Nikki August 27, 2008 at 9:38 AM  

What a great room! :) The Chandelier is lovely!!

Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam August 27, 2008 at 10:21 AM  

Oh my...I just wandered over here from your comment on my blog, and see that you are one popular lady. Adding you to my list because there is nothing I love better than a blog that shares their thrift finds. :)
Have a blast at the beach!

Bonnie the Boss August 27, 2008 at 1:53 PM  

Nicely done! I am amazed with how many of us LOVE recycling and making fun things! I really love the cabinet and the pillars!

Ronda August 27, 2008 at 5:38 PM  

I am so far behind in my commenting and loved getting caught up with your world. Loved the tour around your house and all of your posts are so inspirational. Have a great weekend-look forward to hearing all about it. Love the new design!

Stacey and Dewey August 27, 2008 at 11:15 PM  

WOW, LOVE it!!! Why oh why do I not have a 10% of the creativity you do. But luckily for me you post the most amazing things for me to try and copy :)
Have a wonderful girls trip!!!

Jen r. August 28, 2008 at 12:59 AM  

What a cute space! Love the chandelier! Jen R

The Berry's Patch August 28, 2008 at 1:36 AM  

Love the black and white. You are definitely a talented decorator! The soup tureen is darling.

Rebecca August 28, 2008 at 3:50 PM  

Beautiful!! Thank you for sharing this room with us. :) I love the twigs, personally... I think they would be very cute decorated for the holidays (little hand-painted easter eggs for Easter, or tiny ornaments for Christmas). For everyday, what about some little silk flowers so the twigs look like they're budding?? Rambling... :) I love to decorate too, so I am loving these decorating posts!!!


Nicole August 29, 2008 at 10:30 AM  

You certainly have great taste and a beautiful home! When can we move in?

Wendy August 29, 2008 at 2:53 PM  

It looks beautiful. Thanks for sharing. I need your touch at my place!

Susie Q August 29, 2008 at 7:17 PM  

What a beautiful room. I absolutely love the cow tureen! What a treasure.
I love all you have done and what a great eye for design and good finds you have!

Have a wonderful weekend!


Denise C August 30, 2008 at 1:29 PM  

OH my! Now when are you coming over to redo my entire house??? *Wink*!
This room is Beautiful, Krista!!!
You truly have a talent in decor! I am sitting here wondering where to start in our house! hee-hee!
Have a fab time at the beach...we are heading that way on Wednesday!
Hugs and Love to you!

Amy Clemons August 31, 2008 at 4:20 PM  

Praying the devastation of the hurricane misses you.

Katie (and Tony) August 31, 2008 at 5:35 PM  

I finally got to you! I didn't bring any of my blog addresses with me. How in the world do you even know 81 people to leave comments?! I used to be a big fish (with you)in our small pond together. Do you even know who I am anymore? Oh my goodness-this is too much! I'll just stick to my little adoption going on in another part of the world. I am so glad you remained safe during Faye! Enjoy your girls weekend! I almost didn't recognize your blog-I leave the country for a few days (ok-weeks...Months) and I miss so much!

Love you,

Katie (and Tony) August 31, 2008 at 5:36 PM  

PS-You would LOVE the flea market we went to today in Warsaw!!! Had your name written all over it!

Kristi J August 31, 2008 at 10:11 PM  

How beautiful!! That looks great!!! Too bad you don't live're talented!! Thanks for sharing, Kristi Johnson

Andrea M September 1, 2008 at 3:20 AM  

I love the cabinet with the dishes stacked up. It isn't all arranged with the dishes displayed out and that makes it really look like they are used. I don't know, I just like it :)

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee September 16, 2008 at 10:43 AM  

It all looks marvelous. The toile pulls it all together very nicely. You've done a great job of recovering treasures!

The Summer Kitchen Interiors September 16, 2008 at 12:37 PM  

Don't you just love junkin'? It is amazing what you can do with it all!

Karla & Karrie

Debbie September 16, 2008 at 2:28 PM  

What AMAZING finds! You have such a good eye for putting things together. Great Post!

Wagonwife Designs September 16, 2008 at 4:05 PM  

I love the graphic nature of the black and white. The urns are fine, they have presence. Very classic in style. Thanks for sharing, Debra

kari and kijsa September 16, 2008 at 5:24 PM  

This is fantastic Great job with teh wonderful the twiggy sticks! And the frame...oh we love old fabulous frames! Your style is wonderful! thank you for sharing!
kari & kijsa

The Rose Room September 16, 2008 at 5:37 PM  

Just stunning, the most elegant looking breakfast nook I have ever seen! Rachaelxo

Jillian September 16, 2008 at 7:14 PM  

Really like your nook! Makes me want to redo my dining room now! Maybe these ideas will have some inspiration for me. Thanks a bunch!! I also participated in this post...for my kitchen.


Bia September 16, 2008 at 7:18 PM  

Items for the house that you have taken time to re-paint and totally make your own are extra special.

Love your look; love the soup tureen.

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy September 17, 2008 at 8:57 AM  

How fun to hear the story behind each of those beautiful things. Talk about thinking outside the box...creative genius! Thanks for sharing.


Cindy ~ My Romantic Home September 18, 2008 at 2:44 PM  

Wow, I LOVE this room! I can't believe you didn't mention that beautiful chandelier! That is gorgeous! I really love that cow soup tureen. I've seen those before and they were sooo expensive! What about putting big moss covered balls on top of your urns. You could buy styrofoam balls and glue on sheet moss. I think that would look great.

Amy from Texas September 19, 2008 at 12:47 AM  

That is my favorite room too! You are giving me some good inspiration. Wonderful job. I love good flea market finds! Thanks for sharing.

Becky September 19, 2008 at 6:49 AM  

What fun we would have find things however after seeing your home we probably would be grabbing the same thing at the same time. lol
I enjoyed my visit.
You have a lovely home.

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