Color of the Month October 2017!

October! Fall! But the weather feels awesome like summer, so…hooray! The garden is still producing nicely and we’re enjoying a lot of time outside. We just celebrated our one year anniversary, my parents birthdays with a little lake visit, and tomorrow I celebrate 1 year of recovering from a major surgery and being overjoyed that what they thought was potentially cancerous was benign. WHAT. A. YEAR! There are so many things to say and yet I can’t quite find the right words. So instead, I give you color of the month October 2017!
Fave vintage: striped glasses from Brazil, orange casserole/fridgie, Halloween Gurley candles, Tang pitcher, pyrex mugs, juice glass, Halloween blow mold, artgoodies oak leaf towel up top, anchored by a black, probably mourning, hankie.

Fave vintage: striped glasses from Brazil, orange casserole/fridgie, Halloween Gurley candles, Tang pitcher, pyrex mugs, juice glass, Halloween blow mold, artgoodies oak leaf towel up top, anchored by a black, probably mourning, hankie.

                         
Fave vintage: awesome fall tablecloth, melmac plates, orange milk glass mugs, striped glasses, vintage napkins, leaf tray, dried florals, and an artgoodies quail tea towel.

Fave vintage: awesome fall tablecloth, melmac plates, orange milk glass mugs, striped glasses, vintage napkins, leaf tray, dried florals, and an artgoodies quail tea towel.

 
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July 2017 Color of the Month!

I felt like it was only fitting to do a festive color of the month theme for July, especially since I have these fab red, white, and blue star glasses! Fave vintage: red metal lunch box, red shakers, plastic bank house, festive star glasses, fired on blue glass bottles, Hazel Atlas child’s mug, amazing flamingo cooler jug, cups from the now closed beloved Bonnie Doon, what I wouldn’t give for a plain mint ice cream cone, anchored on an amazing red and white star napkin! july vignette 2017 Fave vintage: Fire King swirl dishes, subtle plaid glasses, star napkins, awesome tablecloth, artgoodies cherry towel, and fresh picked hydrangeas! july table setting 2017
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Color of the Month June 2017!

Color of the Month June 2017! We picked up a large lot of Fire King Azurite dishes at a flea market over Memorial day. The cool unique color inspired this month’s vignette and table setting. And in today’s heat a cool blue feels just right! june 2017 Fave vintage: the dishes of course, birdie planter, deco salt shaker, ruffled planter, and charming vintage napkin. june 2017 table Pretty simple but packs a nice punch with the tablecloth! Fave vintage: Fire King azurite dishes, blue edged napkins, awesome tablecloth, and little milk glass vase with a snip of my America rose.
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Color of the Month May 2017

May! The garden has really really sprouted and we’ve begun yard work. We’ve been chopping down scrub trees, done a bit of weeding,  and I sold my beloved vintage Knoll patio set to help pay for the new roof, but purchased another cool vintage set that folds easily for storage. Stephan dug out a new area in the front of the house and we’re working on new plans and plantings. This is the worst allergy season I think I’ve ever had but I’m hanging in there. I also just turned 40. I’m still processing that a bit, but the over the hill theme inspired this black and white and red color of the month, ha. IMG_20170501_190227 Fave vintage: thermos, graphics on the cloth box, coffee tin banks, canisters, kitschy bowling item, tiny salt and p’s, strawberry jar, and Ebonette cups n saucers. may blog Fave vintage: cute tablecloth, Knowles Ebonette dishes, red striped napkins, and a few hosta leaves for interest.
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April 2017 Color of the Month

Better late than never! Here you go April color of the month! Stephan wanted orange so I whipped up these little stylings.
April color of the month vignette! Fave vintage: mom Florida mug, juice glasses, salt n p's, pop cans, and orange mugs. Grounded on a super awesome Vera tea towel!

April color of the month vignette! Fave vintage: mom Florida mug, juice glasses, salt n p’s, pop cans, and orange mugs. Grounded on a super awesome Vera tea towel!

blog april color tableApril 2017 color of the month table setting! Fave vintage: melmac plates, glasses, milk glass cups, awesome tea pot, great tray, orange napkins, using a retro bedspread as a tablecloth for a real pop! And an artgoodies butterfly towel! #vintage #tablesett  
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Color of the Month February 2017!

Color of the Month February 2017!!! Valentine’s is a couple weeks away and so festive red and pink vintage seemed the way to go. Plus with everything that’s happening these days sending a little extra love out into the world seems necessary.
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Fave vintage: Homer Laughlin hemlock sugar, red salt n p’s, what’s your drink glasses-love these! Scarlet tanager glass, red rose picket fence glass, first aid jar, Valentine hankie, and red apple chalkware knife holder.

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Color of the month table setting February 2017! Fave vintage: the stunning like new tablecloth, Homer Laughlin hemlock dishes, pink depression glass bowls and oval piece, pink snowflake glasses, anchored on pink edge napkins with my usual vintage twin star silverware. Oh and how sweet is the tiny milk glass vase with trick dianthus! I did a special vintage setup so you can see it in person at @lightgallerygr this month in GR and get your hands on these pieces!

 
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WEDDING FLOWERS!

Turns out I was super optimistic about all the things I could get done while recovering from a major surgery, like blogging, or thank you cards. Stephan and I just happily celebrated 1 month of married life while I’ve been on the mend! I’ve decided the best way to talk wedding details is in segments. SO, let’s talk one of my faves, wedding flowers! What does a lady do when she’s the one who usually designs the flowers?!? There’s no time to do them all, well maybe I could have squeezed that in magically but there were plenty of other things to do and enjoy like rehearsals, hair and makeup, and time with out of town family and friends, and then the relaxing. I picked the flowers out, ordered them up, and wrote recipes for the bouquets. Then, my trusty and super amazing friend Michele stepped up and did an outstanding job!  We went and picked them up together, spent a little time prepping, and she took the reigns. I knew I was in great hands so it was easy to relax! Besides being an awesome friend, Michele is a talented artist and curator, check some of her work out here and while yer at it, check out the shows she curates at Kendall College of Art and Design if you’re in GR! Thanks to Michele and Cat for capturing a lot of these pics too!
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Here’s what I did for some simple, colorful, and affordable decor. These tissue paper flowers, I LOVE them! They come in a bunch of different sizes and colors. I had a great time putting them together with part of my wedding party! I also selected orange tissue paper scalloped bunting, I do have a thing for scallops. It was a great way to pack a lot of color and punch to the walls, entrances, and our door backdrop!

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Detail of our door backdrop. The doors are rentable from Gypsy Soul Antiques. I love the addition of the orange scalloped bunting and the 2 colors of flowers, so pretty! And I love that you can see through the doors to the the park and pathway, a lovely setting. And there’s our little love tree for our unity ceremony. I slip covered the bottom in some vintage fabric, we used vintage glassware to hold the dirt, and it sat atop a little vintage folding tray.

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Let’s talk centerpieces! I gathered up about 45 vintage milk glass vases from thrift stores abound. Each table got 3 vases, a few other arrangements were strategically placed, and the head table had larger milk glass vases waiting for the bridesmaids bouquets. Now, I often advise not growing your own flowers because well they can be temperamental as far as growing season, you need to pick the freshest of the fresh, etc. BUT we grew 95 feet of gorgeous zinnias from seed at a friend of ours place! They were stunning all lined up and blooming. They actually started blooming several weeks early, but we were in great shape for picking, AND we had a back up plan with a local farm so we knew we were all good. We picked up seed packets in all the appropriate colors and they were just the pop of color I had imagined! Plus we had fun planting and pre wedding harvesting together! After the rehearsal brunch a couple of my bridesmaids assisted me with the centerpieces and BAM they were done! A big thanks Mary and Toby for being the best flower growers in the land! xo

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The bouquets! Orange, yellow, and green was the theme to repeat the wall decor and pop with the ladies navy dresses. I couldn’t actually get the green eyed yellow roses I really wanted from my wholesaler, but I replaced with yellow roses saving a little loot in the end. SO, yellow roses, orange roses, orange spray roses, kermit pomps, trick dianthus, ferns leaves, fennel from our yard (another win and money saver) PLUS yellow freesia, kangaroo paw, and hosta leaves for my bouquet and the special boutonnieres and corsages. I loved the punch of color the flowers gave and it was a great early fall color combo.

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Michele’s busy feet taking a rest as we look down on the ladies bouquets. So pretty!

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And here’s what it looks like when you put 15 gigantic ferns and 20 mums in a mini van. My best pal Cat and I had some fun in greenhouse land.

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Here’s where the mums went. I used them to perfectly mark the aisle! I loved the little daisy style in white with just a subtle yellow center. A sweet and perfect path for our early fall wedding. We had a short ceremony so we chose to forgo chair rental and anchored the front with 2 vintage benches for family and special guests.

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FERNS! I could NOT wait to see this vision in real life! A dozen giant ferns were hung from the beams of the venue. We also used fern leaves as table runners. What a lovely lodge building with giant wrap around porch, beautiful natural park setting, wildflowers, and all the things you need at a crazy good price might I add! Johnson Park is really a great spot! I just love these ferns and what they did to the room, some orange lanterns hung in between, some lights, and voila, magical! AND super thanks to amazing and awesome friends for doing a slam dunk job at setting up our wedding. It was hard to not be a part of the setup as I’m just so used to dreaming up the vision and then physically making or setting it up. I did do plan-o-grams to make it as easy and clear as possible and they really knocked it out of the park! Thank you friends!

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Another view looking up, so pretty! I just can’t live without color, plants, and green, these FERNS! More on the blog soon- we’ve got more decor, food, details, and the dress to cover still!

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Color of the Month September 2016!

September! I’m a bit behind on the post but it’s Wedding Month! SO, lots to do at home and out and about, thinking, planning, doing, figuring out, gathering. So, back to color of the month…tomorrow is Stephan’s birthday and so this month he requested orange!
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Fave vintage: plaid napkin, striped plastic mugs, awesome Florida juice glass. orange Florida salt and p’s, plastic juice cups, old kentucky home song mug, and key car!

 
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Fave vintage: an absolute fave tablecloth of mine, divided plates, striped cups, dandelion pitcher, plaid napkins, and tea towel.

 
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Color of the Month February 2016

Jumping right into February! Slowly creeping closer to Spring, my favorite. Here’s some perky pink to help guide you through this drab month by adding a little extra bit of color. Wherever you are, I hope you’re getting more sunshine than we are here in MI, blah. I’m feeling a bit under the weather as I write this so…extra blah. Cabin fever is setting in and it’s waivering between 99.1 and 101.6 degrees. I think I’m on the mend, but seriously, I could use some real vitamin D from that thing we call THE SUN.
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Fave vintage: salmony pink laundry sprinkler lady, fire king custard cups, raffiaware mugs (already sold), McCoy bowl-part of a set, Pyrex loaf pan, Miami salt and p’s, anchored by a pink crochet edged runner. Most of this and more, as usual, in the vintage shop, except my pink sprinkler lady, that weird collection is mine all mine 🙂

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Fave vintage: gorgeous vintage tablecloth, I love tablecloths with either gray or this yellowy limey color that looks fresh with my walls. Pink melmac platter under another McCoy bowl from the mixing set, raffiaware tumblers, matching Fire King saucers (to the custard cups), gorgeous pink rose bowls, and oh so lovely pink squiggle napkins. I should have thrown in a pink artgoodies cupcake tea towel! Also, I want to mention, check the vintage shop if you see something you like, many times I’m setting a table for 2 but have pieces for 4 or six or more!

 
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