Friday, February 22, 2013

New Chandy Bling & Spring

A few weeks back The Hubster and I installed our new yard sale chandy. I really liked it but I was not quite in love with it in our space. To me it was missing something. Something that would make it flow better with our decor.
I researched chandy bling and ordered some. I was afraid that they would not look as beautiful in person as they were in the listing picture. You can pretty much make anything look amazing in pictures with the right editing!;) To my surprise though they were even more beautiful. They are made from glass and not plastic so they have extra sparkle. I got 12ft for just $24.50 with free shipping. A pretty good deal I think.

The first thing I did was to swag the crystals around the entire chandy.
After adding swags around the chandy I decided to add a crystal to each tassel to ensure that it all tied together. I wanted the new bling to look original to the chandy. To help ensure this I made sure to order crystals that had the same silver loop as what was already on the chandy. 

After all the bling was added I decided to add some gold accent by highlighting the candelabra holders as well as the leaf detail with some Rub N Buff. 
Now the beautiful chandy is even more beautiful and ties in perfectly with our space.
And because I could not take pics of the new chandy bling without sharing the first signs of spring in our home here are the spring touches I added to the dining room.

I made this bunny centerpiece last year and instead of coming up with something new I decided to use it again.
We did not have the hutch this time last year so I enjoyed decorating it for spring.
My favorite bunny bowls I purchased from HomeGoods back in the fall.

I decided to show y'all the side of the dining room you never really see but it is the first thing you see when you walk in our front door. I love my federal mirror collection even if it is small. 
I am now saving up for new dining chairs. I want to put the ones on the ends back in the office. I am thinking maybe some wing back chairs with slipcovers and then two frenchy oval back chairs for the side by the hutch.

Thanx for stopping by and I hope your week was a good one!
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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Treasure Hunt Thursday #95 & Highlights

Welcome to THT #95! Thank you for coming to the party. Here are my top picks from last weeks party.
Hymns & Verses shared a wonderful memory map project. 
Crystelle Boutique shared different ways to use vintage flash cards in our decorating.
I adore Anne's pink farmhouse table over at White Lace Cottage.
Christy over at Our Southern Home shared her recipe for yummy Pork Chops Picatta.

If you have been featured please feel free to grab the "I have been featured" button to proudly display on your sidebar!:)

Now on to this weeks party!
What would be a HUGE help and encourage more comments not just from me but others as well would be for everybody to take off their required verification codes for leaving a comment. This seems to take just a few seconds of time but when you have to do it on 30 or more blogs it takes up a TON of time. Last week most everybody had turned off their Word Verification which made it so much easier for me to stop by everybody's links! Thank you!

Now on to this weeks party! 
As with all parties there are the normal rules. You must link back to From My Front Porch To Yours in your THT POST. Just common courtesy. If ya don't link back ya don't get to party. Only link up to your Treasure Hunt Thursday post and NOT your blog homepage. Please No advertising and PLEASE NO MORE than 3 links from the SAME party goer. Also NO MORE linking up to your own link parties. I am seeing more and more link ups of just people promoting their own linky parties. I know it takes time to go back and make a separate post to join the party but it is just the polite thing to do. If you find your post deleted it is not because I am a meany, I just have to make sure the rules are being followed. You can save some of your posts for the following weeks party!Please only link up new posts and not posts that you linked up the week before.
Also be sure to visit at least the link before you and after you to just say Hi! It makes partying all the more fun and remember if your link has had the most visits you will get featured on Tuesdays! If you are new around here I would love it if ya become a follower!:)

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Treasure Hunt Thursday #94 Most Viewed Links

Sorry I am a little late getting the most viewed links up today! Here they are. Hope everybody is having a great day!
1. Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home- Guest Bedroom reveal.
2. Creative Home Expressions- New treasures.
3. The Rusty Heart- Powder room reveal.
4. Decorate With A Little Bit- Bathroom reveal.

See everybody back here tomorrow for Treasure Hunt Thursday #95!!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

How I Found My Style Sundays- Cedar Hill Ranch

Hello there, I'm 
Anita from Cedar Hill Ranch
where we do  Texas living with a French Accent.
I'm so happy to be visiting Pam over here at her gorgeous blog, and am so honored she wants to hear about my style.  But before we start, have a seat, and I'll get us a cup of tea.
She gave me several questions and here they are.
1- What is your decorating style?
My decorating style is... FARMHOUSE FRENCH.  I've described it as 
chippy, rusty, crusty
with touches of French.  

It's a relaxed, comfy style with a touch of Marie Antoinette, before... well.. you know.  My style incorporates antique French furniture, with vintage silver, beautiful linens, creamy linen slipcovers and tapestry fabric, with a little toile thrown in.  
A big part of this style is to use things with a past, like old seltzer bottles, grain sacks, wood boxes and wicker baskets,  and crystal.   Yes we're talkin' Lisa Douglas from Green Acres. That's me, only without the accent.  (You might be too young to know who I am talking about.)
I inherited a big mink coat, and I can't wait to get a picture of myself wearing the mink AND my cowboy boots while I'm digging a hole with a shovel at the ranch. That's just what Lisa would have done, only she would have been wearing her high heels with pink feathers.  I wrote a post recently on my style and you can find it here
2- How did you "find" your decorating style? 
Good question.  As with most bloggers/designers, it has evolved over time.  It shifts a bit this way and that, but it's always been traditional, and about 15 years ago, I made a shift from an English look to a French look.  
Because of the expense, the changeover has been gradual.  When I began blogging, I made the change from lots of color to a neutral, soothing palette with more and more vintage touches. I never, ever thought I would decorate with white because I love color so much. 
But now that I've moved to the light side, I can't get over how much better my home looks.  (It photographs better also.)  Blogging has helped me greatly to find my style and to figure out what exactly it is.  When you are taking photos of your house every day, then editing the photos and writing about them, it becomes clearer and clearer what your style is.   If you are having a difficult time determining your style, start looking at your Pinterest boards. There is probably a common theme, and then it's just a matter of putting it into words, and then finding those things for your home that fit your style. 
I looked at what I have shared on Facebook, and was surprised at just how much of a Francophile I've become.  
See what I mean? My decorating heros are Rachel Ashwell, and Charles Faudree, in case you are wondering. 

3- What has been your most treasured find for your home? 
This was a hard one for me to answer.   Of course lots of pieces have sentimental value since we inherited so many things.  If I could choose a category, it would be dishes, since I love all of them, inherited and bought. 
But if I had to chose one thing that I like the most in my home, (see now I just thought of all the portraits I took of my daughters... hmm...) I am going to say my antique French clock because it is so beautiful,

and I like to imagine a woman over 100 years ago, winding this clock and treasuring it every day. 

  4- What tips do you have for creating a beautiful home? Pam, you really have good questions.  I think the biggest tip here is to fill your home with things you love, and you will find it beautiful. I used to buy things for a room because they were the right color. WRONG.  When I changed color schemes, I no longer cared for those items. But sometimes I would buy something just because I loved it; those things I still have, no matter what color they are.   
I also used to buy things because they fit a theme, like "roosters" or "toile".  I don't do that any more either.   For my style, I look for warm, loved, vintage and antique touches that look very personal.  I look for dishes, silver, linens, and anything with chippy paint, curvy lines, and French style.  I prefer old furniture to new. 
Thanks for inviting me Pam.  I hope you can come join me on my back porch in person soon. I'll have my "people" call your people...
just as soon as I teach her how to use the phone. 

Thank you so very much for sharing your beautiful home and fabulous style with us Anita!

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