Monday, October 16, 2017

Chair Love ❤️

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Remember when Tom Cruise went nuts on 
Oprah and jumped all over her furniture?

If he comes to my house and jumps on my furniture, 
we will have BIG problems.

Several weeks ago I set out on a quest 
to refresh my living room. 

It involved picking things out 
and scratching my head
and fretting.

Now that the room is complete, 
I might jump on the furniture myself.
That's how much in love I am with all these changes.

On Friday, I picked up the last project.
It's a French chair I bought for a steal
at a local antique store. 

She was mighty sweet
just as I found her.

She is even sweeter now, however. 

Several weeks ago I worked with a Calico Corners
home designer. 
It was totally worth it. 
Not only was he nice and funny, 
he was also talented.

The consultation is free, too!
You pay for the fabric and labor, 
not the expertise.

I love how everything has turned out and then some. 

I have no intention of letting someone else
call the decorating shots around here. 
I love the whole process too much for that.

However, it was so wonderful to have a different 
set of eyes!

Here's to a happy week! 

Linking up with Kim at Wow Us Wednesdays!
Savvy Southern Style

Friday, October 13, 2017

Summer in Fall

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It has been feeling more like summer around these parts!
I can't believe I'm saying this, 
I'm actually in the mood for cooler temps. 

There are a few touches of the season in my home. 
Nothing too dramatic.

Mums and my little wooden pumpkin.

Some real pumpkins, too.

I stopped by Between Naps on the Porch 
not long ago, and saw a post about
JAMES T. FARMER's new book,
A Place to Call Home.

It arrived a couple of weeks ago, and I have
thoroughly enjoyed studying the images.
Classic Southern design!

This is a book I'll go back to again and again.
I love blog land and all the pictures here, 
but sometimes there is nothing 
like an actual book.

I hope you have a relaxing weekend
filled with good sleep, good food, 
and good company.

P.S. The new chair is finally finished.
I'm picking it up tomorrow. 
Hope to post pics on Monday.


Monday, October 9, 2017

Colorful Living Room Decorating

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I'm so excited to share some changes in our living room. 
After weeks and weeks of waiting, 
the new pillows, table cloth, and topper
finally arrived last week.

I'm still waiting for a chair, but I'll save that for another post.

I had no intention of getting into anything big. 
No new sofa or chairs.
No major reupholstering projects.

Really, it all started with a gorgeous pillow in our den.
I loved this fabric so much and fretted over its care, 
especially after the dog pounced on it 
one too many times. 
The new pillow was promptly moved 
to the living room.

It was perfect with the sofa,
so perfect in fact...

Oh, boy.

Pillows multiply like rabbits around here.

Not an optical illusion.
That's two pillows you see there on my sofa.

You know where this story is headed.

Yep. I kept going.

So far, I am loving these changes.
Decorating really is in the details!

Here's to a peaceful week
and color in the living room!


Linking up with Kim at Savvy Southern Style
Wow Us Wednesday!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Living Room Drama

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For a while I've wanted to add some drama
to the rooms in our home. 
Better to have drama in your rooms than drama in your life.
I am NOT interested at all in life drama. 

This will be a slow process, 
but I have a plan. 

Here's a teeny-tiny peek at what's happening
in my favorite room.

OH, and that sweet, fat baby?

She's the beautiful young woman you see there on the left.

A few weeks ago I shared some fabric choices.

Like a kid at Christmas, I have been waiting and waiting!
This past week I got The Call.

"Your order is in!"
Good thing there were no speed traps. 

I'm so very pleased! 

Little touches of fall here and there, too. 

I hope you enjoy the weekend!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Make It Pretty

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Sometimes I find myself taking pictures of pretty spots
around the house.

Sooner or later, I'll post the photo here on this blog, 
provided I make time for blogging.

I was cooking dinner the other night, and
I walked into the dining room to set the table.

There's a pretty spot, I thought.

Decorating isn't all that important in the grand scheme of life.

But I like to think the beauty all around affects us on a deeper level.
Maybe it makes us stop and look around once in a while.

Whether it's fading roses or the smell of a nice meal or a glass of wine, 
we wake up and smell those roses.

Friday, September 29, 2017

I Really Do Listen

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I spent a lot of time in antique shops this past summer, 
and I picked up this beauty
for a great price.

It doesn't get any more perfect than this, 
at least not in my book.

Green and yellow and bright and cheerful!
I knew the second I saw her she was coming home with me.

This painting had a story, too, which I love.
She belonged to a lady who had passed away.

I even Googled her obituary.
Like me, she was a teacher. 

The lady at the shop said she'd had this hanging over her fireplace.

This is why I love old things.
Old things have a story.

I came home and immediately hung the painting.
You know how this goes, right?

Something wasn't sitting well with me, 
so I wrote a post about it and asked for advice.

New Painting in the Dining Room

Several of you suggested I move this over just a tad.
Finally, last weekend I got around to it.

I also baked banana muffins,
but that's another post.

I've ordered a candle sconce from Ballard,
but it's back-ordered.
Not even sure I still want it now that I've rehung this painting,
but we'll see.

Thanks for your advice!
See? I really do listen.

Have a great weekend!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Decorating Risks

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I started this blog because I sensed like minds
out there
in cyberspace.

People who love pillows and lamps 
and fresh flowers and paint 
and fabric and candles 
and rugs and antiques and art 
and all things HOME
as much as I do.

This weekend there was some baking (again)
and some futzing.

Plus, it was homecoming, so lots 
of primping and pictures
and hauling kids around.

The light was so pretty in the living room
I had to take more pictures.

Y'all might be sick of my living room by now, 
but I never get tired of it.

These gorgeous plates are called
Rose Medalian, and they belonged to my 
MIL who passed away back in March.

They're too pretty to hide in the cabinet, so
I've been slowly working them into the 
room (and praying I don't break one).

The color scheme in this room is driven 
by these draperies. I had them made about 
seven years ago, and I don't get tired of these, either.

There are so many colors, which gives me lots of freedom
in terms of color.

The whole room was inspired by 
a home I saw featured in Country French  Magazine
several years ago.

Theresa Flannery's Minneapolis home is stunning! This is my kind of pretty!

My room doesn't look exactly like this one, and
that's not really the point.

What I was going for was a similar feel, 
bright and cheerful, 
pretty but also comfortable.

You can see my tools there on the piano.
I get very nervous about putting nails in walls. 
Not because I'm all that fussy, 
but because I'm too lazy to 
touch it up later.

You want to hear something crazy
and scary and exciting?

These fabrics will soon be incorporated into this space. 
There's no going back.
Already ordered.

What are your decorating risks?
Nail holes?
New fabrics?
And why do we decorate anyway?
What's your reason?

Have a great week!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Poundcake and a New Lamp

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We have a thing for baked goods around here.
Poundcake especially. 
My girls like to have it for breakfast.

I like to have it anytime, day or night.

This is a good ol' Southern Living recipe, 
and it's really easy to make!
See below for instructions.

The very best part?
Flipping that pan over, and nibbling on 
those crunchy parts you see here.
It's still warm, and the house smells so good.

On a decorating note,

I can never seem to keep lamps in the same place.

This means there are blank spots that
require new lighting.

Notice I said require.

This curvy thing was a Country Curtains find. 
We have a store nearby.
I'd been searching and searching online, 
but I don't have much luck
buying lamps that way.

Books, yes. Clothes and lamps, not so much.

Here's hoping the weekend brings you
good light and poundcake.

Southern Living's
Million Dollar Poundcake
1 pound butter
3 cups sugar
6 large eggs
4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cups milk
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Beat butter till creamy.
Gradually add sugar, still beating at medium speed.
Add eggs one at a time until the yolk disappears.
Add flour to butter mixture/alternate with milk/begin and end with flour
Pour into greased and floured 10 inch tube pan
Bake at 300 degrees for 1 hour 40 minutes.
Test with a toothpick, of course.
Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10-15 minutes.
Remove from pan and allow to cool completely on the wire rack.
Nibble the crunchy parts!

I like to serve mine with strawberries and real whipping cream, with a bit of confectioner's sugar added to taste.

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