Mercury Glass Decorating

Are you as infatuated with mercury glass as I am? I became really interested in collecting some mercury glass right before Christmas, so of course that was on my wish list. Lucky for me, my mom and sis delivered…I got 6 different pieces for Christmas! Can you feel my excitement about this?!

I used all my new mercury glass to decorate my home in a “winter” theme using lots of silvery frosted branches, silver sparkly berries, and to brighten things up a bit I threw in a lime green glittery branch here and there as well. I also used pine cones and pine branches to add to this rustic wintery theme.

So I decorate my home in this winter wonderland that would be perfect for snow and of course we’ve had the hottest winter I can ever remember. I realize that I live in Georgia so I shouldn’t expect buckets of snow but we haven’t even had a FLURRY this year. I’ve only worn my winter pea coat twice and I’ve worn short sleeves more times than I can count. It’s been one crazy winter…if you can even call it that!

Do you like to decorate with mercury glass too? If so, I hope this has given you a little inspiration. I’m not tired of it yet so I’m thinking about keeping it out for spring too. I will just rearrange it a little and change out the winter foliage for pretty spring flowers and greenery.

All of these vases are store bought, but I saw on Pinterest that you can make your own mercury glass. I’m definitely going to give that a try. Click the picture below for the instructions. Happy decorating!

Decor Inspiration: Pirate Themed Nursery

I mentioned in my post about my son’s first birthday party that I had decorated his nursery in a pirate theme. Would you like to see a few pictures? I don’t know about you, but I just love decorating my home. The thrill of deciding how a certain room is going to look and then the hunt of finding just the right pieces to make everything come together perfectly…*sigh, it’s just plain fun for me!

It all started when I found the most adorable pirate bedding set.

Cute, right? I mean, just at look at the adorable pirates!

So, what does every good pirate have? A parrot of course! The bird cage I found at Hobby Lobby and the bird is from Oriental Trading.

And if you’re a pirate, you simply have to have a TREASURE MAP! I was thrilled when I found this hand painted treasure map on Etsy. So cute!

It’s fun to see a room come together. You can see that I painted wooden letters for his name and the curtains are a rich chocolate brown (bonus: closing the curtains and having the extra layer of the blinds really keeps out the sun =a baby that sleeps better and longer!) You can’t see it in this picture but there’s a red wooden sign above the window that reads “Red Sky at Night Sailors Delight.”

Instead of a changing table I opted for the kind that sits on top of the dresser. I found a little “treasure” chest to put on the dresser to keep all of the diaper supplies in. I liked the round mirror I found because it reminded me of a port hole on a ship–kinda “pirate-like” right? And instead of an expensive gliding rocking chair, I got a simple outdoor rocker. It works just fine for us and when we no longer need it in the nursery I can put it on the patio!

The treasure map sits on the wall above his book shelf where a pirate sword rests on top.

Of course Preston’s room looks a little different today; I had to purchase another bookshelf to hold more toys and some things have been moved around a bit. I’m trying my best to keep the accumulation of toys to a minimum but this little guy’s grandparents sure do like to spoil him!

Well, now I’m all in the mood to redecorate something…hmmm, maybe a trip to Hobby Lobby? You just never know what you will find! Have a great day.

Antique Sideboard for my Dining Room

Y’all, I’m so excited about my latest piece of furniture I just purchased. It’s an antique sideboard or buffet or server or whatever you’d like to call it! I’ve had my eye on this piece since I first saw it a few months ago at my favorite antique store in Buford, Georgia (it’s Queen of Hearts Antiques in case you’re wondering).

After getting some birthday money last week I decided to stop by on Friday just to see if the sideboard was still there. Well, it was still there so I took it as a sign that maybe this piece should come home with me! On Sunday my hubby and I went back to look at it–he thought it was great too so we set about negotiating a price.

We came to an agreement with the seller so my sweet hubby borrowed my dad’s truck and brought the sideboard home. It’s sitting beautifully in my dining room and looks like it’s been there forever. Don’t you just love finding something that seems to fit perfectly in a room? I do!

Isn’t it beautiful, y’all? I have been searching and searching for the perfect addition to my dining room and am so glad to have found it. I LOVE decorating and hosting parties so I have lots of glassware, serving dishes and China; currently I’m using my guest bedroom closet to store extra things but the cabinet space in this sideboard is going to be so helpful!

This sideboard will also be great for when I’m hosting dinner parties and other gatherings–I can put the drinks out on it instead of setting them in the kitchen as I normally do. At any rate, I guess you can tell that I’m thrilled about this new addition!

Need help decorating your home? Contact me at AnneRains@gmail.com–I would love to help you!