Where Rustic Living Meets Refined Elegance

Friday, September 30, 2011

I'm seeing Red!

Working to tidy up some things around here before my daughters shower next month.
I don't know about you but I get in moods where I wake up and find I'm completely obsessed with taking on something that's been nagging at me. 
For instance, this dresser that was in a previous post....
I found this beauty sitting in a field on my way home one day.  There was a yard sale at the house but this piece was way off to the side by itself.  25 bucks and 5 minutes later it was on it's way home to the Barn.  I had intended to paint it but when I got home I ended up just wiping it down with a little stain and it looked so good I decided to leave it as is.   So anyway, this area around my dining table has been making me crazy.  There's also been a little plain pine bookcase that we've had for over 15 years, and it was just sitting along the wall next to the table but the problem was this wall is 18 feet high so it was so underscale it was so horrible to look at it was litterally hurting my eyes.
So the other day I realized that the little bookcase would fit nicely on top of that buffet.  So I painted it red to match it as closely as possible with what I had on hand. Set it on top and moved both pieces up against the big wall.

Pretty good match, I think.

I just stained the back a little darker to give it a little contrast.
A little extra detail just for fun.

Paints are handy on the bottom shelf with canvas's in the drawers below.
I piled some silver on top to give it some extra height. 

A few vintage books with a little watercolor from Paris.

And she has such pretty legs too!

I think I can live with this for a while. 

I'm linking up to:


  1. Great idea to 'marry' the two. We have high ceilings as well, so I know it is tough to master the height issue. I love the decor you have on it as well. Silver = love.


  2. What a great idea! I love the red color. You really have it decorated so cute, too.

  3. Tamra, What a great idea and the two pieces together look wonderful! Loving your silver collection too. Thanks for linking to the Open House party and I hope to see you there again soon.

  4. Beautiful work, thank you so much for linking up!

  5. hi Tamra!
    Its a great match! Looks wonderful.

    Happy Fall!

  6. I'm in the process of painting a china hutch and will try your suggestion to paint the back part darker. Love your blog.

  7. Oh.....I am loving this! And I am seriously eyeing your silver collecting...especially that giant bowl up there...I think it is just too big....it needs a new home...like in St Louis...I can take care of it for you....hahahahhaha....No, just kidding...it looks GREAT up there :-)

    I hope someday I can visit your great place in person!

  8. Hi Tamra,
    I just love your style, truly do !!!
    I could move right in I know I have told you this before but I thought you needed to hear it again :)
    Love the silver displayed and I am enamored with how you mix your art with your beauty.

  9. Hi Tamra! This is an AWESOME find! It's just perfect and I love how you've displayed it! I'm so glad you found me through our wonderful Elizabeth! I read your comment about me and my name issues (laugh!) and you made me feel so good! Thank you! I'll be checking in on you for sure!

    Hugs, Margo



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