I hope that everyone is having a wonderful Labor Day weekend. Here in Oklahoma, it has been a little unsettling. On Saturday, at 7:02 a.m., we had a 5.6 earthquake. I was sitting in my living room reading when I heard a loud noise. Thinking it was a huge wind gust, I turned around to look out the window. However, the trees weren’t moving. Startled, I turned back around and everything began to shake violently. It lasted for about a minute. I was totally stunned. I have felt a couple of the small earthquakes, but never anything like this. Living in Oklahoma my whole life, I’m use to the threat of tornadoes. I have my storm cellar, and when severe weather is in the area or forecast for the day, I am weather aware. However, with an earthquake, there is no notice. I’m so fortunate that nothing in my home was damaged. I’m still in amazement that nothing was broken.
Other than the earthquake craziness, I’ve had a great weekend. My oldest son turned 19 on Saturday. To celebrate the occasion, we took him to his favorite restaurant for a birthday dinner. I also worked on several projects which gave me a great sense of accomplishment. One of the projects I worked on this weekend was decorating my stairway landing. It is not a large space, but it is big enough that it needs some attention. Today, I thought I would share with you how I chose to decorate my landing.
I’ve had this painting for several years, and I love it. I was trying to find just the right place to hang it in my home. I wanted to place it on the stairway landing, but it was too small.
Therefore, I placed two ornate mirrors on each side of the painting. I also added a decorative piece of iron over the top of the picture.
I have had this accent table for 16 years. I love the shape of the table and color of the wood.
I placed this chest under the table. It wasn’t very attractive so I painted it a blue color, added some metallic craft paint to the accents, and distressed it to give it an aged look. I placed some greenery and a bird’s nest on top of the chest. I also added a tassel.
Lastly, I accessorized the top of my table.
On one end of the table, I placed French looking candlestick holders with some flame less candles and an antique book. I love using flame less candles when decorating. Candlelight makes such a beautiful glow, and flame less candles are a safe alternative to using real candles. They even have candles you can put on a timer.
In the middle of the table, I placed a collection of blue and white pottery. I added red apples to the bowl for a pop of color.
On the other end of the table, I placed a blue and white vase with red roses.
Thank you so much for stopping by. Wednesday, I will be showing you how to make a beautiful Fall wreath. Thursday, I have an awesome tablescape to share with you. I’ve been busy all weekend coming up with new posts that I hope you will enjoy. Have a wonderful and safe Labor Day!!!
Your painting of the roses in the vase is beautiful. So glad you found a special place for it.
Thank you Eilis! I hope that you are enjoying your holiday!!!
Glad you are ok after the quake! I have been in one in Central America years ago and it was bad. Your painting looks perfect with the things around it and I love the chest because I just love boxes, chests, etc. 🙂 And the tassel makes it fun. Happy Labor Day!
Karen, thank you so much for your sweet comments. It must have been terrifying to be in a bad quake! I can’t even imagine! I hope that you have a very Happy Labor Day!!!
Glad you’re alright after the quake! I have only experienced a quake once when we were living in NB and it was very small. Still everything was moving; pictures on the walls, etc. Rather unsettling!
Your vignette looks totally pulled together and I love the little chest with the bird’s nest. Thanks for sharing and have a lovely day.
Thank you so much Sandi!
Oh Wow- Lovely! Your table is so beautiful ♥
Thank you so much Summer! I have really been enjoying reading your blog! I hope that you are having a wonderful holiday!!!
Shannon, your home is so pretty!! We are about to start building a new house and I definitely want to incorporate more French country again. In our last house we had a lot of French country but it didn’t seem right in this one.
Hi Stacey! How exciting to be building a new house! I am so happy for you! Thank you for your very sweet comment. I do love French Country. I think it is something that I could never get tired of. I’m so happy that you stopped by, and I hope that you have a wonderful weekend!!!
We felt the earthquake all the way here in Rockwall! I was sitting at my computer when I felt the tremors. So thankful that you and yours are doing well.
I adore French Country and I have a gentle mix of it in our home too.
So glad that your found the right spot for everything, is all looks lovely!
Jemma-Great to you have you share this with us at TOHOT.
Thank you so much Jemma! I heard that the earthquake was felt in Texas too. It was quite unsettling! I’m so happy that you stopped by, and thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of Thoughts of Home on Tuesday. I hope that you have a wonderful weekend!!!
Shannon, French country is always a good choice in my book. You’ve added some lovely touches. I like the way your vignette mimics the painting. Beautiful!
Thank you Sarah! I do adore French Country. I think that is something that I could never get tired of. I’m so happy that you stopped by, and I hope that you have a wonderful weekend!!!
That had to be super scary to go through, so glad you and your family are doing well. Love the blue and white sitting so prettily together! You did such a great job with the chest, I love how you painted it and the nest on top of it is too pretty!
Jan, thank you so much for your very sweet and kind comments. I’m so happy that you stopped by, and I hope that you have a wonderful weekend!!!