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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!

cat fight

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!


Are 2 Light Fixtures Better than 1?

I love staring at Pinterest in the morning!

Today’s inspirational fun involves dining room light fixtures.

I noticed that people are hanging 2 lights over the table, instead of the usual 1.

dining room light drums

Nobody loves a drum shade more than I do.

Nobody loves navy blue ticking stripe more than I do.

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I wonder how a pair of these beauties would look, hanging over our pine farmhouse table!

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Our table — the pine is from an old structure in Manchester, Englad.

Blue ticking drum shades are of the modern-meets-granny persuasion, don’t you think?

I like to describe my decor as such.

Speaking of which, here’s a stunning modern/granny/industrial dining room:

dining room light tin

It’s all good, but I think I’m most smitten with that cabinet!

NO, I don’t have it, but I do have a close runner-up . . .

 . . . my 20’s-era postal sorter!

P is for postal sorter

A quarrel ensued when I told G.O. this was going in our house!

I think I paid $75 for this, way back in ’91 when I had my first retail shop . . .

. . .  Heart-in-Hand, in my then-hometown of Oregon, Illinois

(about 2 hours straight west of Chicago).

I stayed up til the wee hours, stenciling that sign!

I stayed up til the wee hours, stenciling that sign!

But I digress.

What I am saying is: that postal sorter is definitely moving with us to the Dutch colonial.

Now all I have to do is decide whether it will be in our living or dining room.

Today my vote would go to the dining room.

Stay tuned!


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