Tuesday, January 29, 2013

A Little Stair Down

I recently moved a chest in front of the stairs in our great room which meant I needed to style this piece with them in mind. Only one new item was bought for the piece.



I found this plate at Home Goods for $3.00.


It's a Royal Stafford and I love it because of the sheep in the scene.



I thought it would look nice centered between these two little lambs. 

So.... this plate reminded me that I have three plates with a winter scene on each that I hadn't quite known where to place.



I decided to add them here following the line of the stairs.




A close up of one of the plates.



This basket is just an old container which had a plant in it that bit the dust a long time ago. I removed the straw lining and plastic clips that held it in and added my collection of string and spools from old Gibson Mill. Speaking of the spools of thread...I once had someone ask me why I bought them. I explained they came from a mill in Concord that is now an antique mall and I really liked the local history they brought to our home. I got a blank stare and "But your family is from the mountains. I don't get why you are decorating with string." I then said, "Uh, okay, they match our ivory sofa." I was joking but it made her feel much better about the whole thing.



My bird lamp (I love them too even though none of my family are birds... well we do have a few tough old birds in the family tree) were placed on books to add a little height. The top book is my all time favorite.



I like the look of the black in the books, basket and plate against the iron spindles in the staircase.




I also like this piece with this chair.


I think the area at the bottom of the staircase looks a little cozier now for the winter season.

Thanks for visiting!
melinda

Update:
A taller, curvier model will now be playing the role of lamp on this piece. The bird lamp is now starring in The Kitchen as night light on the counter.




I'm linking up with:
Funky Junk Interiors
Mod Vintage Life
Coastal Charm
Between Naps on the Porch
A Stroll Thru Life
Primp
Savvy Southern Style
The Dedicated House
Ivy and Elephants
From My Front Porch To Yours
The Charm of Home
French Country Cottage
Jennifer Rizzo
Common Ground


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  1. Very pretty. The blue is perfect and I love the way the plates follow the line of the stairs.

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  2. Your plate would look super with my sheep collection!! Love it!

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  3. What a pretty vignette! I love those sweet little sheep and I have some of those Currier and Ives plates. Just lovely.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

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  4. Thank you, ladies, so much. I appreciate your visits and the kind words.
    melinda

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  5. This is all so pretty! I love the lamp and the plate as well as the furniture. Thank you for your kind comments on my Sailor's Valentine!
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  6. Thank you for visiting my blog...I am so happy to have found you too! This little sitting area is just perfection. I love it all...especially the blue. Well done!

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  7. Sherry and Ann~ Thank you both so much. Both your blogs are great examples for this little blog to look up to and be inspired by. Thanks for dropping by.
    melinda

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  8. Melinda- I love your blog AND you have a sense of humor. Thanks for finding me today because now I found you back. I think we gonna have fun getting to know each other. I am your newest follower. I love your balls of strings. I love when you tell someone something and get the "blank look"...I kinda get that when I tell MyHero the garbage needs to be taken out...lol xo Diana

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  9. Thanks for coming by, Loni...I mean Diana! But seriously, you really do look like her. I think were going to have fun too because I love your sense of humor as well. A friend told me the other day that men look at us with a blank stare because they have empty rooms in their head and they zone out there so they can unwind and decompress. There is a book out there about this. Obviously, it's a room without a trash can!
    melinda

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  10. I absolutely love your cabinet! Wonderful display! :)

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  11. Hi Melinda! I love the vignette that you put together against your stair wall. I like that you shared your thoughts about many of the items. When I first saw the photo of the grouping, my favorite item was the metal basket of spools of string...I can't imagine someone not thinking it was interesting to see. I saw your post over at Mod Vintage Life blog party.

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  12. LOVE the colors of your chair and chest! Gorgeous!! Your styling of the top of the chest is perfect. Love how you used so many different textures. Thank you so much for stopping by and your very lovely comment!
    Mary Alice

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  13. Love the color, and sheep are a favorite!

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  14. Melinda,
    Thanks for sharing this charming area in your home at my party. Love the $3 plate and that shade of blue is sooooo PRETTY!!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  15. So pretty! I Looooooooove homegoods plates!

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  16. How pretty! The little sheep are just wonderful. The whole arrangement is lovely.

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  17. Thank you all for your sweet words. I've enjoyed visiting your blogs today and looking at all your lovely designs and home tours. Linda and Jennifer, thank you for hosting fabulous parties every week!
    melinda

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  18. Everything looks so very very pretty! Thanx for sharing at THT!

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  19. That is a lovely vignette! The sheep are so cute and I love the container of threads and spools. I have a few spools too. The trio of plates and black and white transferware are pretty too.

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  20. Thank you, Elizabeth. The ladies of blog land are making me feel better and better about using the thread in my decor! I'm glad to know you like to decorate with the spools too! I appreciate your visit.
    melinda

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  21. What a lovely, cozy spot you have created! The aqua console is just beautiful! I just love all of the sweet creatures you have displayed :)

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  22. Thank you, Andrea. Your front porch looks so nice and springy. I appreciate the visit.
    melinda

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  23. Thanks for stopping by for a visit. I love the soft teal of your chair and chest. The textures of the fibers in your bowl are a unique and special choice. Well done! Glad that we've found each other. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

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  24. That chest is fabulous. I collect odd spools of yarn ans thread too. It is great to use as filler for vignettes.

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  25. What a gorgeous arrangement! I love that color blue. And that chest is amazing!
    Thanks so much for sharing this great stair decorating idea.
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  26. You brought this all together so nicely! It looks beutiful, change is good right:)? Thank you so much for your sweet comment, that made my night. Have a great weekend, Jen

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  27. Thank you Patti and Jen. Both Ivy and Elephants and City Farmhouse are such inspirational blogs to this newbie.
    melinda

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  28. this is wonderful! Love how it all flows together, the chair, the chest, such a gorgeous color! and wow, the plate for 3 dollars, and I'm such a sheep lover!

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  29. I love everything about what you did! I especially love how the plates ascend. Brilliant!

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  30. Your arrangement is lovely, I especially enjoy the plate and sheep together ... all very charming!

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  31. Thanks so much Nadia. I love your book planter on your blog and thanks for the education on bride's baskets, Pollyanna. I'm going to look out for these next time I'm at the antique mall.
    melinda

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  32. Thanks, Debra for always hosting a great party. You know I love your sheep collection!! Thanks for the visit.
    melinda

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  33. Your new vignette is so pretty! I especially love your sheep (sweet tie-in with your new plate) and your bird lamp is just darling. Everything looks wonderful together!

    Jeanette @ Creating A Life

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  34. So pretty. Neat how your plates are seasonal.

    It is funny to hear others inquire into our purchases. Sometimes they just don't get it.

    I'd love to have you link this post to Seasonal Sundays@!

    - The Tablescaper

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  35. Love the whole look!! Beautiful vignette! Your newest follower:) would love to have you stop on by when you get a chance.

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  36. Very Pretty! Wish I had that gift to decorate a vignette like you! New Follower here! Have a great week.

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  37. It's nice that those little sheep are guarding the plate, but I just might steal the sheep! What a cute vignette.

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  38. This cabinet is absolutely amazing, I love the colour and the design on it. I love both lamps too, but the larger one really complements your lovely vignette.

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  39. I am your newest follower. I love how you styled the chest.

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Thank you so much for leaving a comment! I look forward to reading each one and love the connection it brings with fellow bloggers. melinda