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Rainbow Button Bouquet

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Need a cheerful bit of fun to brighten your decor? How about a rainbow button bouquet? Cute in a vase on a window ledge or on a shelf. Wonderful for a accenting a wedding bouquet or use them individually as boutonnieres.

The joy of finishing rooms once moved in.

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I’ve been in the new house in Maryland for a week and a half. We’ve unpacked 95% of the boxes and rooms that only a few days looked deserted are now ready to live in. It’s been fun placing furniture and getting antiques from my grandparents to cohabitate with pieces from Rooms to Go and IKEA.
 
The dining room is finished. Finally put up the new light fixture, thereby allowing me to put the table in place. The furniture is a mishmash of styles – Mission style table and chairs, country buffet, vintage corner piece, Mahogany nesting tables plus two liquor cabinets – one Oriental themed and one Arts & Crafts – at least I think it’s A&C. Coupled with the Mid-Century Modern dinnerware, it’s a happy schizophrenic place that will see alot of entertaining.
Mish mash decor Dining Room.

Mish mash decor Dining Room.

Arts & Crafts Liquor Cabinet

Arts & Crafts Liquor Cabinet

Oriental themed Liquor Cabinet

Oriental themed Liquor Cabinet

 
The living room is half IKEA (love Billys and Bennos) in birch with basic comfy furniture and some antiques thrown in for good measure. There’s the bench that my grandmother made a needlework cover for – I have pics from the mid 1930’s of my mother and her sisters sitting on it. There are also some small vintage tables here and there.
IKEA meets Rooms to Go.

IKEA meets Rooms to Go.

Vintage Bench and IKEA chair style dog bed.

Vintage Bench and IKEA chair style dog bed.

The family room, which I used to call the Bat Cave, thanks to the dark brown paneling and wall to wall brick fireplace, is now a lovely light room with IKEA Ektorp pieces covered in black and some big sturdy slate topped tables. I still have to put down the laminate floor in there. We’re living with the vintage vinyl parquet ick right now. The fireplace is currently gas, which was so horribly done that we’re not making that wall a focal point until we get someone out here to take all the piping away. Right now, we just pretend it doesn’t exist, except as a wall with alot of brick.

Former Bat Cave is now Family Room.

Former Bat Cave is now Family Room.

 It’s nice to know that since the end of April, we’ve taken an empty mess of a shell and have made it a home. It’s been alot of work but we’re nearing the finish line.

Dining Room decor

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For the past 13 years, my dining room in every house we’ve lived in has been filled with stuff from my mother-in-law. She collected crystal and delicate china and left it all to my husband. Nothing against that but really not my taste. Now that we’re in the process of moving from GA to MD, I have decided that the dining room will finally get to be mine. I will have a corner cabinet filled with tea cup sets but that’s it. The rest is mine.

Since the dining room was an easy to pack thing, that was the first room after the master bedroom that got unpacked here. Now, since I inherited all my grandparent’s stuff and my mother’s stuff, I had alot of boxes to go through. First, boxes that had been packed in Florida, 3 years ago. We have a collection of depression glass plates, fine china and my great grandmother’s awesome handmade pottery. (Really, she made lovely stuff – good form, great colors.) Then there’s the Passover dinnerware from my MIL. Yeah, that’s gonna go inside the hutch, along with all the glass, Waterford Crystal and china from my grandparents.

Ahhhh, now we get to the good stuff. Mid Century Modern dinner and glassware. My collection of vintage creamers and pitchers, my MCM stainless serving pieces. It’s all so lovely. I have a thing for aqua and amethyst glass due to the Hazel Atlas Capri Blue and Amethyst lines. I like the simple shapes with geometric bases. I haven’t brought everything with me. I have some stuff still in the kitchen, and more in the basement, but this is a good start.

Some of my favorite stuff as it's being unpacked.

Some of my favorite stuff as it's being unpacked. (And some stuff that is already hidden away - steins, really?)

And another view. I love the lines of the Metlox dinnerware.

And another view. I love the lines of the Metlox dinnerware.

The hutch, as a work in progress.

The hutch, as a work in progress.