Monday, October 11, 2010

Some Updates Around the House

I've been absent for a little while around blogland, occasionally checking in on some of my favorite blogs, but in general just taking a little break to regroup.  Since finishing the large project we worked on for close to a year, I have turned my attention back to tweaking a few things around my own house.  We also have been invited by a regional magazine to share a holiday tablescape, and I am sharing a few of our own photos of that little project as well. 

Here is a shot of the dining room dressed for the holiday tablescape shoot.  I just had to build the design around this huge silver tray and meat dome I recently acquired!

A close-up of a place setting using red and white transferware from my collection, as well as vintage silver baby cups and tiny hand-blown glass ornaments.

Here is another shot of the table.  I love this little vintage cup with the key!

Another close-up of the table.

This is a Lucite console I placed in the dining room because it takes up so little visual space.  Here I placed a few transferware berry dishes on a distressed gray pedestal, along with my 1950's vintage coffee urn and (yes another!) darling little dome.  A tiny vintage coffee creamer looks sweet in this vignette I think.  The large crystal drink decanter gets a lot of use during family get-togethers year round.

I had the headboard recovered in a pale tiger-stripe fabric I had languishing in storage and added a french stool and needlepoint pillow at the foot of the bed.  Silk curtains were also fabricated out of more fabric from my "going-to-use-this-someday"  inventory.  The walls have been this color for a few years and I would really like to change them, but I guess I'll hold off a little longer.

I paired this sweet little French ladie's desk with a modern leather and nailhead stool that I think has a sort of Morrocan flavor.  An original antique etching hangs above it.  I didn't want anything too big there that would take away from the desk.

I also had this bedspread made out of some really inexpensive linen and I like the way it looks with the headboard.

I updated the living room a little bit with some large Bliss Studio pillows on the sofa and a tall mirrored tea table.

I brought this gilt Louis chair down from its previous home upstairs to brighten the room up a bit and added a grain sack rug under the tea table.

Here is a tighter shot of the chair.  I have the matching sofa, also, which will have to continue living upstairs!

The little antique secretary is a piece that we bought years ago when we were first married.  

The other side of the living room which includes a tall skirted console, sepia-tone landscape prints, and family photos.

I'm not big on a lot of accessories in my kitchen because I really cook and I need the counter space, so I leave out my food processor and stand mixer all the time.  I did add a recent find of a sweet little flow-blue platter.

This burled wood trough planter is pretty as well as useful.  I like to place little ferns, herbs, fruits, and vegetables in it.

There is nothing prettier in the kitchen, in my opinion, than real fruit displayed in a pretty container.

These little white linen slipcovers are great on the counter stools!  Just throw them in the washer and hang to dry!

I hope I still have a few readers out there!  If so, thanks for coming back and reading!


Cheryl said...

The wait was worth it! A beautiful posting. Where did you get the sunburst mirror?

TSL said...

Beautimous! I LOVE!!!!

Southern Chateau said...

Thanks Cheryl and Tina! The mirror is from my shop. It is by Uttermost. Let me know if you want one!

Jen M said...

Hi Carol -
your tablescape is beautiful! I have to ask you - where are the dining room chairs from - I love the backs!


PS - Have missed you!

Linda in AZ * said...

* Just "discovered" your blog, and am so glad I did~~~ of course, I signed up to receive new ones by E-mail, as this was SUCH a DELIGHTFUL, PRETTY READ!!! I sooo enjoyed my first of many visits!

Thanks so much!
Linda in AZ *

Southern Chateau said...

Jen, the table and chairs are Lexington. I have had them a while so I don't remember the name of the actual collection. And thanks for the sweet sentiment!

Linda, thanks for reading and do come back!

Lakeshore Cottage Living said...

You have a really beautiful home. I wished I knew you in "real" life so that I could have you come over and give me a few ideas. Your home is SO welcoming.

May I your that carpet or an area rug? We are looking into replacing our bedroom carpet and I would like to find something like yours.

Southern Chateau said...

Hi Kristine! Thanks so much for all your sweet words! My home is really just a humble Southern home filled with my collections, my acquisitions and finds, and sweet memories of raising a family here. Yes, that is wall-to-wall carpet in the bedroom. Some people in the business give it a bad design rap, but I find it cozy to step onto in the morning and I like the quietness it brings accoustically to a room that is essentially my sleeping chamber! If you like, I can look it up in my files and identify it for you. Thanks for stopping and reading!

Mona Thompson said...

You have done a beautiful job. So many details to love. I really like the bedroom. The bedding is wonderful as well as the pretty little bench at the end of the bed and fabulous desk beside it. Love the Gold gilt chair you added to the living room. I could go on and on. I am also impressed with the lighting. I always love my home better at night in the lamplight. It makes for spectacular pictures as well.

cotedetexas said...

the bedroom is so gorgeous!!! love the changes around.

Southern Chateau said...

Thanks Mona and Joni!

Henna @ AboutCabinets Blog said...

beautiful pictures, i loved the home decor, especially the kitchen, its really really good and very functional

indonesian teak furniture said...

now I'm still living in my parents' house, but someday I want to make a new home and live with my wife. I really love it when I found this blog, because I dream of having a nice house interior design. this blog makes me inspired. Thank you very much

Sanity Fair said...

The tablescape is really lovely - and I am in love with that meat dome! It was the first thing I saw - huge. A great centerpiece to any table. I adore what you did with the headboard too - your entire home is so warm and welcoming. I loved seeing it!
P.S. I'm hosting a Marc Jacobs jewelry give away - I hope you'll stop by!

Southern Chateau said...

Thanks all!

Unknown said...

Beautiful and welcome back to blogland!

Southern Chateau said...

Thanks, Linda!

chateaudelille said...

Ive just found your blog and I love it. Your work is so classy. I love the chateau style hence my name also. When I saw your name I just had to look and Im so glad I did. Ill be putting you on my sidebar so hopefully i dont miss your posts.Fiona

Southern Chateau said...

Thanks Fiona! I will check out your blog as well!

Anita@Theycallmejammi said...

Beautiful your kitchen is not what you usually expect and looks great.

Southern Chateau said...

Thanks, Anita! I do love moldings so I thought they would be nice as a backsplash, too.

Unknown said...

I love your blog and it sreams southern charm! Keep up the good work.

Cheryl said...

I love your blog! Can you look up the carpet in your bedroom and tell me what it is? I love it! So perfect, just like your blog!

Its Just Another Day In Paradise said...

I really like the place. Nice touches throughout. Love the fabric you choose for the bedding/ bedroom. Nice really nice! ^5

saffiah said...

I love your blog!
so inspirational.x

Sara said...

Your home is absolutely beautiful. I have a home design blog and periodically do house tours. I would love to feature yours; would you mind getting in touch with me (stubbert at yahoo dot com)? my blog is

Again, your home is gorgeous :)