Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Getting "The Look"

I guess I'm like a lot of people.....once I get all the Christmas decorations packed away I'm usually looking at having to redo a lot of rooms in the house;  Bookshelves, tabletops, the front our house the whole family room is rearranged to make a spot for the tree, and furniture is moved to accommodate it .  But now everything is a little hollow........I usually put things away in boxes to make room for the Christmas stuff, so now I have holes I need to fill, and new vignettes to work on.  The red transfer ware china has to be put back and that means the pine cupboard is going to need some attention.  And it's this time of year, when I have all this empty "palate" in front of me, that I long for a new look in the house.  And it's usually the same look I'm after.....

The following pictures belong to and are off the Nancy Fishelson design page........
She's been written up and profiled many times in magazines, mainly Country Living, where I first saw her work. I just LOVE her style................

The pictures speak for themselves......lots of white, lots of natural textures............

One thing I noticed in her design is that she uses a good amount of greenery to
offset the white.......It looks so pretty and adds such a simple touch to the rooms.
So the other day I went in search of some greenery of my own,
and was able to find some really good, affordable plants at my local grocery store.
I haven't started to pull my rooms together, but I did find some homes
for the plants, and I'm hoping to somewhat duplicate the look that
I love so much in her pictures.........

Ivy's a natural choice for me............I just love it, the way it trails and spills out of containers.............

I like to take old drawers and try to use them as planters.........this one's really narrow though, the pots were almost too small to squish in!!  Stoneware bowls make good containers too.........this is one of my favorites......

Ferns are a good choice, they have that airy quality about them......
but they can be a little tricky, for me anyway..........
as far as "shedding"..........

And I'm a sucker for Creeping Fig plants, I love the look of the leaf.........
but I confess I have a hard time as finding out their true comfort zone
in the watering dept.

Here's the white handled box that's been in a
few of the previous posts.......the Ivy was outside getting a dose of fresh air........

And I got two of these small topiary's  from my local Kroger for 6.99 each!!

So if I can keep these lovelies alive (always a struggle for me :)  )  I might be able
to pull off the look I'm after......I do have plenty of chippy things that
 I can tie in with the decorating, and of course, the ever-present Ironstone collection needs to be re-addressed.  For me it's just a matter of getting it done and being happy with the way I do it!!!
I'll do some updates in the future to see if I'm on course with my plans............

Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year, thanks for stopping in for the visit!!

        (courtesty of Nancy Fishelson Designs)

                                                                            devon :)


  1. What a lovely post. Those interiors are divine. Love the white with green palette too. I happen to like small ivy too, especially when they are made into topiary designs. Good luck with your new plants :)

  2. Love all these photos... they are perfection

  3. I am so crazy for this look! Love what you've done so far!

  4. Good to see you again, Devon! Very inspirational most favorite color scheme of all time, creme and soft greens. andrea@townandprairie

  5. Wow, Devon... These are truly beautiful pictures...all my favorite decor choices.
    I love what you did with the plants--just beautiful!
    The drawer---absolutely adorable.
    Why do you always have to tease me witht he ironstone?????????? :)

  6. i am a big fan of nancy fishelson and a new follower of you...i love all the greenery!!!

  7. Devon,
    all those photos are gorgeous, remember seeing some of them in CL. Love her style, so simple and cozy. You've got a good start with the plants, love your choice of containers. My thumb is way more brown then green! Can't wait to see your redos! I've been very slow in the take down but am now almost there, itching to do some moving around myself!
    PS. Thanks for the sweet comment, I'm with you, nothing better then entering a barn and getting that wonderful mix of smells, leather, horse, sweet hay and... it's my favorite!

  8. I met Nancy a couple of years ago and she is a charming lady!

  9. Are you a big fan of horses? I noticed a lot of horse statues in your home.

    -Zane of ontario honey