Friday, February 19, 2016

Easy Changes


I am trying to avoid crafts that involve heavy use of my hands so this week's projects were just easy changes around the house.


The red cart in the entry got a new look in blues and yellows


to match the dishes in the cabinet.


The cabinet doors have been closed since November when I put the cabinet in the entry, but I wanted to see a little more color in the entry.


I posted the pic above on Instagram and had more than 50 comments suggesting that I keep the cabinet doors open,


But, this is what the cabinet looks like today.


You might notice from Steve's comment above that he had a definite opinion.


Steve pretty much lets me do what I want when it comes to decorating


 so when my "sweet love" makes a request, the least I can do is honor it!


After removing all traces of Valentine's Day from the entry, it was time to work on the guest room.


The room is a work in progress as I figure out just what supplies I have space for in the house and what needs to stay in the garage.


As you can see, the "desk" is just a narrow table, but it can hold a lot of supplies.


I hung an old window above the desk


with lyrics from the song, What A Wonderful World.


The window was part of the decorations for my son's wedding last summer and the lyrics are from the song we danced to during the mother/son dance.


My grandmother's school slate


and an old metal heart hang on the window for now, but I imagine things will change frequently.


I'm still working on filling this little cabinet


and this box (one of my father's tool boxes) with supplies.


The dresser will hold supplies and that bare space on the dresser is where I made all my Valentine projects - before I hurt my hand.


This box (another item from my son's wedding), made by Betsy of My Salvaged Treasures, holds ribbons.


And my grandmother's sewing box holds a variety of tools.


I am slowly filling this cabinet with things I will need for crafting


By the time my hand is fully healed,


this room should be ready for me to be creative.

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Join me at Thoughts of Home Thursday hosted by Stacey of Poofing the Pillows

58 comments:

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

I love your home and decorating style.

Have a nice weekend and continued healing of your hand.

FlowerLady

Mountain Mama said...

I truly love your little cottage by the sea!!

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

I love all the crisp white with little pops of color! Our youngest daughter and my hubby danced to that song at her wedding, too. I get teary eyed just thinking about it.

Funny about your hubby's comment regarding the cupboard doors!

Chel at Sweetbriar Dreams said...

Whatever you show us, it just looks perfect. However, I would leave the doors open to see all the gorgeous contents :) I would love to fill my home with such individual pieces and one day I will put my foot down and insist on it!! Have a wonderful weekend xx

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Who wouldn't love your little cottage by the sea?! It has such a joyous atmosphere and exudes "Welcome." How wonderful (and enviable) that you have your grandmother's school slate.

Down by the sea said...

Sorry to hear your hand is still not right. I had to smile at Steve's comment! That window looks lovely, what a wonderful idea! Sarah x

Mary 120 Spring Street said...

What a wonderful world ... love how you wrote that on the window. Everything looks great in blue and yellow. Tell Steve we think we got his point but, just to clarify, how does he really feel about the cabinet doors being open? haha

Mary

Susie said...

Carol, I must say that the inside of the cabinet is stunning with the pops of yellow china in it. But I truly laughed out loud when I read that comment from a fellow named Steve at your house. :):) Wishing you both a great weekend. I do love all your cute make overs. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

podso said...

I'm sure the frequent changes you make in small details in your home is good, seriously, for your brain. Changes are good, especially as yours are so pretty!

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

always enjoy the productivity around your place. you seem to get so much done, it's amazing.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Even with a hurt hand you can make a room look awesome! I'm back to some cleaning out things this week.
hugs,
Linda

Laurie said...

My husband and youngest daughter danced to the same song.

Melanie said...

I love the cabinet open since the display of blue and yellow is beautiful, but you gotta do what you gotta do to keep the hubs happy. :-)
Did you make the wire art that's strung across the window? Really liking that.
And, of course, swooning over Steve's art in the guest room.
Have a great weekend!

Kelly @ Homespuns 'n Hayfields said...

I love your decorating taste, great job on your displays. Your grandmother's old school slate - now that's a keeper. How special to have that and other treasures from family? I love your blog!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Truly such lovely and happy vignettes. I adore the red cart!
It is such a joy to have you join the gathering at Thoughts of Home on Thursday. You really help to elevate it to something very special.

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

I love seeing everything that you are up too! I like the cabinet open but I agree that what your significant other like is a huge consideration as well.

I hope that you are feeling better. Have a great weekend.

Deb said...

I love your cabinet with the sweet little drawers. The dishes are so pretty for Spring.

Laura said...

Thank you for joining Thoughts of Home on Thursday.
What a fun idea to post your question on instagram.

I need to do that!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I love your cabinet and items within! The blue and yellow dishes remind me of French Quimperware. Perhaps you can keep it open from time to time? Your guest room is filled with such wonderful and meaningful vintage items. I loved the window that has the "wonderful world" quote on it. What a nice keepsake from your son's wedding!

Laura Lane said...

Oh Carol, everything looks so fresh and lovely. You make me want to paint my rooms bright cheery colors. I have tans, some navy, dark green etc. It works, but I've had the same color scheme for quite awhile.

Truly, it's hard to change colors once you have a theme- even if everything is second-hand. I don't know how to go about it.

Blessings,
Laura

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

I love so much about this post, Carol.

You for one, are so full of energy, a creative force to watch. I can easily see your middle school training; your ability to be flexible, make things work for the environment around you, and make it FUN. I think a few of us on IG have been on the same wavelength this week about making small changes for LARGE impact. I think we can still get our satisfaction without spending too much hand energy or money. Great results!

HEY! Thank you for coming to my blog post! YES, for the longest time, no matter what I did, I could not get my comments to turn on! I pushed the right button AGAIn, I guess, this last time, and it's great to see friends come around again. Yes my friend, I hope you will be able to see where I am going next with my photography...I hope I will be able to see that TOO!!!!!!!

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Oh Carol a visit always makes me feel happy and hugged. You are amazing and an energizer bunny for sure. Gotta say I love the cabinet doors open - it's a visual feast for the eyes. But closed looks clean and uncluttered so both work. Day by day your hand will heal and recover and you will be back enjoying your crafting room and all the fun supplies as you craft in creative bliss.
xoxo,
Vera

craftyles said...

Your whole house has so much personality and pretty colors. I never get tired of seeing more pictures. I really love how you use treasures from your family mixed in. Hope the hand keeps getting better.

KATHY said...

I love every picture!! Your home is so adorable with all the gorgeous colors.
Just beautiful!!

Kathy

Pondside said...

It's good that you can still be creative despite your poor hand! Everything is coming together beautifully in your new room.

bj said...

All the things you do have such personality...and your ideas always spur me to change things around, bring out things I haven't used in a long time...you inspire so much inspiration and I use so many of your ideas on my decorating. Mine isn't anywhere nearly as cute as yours, but, I'm working on it. I just need to find my talent...and creativity so I can make some cute things...at this olden age, I am pretty sure I'll never find it...BOO

Jackie @travelnwrite said...

I am with BJ. In fact she said it best - you do inspire with your use of wonderful memorabilia and new found treasures.

Art @ Home said...

Oh I was thinking when I read this post that you should keep the doors open on your hutch all the time and enjoy the pretty treasures it holds. :)

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Carol, you are an inspiration to all of us with your vignettes and changing things around in your beautiful cottage.

I liked the doors open so you can see your pretties, but closed looks okay too.

I see that Lulu like the bed in the guest room, or is she watching you to see what your doing.

Rest your hand so you can get back to doing the things that you love.

Looks like a terrific weekend, but here comes the hot weather again, on Monday.

Mary

Uwe Diekmann said...

Hello Lisa,
you have a great style with your deco in the rooms!
many greetings
Uwe

Betty from My Irish Cottage Home said...

I love seeing how you decorate. Your home is so pretty. Just don't over do it and take care of yourself.

Winnie said...

Your home is very pretty and has a sense of warmth :)
Take it slow with your hand.... (I have a broken ankle for over 18 months now...!)

Merlesworld said...

Small changes do make a difference.
Hope your hand is feeling better soon.
Merle..............

Patty Antle said...

Hi Lulu! Your place looks so nice, Carol. 😀

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

I love the cabinet either way, but I see that your spouse likes it closed. If I left a cabinet open around here with my spouse, it is almost a sure thing that he will bang his head. He's not even tall, but someone he walks into so many things. xoox

Cozy Little House said...

Did you know your cart was in my post today?
Brenda

Kim said...

I remember that Instagram post, it looked like a magazine shot. So beautiful and I would opt for open doors, too. However, my hubby is like yours, he lets me do as I please with the house, so when he has a request, which is rare, I try to comply. Our cottage is small and while I may be willing to walk around things and duck for the sake of pretty, he may not be...and I get it! ;) Feel good!!

Sarah said...

I had to giggle about the open doors and Steve's opinion which he posted. I loved seeing the blue and yellow of the dishes on the shelves, but can understand the closed door look. ;-)
Your house is a happy one, Carol. Take care of that hand.

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

Doors open or doors closed, your entryway is a delight for the eyes. Did you use a sharpie pen to write on the old window?

Sandy at You May Be Wandering said...

It is amazing what you can do even with a bad hand. I have been dealing with a broken arm for the past 7 months (it didn't heal) so I can relate to how you must feel. Enjoy your Sunday!!

Dawn said...

I can't believe Steve out voted us all, I think you need to demand a recount, lol. I got such a chuckle out of his comment.

Anne's Attic - Design said...

Hi Carol, I love the open cupboard and with the blue and yellow dishes in it makes it perfect. Your home is so amazing and you are so talented.
I hope that you are feeling better. Sending you good health and a happy day. Jo

Jeanna said...

I liked the doors open but then, I don't live with Steve ;)

Your decorations are so welcoming. Hope your hand completely heals soon.

chateau chic said...

I do like the doors to your cabinet open so you can see all your pretties. Just moving things around a bit always makes a home feel fresh again. You have such a cheerful style, Carol, that would drive away the blues of anyone entering.
Mary Alice

Kirby Carespodi said...

Can't wait til you're back at full-speed!!

Vicky Hunt said...

The cabinet is pretty open or closed and I would probably do the same and sometimes have it open and other times closed. The room looks great and I know you will be so happy to have full use of your hand again. Have a wonderful week!

Hugs, Vicky

Poppy said...

Love all those chalky blues and yellows, so charming and pretty!

Poppy

Stacey said...

Oh Carol, I love your cottage so much. The fact that your hand has given you so much trouble and yet you continue to be creative is really inspiring. It's so sweet that Steve plays house with you too. I know it's his kitchen. :)

Sue said...

Those are my favorite dishes that are in the open cupboard. Looking at them makes me smile.

cynthia lee designs said...

Love visiting your blog...everything is so pretty!!
~Cindy

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Carol, love your home and all that you do to create such inviting spaces. Always so inspiring to visit. Hope your hand is feeling better. xo

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

Love the colorful cheer of your home...and the sun sure does help! Even though you are taking it easy you sure get a lot done. After reading your post I always feel so lazy... It seems like I spend more time on the computer than I do things around the Charmer. I love open cabinetry but hubs isn't big on it either. Everything has to be covered. I so covet your cart in the hall way..

Kathy said...

The amount you accomplish always astounds me and then when you do it with one hand - amazing! You truly CAN decorate a room with one hand tied behind your back.

Jann Olson said...

Carol, I am smiling at Steve's comment. End of discussion made me chuckle. You are a sweet wife! Hubby pretty much let's me do what I want as well. I'm the cook so I have a little more say as to what I leave open. lol! You have such an amazing following on IG. It's surely because your feed is as fabulous as your blog! I love all of the vintage treasures you have that have been passed down from family. Not only are they pretty, but extra special as well! Hope your hand heals quickly. Are you okay to do SYC this week?
hugs,
Jann

Cristina Garay said...

I'm drooling all over the goodies around your beautiful home! The cabinet looks amazing no matter what! I hope your hand feels much better now!

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Marie, The Interior Frugalista said...

Oh my goodness I love all the trinkets you've added to your craft station vignette. Especially the old and sentimental ones! Beautifully styled.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

I wanted to stop by and tell you how much I appreciate you taking the time to visit and to leave such kind comments!!
And I wanted to comment on a post that I did not do so previously so I scrolled down and found this delightful post!!
I LOVE the yellow and blue!! And I applaud your use of color i your home and garden!! I am a color gal myself and enjoy lots of color!!
So I truly enjoy your posts!!
We have snow today here so glimpses of your garden are a real treat to see!!Thanks so much for sharing!!

Hugs,Deb