Friday, March 25, 2011

Welcoming Spring!

It has been a cold and snowy winter here in New Hampshire and I am looking forward to the Spring thaw.
 Mother Nature has decided to go out like a lion with snow showers falling as I write this post.
I have no fear because I have a fireplace, and I'm not afraid to use it! As a matter of fact, we use it all the time.
I found a tutorial for a 'DIY Burlap and Starfish Wreath' wreath over at 'The DIY Showoff'. I made mine with cotton fabrics in shades of whites, creams and grays.
For my factory cart coffee table, I sewed a simple white table cover with some lovely textured fabric.
A simple gathering of greens tucked into an old wood box, a vintage spool encased with an old rusty bed spring and an antique weight placed on some old books.
Several groupings of found objects complete the entertainment center.
A rusty old license plate is tucked inside a vintage wooden box. The maple syrup season is in full swing, so this old sap bucket seems appropriate and the vintage lunch pail was a gift for my husband a few Christmases ago.
More old wood boxes are the backdrop for a galvanized sifter with a handle that was perfect for propping this lovely copper weather vane with the most wonderful patina. An old lantern and a twig wreath completed this grouping.
This old box is from the 'Sunshine Juice Company' and was a recent find at a local antique shop. It is quite heavy and has metal corners with the word 'Sunshine' raised onto the metal. I added a couple of old gears and another rusty lantern. FYI - I am making another white fabric wreath and will be replacing the gears with the wreath to give it a softer look.
Vintage scales and old books are a favorite of mine and I love finding ways to show them off.
Old license plates are quite the treasured item these days. They are in the $20-$40 range at most of the shops I visit.
Another old wood box filled with some greens and a couple of antique measures I draped the Victorian ladies gloves on the box to add a touch of softness to the otherwise rustic look.
One of my simple rules of decorating is to always use things we love. It is what makes our house into our home
The fire is burning and it is warm and toasty on this cold Spring day. Hope you are enjoying your Spring as much as I am.

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Until next time ~ Suzanne. Print Friendly and PDF


  1. Hi Suzanne, your pictures are just so inspiring! Loved every single one of them! The wreath is just beautiful, I shall have to take a look at the tutorial.

    Have a lovely weekend,

  2. Oh I adore your wreath~ swoon!

    I am currently hosting an auction of vintage and antique linen treasures. Stop by and take a peek.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

  3. Hi Suzanne! Your home is so lovely and you definitely have an eye for display. Love the wreath you made. Thanks so much for joining my party.

  4. I love your decorating. I love rustic, antique and vintage decor. Everything is fabulous!
    Thanks for sharing. Found you on whipperberry.

  5. So many lovely photos! I love your decorating style! Those white birds are just gorgeous!
    Have a great weekend,

  6. Beautiful! I love your accessories. I came over from Whipperberry. Have a great weekend and keep up the great work!

  7. I love all of your pretty photos. All of the whites on your mantel are so lovely.

  8. I love your decorating warm, rustic, and inviting!!

  9. What a warm, beautiful room! Hope the spring snows are gone in a flash, and you enjoy a wonderful weekend...Tanya

  10. You have a beautiful style. I love all of your "funky junk!" (Visiting from Donna's site)

  11. Wow- what a charming post!! I adore your vignettes- they are so pretty! Love that wreath in the crate and the scale with the books!! Stopping by from SNS- new follower-nice to meet you! Stop by and say hello sometime! :)

  12. What awesome treasures you have!!!

    m ^..^

  13. Your home is lovely..Love the way you displayed everything..

  14. What awesome treasures! Love your scale and coffee table cart! Thanks for linking up!

  15. A very beautiful and welcoming home you have. I have a wood burning stove that we use all winter. Our next house will have a big fireplace like yours. Off to check the link for the wreath.

  16. I wanted to let you know we featured this on WhipperBerry today. Your decorating is beautiful! I want to live with you. Come grab a featured button if you would like!

  17. Suzanne, what a lovely home you have!
    Great blog too!
    I love your spring touches and especially the juxtaposition of the light and dark pieces.
    The pure innocence of the white against the warm and rustic makes for some interesting vignettes.
    You're a very creative lady... and btw, your factory cart coffee table is now on my list of Prim wishes!
    Prim Hugs and Blessings,

  18. Your beautiful room is so charming and cozy! I love all the vintage details layered atop the warm hued woods. I'm sure the room's coziness has helped to keep you warm during this past crazy cold winter.

    Thanks for linking to my party. I would love to have you join me each week. By the way, stop in tonight and see your blog featured. ;)

    Just joined you as a follower, as well.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  19. So beautiful. I love all your wonderful finds.

  20. Your Spring changes are wonderful...and you know just how to display and use these 'found' pieces just right.
    I have always admired the 'factory cart' from the day you bought and refurbished it!


  21. you rival with funky junk!:) love your ideas!

  22. I adore your mix of whites and browns in this room.

    I thought your spool encased with an old rusty bed spring was just a courting candle... what a really neat idea!

    I have an old metal lunch pail exactly like yours that I picked up at a sale, they are so neat, aren't they?

    Like you, I love old wooden boxes also. Your recent find with the metal corners is awesome! The gears inside is a cool idea.

    All of your displays are wonderfully prim, love it all Suzanne!

  23. Your room looks so cozy and has such great character.

  24. Hello again,

    Thank you for your kind words on my Handmade Cards post and for becoming a follower :)

    I am following you too - after seeing that wreath and your coffee table! x

  25. Hello Suzanne. Thanks for stopping by Timeless Treasures and leaving such a nice comment. I am glad you found me as now I can visit you and enjoy your treasures. Love it all ... so neat, so warm and soooo inviting.
    Blessings. Audrey Z.


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