Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Simplifying this Christmas

Minimalist table scape
Trying to keep things a bit simpler, although, when it comes to Christmas, I may be constitutionally incapable of doing that.

This is my initial try--a rough burlap runner, a wire reindeer from Second Hand Rose, pine picks, and votives.

Really trying to do less but have as much impact.  I think one trick is to use what we have but embellish it -- a collection of white ironstone with white lights and greenery added. The bright lights make it difficult to see greenery in photo.  Have to work on that. Will also add more color.  (Haven't brought the ornaments down yet) Think it is going to be a much quieter Christmas this year and trying to keep that in mind as I decorate.

Greenery and lights with white ironstone and brown paper wine bag

Monday, November 21, 2011

Staging and Accessorizing make a big Difference

The store will be closed through Thanksgiving, because just about the whole family (25 of us) will be here for Thanksgiving, and there is lots to do.  But in the meantime, I want to share some before and after photos of a home we (a space lift) is in the process of staging.

Living room before  with love seat barely visible on the far left

 Usually, when we stage a home, we rearrange furniture and accessories and maybe shop for a few items to fill in the blanks.  In this case, we were doing more shopping because, aside from the furniture shown, there were very few existing items to work with.  

Floor length drapes in chocolate with slightly green tinted blue circles
Our starting points were the leather furniture pieces and the drapes shown above.

It took us a while and one rejected rug to find one that suited us and our client.  It is shown above in one of our photos.  The brown background and the progressively deeper and larger blue circles are perfect — love it.  Also shown are a few of the pillows which were added.

We found a thrift store oval larger scale oak coffee table, which was the right scale for the furniture including the end tables. It was painted in three steps — blue green, white, and stone, then distressed with the result giving the impression of driftwood — perfect for our ecologist who studied on the east coast. 

Rearranged living room with a few new accessories
We flip-flopped the sofa and love seat because we wanted the coffee table to align with the length of the rug and so that the wall art selected by our client would be a better size for the piece grounding it.
Love the weed wall art from CB2 which our client found.  Great pick!
Oops, almost forgot.  On the table is a primitive dough bowl (from Just A Second) with wool yarn balls in it.  Everything is safe for toddler in the home. There is a nice length of wall to the right of the sofa and table to accommodate a cupboard or hutch which is still on our shopping list.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Sneak preview of White Christmas at Just A Second

Black and silver print with touch of burgundy

Giving you a sneak peek at Just A Second's Christmas finery.
No Open House event planned, but every Saturday there will be goodies and hot coffee, tea, or cider. 

From cottage to primitive, child to adult, we have a bit of everything. Hope to have special additions from Tina soon.  We'll get the word out as soon as we do.

Child's table and china, and shell art

And remember, anytime you hear someone say, "just a second", think of all the visual delights waiting for you on Main Street at Just A Second.

Official welcome display as you enter Just A Second.