Friday, June 10, 2011

SUMMER SPRUCE UP




 Do you enjoy changing things up a little when you find something new, or in the case of antiques, old? I love to spruce things up a bit when I bring something new home. I found a clock for my kitchen, and a clock for the portico. I decided to add a  bit of color to the foyer with lavender with a metal pitcher my DIL gave me. My rabbit topiary is finally getting some ivy growth to it, so I moved him to the sitting area on the portico, and one last thing I did to change things up a little was make a new vignette in my study with yes, another Laura Ashley tea set, replacing the french faience platter.  These little changes add a fresh look to enjoy throughout the summer. The clocks have found a new home so they'll be hanging around (no pun intended) for awhile. I sure would like to hear how and when you change your decor.


FOYER

If I have guest coming I love to add a few stems of fresh flowers
in a pretty container to the foyer, but for a little color its just so easy to add
a few stems of artificial flowers for everyday
this lavender on final sale from Restoration Hardware is lovely





MORA FRENCH COUNTRY CLOCK
FOR MY KITCHEN

black painted wood with fleur-de-lis design looks
so good on the creamy yellow wall
great price so couldn't pass it up









CLOCK FOR PORTICO
another great price





LAURA ASHLEY TEA SERVICE
CHINESE SILK PATTERN
 pink and blue floral
 a gift from Jim in the 80's









RABBIT TOPIARY
a gift from my sister a few years back at Easter
Ivy and Impatiens 
moved to the sitting area on portico








A FEW FADED CHARM PHOTOS



Faded Pinks for Pink Saturday
visit Pat at Artful Diva










A few changes can make such a difference in the style of your home.  Please let me hear from you and how you make changes.

~Emily



55 comments:

  1. Hello Emily:
    We have so much enjoyed looking at all the different thigs you are doing in your house for summer. You are obviously a great believer in the maxim 'a change is as good as a rest'.

    We ourselves tend to be of the opposite school, that is to say, once we have put something into position it most often remains there for all time. However, this post has inspired us to rethink some of our rooms.

    We like the way in which you create small vignettes on tabletops to create points of interest.

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  2. I love the Mora clock, where did you get it? I've been searching for one for a long time, I even decided to make one since I can't find one already made, everything that you have showed us today is beautiful!
    Have a lovely weekend!
    XXX Ido

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  3. O, I am so in love with your pretty clocks. I do love clocks. Love your pretty faux purple flowers, too.

    Just let your readers know that they can still follow you by clicking on FOLLOW at the top left hand corner of your blog. :))
    xo bj

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  4. Hi Emily, I love the French country kitchen clock. The fleur-de-lis pattern always reminds me of my mother, she loved it. Many years ago she had wallpaper in her bedroom with that design. I am still not getting your new posts and I see I am still a follower. I am going to do what BJ suggests. xo,

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  5. Hi Emily and Happy Pink Saturday!
    Your clocks are wonderful and I especially love the French Kitchen Clock! It has such lovely details!
    Jil

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  6. I'm in love with your clocks -- they are both fabulous!! Happy Pink Saturday to you :O)

    Hugs,
    Marie

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  7. Wow so much beauty all in one post!! Love the clock, your gorgeous flowers..the whole presentation is exquisite! Lucky guest!!

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  8. Hi Emily,

    I love your pretty Laura Ashley tea service and your clocks and foyer look fabulous.
    I too love Laura Ashely in fact I bought a few gorgeous storage boxes from there last week.

    Happy weekend
    Carolyn

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  9. I love the bunny topiary!
    I change decor too with the season or mood. You did a great job.
    Thanks for the compliment on my blog.
    Have a super week end!
    Xo

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  10. Thank you so much for stopping by to visit my home and gardens. If you decide to paint your arbor make sure you post some pictures. I have to say I just love the Mora clock and ask where did you find it? I have been wanting one of the large ones but I only see them on the web and SO expensive. Maybe one day.

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  11. I love your French pieces. Happy Pink Saturday! ~Marti

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  12. We have been moving often which means I am always trying to find the "best" place for things. So, yes, I change the accessory decor a lot.

    All of yours are just lovely.

    Happy Pink Saturday!

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  13. Everything is so pretty Emily. Yup, I am constantly changing up this. I get board fast. LOL The clocks and the rooster plate are just perfect! And I am loving that bunny topairy!

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  14. BEAUTIFUL EMILY!!!

    Oh my goodness, the FRENCH feel here in your hutch is magnificent! THOSE CLOCK! Forget the time...let it pass put give me one of those clocks to just admire away the hours! THANK YOU DEAREST for your kind words today. I am off for summer break and I am happy!!!! LOVE THE BUNNY TOPIARY! I have REAL bunnies that live in my green bushes! They are so darn cute.

    ENJOY!! Anita

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  15. The clocks are amazing!!! Happy PInk Saturday!

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  16. I adore your "new" clocks....can't decide which one I like best! Happy Pink Saturday :)

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  17. All of the things you are doing with your home this summer are lovely. I especially like the fresh flowers in the foyer. I have also been a lover of Laura Ashley for years and years, and that china pattern is so dear. I really did enjoy your post this week. HPS...gneie

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  18. Hi Emily~
    How inspiring your post is! How wonderful that you spruce up when bringing something new home. The clocks are wonderful and lavender is always great! I enjoy stopping by.
    Happy Pink Saturday!

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  19. Lovely decorations! I just adore that clock! Happy Pink Sat.
    Blessings!

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  20. The lavender is so beautiful in that drop dead gorgeous pitcher. Your new clock is a great find and I can imagine the charm it adds to the kitchen. So many lovely photos. Thanks for sharing and making our world a brighter place. Many blessings, marlis

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  21. Clocks and the topiary, the tea set ... charming all! Happy Seasonal Sunday!

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  22. Oh, Emily,
    I love your changes. So very charming are the wire topiary. Very nice. Thanks for linking it up at HSH! I have added lots of shells and I think I will leave them and try tweaking the look for fall. I was very inspired by "A Coastal Christmas." over at The Quintessential Magpie.
    Sherry

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  23. So many beautiful things.... lovely post.

    Warm blessings,
    Spencer

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  24. I love the Mora clock! The chinas are gorgeous, I love Laura Ashley, wow, wish I bought soemthing! Great post! Love FABBY

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  25. Oh my gosh, LOVE those clocks!!! Thanks for sharing the inspiration at VIF! xo Debra

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  26. awesome this is right up my alley! I am a new follower ...hope you will pop over soon! I do furniture/decorating etc and I garden!

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  27. Pretty clocks Emily, thanks for stopping by my blog. Have a great day!

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  28. Hi Emily, I just met "new to me" bloggers via your charming blog and didn't remember ever visiting an "Emily" until just now visiting again. My rememberer isn't functioning as well as I'd like.

    I really like your idea of mixing fresh and faux flowers and will try to employ that idea myself. Since I have no foyer, I'll probably use the dresser behind the sofa for that.

    Your new clocks have a lot of style...very nice!

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  29. Love all of your touches for the new season. What an amazing clock. Thanks for bringing it all to Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

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  30. That is a wonderful make over!! i love that clock in the kitchen with the rooster!
    I'm visiting from Debbie's newbie party, and I'm also your newest follower!!
    xxDaniella

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  31. Beautiful clocks! I LOVE your hutch too. My hubby made me a similiar one that is in our breakfast room. I will be your newest follower, hope you will follow me too! XO, Pinky

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  32. loving that clock w/the rooster! popping over from Feathered Nest Friday! xoox tracie

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  33. Hi Emily,
    Well, I just love your clock with the fleur de lis and rooster on it! What a great find! Looks wonderful in your kitchen. It would look good in mine too. *smile* The tea service is very pretty and a joy to use, I'm sure. Your sprucing up for summer looks wonderful and I thank you for sharing it with Tea Time. Have a delightful day.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  34. Love that potico clock with the bird on it! Your hutch is lovely.

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  35. Looking so good Emily! love anything rooster as you may know:) Thanks for sharing with my newbie party.

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  36. It is nice to change things a bit -- and you have such nice things!

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  37. Hi Emily!
    I love your new clocks! That mora style clock is soooooo cute! And that bunny topiary is just darling!
    I hate to admit I don't change things up very often, but once in awhile the right piece can have me redoing an entire room. *winks*...It's pretty rare though...cuz I'm pretty lazy! Lol! Vanna

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  38. Hello Emily,
    your tea time is a real feast for the eyes. Love the lavender in the pitcher, the clocks and, of course, the Laura Ashley china. They closed their shop in Frankfurt and always, when I see a shop of her, I visit it. I am a great fan of Laura Ashley. Thank you for this wonderful post.
    Best greetings, Johanna

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  39. Your floral arrangements are lovely. Thank you for mentioning my blog on this post - so very kind and thoughtful of you!

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  40. Your tea things are pretty and the rabbit planter is adorable.

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  41. Hi Emily...

    Ohhh...everything looks so fresh and summery, my friend...absolutely beautiful! I love the pretty white "eiffel" pitcher with the lavander! That is sooo pretty! Ohhh...and I love, love, LOVE your new mora french country clock...it's frenchy FABULOUS! I would love to have one like it! Thank you so much for sharing your new treasure finds with us...and all of the new changes made to your home! By the way...your Laura Ashley tea service is lovely!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari

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  42. What great finds! Where oh where did you find that awesome black rooster clock??

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  43. Hello,
    The clocks are amazing as well as the tea set - I love to change up seasonally in as many rooms as possible and love to add fresh flowers as often as I can! Love touring your lovely changes.
    Kathy

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  44. Those clocks are just beautiful! Love them both...thanks for your visit yesterday! How nice to have pretty flowers in your medians. The medians around here are full of weeds! lol...Have a great evening,Kristen

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  45. I absolutely am in love with that mora clock!!!!! It's both Frenchie (with the fleur de lis) AND Swedish--that's so awesome!
    I was so happy to get your comment! Thanks for visiting my little blog!
    How are you doing?!?!?!?! Has your area fully recovered from the tornadoes?????????????? I pray so!!!!
    Hugs/blessings,
    Lana

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  46. Emily, I'm sorry I missed this when you first posted. I still can't get your link to update on my sidebar and now the email notification isn't coming either. But here I am. Love the new clocks. The kitchen clock is amazing. Great find. Yes, I like to change things up. Came home today with a little side table. I've been moving it about the house, but haven't settled it in just yet. ;-)
    Hugs to you ~ Sarah

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  47. Hi Emily, Everything is so pretty and I especially love the mora clock and the wire topiaries. I was thinking about you today when I was the high bidder on a very large Quimper bowl. I will be posting it in the next couple of days and could use your expert advise.
    xo,
    Sherry

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  48. I change my hutch and a couple of other spots now and then - It makes the dusting easier and more fun. :)

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  49. What great photos! Those flowers and that Laura Ashley tea service is spectacular!
    Rita

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  50. i love this blog so much I don't know where to begin!
    i'm here from Debbie's party and I'm your newest follower. Pop over for a visit sometime! Oh and I want that clock!!!
    xoxo,
    Kim

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  51. Your blog is beautiful! So glad you found mine, thus I found yours!
    Oh, that clock is fabulous! I am anxious to peruse more of your posts.

    Nancy

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  52. Came over from Debbiedo. The clock! Where did you find it?

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