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Sunday, September 6, 2009

Metamorphosis Monday - Adding More French Country



Today is one of my favorite days, it's time for Met. Monday and a chance to see what all everyone has been creating. Be sure to go by and see our gracious hostess Susan @ Between Naps On The Porch to see what she's been up to and to find a list of all the other participants.

As I've said before, when we retired 4 yrs. ago we decided to downsize from our large family home that we had lived in for many years. We had very high ceilings, most around l4 ft., so that's why I have such really large art and the mirror in the living room is so large. Our new home is much smaller and cozier, and has a ton of windows that I love, but that doesn't allow for hardly any wall space. So consequentially I have a lot of wall accessories that I can't use. I've been in the process of giving the LR/DR combination a little bit of a French Country look. While looking through three Charles Faudree's books that I got at the library book sale, I noticed they used a lot of corbels and plates on the walls in most of the homes pictured. So, I just copied them. Can't beat a pro can you?

This is a picture of the LR with some of the toile pillows I made for a little French Country look. To see all the changes and this post click here.


This picture is of the DR wall. All I have is a large painting hanging on the wall. So, this opened up the opportunity to add a little something.


Since I already had two corbels and two lovely ladies and some plates that I had collected, I decided to hang them all on the wall.


Everything is something I found at GW a while back except for the corbels. This lovely lady is so pretty with her flowing gown and her pretty hat.


This grouping hangs on the other side of the painting and has a different lady that I found at the GW also. I love all the gorgoeus detail to her pretty dress.


I like it. A bit of the Charles Faudree look don't you think.




The wall seems to have a little more interest with the plates and corbels with the ladies. Kind of finishes the space.


Thanks so much for stopping by, I always enjoy your visits. Don't forget the "Fall Cloche Party" this Friday the 11th. You don't have to do fall decorations, just however you would be using your cloches and apothecary jars this season. I can't wait to see all of your creations.



76 comments:

  1. Oh Marty, it is just so perfectly elegant and inviting. I love the corbels..they just finish the look with such classiness. You really found those beautiful ladies at the GW? If I had a hat on, I would tip it to you my friend. You have the touch.

    XOSue

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  2. I love the throw pillow fabric!! It is so cute, and you really inspired me.

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  3. Your new look - looks wonderful -- I love the addition of those plates and the lovely ladies look as good on your wall as they did on your table. The pillows are quite pretty.

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  4. Marty, glad AZ got some rain... I miss the days where I would be itching for some just before Summer ended when we lived there.

    Your place is beautiful, I love the new touches of blue and the addition of plates. See you at the party!

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  5. Ummmmmm! Beautiful. Love the dining room wall arrangement.

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  6. Marty, that's really a beautiful transformation with the plates, "ladies" and corbels (sp?) on each side of the picture. It's much more interesting and elegant. GREAT idea! Linda

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  7. Loeve the new addition, Marty. Looking more and more frenchy!...Christine

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  8. I just love the huge mirror in your living room and the large painting in the dining area!! WOW!

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  9. Hi Marty, Thanks for stopping by. I love the dining room look. Really adds alot with the plates and the lovely ladies. I can't believe you made those pillows, they gorgeous.

    Picked up a few things over the week for the cloche party, just hoping I can find the time to pull it all together and get it photographed in time :-)

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  10. Hello my GW queen! The plates and corbels are great. I love that look! I see also your pretty tureen in the pic!

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  11. Marty...this is beautiful! I love the combination of the wall shelf and plates. I love that it's symmetrical and so well balanced. You have a great eye for creating a wonderful mix...it's perfect! I love me some Faudree and you have done him proud! :-)
    Susan

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  12. Your home is lovely, all those little touches you are adding make for a delightful space to visit. Thanks for sharing a peek with us all.

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  13. Hi Marty... Corbels=wonderful...I especially like your lacy plates, I have a few but I really love yours...( Plate envy)! Hope your getting the most out of this long weekend and finding time to relax and enjoy yourself... I did, FINALLY, find a hand blown cloche, which I'd love to share Friday, hopefully I remember, ( I'll have 3 grands here)!!! xoxo~Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

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  14. Marty, Again all I can say is wow what a beautiful home you have...
    xoxo
    Julie

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  15. Hi Marty! What a BEEEEEAUTIFUL HOME YOU HAVE! Wow. I love what you have done. Everything looks perfect...at least I sure think it does. Love the curtains in the Living room and the pillows are so pretty. You have done a wonderful job in the dining room as well. Wowowowowow!!!
    Blessings,
    Debbie

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  16. Everything looks great. You have done a good job. I think I am ready for the party. :)

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  17. Absolutley beautiful...love the look..

    Hope you will stop by and visit my new Christmas blog. There is a great giveaway that ends Monday night...
    http://grammyababychangeseverything.blogspot.com

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  18. The room is looking fantastic! I love the corbels and the plates. Your house looks so elegant!

    Jane

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  19. Amazing what a couple of corbels and plates can do to a space huh, Marty? I love it and it does seem to finish off the area!

    I am really searching for stuff for the cloche party - we (Meghan and I) got a lot of packing done this weekend - I may have to observe this time and participate on the next go 'round!?!

    We looked at houses Friday night and today and I think we may have two potential contenders - keep your fingers crossed for us!

    Have a good rest of the weekend -

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  20. Marty,

    What a beautiful idea! Love this! adds the perfect touch!

    Sherrie

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  21. Love the look, Marty! French country is my favorite too. So charming. I know you will enjoy this new arrangement. You home looks gorgeous.
    Blessings,
    Traci

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  22. Very pretty Marti~ I love the look, you always create such lovely spaces! Hugs, Cindy

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  23. Marty - That just totally set off your wall. The corbels add some weight to the arrangement and it looks just perfect. I am getting ready for Friday!

    Have a great week.

    Charla

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  24. How pretty this looks Marty! LOVE the gorgeous corbels! :)

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  25. The corbels and plates were the icing on the cake for that wall. The painting was beautiful alone but now the wall has a more finished look to it.

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  26. Hi Marty,
    What a lovely addition to your gorgeous painting. I never have luck at GW. I need to branch out and go to some others; the one closest to my house never has anything.
    Have a fabulous week!
    Nola
    The Bloom Girls

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  27. Oh Marty!
    I so love this creation of yours. It is just breath taking. That mirror and the corbels with the lovely ladies, and the plates. It sure did bring that wall to life. You did a phenominal job. I also love those toile pillows. They are just beautiful. I would love to have some that are black toile with red. I have dark leather furniture with red accents. I am trying to head that direction. It is just a little punch to the darkness with the furniture. I so love the combination. I so enjoyed my visit today. Thanks for sharing. As always another absolutely stunning makeover. Country hugs and love, Sherry

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  28. Oh its simply divine. Those ladies add just the right touch to your wall. Your home is exquisite. Lovely job, your talented.


    Have a blessed day,
    Heidi

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  29. Hi Marty,
    Both rooms look amazing. Great job. I'm so excited about your Cloche Party, I can hardly wait. Have a wonderful Monday.

    Hugs,
    ♥Ana

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  30. Marty, How beautiful, you have definitely created a lovely and inviting home. How in the world do you keep everything so clean and orderly? Happy Labor Day!
    Barbara

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  31. Marty, this is lovely! I would not have thought that wall needed anything, but you found the perfect addition. You really have a knack for finding just the right thing to spice up a room. Hugs, Kat

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  32. Marty, it looks so good!!!! 5* all the way! Thanks for the sweet note that you left me...no, not mine...wish they were. You will have to come back later if you want to see who's work it is. ha

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  33. Beautiful ... those ladies surely do dress up the dining room!
    -Angela

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  34. Love the symmetry of your space and the dishes above and below the little sconce, perfection!

    I'll be joining the cloche party this week! Can't wait!

    Blessings ~ Eileen @ Star's Fault

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  35. Hi Marty, isn't it amazing how we can live with something a certain way for so long and then the light bulb goes off and voila!!! The wall arrangement looks wonderful, a great addition to an already pretty room. Love ya, kathysue

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  36. Isn't it amazing how much simple plates can add to a wall? I love what you've done! Thanks for sharing.

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  37. Love it! It adds so much interest to the wall. The graceful ladies are gorgeous, especially with their flowing lines and paired with the creamware plates.
    Paula ~ Mise en scène

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  38. Oh Marty! I couldn't pull of a look like that in a million years. It would look like a little girl trying to wear her Mommies clothes. I...lack class in my decor. It's always a bit messy looking. Your's is elegant!
    I love it. Sigh...
    Hugs AND more sighs!
    Mona

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  39. Your new wall design looks fabulous! It adds so much more interest and gives a warm cozy feel! Great job! Makes me want to start doing some rearranging, etc. around here!

    Katherine

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  40. Hi, Marty,
    Your home is so lovely! I love the toile pillows on your sofa. You are right, the corbels, figurines and plates really enhanced your dining area. Thanks for sharing and have a happy week! Vicki

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  41. Oh, Marty, exquisite decor. You have a wonderful touch for decorating.
    Have a lovely week. TTFN ~Marydon

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  42. Beautiful--I love those lacey plates underneath. I also love the combo of browns and blues--quite nice!! (and I remember seeing those ladies on a tablescape--they get around don't they!)

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  43. Thank you so much for watching AJ's videos and leaving a comment, Marty. AJ's been so excited reading them. She wants me to call her everytime I get one. LOL!...Christine

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  44. Everything looks wonderful!

    Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

    cielo

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  45. Marty,
    Your home is beautiful! Everything is so warm and inviting. I love the additions you've made. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  46. Marty, that looks beautiful! The painting looked pretty, but these additions just give that wall so much personality. I love it! Those GW ladies are so lovely and perfect on those pretty corbels. Love the addition of the plates too. laurie

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  47. I love the little changes! You have a beautiful home and great natural light.

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  48. I think you are the cat's meow lady...everything you touch becomes beautiful!
    I am working on a cloche or two...I don't have a lot of small things that work well together...but I do have a stubborn streak...and the urge to try! thanks for the visit today!

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  49. Your home is so lovely. The color combinations are different and look so nice the way you have put them together. Thanks for showing us!

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  50. Everything looks so beautiful Marty! I sure wish you would come to my house ;)

    Sharon

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  51. Marty,
    That looks great -- it really gives the room a designer's touch!

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  52. Marty-Your home is beatuiful and I can tell you have worked hard to make it that way. I sent you an email with a couple of questions. Did you get it. My cloche is ready!!

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  53. Marty, your changes are lovely and your rooms are so peaceful...that's my favorite part.

    Hugs, Barb :-)

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  54. What a lovely serene room. I love your color choices and the small touches that make the room.

    The Raggedy Girl

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  55. Very pretty! I have one of his books. They are full of great pictures!

    Manuela

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  56. Hi Marty, great compliment to your beautiful room. I agree, love that Charles Faudree. Your draperies are gorgeous!
    Debra

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  57. Hi Marty! Well, you know I love these frenchy additions! Your lr/dr is looking so lovely! That CF is something, isn't he? Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

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  58. What a beautiful room - I just love your style. :)

    Roeshel

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  59. Looks wonderful! Have I ever told you I love your dining table and chairs? I must remember to gear up this week for the cloche party!!! Sally

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  60. Marty, everything is so pretty. I can't believe you found those beauties at the GW. Beautiful!

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  61. Looks great. I am a big plate lover and I just love how it adds to your decorations. Beautiful dining area!

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  62. Hi Marty! Thanks for popping in to see me! Everything in your home is so beautiful! I love the plates and those ladies in the dining room. I found some ladies that look very similar at Marshalls, I think! I'll join you for sure for the cloche party - I may not have too much but I'll be working on it.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  63. It looks lovely, Marty...Very inviting..
    Scratching my head about the cloche thing..:)

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  64. I love the arrangement -- and your ladies really are lovely!

    Thanks for stopping by Odi et Amo, Marty!

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  65. Hi Marty!
    Please stop by my blog. I left something for you. What do I need to do to participate in your Cloche Party this week? I would so love to put my cloche in there. Lots of hugs and love, Sherry

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  66. Your living/dining room is just gorgeous!! You find the BEST DEALS at your "GW" ;-)
    Blessings!
    Myrna

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  67. Very nice! You have those corbels and plates hung perfectly straight. Don't think I could have done that! Those are great finds from the GW... I love your little white porcelean ladies! Your "frenchy" pillows look so nice on your sofa. I need to check out those Charles Faundree books! It all looks so nice! Hope to join you this Friday! Lots to do! Hugs!

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  68. Hi Marty,
    Very very pretty! Love your blue French Country pillows!

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  69. Your living room is so pretty and great colors. I really like the before and after equally.
    Also, I have to mention the brownies ........ mmmmm!
    They look luscious and I would love one right now.

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  70. Marty, your new additions in the dining room are lovely. Isn't it fun to add new things? Thanks for sharing. Sorry I'm just now getting in a visit. Life here is BUSY. ~ Sarah

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  71. I Love the living room and dining room. Where did you purchase your dining room chandelier and also the smaller of the two leather chairs!! Just what I am looking for! Please reply.

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