Here in Colorado it has been getting cooler and cooler. They had snow in the mountains last night and it snowed on Pikes Peak today! I live at the base of Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs and we are expecting our first freeze of the season Thursday night and Friday night. Time to bring in my plants for those overnight freezes! Luckily, or unluckily it won't last long and it is supposed to be in the 70's for the weekend with overnight lows only in the 40's. Fall and winter just can't get here fast enough for me!
Today I am sharing my buffet. I've got this hand me down antique buffet from my grandmother, actually I've got the whole set, the smaller version that I call a server (we use it for a liquor cabinet) and the china cabinet and the table with 4 chairs. None of these pieces has a nail in them, they are all dowel and holes to hold them together. I love these pieces but hate them at the same time, they are heavy and big, really big and I've got a small space. If you have been following me, yes, this is the buffet with the broken leg, and yes, it is still broken and held together with black duct tape.
So the rules that I follow to decorate a flat surface again are.
1 - some symmetry. I don't particularly like matchy-matchy but you do need some symmetry
2 - vary your heights and your depth- this keeps the eye moving
3 - group thing in 3's as it is more pleasing to the eye
4 - layers, layers, layers.
So here we go.
I started by laying down an orange runner that I got on sale a few years ago at Pottery Barn. I then added a lamp on one end. I set the lamp on some old books that I painted white and stamped. For some symmetry I added a Yankee Candle tart burner at the other end. In the middle I put a box I found at Hobby Lobby.
Next I placed a faux garland down.
Let me show you how I did it on the shelf above the buffet. Here is where the shelf sits.
Now let me show you my box on the buffet. I could make a box and do the same thing but it was on sale so cheap, $2.00 I think with my coupon that I couldn't pass it up.
So how did I do this?
Excelsior. Now this is messy, I mean really messy but it is a great way to 'lift' things in a box or a bowl.
I filled the box with the Excelsior then placed my pumpkins in them.
You could use real pumpkins and or gourds but first make sure you wash them with some bleach so they don't rot as fast. I used fake. You use the same idea for decorating your box as you do for any flat surface, layers, vary the height and some symmetry.
This is what I finally ended up with.
I hope you try decorating flat surfaces in your home.
Next week I'll show you my dinning table, my outdoors and how I bring a bit of fall to almost every room in the house. Don't confine your seasonal décor to just one room, spread it around.
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