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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A TEENY, TINY BEFORE and AFTER

INSPIRATION..
I don't know what I'd do without it...
My whole cottage would be nekked, for sure.
I use photographs of beautiful rooms
or just about everything...
tables..
hutches
pictures on the walls.
I've had this photo in MY INSPIRATION FILE
for several years now.
It was in a decorating magazine but can't remember just which one.
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I just fell in love with THE LOOK..
ESPECIALLY
that amazing shelf.
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THE BEFORE..
  I found this little tiny, kind of ugly shelf at GOODWILL (hip hip hooray x3)
for only $3.00...
Oh, it's not NEARLY large enuf..I really want a much bigger one.

but my table is sitting beneath my two very large rooster pictures
so I can't use a WALL shelf in that space..
SOOO...
I decided even just "a hint of a shelf" would work....for now.
I just started layering thing on that teeny tiny shelf...
AFTER all...remember that an INSPIRATION photo
doesn't have to be copied COMPLETELY...
we just want them to GUIDE us along on...
THE LOOK.
THE AFTER...
 change..change...change...
I can just add or take away things to my heart's content..
Seems to me that something like this little shelf just adds interest
to an otherwise flat surface.....
...just hung my vintage brass keys from a jute string...
I just LOVE that simple things like
jute string..
burlap...
feed and grain sacks...
are so popular to decorate with now.
How much  I like the more natural, simple things to decorate with.
ANOTHER AFTER...
  SEE....things are changing in almost all the pictures..
lol
 My little corner of my living room doesn't look at ALL like the inspiration photo...
but it gave me good ideas...
and it's not just like everyone elses...
and I am looking HI and LO
for a black and white checked slipcover for this parson chair.
Wouldn't that be so cute !
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I have a catalog SOMEWHERE with one in it..
I had it marked, ready to order...
and now I can't find my catalog...bwaaaaa
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I'm just gonna go fix  my sad self my favorite kind of sundae...
and..don't cha know that would be
hot fudge....
OH HONEY...

UMMM...I know the Angels in Heaven have this for their dessert...
hmmm...it's almost 5 here...
wonder what we'll be having for dinner..
for some reason....I'M NOT HUNGRY..
 If you haven't tried
Mizz PAULA DEEN'S
Sweet and Salty Pecans,
for your ice cream topping,
you are MISSIN' OUT...
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"Try it....you'll like it."
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Linking with:
BORING TO BETTER TUESDAY
VINTAGE THINGY THURSDAY
SIMPLE PLEASURES THURSDAY

47 comments:

Marla @ Always Nesting said...

I love your new display and it looks awesome the way you've prettied it up!!!!! I've seen black and white chair covers at Ballard Designs, I believe.

Whimsey Creations said...

I love your little shelf - it adds a ton of 'interestingness' to your table - great display!!!

Julie Harward said...

Love the shelf before and after...it's so fun to have a special place to display the things we love. Speaking of love...love that dessert too..it does look Heavenly! ;D

sewingseedscraftylife said...

Hi BJ, love your itty bitty shelf. Especially the jute string for your keys...very cute. I even like it better than the inspiration photo! Heres the link for Dayle at Simple Pleasures.
http://alittleofthisandthat2.blogspot.com/ Hope thats the one your looking for, if not you'll love her, too.

Keetha Denise Broyles said...

I like yours even better than the inspiration.

That white gravy boat is to die for!

Lady Katherine said...

I love your new old shelf! It looks wonderful! I just knew you were going to paint it red, when I saw the black and red slip covered chairs. Make you some slip covers!!! lol Now I do love the ice cream!!! Yummy! I have a 55 gallon can almost full of pecans, and the trees are still full. Love your new look!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

BJ, I like that little shelf and it looks perfect where you placed it. That sundae looks really good. Makes me want to go get one. Thanks for linking this up when you do.

Blondie's Journal said...

The shelf is awesome, BJ! I would be changing things up on it all the time, too! And I love how you use your inspiration photos...now your photos become inspiration for us!

That sundae has made me hungry! ;-D

XO,
Jane

Tara said...

Looks fabulous! Haven't been here in a bit due to filling out college applications all fall---but it feels like home! :0)

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

Beeeej, love your little shelf and I LOVE that hot fudge sundae. Tennis girl is TRYING to watch the calories tha go into her MOUTH, soooo none for me tonight. Thanks, tho :)
Big hugs and love!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

I love the shelf! I agree with you. We find inspiration in catalogs and decorating magazines, but we need to create our own versions of them, and you did a fabulous job!

Hope you find your catalog with the black checked slip cover!
Hugs,
Penny

xinex said...

Did you have to add that ice cream photo, BJ? LOL! IT made me just crave for it. I love the shelf and how you accessorized it. I love your old iron collection!...Christine

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

I love what you did with your shelf.. You are so dang creative~!

Wendy said...

Your addition of the shelf looks so pretty! I am also loving those black and white tea cups! Fun before and After!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Bj, That ice cream looks wonderful...enjoy! I love the little shelf and it looks perfect on your table. Take a look at the Ballard website for the slipcover. I think this is where I saw it.
I would love for you to stop by and enter my giveaway.
Hugs, Sherry

Kathleen Grace said...

If I know you, you also love the black and white! Adorable shelf and who can beat the price? You do wonders with all the cool stuff you find thrifting. Wish we could go thrifting together, I know you would see things I don't!

Homemade Quilts by Granny said...

Great look you have with your new shelf.....I want to see the rooster pictures...I'm going back and see if I can find them. Trish

Homemade Quilts by Granny said...

I found the rooster pictures they are beautiful. Trish

Theresa said...

I have an obsession for shelves, I think yours is gorgeous! Even nekked, I LOVE it! BUT add your touches of beauty and OMG... too beautiful for words! Have a blessed day! HUGS!

Adrienne said...

You did a great job with your cute, little shelf! The black and white chair cover will be wonderful there - can't wait to see what you find.
~Adrienne~

Marsha's Mpressions said...

Hi BJ, you have done a great job recreating your inspiration pic! I love cubby holes too. They are so much fun to play with and display all your pretties. LOVE IT!

Pamela said...

Very cute little shelf and it fits in just perfect!

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

Stopping by from Kim's Boring to Better party!! I think yours looks better than the inspiration photo!! Great job with that little shelf!

arkie said...

Great display! I love your black and white theme! Really makes the reds pop! The shelf was a great find!

Susy said...

Ok I have to ask. Do you still look like the picture of you and your hubby. If I ate all the goodies that you show in your posts, I'd be a blimp! Love the redo by the way (:

Rita said...

As always it is just nice to sit ans admire your lovely photos; I spotted those old fashion irons. What an awesome header!Hope you are having a great day.

Sue said...

BJ- Love what you did, taking that inspiration picture and making it your own!! Such a cute little cubby. I sure do hope you find what you are lookin' for in that elusive catalog. Are you ever NOT going to end your post with pictures of food? You make me hungry every darn time I visit! LOL Oh, and love the new blog dress....
big hugs, Sue

Holly said...

Love shelves like that on a table or counter...fun. Those keys are great too.

Marla @ Always Nesting said...

I was going to connect you with Cindy at Applestone Cottage but I saw you already follow her. I thought of you instantly when I saw her black and white adorable table!

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

That is tiny shelving and that much cuter because of the size. It looks great. I love the look of your blog all white and fluffy! I wish we could keep that snow only on the blogs...it certainly is pretty!

Elizabeth (blue clear sky) said...

Very pretty. I love black and white fabrics, and wood pieces so this is a winner to me.

Zondra Art said...

I lake it, beautiful new look!!!

Kisses.

PEA said...

What? You ate that whole sundae without sharing any with ME???? Tsk, tsk, tsk! hehe I just love what you did with that little shelf, and as you say so many possibilities to change it whenever the mood strikes you. I can just picture it at Christmas time:-) I get a lot of my ideas from magazines. When I was renovating my living room to look Victorian, you don't know how many magazines I had looked at for ideas! lol xoxo

Brenda Kula said...

I happen to like the size of your shelf better, actually. I think it has far more interest. LOVE the stacked black and white cups and saucers!
Brenda

Pat said...

I love your shelf, BJ. Beautiful!

I also love your dessert!:-) Looks yummy.

Shelia said...

Hi BJness! Oh, I love your inspiration picture but I love your real life picture better. Your little shelf is just perfect and you sure did not want to cover up those lovely Rooster pictures! You really know how to decorate and I hope you can find your catalog so you can order the slipcover!
There you go...making my hungry! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Kathleen said...

I don't know why, but as soon as I got here I had to run to the bathroom! :)
Your room is every bit as nice as the insp pic. And I thought you were mad at Paula cause she said Southerners don't use white gravy!

Sue said...

Your shelf is lovely.

Dayle said...

That shelf is divine! I, too, collect ideas in folders, although not as faithfully as I used to. I get stuck in ruts and it's hard to get me out, but you've renewed me. LOL!

Great simple pleasure!

Coloradolady said...

Your shelf is really nice, and you have some wonderful treasures displayed on it, BJ. What a great price you snagged that for too!! Happy VTT!

Angel Wings and Apron Strings said...

I love small shelves and wall cupboards with tiny nooks and spaces. They can be useful for storage but look great unadorned too. Yours is lovely! blessings..Trish

sarah said...

I love the creativity you have...the flair of putting things in such a way - wow. the shelf does look great and everything beautiful....

Janean said...

way better than *flat* and three bucks!! oh honey is right. send some of that fudge and pecan love my way!!! LOL.

LV said...

It is just not fair. That one person could have so many pretty things, be so creative and talented. I do believe you could turn a mud pie into something pretty. I love your home and the things you share.

Tara Beaulieu said...

I think your version is wonderful! I love that your shelf has little cubbies for displaying tiny treasures in. Much more interesting than just straight shelving! And you've decorated it beautifully. You've definitely got a knack! Happy VTT!

Debbie said...

Your little inspiration photo is the gift that keeps giving, BJ. I say that because I'm going to save this in my OWN inspiration file because I just plain like the look of it.

LOVE your "after" shots.
And I totally think this is a great simple pleasure.

Kay K said...

I love both before and after photos and that Sundae sure looks good too ...thanks for sharing