Thursday, January 7, 2010

New for the New Year

This year I didn't make any goals or resolutions. I know what I need to do, so I'm just going to do it. I did, however, partake in some mild home decorating.

New Mantel Decor
I needed a little something for my bare mantle and found these ceramic bowls at Goodwill and thought they'd look nice in a grouping. My interior design motto is "I don't know what I'm doing and hopefully something looks better than nothing." The blue bowl is hand thrown and has the initials JSP scratched in the bottom and because of this I will assume the bowl was made by Johnny Cash actor, Joaquin Sequoia Phoenix. The orange dish just says "Italy" on the bottom and has a firing number in pencil written under the glaze. The green vessel says nothing on the bottom, which to me says: Made in China for a florist to purchase at a dime a dozen. But I still like it.

Table Runner
Also new this January is a table runner I purchased from Fred Meyer. The folds have not flattened out yet. I don't care. I moved this lovely stick-filled vase onto the table from it's previous spot on the mantel. I think table runners are supposed to be longer than the table, but this one said 72 inches which seemed like a tremendously long length that would surely hang generously over the edge of my table, but it did not. I'm not super good with numbers.

And in the Bedroom...
Finally, the piece de la resistance: New bedding! The old stuff was 10 years old which for some might be nothing. But it was cheap to begin with and I was getting tired of it. Here's a picture of what it looks like in good light with all the extras. The funny thing about this bedspread is Robert does not like it. He asked if it was reversible. It isn't. He wanted to turn it over anyway. It's staying the way it is. I love it.


Erika said...

Love it, love it, love it! I think we share the same motto. What I have done in the past if my table runner is too short is put it going the other way, the width of the table instead of the length, does that make sense? I think it looks great how it is though. I like your dining set--those chairs are cool. By the way, I got another "Keep Calm" because yours just looked so darn good and my cropped one was bugging me, so I got a smaller one and a white mat to put in my black frame.

Afton said...

Oooh! Good idea Erika. I'll have to try it that way and see if I like it better. Or! Maybe I could get some solid green or brown fabric and just add on some decorative ends.

Allyson said...

Looks great! Nice taste, Afton! I wish I could show off my mantle but it still has stockings hanging. Tomorrow is the day it all gets put away.

a said...

No, no people. Runners hanging over the end are for magazine adds only. You want the ends to be short enough so that the people sitting at the end do not mess up your table runner by doing something like, say, eating on it!

Holtbuster said...

i like the tomato table runner better! just kidding! super cute!