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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Love Is In The Air. . .

I  L O V E  decorating and re~arranging in my home!

Being fortunate to have accumulated many lovely decor items throughout our married life, I now enjoy rotating these items from room~to~room. This allows "Mr. Ed" and I variety On Crooked Creek.

Due to its size, changing out the Entertainment Center is one area that I tackle less frequently. After the Christmas decor was put away for the Season, I decided it was time for a lighter, airy, r o m a n t i c era to prevail On Crooked Creek!

In a past post titled, Affair of the Heart. . . I showcased the above handmade vintage hearts that were recently purchased at one of my favorite Antique Shops.

Being the hopeless r o m a n t i c that I am, I knew I wanted a
r o m a n t i c setting for the Entertainment Center. The vintage hearts gave me  the inspiration I needed!

In keeping with the upcoming season, I chose birds and bunnies. Creamy ivory is one of my favorite home decor hues!

A Nell Hill's botanical print serves as a backdrop for my lacy ivory birds!  The book chosen to heighten this vignette is titled, Chateau of Flowers The Romantic Story of Lily of the Valley.

The handmade vintage lace heart rest against a laser Nativity Scene tucked neatly inside the Peace on earth music box. I adore this creamy ivory vase with all its French Provincial detailing.

Disguising electronics can be quite tasking. To achieve this goal, I used a pair of creamy ivory cast iron bunnies for the bottom shelf aside "Mr.Ed's" mothers McCoy bowl of the same hue.

I adore music softly playing in the background On Crooked Creek, but I despise those hideous speakers! I'm always searching for subtle ways to disguise them...any hints would be most welcome, ladies!!!

This cutie, and his mate, perched on my collection of Hemingway books from my youth with some faux ivory morning glories helps to soften the H U G E speaker on the right. . .

. . .while an ivory, gold rimmed vintage ginger jar and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare appears to hide the speaker on the left!

The angled view as you enter from either the hall entry . . .

. . . or from the dining area aren't quite as distracting!

Continuing the creamy ivory palette and the r o m a n t i c theme to the right side was an easy task, indeed!

Except, of course, for that H U N K of a stereo system to create the beautiful Classic music that plays ever so sweetly On Crooked Creek! But, then. . .isn't that what an Entertainment Center is for, anyway!

The companion Nell Hill's botanical print is paired with my French Provincial busts. Our "first anniversary" gift from "Mr.Ed"!  To balance this vignette, I chose The Poetry of Robert Frost, Edited by Edward Connery Lathem. Resting atop this collection of poems are the sweetest Robin's eggs in a tin can!

The newly purchased handmade vintage lace heart resting on an easel next to the gold clock presented to "Mr. Ed" upon his retirement from Kansas Department Of Transportation dated 1995 ~2011.

Neutral hued books and family photos fill in the open shelves on the bottom. Here are "Mr. Ed's" parents. . .

. . .and here are my parents. My father is the only living parent remaining. Mac will turn 90 in June!

Catalogs, CD's, DVD's,and directories are all stored out~of~sight in the willow baskets at the bottom of the televison.

Below are some random photos of the accessories chosen for this Entertainment Center make ~ over. I hope you enjoy viewing these photos as much as I did arranging them.

L o v e Is In The Air. . . On Crooked Creek!

 Until next time. . .


Martha said...

Pat -- I absolutely adore what you've done!

podso said...

IT looks fabulous. I like all the light color. Your speakers don't look bad but I know what you mean. Could you lay them flat on the top of the entertainment center and then have a plant (low lying stretched out) to hide them? I think you would still hear them well, but the sound may get absorbed in the ceiling. Our speakers were huge and dark but we finally got book shelve ones. I don't think the sound is as good though they look better! Have a great week!

Shelia said...

Hi Pat! Oh, you've been busy and everything is just beautiful!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

wonderful white pieces, although I need that fern print for my bathroom!

Amy Kinser said...

Your ent. center reminds me of mine except mine is a darker wood. There are so many cubbies to arrange that sometimes it becomes a chore. You have done a wonderful job with yours. I love the pretty and so romantic!

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

I love chopping and changing things around too - I love all the things you've shown us. And, yes, hiding speakers is the bane of my life too! - and don't even get me started on wires!!


A Cottage Muse said...

You did a great job Pat!
I can't pick a favorite them all!

Anita Cedar Hill Ranch said...

Very pretty. I think you did a wonderful job, especially since entertainment centers can be hard to decorate.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Looks beautiful Pat!

Thanks so much for coming by my facebook page. Jim has finished the stress tests. He will go home if they are one result...or he will see the cardiologist here, if it is another.
He will need to see his STL drs this week, if we go home.
I'm killing time with the computer this afternoon, as we wait.

Mary said...

Love IS in the air! I love your sweet romantic touches~ your newly acquired vintage hearts are delightful! I love your bunnies & birds residing on your shelves too! ♥

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

It is beautiful Pat! You have outdone yourself! Love it!

Those hearts are fabulous!! And you know I love the bunnies too!

LouCinda :)

Anonymous said...

Pat you have done a great job bringing romance into you room!!! Love those pretty little lace pillows and the birds on pedestals!!

I have that same boy and girl bust!

bee blessed

Judy Bigg said...

Very pretty Pat, I do like the white pieces for Valentine's Day. Thanks for stopping by my site and leaving a kind message. I am your newest follower. Hope you can do the same for me.