Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Thanks so much to everyone who has voted in our contest! If you haven't voted yet, you still have some time.

I have been awfully absent from the blog this week, not only because I think Spring has finally sprung, but because we are having a hectic White Berry week. I think I have driven on pretty much every street in town this past week doing pick ups and drop offs! And you would be shocked by the garage.... seriously shocked! Unfortunately some of my lovely, loyal customers have had items "in the works" for the last 2-3 weeks which is not typical. Thankfully they are all very understanding and patient. But I think I should follow some sage advice given to me not long ago by a wise woman named Lisa Leonard who told me I need to hire an assitant. Assistance is definitely what I could use!

But never-the-less we are all enjoying some warm weather, and Wren is practicing for the big Hunt this weekend!


She currently fills the basket with puffed wheat, totes it around while gently removing each grain then placing them all back. Of course the dogs are totally loving it.


This week I have been totally inspired by some online design consultations I had been working on last weekend. They centered around country garden inspirations, so I decided to spunk up the living room with new greenery. Oh yeah, and a new coffee table!


The table was not that old, but it had suffered at the hands of mother nature. The wood was very faded and grainy so I really wanted it to show through.





I love that the wood underneath is varied in color due to sun and water exposure.


It is the perfect imperfect country table and it should be up on White Berry this evening~
My snappy farm crate also found a use for now, cradling an assortment of ferns and tropicals.

It should make it a lot easier to cart them into the tub every couple months for a little shower (apparently they really like this?).

I love the look of old terracotta pots, instead of new ones. Even cracks like this can't keep me from loving them.


Chips and rough edges just add to the charm. All of my pots come from curbs and cast-offs and to help them along in the aging process I always leave them outside when they aren't in use. I am sure some would cringe to think of a pile of relatively nice pots laying under snow and ice all winter but it gives shiny new pots a faded and aged look.


Of course the crate looks a little large for this coffee table, but we are hard at work (in between being hard at work on 20 other things LOL) turning an old kitchen table into a HUGE coffee table! It should look right at home on that~

25 comments:

Kristine at The Painted Hive said...

That's so funny. I just this morning posted my entryway and have teracotta pots filled with herbs and lavendar as part of my vignette.
Kristine

Preppy 101 said...

I never put my terra cotta pots up in the winter. Of course I have lost more than a few that just broke apart. I now empty them completely so that when it freezes, they don't simply break apart! I wish I had figured this out before I ruined my huge crock. I like things old, too :-)

Jess said...

I have the same coffee table! I've seen it made over twice now and I love them both. I may be posting about it being painted black soon =)

m said...

totally unrelated to your post, but i just saw this on etsy on thought of your week princess!
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=41084071&ref=fp_feat_2

Andréann said...

I officially want this table.

Kacey said...

I've never thought about leaving terra cotta pots outdoors to give them character. I'll have to try that!

AnaLisa said...

I like the coffee table. Very nice work. Wren is ready for her easter egg hunt! So cute.

Caitlin said...

They are not too large! They are just perfect! I'm so envious of your white home! I could never manage with my dogs (and my hopes to get a Saint Bernard after I get married!), but I love how well you see the beauty in tired old pieces! I've been getting more and more into antiques with each day, but fortunately I have always loved bringing new life into castaways!

Great work and great blog as always.

Thanks for posting,
Caitlin @ That House on the Corner

Krystie said...

I love hose pots and the crate they sit in. Ah, always a jealous girl over here.

lizibeth said...

that crate is a great idea for the plant pots ...... how do you get Wren to not touch the plants?

Living It At Home said...

Your daughter is the cutest ever with her little Easter basket! Your home is always so lovely and I really enjoy seeing what you are up to. Love the new plant arrangement!

Happy Easter!
~jamilyn

Jen said...

if i lived in the same country as you i would DEFINITELY apply to be your assistant. That would be a dream!

Love the new coffee table & your mini garden!

KRISTINA CIPOLLA PHOTOGRAPHY said...

Awww Wren is so adorbale! hope you all have a great weekend! Love the table and love the farm crates and how you used them to hold plants! great idea! Thanks for sharing! :)

Miss Obara said...

I love all of your things. I recently picked up side table and in the middle of painting it! Yes, it was a curbside find!
I think of you often!!
Wren is ADORABLE!
Have a blessed EASTER!

Caroline said...

Oh my goodness...she is so completely adorable!

I wish I lived closer...I would LOVE to be your assistant! = )

Amber's Notebook said...

the house looks great!! And Awe Wren! The casting call was fun! i liked seeing how people styled your pieces. It was hard to vote though! =)

Brianna! said...

Inspiration is GORGEOUS and refreshing!
Love it.

Tracey G. said...

Hi Holly--random question but how are the fake eyelashes working? Just curious if you still recommend them?

Holly and Sean said...

Hi Tracey! Still loving them!! If you haven't given them a try yet, definitely don't be scared!

Tracey @ My House of Giggles said...

I love your old pots! I'm a sucker for character too :) You did a great job on that coffee table...the distressing is perfect.

Have a wonderful Easter weekend!

Beth said...

I still can't figure out how you keep your house white with a toddler. My house is multicolored - covered with crayola

Kansas Amy said...

I love all the pics. Thank you for sharing. The old pots are my favorite too!

OLLIE MCKAY'S ~ A Chic Boutique said...

Your little girl is adorable!! And that is THE cutest Easter basket ever!! LOVE the coffee table - Our sun room has antiqued whitewash finish on furniture too! I've been looking for some new rugs - one for our great room - which will need to be huge!! We have a beautiful whitish berber in there now that is ready to be replaced! I noticed the rug under the coffee table - where is it from? Have a great week and Happy Spring to all!!

Between You and Me said...

absolutely LOVE the green potted plants on the coffee table...the wire basket makes it!!!

LOVE the punch of green in your white room!

Marie said...

Hello sweet Holly - oh my...look at how big Wren is! She is so adorable with her cute flower basket. The perfect cereal holder. Oh, and I love the coffee table! So fab.

Blessings,
Marie
http://emmacallsmemama.com

 
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