Monday, January 11, 2010

Random Accessories for Tabletop Tuesday

When it comes to tabletop accessories--or "smalls" as antique dealers refer to them--I have a weakness for just about everything. It's scary. And I'm not totally sure what causes an obsession. Well, maybe I do. I loved my mother's old silver brushes, so whenever I find one, and the price is right, I snatch it up.
They just make me think of home. Maybe this is why we collect certain objects: they evoke strong, comforting feelings.
Roseville pottery reminds me of my grandmother, Mimi, who had oodles of McCoy frogs and vases, along with Roseville pieces.
You can see the old Roseville planter base in the picture (it's like Where in the World is Waldo). It's green. I put it there to keep the dogs from knocking it over.

The library is tiny so I used minimal accessories (for me, that is).

Moving down to the basement, I tried to mix traditional and modern.

The turquoise pottery came from Fred's in Monteagle, TN. They have the bestest things.


I like to have favorite books around me, and I often use them as platforms for accessories.

Most of the accessories in the etegeres came from the close out sale at Hancocks. Gosh, I miss that store. Other items came from Big Lots when they had Pier One close-outs.

This room has framed family photos on the walls, and I used smaller ones to add height to the 'scapes on the shelves. The watercolor on top of the center case belonged to my grandmother.

You can glimpse the Man Cave (above).


Visit our talented hostess, Barb, at Grits and Glamour

http://gritsglamour.blogspot.com/

to see what she's up to, and visit other bloggers this Tabletop Tuesday.

46 comments:

  1. I really like all of your accessories. I too have a love for small things, including old antique brush and comb sets. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Hi Dear Friend - thanks so much for joining in my very first Tabletop Tuesday. I knew you would delight us. In fact, I don;t ever think I have ever seen a full pic of your library (breathtaking) and/or your basement. So different from the rest of your home but equally appealing. You have some wonderful collections. Thanks for sharing them with us. Hugs, Barb

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  3. You have some great things -- I love THINGS -- whether they're mine or someone elses! I love those silver brushes!

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  4. Oh my love of the smalls! Love to put things together and like you use books for interesting heights. Love you things, thanks for sharing them with us.

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  5. You have such an eye for these things. I never know what to do with these special things. Will you come over and decorate my house?

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  6. You have such a great mix of styles--I am afraid I am too far gone in strictly traditional. Sometimes I think it would be fun to start over. But then I don't know what I would get rid of. Maybe I need a beach house :) I love the way a clean kitchen looks at night with just a lamp--no place like home :)

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  7. Every time I see your kitchen I fall in love all over again! You do have some beautiful things, smalls as you called them. The things I have and treasure are mostly what I have inherited and so evoke MANY memories. And it seems as I get older they mean more and more to me. Thanks for sharing yours. XO, Pinky

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  8. Oh Precious this was so much fun!

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  9. I've always loved your kitchen, and since Jimmy was near me just now I had to walk my computer over to him to show him just how gorgeous it is! Then I noticed that one of your light bulbs has blown out. LOL

    Justine :o )

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  10. Your home is just beautiful, Michael!

    xoxo
    Jane

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  11. Everything is so beautiful at your lovely home Michael. I enjoyed my visit very much.

    Many Blessings. ~Melissa :)

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  12. I really enjoy the color play within the library :) especially between the art and the fabric!

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  13. Your home is so beautiful! I LOVE your kitchen...so warm. Your color choices are so rich. I wish I had your eye for accessories...lovely all around.
    Smiles,
    Jane (artfully graced)

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  14. I am loving that Roseville. I have several pieces that I inherited. I'll try to post them on my blog this week.
    Love your blog!
    Karen
    Ladybug Creek

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  15. I really love the Roseville pottery. And, by the way, the painting above the fireplace - fabulous!

    Christi @ A Southern Life

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  16. I love your home! Your kitchen it just gorgeous! Being an ex-antique dealer, I too have a love for "smalls." It's fun to display them like you did with your mother's silver brushes. --Delores

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  17. Gollum, your home is exquisite. Your decorating impeccable. I'm captivated by your tablescapes and now your vignettes. Your blog is one of my favorites. Jackie

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  18. Everything in its place. You certainly know the right place. When do we get to see the man cave or is it off limits?

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  19. Thanks for the tour. I love all your things!! Love & blessings from NC!

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  20. Oh Michael, I just LOVE seeing your beautiful home. I could hardly look at all of your special accessories, because the overall pictures were so wonderful. I had to scroll back and look at the accessories. I enjoyed seeing every inch and every item. laurie

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  21. What a beautiful home! I so enjoyed seeing each photo. I, too, love smalls. They seem to multiply around me! LOL

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  22. Beautiful home and I enjoyed seeing all your accessories. The silver brushes are wonderful.
    Sandy

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  23. I love all your accessories/vignettes. And the shelves in the man cave are very cool also. By the way, the other day I was at Marshall's and they had your "alphabet balls." I bought a set, but I have no idea what I'm going to do with them, but I thought they were neat and I remembered your black-and-white tablescape.

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  24. You have an absolutely gorgeous home and a great eye for accessories. Love the silver brushes.

    ........have a great day!!!!

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  25. Hi Michael, You always do such a lovely job on your vignettes. I love you home and the way you display all of your favorite pieces. It is never too much to confuse the eye. It is just enough to make it eye candy, Kathysue

    PS I am now a member of blog land would love for you to visit my new blog: Goodlifeofdesign@blogspot.com

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  26. Like your accessories. LOVE your library! Would you consider adopting me? I'm 52...is that an issue? I could always lie about my age...

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  27. Your home is beautiful from top to bottom! I have no particular style in decor these days - just a little of this and that.

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  28. Michael, I am never disappointed when I come to your blog. Great accessories.
    Barbara

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  29. fun seeing different little slices of your life.

    my fav is your sutdy~

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  30. Hi Michael...

    Ohhh my goodness...I do love coming to your place!!! It's simply breathtaking, my friend!!! Sure wished that you could of heard all my ooohs and aaahs as I was going through your beautiful photos! Hehe! Ohhh my...your library...my heart be still!!! If I could ever copy a room...it would be this room...that's for sure!!! Loved all of your fabulous accessories...vignettes! I recently acquired a few pieces of Roseville pottery...the Clematis pattern in autumn brown. My honey was digging through some old dirt covered boxes at his late father's place...and lo and behold there they sat! You couldn't even tell what they were...they had so much dirt and grime on them! You can imagine my delight when I began to clean them up! Hehe! Anyway, I loved seeing your beautiful blue pieces and the pretty green vase too! Loved seeing your fabulous silver vanity set...it's gorgeous! Well my dear, you have sooo many pretties...I would be all day at long at mentioning them all but I savored each and every piece!!! Thank you so much for sharing your fabulous home with us...such a treat!!! Have a fabulous day!!!

    Warmest winter wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

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  31. I love seeing your things and bits of your home. I have to admit, I got stuck in the kitchen photo...dreaming. I want granite countertops and I just haven't justified the expense yet. Drolling over yours.

    Sue

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  32. Fabulous home that would inspire me to write too. Well I am not sure I could come out of your kitchen:)
    Joyce

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  33. What lovely and thoughtfully put together rooms. Your home is lovely.

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  34. I have ogled over your home since I first saw it on RMS. It is so well done, and looks so comfortable and stylish with all your eclectic styles. Love the presentation of everything.

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  35. Gollum, I can't wait to see the man cave. Steve is working on our downstairs. The work-out exercise room is completed. My craftroom still needs help. He has framed in the bar room except the bar. He is now framing in the man cave.
    I just know this is going to be an all summer fram work. Your home is so beautiful and as always I love revisiting your rooms. Let us know when the man cave is finished. Good day.

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  36. You do have that touch girl...I so remember on RMS how I use to just drool over your room...I wished one day you would show everyone that beautiful mirror in your master bathroom...its to die 4 girl...I love Roseville too and also have a few pieces of it I bet your surprised ha ha!! Just lovely my Dear friend...Thank you so much for coming by and seeing me...Your like a ray of sunshine in my life....Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  37. Love your tabletops....The kitchen is to die for...speaking of 'Wheres Waldo', I almost did not see that cute rooster perched high on your kitchen cabinet. The library is great....I love books and libraries!

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  38. I love all the sculptures! Do you have cats? We have a few durable pieces that we occasionally have to pick up from the floor after rough-housing.

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  39. Hi Michael,

    I love all the wonderful smalls you shared, especially the vintage pieces you've collected for sentimental reasons. Love the earthy colors in your rooms, the pops of bright color, the inspired use of bargain purchases in high-end settings. Love your kitchen most of all. What a magnificent space for creating culinary magic!

    Warm regards,
    Bill

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  40. I love Roseville pottery & your pieces are beautiful! Of course, all of your vignettes are gorgeous, but then I expect that from you. ♥

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  41. Michael~I always appreciate when you share your home and the design elements you've chosen. It has helped me in my own decorating dilemmas. We have a second home we're updating, I use the inspiration I've received here in so many ways. My favorite (of many) the "table for two" red toile (bedspread) vignette. It was the perfect romantic setting. I can't wait to see what you'll put together for Valentine in your little toile corner.

    Sweet wishes,
    Sara

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  42. I was actually looking for "January décor" on Google and found your blog. I love to decorate - no matter what season - but found that it is in fact difficult to decorate "Winter" and not make it look "christmassy." Stores don't help; if any I find Spring flowers or forerunners, but nothing I really like or think is appropriate for January. I like organic decoration and nothing that looks plastic. So I decided to find pretty twigs and spray-pant them white and put them in a tall vase. My "decoration ring thingie" (hangs from the ceiling) doesn't look good when empty, it needs to be filled with something. I opt for pine cones (I still have to collect some and also spray-paint them white) and put them in the ring. Lots of candles help, too.

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