Red Toile Curtains

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I had been moving right along with the living room transformation beginning with the wall color, painted furniture, slipcovers and pillows. Now, I needed to address the windows. Initially, I had cream color curtains over the French doors, on a whim, I decided to go with Red Toile Curtains. At first, I didn't think they were going to work since … [Read more...]

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Blue, White & Silver Tablescape

Midsummer   Inspired by Endless Summer Blue Hydrangea     There's something beautiful and restless about midsummer. The heat can be so overwhelming, it is no wonder we seek the sweetness and lightness of blue and white.   “Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.” … [Read more...]

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Embracing Patina

Embracing Patina

There was a moment when Dearest and I began to appreciate the value of patina. We had been working hard when we purchased our house to repair cracks in our plaster walls, to caulk between cedar shingles and such. One day, someone came complimenting the detail in our home...and he helpd us learn to embrace patina. The Dust Bowl When Dearest … [Read more...]

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Planning a Wedding

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In a Sunflower Field We are so delighted that my youngest daughter is now engaged to her bestfriend. We've known for a while that they were making plans for their future...now it's official. We're planning a wedding. My Daughter's Vision   Her fiance's family has a sunflower field - beautifully situated with bands of hay between … [Read more...]

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Another Bamboo Tattoo Mat!

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Last winter, I replaced the area rug from Shaw with this Peacock Park Bamboo Mat. I have other plans for that area rug.  I loved the look of the mat in the kitchen, but wanted something that would be durable, beautiful and could take the day to day traffic. We come in and out of the house through our dining room doors. I loved the mat in … [Read more...]

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Slipcovered Chair

slipcovered living room chair before and after

It was inevitable. Dearest looked at me as I was preparing to slipcover this chair and said, 'Are you going to slipcover or paint everything in this room?' Well....nearly! I have one more chair to slipcover then the living room transformation will be complete!  The Chair Before We've had this chair for many, many years. We purchased … [Read more...]

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Slipcovered Couch

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Transforming a Traditional Couch... Dearest and I have had this couch for years. It has held up through all of the children, lots of naps, lots of company - anything a family can throw at it. Before, it worked quite well with the English Cottage decor theme, but now...Now that I've changed the wall color and color scheme, the couch needs a … [Read more...]

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Recovering an Ottoman

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For a very long time, I had been looking for a square coffee table to make into an ottoman. Then, last year, at the Habitat Resale store, I found a perfect square ottoman. It had just the right fabric cover too. But, now, with a whole new color/decor scheme in our living room - it needed an update. I'm sharing my adventures recovering an … [Read more...]

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Recovering Side Chair

recovered chair before and after

Before and After There's no rhyme or reason as to what comes next in the living room transformation. Once I chose and then painted the walls, I had a plan to transform some furnishings in the room. One of these was this side chair. Initially I was going to create a slipcover then I decided to recover this side chair with this fabric … [Read more...]

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Choosing Gray or Greige for Wall Color

going gray living room transformation

Living Room Transformation It seems I've been transforming our home's rooms one at a time. Last year, I transformed our dining room - to blue. The year before, I transformed our kitchen - creamy beige. This year its the living room transformation I'm working on. Calming Gray Is it a reflection of the time of my life? Is it a reflection … [Read more...]

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