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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Winter's Twilight. . .

Winter's Twilight ~ 
painted by Mother Nature's palette 
during the Winter months is subdued ~
creamy ivory, palest dove gray and inky charcoal.

On Crooked Creek chose the richness 
of these subtle hues to create a serene dining room.

Taking my clue from Mother Nature,
I chose a subtle color palette for the buffet top.

The new, creamy ivory floral and vine pattern paper
gives a light and bright overall appearance to this vignette.

Toning down the warm honey hues in the oak
began by placing a ruffled linen table runner on the buffet.

A white porcelain serving platter
placed behind the silver service defines the vignette.
The white vintage damask tea cloth 
gives a much needed touch of softness 
atop the the metallic edges.

A miniature faux fern adds a splash of color
while keeping an airy and light balance.

I chose a commemorative plate of the Mound City Courthouse
in hues of creamy ivory with sepia tones and a gold rim 
to bring in Mother Nature's inky charcoal palette.

"Mr. Ed" and I obtained our marriage license 
at the Courthouse in 1969.

Extending the serenity of the dining room along the buffet,
I placed a crystal vase with creamy ivory faux Dahlias.

Still clinging to the hope of measurable accumulation of Snow
On Crooked Creek, I did substitute the "Let it Snow" plaque
with my silver tray chalkboard. 

In keeping with a light and streamlined decor,
I added my over ~ size pears
atop the china buffet and hutch. 

The completed china buffet and hutch is
enhanced greatly by a serene color scheme.

Behind the glass doors of the hutch,
I simply de ~ cluttered and streamlined 
the amount of accessories.

* * * * * * * * * * * *Tip and Tutorial * * * * * * * * * * * *

It is On Crooked Creek's hope from this subtle change
that you would be inspired to try something different 
in the backdrop of your cabinetry.

Photo #1):
You can see the warm honey hue of the oak cabinetry.
Before the addition of the background, 
I used small accent lamps for illumination to this dark area.

Photo #2):
"Mr. Ed" applied adhesive gift wrap to the back of the cabinetry.
Trimming with a box knife, 
after measuring and cutting to approximate dimensions 
for a custom fit!

Photo #3):
Many times, I place the main item of display first 
to get a idea of what is needed to enhance the overall design.

Photo #4):
Even  without the finishing touches
already you can visualize the huge impact 
changing the background of the cabinetry makes.

Final words ):
By using gift wrap or wall paper,
you haven't made a permanent decision 
in the background of your cabinet. . .
which can  be easily switched 
when the decor changes.

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So ~ o ~ o. . .
Mother Nature stroke your brush
and paint a Winter's Twilight
on this serene dining room make ~ over.

In creamy ivory, palest dove gray and inky charcoal
dining On Crooked Creek is now, pure delight!

Until next time. . .

On Crooked Creek will be joining 
Yvonne @ StoneGable for 
Tutorials Tips and Tidbits!

And. . .

Debra @ Common Ground for
Be Inspired Friday!

And. . .

Marty @ A Stroll Thru Life for
Table Top Tuesday!

Be sure to visit
for you’ll come away
filled with amazing inspirations
for use in your own home décor!


~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Such a beautiful coffee set. My favorite beverage! 1969 was a good year, wasn't it? It's nice to meet you.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

Pat@BPM said...

Gorgeous coffee set and beautiful post, Pat!

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Oh your silver is so darn shiny! Just sparkling. I adore how you used the courthouse picture, great contrast and great know I love that!

xinex said...

Beautiful tea vignette Love the shelves and the display....Christine

Amy Kinser said...

Everything looks lovely on Crooked Creek.

I hope you are doing well. I have been praying for you.

Alycia Nichols said...

Hi, Pat! We have warm colors throughout the main floor of our home, too, and I'm always looking for ways to bring a lighter palette in. Your husband did a good job of getting you on your way to creating a very pretty vignette!!! That's a great idea!

Martha said...

I always like what you do in your hutch!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh how lovely is this. I love your wonderful hutch and you always have it decorated so beautifully. The silver service is stunning as the main focal point. I really like the way you have draped your linens as well, so soft and so pretty. Fabulous tips. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

podso said...

It's all so pretty. And goes well with your previous tables cape. I like the background you added to your hutch.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Hi Pat, isn't Mr. Ed just the handiest thing to have around? Love the addition to the back of your hutch. The silver serving set is "gorgeous"! What a treasure to have a plate with the picture of the courthouse where you obtained your marriage license. That is one priceless treasure. hugs ~lynne ~


I love silver coffee sets and your is lovely. My fave kinda of drink too! The back of your hutch is perfect, I just love it! Big hugs, and thanks for your lovely visit my friend.

Designs By Pinky said...

YOur htch looks so beautiful with that gorgeous coffee set and the other accessories! I love how you enhanced the back of the hutch too. XO, pinky

Linda Primmer said...

Your hutch looks so pretty. The silver serving set is beautiful. I love what you did with the background.

Dianne said...

Your hutch make over is a huge success! I love how the addition of the paper changed the entire look and that you can change it anytime you please. Brilliant! Dianne

Babs said...

Love the winter look on your hutch and the gift wrap paper idea. Great new look and so easily changeable.
Have a great weekend.

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

So pretty Pat...and I love the "bonjour" sign, cute little chalkboard!