9.30.2010

Frugal Friday~

Today I wanted to share with you my frugal fall tablescape.


I have this small buffet in my dining area. It is the perfect size to fit in what might otherwise be an awkward spot. I love the buffet...but I just couldn't get it accessorized the way I wanted. I thought that perhaps if I painted it a different color it might fix the problem. And that was my plan until I came up with a new arrangement for fall...

BEFORE








AFTER



Yeah, there's still a lot of black, but there is more height, more texture, more color. Let me break it down for you.

(Sorry for the blurry photo...I was taking these in low light...) The first thing I knew I had to do was replace the lamp. I liked the "skeleton" shade on the old lamp, but the hubby? not so much. Plus, I felt like the lamp was the key to bringing in color. So after searching for a while, I found this gold beauty at TJ Maxx for a steal! It was rather short, however, so I made it a little taller by placing it on a book. I didn't like the cover of the book AND I wanted to bring in more white, so I just turned it around to face the pages out. Mr. Two thinks the lamp is especially fitting for fall, because, as he pointed out, "it looks like a pumpkin."
I repeated the gold color on the other side of the tablescape with a plate I already had that just happens to be the exact color of the pumpkin lamp...call it serendipity.


I wanted to add a piece of art, but I just didn't have the right thing...so I framed a piece of my favorite black damask fabric. The perfect touch.


Finally, I added the terrarium that my mother gifted me with a sweet stone bird's nest underneath. Love the rusty patina. So fall-ish.
Aside from the lamp (which as I mentioned was a total steal) I didn't purchase a single new thing for my fall tablescape! And, I like it enough that I've talked myself out of painting the buffet...at least for now.
Now it's your turn...
You know "da rules"
1. Please link directly to your post not just to your blog.
2. Please link back to the Shabby Nest so that others can enjoy the frugal goodness.
3. Please comment on the links you visit so that our partipants can feel the love!
Finally, I reserve the right to remove links that are not appropriate to the Frugal Friday theme...ie links to posts about your business, your giveaway, or other posts unrelated to frugal projects or frugal finds.
Have fun!


17 comments:

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

Thanks for hosting this blog party!

Leanne said...

Thanks for hosting again. Hope your family is doing well.

Cori said...

Love your blog and all the inspiration I gain here.

I'm honored to link up with my latest creation today. I can't wait to check out all the other links.

Thanks for hosting this party and for all your wonderful posts and creative ideas.

Love it all!

Cori
Stsrview Sonnet

pk @ Room Remix said...

It looks great! I especially like your "pumpkin" lamp. :-)

I did a post tonight on paint stripes and included your sons room as an example and linked back. Let me know if that's not okay! Hope you have a good weekend.

Lorrie said...

Thanks for hosting the party! I like the way you explained the process of what you did - both the before and the after look great to me.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Very cute! I hope you'll stop by and enter the giveaway.

Gail said...

Everything looks great! Thanks for hosting.

Enjoy your weekend.
Gail

the cape on the corner said...

loving that lamp, so interesting! i did the same thing with some lamps i got that were too short. put them on a book that i turned backwards...love blogging for that inspiration!

Laura said...

I love your table update - that lamp is beautiful!
Hope your hubby & dad are continuing to improve & feel better. Hope you're hanging in there too & getting some time for yourself to recharge.
Have a good weekend!

Beki - TheRustedChain said...

It looks beautiful!!

I love framing fabric like that. Such an easy way to freshen up a room.

amanda persinger said...

Oh...I love the before AND after. Both are stunning! Thanks for sharing!! Have a great weekend!

allenaim photography and design said...

I agree with Amanda...love the before AND after...matte black always gets me...lovely...

Shannon said...

LOVE that gold lamp!!! I have a thing for that color. :)

paige said...

looks great wendy
i loved the other lamp too--such a cool look but men don't get it do they

love that orangey goldie pumpkinsh lamp...darn its cute

paige said...

looks great wendy
i loved the other lamp too--such a cool look but men don't get it do they

love that orangey goldie pumpkinsh lamp...darn its cute

freckled laundry said...

I loved your 'before' arrangement and I love the new with pops of gold. There's nothing that you do that I don't adore. Thanks for hosting the party, Wendy.

Hugs,
Jami

Object of Maya*ffection said...

LOVE the new tableau BUT I have to say the skeleton shade was my FAVE part (sorry hubby)