Thursday, July 12, 2012


Well, about a month later than I wanted, I finally got around to "summerizing" some of my accessories.  Sometimes there are benefits to procrastinating...
I came across some succulents at a local hardware store that were 75% off
for the end of season plant clearance. 

I've been wanting to try some out since they're all the rage in the blogworld.  So far so good!  I do think it's funny how they are so obviously growing toward the light.  I'm having to turn my containers around occasionally so they'll even out.

Tiny little baby one-


This tray sits on the end of my kitchen counter.  See the darling new little owl vase that Bonnie at Uncommon tipped us off to?  $2.50 in the Target Dollar Spot, and it also comes in brown, black, and lime green!  My Target was just putting them out a few days ago, so they should still have some.
(To my owl-loving sister Sarah...there may or may not be one in your stocking at Christmas!)

 Sand from the beach at Perdido Key-

I picked up the iron crab at a thrift store, it's a door knocker and I love it!

Remember when I told you that I NEEDED one of these mirrors?  Well, I didn't buy any souveniers for myself in New Orleans so I bought this when I got home!  
Much better than a t-shirt.  :)

More succulents-actually, I guess that taller one is a tropical, but I think the care is the same for both.

Don't you agree that just about anything looks better under a glass dome?

I added just a touch of summer to a shelf in my built-ins with a pewter tray full of natural objects...shells, some small antlers, and one of my heart shaped rocks picked up on one of our travels.

Entry-I did a blogger no-no and used silk flowers, but I think they look pretty real!

Another Reader's Digest book picked up during my last thrifting trip.  Check out the awesome blue and green Chevron cover!

My coffee table, and a new project I wanted to show off!  I bought this large wooden tray at Goodwill for $3 a few years ago, have since painted it several different colors, and it just got a major upgrade!

Inspired by Jenna's Monogrammed Chevron Pallet Tray, my tray got a quick coat of gold spray paint around the edges and some left-over chevron fabric on the bottom.  
I cut the fabric to size and used mod-podge to adhere it.  Then I ran a thin ribbon along the edges to cover the cut edge. 

I considered coating the top with mod-podge to seal it, but didn't want it to be tacky and wanted to be able to switch out the fabric later if I'm ready for something different.  So, I took the tray to Michael's and they cut a piece of glass to fit inside.  You can't really see it in the photos, but the glass adds the perfect finishing touch, and will be easy to keep clean.

I stacked the tray with some more books from the thrift store.  I was specifically looking for larger coffee table size books with a summer theme.  Found Summer, The Pacific Coast, a great 3-D kids book with the cute rainbow spine, and the Character Sketches was just a cool big book.  Can't beat $2 each!

Well, what do you think?  Hope you found some inspiration, although I'm sure I'm the very last person to put out summer accessories!

Linking up with
The Shabby Nest 
Savvy Southern Style


  1. Wow, you packed a lot of inspiration in that post! Love the treasures from your trip you included in your stylish new vignettes!

  2. Love all your touches of summer around the house! I use shells year round because come the cold New England winter I need reminders of sunny days! Your succulents look SO pretty - I need to get one! That is one plant I have never owned (or killed :)

  3. can you please come decorate my house? i love your style and your pictures are so inspiring! also, i'm in love with that tray.

  4. Love everything!!! I'm on my way to Target now for that stinkin' cute owl vase!! I bought a cloche earlier this year($2 yard sale find) and now I'm out to find some succulents too!!! Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. What a terrific yard sale find! I'd like to find a few larger succulents also, all of mine were pretty small. So glad you visited today!

  5. I found your link this morning over on Shabby Nest and saw your awesome Target owl vase and headed right out to get one. They are fantastic (ended up w/ a white & a green) and the price is insane. I'm now following and look forward to exploring your blog further.


  6. Visiting from Shabby Nest. Love the succulents you have planted everywhere. They look so cute in the shells - very summery.

  7. Lovely accessories, love all the greenery too. I need to add live plans in my house, all the ones I have are fake! Love the tray with the fabric and the gold accent, very chic. Have a great weekend.

  8. Love the succulents, love the shells and crushing on your fabulous tray!! I'll be on the for one of my own to make!

  9. OMGosh, I came over from Wow and am SO glad! I have to ask you about the one picture of the brick firplace and mantle. I LOOOOOVE those lamps and the tiny shades. Where did you find the,? The vignette with all the domes is fabulous. I only have ONE cloche and want to find MORE!!! This was a GREAT post. Tomorrow (it's late) I will come back to go through more of your posts. XO, Pinky

  10. Love love!! I agree, everything looks great under a little glass dome! So happy you found an owl...sigh..he is adorable!! ;)

  11. You will love succulents! Cats, kids, neglect,nothing can kill them. Btw, I just found your. Blog and I'm enjoying it too much!


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