To my dismay the buffet in our dining room is often piled up way too high with clutter. You know, it’s the landing spot. The place where the keys, lunchboxes, and mail all love to congregate and join us for supper—so I decided to foof it. Maybe a bit of fluffing and puffing is just what this little spot needs.
One thing you may not know about me is that I’m what they call cheap. Personally, I like to think of it as resourceful. That sounds a little more politically correct I’d say. Grin. I’m not resourceful with everything, but honestly with most things I am. Every now and then I’ll allow myself to buy something more expensive than normal and feel guilty about it for a week, make that a month. But when it comes to something like decorating, especially of the seasonal variety, I’m super cheap.
So I decided to get creative, which I’m finding is when things sometimes turn out even better than I had hoped. I saw something in Rachel Ashwell’s latest book that was refreshingly unexpected. Her daughter, Lily, displayed blooms in tin cans, just regular old tin cans. How nice to see something so simple, yet beautiful that one obsessed shabby chic fan can attain in one’s own home without spending a fortune or searching the world wide web into the wee hours of the morning. I thought it looked so sweet and whimsical that I decided to try something like it here.
I just washed out a couple of soup cans and peeled off the labels after supper the other night. The metal cans make small vases for short stem blooms and blend well with my silver, gold, and mercury glass. I filled mine with blush spray roses which bloom several to a stem so they make a good candidate for cutting short. They’re also less expensive than their long stem, single bloom cousin. In Lily Ashwell’s beach cottage, her tins were filled with hydrangea and looked lovely with her boho shabby palette.
I also wanted to add more candlelight in here for a soft romantic glow. Candlelight makes a beautifully romantic ambiance in the cooler months when the days begin to grow short. And as autumn nears I light more and more candles in the evening. To add to my recycled autumn vignette, I used an empty wine bottle to hold an ivory taper candle. I had to whittle down the bottom of the candle with a pocket knife so it would fit secure.
PS Yes, those are Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic fabric swatches. No I will not be ordering any as I have ruined the chair I was hoping to slip. Apparently not all vintage chairs are wearing a pretty shade of ivory under their 70s garb. Some of them are hiding an even more original and colorful outfit I’m afraid. I ruined the chair. Sad face.