April 12, 2010

Aqua Glass Jars & The New Beach House Dining Room Chairs

Good Morning -  This old wire rack basket with the aqua canning jars was my reward for a successful date with the taxman, oh yeah the taxman.  

I get so ridiculously nervous as tax day approaches, hoping and praying that I have paid attention to every detail, penny, receipt, check, note, and bill to come up with numbers that I present to the taxman.  And my taxman wants everything in the computer, so that's just hugely time consuming for me, and I don't do it often enough, so it piles up and I do it all in one month.  Every year I promise I won't do that anymore, but every year I do the same thing. 

Now, I'd rather do this.

 So when it's all done and the taxman leaves, I leave.  I hit the thrifts like a bat outta hell because I have at that point not shopped guilt free for a while. Always thinking, "I should be at home doing paperwork and taxes" can wreck a perfectly good stop in.   

So I hit my favorite junk shop - and there were these jars in the rack with a few more on the side, just waiting for me to knock down everyone standing in my way to get them without making myself too obvious or someone closer just may nab em first.   They were mine and they came home with me.

The next day I went down to the Farmer's Market and couldn't resist these pure pure white iris's - in these jars on the dining room table with the light hitting them through the blinds first thing in the morning - it just all feels so good.  This is what I see across the house when I leave my bedroom first thing every morning - 

While I was loving looking at the photos of this aqua turquoise beachy blue glass, I was noticing something bothering me.  Yeah, I'm tired of the dining room chairs.  I've loved these chairs from the moment I spotted them at Sally's - a big wood table with 6 chairs and 2 arm chairs with the little wings that I loved, they were white with french caning, the whole thing was perfect.  I paid $250, covered the seats with white denim - done.  There's a photo of the dining room on the right side of this page - and you can kind of see the chairs in the background -

But now, I'm ready for a change - so I dragged in all the old folding wood beach chairs that I've picked up at garage sales, flea markets and thirfts, and set 8 chairs around the table. 

Loved it.  I like the look with 8 chairs and I like it with only 6 too - and the beauty is that they're folding chairs - easy to store a few extra, and I don't think I've paid more than 10 bucks a chair.

White Roses from my garden 

So I am loving the new chairs - mr bh, my son, and I played musical chairs last night testing them all out, they're all sturdy, somewhat comfortable - I added a cushion to a couple - really really love the even more casual look -

I'll take some new photos of the whole room as it is now, and show you tomorrow - 

I'd love to know what you think of the chair swap

blogged to join rhoda - southernhospitalityblog


  1. I think your chair swap is fabulous Marsha! And I so luv the contrast of the aqua glass jars and the white roses...perfection!

  2. how wonderful _ love those jars and the chairs..simply gorgeous, melxxx

  3. Love the Jar holder...and your Chandies are off the chart fabulous!!!!
    I'll take each and every one!
    Oh! by the way...
    Hello...this is my maiden voyage here, and I'm in love.
    We are cut from the same cloth...
    great blog...and love the chair change-up!
    Stop over when time permits...
    Love to have you too!
    xoxo~Kathy @
    Sweet Up-North Mornings...

  4. totally in love with the jars and holder, gorgeous! Its always nice to have a change around with chairs. keep the others for when you like to change again!

  5. Oh my - LOVE them! Lucky you! Dropping by from Rhoda's.

  6. So pretty to wake up to and the chairs give it a beachy, casual look. Love it all! xo

  7. i love love love your blog!

    just thought you should know!!!!!

    xo monica

  8. I love the mix of chairs, so beachy..., and much more casual, as you said. The blue jars make such a fabulous fresh center piece!

  9. Hi Marhsa love those blue jars and your roses look just stunning in them.
    I have the same dining chairs as your first set so maybe its time for a change like you.
    Sandy x

  10. I always reward myself too! LOL Great job and good find.Enjoy Kim

  11. Oh my I just cannot imagine why in the world white makes me drool but this is all so beautiful! If you get a chance stop by http://shabbychictreasures.blogspot.com
    I am giving away a free teapot for the month of April!

  12. Hi Marsha,
    Soo happy to hear from you .. such a busy time for you with the wedding and all too !! And tax season ..whew .. soo happy that is long gone for us .. It makes my tummy sick, until we get it ALL done and in the mail !!

    Marsha the play was wonderful !! My niece did an amazing job with her Daddy !! They both wrote the screen play from the book "Acting The First Six Lessons" Emily also produced the play as well .. The Bridges family is mainly screen actors, and Emily has gone to school to be a stage actress .. Soo, to see them on stage was wonderful .. They are members of Theatre West in Los Angeles, and the play is running until May 16th .. Fridays at 8:00 and Sundays at 2pm .. If you can please go see them .. We went to eat at the Canteen a few doors down from the theatre, and then walked right on over .. It was such a wonderful day, and I'm sooo proud of them and their talents .. If you do go, let me know what you thought .. It sure is a nice day out tho ..
    Well, better get myself off to work .. You have a wonderful day doing something fun hopefully ~
    hugs ~tea~xo

  13. I just found you.. I was lurking around and saw your lovely jars.....nice blog and I like the way your write your posts....gonna get more of a peak but had to stop and say hi.


  14. Marsha, yup, tax season is a good time for a little splurge! We may as well spend a little on ourselves while we still have something left:)

    LOVE the jars in the wire holder. So pretty with the single blooms in each one. I do like the chairs that you had there before, but the ones you that you mixed and matched to replace them look adorable. They are perfect for summer when everything is a bit less formal! They change the whole look of the room which is definitely fun!

    I am sure that you are up to your ears in wedding fun, but it's a great kind of fun! We are going to a wedding in Las Vegas this weekend. One of my oldest friends whom I have known since I was 13, second daughter is getting married. My whole family is going, boyfriends and all so we will be quite the crew! These are the great times!

    Hugs and love,

  15. Oh I love those!!
    I need to take some time and go thrifting myself!!
    I love the white flowers with them too!!

  16. Found your beautiful blog via 'A girl in a gorilla suit'. I love what you've done with the chairs! In fact I love your style full stop! So pleased to have found you. I'm adding a link to you from my blog roll at Catwalk Threads http://catwalkthreads.wordpress.com

    Looking forward to reading your posts. :)

  17. Marsha, I have become an instant follower of your blog and added you to my sidebar as i know people will want to find you. LOVE your house and your style. Gorgeous photos. I look forward to following and catching up.


  18. LOVE the jars and holder, so beautiful! I love everything you do, it always looks so fresh, easy, and glamorous, but not overdone!

  19. Love this! Going to add this to my shopping list for the weekend.

  20. what a great find! i have a slight obsession with mason jars as well, in fact i devote an entire day to them on my blog :)

    you might also like this, which my dad made for me for christmas with my grandmother's old masons :) http://jacinandpat.blogspot.com/2010/12/mason-jar-sunday_26.html

    lovely little details {blog}

  21. I like your blog. Can't wait to browse around some more when I have time. (I picked up some blue mason jars this week so your linky party post caught my eye.) Anyway, I'm your newest follower from Florida!
    fran @ eleven-o-one

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