5 Antique Additions to Cozy Up a Room

From Florida to Alaska, a cozy space is what we long for at the end of a work day. Whether the weather outside is frightful or tropical, sprinkling a few antique additions to any room has a calming affect. It’s like getting a kiss on the cheek from the past. Let your hair down, kick off your shoes, pour your beverage of choice and check out these 5 simple accents that help you rest… assuredly.

Add a Pinch of Blue and White


blue and white


This beautiful, white marbled kitchen is warmed with blue and white jars and a touch of life with boxwood topiaries. Julie Taylor of T & G Interiors completed a one room challenge in six weeks. Click on the link to see more.


A Touch of Black


Touch of Black


Black velvet against a backdrop of white walls mixes antique chairs and animal print pillows with a warm rug. The perfect blend for a cozy corner. Decor Pad has beautiful photos of lots of cozy foyers.


Shelve the Conversation Piece


collection of Bibles


Most people would find the collection of silver coffee urns the focal point, but the books look like well-used Bibles. What a sweet collection! This photo reminds me of the scene in “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” with all the jeweled chalices. The search for the Holy Grail led the Nazi’s to choose a chalice that was pretty and valuable, but claimed the life of the greedy one. “He chose poorly.” The life-giving chalice was a mere wooden cup. These frayed books could be more valuable than all the silver in the world.

Showcase Your Antique Additions with a Bit of Fun and Style



vintage plate collection


Displaying your collections in a creative way will create conversation, turning a simple plate hanging into an architectural masterpiece. You may kick off your shoes in this foyer, but you might just linger a few minutes each afternoon.

Set Your Table with Heirloom China


Heirloom China


Tea Time Magazine sets this beautiful table, mixing heirlooms with contemporary china. What better way to enjoy the close of a busy day, than by cozying up with a cup of tea?

Want more suggestions for using antiques? Scroll through this article about collecting.

Sitting at Her Father’s Table

Telling Stories from Her Father’s Table

Some stories tell themselves. This is one of those. My niece, Emily recently said yes to a young man that our family loves. His name is Bubba. He is the man that we know God chose for her.

Emily was raised in a Christian home. Her mother is my sister, who also married the man that we all know God chose for her. Emily’s parents are loved by many across the southeast. And this story is an example why. Here is the engagement story in her daddy’s own words.


Bubba asked me to meet him halfway between Tennessee and Alabama for coffee. I expected the meeting was for him to ask for Emily’s hand in marriage. During our conversation he mentioned that it would take place at my mom’s house near the river. He wanted to have a table outdoors that held flowers, a Bible with her new name, Emily Hoffman on it, with the ring on top. I asked if it was okay if I built the table. It was my desire for them to have something special to remember the occasion and something they could use in their home. The table was perfect because family meals and fellowship have been lost. Hopefully this would give them a place to enjoy each other’s company while eating a home-cooked meal or takeout.

How to Build a Table

I wasn’t sure of the style, but I knew Emily likes simple, functional things, and the farmhouse table we have in our family dining room. So I decided to go that route.

I ordered 6 – 2 x 6 x 8 Ponderosa Redwood boards, 4 Large table legs and got started.

Building a farmhouse table
First, I cut the 2 x 6 boards in half. Next, I took my Kreg pocket drill and drilled holes on the underside of the boards. I then attached all the boards together, put the end pieces on and sanded the top to make it smooth.

Unfinished Farmhouse Table
For the base, I used 2 x 4 x 6 material and built the frame between the legs. I also drilled the frame with my Kreg pocket drill so I could secure the top later.

Final touches – I stained the top with Minwax Espresso and coated it with water based poly. It’s important to sand between the finish coats which was 3.

stained tabletop

Last step was to write the scripture I chose for them which was Proverbs 3:3-4, which is written beneath the table top.

3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you;

bind them around your neck,

write them on the tablet of your heart.

4 Then you will win favor and a good name
in the sight of God and man.

Ready to Pop the Question

table for a proposal
The table was placed near the river. Roses placed on top with the Holy Bible and the engagement ring.

ring on Bible

Roses and Bible
The sweetest thing that stood out to me about this whole story is this… Every time Emily places her feet beneath this table, she will be sitting at her father’s table. A man who taught her throughout her life exactly what it means to break bread at her FATHER’S table. May GOD bless this union as HE has blessed our family with such godly men.


Give Thanks for Family in Your Centerpiece

Give Thanks for Family on Thanksgiving

I was privileged to be invited to join this lovely Thanksgiving Tablescape Tour today. Katie from Katherine’s Corner is hosting and she is one talented lady! She designed my header a few years back and continues to help me out whenever I have a question. Thank you, Katie, for including me!

I know you will enjoy this tour. Feel free to pin or share any of the tablescapes you love! My post is about loving and accepting our family, just like Ruth and Naomi.



In the book of Ruth in The Holy  Bible, Naomi told Ruth to return to her people after her son died. Ruth refused. She then said something to her mother-in-law that I also had read at my wedding.

Your God will be My God


Give Thanks for Family

Ruth loved her mother-in-law. Naomi loved her daughter-in-law and only encouraged her to return to her people because she thought that was the best choice for Ruth. But, Ruth refused to leave. Something or someone was pulling her heart toward Bethlehem. The result was that Ruth, a Moabite woman who was not from Israel or a Jew, became part of the lineage of Christ, our Savior. Here we learn a lesson in what it means to love our family. We may not all be “cut from the same cloth” so-to-speak, but each and every one of us matter.  Setting a table for Thanksgiving is a way to portray the unity we all desire. Mine this year, centers around the “Tree of Life,” a sculpture we picked up during a recent cruise.

The Tree of Life

Give Thanks for Family: Alfred Gockel Tree of Life

This sculpture by Alfred Gockel, has become a treasure in our home. It was meant to be centerstage in a garden, but I loved it so much that I had to place it on my dining room table. Especially for Thanksgiving. I mixed it with gold, glass and a touch of silk to combine metals and textures. I wanted to portray how easy we could all live together, if we accept each other as we are… creatures, made in the image of God.

Tree of Life Thanksgiving

I’ve also mixed everyday dinnerware, (Johnson Brothers, Blue Willow) with Lenox Fine China. I added gold-rimmed cups and saucers with Pier 1 glass goblets and gold-leafed wine glasses.

gold leaf glasses

Mixing Textures

Johnson Brothers Blue Willow

I think they all live beautifully together, don’t you?

Mixing patterns


Even my kitty, Scarlett, (who is a member of the family) approves.

Paws for Thanksgiving

Paws for Thanksgiving

Love even from a distance

Love from high above the scene.

Curly Stemmed Pumpkins

Glass pumpkins add color and texture.

Mixed Textures

draped orange napkin

Draping a rust napkin within each place setting ties all the colors together.

Some colors aren’t what I would normally pair together, but I thought it all blended together beautifully. Just like the Moabite woman who blended beautifully into the lineage of Christ. After all, our greatest gift is HIS life. He died on a tree and conquered death, so that we might all live with HIM in paradise. I think paradise can begin in our grateful hearts. Another sweet way to portray thankfulness is by writing a note. Perhaps to the person who first introduced you to Christ?

Give thanks for your family.

happy thanksgiving

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Traditional Red, Green and Gold Christmas Mantel

The fireplace is the focal point of the living room, so decorating your mantel for Christmas is a great place to set the tone for the season. Daphne Antique Galleria has everything you need to decorate your traditional Christmas mantel. Whether you are looking for something rustic, traditional or handmade, look no further than the antique mall across from Chick-fil-A in Daphne, AL.


traditional christmas mantle

this gorgeous, double-shelf mantel looks cheerful and festive

black leather chairs flank the fireplace

if you need extra chairs for the holidays, you can find great deals in the mall

dolls and trees

trees, fur, poinsettias and leather chairs add lots of texture

rocking horse caroler

vintage caroler

pot belly stove

pot belly stove

santas sleigh

Santa’s sleigh, Christmas florals, pillows and a touch of fur

silver and angel

 silver accents with an angel watching over us all

lamps with trees

a wonderland of trees, angels and garland top the mantle

sheet music trees

handmade trees of vintage sheet music

musical angel

lamps, pinecone garland, trees and musical angel


angel with tree

green lanterns

pep up your hearth with lantern lamp posts

garland books wreath

boxwood wreath, sprigs of evergreen and christmas books


candlesticks help place dolls at different heights which add a touch of whimsy


sleek, gold reindeer will put a sparkle in your eye


jingle bells

double shelf mantle

antique mantleWhat’s your dream Christmas mantel? If your visions of sugarplums include cuddling up around a large fireplace, then hurry to DAG.  Or drive a bit further down the highway to Southern Antiques & Accents. Both are great places to find all your tradition Christmas mantel needs. We have everything from the mantel to the pillows and MORE!

254 Greeno Road

Fairhope, AL 36532


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White Trash Treasure – Kentucky Bourbon Box

Today’s White Trash Treasure is a Goodwill find. You see cheese-boxes similar to this all over Pinterest, so I thought it might be worth a little update. This Kentucky Bourbon Box would look great on an easel on top of your kitchen cabinets. It would make a great gift or could be used for storage in your pantry.

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Cake Box

I decided I wanted it to look similar to a bourbon barrel, so I started out with a MinWax Stain in Pecan.

Pecan Minwax

Add it to your bar cart to hold utensils, corks or place small glass jars of garnishes inside for your next cocktail party.

Kentucky Woods Box

I applied one coat of pecan stain.

Pecan Stained Bourbon Cake Box

How could a pecan color be wrong on a cake box? I mean pecans go with everything, right?

Bourbon Barrel Cake Box - After

Kentucky Bourbon Box as Hostess Gift

I painted the box band black and stained the bottom rim to match the top. Then I applied a polyurethane sealer for a tiny bit of shine and to seal the stain/paint.

You could prepare your favorite Kentucky Bourbon Cake or Pie and give it as a hostess gift during the holidays. Save it for the next Kentucky Derby party and fill it with horseshoe shaped cookies, or better yet… iced derby hat cookies!

How would you use this little gem? You can find it at Southern Antiques and Antiques for only $7.90. And just in time for Ladies Night on the third Tuesday!!! It could be fun to use at the next Polo at the Point picnic here in Fairhope. If you’d like to order it for the Kentucky Derby, leave a comment and I will get in touch with you.

Kentucky Bourbon Cake Box Collage


I hope to see you at Ladies Night on the third Tuesday of the month.

Southern Antiques and Antiques

 254 N Greeno Rd.

Fairhope, AL 36532

Booth 141


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Great Ideas for Fall at Your Local Antique Mall

Find great ideas for Fall at a local Antique Mall. Antiques bring unexpected beauty and grace to our homes. An added bonus is the story behind the pieces that transform our rooms. My husband’s grandmother’s china cabinet holds my mother-in-love’s crystal stemware, making every meal a memory. That is what I love about antiques. They prevent my home from becoming a space filled with a bunch of stuff. And, if by chance, I don’t know the story of a beautiful set of amber depression glass bowls, using them on my table now creates a story for my daughter to pass to her children.

Amber Depression Glasses

Great Ideas for Fall at Your Local Antique Mall

So how do you begin to fill your home with stories? Find a local antique mall and make it your favorite place to shop. One of the many things I love about having an antique booth at Daphne Antique Galleria is knowing that all of our dealers are also adding stories to other people’s homes.  When I tell people I have a booth there, I love hearing, “Oh! I love that mall! I found my first babies’ rocker there.” Or another friend may say, “I always find great gifts in there.” Another thing I love is the inspiration I find there. We recently had a day of great fun as we designed two fall tablescapes to showcase all the great ways you can mix antiques with what’s trending now.

Farmhouse Table

We began with this farmhouse table.

place setting with sugared fruit

Then added place settings with beautiful, linen tea towels as napkins.

Cotton Centerpiece

Created a happy centerpiece…

happy thanksgiving

barn door

Placed a lovely fall wreath on this vintage barn door…

Amber leaf bowl

A waldorf salad would look delicious in these amber, leaf bowls.

Barn door flanked by vintage chairs

We added these lovely chairs to the table with a touch of fall in each. Some say, “Out with the old and in with the new!” I say, how about both?! I love animal print all year long, but it seems to say “Fall” better than other seasons, don’t you think?

Pumpkin Pillows

Fall Table with Antiques

Wire Bread Basket

Looking for a fresh idea for bread baskets? You’ll find these at Daphne Antique Galleria.

 Prefer a More Casual Table?

Casual Fall Table

By changing a few accessories, we came up with a more casual feel to the table.

Wooden Bread Bowl

The beauty of the bread-bowl-centerpiece is that it could be used again at Christmas.

Stoneware Cheese Crock

I fell in love with these stoneware cheese crocks. They would make a great little soup server, and keep the soup warm longer with the lid.

Rustic Fall Table

Cotton Candle Rings

Fostoria glassware, distressed wooden candlesticks and soup crocks all create a more warm and casual setting.

Sifter with Greenery

A vintage sifter makes a fun container for a bit of greenery.

Simple Centerpiece

Our table includes a range of rich, deep colors, lending them well to a fun and creative Fall Table.  We chose traditional everyday china, bringing in vintage pieces to mix with trendy cotton florals and rustic accessories. The color scheme alongside the mix of antique and trendy accessories, just seem to say, “Love lives here!”


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