Friday, September 24, 2010

Inspiration Friday...
curiosities..makeovers and a new tutorial!

I guess because I have so many things that do inspire me ~
It seems I'm constantly drawn to the Cabinet of Curiosities look in
decorating my home....what is this?

To me it is having wonderful old collections of things you love!
It could be a gathering of nature specimens or even
a gathering of beautiful old items that you group and display together....

The first few photos below are of
the Cabinet of Curiosities of Bonnier de la Mosson.
These displays are just GORGEOUS and so very inspiring to me ~

I hope this will inspire you just a little too... remember the "before"?

Here's a little peek at the after!
Well, it's not totally the finished AFTER....
as I have much to do in the decorating dept.
but I had to give you a little peek ~

And the dining room is in no way finished either...but I've been playing :)
Look at all that junk on the table!
I really have WAY too much stuff....

And the new tutorial is READY!!!
Precious little doll shoes....

Wishing you a great Friday and weekend dear friends!!
hugs and love,


Dorthe said...

Sweet Dawn, goodmorning,
Your home looks so cosy and beautifull, I love what you did so far.
Sweetie, I have tryed buying your new tutorial,but it comes up with :"broken link" --tryed several times...
Have a wonderfull friday, dear friend.
Hugs and love, Dorthe

Theresa said...

Gorgeous transformation my friend! Love it and it looks like home to me!

Have a blessed day and many hugs!

Vee said...

Sounds as if you're in the place where you won't have to do too much shopping to keep your shop up to speed. What a wonderful time to select each piece for your home thoughtfully. Everything is looking marvelous!

Unknown said...

Lovin' the Before and After photos, Dawn.
Everything is coming together wonderfully!!


kathy said...

OHH delightful -- LOve the dining room display --- know you have worked so hard --
Sure enjoy seeing your pictures -- KAthy - ga ♥

Linda M. said...


The room looks beautiful, very inviting and cozy. Did you paint the panneling with the Kilz paint or did you have to prime the wood first? I have two rooms that I would like to cover panneling in. Thanks for the inspiration too!

At Home in English Valley said...

Dear Dawn, I love the little touches that make your home so special...St. Francis by the hearth, the beautiful rug, lovely little footstool and your doggie bed by the fire. Light that candle on the mantle and enjoy, you've made this house a home! Love, Penny

Kateyed said...

Those cabinets are just incredible. I think I could spend hours just looking around at your home creations. It really seems like it is "yours."

I LOVE your slippers. I am going to check out your tutorials. My only connection with burlap is the "old burlap" that made me sneeze like crazy!
Maybe it has improved.

The transformation in your house...UNVBELIEVABLE!!! You did a great job!


Thespoena McLaughlin said...

Looks like your are getting all moved in and things settled. Love the cabinets with all their wonderful scroll work and the little shoes are awesome!

Karen Valentine said...

Good morning Dawn! I agree those cabinets certainly are inspirational! How fabulous they are!
Your rooms are looking wonderful, but come on... lets be real... you never have too much stuff!!! LOL!!! Have a wonderful weekend sweetie!

Melony said...

Hi there Dawn,

We have the same appetite for collections of natural specimans for sure. I was inspired to create this egg collection from an old muffin tin.

I love the little shoes here too BTW. Loved seeing your pin cushion shoes in Somerset recently.

Love all you do,


Cathy ~ Tadpoles and Teacups said...

Oh my, what precious little shoes!!

Lana Manis said...

Hi Dawn ~
Those little shoes are precious ~ Leave it up to you to make something so sweet!
Your home looks very inviting. I love all the personal touches you have in it.:)
And the cabinets of curiosities... sigh.... I have been looking at similar things lately.
Your blog is always a joy to visit! :)

June said...

No, no, no Dawn. The table is perfect. Love it. Your livingroom is so lovely. I bet your family is enjoying it so much.
The cabinets of curiosities are awesome.

Anita Johnson said...

You have such beautiful things on your blog! I was an art teacher years ago (I too, have been married for 29 years) and creating things still is a passion of mine. You asked where the sandhill cranes were in my picture. They are in the field where we produce our green roof product...about 5 minutes from here. My mom was visitig once and we had cranes out the front door and turkeys in the back, she said it was better than a zoo!
I look forward to visiting here again! Have a good weekend!

Mary said...

Apologies for being absent for so long dear Dawn, this has been such a hectic Summer and I've been traveling so much - six countries since May!!! Now I'm home for a while and can you believe I've opened a booth with a friend at SuzAnna's Antiques! It's just for fun as I've nowhere left to decorate at home (actually I'm simplifying here!) so perhaps can make a little money selling to local treasure hunters!!

Love this post - see you too have been renovating - and those displays in the vintage cabinets are the most awesome and beautiful things I've seen in a long time!

Happy weekend Dawn.
Hugs - Mary

madrekarin said...

That's an absolutely amazing collection! Wow.
Your home is so you. :) The doll shoes are so sweet. Now that I have a little friend to sew for, I think I'll have to make her some of these. Yes! Emma arrived this morning. There's pics on my blog. And facebook, and on my desktop, and in my sewing room...... and she's only 12 hours old.

Rustique Gal said...

Hi Dawn,
The dolly shoes are adorable! I also get a kick out of the nature plates and all that you share with us. Keep up the good work feathering your nest!

Romeo said...

Dawn, so loving how everything is coming together!!! Romeo really likes the cat statue ;) on top of the dining room hutch top. I didn't dare tell him he/she was real. You understand why...can't you hear him now...well Aunt Dawn lets Thelma up on things.....

So happy you posted the tutorial on the doll shoes. Going to have to get that one - hard to resist such cuteness ;) And of course with my weakness for little shoes....well you know ;)

I hope all is well!!!

"Her" and Romeo

Debra@CommonGround said...

Wow Dawn, I'M TOTALLY inspired! Those cabinets are just amazing, love all the birds! of course!! And things are looking wonderful at the homestead. You've really been busy and I just love how everything is coming together. Thanks so much for linking up with me in VIF!!
love ya bunches,


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