Monday, November 28, 2011

Oh We Need A Little Christmas!

I spent a good chunk of the holiday weekend decorating for the next holiday…Christmas.  There's something wrong with that maybe, like I'm not enjoying this cookie for worrying about the next cookie.  Oh, who cares! It's fun to decorate, right?


I haven't really given y'all a good look at this room yet, but here's a sneak peek of my living room.



This is a hand-me-down from my mother-in-law.  She calls it Green India China.  It's beautiful!



Usually, a water color hangs over the mantel, but at Christmas I replace it with this wreath.  The stocking holders say "Santa," although it's hard to see the A.


A scratch-free garland.  Just some cheapy stuff from the fabric store and ribbon.  





My dining room light fixture.  I love eating in a room that feels festive!




The top of my hutch.  I like to sprinkle a little Christmas everywhere.  Easy and inexpensive!


This is the mantel in our family room.  I have to keep it simple here, but I like the brass candlesticks minus the candles.



I made this wreath when my girls were little.  They went crazy over all the Santas.  It was not cheap to make, however.


Yet another wreath I made several years ago.


Just so you know, everything gets a bow at Christmas!



Even my Guard Duck.  My husband's lucky I don't put a bow around his neck!



Enjoy the season!

Monday, November 21, 2011

The Master Bedroom

When I saw this closet in the master bedroom, I said to my realtor, "You're kidding, right?" 



She was not kidding, but we bought the house anyway.


Last year we made the decision to splurge on some built-ins.  I even took a design course so we could figure out where the contractor would install them.


When the frame went up, I nearly had a heart attack.  Our room was small to begin with, even smaller with the built-ins.  Honestly, I was ready to cry the first time I saw them.  And that fantasy layout I so painstakingly planned?  Well, it got tossed out of this window.  


I spent an entire weekend rearranging things.  I started with the details, not a designer tactic, I know, but I needed to love something about this space.  We have a number of old etchings and some quirky pieces that I thought might work nicely together.  The Pottery Barn and Anthropologie websites inspired me, as did countless issues of Country Living.  



The comforter at the foot of the bed was supposed to be our main bedspread, but I couldn't resist this Shabby Chic comforter from Target.  It's soft and pretty and it brightens what can be a dreary space.  The colorful quilt is from Country Curtains. 

Speaking of curtains… 

OH, how happy these curtains make me!  Both fabrics are from Calico Curtains.  The rod I ordered through my amazing drapery lady, who also happens to be SHOCKINGLY affordable, as in, a third of the price of other custom drapery folks.  The shade is from Next Day Blinds, and it's room darkening.  The wall color is an old Duron paint called filtered light.  It is a tad too faint, I think, but I do love it.  And we used it in our previous house, so it actually has sentimental value.  Is that normal?  Probably not. 



Isn't it funny how some things in your house make you crazy?  And other things make you crazy happy?  Well, this little table makes me crazy happy.  There's a reason this blog is called Daffodil Hill.  I'm kind of obsessed with yellow.  When I couldn't find any trim I liked for the curtains Awesome Drapery Lady suggested we use this fabric as trim.  Like I said, she is awesome!


This chair was a hand-me-down from my husband's childhood home.  I had a slipcover made, and found this pretty throw at Country Curtains.  The lamp is ancient.  I actually made that pillow you see there, trim and all.  I also covered that little footstool, but I think eventually I'll switch the fabric to something else.


This bureau is one of my favorite pieces in our whole house.  I love the white glass knobs, and the dark wood against the light walls is a nice contrast.

Finally, here's a look at the bookcase that was here when we moved in, yet another reason I chose to put the new built-ins on this wall.  The hope was that it might look more seamless.  Yes, I have lots of mementos up there.  You could also call it clutter.  Maybe someday I'll edit it.  I also need to figure out what to do with that big open space for the TV.  If I had my druthers, there would be no TV in the bedroom, but the hubby gets to have druthers sometimes, too, and he wants a TV.


Here's my current decorating dilemma.  Notice the color on the bedroom wall and the color on the bathroom wall?  There's no contrast, and I think since the bedroom walls are so light the bathroom walls need to be darker.  The paint swatches are still up, and I'm trying to decide whether to go green, like bold green, or maybe try a darker yellow.  Oh but I do so love yellow…




Finally, here are a couple of nice summer views.  Hard to believe it's Thanksgiving already!  Seems like I just took these pictures.






Thursday, November 17, 2011

Tis The Season…No wait!

Thanksgiving is one week from today.  This means that one week from tomorrow, I'll start getting the itch to put out a few Christmas things.  And I'll drive my family crazy with that 24/7 Christmas music.  Thought I'd share my fall decorations before I take them down!


My living room curtains are floral.  It always amazes me that I can easily change out the spring pinks and light blues for more fallish greens and wines.  Even orange works.


Two of my favorite fall decorations are the clear glass pumpkins.  They keep it airy and reflect light, which is so nice as it gets darker out.  You can get a better view of the mantel here.  The mirror was a great find at Home Goods.  Candlesticks are from all over the place—Home Goods, Target, and some I inherited from my mom after she passed away.



There is a glass pumpkin on this table, too.  He's hiding!


Plastic but rot proof.


I've had these wreaths so long I can't remember where I bought them.  


This wooden bowl has been in my family for a few generations.  Again, more plastic fall decorations.  It's not the same as the real stuff, I know.  But I hate buying all those pretty fall fruits only to have them get yucky by Thanksgiving.  



Finally, this is my guard duck.  I think everyone needs a guard duck.

Happy fall, y'all!













Wednesday, November 16, 2011

I Got Sunshine On A Cloudy Day


This 



is the reason for


THIS 


After one too many dreary days last winter, I got inspired and painted the walls a brilliant shade of yellow.  I figured the light therapy would cancel out the winter blues.  And I have to say it's still working all these many months later.  It's rainy and chilly and rather sour here today, but in the multi-purpose mudroom, you'd think it was summertime.  

It's the place where we hang our coats and feed the dogs.




My treasured rooster rug lives here, too.  


And the light fixture is another change out from Shades of Light.  Still haven't installed that much-needed dimmer switch, however.  Someday…


The bulletin board helps keep us organized.  It was from Home Goods and I've repainted it a few times.   The S is from Anthropologie—so love that store!


As you can see, somebody else loves this room, too!


The sun isn't shining, but from the above angle it looks like it is.


Maddy, you are not a Stephen King character!



Love my plates.  The ones on the left came from Pier One.  The picture is a water color of the home where my hubby grew up.  Shade is from Next Day Blinds.





Hope this brightens your day!




Tuesday, November 15, 2011


So I want to repaint the master bathroom…again.  The walls in our bedroom are a lovely shade of pale yellow.  Honestly, if I had it to do over again, I'd go with something slightly warmer/darker.  We don't get a lot of light in that room, after all.  Since I don't want to deal with taking down curtains and rods and a pretty display of etchings on the wall above the bed, I've decided to warm up the bathroom with a darker color instead.  Not sure whether to go with a warmer yellow for the sake of continuity or do something different, like one of these lovely shades of green.  Hmmm…  I feel a decorating episode coming on!


On another note, I've decided I just can't deal with the clunky hardware in my kitchen any longer.  This past Sunday I headed over to the big box store and found a much daintier handle.  I have a lot of cabinets, so even at three bucks a pop, it'll be an investment.  Looks so much better, however.  And I want bin pulls for the drawers, too.

Stay tuned for the progress report!  And try to hang onto your seats, as I know this is gripping news.
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