Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Short and Sweet

Today I wanted to share with you just a simple little post about how I updated the coffee table for a lighter, more Spring type feel. 

I knew I wanted to keep it simple, nothing too heavy or cluttered.

Coffee table trays seem to be quite popular right now, and I actually have one that I redid, but I just wasn't feelin' it for some reason.  So in place of a tray I folded out my vintage wooden ruler into a rectangle and used that instead.  It mimics the lines of a tray, but in a unique way.

I added some greenery in a little clay pot that I painted, a small mason jar candle on top of an old coffee can lid, and a personal photo.  You'll find in my home that I like to add a personal photo to almost every vignette.  To me, that's what keeps it looking and feeling homey, and not like it came out of an impersonal magazine or that's it's just simply staged.  I don't like things to be decorative only.  I like the addition of memories and personalization.

This particular photo is of me a couple of years ago fulfilling something I had always wanted to do - fly in an open cockpit bi-plane.  It was a spur of the moment, unexpected thing, but I went for it.  The pilot gave me my money's worth, believe you me!  He was an aerobatic/trick pilot and he gave me all he had. I thought for sure I was going to have to use that parachute they strapped on me!  It was a blast!  I smile every time I look at this picture.

Here's a view from the other side with functional coasters added in.

I really like the use of that ruler.  It combines my love of vintage and rustic with a touch of the unexpected.


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  1. i love your ideas.....i check your blog i love your ideas with your ruler!!!...

    shelley hatfield

  2. What a clever idea...The ruler actually looks like a tray! This little vignette is so cute! Great Job Stephanie!

  3. Love this..i have a few older wooden measuring sticks, but not a fold up one....i have got to find one,now!

  4. Very cute! This weather sure puts us in the mood for spring, huh?! Love your little vignette.

  5. Thank you ladies for such sweet comments! : )

  6. You were so clever to use the folding ruler that way. It looks great.

  7. I love the use of your ruler! How smart are you?!! Oh wait, I already know the answer to that! :)
    Neat photo memory too - NO WAY would you catch me doing something like that! LOL
    Andrea S.


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