Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Sometimes a small change goes a long ways

We have done a few changes to our living room and dining room. Because the main level of our house in sooo open it is really hard to create a cohesive space with paint. My living room and dining room ( hallway and entry) used to be a very light yellow, which I loved. It was a bright space when the sun shines and still bright on the gloomiest of days. However, my hubby just wasn't loving it. Yes, he has a say in the decorating. Bummer, I know. So we painted and we also painted our woodwork. The woodwork got painted over the summer. When that happened our window treatments came down and I just was growing very tired of them. ( they had been up for 11 years) Here is the space prior to all the changes.

Another view of the living room. ( these were taken in the fall and when we had our house on the market. Hence, the minimal things around.)

Well, here is the paint, painted trim and our new drapes. It is hard to get good pictures now with the darker paint and the doom and gloom of our winter. ( the drapes are tied and will be for a week or so, so the pleats will hang right.)

A close up of the drapes. It is hard to get a true picture of the color. They aren't this bright in person. This is also the new wall color. My whole main floor is the same color. Not sure if it will remain but for now it will.

Here are the two drapes together. The toile is in my kitchen. ( we have a sliding door here)
So what do you think?

Friday, March 4, 2011


Dreaming!!! Yes, that is what I am doing today. It is what you do when you have had 5, yes 5, months of snow. I am really sick of looking at this view EVERY day (and of course the water is completely frozen too). And there is no end in sight. It sounds like we are going to get another significant snowfall early next week. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!! (can you tell the winter blues have set in?) Minnesota can be very pretty but for me after Christmas the snow can go. I want to see green grass and flowers blooming.

So dreaming I do. I would much rather see this view (weeds and all) than snow. I want my kids to play in the sand and run barefoot ( oh wait, I want that too.)

I want to garden and look at all the pretty flowers!

But most of all, I want these beauties to bloom again. It is a sure sign that spring is here and warmer days are ahead.

Oh how I love peonies! I cannot wait to plant more in our spring project. More to come on that when all the snow is gone ( it could be May).
What are you dreaming of?