Repurposing Frames + A Little Bird Told Me

As I sit at my desk and write this post, I’m watching yellow leaves float by the window. George Winston Autumn is playing on the cd player and the most wonderful smelling fall candle is burning next to me. I want to hold onto this feeling.

I have been bringing fall to many areas of my home. I’ve concentrated mainly on the kitchen and dining areas because we spend so much of our time there.

I love repurposing frames in unique ways. With that as my inspiration for the breakfast nook table I started with a very old chippy green frame. Using it as a tray, I placed the items I gathered inside the frame.

You may recognize the tall skinny birdcage that was a recent flea market find. It adds some rustic texture and height.

This set of dishes belonged to my mom. We ate every Thanksgiving and Christmas meal on them as far back as I can remember. The color was perfect with the frame and the wonderfully gnarly green pumpkin.

The flourishes in the frame are echoed in the vines of the dishes and the raised squiggly veins on the pumpkin. I have to confess, that was a happy accident. Don’t you love it when it works out that way?!

I added the faux berries for a pop of color and a baby boo pumpkin tucked in a berry bowl with a little Spanish moss for a bed.


Switching gears now, I would like to share my weekly segment that I call “A Little Bird Told Me.”

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It happens to the best of us!


Linking with: Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson,The Scoop, Between Naps on the Porch, From My Front Porch to Yours, Cozy Little House, A Stroll Thru LifeIvy and Elephants, Common Ground, Shabby Art Boutique, French Country Cottage, Amaze Me Monday, VMG206, That DIY Party, Funky Junk Interiors,Savvy Southern Style, The Charm of Home, Vintage Charm

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28 thoughts on “Repurposing Frames + A Little Bird Told Me

  1. What a great, gnarly pumpkin, Ann…I love the vignette that you created with your mother’s beautiful dishes. You have the most romantic touch!

  2. I just love the idea of using an old fabulous frame as a centerpiece! I have several I could do this with….such inspiration! Wow, what an easy solution to the constant “did I?” Just say it out loud! So clever.

    1. Hello Mary! Thanks so much for stopping by. We’ve gotten halfway out the driveway (or further) and pulled back in to go check as well. Ha!

  3. Ann, I am so happy you came by my blog. I love your re-purposed frame. It works great with those lovely dishes of your Mothers. I have been looking at your past post and I love your style! Thanks for joining Home Sweet Home!

  4. Hi Ann,
    Loved all your beautiful photos and vignettes.
    Also liked your idea, cause it is so true, we do things so much from
    force of habit we don’t even remember doing them. Now just have
    to remember to say it out loud……….lol


  5. First time I have been to your blog and I love it. Your display is wonderful and I LOVE the dishes. My mother-in-law had the same ones and they are just a favorite of mine. Our daughter got them when my mother-in-law passed away and she loves them as well. Thanks for bringing back a wonderful memory.

    1. Hello Sandi! I’m so glad to have you here visiting. How nice that your daughter has her grandmother’s dishes. My mother has been gone eight years and not a day goes by that I don’t think of her. The dishes bring back many fond memories of her. Thank you for sharing your story!

  6. I popped over from Stonegable to take a closer look at your vignette. I love everything about it. Using that lovely, chippy frame as a tray was genius and your mom’s dishes are the perfect touch.
    Off to peruse some of your past posts.

  7. Greetings from Canada! This is my first time seeing your blog – thanks to Yvonne at Stone Gable. I recently did the same thing as you re using a frame as a tray. Your vignette is very attractive; and yes, it is serendipity when a happy coincidence occurs such as the pattern on the frame and the dishes blending so well together. I’ll definitely come and visit your blog again!

  8. Hi Ann! I just happened upon your blog today and was browsing your posts when I noticed your mom’s dinner set. Coincidentally, I have the creamer that matches it and was wondering if you’d like it to complete the set (I didn’t see that you had one in your pics). Feel free to send me an email if you are interested and I’d be happy to send it to you as a gift. xxx

    1. Hello Colette! That is such an incredibly sweet offer. I actually do have the creamer but I so appreciate your kindness in offering yours. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! ~Ann

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