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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Still Refining the Family Room

In my previous post, Using What You Have, I shared that we moved a sofa and love seat we had in the basement to the family room. What a change, going from dark brown to jewel tones floral!  I am loving the change.  It allows me to use my blue, green, pink, aqua accessories.  I'm going for the cottage look, and each day I'm remembering items that I have that will work in the room now.  

Of course, I made a quick visit to Good Will, and found 3 new home decor books, an English teapot, a bunch of roses for the teapot, and a couple other items.  I arranged the roses into the teapot, and placed it in the adjoining dining room to help everything work together.  I believe the teapot was $2.52, and the flowers were a dollar.  The teapot is marked, Arthur Wood & Son, Staffordshire England, est., 1884, and numbered 6485 M. Similar pots sell on Ebay from $8 - $70. Mine was missing the lid, so it works great like I have it.

This table is working well in the dining room.

I'll share how I made these curtain panels soon.  (I have about $1.50 in the two)! Good Will fabric remnant with exactly enough fabric for 2 panels!

The tan background on the panels blends in with the rug, and the pink floral design works with the family room changes.

I changed the coffee table vignette to this. I love the 'free' basket, and the aqua jars.

I switched out some of the items on the gallery wall in order to lighten the colors. I painted the frame on the top center picture with gold acrylic paint which blends better now.
(current lighter gallery wall)

(first gallery wall look)
I also switched out the lamps which allows for a better view of the wall.

I'm still changing things, so I will keep sharing with you. 

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Using What You Have

I've been wanting a new living room suite for some time.  The one we had wasn't very good quality, and had become worn and looked really bad.  We shopped for new furniture, but nothing has caught our eye.

I love cottage style, and have had a sofa and love seat stored in my basement for several years.  I think I bought it in the 80's.  But it sat in the living room at the old house, and was never used.  Then when we moved here, I used it in the dining room (as a sitting room), until we bought the larger dining room suite.  Then we moved it to the basement, covered it up, and there it has sat for several more years.  So today, my husband and stepson switched out the old, took it to Good Will, and brought up the set from the basement.  I warn you, it is floral, and would not suit the taste of lots of folks, but I'm going to make it work for a while, until I find what I want.  It's like new, no stains, the springs are in wonderful condition, and it is very comfortable.

You know when you change one thing, you have to change a lot more, and I am in the process of changing the room to have the cottage style.  This will be a work in progress, so I'll be showing you what I do.

I brought a round braided rug down from the bonus room to use.  It's been around for a number of years too.  It was bought in the late 90's at Penney's Outlet in Atlanta for only $18.00!  It has held up incredibly well too. 

I switched the curtains to a sheer with tiny embroidered roses on them.  These will do until I find what I want.

I moved the large dark bombay table to the dining room, and brought this table I painted, in to use as a desk.  I also brought in the chair I refinished last year.

I added to the gallery wall, and will switch out some of the pictures in the room gradually.  I have some pictures with roses, that I plan to bring into the room.

I added the name sign that Rachel (my granddaughter in law) made for us for Christmas.

I lightened the mantel by painting the shutters in BM Wythe Blue, left from painting the front door.  I took away the red heart shaped bottles, and added these pink hearts that I made a while back.

I changed the coffee table vignette to include aqua and pink.

I'll be tweaking the room until I get it like I want it, but this is what I've done so far, and I'm liking the change.  This furniture is smaller scale than the last, and makes the room feel bigger.

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Easy Valentine Decor

I have the winter blahs!  No desire to do anything, especially decorate!  However, I happened to be in the basement the other day, opened my Valentine's decorations, and brought up what I could carry in my hands, so really, next to nothing!

I placed the runner I made a few years ago on the hall tree, hung up this heart, put cupids on a pedestal, and added a basket of fabric hearts to the bottom shelf.

Another area with Valentine decor is the mantel.  I kept the two red shutters, hung a small heart on each shutter, added red heart shaped bottles to the candlesticks, and a heart on the wreath.

The last spot I did is the frame I have hanging in the dining room.  I simply pinned some hearts to that, and called it done!

Told you I have the blahs!  Oh well, I think we all hit slumps, and I'm in one.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Latest Shenanigans

I've been a little lazy the last few days, mostly due to a stiff neck!  Before it got so bad though, I did rearrange the living room furniture.  The jury is still out on whether or not I like it this way!  I'm trying to give myself time to get accustomed to it.

Ever since we built the house 15 years ago, the back of the sofa was the view upon entering the front door.  The room is open, has practically no walls for furniture placement, so that has worked even though I don't like seeing the back of the sofa!

Here is the before:
(sofa with slipcover)
See the front door to the right.

Here is the current arrangement.

 Everything is pulled away from the walls.  

The sofa was moved to the opposite wall, with the love seat to its left, and the recliner sits where the sofa once was.
It looks more welcoming without the sofa sitting on that side, but I'm just not sure I like this!  Maybe if I switch out the rug to the more muted one.  I'd love to know what you think.  I'm open to suggestions.

On another note, I found these two bowls at the Good Will.  I don't know if they are transfer ware or not.  They are stamped on the bottom with a number and "Made in England".  I loved the red!

I gave $1.91 for the large one, and $1.71 for the smaller one.

I added this home decor book to my ever growing collection for $1+.  It was the color of the week.

Here is where the canvas I got last week ended up. The smaller picture goes well with the canvas.

 My little spot of spring!
I wrapped this candle with some scraps from my fabric stash.  I've seen these in the stores for ten to fifteen dollars.  The doily is one that I started with thread.  It fit here perfectly.

That's the latest from here.  What have you been up to?

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