Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Ingredients For Library Pilows!

I ordered the Napoleon prints on cotton napkins from Zazzle. Once they arrive, I will embellish the Campage toile pillows with red velvet and gold embroidered honey bees!

Now, I just have to patiently wait...which is not my strong suit...I guess you could say it is my Waterloo!


Sunday, April 12, 2020

Happy Easter!

I hope this find you in good spirits and good health.  

We are cooking Easter dinner as I write this.  The photos are from last Easter.  I hope you enjoy them!

I found the Royal Staffordshire Clarice Cliff plum transferware on Facebook Marketplace.  The tablecloth is vintage Martha Stewart from ebay.  Everything else is from Craigslist.   

We cannot do flowers this year because our cat, Delores, likes to drink the water and she always wins the battle.  lol  

I am trying to get back into blogging but life has a funny way of getting in the way.  

I have missed you guys!



Friday, April 3, 2020

To the Dogs!

Hi friends!  I have been adding color to the house as fast as I can.  Though I love a monochromatic scheme, I don't live in in a Belgian castle.  Our home is more suited to English style...and that means color! 

We have finally saved enough to have all the upholstered treasures reupholstered.  
It has made a world of difference!

Today, I want to share the dog room.  It was formerly the music room, but the new piano was too big and we had to put it in the family room.  This is also the game room and the cat's favorite room, oddly.  lol  

 I had the starburst upholstery for years.  I found it on Craigslist.  It is perfect for the game table chairs.  There is still a LOT left over.  I am trying to decide where to use it?  I think it would be perfect on the Louis XV sofa that is still in the garage!  

The chair to the left of the painted secretary is upholstered in Schumacher Sherbrooke toile.  I just love it!  

In retrospect, covering a settee in velvet with so many pets, was not one of my most brilliant ideas.  There is a reason lint brushes are made of velvet!  

One of each, please!  

The stool is covered in Scalamandre toile.  It was a sample.  Just enough for one small seat!  

The green toile on the chairs was found on ebay.  $50 for 7 yards.  Just enough to cover two chairs and an ottoman!  

At Christmas!  

Clarence is our official chair inspector!  He has to sit on every piece that comes into the house, to make sure it is comfortable enough!  

The startburst fabric again.  I could do an entire room in this fabric!  

Every item you see, except for Clarence, was found on Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, Bookoo and OfferUp.  Even with upholstery, we paid far less than what an Ikea room would cost.  It will last far longer, as well!  

Next time, I will share the library!

Hoping you are well!


Wednesday, March 4, 2020

We're Back...Take Two! A Bed For Atticus!

So sorry friends!  Coming back into Blogland wasn't as simple a task as I had hoped!
I had a medical thingy, which could be called an emergency, that kept me in the hospital for a bit.  Seems my heart thought the rest of me moved too slow and decided to run off without me!  ๐Ÿ˜‚
I have an arrhythmia that likes to remind me who's boss every now and then.  
I am out and about now, connected to a monitor that tracks my heart rhythm.  
Doing much better, I think. 

Moving on, I want to share the pet kennel makeover I did!
A friend found this leather covered kennel in a consignment shop and thought of me.
I love the shape but not the color or the windows.
It reminded me of a kennel at the New York  Metropolitan Museum of Art. 
The niche de chien was created by Claude I Senรฉ, Marie Antoinette's  cabinet maker.  

Niche de chien, created for Marie Antoinette.

Our kennel, after I gilded the wood  had the windows removed and covered, then upholstered the outside in a mohair similar in color.  You can also see the silk stripe fabric on the interior, just like Marie Antoinette's!  
The cushion is down filled, so that Atticus can get a good day's rest!   

Online, these can cost $10,000!  Ours, total,  including the, over 2,000 upholstery nails (I counted), was less than 5% of that!  

I was thinking that a drum table from the 70's could easily be upholstered and made into a kennel such as this.  
I may have to try it.  After all, we have 5 other fuzzy friends who need beds!



Saturday, February 8, 2020

Long Time No See

Hi guys!  Remember me?  
Been a while.  
I apologize for my absence.  
Frankly, I did not have much to offer, Blogwise.
Also, I am very lazy.  
Not that I have much to offer now, but I will be sharing anyhow!  ๐Ÿ˜‚

No.  I never did paint the railings.  I am intimidated beyond measure.  
I do have paint and that's something. Right?

I figured I would start with where I am and deconstruct it as I go along.  

The family room got a  new look.  I grew tired of the leather recamiers.  They were stiff and not very comfortable, though they were pretty.  Kinda like a supermodel.  Not much substance.  lol
I found a French sofa on Craigslist and had it reupholstered in mohair, which is not as easy maintenance as leather but very sturdy.  

I think the room is more welcoming this way.  
The cats think so, anyway.  

Family room today

Family room before we purchased our home

It's amazing how comfortable it became after we crammed it full of stuff. 
Not as echo-y either.  

Hoping you are well!  



Monday, May 28, 2018


I planted seven varieties of peonies in the gardens.  This was an exciting year; the first time they all bloomed!  

Clarence doesn't seem to care.   

Peonies have such an old world look.  

The vase is lovely but it os also difficult for the kitties to knock over.  lol  

Back to the gardens!

Enjoy your week, friends!  




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