WELCOME to CAROLINA PANACHE! I believe our homes should be a haven, a place of beauty and peace that reflect who we are and what's important to us. I'm on a journey to add personality and panache to every corner of my house. For me, good design evolves, grows and changes with the needs of one's lifestyle. I want my home to be creative, to be stylish, to be entertaining, to be real. I hope you will join me on my journey. It's always more fun to travel together.
This blog is all about bringing style and elegance to the home. The art of dressing your home goes beyond hanging a few items on the wall and arranging furniture. Much like a fabulous set of earrings or a new stylish handbag may take your little black dress from fine to fabulous, home accesories and key furnishings can take your rooms from ho-hum to singing the Halleluiah Chorus! Join with me as we discover new ways to add panache to every room of the house.

Winter-time Warm-Up

Well, for most of us, Christmas has been packed
away and we are all settling down
for a long Winter.
I actually like winter time. Living in North Carolina our winters aren't that severe, just cold enough to lite the fireplace, throw on a cozy sweater, scarf and warm boots. But with the colder temperatures and the bare branches outside my window,
I find myself longing to warm-up my rooms with layers of beauty.
After packing away the holidays, I usually live with the "bareness"
for a few days as I figure out what I am going to re-arrange.
In my family room, things were looking a little sparse so I felt the need
to warm up the space a little today. My family room is done in shades of green, gold and black.
If some of you visited my Colors of CHRISTmas blog,
then you have already seen my color scheme.
The coffee table is a large, solid-wood rectangular piece with a slight
scallop to the edge. As much as I like the table,
it really needs a few accents and accessories.
So, off I go searching through the house for just the right thing.
I started by using a green silk table runner with a embroidered scallop vine.

Some of you may know that I have just started collecting Mercury Glass.
I've used it mostly at Christmastime. But this year instead of packing it away,
I decided to keep out the candle holders and
display them throughout the winter months.
At first, I thought I would just group the pieces along the table runner.
But it still looked a little bare and sterile.

After shopping the house again, I found a floral arrangement that I put
away in the early fall to make room for autumn accents.
After adding this to the mix, I decided to rearrange my clusters.
I started off with the pillar and taper candle holders toward the center.
(See above)
But it just didn't have the right movement for me. So...

The next step was to move the Mercury Glass hurricanes to the center
next to the floral arrangement. But as you can see that didn't look right either. So...

I brought the hurricanes to the front, repositioned the taper candles to the
rear and fanned the pillar candles out to the side is a lose triangle.
Ahh....that suits me much better.
The Mercury Glass Hurricane holders were an after-Christmas
sale find. They were 75% OFF at my local Target! What originally started out
at $30 each, ended up at $7.50 each! What a bargain!

Nothing adds warmth to cold winter nights more than the soft glow of candles.
In this grouping I am using Vanilla Creme scented candles. The fragrance is
very soft - not too sweet. Just enough to make my kids think
I'm baking sugar cookies! - LOL :)
As an update, the Powder Room project is underway. I hope to have
some pictures to share with you later this week.

Tomorrow is TABLESCAPE TUESDAY hosted by Susan from http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/
I'll be participating again. Last week was so much fun.
I loved seeing every one's ideas and talent.
Be sure to stop by again tomorrow and join the party!


Melissa Miller said...

Hi Alisa,
Your Mercury glass collection is stunning.
Love how you did your table.
I had only recently heard of it and I do like it very much.
See you at TT. I'm posting as well.
~Melissa :)

Melanie said...

I'm thinkin' I need ME some mercury glass!

Anonymous said...

Hi Alisa! Oh, I love your table and your beautiful mercury glass candlesticks! You have the gift of making beauty! Your sofa is beautiful too!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)


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