Monday, September 5, 2011

Fall Look for the Secretary

It seems like the closer to Fall I get, the more traditional I get...if that's possible.
I worked on a new look for the secretary a couple of weeks ago, but since it was still August and 98 degrees, I decided to wait a couple of weeks before I posted it. 
 So now, here it is...
I hope y'all don't think I'm rushing the season, it's just that so many things in my house are fall-ish in style and color.



Most of the time the secretary is closed...

 
...but I opened it so you can see everything.


I showed you a couple of glimpses of the pudding mold and antler in an earlier post.



Some of these things you've seen before. I'm just using them in different... or the same places again. :)


I just love the shape of this little silver creamer. I found it recently in an antique mall.

The Allertons blue and white bowl belonged to one of my great grandmothers.


On the right side of the top shelf you'll see a tiny framed photo of my father-in-law as a young boy.   Love those little thistles on the frame.



A little Staffordshire style figure.


The little picture on the left, is just a copy of an old picture, which I put in a  thrift store frame.  Sorry, I didn't get a close up of it.


Now don't laugh...see the antlers on top of the secretary? I kept moving them around and couldn't find a place for  them. My storage closet is crammed full and they won't fit, so I plopped them up there.
 

Now tell me truthfully, should the antlers stay on top or go out to the shed??

I hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend.
Let's go see Marty @ A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesday
and Kim @ Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays.
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Thanks for stopping by for a visit.
Hugs,
Babs

41 comments:

Sarah said...

Babs, I'd leave this gorgeous secretary open all the time. I've dreamed of owning a secretary like this for many many years. Some day! Each one of your vignettes make my heart sing. You have beautiful style!
~ sarah

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Everything is gorgeous, Babs! I love the antlers on top...reminds me of an antique French hutch I saw at Scott's with a hunting motif! Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

This is magazine worthy, Babs!
Love that plaid book and the little oil painting too.
Just gorgeous.
xx
A

Jo's This and That said...

It is beautiful! Wonderful blog!Thanks for sharing.

Jo said...

Thank you so much for dropping by and saying hi. I just love the cabinet, it is my type of furniture completely. The content are the sorts of things I would love to keep in the cabinet:)

backroadjournal said...

Hello, I just discovered your blog and wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed it. When we close up our summer cottage and head home, I'm going to give my secretary a seasonal look. Thanks for the idea.

Regina said...

I think this is fabulous - what I'd see in a book about country houses in Scotland. The antlers following the curves of the secretary is brilliant. Well done!

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

I love the look of the doors open to highlight your beautiful things.

Richard Cottrell said...

The horns are a nice effect, I had to look twice as I thought they were part of it at first. What a good job to make them fit in and look special. I do not have the same love for horns as some do. My father and 5 brothers were hunters and we had antlers everywhere when I grew up, I think they are fun for others, just not me. Richard from My Old Historic House.

Donna said...

Your secretary is gorgeous filled with all your beautiful things. Love the blue and white dishes, and I love the fall colors!

At The Picket Fence said...

That is so beautiful! I'm such a traditional girl at heart and I love everything about how you have decked out your lovely piece. :-)
Vanessa

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

This is so wonderful. I've said it before but I'm saying it again. You have such a knack for arranging. You should be a professional stylist. Love the antlers...I think they should stay!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

LOVE IT ALL!!!! Your secretary is gorgeous and all of your accessories are stunning. I love the way you have things arranged. The little sheep picture is gorgeous. I love the plaid book also. Well actually, I really love everything. Beautifully done. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

On Crooked Creek said...

Babs,
Elegantly done, dear!!!
I love the traditional look year round! You have many beautiful pieces...the photo of your father~in~law as a boy is darling. Hope you're enjoying a "chill in the air" to go with your Fall decor!
Fondly,
Pat

xinex said...

Your secretary is so pretty, I've always wanted one this size. I love how you decorated it, love the hunt scene picture and the antlers together....Christine

Barb @ GritsandGlamour said...

I didn't laugh at all and actual loved the antlers at the top. Love your secretary and your Staffordshire dogs s well as the sheep painting. I can't wait for Fall!

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Babs, I love your secretair, it's a lovely piece! I love it open to peak on the pretty things in it! I love the greatgrands platter, also love the silver creamer find and the Stafordshire dogs, very nice! Thanks for sharing. Lots of hugs.ç
FABBY

Shelia said...

Hi Babs! OH, your secretary is gorgeous! I love it with the doors open so you can see all your pretties inside! :) You know I collect those little Staffordshire dogs! I just love them and yours is charming!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Beautiful Babs and I love it opened so you can see all your pretties inside!! You sure have a knack for accessorizing! Martina

Step inside my home said...

Your secretary is lovely. You have a great mix of colors and textures displayed throughout. I love the antlers! They look great both ways. Fondly, Susie

The French Hutch said...

I love the secretary decorated for fall. Its balance and the colors just pop. I really love the doors open. I especially love the bowl, I 'm sure its a very precious piece. About the antlers, if you like them you should leave them. Decorate to suit yourself I say.
Hope your having a great week.

~Emily
The FrenchHutch

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Babs, I love your secretary and it looks so good open. Love that sheep print and the antlers look fine. You could set them down on the book on the desk part or you could give them to me. ha ha Thanks for joining wow again.

Anita said...

Oh Babs, I LOVE your beautiful secretary!! I am so excited to see beautiful wood!! You have totally captured that English look. Such perfect accessories too. This is just beautiful, classy and so elegant:-) Thanks for stopping by and for your very kind comments! It really means a lot to me!!

Pat said...

Gorgeous, Babs! Beautiful piece beautifully done! I love the doors open.

Nayana said...

ohh..This is so beautiful..I would keep it open:)

Janet said...

I rather like the antlers up there, gives the traditional secretary a little sass :)

Kim said...

Babs I love, love, LOVE the new look - so classy, so traditional, so elegant. I just love it. Did I say that already? LOL! May have to bookmark this post for future reference.
xoxo,
Kim

Debbie said...

The secretary all by itself is such a beauty. I love the look of it. I kept thinking English countryside for some reason. Just lovely.

Meredith said...

What a beautiful piece and decorated so well. I love all the blue willow and blue and white transferware.

Lee said...

Brenda sent me and I am so glad! Love how you dressed up e secretary for fall-leave the antlers!
Thanks for sharing-from your new follower, Lee

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Hi Babs! Just came over from Brenda's blog to say "Hi!". This secretary is gorgeous and you've decorated it beautifully. I love it with the doors open as well, but I'm sure that might not be realistic for your everyday living. My vote - antlers in shed! : )

Kim said...

I would love to add some of the photos of your secretary to my board on Pinterest, but only with your permission of course. If you don't want me to, that's fine. Thanks Babs!
xoxo,
Kim

White Whimsy said...

Your secretary is beautiful and the antlers are so in now that I think maybe you should leave them. Love your blog and am now following. ~Ruth

Bunny Jean said...

I'm back, this time via Brenda's blog.

I think that you have done a fine job of decorating that beautiful secretaty. I love it with the dorrs open.

Not sure about the antlers... I know that they are in right now by they might be a little distracting in real life. There is a lot of 'movement' at the top of the secretary.

xoxo Bunny Jean
Wednesday's Bunny Hop Party!

A Vintage Green said...

Gorgeous secretary with such great contents. The antlers on top were a surprise - but they work just fine. Love the open doors so everything can been seen.

Just visited from Cozy Little House. I'm really glad she show cased your blog today. I'll be back to visit.

Joy

Town and Country Gals said...

Babs,
your seretary is gorgeous! Love the way you styled it for fall, not to early at all! I especially lover the plaid book, little prints and the silver pieces!
Thanks for visiting!
Rebecca

Designs By Pinky said...

Your secretary is GORGEOOUS!!! And I lve what you have done. Now if you don't like the antlers there (I do) you could just send them to me!!!:):) I will pay shipping:):) I love them!!!!! My son had a beautiful secretary like that and I always loved it. It is so versatile. Love it with the doors open! XO, pinky

Designs By Pinky said...

I am now your newest follower!

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

In the Uk this piece of furniture is called a bureau. Thankyou for sharing the lovely things you have in yours.

Cindy said...

Your secretary is beautiful, I just love traditional furnishings! Your pieces are so pretty; the silver creamer, your blue and white, and even your antlers...perfect! You are creative, but if they want to fall from up there, just place in your secretary on the shelves. You've got great style!
Thanks so much for visiting and your sweet comments. Following you!
Blessings,
Cindy

lvroftiques said...

OK that does it! I'm really loving your style! And the antlers on top of the secretary *winks* I don't know how I managed to miss following your blog before? But I've fixed that now......Vanna/your newest follower