lazy susan update

we have a funny situation with our dining table: because its so wide, its really hard to reach anything in the middle.  i like to keep napkins out with salt & pepper, but to get to them the kids have to climb onto the table.  not my favorite.

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i picked up this large lazy susan at the thrift store almost a year ago, waiting for the prefect… something… to put on top of it.  turns out i had that perfect something hanging from my wall already!

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i picked up this metal tray at a flea market last year.  i think it was actually a table top for a small table.  it fit perfectly on top of the lazy susan!

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my best friend gave me this old tool caddy for my birthday because she knew i’d love it and find some quirky use for it.  it currently holds our napkins and s&p shakers.

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our table’s finish is starting to wear off so we use coasters every once in awhile at the table, so on went the coasters.  another friend made those for me years ago. i know, i have great friends!

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and then i finished with a hydrangea from the garden popped in a mason jar!

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now we can all actually reach the items in the middle of the table!

 

fall mantel

fall mantel

i really do think that fall is one of the prettiest seasons we have.  however, our fall tends to be more like great summer weather (it was 90* today)  come christmas we have the cool, crisp weather with the pretty leaves turning, but not now.  the idea of putting out pumpkin decor and bouquets of wheat just feels so contrary to what our season actually feels like.

so i decided this year to go for a fall-ish mantel.  just a little nod to the traditions of the season, but really just a pretty mantel ;)

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owls are fall-ish, right?  and they are black & gold, so more fall-ish, right?  but i wanted to make this fun and i stuffed one owl with feathers and the other with antlers ;)

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these birch bark candles add a touch of nature (store bought nature – ha!), and the black books feel a little bit halloween-y.

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and after a few tries, i landed on this double framed look.  i stole the gold frame from silas & lily’s room and added this print i framed from nap time diaries.

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this was attempt #1.  too busy.

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i spray painted the frames since the yellow seemed too bright, but it was still too many little things on the mantel.

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this felt a little quieter and more of what i needed!