Dianne's Creative Table

I am inspired by light, all things natural, reusing previously loved items, and bargains!

Thursday, March 15, 2018


“She turned to the sunlight
    And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbor:
    "Winter is dead.” 

Daffodils, that come before the swallow dares, and take the winds of March with beauty.(Shakespeare)
A daffodil bulb will divide and redivide endlessly. That's why, like the peony, it is one of the few flowers you can find around abandoned farmhouses, still blooming and increasing in numbers fifty years after the farmer and his wife have moved to heaven, or the other place, Boca Raton.(Ms Greenthumbs) 

Daffodils are yellow trumpets of spring(Richard Ratliff)

A house with daffodils in it is a house lit up,
whether or no the sun be shining outside.
(AA Milne)

Placemats - Home Goods
Pier 1 chargers- Vintage store
White plate - Johnson Bros Regency
Yellow plate - Ross
Runner - Queen of Hearts
Striped glasses - Old Time Pottery
White Dresden Rose Bowl - a gift
Geese- Thrift store 
Candlesticks - Ross

Friday, February 16, 2018

Red Bird

The cardinals around the house seem to become more visible when the trees are bare. They flock to our feeder in the morning and just before the sun goes down.  

I found one set of the cork backed placemats at Home Goods after Christmas last year.  I scouted every Home Goods for a second set with no luck and eventually found a set on Ebay for 3x as much as I paid at Home Goods, of course!

I used my painted brass candelabras and Henry Lauder's Walking Stick branches for the center of the table.  I added some lighting and pine cones.  The fat cardinals are from Ross.

Red napkins and Ralph Lauren stemware to finish.  

I usually put small cardinals on the branches, but felt it would be too much with the placemats. 

I decided to put them on the island to bring some color to the kitchen. 

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Exterior Transformation

Before the renovations we had a typical early 80's ranch, but inside it had a few quirks.  The two windows on the far right of the house were not usable.  The house looks like a single story ranch, but b/c of the hill, the garage was dug out and placed under the master bedroom/bath.  The original builders wanted the windows all level so those two right windows are partly upstairs and partly in the garage.  That meant the window went through the floors from the upstairs to the downstairs.  A box was built around the windows to keep people from falling through to the garage.  
As part of the remodel, we wanted to retrieve those windows. 

In order to rescue those windows, we had to raise them up above the upstairs floor line.
Now we have upstairs windows which we are loving. 

Our original plan was to paint the brick since we were unable to match it, but those darks spots you see are actually holes in the brick.  If we painted it would like like polka dots! We have a stain kit to try and match the old brick.  
We always hated the little front porch and we wanted to expand it. 

We wanted to bring the porch out past the sidewalk and extend it from the left end of the house to past the window on the right.
Under construction. 
Once we saw the size of the porch (14'x40') we decided to screen it so we could actually use it. 

Now we can enjoy the view.  Hubby and his crew laid the pavers for the porch and the sidewalk. 

There is nothing new on this porch except the cowhide.  Everything else came from hubby's grandmother or estate sales.  
We loved this porch all summer and are looking at infrared heaters so we can enjoy it during the cold months too.  Linking with Marty at Inspire me Tuesday Metamorphosis Monday