Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Fun finds...

I don't go out shopping often. When I do, I like to be sure I can go to fun shops where you can buy unique items or shops where you can find bargains.


This is my favorite find in a long time. It is a pretty little country crock. I love the size, color and shape of this! It looks perfect sitting with my quilts I make holding some flowers. I found this in a brocante shop up north in the village of Exloo. It was my first time to visit this shop and will not be my last...


We are busy doing lots of painting in our house. It was all done 7 to 10 years ago and just looks grubby and tired. We finished the entrance hall and laundry room. I have not forgotten to share those photos and will do so yet this week. We are now doing the upstairs hall which is not fun as it goes up to 4 meters in height at places.

You know how one things leads to another? I moved this old little chest of drawers upstairs to our bedroom (which has all been moved around). I did not want to keep it in the entrance hall as the curtain by our door comes out much nicer now with the new paint color. It hid too much of the curtain so switched the little table from the bedroom to there. This chest of drawers is very tired from being used for 15 years. It is pine and needs a little love and attention. I am trying to decide whether to paint it cream or stain it in the pretty dark wood stain I used for our butler tray.


In the same shop where I found the crock, I also bought these vintage porcelain knobs. I had been searching for some nice old ones and she has exactly six of them. I was sure I needed six of them. Nope! I only needed five. I am considering taking them to Cranberry Cottage to put on a little chest of drawers I have there instead as I do need six for that one.


One of the paint colors we are using is called 'cotton' and is a very warm white. (The other color is very special and I will explain that later this week too...) I had been searching for a very large mirror to use in the upstairs hall. It is a skinny L shaped space and I thought adding a large mirror would make the space seem larger.


It is hard to take photos of it so this is the best I could do. It looks less bright white in reality than it shows. There is pretty detailing along the frame and it is beviled glass.


Last but not least, we finally found a chandelier. It is not an expensive one but looks really pretty in our bedroom. Excuse that odd lightbulb. We only had 5 of the pretty candle lightbulbs so I still have to get to the shops for a new one. I am still searching for another chandelier too. They are very popular now and that has pushed the prices way up. Our ceiling are rounded and high up in three of our rooms upstairs that it makes these lamps seem smaller than they actually are. Our old black chandelier will be taken up to Cranberry Cottage. I think it will accent the high ceiling in the living room nicely there.


22 comments:

Lilysmom said...

That is a beautiful chandelier! I love it! Great find.

Nancy said...

I thought you were taking a picture of the door. LOL. Noooooo it is the mirror. It is very pretty. I like the chandelier too. The pot is very cute. You are always doing something.
love you, Mom

Heidi Ann said...

Hello Heidi, How are you?...Your home is looking so wonderful!...I know what you mean about everything starting to look a bit sad!....My girls & I just painted my husband's ofice a lovely shade of blue, & now would like to continue into the entryway, but just have not had the time! :)And the chandelier is gorgeous!!!...alng with that pretty mirror! Great job!....Enjoy your week!....Heidi XO

BittersweetPunkin said...

Hi Heidi!! I love all you recent finds!! It is just starting to get a little chilly here so I think I will drag out my fall decor...I am still expecting heat wave though,..the weather is so unpredictable!

Suzann said...

LOVE the chandelier!!! What a cute dresser. Of course, I lean towards painting it cream, but it would depend on the surroundings. Those are some awesome drawer pulls too. I can't wait to see more! The curtains, the paint colors, etc. You are one very busy gal, aren't you!?

Nan said...

Just like your mom (another Nancy!), I thought it was a picture of the door. Very, very cool, artsy shot, Heidi! I like the green color with the white. I just love seeing your house.

Melissa said...

Heidi,

Everything is beautiful.

Thank you so much for your good thoughts. My appointment is tomorrow morning. I can't wait for it to be over.

I'll let you know how it goes.

Melissa

Judy said...

Oh Heidi, I love the chandelier it is beautiful. You found a great crock too. You can do so many things with that. You are really busy with all the house remodeling. It will be beautiful when you finish!! You'll have to take a pic of the knobs after you put them on, they are so cute.

Deborah Schroder said...

Heidi, your lovely home is such an inspiration to me...I am looking at purchasing my first home in 2009 and I will tuck some of your ideas away to use there. Thank you so much for opening your home and heart to us

Deborah (beestitchin1@yahoo.com)

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

I so enjoyed your decorating tour. The chandelier is wonderful and so is the crock! Congratulations on your charming finds!

Mary said...

Well you and Jos have been busy painting and relocating furniture - it's looking great. Anxious to see what color you painted your bedroom - and that chandelier is gorgeous, don't they just brighten up a room and give it a romantic feeling - I love them!

Painting your pine chest would be nice I think. The mirror looks great - will open up that space.

Everything is looking lovely Heidi.

smilnsigh said...

Since I'm new here, I'm not familiar with Cranberry Cottage. I certainly look forward to finding out all about this. Which sounds so special.

I'm a complete push-over for anything with 'Cottage' attached to it. :-)

Miss Mari-Nanci
Smilnsigh

Kim~"HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs" said...

The little crock is really nice. I also love your chandelier...it is just beautiful!

Jo said...

You have had some great finds Heidi.Isnt it fun! I really like the little quilt under the crock might have to have a go at making one of those.

BittersweetPunkin said...

Nancy said it was your DH's Birthday!!!

Happy Birthday!!

Regina said...

Hi Heidi
Your finds are so beautiful.I like
the wonderful chandelier.
I wish you a wonderful weekend!!!!
Hugs Regina

Andylynne said...

What a good time you must be having. I'm catching up on posts and loved your tribute to Tasha Tudor it was sweet. I love that new door mat, I would love to find something like that here. Sigh, Holland has such interesting things. I guess it's a matter of perspective, but I think things are more interesting . I love your photo of the grapes. They are an amazing color. I like the way you incorporate things in your home, the new crock, and the pulls. And the new chandelier is gorgeous. I bet cranberry cottage is puffed up in anticipation of the new black Chandelier. Sounds as if every thing is going well, and that your going to have more wonderful changes to share.
Pssst, I also thought your were taking a picture of the door!
I did think it was a lovely color LOL. The mirror is great in that spot.

Carolien said...

I just discovered something on your mother's blog: Jos is having his birthday today!
Happy birthday Jos!!! And congratulations, both of you! Een goed en gelukkig nieuw levensjaar gewenst!

Groetjes, Carolien

Mia said...

Your new crock looks lovely, Heidi! And sounds like you are very busy indeed with redecorating and moving furniture about. I have finally started to get busy with my quilting an crocheting again, hoping to finish the UFO´s (or is it WIP´s...?) before starting a new project. At the moment I am working on the pink hexagon quilt (featured several times in my blog) hoping to finish it this September. Photos will surely be available in my blog when it is all done.

By the way, I just love your pretty chandelier. I am very partial to chandeliers (as you have seen in my blog) and I am on a look out for one for the spare room (on with light bulbs this time, since it is more practical for the guests).

Betty said...

Heidi,
Thank you so much for visiting and commenting on your experience with a caring person....I think kindness is so often found where we least expect it...our gracious Lord knows when we need it most and tenders hearts to supply it.....

Your home looks lovely....the crock is beautiful.....Blessings...Betty

Mary said...

Just discovered Jos was a 'birthday boy' today - please wish him many happy returns from me!

Hope you are feeling better Heidi.
Much love, Mary.

P.S. A shame mom cannot come to the beach as planned - hope it works out later for them. Hanna and Ike could be quite a threat to the Southeast!!

Among the Hedgerows said...

Lovely finds, Heidi! Those knobs are very pretty.
xo,
Lynda