Friday, January 13, 2017


I'm joining Rachel at Home Sanctuary in my quest for peace, order and beauty in my home this year. In fact, I've taken the word Sanctuary for my word for 2017.

Today, the idea is to shop at home and come up with a centerpiece or focal point.  The timing for this couldn't be better.  Dan's mom just gifted us with a beautiful washstand that his great-grandfather made.  We found the perfect spot for it in the living room.  I've been looking at it for the last day or so, trying to figure out what to put on it.

Here's what I came up with -- shopping at home.

Two of the vintage children's books were my dad's and aunt's. The other two I picked up at a thrift store. The candle holder and white twiggy stuff I moved from the coffee table and added a new candle to replace the Christmas-scented one that was all used up.  And the little hedgehogs, I found at the hospital gift store while my dad was having his knee surgery last month!  I love shopping those hospital gift shops, they have the cutest things and the prices are always so reasonable.

So, there you have it.  It took me all of five minutes.



Dianna said...

Hello Karen,

Thank you for stopping by my blog today. I appreciated your kind words.

What a priceless treasure you have in that wash stand! And the books, as well! You did an outstanding job of shopping at home. Thank you for the reminder about Rachel's blog post today. I need to slip over there and see what she has to say. I'm a bit later than normal getting around to blog reading. I've been working at putting the house back together after the Rachel's place will be the ideal place for me to head to. :)

Mereknits said...

Karen. That is an amazing piece. We have a table that my husbands great grandfather made.. It is exquisite. SEnding you a hug.

Mari said...

I'm following that blog now, since you mentioned it yesterday. I haven't seen it yet today but I really like her thoughts. I love what you did here - it's beautiful!

Patti said...

What a beautiful wash stand! such a lovely gift you received in that.

I love vintage books. Recently I saw one I really wanted at a local antique mall. The price was $130, which was not in my budget, so I walked away from it.

Home Sanctuary is a lovely blog. I look forward to following it.