Desert Rose…

Hi friends….I hope you aren’t getting too tired of me doing “show and tell” as I decorate each room in the house but honestly I don’t have friends or family here so this is the next best thing. I have been working on the formal dining room all week….I will do a post about it soon! Since my new PB hutch is finally in the room, it was time to fill it up!

I don’t have things that were passed down……….so when I got my Nana’s China after she passed last year I was so honored. All the china has been stored at my Dad’s office, then my garage, moved and then stored in my new garage! So opening it all up yesterday was like opening boxes of JOY! This China is decades old and the pattern is Desert Rose by Franciscan, I love it. Now, would I go out and buy China with Pink Roses…, but knowing the love, care and history behind it…..I couldn’t love anything more. Some pieces broke in the move (only 3) but luckily I will be able to buy replacement pieces online. Here is the craziness yesterday…..

 Not only did I take all these stunning dishes out of the boxes….but I found Nana’s handmade lace and crocheted linens for the table. I will have to get them professionally cleaned but I am so excited and I am also excited that all of this fit in my hutch. This china was another reason for painting the dining room green………….

 Moving on… remember my powder room?? This ugly mix of green and purple????? I mean why someone would voluntarily do this is beyond me……

 Well………..WHAM!!! We switched out the light fixture and painted the whole room Slate Grey! Man, what a difference paint can make! Thanks Matt…….knocking another thing off the to-do list!

I like to decorate with personal touches and long before we moved I had this idea, so it was exciting for it to actually happen. This stunning vase (vase, container?) is from Pottery Barn but once again it has a chip in the glass so we bought it 1/2 off “As Is”!! Then…..I filled it with Matt’s dirty baseballs. Matt played baseball in High School and College so it is really nice being able to take something dear to his heart and decorate with it.

 Here is the finished product…………..
This was the table I was waiting on all day yesterday……Pottery Barn, but there isn’t a chance I would pay full price at that store. This table was on clearance and I love it, the lamps I got at Marshall’s for only $30…I think they look expensive! The baskets and knick knacks all came from Hobby Lobby clearance! You know having real Mahogany tables from Pottery Barn makes me feel so grown up, we have always had our “single” furniture so finally getting some real pieces in the house is so very fun.

Thank you guys for letting me share with you, I was telling Matt I was so excited about everything but kinda sad I have no one to show it too…so it is nice posting it on here for family and friends to see!


  1. Erin
    July 19, 2012 / 1:04 pm

    I think it looks great!!! Everything is coming together nicely! I love the red lamps and the baseballs in the vase! 🙂

  2. Amy
    July 19, 2012 / 1:34 pm

    Everything looks awesome! I love everything that you've done so far! I love all of your updates about your house and what new adventures y'all are having!

  3. Jodie
    July 19, 2012 / 2:11 pm

    I love all the updates on the house!! 🙂 I love LOVE the dishes!! So pretty… pink!! The bathroom looks amazing!

  4. Kendra
    July 19, 2012 / 2:19 pm

    Your dining room looks green. The green looks great and with the china, wow!The baseballs in the vase is such a great idea. And the bathroom looks a million times better. Paint does wonders.Keep posting pics!

  5. Maria
    July 19, 2012 / 4:26 pm

    your house is beautiful!! i love those red lamps! and the baseballs in the vase – such a sweet idea! my husband would LOVE that!happy decorating. <3xoxmaria

  6. Kendra
    July 19, 2012 / 6:32 pm

    I just reread my post and obviously your room is green, I meant to say it looks great!! I am so embarrassed.

  7. Crystal Clear As Mud
    July 19, 2012 / 9:06 pm

    My stepdad's mom had Desert Rose!! And I have no idea who in the family got it…but, I agree with you about the style. I got my great-great aunt's silver recently and although it's not something I would pick out, I love the fact that it's a family heirloom. And I LOVE the baseball idea!!! I actually think David has some old baseballs lying around in a bag somewhere…I'll have to look into copycatting you! Everything looks fantastic…which I was there to see it all in person, miss you!

  8. Becky
    July 19, 2012 / 9:35 pm

    I love the show and tell. I am pretending that I am in your house looking at it all in person!

  9. Briana
    July 19, 2012 / 9:39 pm

    I love your dining room! I had tried to paint our kitchen green..hubby hated it, it's now red! I love the vase and baseballs, cute idea!! What line is the paint from in the bathroom? It's a beautiful shade of grey! AND you have made me really want to find a Marshalls and start shopping!!!

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