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Design. Create. Decorate.

Friday, January 8, 2016

DIY - Styling the House After the Holidays Part II

Welcome to Quince Cottage!
Perhaps you visited last week, when we showed how to style a simple, elegant mantel for winter. If not, you can go here to have a look.
Our first re-do of the dining room buffet looked like this. Those glittery pine cones were half price at TJMaxx and they certainly work for generic winter as well as holiday. In the second photo below, we mixed them with some "au naturel" ones in those large glass hurricanes. The faux fur throw is also from TJMaxx and creates a pretty, snowy look. The throw, the real cotton stems, and the faux greenery add soft texture to an otherwise "hard" vignette. We added a sparkly little crystal wreath to our windmill head too.

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But then we bought a cake stand at HomeGoods and that led to some alternative design inspiration.

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Fairy lights make everything special, don't they? We always look for the ones that have a timer - that way we never have to think about turning them on or off. These lights are a snowflake design.

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Here's our winter dining table. Sorry, didn't have time to do place settings!

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A few days later Rhiann found a great deal on a wood slab at Marshall's and set up a little centerpiece to replace the milk glass compotes. Yes, we know, more pine cones, but aren't they great? These were free! The mercury glass votives cost a couple of bucks a piece at Michael's and we put battery-operated candles in them.

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In our living room cabinet, we kept the mercury glass display "as is".

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In the foyer, we removed the bits of Christmas (glittery deer, red berries, ornaments) and just kept it simple with milk glass and bits of Nature.

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Winter is the perfect season for napping, don't you think?

Daisy and Buster © Rhiann Wynn-Nolet

We also want to let you know about a fun Instagram hashtag we started this past Monday. It's called #MagpieMonday and the idea is to share a photo of whatever you like to collect and display in your home. Each co-host picks a favorite to feature on their feeds. Follow us on Instagram here to learn more and see which IGer's collection was our pick this week! Also, we've just passed the 2k follower mark and we're pretty excited about that too.

© Rhiann Wynn-Nolet

Quince Cottage Style mixes old and new, rustic and opulent.
Our goal is to make our new subdivision house look inviting, beautiful, 
and as though it wasn't born yesterday!

5 comments:

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  2. VERY pretty, Rhiann and Ron! (Sorry about the other comment. I obviously kept Michael's on my brain throughout the rest of the post!) I seem to collect mini-collections, so #MagpieMonday sounds right up my alley!

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    1. Hahaha. His own mother calls him Gary (his older brother's name) so... I think most of us who love decor and love thrifting sooner or later develop a passion for something in particular (or several things in my case). #MagpieMonday has been tons of fun so far. I'm a big believer in the theory that anything in multiples of 5 or more, grouped together, looks fabulous :D

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  3. Hey great idea to the the magpie hashtag up on your blog! Loving your winter touches!

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    1. Our winter touches are strikingly similar - guess that's why we appreciate each other's work so much! Thank you for stopping by, I just popped over to your blog :)

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