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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Adding a Touch Of Spring

My family room, breakfast room and kitchen are all one open space together, which I love. We have an entertainment center that is really big and takes up most of one wall. It was previously filled with books, and a lot of library type items. I decided to change things and give it a more springy look and fill it with a lot of the white ironstone and other china pieces that I've been collecting. I think it's great for a change.



This picture shows that it sits next to the kitchen. I would love to close the doors and hide the TV, but this older TV is so huge the doors won't pull out and close, so until the new TV arrives, this will have to do.




Ironstone and Easter decor, most all from the Goodwill. Don't you just love a bargain.




Ironstone and part of my antique kitchen items. I like to use what I have.




This was just a little change that brightens things up a bit and brings a little spring in and it didn't cost a dime. I just used everything I had stached in the cupboards. Can't beat that! What are you doing to add a little spring to your home?


39 comments:

  1. Girl this looks wonderful...love your Irons and shoe forms there..all the pink just says spring time to me...I need to redo things around here...I am so sick of seeing the same old things..I will shop my house..thanks for sharing..Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria oh girl I am having a gift away come by...

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  2. You have nailed this display of your ironstone ware. It looks lovely. Sometimes we don't know what we hidden in places until we go shopping in our own homes.

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  3. How beautiful! You have some of the nicest things. I'm waiting for the snow to melt and waiting to get outside. I need to find some things to add spring into my home.
    Have a great week my friend.

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  4. hi Marty, hope your good!!....love the little birdhouse up there looks great, you have such beautiful things and you know how to put all together so nicely...great post!...silvia..xo..

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  5. Hi Marty, you have done such an outstanding job of bringing Spring into your home! The entertainment center looks beautiful. Your new "addition" to white ironstone is sure paying off isn't it. It looks wonderful in so many places in your lovely home. I spotted some great weather vanes peeking out from the corner. I know they are old, can tell have one myself. I always enjoy seeing pictures of your home, can't wait to see your new drapes when they are finished! XXXOOO Pat

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  6. How pretty Marty and I still love that great big swan!!

    My mom has an entertainment set very similiar to that one!

    I have some apothecary jars I'm going to fill with eggs and a couple of other small touches that I'm going to post soon.

    Have a good one ~

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  7. Marty, this looks wonderful! That's a great entertainment center and your pretty collections look beautiful in it. I love that weather vane I saw in the corner, and that swan is incredible. Hugs, Kathy

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  8. Marty, that looks so nice and I have told you before, the white ironstone you got are so pretty, such a good deal too. Nice to see them displayed. I have started planting and have plants in the porch but I keep bringing them inside when the weather forecast is freezing, usually just at night. It's going to be in the 70's tomorrow. Our peach trees are blooming!...Christine

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  9. Oh Marty, I just love all of your things! They are all so completely different, but yet, they look like they belong together!
    BEAUTIFUL!!!

    {{{{{{{{{HUGS}}}}}}}}}}}

    Robin :o)

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  10. Hi Marty, it really looks lovely with all your new finds. Very nice and you do have a way with arranging things. My computer is getting ready to crash...I may not be on for a while....and just as I was getting going on my blog too.

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  11. Hi Marty,
    It's all so pretty! I do love the large entertainment piece of furniture and would love to have something like it for our next home. We'll see.

    ~Gorgeous the way you arranged and displayed all the whites together.
    I do believe I recognize the white lattice bowl from QVC right?
    I have the same one in Sage.
    It's neat the way it stays warm from the oven.

    Have a wonderful evening.
    ~Melissa ;)

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  12. I love all of your pretty pieces in the entertainment center. I just love how ironstone decorates any area so nicely. Your idea of decorating with what you have in the cupboards is such a creative idea. I think you have done a very nice job.

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  13. Hi Marty! You've made your entertainment center look so pretty! I'm sure it thanks you! Love all of the ironstone!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  14. fantastic!!! i too have been switching pieces up for creams and whites, most times i would buy dark candle holders and such but the light items do make a room feel so springy. so Your cabinet looks so pretty and i love your ironstone.
    hugs
    janet

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  15. That looks great Marty,you are ready for spring.Isn't it fun moving things around,it's as good as getting something new sometimes isn't it? I bought a weeping pussy willow and I have watched it go from bare branches to full leaf.It makes me feel like spring will get here...eventually.:)

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  16. Hi Marty,
    You are really so creative. I too have been moving things around, can't wait for spring. You have some very nice pieces. Looks great!

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  17. Great job of dressing up your cabinet for spring...it looks so fresh & the best part is like you said...it didn't cost a dime. ;-) Bo

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  18. Marty,
    You are so talented! This is so beautiful and I love a bargain. Cindy

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  19. Everything looks so lovely!!! I love your displays!!

    ;-)

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  20. I love it! It looks so spring-like, and I'm all about that right now☺

    Have a good day, Marty!

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  21. Oh Marty! I love it! It does look so springy! I love your ironstone...just gorgeous! I swear, you've got the best GW on planet earth!! I am enjoying my goodies...you are such a sweetheart! Have a good weekend...hugs...Debbie

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  22. Love the re-do! You have a good eye for placing your ironstone and old kitchen items -- Nice!!!

    Glad to hear I am not the only one who sometimes gets stumped, placing furniture. thanks for your comment! However, any time my husband gets fed up, I remind him of the time I had him install 4 ceiling fans, one after the other, until I found the one I wanted. That makes moving furniture look good.

    Best... Cass

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  23. Marty, that is such a pretty entertainment cabinet, and all of the treasures you have found look great in it. I spotted such a pretty pink and green teapot and cups that I love. And I want those darling rooster plates. You've made me even more ready for spring than I already was! laurie

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  24. Marty, Wow you have really been finding some wonderful finds a GW and you have a great eye on what to buy and how to use it. I am so glad you are having such a fun time changing things around a little for the change of the seasons.You are really doing a wonderful job. Hugs Kathysue

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  25. I've always loved ironstone and your Easter finds are very cute! You're very good and arranging your accessories, Marty!!
    Victoria from EdinDesigns @ DesignTies

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  26. You are right ... this does brighten up a great space! Right about this time every year I begin swapping out darker sofa pillows for lighter spring-like fabrics. I also love all of your ironstone!

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  27. Marty, I love all your ironstone pieces..your touches of spring are wonderful..You have a wonderful eye for bargains.. I love the birdcage on top of your center..
    thanks for the visit tonight darling.. hope you grabbed yourself a brownie..
    hugs ~lynne~

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  28. Hi Marty, I haven't done anything yet but after seeing what you did with your entertainment center, I am motivated, If I could just get off of this computer!!! I like the idea of using what you have around your home !!! I need to do some looking around here, great ideas, Thanks for sharing.
    Blessings,
    Sue

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  29. Hi Marty, just dropping by to say hello! My DH is looking into helping find out how to start a decorating blog for us.....has anyone else decided to start one? He talked to his computer guru at work. Have a great weekend!

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  30. Hi Marty, thanks for swinging in..I always love when you do, then I get to swing back over and drool over all your beautiful white pieces once again.. girl each time I stop by I spot something else I fall in love with, this trip the white ironstone pitcher.. I Must get one..hugs ~lynne~

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  31. Your Ironstone and other pieces look really nice displayed in the cabinet. Good way to freshen things up for spring :-)

    Kelly @ DesignTies

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  32. Hi Marty,
    Thanks for stopping by! I hope my blog wasn't too long or boring but I tried to condense it as much as I could. Yes, it's like anything else, most people just don't like to take the time to really get down to behavioral issues with their horses and then they don't enjoy them. I'm passionate about educating people who really want to learn to communicate with their horses. Most people just want to get on and ride. I do love them and when they begin to respond to you it's so rewarding. I don't train other people's horses, just our own (we have young ones....that's why you don't see a lot of photos of me riding yet, it's a lot of round pen work first and people don't want to do it, easier to buy an already trained horse) but I'm willing to help anyone who wants it. Hope you have a great day. So far my computer is staying on....we'll see.

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  33. hi marty, where are you?, we miss you...silvia...

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  34. Beautiful touches of spring! You have inspired me to get my things out!
    ~Kelli

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  35. Your ironstone pieces are lovely and your arrangements are exquisite. I am especially intrigued with your beautiful garden.
    Sweetie

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  36. HI marty, thanks for coming by and let me know your ok, i hope you get better soon .can't wait to see the new curtains...xx..silvia..

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  37. I love how you decorated your entertainment center..

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  38. Marty it looks great! I love all your ironstone! And you are another who has a way with the vignette! And I LOVE the Goodwill!! I wouldn't have half the stuf in my house if not for the GW.....course that might be a good thing!Lol!! Vanna

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  39. Thanks for strolling though the Vancouver neighbourhood I showcased today, Marty!! And how terrific that you've been to Vancouver and enjoyed the beauty of our gardens :-)

    Hope you'll drop by again soon!
    Victoria from EdinDesign Interiors @ DesignTies

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