Good Monday Morning!
This post couldn't be more timely!
As I am writing this
I am staring out my hotel window
at the beautiful Gulf Coast.
I am tagging along with Mr. Beaux
as he attends a conference in Naples, FL
at the spectacular Ritz Carlton.
Hey, sometimes you have to
take advantage of the perks!
There were many many (too many to count)
times when I
was stuck remained at home
to take care of the little kiddos.
It's nice to finally be able to take off on a whim and
accompany him on his journeys.
Ritz Carlton, Naples FL
On Saturday before we took off for Florida,
I spent the day helping my BFF
with her kitchen/hearth room mantel.
She is having company this week
and was sprucing up a bit.
Of course we had to hit some
Estate Sales first but that's another post...
Here is the Hearth Room eating area
as it looked when she bought the home
a few years ago.
She is waiting to paint
and do some remodeling
in this room later this year.
And here is a photo (not a very good one)
of how the room looked when we started.
We had stripped the mantel
of everything except the vintage window pane.
We wanted a summery look in neutral tones.
So, I set about shopping the house.
It's my BFF, so nothing is off limits!
I scoured the basement storage area,
the extra bedrooms,
searched in drawers and cupboards...
As soon as I found this "Fresh Salmon"
sign I knew that we were headed
for a Beachy Destination for the Mantel.
My BFF is my hero
when it comes to scoring
great finds at Estate Sales!
She has some of the most interesting things
that you would NEVER see in any store.
I always love helping her accessorize.
We gathered all things ocean,
beach, and sailing and began decorating.
She has these great rope balls
that are actually called Monkey Fists.
Don't ask me why or what they are for,
I just think they are neat.
We set it next to an apothecary jar
of shells on top of some books.
We placed some ferns and daisies
in her Creel basket
and hung it on the vintage window pane.
This is about the point
when I want to tuck some of her things
in my car when she is not looking!
We found this apothecary jar
one Saturday in a house
packed with treasures.
Tucked behind the window
is a piece of worn driftwood
that you will love when you see the whole thing!
And, I have to tell you that I had TWO starfish
when I started this project.
My clear bin that I brought from home
had a bunch of shells
and other nautical things in it.
Her little Westie kept peeking in
when we weren't looking.
He finally found the starfish
and made a little snack out of it.
Sigh, I couldn't be upset
because my two dogs
had already had a go at it too!
OK, is that not the cutest whale you have ever seen?
I brought the sailboat from home
once we had decided on our theme.
LOVE the way it turned out!
We made a few changes
to the Welsh cupboard as well.
I wanted to keep it simple and uncluttered.
I love this piece of furniture!
Another Estate Sale find...
We kept her ironstone dishes on display
and added the sign and another Monkey Fist.
I set some linens,
along with some pewter plates,
and these adorable chicken napkin rings
on the bottom shelf of the cupboard.
I know these napkins look familiar.
Hey, good friends share!
I placed them in a basket
with her fun silver starfish on top.
Mr. Westie had better not
try to take a bite out of this one!
We finished up,
sent the boys out
to our favorite Greek restaurant for food,
set the table,
and enjoyed an impromptu dinner party
with a little white wine and good friends!
Until Next Time,
What We Accomplished Wednesday @ Green Willow Pond
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Treasure Hunt Thursday @ From My Front Porch To Yours