Thursday, February 10, 2011

Cheap Thrills


Total makeover for the sitting room simply by trading furniture with the living room. Which really fulfilled my entire wish list--it warmed up this room which tends to be chilly and unvisited in the winter, as we congregate around the fire in the living room. And I got all the white furniture free to fulfill my living room vision.


Giles and Felix and Owen got me this paper wasp's nest during Christmas break. Felix had to climb very, very high to cut it out. After the boys realized the air-soft guns weren't going to get the job done.


You're too polite to mention the crazy geranium mirror, aren't you? That was a pass-along from my mother. No way, was my first thought. Then I saw how it pulled everything together, and I counted myself lucky. And thrilled.

28 comments:

Lisa said...

Oh, I couldn't tell what that was - a mirror! And how excellent it looks with the pillow on the gold chair, red rug, striped couch - great! A new home!

Lisateresa

Sarah said...

That room looks fantastic and completely inviting. I wish I could climb through the picture into the room. Good job!

House Revivals said...

It looks so warm and inviting -- love it!

Shelley in SC said...

Lovely cozy room! I would be delighted to curl up in this newly-warmed room . . . and gaze at the wasp's nest!

Happymom4 aka Hope Anne said...

I want to come visit!

Anonymous said...

Lovely, friendly, whimsical and refreshing...a place that feels homey. <3
Maria Ricci

MushyWear said...

I agree, the room wouldn't have the same level of warmth without the mirror.

Hana - Marmota said...

It looks good - I like the red and yellow, that's what we're slowly trying to do to our small, dark, grey-looking kitchen. It works.

Rebecca said...

Oh, a wasp nest! You Molly Gibson, you!

Margo said...

how charming! And yes, cheap thrills indeed when just clever rearranging does the trick.

Please tell me how you can photograph against the direct light of the window without the rest of the room turning out in darkness. I have a newish SLR and have been trying to take photos of our newly made chartreuse living room curtains. Years of point and shoot are not helping me now!

Cynthia said...

There is something wonderful about a newly painted room. Everything feels warm and fresh!

Missy K said...

Oh, goodness, I actually love the crazy geranium mirror-- noticed it first. :-)

But I don't want to hurt the feelings of the rug and the gold chair, which I also am drawn to.

Well done-- the best kind of resourceful decorating!

Carolina Gal said...

Oh so cosy and inviting! I LOVE the geraniums, it was the first thing I noticed!

fairycakegirl said...

I think the mirror is delightful!

Old Centennial Farmhouse said...

I love it all! (And am dying to know where you got the red gingham couch!? I've been looking for one like that for years!!)

You are so clever, and what a great thing to do in the winter weather!
XOXO
Joni

pk said...

So love reading and seeing your amazing talents along with your beautiful children. You indeed are blessed and I have to say love your new rooms too ! (my colors)

LISA said...

One winter we brought home a nest like that and as it warmed things came flying out. After all these years we still laugh when we retell the story.

Mrs. Fordyce said...

Love it! The first thing I noticed was the mirror, and it really does pull the room together.

Cindy Marquis said...

The mirror does look good with everything. And I love the wasp nest! I like most anything from nature, so we sometimes have messy bird's nest, cicada sheddings, etc. in our livingroom. Some people don't get it!

Lisa said...

What a lovely room and I adore the geranium mirror! However, the wasp nest makes me cringe.

When Hurricane Ike was bearing down on Texas my husband and I brought in our porch furniture. After we carried in the baker's rack a short person (AKA a child) pointed out a wasp nest on the underside of the main shelf and every single crevice of that nest had a live wasp! 'Freaked out' doesn't even cover my reaction.

Rie said...

Very Mary Engelbreit! I love it!

Fiona said...

I enjoy seeing pictures of your home. This room is so cosy and comforting. Just lovely.

Herding Grasshoppers said...

(Long time lurker forced out of hiding by bee phobia...)

There will probably? undoubtedly? be grubs in that nest, and they will wake up in the warmth of your house. Please be careful!

That said, your blog warms and inspires me :D

Julie

Williams Arena said...

I love the walls. You can still see the saw marks in the wood. I want that for my house.

Be careful with the wasp/hornet nest.... there may be a few that hatch in the house. I once brought one in my classroom and opened the door one morning to find several hornets buzzing around the room.

Lisa said...

Is that a checked pattern on the couch? Pardon me, it looked stripey to me - but it's all very nice, whatever it is.

Lisateresa

Andrea said...

First thing I thought when reading this post was

I LOVE THAT MIRROR!

Of course, the whole room is just gorgeous, but you're right, that mirror pulls it all together.

Love!

Cindy Hilliard said...

Did you paint your floor? I would love to paint our concrete floors like that.
Wonderful, warm room!

Cindy in Texas
thandch@hotmail.com

Amy said...

I love the whimsiness/mismatch/hodgepodge look the black and white checkered floor lends to the whole room!

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