Tuesday, February 7, 2012

My back-orderd Christmas gift just arrived!

I've been eagerly awaiting the arrival of this pair of Aiden Gray sconces from Ballard Designs that finally arrived this week!

I've been keeping my fingers crossed that they would work out the way I envisioned them.

It was a big decision and a big change for our family room.

We've had this beautiful Welch cupboard for over 20 years. 


It is a very sentimental piece of furniture and holds a special place in my heart.   I had just had my second miscarriage and decided that I needed to change my focus from trying to have a baby to decorating my house and this was the first "investment" piece of furniture we purchased that started us on the journey of making our house a home.

It was not long after that we were blessed with a healthy pregnancy and beautiful baby boy who is now a sophomore in college!

 It seems fitting to make a change now. 

I found this large painting last year at the White Elephant Sale and have been thinking that it could really add some drama and wow to our family room, which is right off the kitchen and where we spend the most time.

And of course I love the subject matter!

It's almost like a window with a view of the beach! 

The challenge with the wall being so large was to find something dramatic to flank it.

I found these Valletta sconces in the Ballard Designs catalog back in late November and showed them to my husband hinting at what a great Christmas present they would make.

I had been preparing for their arrival for the past few weeks and so by the time my husband arrived home from work I had emptied the Welch cupboard, assembled the sconces and had the painting leaning against the couch.

 We brought over this McGuire table from the La Dolfina's Prop Shop to place under the painting.

I originally had a different table in mind, a raffia papered Parsons style library table until I came across the stunning home of Mark Sikes in the pages of House Beautiful's Dec/Jan issue. 


Several of the vignettes in his home were just the look and feel I was after. 

I was especially taken with the blue and white pottery dispersed throughout the house and garden and felt they added a wonderful dimension to the rooms and vignettes.

So, after raiding La Dolfina's Prop Shop I asked my mom if she had any blue and white pieces I might use.

Sure enough she emerged with this beautiful antique lidded chamber pot with a wicker handle.

We reminisced about the day she found it, and then she handed it to me saying that she was looking forward to seeing it in my home.

Moms are the best aren't they?

I brought it home and placed it on the McGuire table with some orchids. I stood back to observe the interplay between it and the painting and immediately understood the love affair so many have with blue and white pottery and why Mr. Sikes has amassed such a wonderful collection.


 I am just beginning to play around with different vignettes and compositions, and have asked my brilliant and stylish friend Lisa to come over and play with me, but for the time being I have set up a makeshift bar which even though I don't drink, I love the look of.

I think it makes a room a bit more civilized.

  Can I get you something to drink?

This is the polite way to offer a guest a drink when they're visiting you at your home.
It sounds more polite than "Would you like something to drink?"
It's normal to offer people a drink when they visit you.

If you want to offer your guest some alcohol, you can ask:
Can I get you a drink?
The difference between "something to drink" and "a drink" is that "a drink" usually means alcohol, while "something to drink" can mean water, juice, coffee, etc.

One of the benefits of being a passionate and life long treasure huntress and collector who has a Prop Shop is being able to redecorate a space on a whim.

If you are in the mood for an update or looking for a few key pieces to add some punch or drama to a room or space in your home then you should mark your calendar, grab some friends and plan on coming to La Dolfina's Prop Shop Sale starting on Thursday Feb. 16th.


Email me for an invite with details and directions.
I will also be including fun things to do and places to eat in Alameda so plan to make a day of it.

I would love to see and or meet you!


*Photos La Dofina 
*Photos of Mark Sikes home courtesy of Habitually Chic


lisaroy said...

Love the sconces and the painting looks perfect! :)

Beach House Living said...

Your home is constantly changing isn't it? I liked the cupboard but sometimes we need to try something different.

Of course your Mother would have a blue and white pottery piece.

Enjoy everything.

helen tilston said...

Hi Terri

Your new wall totally transforms your room. It is refreshing and I love the bar being here for added interest.I love the subject matter of your painting, the family by the ocean. It is a beautiful composition and holds the viewer.

Have a great week

Helen xx

Acquired Objects said...

Terri your sconces look fabulous. I love how you slightly redecorated to give your room a fresh look. Love your painting too.


Karena said...

Terri that painting and now the sconces are a gorgeous focal point for the room. The blue and white is perfect with the sea/sky in the work of art! Love it all!

Art by Karena

La Brocanteuse said...

Hello Terri,
Love your new sconces, and yes thank you, would love a drink at your table! best wishes for your prop shop sale, wish I could be there..really!
hugs Colette

Kathysue said...

I have it on my calendar and I am waiting for my evite, time and directions. Can't wait to see you.
xo Kathysue

The enchanted home said...

How beautiful the painting and sconces are. You have everything looking fabulous! I agree that painting is so great, reminds you of a family day at the beach:)

Anonymous said...

Wow, great story and beautiful sconces. Yes, I will have a drink thankyouverymuch!



Garrett said...

The Prop Shop Sale sounds wonderful... I've been waiting many years! :o)

Ballard Designs said...

Oh Terri, this story touched our hearts. Your sconces look wonderful in the room. Amazing job! We wish you all the best.

- The Team at Ballard Designs