Saturday, November 26, 2011

Dining Re-re-re-do. Goodbye Red.

Isn't it funny how one's style can change so drastically in just a few short years. Or, in my case, one can ACQUIRE a sense of style. Absorbed, no doubt, from looking at all your beautiful blogs. When we built our home, I LOVED red.  At the time, updating furnishings and investing in window treatments wasn't an option.  So I slipcovered and decorated with what I had on hand. Nonetheless, these rooms felt "done" to me and I loved the space. Looking back, I can't believe I didn't have a better sense of scale, design, decorating.  I mean seriously, I put lamps under wall sconces.  Can you say unsophisticated.

Looking from dining to living where the living space is painted a shade of seafoam green.

Eventually, I painted the living space red to match. Even though we extended the dining space for Thanksgiving, in the picture below, it is the formal living room.  Actually, the room started out yellow when we were under construction as I thought red and yellow would create a warm, unified space.  Unfortunately, I picked the wrong color of yellow and instead of a golden color, it looked like mustard and ketchup.  So, right before we moved in I hastily picked a different color, still thinking both spaces needed to be different colors.  Not afraid of paint, I also painted the Dollar General lamp shades red and the oak end tables white.
One more image from the first year in the new house. These rooms should have been the same color all along.  They are too connected to be different colors.

And the new, updated color.  It's an accidental custom mix of blue, gray and black.  After eight trips to Home Depot to adjust the color and nearly an entire wall painted with sample colors, I finally found a perfect shade. I also got lucky on a mad dash to TJ Maxx and found two buffet lamps and two table lamps with perfectly coordinated shades (still wrapped in cellophane below).  The rooms really do match; it's just the sun creating the illusion they do not. 
That red couch is like fingernails on a chalkboard now.  Thankfully, I ordered a replacement and don't have to slipcover that couch again so the red slipcover soon disappears, forever. (There are just certain items one can ceremoniously pitch.) You can see I was playing with the dishes on the mantle before the last coat of paint was applied. 
I added this picture to show you how the mirrored candlesticks reflect across the rooms in the morning sun.  It is so pleasant in here in the morning.

While we were painting I kept trying to decide on an accent color.  I glanced out the open window and noticed the lavender flowers blowing in the wind and knew immediately they were trying to get my attention.     

 The nearly finished rooms. 

The only thing missing is the new couch (check) and a little sumptin sumptin for the top of the china cabinet (check).

Now I know a dining room isn't the most ideal place for a piano, but there is no other place in my house for it.  And, I just couldn't bear to cover any part of the window in the living room any longer.

The paint doesn't look purple or blue.  It's grayish-silver.  The Blue Willow may cause the blue hues to pull through.  In any event, I love the backdrop it creates for the Willow.  It's hard to pair Blue Willow with anything that doesn't look good though.  I pulled out the fake iris just to see how purple looks in the space.

I know the wall between the lamps seems bare, but it is so pretty, especially at night.  The only thing I can come up with would be three stacked mirrors, but there are so many mirrors in the vicinity that I can't imagine adding more.  I did straighten the lamp shade by the way.

Looking back into the living room in the early morning.  You can see why I don't want the piano sitting in front of the window.  Again, new couch coming.  Getting a wing back recovered to complement.  But my conundrum - - window treatments.  After living treatment-less for five years, the ones that went up less than a year ago, had to come down.  THAT is why I hate making a commitment to window treatments.  I change my mind so often.

Again, this furniture is temporary.

And with the new settee 

Wouldn't mirrored end tables be great?  Courtesy of cyber Monday and Overstock's free shipping, they are on their way.

<><><><><><><><><><><><><>Below is a picture from Christmas last year.  I had finally picked out window treatments just a month earlier.  I did love the red, especially at Christmas. But now, red and I have broken up and shades of gray and I are going steady.

Thanksgiving a couple days ago.

A nice complement for harvest colors too.

Yes, it's tight - - but so much fun.  I think Grandma approves.

Joining the following parties:

Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch

 DebbieDoos Newbie Party
Ivy and Elephants
Ivy and Elephants
Savvy Southern Style Wow us Wednesdays
Beneath My Heart "Best DIY Projects of November
beneath my heart


Saturday, November 19, 2011

Canister Evolution

Seems like there's metamorphosis in the canister world in blogland.  I didn't intend to post about it but after I saw Susan at Between Naps on the Porch post about replacing her canisters with clear glass canisters, I had to join the fun.  

These are my sort-of new canisters. I didn't need them and I didn't plan to buy any, but stumbled upon them while shopping for back-to-school-clothes with my family in August. Well of course one can find clothes in the housewares section at Marshalls.
After a decade of using plain white canisters that were given to me at a garage sale, I was drawn to these but unsure how I would feel about seeing the contents every day.  You see, it's so very hard for me to commit to something I can't exchange and since we were shopping 2.5 hours from home, I hesitated.

We took a family vote at the store since everyone agreed and since they were so inexpensive, they came home with the pencils, glue, gym shoes, and new clothes.

I'm so glad I took the risk. They look great with their chippy companions.  I especially like the sweet cherub on top (of the canister that is) even though the one in the picture is tops to me too. I decided to use small blue transferware cups in the flour and sugar and the kids' silver cup in the coffee beans to add a little "decoration."

The old guy.  Not out of favor, just out of sight now.

Joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday where it looks like I'm not the only one around blogland changing up canisters.  

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


As summer fades to fall and fall approaches winter,
I want to enjoy the gifts of the garden
one final time.

A rescued beauty.  I call her Louise.

Louise and her beloved, Charlie.  Also a rescue.

Clematis Jackmanii rambling up the arbor
Charlie framing pink peony.
Easter morning

A summer bed


My favorite garden ornament

Heat seekers

A rose from my daughter.  "Peace" (I think)

Woodland garden

Kitty love

Lovely lupines


A gifted iris

The spring garden

The summer garden

The sanctuary
Early mornings with God
Fall's bounty

Pumpkin time.