Monday, March 30, 2015

Aqua Pops in the Dining Room

In my mission to spring clean,
I moved next, after the library,
 to the dining room.

By the way, thank you for the sweet comments on my clean book shelves
in the library/family room.

Now moving on to more cleaning.

With spring here and the new season, I have brought in pops of aqua.
Last year, I decorated in a beachy look with aqua, but decided on a cottage garden style this season.

My inspirational point started with this fabric design for the windows.

It blends well with black and the old world rustic tile flooring.

At night I can close them and it will be nice when the temps are 105 degrees.
To the bottom part of the window,
I have blended a lacy insert curtain the same color as the antique taupe in the drape.
It gives a little privacy when open and sitting at the table.
This room faces the front of the house so it softens the look.

I have more going on here with this chair pad
 but I'm still completing this
 and will share that when done!
I did not make the drapes or the one chair pad and I'll share more about this later.

To start I emptied the hutch, cleaned the inside top to bottom
and then moved dishes around for a new look.

This season I am loving black, blue and aqua together.
Yes, I know you might be ??? that, but it really does work and
when shopping around town I am seeing it everywhere in home decor too.

Anyway, I took out all my white dishes
brought my collection of Vintage Blue and Whites to fill
 and change up the color and look of the room.

I'm going back to an old world cottage garden style.
This just fits this house, the brick and the stone.

This little egg collection is a set I painted nearly 25 years ago.
Each one has a little springy scene.

Love this blue pie bird.

The buffet top was next and I added this pretty toile platter
I found last weekend on a little treasure hunt.

Next I cleaned and redesigned the hutch top.
I still used my white roosters and added
some blue and white to tie in the color.

On the side buffet
I found a wonderful shade with french script for my lamp.

Then teamed this area up with a gorgeous framed C design
I received from the very talented
Sherry ~ Edie Marie

Stop by and say hello. Their blog is very French Chic!

Love the aqua bunny with it.
Love this Sherry, thank you so much!

This cloche is filled with faux Easter Eggs
topping a Antique plate from Washington DC.
I love the aqua and gold edge on the plate.

I found this treasure with the the toile platter.

For the table
I created a springy look using
the long wire tray I found on my recent trip.

The pedestal holds the nest and little bird with eggs.

You know how I love these faux candles on timers
 and this comes on each evening at the same time for 4 hours.
So cozy wrapped in vintage lace and sitting on a couple saucers from England.

A bit of the blue and white again with this bunny
sitting on a crocheted aqua and white doily spilling over the wire tray.

A little green completes this vignette in a vintage bowl created by my mother many years ago.

Lastly, I added my Tuscan prints on each side of the hutch.
The frame compliments the black and wood tones of the table.

The head chair is so comfy with this gorgeous pillow hand made
by one of my favorite etsy sellers in Spain.

I met Patty on Etsy when she lived in Florida and moved to Spain awhile ago.

The colors are perfect for the chairs and the aqua in the room.

I'll be back with the final reveal when I finish up painting one last piece.

See you soon.

Be Blessed

Celestina Marie


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Saturday, March 28, 2015

No Place Like Home

Happy Weekend Friends

I love to paint and design special boxes
and this one was so fun to transform for spring.

I love being at home and I'm sort of a homebody most of the time.
Yes, it's  fun to  shop, visit, travel, treasure hunt and more~
but I can say I am truly happy right here at home.

Starting with a brown paper mache box (which I always fail to take a before pic) sorry!
I base coated it in chalk paint using the color Lace, by DecorArt.
It is truly one of  my favorite shades of ivory white.

To the lid I have painted my signature nest with eggs and roses trailing about
adding Aqua  checks with shading.

Inside I painted it soft Aqua,  also chalk paint by DecorArt
called Vintage.

Lace and trims are added around the lid
The sides grace checks, polka dots and a spring rose vine.
To the background I add a flyspeck technique  to soften the painting.

Shading and dry brushing complete the details.

Ready to hold a special gift, keepsakes or craft  or sewing supplies.

This one is available in my Etsy shoppe, HERE

Have a wonderful and blessed weekend if  you are at home~
because we all know,

Celestina Marie

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Good Fences

Hi Friends
Welcome to Thursday's
 Good Fences.

Happy Spring
Thank you for the comments on my spring cleaned Library
emails asking for the paint color and molding paint accent.

Typically here in Texas,
you might see a gate entrance like this~

Brick columns and stone lions like this~

Long gravel and dirt driveway entries like this~

And spring has sprung with green grass like this.

With warmer and longer days

we are 

So Happy to Welcome the new season.


See you next time.


Celestina  Marie

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Monday, March 23, 2015

One Room at a Time

Hi Friends~

Happy Spring!
Hope you enjoyed a great first spring weekend.

In my plans to spring clean, reorganize and change up decor  for the season,
I started with my library/family room 
started cleaning one room at a time.

My goal was to take out all the books from the shelves.

Dust and clean each one.

Organize in piles with book topics.

I have story books and novels, biographies,
gardening and flower books, health, home decor and decorating,
science, how to's, spiritual, political and cook books.

Sort through and box up those for Good Will.

What a job, but so nice to have this done, cleaned and organized back to this.

I love closing off the TV when you don't want to see it in the room.

It would have been nice to layer a few books on their sides,
adding some decor and interest to the shelves
this style and the many books here, just doesn't look right that way.

So keeping a true library look was the way to go
for this reorganized room.

Next came the rest of the room for a spring clean.

Keeping it light and bright for reading 
and lowering the lights for watching TV or movies.

I love to decorate with books and especially vintage books so 
a few find their way for accents around the room.

The colors here are a mix of browns, black, tan and ivory
and then for the seasons, I add a pop of color to the neutrals.
This spring I've added shades of rust, rose and spring green.

The wall color is maple sugar, like a neutral light tan.

It goes with everything and really pops next the the wood work and moldings.

The inset color near the ceiling is a cocoa brown.

Mr. LJ added the new window treatment rod
and I popped up some new large rod styled drapes.
Great for closing on really HOT Texas days.

So glad to have this project marked off the
spring clean list.

The floors are hand scraped and a distressed oak like the cabinets.

I searched for 3 months to find just the right color wood for these floors.

This is the only room of cabinets in the house I haven't painted to a lighter color.

The wood tone for this room just feels more like a library, so it stays.

Are you spring cleaning and rearranging?

Changing up your rooms with fresh new looks?

I guess I get spring fever this time of year 
make room for change,
One Room at a Time!!

See you next time as I move along to the dining room.

Celestina Marie


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