Thursday, August 2, 2012

~a rustic table & a new lantern~

Decorating OCD, that's what I have diagnosed myself with. 
Guess it could be worse.......
Remember here when I made a chandelier out of a basket?
Well, I liked it but it bothered me because it was just decorative.
 We don't have any electrical up in the ceiling for a chandelier, and I wasn't about to ask my husband to do yet another project.
And, I like things to be functional.
I have always liked the look of lanterns so when I spotted this huge lantern
 at TJ Maxx for $49, I knew it was meant to be.
Ah, and the candlelight is so great. I can't wait to light candles this winter for
 cozy dinners with the family.
The same day I got the lantern, I went over to World Market to see what was new.
I love that store.
I picked up this cup holder.
 I bought it thinking it would be great in my master bath to hold jewelry.
But when I plopped it on the dining table when I got home, I knew it had to stay.
I filled it with mason jars which we use for drinking glasses.
Best part, it was $14.99! 
Yes, it's not the real deal, but I have the real deal in my kitchen!
 The size is just right too.
These new things prompted me to set the table for dinner using rustic neutral elements.
I picked some blooms from the yard and put them in a mason jar,
 really simple and I like the bit of green.
 I love how this room makes you feel like you are up in a tree house amongst the green trees outside.
I also really like that you can see straight through the lantern, 
not missing any view of the lake outside the windows!
 Here is the view looking into the kitchen.
 And looking into the living room.
 The chargers are from Target.
Bowls are vintage ironstone and the plates are dollar store.


 I love the look of the crumpled linen napkins.
It gives the table a casual feel, and speaks true to who we are.
We are not formal people folks!

So, which do you prefer?
The new lantern or the old basket?
Please say the new lantern!!!
xoxo

55 comments:

mommalovesbaby said...

I think it's important for you to know that I drool over pictures of your home the way you drool over pictures of other peoples' homes :) So beautiful!

Suzan said...

I love the lantern over the table. Candlelight is always so much warmer and inviting that incandescent light. I was wondering something. I love the cup holder on the table. We don't have World Market in my area. (Just another reason to miss Seattle!) I was on their website looking for it and cannot find it. Could you tell me the name or description or whatever that was on the tag? Thanks!

Christy said...

I love the lantern! I saw that same cup holder at HomeGoods and looked at it and petted it for the longest time but couldn't figure out exactly what I wanted to do with it so I left it there. I LOVE the way you used mason jars!!! I'm headed over there today to see if it's still there! *fingers crossed*

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

Any time you show pictures of your dining room, I start pinning!! I just love, love, love, your dining room. It is so unique and so beautiful!!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh I love the lantern and I love the new mug holder. Everything in this room and the living room is stunning. I love it all. So beautifully furnished and accessorized. Hugs, Marty

Lisa~A Cottage To Me said...

Gorgeous room! I also saw that cup holder at World Market just the other day. I remember your "real one" from the post you did. I have little to no counter space so I put it back not thinking of anything else to use it for. You just gave me an idea. Mason jars are huge right now....thanks for sharing! Oh by the way, I love both the basket and the lantern....it would be hard to decide for me. And your wicker placemats are cool being used as chargers. Beautiful home!

Tricia said...

I vote for the lantern. I love the candlelight look with the trees as a backdrop!

Anonymous said...

Girrrrl, you gotta stop making me spend money. Now i gotta go find one of those cup holders. $14.99?, Oh, that's a G.O.T. T.O. H.A.V.E. item.

{ The Painted Home } said...

love it! totally awesome use of the lantern. and I loved the basket too, even if it didn't light.
the candles will be so cozy. I miss my candle chandelier :( I broke down and went electric when we had work done to an adjoining room.
always great eye candy on your sight.thanks
d e n i s e

Shannon said...

Definitely the lantern! Nothing better than candles to make everything beautiful. I have those same Dollar Store plates, aren't they great :) I was just at World Market but must have missed that holder, 14.99 is a an amazing price for that even if it isn't the real deal. I might have to go back for one now!

Between You and Me said...

the lantern takes the trophy home!
beautiful shots.....the cup holder is amazing...gotta make a trip to World market in ATL.

GirlRural.com said...

I love your new lantern. How romantic. As for the drying rack. I saw those as well and really wanted one. I wasn't sure what I'd do with it but i'm thinking terra cotta pots filled with goodies for Halloween. I just have to grab one before they are gone!

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momentum said...

Keep the lantern!!

I have another question for you Ms. Thompson.... I clicked on your link for the "real deal" in your kitchen and spotted your countertops. Are they granite tiles? If so, how often do you have to regrout? Is it easy? We have granite tile and the grout is worn down, and I'm grossing out on all the bacteria that is probably building up in there. Guess, I need to redo it, but I've been putting if off thinking it's going to be horrible. :-)

Ashley C. said...

Wow - that looks seriously amazing! Definitely keep the lantern!

HillHouse said...

I love how you are constantly rearranging your home. Using simple and elegant pieces. And I especially love the ones you create yourself.

Anonymous said...

Always drool over the eye candy you share with us. Your home and creations are awesome. I have been a huge fan of your blog for over a year now. I've purchased from your Etsy shop and adore my pieces and the quality of your craftmanship (craftwomanship). Keep the lantern, candles say cozy and homey, it doesn't interfere with your beautiful view. I also purchased that mug tree/holder from World Market, we are big drinker from Mason Jar's, my boys just love it!
Shelley
mcardle4atcenturyteldotnet

paige said...

this is awesome!!!!
i LOVE the lantern. girl. you are amazing.
& look at you letting the dollar store dishes come out & play with vintage ironstone! love it all
ox

the domestic fringe said...

Love the way you decorate. It's gorgeous! Great finds.

~FringeGirl

slip4 said...

New lantern! And I love your table setting. I need that cup holder. I didn't see it the other day in WM but I will go look for it :)

Fancy said...

Wow...I love this space! I want to use similar colors in my basement. (If we ever finish it!)

fancyco.blogspot.com

melinda said...

Love the lantern !! I just picked up the cup rack too. It was the last one they had !! Yipee!!!

Stacey {steward of design} said...

I really liked the basket, but I love your lantern! Great idea.

Kerri said...

I love the table! Can you tell me where you bought your table? I love everything!

Kristel said...

Your dining area looks like it came out of a magazine, it's so beautiful, and that lantern is gorgeous above your table. I think will be heading out to world market tomorrow for that cup holder.

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

Love the photos of your gorgeous room and the new lantern, Melaine. The jar holder is a great piece and I love the relaxed rustic tablescape. So inspiring!

Anonymous said...

Very pretty!

Did you paint your wall darker in the kitchen? It looks warm and cozy!

Heather

AntiqueChase said...

You had me calling world market too... but they could not locate the cup holder for me and I didn't see it on the website... could you let me know as well what it's called? TY :)

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

My word girl. That is fabulous! All of it really. Just darling. :)

Blessings,
Sasha

Melaine Thompson said...

Alright girls, I'm gonna go down to World Market for you all tomorrow and see what it is because It threw the tag away and as much as I love you all, I aint going through the garbage! :) xoxo

Curious Details said...

It's all so pretty! Love the metal cup holder...perfect!

AntiqueChase said...

thank you thank you!!

Anonymous said...

Can you publish your wall colors in the rooms pictured? I really love them!!

Mollie said...

Lanter looks gorgeous and it adds a romantic scenery in your dining..Love it!

Sue@pineapplehillinteriors said...

I just love the lantern it looks beautiful. The whole space is wonderful. I am so glad you didn't paint the table I visit often and I just love it. I wish I had a World Market near me. The cup holder is great.

Apple Blossom Barn said...

Love your new lantern and glass holder is brilliant

Denise

Melaine Thompson said...

Yes, I will publish my paint colors shortly. I am working on a "house tour" in which I will include paint colors! xoxo

The Amazing Flameless Candle said...

I love the design of the lantern. Very creative design which goes with the rest of the kitchen.

Deb said...

LOVE the lantern..so cozy! Just went to WM and pick up the last cup holder..thanks for the tip!

Beth said...

Love the lantern, the tablescape, and the view!

Wendy said...

Everything looks so wonderful! I love the lantern and the bottle drying rack! Thanks so much for the heads up on it. I've wanted one for sooo long. I made a trip to Alderwood today AND used my 15% birthday coupon! A couple weeks ago I got a bottle carrier! Both are great alternatives to the French ones. :)

Something Nice and Pretty said...

I say the new lantern! Looks fantastic and the cup holder is fab! We don't have a World Market here, would love to shop there though!

SHERRY HART said...

I do think World market has really stepped up their game lately! Unfortunately it is right next to my grocery store....danger. I love the candle light...warm and cozy.:)

Anonymous said...

LOVE it all! ;) The lantern looks amazing! And such great prices too!! xoxo Rachel

(oh and I got a text from you today about the bottle rack..thanks! )

www.shabbyfrenchforme.blogspot.com

Jen Gilday said...

I love it all! The lantern is perfect! I want to come sit in your kitchen and have a cup of coffee. So inviting!!

Jen
athomeinthenorthwestblog.com

Natalie said...

Where is your dining table from???
thanks!
Natalie

Melaine Thompson said...

Hi Natalie-our dining table was from a local furniture store that is no longer in business. We've had it about 10 years :)

Miranda said...

Another plea for more info on the World Market cup holder! It's fab and we don't have a store around here but by daughter has one in her town in California and maybe could get me one. I couldn't find it on their website, though I looked in many categories and searched using the keyword "cupholder" ... any info will be much appreciated!

Jody.Kippels said...

Definitely like the new lantern better! Your style is beautiful and inspiring. I poured over the World Market web site, but cannot for the life of me find the bottle rack? Any idea of what is it called in the store or UPC numbers on your receipt? Thanks a bunch.

Nan M. said...

Love your dining room, and the lantern looks lovely! I was wondering where you got your cane-seat chairs from...they look great!

Melaine Thompson said...

Nan-restoration hardware! :)

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Kelly Grohler said...

Hi! I am your newest follower! Thank you for the inspiration, your dining room wall is what I needed to see! I've been stuck until I saw yours & thought that's it!! Thanks again!! Kelly :)
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Rustic Candle Lanterns said...

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