Tuesday, September 16, 2014


Last time I left you I had sold my draper chests and was going to pick up the new dresser / tv stand for the living room. Well, that fell through. The people decided they wanted to sell everything as a set instead of separately. Of course they never called and told me that. I had to call them 4 times prior to the Sunday pickup trying to confirm that we were still on. At the last minute they called back. I had to quickly cancel the van rental and my high school boy helpers to move it into the condo. Bummer #1.

I'm tired that I'm mid decorating in most of my house, AGAIN. How come I keep changing things so radically? I was basically done except for my bedroom. I swear - pinky swear, that this is the last time. When I get a room done I will leave it alone and find something else to spend my time and energy on. Like teaching English as a second language (something I've been wanting to do for a couple years now). or taking a walk, or cooking a good meal. Seriously I spend so much mental time and energy decorating and redecorating spaces but actually accomplishing very little because I can't make up my mind. And really I don't enjoy the process. It's fun to buy new things, but that's about it. So I don't have a decorating problem I have a shopping problem that I then try to make work in my home. (WOW that really caught my attention. Funny what comes out when you sit down to write sometimes). Bummer #2.

A couple more semi-serious health issues have been discovered. Again! How can I be falling apart so much? I'm only 46. I seriously have to focus on being as healthy as I can possible be. Bummer #3.

On a positive note I purchased a couple bundles of dried lavender. The house smells so nice! Lavender is one of my favorite scents. So clean and soothing. If I ever have a yard again I will definitely grow some lavender!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Gone Baby Gone

So this happened

I sold the Dorothy Draper chests. I still really have mixed emotions about it. I loved those chests. I was so excited when I found them. But I wanted something lighter colored but really didn't have the time and energy for a new project to paint them white. And I didn't want to spend the $1000 to re lacquer them. I love the storage they had, and they fit the space nicely. But in the end I sold them for a handsome profit from my $65 Craigs List score (including delivery). 

With the sale I will have enough money to purchase a new dresser (I pick it up Sunday! Fingers crossed its as amazing as its picture since I'm renting a truck and driving an hour to go get it. And its a super bargain), a new loveseat and take care of some necessities like new eye glass.  So yeah, that would have been hard to turn down. 

You also get a sneak peek into other changes going on in the living room. The blue chairs are gone with a pair of pink ones in their place. The chevron rug is gone with a brown/tan hounds-tooth taking its place. That's a cute little needlepoint stool in the center of the picture. 

I finally picked a paint color to paint the living room and dining room. I had 9 different sample colors. I just couldn't find a direction that worked with all the elements. I think over Thanksgiving weekend I'll paint the ceiling and walls. I'll show some pictures after that since it will be a big change and I might have another couple things done also.

But for now I'm really concentrating on my bedroom.That's a whole other post but progress is being made! With the new dresser in place in the living room all the crap that lived in the Dorothy Draper chests will be removed from my bedroom floor and put back where it belongs. Then I can take some progress photos for you. 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Bonus Days

My son graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design at the end of May with a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Digital Media. I'm so proud of him. Since then he's been looking for a job in making video game art and working on his portfolio. Luckily his Dad came thru with a substantial graduation gift so there is no urgency in finding work for awhile.

I consider these my bonus days with him. I know the time he will live at home is limited and can end abruptly at any time (when he finds employment) and I'm trying to enjoy every minute of it.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Living Room and Dining Room Drapes

I bought some fabric for new drapes in the living room and dining room. Its a pretty Waverly print from the 1990's. I found it on Etsy and got 12 yards.  I think its perfect for my romantic country / cottage look I'm decorating with now.

Just to get a feel for how they will look I cut the length of them and hung them with the clip rings in the living room. They are pretty. Not as full as I would like, but I don't have enough fabric for double widths. I won't use these as drapes because I don't need privacy but they will just hang as stationary panels.

I'm going to sew them myself so I am thinking just a straight panel lined, no pleats, and gently pleat them with the ring hooks. I'm not sure though. I'm also thinking of putting a ruffled leading edge and bottom of a green check that coordinates well. On the one hand I think ruffled drapes are terribly out of style. However Miles Redd uses them and they seem classic in his interiors. So I might go for it. I'm going for romantic not grandma style!

One last thing. This fabric is a chintz meaning it has a stiff, glossy finish applied. Part of me wants to wash them multiple times so I have a nice soft fabric. But I do like the chintz look, they just don't lay as well for the relaxed style I'm going for. I wish I had some extra fabric so I could experiment a little.

Are you sewing anything new lately? I think chintz is coming back in style. Would you use it?

Sunday, June 22, 2014

New Living Room Lamps

So you've heard me talk about wanting pink in my home, or trying to introduce some fuchsia a while ago. It never really worked because most of my things were blue, turquoise and green. It just never went together. Well after my health scare I decided life was too short to not do what I want. So I totally changed up my condo. This is the first time ever I'm decorating with only what I want. I've not kept old things because they were in good shape or family antiques or I can't afford to buy new, and decorated around them. Everything was up for grabs and I kept only what I really wanted. Everything else has been sold or moved to the basement awaiting sale.

This pair of  beautiful Murano glass lamps was the jumping off point for the new decor. I bought the pair for $150 on Craigslist. They weren't listed as Murano but I had done my research prior to going to pick them up. Murano lamps are pretty distinctive so I was 98% sure before I went to get them. I kind of felt bad for the lady since I was getting such a good deal. But she was downsizing and happy to have them gone. Even then $150 is usually more than I spend for things.

I intended to purchase and resell them, never thinking to make a drastic decorating change when I bought them. But they sat around my condo waiting for me to resell them. Life happened. And then I thought that I must keep such beautiful lamps. Dare I make the changes necessary to incorporate them? I was both nervous and excited at the prospect of redecorating both color and style-wise!

The picture really doesn't do them justice. They are nice and tall. There are little bubbles of silver in the glass. The way the light plays off the layers in the glass is stunning. So pretty! The shades mimic the ribbed effect the middle glass orb has. They are the prettiest lamps I've ever seen. Totally worth redecorating the living room around them!

More changes to come!

Monday, June 16, 2014

I've Gone Cottage!

Hi friends, sorry for the radio silence. I had a health scare at the beginning of the year and am just now finding my equilibrium again. One of the things that came from it is a sense that time is limited and I should be doing exactly what I want because one never knows.

So I went cottage! I took stock of what I want my home to be like and I wanted to use my vintage pieces and quilts. I wanted some rustic furniture and PINK. Every room in my condo has been under going a transformation. It all started with some gorgeous Murano lamps I purchased on Craigslist and snowballed from there. I still have some painting, drapes to make and general tweaking before I show off the final product. But I will be sharing snippets in the weeks to come.

This is the imaginary place that I now live. I haven't moved. Just changed my mindset. I can't have this but I can create this same feeling. I can't wait to share the changes!
And you might have noticed some changes to the blog. Of course I had to redecorate it also. There are still things to be done but I'll be updating it over the next few days. I apologize if things look wonky for a bit in the process.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Razzle Dazzle Me

Razzle Dazzle Bedroom

 I'm thinking of trying to participate in the One Room Challenge in April. This is my mood board for my bedroom. I'm not 100% sold on the paint color, BM Razzle Dazzle. I wanted something with great contrast. I really like pink. I'm afraid it skews teenager not middle aged woman. Maybe too much gold? Beth at Chinoiserie Chic has said that this color is sophisticated and a great pink to use. I always like her taste in design. Also she has a great series of pink and Chinoiserie right now. Such pretty eye candy!

I'm making a upholstered headboard in a black and white Chinoiserie print. It has gold in it also. The nightstands are Ikea Malm dressers with painted Overlays. There is a faux fur bench at the end of the bed. I'm thinking of getting another dog and the bench would help it get up on the bed. The gallery wall is of vintage Barbie prints. I worry that the brass dresser doesn't give me enough storage (which is at a premium in my house).  But I really like how it takes that corner of my room and makes it more of a sitting area. Which is funny because who am I kidding I will only use it to drop clothes on the chair and to put on shoes. I don't imagine myself with a cup of coffee and a book sitting in my bedroom reading. The white sheers have a burnt out zebra print. I think I'll replace the broken ceiling fan with a pretty lucite chandelier.

I've gone thru so many colors for this room: emerald green, multiple shades of purple, soft pink, gold, just black and white. I'm tired of my indecision!

So what do you think?
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