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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Seasonal Spanning Buffet. . .

Just before the SNOW began falling on the Prairie. . .
I spent the day in the Lower Level Living Room
On Crooked Creek!

t h o u g h t  I had put all of the Winter decor away,
but it seems I had missed up high. . .
                                                                 and down low!!!

So~o~o. . .
beginning with the chicken wire cabinet,
I brought out the Spring and Summer decor.

The Lower Level Living Room decor
doesn't change as often as other rooms On Crooked Creek.
Therefore, I try to do vignettes 
that either blend harmonously with the "themed" decor 
or those that span more than one Season.

A vintage wooden brick form makes a unique backdrop
filling the gap between the top of the cabinet and the ceiling.
The vintage butter churn and the crocks stay year round!

Trying desperately to inject more texture into my design,
I brought in a wicker tray and bee skep to create my vignette.

* * * * * Tip * * * * * 
I often use books as risers for accessories in my displays,
especially when viewed from below! (I'm 5 foot nothing!!!)

* * *  * * * * * * * * *

The wreath with soft buttery yellow and purple blossoms 
adds a touch of softness to the hardscapes in this vignette.
The bees add a touch of whimsy . . .they just make me smile!

Now, to create a tablescape 
that will span effortlessly through the two Seasons.

Draping a round tablecloth on the diagonal,
adds a layer of softness and disguises a blemish in the table.

Many times, on the Lower Level Living Room,
accessories arise from necessity rather than creativity.
I had no where else to store 
the verdigris wrought iron candleholders,
so they became part of the design element in this tablescape!

The same holds true for the two tier 
black wrought iron plate rack. . .
again, part of this design element!

Embellishments of yellow beaded candle rings
and orange marbled pillars combined with soft hydrangea, 
asters and berry faux florals complete this side of the buffet.

A galvanized duo~planter serves as a utensil holder.
Brown ironstone pitcher is ready for serving iced tea
or lemonade, depending on the menu and the guests.

My Chili Pepper dinnerware stacked on the plate rack
and surrounded by similar hued cotton napkins awaits
the arrival of entertaining for the Season.

                            A top ~ 
                                            to ~
                                                       bottom transformation!

The Lower Level Seasonal Spanning Buffet is ready 
to receive our family and guests!

It's all in a day's work. . .
On Crooked Creek!

Until next time. . .

On a Personal Note:
A drop~in visit from our son on Friday 
prompted the following conversation.

Son: "So~o~o. . .what's going on in here?"

MoM: " Just getting ready for entertaining.
               Nothing planned."

Son: "Really?"

MoM: " Not at the moment. Did you want it to be?"

Son: "Hm~m~m. . .Maybe?"

You see, dear ones. . .
our son is turning 40 this April! 
He has made it clear he doesn't want any surprises!

So~o~o. . .who says his Birthday Celebration
has to be a surprise??? This MoMa's thinking!!!

On Crooked Creek will be joining

Turotials Tips and Tidbits!

And. . .

Tablescape Thursday!

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!


Jody and Stan said...

Pat, Your tablescape is so beautiful. I love the idea of using a galvanized planter for the silverware, so pretty. Thanks for stopping by with your inspiring comment. New Follower!


bj said...

This is sooo pretty, dear one.
Love the idea of the container you used for your flatware.

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Always feel good to get the transition done. Love the bee skeep and the cute little bee!

NanaDiana said...

Ha! You son won't be surprised, or will he?
Your spring is looking good there- I am so ready for it here but haven't done the first thing yet- xo Diana

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Lovely transformation...I think the bee skep is wonderful!

podso said...

Nice Pat, and you know, sometimes the anticipation of an event is half the fun, which one doesn't have with a surprise!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Pat, Spring is busting out on Cooked Creek! I am a bee skep girl... and yours is adorable!!!

Karen said...

Your home looks lovely, you make really pretty vignettes.

Amy Kinser said...

Always so pretty and so well thought out in your home. I love that about you.

So happy you had a special visitor.

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

I always have something on the table that has no where to go! What you have is so lovely and versatile! I like the way you have draped your cloth. Very nice!

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

OK Pat...we need to switch's looking like spring there and it's snowing like crazy here!

Alycia Nichols said...

So he says he doesn't want any surprises, huh? Hmph! Whatever! :-) You have the lower level area all dressed up and looking fine...hook him up on his 40th!!!!! We only turn 40 once, after all. OK, OK...busted. I "turned 40" 5 or 6 years in a row, but we're not talkin' about me here! :-) I love it that you've created an entire space downstairs for a full family meal. I only created a space for 4 on our lower level and I'm regretting it to this day. You did a great job with the decor. Looks to me like it will easily work for 2 seasons without missing a beat! LOVE that butter churn. I've never seen one like that. My sister would go ga-ga for it AND the crocks!!! Have a good weekend!


I love your tablescape dear Pat. The galvanized piece with the flatware is awesome! You have so many pieces I love and in the vignette, I'm crazy about the butter churn and the bee skep..both evoke Spring! Have a great weekend sweet lady.