Sunday, July 27, 2014
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Now for the floors, oh how I love these floors! We had never stripped them, they were always painted since we moved in over 30 years ago. The last paint job was a deep moss green so when we started to strip them and the green was in the nooks and crannies it looked just fabulous. My sweet husband painstakingly hand sanded these to keep as much of the patina as possible. All I did later was one coat of good varnish. I am so happy with them, they remind me of floors from an old factory.
I have had the ladder back chair in our bedroom for years. Basically it has been my husband's clothes hanger. It is very sturdy so now it is my desk chair. The shutters made it from the garden room as well, I am so glad they fit after we built the closet, hubby made those too. The great celadon green lamp was a very cheap HomeSense find.
The pretty plates were a gift from my Grandmother and the dog nutcracker was something that sat on my Great Grandmother's fireplace front, I played with it all the time. It is one of the few things that my Great Uncle did not sell off, I think of her every time I sit at my desk.
This poster of "The Flock" is something I bought so long ago I don't remember where I purchased it. I found it rolled up with some of my son's artwork, it now hangs proudly above my desk.
It goes right across the back of the room, three doors, one section for shoes and boots and the rest for my new wardrobe (I am now 55 lbs. down and counting) . We made the closet look like an old armoire, I wore it out and used our signature curved bottom we put on most of our furniture. The knobs were a real good find at Michael's of all places, for a mere $1.50 each! Inside the door I hung all of my necklaces on little hooks with an old scarf behind them because they made a lot of noise when I closed the door. I collect them from thrift stores and either repurpose them for my Etsy shop or I also like to buy really long ones and wrap them around my wrist for a cool bracelet. The print was a $9.99 buy from HomeSense it reminded me of Audrey Hepburn from Breakfast at Tiffany's.
I hope you have enjoyed the tour. Redecorating does not have to be a big expense. By doing everything ourselves, repurposing things we had and watching for bargains, like the lamps, this redo was well under $500.00 that includes the fabric for the sofa.
Now we are almost done the bedroom and it is really going to be gorgeous. I picked up the ocean green stain for the floor yesterday so stay tuned.
Sunday, July 6, 2014
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Thursday, June 26, 2014
In 1915, she began her career as the cover illustrator for Good Housekeeping Magazine for as long as she wanted the position. She stayed for 15 years and was paid was paid $1,500.00 per cover making her the highest paid illustrator of her time. These covers are perhaps what most of us know her for. They show the simplicity of everyday life and in these times of instant everything it is heartwarming to look at them and think of a time when life was so family oriented and simpler. I have several of them framed in my home and it just make me very happy to see them everyday.