Monday, June 17, 2013

Green Table - Summer Ed.

I don't really think of myself as a seasonal decorator.
Then again, I cleared 13 boxes of stuff out of the basement earlier today, and though most of said "stuff" was books, the hand-made acorn wreath and the entire tub of valentine's day regalia might beg to differ.

All I really know is, this green table hasn't loved me for long, but she sure has loved me well.
She was bought for a song at an auction last spring because I somehow knew she'd be perfect in the front entry of my soon-to-be new home.

I found her all sad and dusty, the sorriest, faded mint-green. Her knob was plastic with a faux "metal" finish. She ran me something like $7, and all that ailed her was cured with a reckless gutsy decision to paint her crazy-bright green.

Who knew bright green would be such a universal, works-with-everything color?

Well, God, that's who. He was clearly on to something with all his fancy nature business.

We drop our keys in that little milk-glass soap dish many times a day.  It saves us over and over and I'm not naming names, but it especially saves the forgetful dude in the Santa beard. (For the love. The beard. What is with all this beardedness?)

Every thing else is purely nonfunctional and entirely decorative.
I guess I went and made a vignette, even though I hate that word.
Sue me.

The croquette mallets were picked up at yard sales. They've seen their better days.
Still --- I'm smiling. They pass the test.

The books were gifts from friends. I picked up the white pitcher years ago and can't stop loving it. Vintage camera is a Cory find. Cortland came from the Allegan flea market ages ago and subconsciously inspired the last name of  Lainey Courtland. Mirror also came from Allegan and used to live in my old mudroom.

Roses, courtesy of whomever landscaped our little front yard.

Hold the phone. The wire basket is officially functional and utilitarian. At least for the next few months.
I'm so practical! So nearly-Amish!
You can call me Miriam Yoder. Or Waneta Stolzfus.

This whole gig just speaks my summer-centric language.
It makes me happy everyday, for free.
And that, my friends, is the holy grail of decorating, if you ask me.
Which you didn't.
But still.


  1. Please come to Michigan and help me decorate. Or, Help me Rhonda. Whichever. But I prefer decorate.

  2. miriam, you done did good with this here vignette.
    REAL good. :)

  3. you vignettey, (said like jedi... vignjedii... although i've never seen star wars {? is that what it's from?} in my life) you.

  4. Yes. I like stuff cuz it makes me happy. My latest happiness ... a mason jar full 'o marbles. Do I know why it makes me happy? Do I care? No. It just does. p.s. I hate the word vignette too. :::shudder:::

  5. Who'd have thought croquet mallets could look so stylish. Great idea. Love it.

  6. I nearly guffawed aloud when I read your Amish comment...but I showed some restraint, because that would've surely woken up all the littles, and Lord knows they need all the minutes of sleep they can get :)

  7. Waneta? What!?!?!?!? Lol...

    That's more stylish than the croquet mallets and green table you've got going on.

    Love it all.

  8. My foyer needs a bright lil' table like yours!!! Too much brown going on out there and its just darn depressing!!! Thanks for the inspiration <3 Those mallets?? Perfect!!! That's the best non-vignette/vignette I've ever seen!!!!!

  9. I love your vignette (I think it is a lovely phrase!); makes me want to look for croquet mallets!

  10. I am cracking up! "Hold the phone". And I love the color green that you chose. You are a trendsetter using the color of the year!

  11. Love the Allegan Flea Market! Went last month. Got some fun stuff and by far, the biggest score of all, a huge elephant ear!

  12. So glad you found a home for the egg crate!!! Way to make Fremont famous! ;)

  13. You are brave to have the croquette mallets in the house within arms reach of boys....just sayin'! :-)

    1. Oh and a VERY happy birthday to you!!!!!!!

  14. I love the whole idea! I love croquet! I love green! I love roses (but can't have them in the house)! I have a spot in my entry where this would all look quite lovely. I have a red table sitting there but my husband hates the color. Maybe he would like it in green? You have inspired me! I wonder what I can come up with thanks to your inspiration...

  15. With so much sports equipment around the house, like you, I finally decided to embrace it and make it part of our "decor" instead of "why are there balls all over the house!!". I like it because it reflects who we are as a family and it helps my guys keep their stuff organized.

  16. What about the mallet vase, Farmgirl?
    Where did you get that?
    And more importantly, who (whom?) were you shopping with when you bought it?
    Btw, your table and all its adornments are the cat's meow.
    p.s. Where is my favorite vintage sprinkler collection hiding out these summer days? I love your vintage sprinkler collection.
    p.p.s. I copied your mallet bouquet idea, but with vintage badminton racquets. In a large pickle jar. In the guest room.

  17. thing I know I'll see a real bonafide use of the dreaded "laugh out loud".

    I do like the green table arrangement. It makes me think I need more green in my life.

  18. You have a gift. Please come to MO and help me decorate my tiny house.

  19. girl. amazing.

    also. are you watching bachelorette? we have not discussed.

  20. Miriam yoder made me laugh out loud alone in the living room. Thank you!

  21. You make me smile. You just do : )

  22. You crack me up ~ thank you for that you Amish babe you!

  23. gosh. so. jealous. The croquette mallets. the green table. the camera. (my breathing got a little laboured just then . . . .) the milk glass whateva . . . . but mostly I must comment on the bearded whosamacallit. mine was bearded till yesterday!!! hated it (he's been years like that. but. when. i. mentioned. how. much. i. liked. kissing. him. without. thatstubblystupidthing. oops :0 and how. much. younger. he. looked. without. it. HE SHAVED IT ALL OFF!!! Hooray!!!! He is so cute without it. and. he's. getting. more. kisses. from. (all. his. girls.) me.

    good luck. just sayin.

    xo ellie

  24. You are dealing with the beard thing too? Why is it all these men are growing beards? I've taken to air kissing and calling my husband Grizzly Adams. There have been many bearded lies of shaving it off. Secretly, or maybe not so secretly, he LOVES it. Best of luck to you in your scratchy, hairy kissing. Soldier on.

  25. So stinking cute Miriam! That green makes me happy. Please share the deets.

  26. Oh mah lands. This deserves a pin.

  27. I love it! What is the color of the table? I may just straight copy you :) my husband has a beard and I personally love it, I don't hardly recognize him when he shaves it off :)

  28. Your milk glass key holder inspired me :)
    I grabbed an odd milk glass piece I have (pedastaled fruit bowl?) and set it on our foyer table to replace the LOVELY red Folgers plastic bucket we are using to hold loose change.

    As for those adorable beaten up vintage-y croquet mallets, when you are with 'em I'll drive to Indiana to buy 'em from you - LOL. Perfect rustic loved wooden kitch - with height!

    ~ Blessings,

  29. That's what Im missing (slaps forehead) a beautiful been table and croquet mallets!