Saturday, February 26, 2011

~changes in my dining room~{and the silhouette giveaway winner announced!}

I am sure you know by now I can't keep a room the same way for any amount of time.
I love changing things up.
I do it when I score something on sale, when I see a photo in a magazine, when I see a good idea on a blog. In this case, it was a very cool stencil I got from here, and the sign I posted about yesterday. First up~the stencil.
Love it.
I didn't want it to stand out too much or be too busy so I chose just to do it on one wall and very tone on tone.
It took me one day, very tedious though because I was stubborn and chose not to take down the shelving to do it.
Going around the shelving was a big pain.
Lesson learned.

Since the wall had such a graphic pattern I wanted to keep the accessories on the shelves to a minimum.
I hung my sign.
Then I picked up these 2 crusty old looking lanterns at T.J. Maxx for $12.99, along with the candles, which were $9.99 each.
Too funny the candles were almost as much as the lanterns!

I found this LONG wooden "thing" at an antique store.
I love the detail on the edges.
It's almost as long as my table, but fits perfectly in the middle.
I like how the wood ties in with the wood on the sign I made too.
I filled it with ivory candles from Ikea, a few bottles from T. J. Maxx and a little fresh greenery in the topiaries.
The pots the topiaries are in are from T.J. Maxx as well and were a whopping $2.99 each.

A good friend of mine gave me this huge Pottery Barn urn.
The handle broke off so she didn't want it any more.
I am just going to turn it around and no one will even notice.
The dried hydrangeas came from one of my favorite stores near me.

Here is a close up of the T.J. Maxx bottles.
Not sure what I will put in them yet, if anything.

Ok, now for the fun stuff.
I picked a winner for the silhouette giveaway using
I still don't know how to copy the text from that website~sorry.
Anyway, the winner is...............
the writer of the blog
No Place Like Home!
Please email me your info.
Have a wonderful day everyone!


The Vintage Farmhouse said...

It all looks really great!

Lisa said...

Oh Melaine, I love your style so very much.
I cannot believe you scored those lanterns at TJMaxx. I bought 2 very similar ones years and years ago from Pottery Barn and I cannot disclose how much I paid for pains me too much. I love your new sign too and how meaningful it is to you and your husband. Thanks for sharing your beautiful home.

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The enchanted home said...

WOW I am truly impressed, when I first saw the picture I was thinking wow i really like her wallpaper then see you stenciled it..IMPRESSIVE! Love how you arranged the candles and lanterns, very nicely done.

Tanyia said...

what a gorgeous project! also congrats to the winnter

Claudia said...


Love everything and especially the long wooden thing. So pretty! Love TJ Maxx!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Love the wall and your vignette is wonderful. The tray for the table is fabulous also and your decor is stunning. Great job. Hugs, Marty

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

Really love this! Nice work.

Angie said...

Love all the changes!! Really wish I could kidnap you and force you to work your magic at my house ;)

Sanctuary Home said...

I'm loving the juxtaposition of the refined stencil and the rustic sign made out of the old trunk! It looks marvelous dahling! Great lanterns too! Awesome job.
Susan : )

Barb@curlywillowdiy said...

Everything looks so great. Your stencil work is amazing!


Blondie's Journal said...

You did a great job, Melaine. Everything looks so rustic! Love the look!


Clydia said...

I really love everything you do!

Jacqui said...

Everything looks wonderful, what style you have!

I am catching a train to TK Maxx tomorrow!!


All That Jazz said...

So fun! You did a great job with the stencil! It really adds some fun character to your wall and that sign is SO amazing.

Kelly at I Dream of Decor said...

love those bottles! I saw them the other day at TJ Maxx or Homegoods and thought they were so pretty but just couldn't figure out what I would do with them! Love that you just used them alongside your candles on a tray, so pretty:)

WhiteWhispers2u said...

Looks fabulous! I was just at TJ Max and found a treasures myself.Love them! Congrats to winner~Enjoy

~Cheers Kim

Karena said...

Melaine, I love your eye for design, great job!! The wood stenciled sign and the lanterns the topiaries, wow!

Come and join the Artful Offering and an Interview on my site!

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Dear Lillie said...

Wow, it looks GORGEOUS, Melaine!

Kira said...

Hi Melaine, I love the sign you made out of the trunk. What a great way to hold onto such a sentimental item. :) What did you use to create the "you make me happy..." lettering? A stencil? (Store bought or homemade?) Or stamps? I love that "font." TIA!

Anonymous said...

Love your style and the photos are beautiful, but how about stepping back and taking a picture of the whole room so we can appreciate your artistry!

Jessica @ Decor Adventures said...

You have some beautiful things, and photos! That look is lovely for spring.

Love your style :-)

Fairfield House said...


I love the sign and the story behind it. You are such a beautiful person and your home is a reflection of that.

Your Friend,

Keri said...

Love the stenciling. Can you tell us what colors and brand of paint you used? Thanks!

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