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Colorful Magazine Inspired Re-Do

This special issue of Country Home magazine is available right now,

+ you must go get a copy!  It’s that good.

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Away with less is more decorating + just say no to neutrals-only!

So, as one does after reading a really good home magazine,

I immediately engaged in a really fun re-do, starting with this:

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Please.  How much do we love that sorter of mine!!??!!

The color’s perfect, + the patina is so wonderful!

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I bought it in the early 90’s from a friend + happily used it in my old retail store:

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Sadly, there are no photos of said sorter in said store.

Please.  I take dozens of pictures every week!?

WHY DIDN’T WE TAKE ANY PHOTOS WAY BACK WHEN??!!

I guess we’ll never know, but back to the sorter.

  After I closed the store + moved across the state to be with G.O.,

it’s been languishing inside our garage for years.

Then we moved into our Dutch colonial about a year + a half ago.

I mean, come on.

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Was that blank living room calling for it, or what!?

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Yes, it was.

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So.  Speaking of being inspired,

a few weeks ago I spied a photo of this room in Diane Keaton’s house:

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Next thing you know, I’m rearranging all my books by color!

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I really love how the cubbies display some of my ‘smalls’,

including these cute milk glass chickens from Grandma:

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And in honor of Grandpa, who always carried a buckeye in his pocket for good luck:

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A commemorative beer glass of the Cardinals ’64 World Championship,

(+ check out that adorable rock baseball made by my grandson!)

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Omigosh, how sweet is my girlhood bank?:

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A sweet red (Cardinal?) pie bird from my friend:

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And this fun pair of Dachshunds:

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Our framed map of Illinois is from the 1880’s;

we bought it at a pop-up vintage market in Grand Central Station in NYC:

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But wait.  There’s more.

My beloved new Country Home magazine

has inspired me to ‘busy up’ the top of my sorter!

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My son’s name is Jonathan,

so naturally, I got a bag from Jon’s grocery store in LA + had it framed:

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A wonderful handmade basket from a fellow artisan at a show in the 1990’s

+ my heavy glass Pottery Barn vessel filled with old baseballs:

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Now then.

Never fear — there have been other revamps in + around the Dutch colonial:

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And in our canned ham:

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Stay tuned for updates!

 


A+ For Color Coordination!

What’s more fun than a day spent rearranging?

Nothing.

Here’s my inspiration, in Diane Keaton’s house:

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And for my rearrange, see this BEFORE, with my books displayed backward:

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AFTER, in color, with bowls on top:

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Yes, that’s right.  My books are now color-coordinated, + I love it!

AFTER, in color, w/o yellow ware bowls on top:

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The yellow ware bowls, while lovely, were kind of visually too much.

Meanwhile, back to my books + stuff.

During the re-do, I thought it would be fun to fill the cubbies

with all sorts of color coordinating bibelots:

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Oh, dear.  I might need to edit a bit.  We’ll see.

Now it’s time for a closer look at some of my books,

+ while doing so, please notice the wonderful, old paint on my cupboard:

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Had I mentioned where I got this wonderful piece?

Back in the 90’s, when I had my own retail store, Heart-in-Hand,

my friend, Bob told me that his grandpa had a huge sorter in his boat garage.

I think I paid $50 or something scandalous.  Yay.

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Even after closing my store, I could never bear to part with the cupboard.

For about a decade or so, I held out hope that I might open yet another store.

Dreams!

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My shop keeping dreams finally ended (more like a nightmare at this point),

but I still couldn’t sell my beloved cupboard.

It was a nice place for storing all my gardening supplies in our old garage,

but when we moved here to the Dutch colonial,

I told G.O. that I wanted to have it in our new living room.

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HA!  I slay myself sometimes, with those dueling cats.

I honestly can’t recall whether or not an argument ensued, but please.

After a while, he did say — without prompting, even —

that it looked better than he thought that it would.

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Well, thanks so much for viewing my latest project.

Next time, I hope to blog about something new I’ve been planning for months:

A TARTAN PLAID BED SKIRT!

Stay tuned!

 


New Year, New Dresser

My last blog post featured my Christmas-is-over edit of our living room.

I removed about half of what had been on our art ledges:

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Much bettah!

There was yet another living room change that I did’t share.

 G.O. hung our vintage outdoor trellis on the wall behind our TV:

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After a few days, I had the idea of hanging one of my quilts on the trellis.

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Back story on the quilt: I bought the antique squares + made a wall quilt

with some complementary new fabric sashes + border.

Next, I hand-quilted it, which is what I used to do.  A lot.

In another lifetime.

While I love both the trellis + the quilt,

after a few days, I concluded that they don’t look that great as a team.

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And furthermore, the trellis + dresser/TV combination wasn’t working, either.

That petite dresser looked overwhelmed by the TV,

+ the larger trellis made the whole thing appear top heavy.

OH, WHAT TO DO!?

 I rushed to Pinterest, trying to find dressers that did work as TV cabinets:

I shan’t lie — by this time, I was working myself into somewhat of a frazzle.

Then, miraculously, I had a much-needed light bulb moment.

Why don’t we switch out our small dresser for the larger one in our bedroom?

It’s not like THAT’S not gonna make G.O. cross or anything!

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I’ll spare the ensuing unpleasantries, but here is said dresser, in place:

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Much bettah!

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That charming dresser could pass for an English antique, don’t you think?

It’s not, though — it’s from Broyhill + is only about 15 years old:

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I love the fact that it’s a bow front!

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I don’t know what those boo boo’s on the bottom 2 drawers are,

but fingers crossed that we can eradicate them, sooner than later.

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Since the dresser + the dining room’s farmhouse table are both pine,

they create a nice flow between the 2 rooms:

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Well, my quilt’s been relocated to the wall of my sewing studio.

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BYE BYE!

This means that, for now, the trellis remains unadorned.

Of course, I’m still toying with the idea of hanging something on it —

I just don’t know what.

Possibilities include a large clock or a grid of artwork in matching frames.

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Also, does that wall to the left of the dresser/TV need art?

I kind of think so but want to be sure!

Stay tuned!


Mama’s Got A Brand New Rug

Last Christmas, my sister Lisa gave me a Pottery Barn gift certificate.

After much pondering, I finally chose this cool rug:

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Who doesn’t love navy blue ticking stripes?

As a reminder of days gone by, let’s look back at my old, much loved kilim rug:

I loved it because it had all the “Kay colors” of blue, red + buttery tan.

I bought it way, way back in 2007, so I was ready for a change.

Meanwhile, this cute little rolling table is also new:

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I bought it for my biz, RedBird Vintage Home, 

to resell at one of my upcoming spring markets.

Who knew?  It would look so great in our living room!

Check out the way the white bead board top echoes the white stripes.

So.  I may or may not sell it.  We’ll see!

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I love how you can tell that it has been made from parts of other furniture.

The white top + apron have the best chippy patina,

while the graceful, natural wood legs surely came from something fancier.

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And the wheels!  I’ll buy anything with wheels!

In fact, our living room has not 1 but 2 typewriter tables,

which, as you know, have wheels.

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Sorry about the naughty photo, but it’s  been so dark + dreary here.

Anyway, I bought a sample 12″ square marble tile for the top,

yet more white in the room.

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Now, then.  This concludes the tour of all wheeled items in our living room,

but before I go, may I show you some other newcomers to our living room?

Golf trophies!

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My dad won those, + when we were visiting last month, he said I could have them!

I’m not sure how sentimental he is about his “major awards”,

but I promised him I wouldn’t sell them.

How could I?

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But stay tuned for whether or not I sell my little table!

I have a market this coming Saturday.

 


My Old Sorter Is Filled + Fabulous!

Last Friday I spent nearly an entire day,

very leisurely + very happily filling this:

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That’s my old sorter ($50!) that I bought in the early 90’s

for my retail store, Heart-in-Hand.

Believe it or not, this is the very first time I’ve used it inside my home.

Here ’tis now:

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My goal was to use it to display my books.

Since many of them have been in boxes for a while

(prepping for the big move, don’tcha know),

I honestly didn’t remember if I had enough to fill those shelves!

(G.O. + I collaborated on making that sign for my current biz.)

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Anyway, back to my books — turns out I was pleasantly surprised.

I think my sorter looks just great + nicely full!

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I left room for some of my classic décor magazines —

some neatly stacked on shelves + others inside this old box of mine.

(That retail store of mine was in Oregon, Illinois,

only about 20 minutes southwest of Rockford in the NW part of the state.)

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I stacked my books in categories,

which is part of the reason the job took most of the day.

Here are some of my beloved décor books:

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Here are some of my show biz books:

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had to buy that cute Oscar statuette souvenir on my first visit to L.A.

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My beloved grandson was only about 3 or 4 at the time,

so chances were he wouldn’t grasp the meaning of his Oscar.

Now that he’s 10, maybe he’d like to have this for his own room!

(Stay tuned.)

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Since one of my goals is to go a tad less-is-more in our Dutch colonial,

I fretted about filling all those cubbies:

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I have chosen mostly old, or vintage, things,

many of which were gifts from some of my very best friends.

This funny pair of Dachshund salt + pepper shakers

 were a “just because” gift from my friend, Doris Shull:

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Oh, gosh — remember ash trays?

My mom was given a set of 3 of these mallards by her mother.

Seems to me that, for good luck, that duck should point in a certain direction.

I’ve forgotten which, so I’ll have to ask my sisters.

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Here’s the foul ball that our dad caught at a Cardinals game

when we were just kids — late 50’s?  Early 60’s?

He can’t remember which year, sadly, nor who hit it,

but it’s still very precious to me.

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My friend, Alan, gave me the Dachshund planter,

+ that pretty tan pitcher was from my grandmother I mentioned just now.

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How I love the wonderful patina of my sorter’s original gray paint,

and how great it looks in our living room!

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Ch Ch Changes With My Old Postal Sorter

Yesterdee we were as bizzy as 2 beez.

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We moved my huge postal sorter from our current living room,

where it loyally served as a media center + display piece:

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Now it’s parked in our Dutch colonial’s dining room,

where it is being pressed into service

as a home office + display piece:

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Wait.  What?

You exchanged the sorter’s original base

with our beloved pine farmhouse table? you ask?

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Has the world gone mad?

No — the table works best for my home office hopes + dreams.

See?  It provides space for sitting + working.

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I may or may not keep that vintage rolling stool there.

Stay tuned.

But where will you dine? you might be asking now.

Please.

We’ll park it on the couch, as always — HA!

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But seriously.  If we do have guests,

we’ll enjoy our meals on this round table that we already had:

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Does it not look like it was made for that window bay?

I think so!

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Isn’t it great when a plan comes together?

Let have one more look-see.

Please notice my vintage blue library ladder,

which is very groovy, too:

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Its pretty pale blue plays very nicely

with the pale blue of our ceiling, don’tcha think?

Now let’s look just a tad bit beyond —

into our adjoining living room.

There’s our new chair from IKEA:

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It’s their gray chenille  EKENA chair:

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Its combination of traditional + modern style

fits very nicely in our décor.

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Plus, that chenille fabric should wear like iron.

Its tweedy gray color not only complements our décor —

it will not show any black pet hair!

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We’re placing yet another vintage sorter of mine

on that blank wall behind the chair:

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I can’t wait to fill its shelves + cubbies with all my books + ‘stuff’!

Fingers crossed we can move it today!

Stay tuned, of course,

but first, just one more look:

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There’s my old easel, displaying my oil painting

of my sister, Kathy, + our late friend, Cindee.

I painted this back in my graduate school era (’78)

at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville.

TY, as always, for viewing!


LET THE MOVING BEGIN!


Progress continues at the Dutch colonial!

One day this past weekend,

I insisted that we haul our dining room table + chairs

over to our new dining room:

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Man, that table is HEAVY!

I love it, though.

Its lumber came from an old factory in Manchester, England.

Isn’t that a cool story?

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I thought so.

But wait.  It looks a little sad, all by itself, don’t you think?

Here ’tis, all staged + pretty, inside our current house:

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Check out our art ledges!

G.O. made them from an old door frame

+ bent the iron brackets himself!

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Man, I really miss that Pottery Barn rug!

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I just think a room looks unfinished without a rug.

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So.  You might be asking,

“Why isn’t your dining table in the center of the dining room,

where it’s supposed to go!?”

Funny story: G.O. asked the same thing!

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I just said “trust me” + kept moving.

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Here’s my plan.

The dining table sits semi-inside the bay on one side . . .

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. . . + on the opposite side, this:

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Yes!  It’s my beloved postal sorter

from my old retail store, Heart in Hand!

 We are currently using it as a media center

+ display piece in our living room.

I am thinking possibly a home office in our Dutch colonial.

Stay tuned!


MEDIA WALL MUSINGS

Lately I’ve been planning our Dutch colonial’s living room in my head.

What fun!

Of course, we’ll need comfortable seating + lights for reading.

I must incorporate a TV, my books + artwork, too.

Me being me, I need to try + do this as stylishly as possible.

With a miniscule budget.

Yikes.

Let’s see what we have,

looking in from Dutch colonial’s front door:

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Next, as seen from the adjacent dining room,

through our fabulous pocket doors:

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A closer view of  that large, south-facing window bay:

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Here’s the view from that bay past G.O.

+ into the dining room (+ the kitchen, just beyond):

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We’ll have ourselves a nice, bright room!

But again — what to do with the TV, my books + artwork,

a.k.a. the media wall?

Answer:

That large, blank wall opposite the front door.

Here ’tis again:

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Just this week while perusing Pinterest,

I found a fantastic inspiration for our media wall, here:

Don’t you love it?

It’s inside the L.A. loft of Kristan Cunningham + Scott Jarrell:

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You might recognize her from the old HGTV show, Design On A Dime.

These 2 kids also own the L.A. design firm + shop,

Hammer + Spear.

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lonny magazine -- victorian turned wood easel with mirror $750

Victorian turned wood easel with mirror $750

lonny -- painted parchessi and checkers game board hammer and spear $499

Painted Parcheesi + checkers game board $499

lonny hammer + spear laboratory perfumes scented candle $60

Laboratory Perfumes scented candle $60

 

Cowboy Grass unisex fragrance by D.S. Durga  $106

Cowboy Grass (what?) unisex fragrance by D.S. Durga
$106

Okay.  So I love everything, but it’s all too spendy for me!

It’s that miniscule budget I mentioned, before.

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But I digress!  Back to their fab media wall!

Let’s have a look-see + determine why it is so awesome:

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While it looks like a wall of expensive built-ins,

 upon closer inspection,

one realizes that they’ve actually used light-toned wood cabinets

with a matching, light-toned wood wall behind them.

It looks like those are relatively inexpensive brackets + shelves, too.

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Please notice the high contrast between the lighter media wall

+ how dark they’ve painted every other wall.

It creates an amazing focal point!

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So.  That’s what I want to try + emulate for our media wall!

Instead of the cabinets,

we could use our new/old mid-century dresser.

(We drug it home from the curb about a month ago.  Score!)

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I like that our rescued dresser’s a whopping 64″ long;

it’s really going to make a statement in our room!

Its simple, mid-century modern good looks will ramp up our style, for sure.

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Now to match our dresser with our wall,

as they matched their cabinets with their wall in the L.A. loft.

Our options are to refinish our dresser’s wood

+ install some sort of wood wall behind it.

Or paint everything.

I’m leaning toward painting the dresser + wall, like here.

See how the artwork “pops” + the TV kind of “disappears”?

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As you no doubt noticed, I’d be switching the lights + darks

from the original loft’s media wall . . .

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. . . + go darker for my media wall + much lighter for everything else, like this:

Look how the dark gray renders the TV nearly invisible!

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YAY on the TV “going away” . . .

. . . sure, we have one, but who wants it to be the focal point?

Now that that’s settled (one hopes), next up is the question,

“Dark gray or dark navy?”

 

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Stay tuned!


Wicker + Bench Dining Room Trends

So.  Yesterday I mentioned that our new house dining room

will be half dining + half home office.

Let’s discuss the dining half, shall we?

We’ll have a round table here in the window bay:

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My inspiration:

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While these  homeowners chose to a build window seat,

I’d like to opt for a bench in our window bay.

I think that’s a ‘thing’ now.

See for yourself,

in my own dining room (from a while ago):

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And in this oh-so Scandinavian room:

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I like the office chair at one end of the table, too + might ‘borrow’ that idea.

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Next up, another dining bench in a glam** dining room:

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**Glam is not my favorite décor style.

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This, on the other hand, is more like it:

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I’m a fan of the striped upholstery,  the modern pendant + papered accent wall.

Notice please, the wicker dining chairs.

This, too, is a ‘thing’.

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I’d kill for that ^^ table.

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Pottery Barn

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I love the work of the Pottery Barn stylists, don’t you?

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Look closely at the lower front of these wicker beauties:

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Is that a number I see?

Okay, now my head is spinning with inspiration!

What on earth did we do before Pinterest?

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So.  Let’s recap.

I’ve been musing about the following 2 décor trends:

1. Dining bench + 2. Wicker dining seating

Well, coincidentally, my plans include using both  trends in 1 piece of furniture!

A wicker bench!

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This is the Himara All-Weather Wicker Wingback Settee

from World Market.

Was $349.99  Now $244.99

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I’m seeing some ticking stripes on the cushions in our dining room.

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Look at those lines!  I love it!

A wingback can’t get much more traditional,

+ the wicker makes it a little more modern!

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So, what do you think of my wicker hopes + dreams?

I think I’d like to save myself a $35 delivery charge

by finding it in a World Market store!

Road trip!  Stay tuned!


OOPSIE — Math Mistake At Kay’s

Oh, dear.

There seems to have been a bit of a math mistake at Kay’s house.

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“Imagine that,” sez the gal who received a gift D- in h.s. Algebra

(meaning that, in reality, I no doubt failed miserably).

But back from 1966 . . . let’s see what my most recent math mistake entails!

Go ahead.  Have a look-see at my shame.

THIS was ordered . . .

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. . . with best-laid plans for it fitting on top of THIS:

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OF COURSE, IT DOESN’T FIT!

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D I S C L A I M E R :

Yes, my math skills are lacking, but honest! —

G.O. + I sat down together + carefully compared measurements

before I placed any orders!

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Here we are in “happier” days.

The good news is that, when these sorts of mishaps occur,

I’m so used to it,

+ dare I say somewhat expecting it?,

I don’t really get upset or fret (much).

The even better news is that, G.O. didn’t seem mad (much)!

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Sure, he barked out orders that I STOP placing any online orders.

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+ within seconds of his doing so,

I found this cottage lusciousness

on Wayfair.com:

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I know!!!!

It’s perfect, + I’ve never seen anything so cool!

So what if it doesn’t have the drawer space the IKEA vanity has?

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Don’t worry — this vanity’s going upstairs,
so all is definitely not lost!

A powder room doesn’t require massive amounts of drawer space!

Let’s look again:

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How much $$, you ask?

Sadly, it’s a tad over budget at $400-something,

but there is a 10% discount on my first order

+ the always-appreciated free shipping!

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What . . . a . . . blunder!

“Real” bloggers don’t do this sort of thing, do they?

Will I be issued a hefty fine by the blogging police?

Worse yet, does this mean my blog license will be revoked?

Will G.O. mock me for this + I laugh about this together, later?

Stay tuned!


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