Would You Like Lemon With That?

3.14.2010

With the arrival of warm weather for a couple of days, and then it was gone, I got in the mood to make some new vignettes on a couple of tabletops. I wanted to just lighten and brighten to make the inside feel a little more like spring.  I did not have to buy anything new. I just used things from around the house that I already had.

The first thing I spruced up is the dining room table. It has a little Italian flavor added to it with some Italian pottery and a display of lemons. I did not realize that lemons were such a huge part of Italy until we went a few years ago. There were lemon trees everywhere. They plant them on the sides of mountains and in the tiniest little nooks here and there. Whatever little plot of land they have they stick lemon trees on it. One thing they produce with all these lemons is a lemon liqueur called limoncello.  The Italians drink a small little glass of it after dinner to help aid in digestion. Over here in the U.S. it is usually mixed in specialty drinks.

Here are a few photos of my new vignette in the dining room.



The plate was bought several years ago at the Biltmore House gift shop in Asheville, N.C.

The tall vase with the handles and the lidded pottery were both found at Home Goods last year. They were a steal at only thirteen and fifteen dollars. I just loved the colors of them and they are made to look old.


The little basket was picked up at a flea market.


The little bird was bought at a local decor shop at a going out of business sale.

Used a stack of books under the vase to add height and dimension.




Now I couldn't just stop with the dining room. No, no. I started changing the top of the chest in the foyer, too. Once I start changing things up I just can't stop. Usually because I am moving things from one spot to the next so then I have to fix the first thing I changed. Does that make any sense at all?!

This is  the before shot of the chest.



Brought the tall urn from the sideboard in the dining room and the white potted plant was in my great room on the coffee table. The architectural fragment was found at a flea market a couple of years ago for ten dollars. This piece has been moved all over the house.

This is a cake plate that I bought at Home Goods last fall for under fifteen dollars. I love the scalloped edge.
I added the nest and a little brass bird and the same cloche that was on the chest before.

It is elevated on a stack of design books.

This is the full shot.



Just look around your house and move things around to create new vignettes. You don't have to buy anything and you will have a new look. Just remember it is best to display in odd numbers and vary the heights.

This week I am joining several linky parties:




Marty at a Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday
and

Linda at Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday


Be sure and click on the links to these parties and check and see what everyone else has contributed this week. I am sure you will be inspired as I have. 

Drop me a note and let me know you came by. I appreciate all the great comments I have received and look forward to more and making more new friends.


Here is a sneak peak of something I have been working on for the bedroom. 
I hope it turns out like I want it to.


Y'all come back now,

KIM

64 comments:

  1. I LOVE both of your vignettes. The one on the table is just stunning and I think the vase and the jar are both gorgeous with the yellow and blue. It just seems that anything yellow looks so spring and fresh. Your vignette on the chest is gorgeous too. I love the cloche with the little bird. Using the urn, and the architectural piece really adds to the display. Everything is just gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

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  2. Kim, I love all of your beautiful springtime vignettes. And what is it about adding lemons to a table, it just makes the whole room seem so bright and inviting!

    Kat :)

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  3. You are hooked up for the week there girl!!~ It looks so yummy and bright...I love the pop of yellow....can't wait to see what you are doing!!~

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  4. Oh I just love everything that you have done!! Are the lemons real? They look like they are! I always forget about using books for height. Thanks for the reminder!

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  5. Hi Kim! I love your Italian pottery...so pretty! There is just something about lemons, isn't there? Can't wait to see what you are working on! Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

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  6. Hi kim, i love all your vignettes.The cake plate is beautiful...Kathy

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  7. Hello Kim I am so loveing the yellow bright fresh also the pottery with the lid on the dining room table love it...I think I will go and get me some lemons..It was nice hearing about the lemon tree and Italy, my grandparents are from there and it is a place I really would love to visit, planning it for november 2011..
    Blessings,
    Jolyn

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  8. Kim, I love all your tabletop vignettes & the mosaic is really great! Hope you had a nice weekend.

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  9. Hi Kim....

    I read you all the time, don't comment much :)

    Love your table, very pretty....

    I think I know what that is you're working on....I don't want to ruin the surprise...or can we guess ???

    All the best,
    Kathy :)
    jokaj@comcast.net

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  10. Well the italian pottery is just devine, love the freshness you have brought into the room, spring everywhere, Love the cloche with the bird and nest, so spring, so pretty...almost as dear and pretty as the wonderful in the banner, wow what a cutie....come for a visit and see my rabbits, you can even bring the doggie....Phyllis

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  11. Just beautiful Kim, I love them both...You out did yourself once again my friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  12. Spring has sprung!! Beautiful vignettes! I LOVE the birds in both of them. Makes me smile!! =)

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  13. Blue and yellow are my favorites. I wouldn't have thought that about Italy either. Lemons? Who would have thought. Wedding flowers are expensive. I kind have made it my "God thing" by doing my business on the side. Flower shops have so much overhead and I can do the same for a lot less. This wedding would have been $3000.00 anywhere else, I was able to do it for $1400.00. My degree is in floral design. I am just now using it!

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  14. You've made some pretty changes! I always love little birds here and there and I appreciate that you tell us where you find things! I really want to find a Home Goods to shop at! Love the lemons, too. I need to put a bowl of lemons in my blue kitchen! Thanks for the idea! ♥

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  15. Wow, very pretty. love the bird inside the glass cage.... gorgeous decors.

    In This Side of Town
    Anything Davao

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  16. The bowl of lemons and pottery were my favorites! Nice job!

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  17. Oh my, oh my that is so pretty!!


    What a deal

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  18. that jar is amazing as are all your items. you just have such a lovely home and everything you do has charm and flair.

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  19. Love love the lemons!!! They just seem to be the perfect summery element! I love the Italian style jars. I have to keep my eyes open and start buying the things that I see and like! You have such a great eye for things. I am in purging and cleaning mode, but getting all kinds of ideas! I am looking forward to starting the decorating process. Scared, but excited! Thanks for always sharing your beautiful things!

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  20. Lovely vignettes! It's always fun to mix things up!

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  21. Hey Kim what great changes. I love the pottery on the dinning room table and the mosaics look beautiful. Can't wait to see whats in store next! Hope you had a great weekend, Martina

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  22. Everything is so pretty! I really like the bird under the cloche. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  23. Kim there is nothing prettier than a bowl full of fresh lemons and the fragrance is a plus, I usually have lemons and limes in a bowl and I love their fresh fragrance. all you vignettes are so lovely and it is fun to switch things around. You always do such a wonderful job!! You are quite the party girl!! Hugs Kathysue

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  24. I like your vignettes, Kim, so pretty! But I love the lidded Italian pottery. It's beautiful!...Christine

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  25. It's fun to change things up now and again! You did a nice job - love the lemons!

    Amanda

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  26. You have to check me out! I think I actually linked up to Susan's Met Monday at Between Naps on the Porch! So proud of myself!!

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  27. Love your post! The blue and yellow Italian pottery is wonderful, and your house looks beautiful. hope you'll show us some more pictures! Happy Blue Monday.

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  28. I love the Italian vibe with the lemons... So fresh and happy! Well, it is decided, I have to get a cake stand and a cloche now. You have made me see something that I LOVE and now I have a goal to work towards getting them. Thanks for the great design and inspiration Kim!

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  29. Kim,
    This post has me dreaming of sunny Italy on this rainy morning! Your tall HomeGoods vase is the perfect anchor for this pretty vignette. The vase has such fine detail and I especially like the raised cartouche design.
    Cathy

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  30. I love lemons with touches of blue too, Kim. Happy blue Monday!

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  31. Hi Kim,
    You have a gorgeous home and I see that you love color like me. Color was invented for a reason...right? I saw your comment today on Kim's blog so just thought I would stop by and say hello.

    LeAnn:)

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  32. Just beautiful! All it takes is a little sunshine and warm air and we are ready to transform things, right?

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  33. Morning, Kim! Oh, how beautiful! I love your newness in the dining room - what lovely things. Don't you just love Italy? We've been there three times and I wanna go back some day.
    Your table top in the entry is also so beautiful - both ways. I'm coveting that darling lamp! :)
    Be a sweetie and I always appreciate you popping in to see me.
    Shelia :)

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  34. really impressive vignettes! I wish i have half your talent. They are really beautiful! I just love the arrangement and the cherry colors!

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  35. Lovely vignettes, Kim. And yes, I would like lemon with that (lol). They smell so good! That Italian pottery is so beautiful and gives out such a wonderful feeling of cheer and warmth. Love the mosaics!

    Love, Karen

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  36. The yellow and blue are gorgeous together! Happy Blue Monday!

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  37. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. You inspire me!

    I'm doing a little makeover in our dining room too...not much, just a little vignette change or two. Just beginning the process.

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  38. i just love the yellow all around we must be in the yellow mood i just got 2 yellow pillows oh no more pillows iam a sick person :) that fram is lovely iam in such supence:)

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  39. Hi, I love all your vignettes! Too bad you don't live near me and I'd hire you to come over and teach me a thing or too. I sure enjoy visiting your blog and get great ideas everytime!

    Thank you for responding to me about your paint. I must have been thinking about your dining room. That's the color I was wondering about, the lovely gold/yellow. Do you know what it is? I also love the chest in your entryway. I have a buffet I posted about that I want to repaint and distress. Did you do it yourself and if so, how did you do it? It's beautiful. "jhlaperle@gmail.com". Thanks!

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  40. i agree for some reasons these yellows photos are shining :) it creates an uplifting aura :)

    u may view mine here

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  41. Gorgeous makevovers, The colors are so pretty. And it reminds me os spring. Love the little bird too.

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  42. Nice makeovers! I love the challenge decorating on a budget.

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  43. Your lemon vignette is so pretty! I really love your pottery pieces. Thanks for sharing!

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  44. How pretty -- after the Winter we've had -- It's fun to spruce up for Spring! Your "sprucing" looks lovely. Pretty pottery!

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  45. Oh, I love the blue and yellow color combination. Those pieces sure look a lot more expensive. Beautiful vignettes.

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  46. Your lemon display has my mouth watering for some fresh squeezed lemonade. Everything looks so fresh and appealing. Love the cloche with the little birdie. Thanks for sharing!

    Blessings~
    Tonya

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  47. Some very lovely Spring Vignettes! :) I always love blue and yellow. It looks very French country to me!

    ~Liz

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  48. Love the Italian pottery, the lemons, and the vignettes you created. I must come back and take real good look at your posh blog:)

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  49. I adore all of that bright yellow. Just gorgeous!

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  50. I love all your pretty lemon decor! I have a few lemon pieces in my kitchen. I should try moving it to the dining room.

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  51. The yellow is so cheerful! And spring gets us movin', huh?
    Rene'

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  52. Love the lemons and how your pottery just made me wish for sunshine. I love to shop my home and change things around.

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  53. Love your new vignettes for spring. Yellow is such a cheery color!

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  54. Hi Kim, You have quite a knack for creating vignettes! I would have guessed the lidded vase, in particular, in the first group of photos to be old. The lemons set it all off so well.

    And my favorite thing in the second set of pictures is the bird and nest on the cake plate under the cloche! LOVVVVVVE it!!!

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  55. you have a flair for putting vignettes together very well! Love the lemons!

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  56. Love it all but I really love the lemon stuff you got going on! Matter of fact I am having a lemonade party in May...can you just shipped those pieces to me to borrow? Ha! Be blessed. Cindy

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  57. Love all of this! So pretty!

    Especially love the bird and nest under the cloche! Spring!!!

    Lou Cinda :)

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  58. I love moving things around~but you are right once you start you can't stop! Nice Spring displays!

    Jody

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  59. I like it! I love the bowl/pedestal that the lemons are in.

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  60. Wowzer! That is all outstanding!
    smiles, alice

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  61. Kim,
    Your vignettes are very stunning! Luv the bird nest under the cloche...soooo CUTE! What I really like is how you did all your shopping at HOME...I do a lot of that too! Thanks for coming to my party...it's always nice to see you here:)

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  62. Kim, you have such a flair for accessorizing the beautiful spaces in your home. I love hearing how you've acquired the items, too.
    We enjoyed limoncello on the Isle of Capri...makes me pucker just to remember!

    Happy St. Patrick's Day to you!
    fondly,
    Rett

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  63. Very pretty! I wish I had a decorative eye like some many of you creative bloggers out there!

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