Category Archives: “If It Was Mine” Game

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!

couch eating on

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!


What Would I Do If That Room Was Mine?

 Every week, I receive a heads up e-mail from www.houzz.com (awesome!) that they call This Week On Houzz.  I’m always a little thrilled to see it in my e-mail inbox — even more so when there’s a house that I love!

Today’s favorite would be this repurposed old barn in New Jersey.  Look at that space!  Look at those beams!

Houzz

Houzz

Me being me, I started playing my “what I’d do if that was mine” game.   FUN!

I would like a little more color, please,  starting with a colorful, patterned rug or 2.

 I’d layer them on top of my existing neutral sisal, like these guys did.  Genius!

Alrightie, back to me being me.  I’ve already “shopped” online + have a rug I covet.  YUM!

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

Once my rug’s been chosen, I’d add some much-needed pops of color + pattern with coordinating pillows on those neutral chairs + couch.

And now, the TV.  It stands out in our barn because it’s the a dark rectangle on something white  in very white room.  I’d rather it blend in, so . . .

 . . . if I had a large decorating budget, I (G.O.) would make a built-in TV wall, like this one.  Notice how the shelf backs are painted a color to coordinate with the room!  Genius!

Samperton blog

Samperton blog

If G.O.’s not up to the task or our budget wouldn’t allow the built-ins, I’d look for something large-ish, darker + interesting, like this:

Pottery Barn, the sequel

Pottery Barn, Part 4

Next, I’d add some artwork in dark frames to help make the TV fit in.   I love the casual, asymmetrical styling of this gallery:

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Source unknown, but at least it’s not Pottery Barn

If I’m feeling more orderly, I’d hang my artwork/photos in a grid around my TV.

Source unknown

Source unknown

But me being me, I’d like these art ledges to satisfy my need to constantly re-do. I could re-arrange all I’d like, with no holes in the wall!

Little Green Notebook

Little Green Notebook

Speaking of art ledges, G.O. made + hung some groovy ones in our dining room, + I couldn’t love anything more.

Also, I’ve been propping artwork on the floor like these winners did.  Our thoughts?


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