Monday, December 11, 2017

Junkin' Series Guest at Follow the Yellow Brick Home

Bubbling over with joy, I'm guest posting today over at Follow the Yellow Brick Home, in Amber's "Let's Go Junkin" series.
I'm sharing Panoply Christmas booth displays over the past several years on Amber's blog, and if you'd like to see more of how we style our spaces, you can start by clicking right here. While at Amber's blog, I hope you'll stay a while to also see her fantastic home all decked out with vintage decor through all the seasons, but especially now, at Christmastime.

If you're traveling through West Virginia, I hope to see y'all at the South Charleston Antique Mall! Panoply is located in the South Charleston Antique Mall at 617 D Street, South Charleston, WV.  It is an easy on/off from I-64 at Exit 56.

Amber, thanks again for inviting me! Happy junkin', y'all!

Rita C. at Panoply

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Oh Deer! Christmas Tablescape 2017

Hi there, and welcome back to another holiday post here at Panoply, this time featuring a Christmas tablescape. I am a lover of Christmas, using all things red, green, and more. Whether it be solids, checks, and/or plaids, the more, the better.  Add a dash of vintage, and you have my kind of Christmas! This time it's all of the above, in a tablescape theme I'm calling "Oh Deer!"
This tablescape started with a plate I found that seemed to say,  "hey, pick me, pick me!" with color, pattern and festive fun printed all over it. 
I've had a set of white deer ornaments for a few years, intending to use them as place cards, but (see photo collage below, starting clockwise, top L)....the first year I only used one, gluing it to a mason jar to hold marshmallows. This year I used two more white ones in my red truck in my sunroom. Then my friend, Patti, at Pandora's Box, was up for the challenge of painting four more of the white deer ornaments in the classic, MacKenzie-Childs Courtly Check pattern for me. Patti also made the toss pillow you see as the backdrop for the four deer in the MacKenzie-Childs inspired CC pattern. Patti not only accepts commissioned projects, she also sells MacKenzie-Childs inspired items she creates, too.
Oh dear deer, I was in heaven! You can see a tiny wire ring on the center of each deer head, originally for hanging. I left it on, to allow the option of using again as an ornament, but it also anchors the place card.

Sometime this past summer I bought the flatware I'm using on this table and I really like its weight and faceted pattern. I am tempted to replace my current flatware with this. The tartan napkins with grosgrain trim add a tailored touch.
The vintage tartanware napkin rings are from Scotland. The patterns are still legible on each one, starting clockwise, top L: McPherson, MacGregor, Leslie, McDuff.
I wanted to make some clove-studded oranges for fragrant holiday decor this year, so my first one was used for a classic Williamsburg apple centerpiece. It starts with a tree-shaped block form, with nails strategically placed for piercing the fruit. Elements used and design styling of the centerpiece can be as varied as the individual creating it. The most typical Williamsburg apple centerpiece is with red apples, topped with a pineapple, the classic symbol of Southern hospitality. Since my table is set for four, I chose to make a smaller profile. With classic red and green, I used small red apples and limes, and my orange with cloves in a star pattern as the topper. I filled the space voids with greens from the garden - pine, magnolia and holly branches with berries.
The finished Williamsburg apple centerpiece was raised on the table by placing it on an ironstone cake stand, a trick I use often, which allows more space on the table beneath it.

Other table textiles used (besides the tartan napkins) are a drop cloth as tablecloth base, topped with my spiral runner, hand-made by my daughter. Courtly Check mini stockings are on the table behind the place cards, to be used as pouches for the checked deer, intended as guest favors. The place cards themselves are simply 3 x 5 index cards, folded, and held closed with Washi tape.
The chargers, originally tartan plaid and used here, were chalkboard painted in black (seen again here and here).
The ruby red water goblets (12 oz) were a [lucky] vintage, estate find, and match smaller juice glasses (6 oz) I have.
Filling out the table for warmth and candle glow, I added two antique, ironstone cafe au lait bowls. I filled each with fresh cranberries, a votive candle and a garnish of pine.
The table was finally complete, and came together very organically, over the course of a few days. With dusk comes little lights in the sunroom, adding to the warm and cozy, festive spirit of the season. 
As you can see, I have used a mix of many patterns on this table (and in the sunroom, in general), with a good measure of solids to ground it all. It was fun, and I hope you take away a bit of inspiration for yourself from the various things I mixed. The complete source list is provided at the very end of this post.
Your visit is welcome and appreciated. As a vintage and antique dealer, playing with dishes is one of my hobbies. You can see more of my tablescapes by going to the 'Tablescapes' menu item at the top of my homepage (if on a mobile device, scroll to bottom and click on 'View Web Version' first. It's also found in the list of labels, or by typing 'tablescape' in the search block, both on my sidebar.
For even more inspiration, have a look at the many other bloggers' listed below, with direct links to their Christmas tablescape posts, as part of a blog hop I am participating in this week. As with last week's home decor hop, this is once again hosted and organized by Chloe Crabtree of the blog, Celebrate and Decorate (thank you, Chloe!). I will be updating the list as the week continues, so you can come back here anytime as a central reference for all the table inspiration. 
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Oh Deer! Christmas Tablescape Source List
Chargers - Michaels, chalkpainted
Dinner, Salad Plates - Big Lots
Deer ornaments - Lowes, handpainted by Patti at Pandora's Box
Drop Cloth tablecloth - Lowes
Spiral holiday table runner - handmade gift from daughter
Tartan Napkins - Mark and Graham
Tartan Napkin Rings, Williamsburg apple centerpiece form - eBay
Flatware - Lucca (Fortessa) - Sur La Table
Glassware - Georgian (Anchor Hocking), Cafe au lait bowls, cake stand - vintage and antique finds
Checked mini stockings, Washi tape - MacKenzie-Childs

Merry Christmas!
Rita C. at Panoply

Friday, December 1, 2017

Traveling Totes #13: Fall Frolics, A Giveaway

Season's greetings, readers! Welcome back to this, the 13th Traveling Totes adventures recap! Miss Luna C and I are deep in the throes of holiday prep now, but before it all completely escapes us, we want to recap our fall frolics. And please, even if you don't read the entire post, be sure to check our tribe's giveaway at the end. It's an item that'll be just in time for your holiday enjoyment.
Miss Luna C and I have been quite busy this fall and, even though we didn't get to trek to NYC for the first gathering of all the other gals and their totes, the tribe made us feel part of the experience with emails, photos and token exchanges during and after their trip. I'm not sure how that inaugural gathering can be topped, but ideas are floating for 2018. 🙂

Here's a recap of some of the ways Miss Luna C and I spent our fall months, with some links to more detailed prior posts on the topics:

September: Farmers' Market Pumpkin Pickin' - Front Porch Decor.  Miss Luna C is a workhorse! She is perfect for hauling even some of the large pumpkins I selected for fall, but in the photo below, she was stuffed with all my baby boos.
Capitol Market - Charleston, WV
Panoply Buying Trip in September. Miss Luna C is really great for hauling just about anything, and in mid-September, she was basically a picnic basket for snacks and hostess gifts taken to my Panoply sister's home in Cincinnati in prep for an antiquing adventure.
Antiquing in OH
The week after returning home from OH, I had a dinner date with my girls, and a delivery to make to my oldest daughter from sister J. My oldest is saving bottle tops from various brews so her hubby can eventually make some sort of bar top. The tote handily did the job. Hmmm...beginning to see a pattern here of the tote carrying beverages.....
Dinner with my girls
October: Fall Color in West Virginia.
Mr. P and I took advantage of fall color in our home state of WV in October, and Miss Luna C was actually my overnight bag. Mr. P offered to carry Miss Luna C numerous times. She's so heavy when she's loaded, one must be really careful not to blow a tire.
She ain't heavy, she's my Luna C!
We drove to the Potomac Highlands region in the northeastern part of the state to tour (starting clockwise, top L of photo below) Spruce Knob Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area, Blackwater Falls State Park, Canaan Valley State Park and Smoke Hole Caverns.
WV fall getaway
A little trivia: did you know West Virginia is the only state entirely within the Appalachian Region? It's true! And not to typecast us or anything, but.....
Appalachia at its best
November:  Thanksgiving Getaway
Mr. P & I skipped town for a few days leading up to and including Thanksgiving. Our status quo get together with his family was interrupted this year, daughter #1 and her husband planned a trip to visit friends out of town, and daughter #2 and her husband were scheduled to work. So, what do empty nesters do? Road trip!
Thanksgiving Getaway Route
Day 1: Monday, November 20 - we headed to Morgantown to see the WVU Mountaineers play Long Beach (CA) State in a pre-conference basketball game. Bags carried into the coliseum can be no larger than the one pictured below, a 4.5" x 6.5" clutch, so Miss Luna C was a little put out. However, she had a plan.
Vera Bradley Collegiate Crossbody
The next day, before leaving town, she got her due. Are you familiar with the NBA logo? Well, that guy is Jerry West, and he hails from West Virginia. His statue is just outside the WVU Coliseum in Morgantown. Miss Luna C was happy to have her photo taken with him, and now that I'm looking at the photo, I guess I should've smiled too. It appears I was on camera as well. 😲
Jerry West bronze outside WVU Coliseum - Morgantown, WV
Day 2: Tuesday, November 21- traveling a little further north and west to Wheeling, WV,  for its famous seasonal Festival of Lights tour, our early arrival kept us from being to able to check in, so what to do, what to do? Shopping, of course, and I chose Sibs Antique Store, where I found a most unusual 'car snack' tartan carrier, among other great finds. Below, one of the sibling owners (hence, Sibs), is showing how versatile the over-the-seat carrier can be repurposed as a backpack. 🤣
Sibs Antiques - Wheeling, WV
We then checked in to our resort, the Wilson Lodge at Oglebay Park in Wheeling.
Oglebay Park - Wheeling, WV
Our package included a guided night tour of this acclaimed, seasonal show of winter lights. It was truly spectacular, including the historic and original, early 20th century Oglebay Mansion, greenhouse. The displays of lights cover more than 300 acres of rolling hills of an area completely owned and managed by the citizens of Wheeling, a gift from the Oglebay estate.
Oglebay Park Festival of Lights - Wheeling, WV
Day 3: Wednesday, November 22 - our next stop on our Thanksgiving getaway was Amish country in Ohio, just a couple more hours driving west and north. We stopped at the famous Lehman's Hardware, a family owned and operated store making life simpler since 1955. 
Lehman's Hardware - Kidron, OH
Amish buggies pulled by horses are a common sighting in this area, and handmade foods and goods are plenty available. I have a couple hand-wrought baskets I've bought on a prior trip, and I added a sweet egg basket as my token remembrance on this trip.

From Kidron, we drove about 40 minutes south to Sugarcreek, OH and checked in to the Carlisle Inn. This is part of what's known as Dutchman Hospitality, home to various inns, bakery/restaurants, theater, gift shops, and meat/grocery stores. This was where we had our Thanksgiving dinner, and our stay was so nice! Amish food is awesomely good, home-style cooking, and we loved it!
Carlisle Inn - Sugarcreek, OH
Amish country is a special place, indeed. So special, Miss Luna C shopped a bit of real estate*. There was a church, a barn, a couple cottages and a grand manse. She had a hard time deciding, but thought they were all quite nice.  I would be sad if Miss Luna C decided to leave me and buy her own house.😉
* Amish-made playhouses at Sugarcreek, OH
We had a great Thanksgiving getaway, and certainly a fun way to kick off the holiday season! 

The Traveling Tribe is offering another giveaway. Patti @ Pandora's Box is our giveaway sponsor this time. One lucky reader who leaves a comment on Patti's December 1 post will have their name thrown into the hat for an opportunity to win the following:
Where have all the other Traveling Tote tribe members been lately? Check them out at the links conveniently located below to see. We have a new member joining us! Please welcome Jackie with Miss Madi K at Purple Chocolat Home, and show her some love!

Debbie with Miss Aurora @ Mountain Breaths
Emily with Miss Courtney Childs@ The French Hutch
Jackie with Miss Madi K @ Purple Chocolat Home
Jenna with Miss Coquille @The Painted Apron
Katie with Miss Daisy @ Preppy Empty Nester
Linda G with Miss Poppy @ More Fun Less Laundry
Linda P with Miss Lola @ Life and Linda
Patti with Miss Kenzie and Miss Taylor @ "Pandora's Box"
Rita with Miss Luna C @ Panoply (you are here!)
Sarah with Miss Merri Mac @ Hyacinths for the Soul

Until our next adventure (coming March 1, 2018), thank you for traveling along. It's a pleasure to have your company and visit! If you're curious, read all about the beginning of this tribe here

Happy Holidays!
Rita C. with Miss Luna C at Panoply
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Monday, November 27, 2017

Holiday Home Style 2017

Welcome, everyone, to my holiday home style 2017! If you're new to my blog, my mentioning just a few things will clue you in on my decor style. I am traditional in my decor, with a fusion of vintage and antique items in the mix. I love Christmas - it is my favorite holiday. Each year, I break out all my reds, greens, plaids and checks like there's no tomorrow. With that, let me share some of my new holiday home styling I've done for Christmas 2017.

We updated our kitchen early in 2017, and one of the smartest styling decisions I made was to reconfigure my breakfast area's bar / wine rack to open shelves. This has allowed me much more flexibility in decorating and in how the space is actually used. Pictured below, you can see my holiday home style for 2017 in that area.
I've made this bar area - which is immediately adjacent to the kitchen - a self-service, hot beverage bar. MacKenzie-Childs chargers and mugs are as stylish as they are functional, and serve as the backdrop. Most of my nutcrackers have found a new home here, and tartan plaids can be found throughout, on everything from the riser box (top shelf, holding tree candle), to the mugs and dishes (second shelf), down to the tray and napkins on the counter.
Coffee, tea and hot chocolate are garnered in a handmade covered rope bowl from a local artist, perched on a Courtly Check pedestal, while spoons are held in a small pot.
The little night light in the back corner is a vintage find - an angel trumpeting. She is perched on a silver compote topped with a small Courtly Check plate.
Just behind this bar, with open flow entry from both the kitchen and breakfast area, is the sunroom. It is my favorite space in the house for relaxing and casual entertaining. The sunroom is a spacious 16' x 20', and for Christmas, I usually style this space with a woodland, rustic approach. With windows on three walls, and a ceiling which is all windows (with built-in blinds), the light is incredible in here. Although climate controlled with a separate heating/cooling unit, we use mostly indoor/outdoor furniture and other vintage pieces to minimize sun damage.
The winter area rug grounds my favorite seating area which includes the chaise lounge. I've very liberally mixed various plaids and patterns in this area for the holidays. The stepback hutch pictured below is one of the carefree vintage pieces I use in this space. It is situated on the wall directly behind the beverage bar just shared. You can also see the kitchen through one of two sliding glass door entries, and a reflection of the chaise in that glass. A loveseat glider with plaid throw sits in front of that door.
Here's a closer view at how I've styled the hutch in the sunroom for Christmas 2017.
The top shelf is styled with collected spools of yarn and cotton thread - perfect as trees - and topped with red bells. The tan Santa mugs are estate sale finds. The plates on the hutch sport sleighs filled with holly, birds and gifts (Pier 1, last year).
The second shelf has a few woodland creatures: my woodland elf Santa, a deer topped Ball jar, ready for candy or marshmallows, and Mr. Fox, one of my most recent finds. The 'tree' in front of Mr. Fox is a stack of vintage, graduated Scotch Brand tape tins! It, too, is topped with a red bell. Another vintage Santa mug and thermos finish off that shelf. The matching lunchbox to the thermos is sitting on the hutch counter with another (taller) thermos. I keep dishes conveniently at the ready on the hutch, accessible near the kitchen space, which I typically use for buffet food service with company.
The sitting area pictured below is just across from the chaise area and french doors to the outside. The area rug with loaded truck motif is just inside the french door opening. My trusty olive bucket, filled with my fallen birch logs, pine cones, red ball ornaments and lights is just beyond the opening.
The outdoor furniture in the sunroom is almost thirty years old and has held up to high heat and heavy use. The chairs swivel and rock slightly, so they're conducive to engaging with company in various directions of the long space. The baker's rack holds some of my garden books and supplies, and there are a few plants in this back area. The corner table is set with whimsical holiday decor, new this year.
Another plaid blanket from my vintage stash was first draped over the table, and the new-for-2017 decorating followed. I started with my red truck (first used here).
The deer couple are driving the truck, with the freshly 'cut' tree (preserved boxwood), and have already strung the lights. ;)
I then proceeded to create a snowman. With three preserved boxwood balls I've had for years, and a dowel rod from the garage, I simply skewered the boxwoods to make the snowman. I found sticks and dried magnolia seed pods to trim as arms, eyes, nose and buttons. The top hat was a tree topper. I placed the snowman inside a gift box atop a stool covered with polyfill, the end result giving the appearance of snow on a hilltop.
My inspiration for the snowman came one evening while perusing my MacKenzie-Childs holiday catalog. I had everything on hand needed for this, so the savings was huge when you compare the two. Once Christmas is over, I can simply deconstruct and use the boxwood balls otherwise.
MacKenzie-Childs Snowman Topiary Inspiration
A view of the sunroom from the breakfast area (below).
Playing around with new holiday vignettes each year is always fun, and mixing with my existing decor is always my goal. I have begun a new holiday tablescape, and it will appear in a post next week, and I hope you'll return. :)
Once I play around with new ideas, the rest of my holiday decorating flows in traditional, tried-and-true fashion. For example, my outdoor decor was set on Black Friday, with a perfectly mild weather, sunny day. The Japanese maple has yet to drop its leaves; meanwhile it frames the poinsettia flag in the garden.
Capturing the photo below just as I finished the outdoor decor, I was delighted to find the crescent moon centered between my dormer windows. Simple pleasures!
If you'd like to see how my traditional holiday decor runs through the rest of my home and garden, you can click on my 2016 tour here. It's also still featured on my sidebar.

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This week, I am participating in a holiday home tour, hosted and organized by Chloe Crabtree of the blog, Celebrate and Decorate (thank you, Chloe!). See the complete list of bloggers participating below, each and all sure to inspire you. I've provided links to their blogs, and I will be updating the list as the week continues, so you can come back here and find the direct links to each one's holiday home tour.

Everyday LivingMy Kentucky Living | Panoply (you are here!)




Do you completely change your holiday decor from year to year, or are you a traditionalist, keeping and re-using most or all of your holiday decor? Do you purge - selectively or entirely - your holiday decor each year? I'm curious. Leave me a comment if you care to share your thoughts.

(A big thanks to Kathryn at The Dedicated House Sunday Showcase from Make It Pretty and Richella at Grace at Home No. 277 for featuring this post!)
Happy Holidays!
Rita C. at Panoply
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