Hi, Friends!  Have you thought of bringing your wicker furniture inside for winter?  That's exactly what I did!  Wicker furniture isn't just for summer!  You can bring it inside and give it a fresh and elegant look for the winter months. Use pillows, cushions, and a throw blanket to make it warm and comfortable.

            
Decorating can sometimes be challenging but if you have a step-by-step plan it makes it a whole lot easier to follow through.  For example, first, choose an empty space in your home and think of the colors you would like to use.  Adding more blue and white to this space was something I had in mind for a while and I knew that this sunny spot in our dining room would be the perfect place to start.  





After you choose the space you want to work with, it's time to pick out the furniture.  Measure your space and choose a piece of furniture that will fit the space. This wicker loveseat was on my patio and is the perfect fit.  After a good cleaning, all I had to do was give it a coat of crisp white paint and add a couple of cushions on top.


The red cushions were not ideal.  No problem.....I used a blue plaid shawl to cover them.  Notice how the color and the texture of the shawl change the look of the loveseat.


Pardon our dog Molly, she spotted a squirrel outside and ran in front of the camera just as I snapped this picture.

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BRING ON THE PILLOWS  

Solids, stripes, and patterns all work well with white wicker.



Bring in accent tables and accessories. 
This brings the space to life! 

I used an antique marble plant stand as a side table and placed a nautical lamp on top. An antique bench and a tray hold a vase of roses and magazines.  The bench is also a good spot to kick your feet up!  All I have to do is remove the tray. 




Fresh flowers are always a must for me, especially in the winter.  Do you recognize the roses?  They are from my previous post.



A stack of baskets makes it easy to hide clutter and can also be used as another side table.


I hope I inspired you to use your wicker furniture inside for winter.


Hi sweet friends!

There's nothing like a bouquet of roses to brighten up the winter months.  I purchased these lovely pink roses at the grocery store and added some pine cones for a pretty winter display.




What happens when your pretty roses wilt?

 I completely forgot about the roses while putting the groceries away. 


This is how I revive wilted roses:

Cut about an inch off all the stems on a slant     


Add the commercial cut flower food packet to the water.  Change the water every one to two days.
Cut the stems just a tiny bit every time you change the water.  This will help them survive longer.  As your roses get shorter and shorter you will need a smaller vase.  The heads on the roses will get bigger and the stems will be shorter, it will feel like you have a whole new bouquet.



As you continue to cut the stems you will eventually end up with just the heads.  You can float the heads in water in a shallow bowl and continue to enjoy your roses.



 Hello friends 
I hope your new year is off to a good start.  I have been busy organizing my workroom and desk.  I needed a place to hold pens, pencils, and paintbrushes.
I came up with a simple solution using the marble base of trophies. 

A marble base pen holder for your desk!

I love the idea of repurposing!

It is easy to dismantle trophies. 
Just unscrew all the parts using a screwdriver.
You will be left with all this gorgeous marble and be in marble heaven. 
Most of the trophies came from yard sales.  The fancy girl in the top hat is my daughter's dance trophy she earned when she was about 10 years old.  My beautiful girl is now 17 and will be graduating high school this year...Boohoo...I left that one intact... however I did take apart her participation trophy from soccer and repurposed a pen holder for her.


 I found two pens that fit perfectly.

Did know that some trophy bases are made from Carrara marble?  Would you throw that away?  Not me, that's for sure!  I have seen beautiful kitchen countertops made from Carrara marble.  I am dreaming of one in our home someday, but for now, I am happy with this small piece on my desk.
 










The larger bases are perfect for craft brushes and pencils.









If you enjoyed this post
I have two more inspirational ideas on how to repurpose trophies:
Repurpose Old Trophies

DIY Bottle Toppers



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