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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

My Continental Corner

I would like to introduce you to a new addition to my home.

I got this little table for a song. It was on sale because the top, which was this ugly orange coloured wood, was badly scratched. I brought it home, sanded it and painted it a soft grey colour.

I placed it in the corner of my family room, flanked it with two cafe chairs and put some pretties on top. The little green books are a set of Shakespeare plays that I inherited from my grandmother.

You might have noticed the painting behind the table. The watercolour on the left is of "Les Halles" which is an area of Paris. When my husband and I were on honeymoon in Paris, my aunt, who lives in Paris, took us to a restaurant in Les Halles where I had the best creme brulee that I have ever tasted. My mouth waters every time I look at the painting. The watercolour on the right is of Venice and was painted by my late grandmother. So I feel that this is a little "continental corner" of my home.

I am on my way to a mother's tea at my sons' school. The Grade 3 (9 year old) boys serve tea and cake to their moms and read out little poems and messages to tell their moms how much they appreciate them. Isn't it a sweet idea.

Wishing you all a lovely week.

I am linking up to Wow us Wednesday.

Till next time

Sharon x


  1. enjoy the mother´s tea, and let me tell you something: you are great at crafting! you have the ability to change something ugly into a desirable object!!! kisses

  2. Fantastic table!
    Grey colour is my favorite, you know! Excellent job, I paint in grey so many furniture in my home and this summer I have to change paint to others!
    Bisou, Babi

  3. So lovely...
    Such a nice nook and you said you got that table for a bargain? Lucky girl!

  4. Such a cute table... love it! I miss the days of Mothers tea. My two kids are teens now, and although it's a lot of fun, I miss the elementary school age... they are just so cute at that age. I am now following you. xo

  5. Oh i love your continental corner, glorious & so much history or should i say 'histoire'. As for the mother's morning tea, OMG, i love it, glorious. I couldn't think of anything more adorable than my boy waiting on me, reading poetry & being all round beautiful & loving. Pretty sure they do something like that at my eldest daughter's ladies college for the fathers, how cute!! Love Posie

  6. A lovely corner, Sharon. The table is very pretty as are the Bistro chairs. Such a nice spot for a cup of coffee. Love the Cloche and the petite books. And such a sweet thing for your Son's class to do. xxx

  7. Hi Sharon, Loving your continental corner and I am so jealous of your shakespeare book collection. What a keepsake! I hope you enjoyed your morning tea with your son's class, I wish they did that lovely. Leahxx

  8. Oh i hope this comment goes through Sharon been having problems since yesterday!

    I love this table and great colour you chose to paint it!! I love the books !!! I have one old Shakespeare book that i cherish.
    How romantic that you honeymooned in day i hope to get there!!

    Pamela xo

  9. Great looks great. We love it when you find a treasure like this. Have fun at the tea with your dear sweet boy.

  10. At least while I couldn't comment, it gave me time to look around your beautiful blog. I'm so happy to say I'm a friend and follower!

  11. Hi Sharon,

    Thanks for your nice comments on my page! By the looks of home via your photos, I believe I will be your newest follower as well. I'm off to look at your pics!

    Huggs from Arizona, Margo

  12. Love that you are going for tea with your son. What a great redo...the table looks amazing!!

  13. Vignette looks great! Hope you had fun at school with your son. I did a similar thing last year with my class and it was a lot of fun. Fiona

  14. That little corner in your home is beautiful, love the combination of accessories, chair and table, great job!
    XXX Ido

  15. This is such a sweet area. I love the table and those chairs. What great books. Those would are probably worth a fortune. Great to be surrounded by things with special meaning. Have a great week!

  16. What a beautiful spot in your home! The table is adorable, and your vignette on top is charming.