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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Improvising


When I showed the new runner that I made for the dining table out of fabric that coordinates with the livingroom pillows, I had a couple of questions about where I found the urn that the floral arrangement was in.  It looks quite large and substantial, however it has a little secret.

When I switched the chairs to these ladderback ones, the height of the the back of the chairs was much taller than the previous ones, so I needed to have someting more substantial for the centerpiece to keep it all in scale.







The floral arrangment was done in a very simple brown bowl and not very tall.  I previously had it sitting on a round wood block, but that wasn't tall enough to give me the height I wanted.


 I had this brown metal planter that I found at GW months ago, but it didn't elevate it enough, so what to do.


 I turned it over and it was the right height.


 I just sat the original planter on top and it was perfect.  I love to improvise and this is definitely a case in point.


Because they're the same color, it looks like one piece and now it has the presence that it needed to have.  I love it when something works out that way.


Now the arrangement doesn't hide behind the chairs and it is also a better scale to the candlesticks.

Think outside the box and look around for something you have to use as a pedestal.  It just might work and be perfect.





35 comments:

  1. I am trying to think outside the box for one of my cloches!!! The box is winning!!!

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  2. I am laughing at Ceekay's comment as I compliment you on your creativity. In our other house the sun room valances made out of the same fabric as your table runner.

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  3. Clever clever!
    You are one creative cookie!
    ;)
    HUGS!

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  4. Great idea Marty. Thanks for sharing your "little secret". :)
    It's so much fun, and economical, when you can use things in different ways to make an idea work.
    Hugs,
    Babs

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  5. Hi Marty,
    I love your idea and had to laugh, because I just recently did the exact same thing to one of my arrangements to get the height I needed! Improvising is the way to go to get the look you desire, well done. By the way, your home looks like it could be in a magazine...it's so beautiful! XOXO ~Liz

    P.S. Thanks for the nice comment! =)

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  6. Marty,
    Very creative, dear friend! Love the look!Thanks for the tip!!!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  7. Hi lovely lady.
    I do this all the time in on my dinning room table, You have a Beautiful home sweet lady... Thanks so much for having your linky parties so sweet of you !!!
    I hope you are having a Great Day...
    XXOO Diane

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  8. I think some of the best ideas come from improvising, Marty! Even better, I like those happy accidents when you decide something looks great and you didn't even mean to do it!

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  9. That was very creative and it really does look like one piece. Nice.

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  10. The arrangement looks very pretty and looks so nice with the candlesticks. I have used silver compotes to give me more height when needed :)

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  11. You always make it look so easy, Marty! Thanks for the tip.
    AT

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  12. What a great idea! You're so creative! You home is beautiful..and I agree with the comment above...it looks like a home in a magazine!

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  13. Fabulous solution, and I would have thought it was one piece too! It looks terrific! XO, Pinky

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  14. PS, would you consider following me, Marty? I would love it if you could! XO, P

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  15. This did work out beautifully, Marty, I have a new look for my table, but no flower arrangement, so!, you just inspired me to do something about the empty bowl, or NO PIC!! Hugs, FABBY

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  16. LOVE IT! Smart cookie!!! :)
    lots of love

    Ashli

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  17. Great secret Marty! Shhh, I won't tell anyone else ;o)

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  18. Marty what a clever idea, they are perfect pair,looks like the pieces were made for each other!
    love this!
    ~JO
    LazyonLoblolly

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  19. Looks great! How did you think of that?

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  20. That is the PERFECT solution and allowed you t re-use something you already had and looks perfect (I could never have told that it was turned upside down!!)

    Hugs/blessings,
    Lana

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  21. Beautifully done as usual. Richard at My Old Historic House.

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  22. Marty, you are so clever - love the way you put 1 and 1 together and got a new decor item! Love the fabric runner! Linda

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  23. Perfect, Marty! It looks wonderful there...Christine

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  24. AH HA!!! Exposing some of your little secrets! I think most people would be shocked at some of the things they'd find around here!
    LOVE THIS!
    Hugs my friend! Karen

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  25. That's just a perfectly clever fix!
    CAS

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  26. Good idea..and it all looks great,hope you are keeping well and enjoying your summer...x0x0

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  27. I just love a simple solution! This one worked and looks great.

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  28. I love how this looks Marty! The pedestal is wonderful and how creative of you!! I really like how you folded the runner like you did too- it's really charming! Hope you are having a great weekend! :)

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  29. I think some of the best ideas come from improvising, Marty!..it looks fab. because you used your creativity and good taste!
    xxx
    lila

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  30. Hi Marty...

    aren't you the smart one.....I think this is a fabulous idea and who would have ever guessed? Your home is absoulutely what I call comfy and warm...

    have a great weekend....

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  31. Marty, How ingenious is that? Love it! And if you hadn't told me what you did, I would've thought that centerpiece was all ONE piece! :) Great post & share tip! Hugs!

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  32. What a great idea! I was also wondering about the urn and thought it was one piece. The runner is just beautiful by the way. :)

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