Friday, May 23, 2014

Evolution of a Living Room

Good morning dear friends.  I think of you as friends even though I haven’t met most of you.
As I sat and drank my second cup of tea this morning I was thinking about the changes in our living room over the last couple of years and how my tastes have changed.  I like to call it “the evolution of a living room”.Here is a photo of our living room this morning, as is, no staging, although I did clean up a bit for book club yesterday. We actually use this room a lot.  It is very peaceful with the white walls and white slipcovers.  You can see into the dining room, yellow with white chairs.
Last year I rearranged the furniture so that the sofa was across the opening into the dining room.  I  loved the way it made for a cozier conversation area, but to get to the dining room or kitchen, we either had to squeeze through a narrow opening  or go around through the TV room.  So that only lasted a couple of weeks! That was when I made the brown slipcovers which I hated.  They only lasted a couple of weeks too!
Before that the living and dining rooms were both yellow and the wing chairs were covered in the fabric with the blue and  white plates.  I loved that fabric but the slipcovers eventually got worn out and I had to make new ones.
I tried another arrangement and put the sofa on an angle on the left side of the picture.  I was into a lot of color then.  The dining room was red and the dining room chairs were black and my wicker desk in the corner is also black. I had curtains on the windows, which I stole from the sunroom.
The couch looked very nice then in the corner next to the fireplace.
Another arrangement of furniture.  I was REALLY into color then.  That wicker chair lasted a week before I moved it, way too uncomfortable for a sitting room.  There was a short time when I had a lot of red accents in the living room too, but I couldn’t find the photos.
Every time I do something different with the living room I like it.  I guess I just change it up for the fun of being creative!
ONe time I switched the rooms around and the living room became a dining room.  That was fun for awhile too.
Well my tea is cold and I have some work to do so I better get at it!
Rhondi xo

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Book Signing With The Nester

 Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably know that Myquillyn Smith, The Nester has written a book.  If you haven’t ordered a copy yet, you will want to.   It is filled with lots of good ideas and lessons from her life as a “nester”.
On Saturday there was a book signing at Bebe Gallini’s, a wonderful home style store near me.

                                                 She set up a display just like the cover of the book.
She took the time to chat with everyone and made each of us feel special. Did you notice that she is wearing the      shoes that are on the cover?
                                                      I’ve never been on a bookcover before!!
Here are a few photos of Bebe’s.  I want this chair :)  Love the color of it

                                                          This chair is pretty great too.

        Interesting displays were everywhere.  This bust would look good in my house and so would the tables.
                                                 Lots of and aqua, very girlie.
                                           The candles inside these containers smelled lovely.

Lots of fun artwork.  This quote is from Winnie The Pooh.
Her sister Emily and her parents were there too and they are just as nice as she is.
It was a fun morning and I’m so glad I live near enough that I was able to go to it.
Hope you have a good week,
Rhondi xo