Monday, April 19, 2010

9th Table Top Tuesday - Bookcases- End Table

Thank you so much for joining the 9th Table Top Tuesday. You all just continue to inspire me with all of your beautiful vignettes. Thank you. I am loving every one of them.

In an effort to give a little Spring to the familyroom, I showed you the coffee table last week. I wanted it to have some spring flavor, but not be cutsie. I like the way it turned out.

With the coffee table done, of course the bookcases on the side of the Entertainment Center needed to change. This is what it looked like for St Patrick's and Easter. Time for the dishes and bunnies to get a rest.

I showed you this mirror that I revamped a while ago. Beautiful mirror, just a little too shiny.

After a coat of dark walnut stain, it is just right. I love using mirrors and art as backdrops in the bookcases. This piece will be perfect now. Look around and see what you have that you can redo to fit your current decorating scheme.

Ta-Da!!! My new spring look. I really love it for a change. Not too many books, but a nice mix of different things. I just shopped the house and used what I already had, so like the coffee table, the change was free. Gotta' love it.

I put my paper covered moss ball topiary that I made up on top next to the birdcage. It adds a little more spring to the top of the entertainment center.

This is the left side of the cabinet. I love the mirror and the picture leaning against the back. Just a few books, figurines, a clock and a collection of finials help create the look.

This is the right side. I used a companion picture and a plate on this side as a backdrop. A few more books, figurines, candles, wicker balls, an old world globe and an elephant toped box make up this side.

I think it has more of a library look. Great for a change. I also like that it is more open and airy.

In order to call the Family room finished, I needed to change my end table too. When I found the white lamps I wanted for the Living room, I moved the brass ones into the Family room. Love the warm look and glow. A small ivy, a little DT sheep and my Anniversary clock that my DH gave me for our 25th elevated on a couple of books was all that was needed. I have a jute fabric doily, magazine and my reading glasses handy for relaxing. This still leaves room for my glass or cup of tea.

Since I have several, I used a Pfaltzgraph sugar bowl for the ivy. It has the same colors as the little sheep.

This is actually an old kitchen work table. The base of this piece was painted when I found it. You can tell by all the dents and dings that this was a well used piece. It has two drop leaves, a drawer and curved tin flour bins, plus a pull out cutting board. Everything a kitchen would need. Love the little wooden casters too.

See the divided bin. Two kinds of flour.

This shows it with one side of the leaf up. It really becomes a substantial piece. I used this as an island in one of my homes in Oregon. Just another one of my antiques that I just can't part with.

Finally just to make me smile. A few roses from the yard on the breakfast table.

I love this beautiful yellow color.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I always look forward to your visits.

Be sure to link up to Mr. Linky below. I can't wait to see what everyone has been doing.


  1. Hi Marty,

    Love your shelves and vignettes throughout your home! Just so pretty! Hope you have a great week!

    Miss Bloomers

  2. Marty, your bookcase arrangements look fantastic. Great balance and a nice assortment of books and accessories. Your framed mirror you stained looks perfect standing in the back.

  3. How great your bookcases look and I can't blame you for not wanting to part with the antique flour bin. It is a fabulous piece. I have bookshelves, but I never get around to changing them. Thanks for the inspiration. Perhaps I'll give it a try.

  4. I love that end table/kitchen table! I have never seen one like that....I wish I could look it over in person!! It is so interesting.

    Your revamped hutch thingy looks like that must have taken a lot of thought and work!! WOW I just would be at loose ends trying to do that; it came out nicely!

    Oh I love the little sheep!! Darling! And yellow roses are soooooooo cheerful!

  5. Hi sweet lady...

    Ohhh my goodness, I can't believe that I made it first on the list and to comment! Hehe!

    My friend, you know that I just adore your home! You always have it looking sooo GRAND! I just love all of your spring changes...the entertainment center looks fabulous! You know, I just love that pretty decorative box that you have on the bottom shelf, right hand side! Girlfriend, I love, love, LOVE that little side table in your family room...the old kitchen work station! It's gorgeous! Ohhh...and those pretty drawer pulls!!!

    Ohhh my, your roses are sooo pretty! It's just hard for me to comprehend how anyone has flowers already! We're just now greening up at my place! Hehe! Well sweet lady, thank you so much for hosting Table Top Tuesday for us...I always have sooo much fun!

    Love ya,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  6. Ooops...I thought I was the first to comment but I guess it took me to long to write my long ol' note! Hehe!


  7. Marty, it just looks wonderful- perfect Spring/Summer look. I like that it doesn't appear cluttered. Well done!
    xoxo Pattie

  8. Gorgeous roses! Your bookcase looks so wonderful and springy, Marty. Love the mirror there too. Lovely vignettes everywhere!....Christine

  9. Marty -- I love all your spring fluffing! That little sheep looks like he's just about to nibble on that ivy. So sweet. Beautiful roses too! You're just a lady of many talents!

  10. Hi Marty! I love the springification of your entertainment center! Amazing change in your mirror...I will remember that trick! Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

  11. Hey how the mirror turned out but that cabinet you have is just a showstopper within itself!!!!! That is a beautiful piece of furniture...ohhhh and that kitchen work table as you call it is just s treasure!!!!! beautiful post Marty...I always leave here with my eyeballs wide open! lol Thanks for doing this for us Marty and letting us play ya girl....~Picket~

  12. The room looks great, Marty! I love the change up you did in the bookcases. Very different than the dishes and Easter decor, but lovely. Love the balance of books and accessories.

  13. Evening, Marty! Oh, your bookshelves look wonderful! You are so good at decorating them. Your mirror looks gorgeous and so rich.
    I love your olden side table! It's so unusual and love the drop leaf. I can understand why you wouldn't want to get rid of it!
    Thank you again for hosting this fun meme.
    Hope you'll join me for my first linky party on May 7th. :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  14. Hi Marty,
    You have a wonderful way of making everything in your home look so lovely.

    Beautiful post.


  15. I love that farm table. What a treasure!

  16. Marty, Your entertainment center looks so nice. You've paid so much attention to detail, and have a wonderful eye for arranging. I LOVE your mirror. The finish is gorgeous...something I would love to do, and hopefully will now that you've inspired me! Thanks for sharing your beautiful home with us.

  17. all your are so talented and putting beautiful tabletops together! The mirror is stunning!

  18. O, everything looks fantastic..
    Love your new arrangements..and those beautiful yellow roses..:))

  19. Marty,
    I love all your wood decor and you always make it look warm and cozy! I always enjoy the way you change everything out.

    Love the way your mirror turned out! It's gorgeous!

    Thanks for inviting us to join in on the fun!

  20. hey Marty,
    I am always amazed at your ability to recreate your beautiful home! I love all the vignettes and that end table is one cool number! Love the roses from your garden, they are gorgeous!
    Hugs, Cindy

  21. Love the entertainment center and all the darling vingettes you create there! I have some framed mirrors that we used as centerpiece bases from my daughter's wedding ~ think I need to dig a few out and "lessen" the gold and use them as you did ~ just beautiful!!

    Love that antique endtable. The drop leaf and double bin on it are so unique!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Angelic Accents

  22. Everything looks so pretty! I like the new look of the bookcase!

    I would never get rid of that antique table! It is so interesting!

    Great job! Love it all!

    You know I love those yellow roses!


  23. Hi Marty!

    All the changes look wonderful. I so love that little mirror you refinished sitiing in the bookcases. The bookcases do have a more "library" look to them, which I love!

    Have a wonderful day!

  24. Marty, such lovely peices. And how lucky are you to have roses already!!!

    Be sure to come and visit. I'm having a GIVE AWAY.

    - The Tablescaper

  25. Marty your bookcases really look great. That mirror looks so much better with your special touch. Love, love the old kitchen work table what a treasured piece. Hugs Kathysue

  26. Marty, your shelves look so pretty. What a great idea to use that flour bin for an end table - so much wonderful storage, and I love all of the extras of the flip up sides and the pull out board. Your roses are absolutely gorgeous! Thank you so much for hosting TTT. laurie

  27. Marty,
    YOu have such a beautiful home. I love your bookshelves and how you have arranged everything. Your roses from your garden are gorgeous. Thanks for hosting Table Top Tuesday.

  28. Hello there sweet lady,

    My Marty, you've done it again!..,

    What an interesting and artistically arranged vignettes you have created on your shelves and 'tabletops' Marty!~ I love every little exquisite little detail of your exceptional tablescaping artistry my dear lady!~Those yellow roses are beautiful as well; I can almost smell the fragrance!

    Thanks for hosting Tabletop Tuesday once again!

    Cheers from Wanda Lee @ The Plumed Pen

  29. Marty you have so much to see! Thank you for showing your end table! I so wanted to see it close up last week! I am in love with it, I would never part with it either! I can just see you sitting there looking at the wonderful magazine Traditional Homes with your cup of tea! It is so wonderful! Love the birds, topiary! The bookcase look wonderful! Your mirror turned out so pretty! I love the yellow roses, and the mirror view with the roses!
    Such a wonderful post! So many lovely treasures!

  30. Your entertainment center shelves have turned out beautifully! You really have a talent for creating gorgeous vignettes! Just the right amount of accessories and the height and scale of everything blends nicely. If that kitchen work table could talk, what stories it could tell! How wonderful that you have kept it and given it a whole new purpose as a side table - kind of a nice retirement for it!


  31. Hi Marty!!!
    Great new things rearranged, love that !!!I like the new look of the mirror and using it to stand up on a book shelf for the reflective look!!!I so LOVE that directional thing in the corner, behind the plant, love that, what is it????SO awesome!!!!
    Have a blessed week, it is going to cool off again!!!yeah!!!!
    Time to plan our little picnic at the park!!!!

  32. Beuatiful tsbles Marty! And you did a really great job with mirror! Mary :O)

  33. Hi Marty,
    You do a lovely job on your vignettes and displays. I always enjoy seeing your spaces!!
    Hugs, Linda

  34. Hi Marty,
    I love your home. When I look at your decor I feel like we are neighbors.I have just dropped in for tea and you are showing me all your wonderful, beautiful and interesting treasures that you are going to be enjoying all spring long. Thanks for having this great party. So I can share my treasures too.

  35. Beautiful changes Marty! Love the two small pictures - are they prints or watercolors? And I LOVE that kitchen work table, I don't think you've shown that before. What a fantastic piece. Hugs, Kat

  36. Marty you sure have a gift for putting things together. Your pics are beautiful. I looooooove the end table and reading all your comments see I am in good company. Thanks for hosting us. Have a blessed day!

  37. Marty great job on the mirror. I would have never thought of painting it like that. I also like what you did with the bookcase. You always arange things so nicely. I am really liking your antique side table though. That's very unique! I've never seen one of those, I would not part with that either.

  38. Hi Marty! I'm excited to be joining you today for your Vignette party!

    I always love gazing at the pictures of your gorgeous home. You truly have a knack for decorating and it comes through the computer loud and clear. Great items and well placed on your book case, as well as everything else!


  39. I stopping by via Vignettes and I'm so glad I did what a great idea for a party. This is an area where no matter how "good" we think we are we can all use fresh ideas.
    Thanks for hosting. Now I'm going to have to go take a picture of something and write a post. :)

  40. I like the bookcase arrangement. I like the use of mirrors too. The stain you added to yours was just right!

  41. Hi Marty,

    I love your end table!! What a treasure! I love how you arranged everything on both the entertainment center as well as the end table! Absolutely lovely! I love your fresh yellow roses too! :) Fresh cut flowers are always delightful!!

    Hugs, Carolyn ~ Cottage Sunshine

  42. Hi Marty,

    Love how your frame turned out. Looks really nice sitting on the shelf. Your bookcase always looks fabulous! Love that little table with the flour bin!! How cook is that?


  43. Thanks again for having this great party every week Marty - you are a wonderful hostess!

  44. Thanks so much for hosting! I just love all the wonderful changes you made!!


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  45. Marty you always have your decor and accessories so well displayed! You just have a great eye, and it certainly helps that you have all great pieces to show us!~ Thanks for hosting this linky party!!~ And for being such a great host at that!

  46. Marty, All the changes look great and you have such a talent for doing wonderful table arrangements.
    Love what you have done with the bookcase.

  47. My entertainment center shelves are a constant challenge for me, but your look fantastic! Want to come over and arrange mine for me? lol

  48. I love the look of a houseful of items collected over time. Your home is so interesting because the items in it seem to tell a story and give those entering your home a feel for who you are.