Category Archives: Living Rooms

Bosphorus Toile & Cheetah Window Treatments (3)

2 New Window Treatments Created from Existing Curtains

Bosphorus Toile & Cheetah Window Treatments (4)

Here’s a scenario that may sound familiar.

You move into a new house and bring the window treatments from your old house only to find they don’t fit the new windows.
OR…
You move into your new house and would love new window treatments but being budget conscious and knowing you need many things for the new house you try to make the old curtains work.

But they’re just so blah! And they don’t fit in with their new surroundings!

Today, I’m sharing two new & improved, upcycled window treatments that used to be old and blah but now have a new lease on life.

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Lake House Living Spaces (10)

Lake House Living

Lake House Living Spaces (10)When you think about the fact that this lake house was probably built in the 70’s the floor plan is perfect for the way we live today.

The upstairs consists of a large living room, dining room and kitchen, divided only by 2 walls, and a large wall of windows looking out over the lake. Plenty of space for multiple people to all hang out at the same time.

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Shabby Chic Dining Room (2)

Shabby, Chic and Romantic Dining Room and More

Shabby Chic Dining Room (2)

My SIL Gina’s entire home is filled with eclectic details and her dining room is no exception. But here you will find plenty of shabby chic details as well. Literally. There are several elements you may recognize from the Rachel Ashwell’s Shabby Chic collection.

Gina’s dining room sits directly across the entry hall from the Parlor.

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How to Place a Floor Electrical Outlet

Electrical Floor Outlets and Caring for Hardwood Floors Part 2

Beyond the Screen Door Living Room (4)

My floors have a textured finish with a very low luster sheen while many hardwood floors have a very smooth finish with a sheen that varies from minimal sheen to high gloss.
Low luster/minimal sheen and a satin finish sheen are the most popular choices for residential homes.

Today I’m sharing a few basic tips as well as the products I use to take care of our wood floors.

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Cotton Lace Cafe Curtain

Simply Elegant Ivory Cotton Cafe Curtains

Cotton Lace Cafe Curtain

Builder’s don’t think about curtains.

It’s my job to think about curtains and I’ve come to the conclusion that Builders don’t think about curtains. Ever. Are you surprised?

Have you ever lived in a home with arched windows in a bedroom? A bedroom facing East, South or West?
Have you ever had windows built so close to the fireplace that they must have been part the fireplace design?
Or maybe you have a kitchen window reminiscent of the one above?

Then I imagine you agree with me.

But I digress.

This post isn’t about Builders it about these adorable, simply elegant, curtains!

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Living Room

Patience, Inspiration and Our Living Room

Living Room Storage

What’s your favorite things to read about in blogs and magazines?

DIY Tutorials? Craft Projects? Recipes? Painted Furniture? Room Makeovers? Curtains & Pillows? Please say you like curtains and pillows. :)

While I love to read all of these posts my favorites, hands down, are the room makeovers and home tours. I love seeing how everyone else lives in their homes.

So, if these are my favorites to read why are the posts showing my own home so few and far between? Good question.

Well…for starters we could blame it on my irregular dusting habits, the dog hair covering the living room rug and the three pairs of lost shoes lingering throughout living room and kitchen.

All of which was true on the day I took these pictures. But I slapped on my blinders, overlooked the dust and edited out the shoes.

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Lamp Makeover

Lamp Makeover ~ Second Time’s the Charm

lamp Makeover (3)

This lamp sits in the corner of our living room and is currently enjoying it’s second color transformation.

When I found this little beauty at the thrift store several years ago the first thing that caught my eye was it’s height.

Have you noticed, if you move from a home with 8′ ceilings to a home with higher ceilings the first thing that seems out of place are your short lamps?

This lamp stands 34″ to the top of the shade which was a great size for our living room.
The second thing that appealed to me was the shape of the shade. An oval drum shade in perfect condition.

What I didn’t like was the color. Ugly was putting it mildly.

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