Friday, March 16, 2018

One Big Change ... and a whole lot of little ones

For several months I have been searching for a cabinet for our guest room and I finally found one.


This beauty was my inspiration - we've been working on scaling down the size of the furniture in each room to give the illusion of space.

I was really excited when I spotted this at The Great Junk Hunt at our local fairgrounds - the color isn't true due to the lighting in the building.

I love the cabinet in the room - the color is just what I had in mind.

I'm not sure exactly what I want to keep in the cupboard - books and a few craft items are perfect for now.

One item that will definitely stay in the cupboard is the box of 1946 crayons - a gift from my son and his wife found when we were in Kauai for Christmas.

Glass knobs replace the stark white knobs.

And then, after that one big change, a lot of little changes began.

Red and white pillows were replaced by pin tucked IKEA pillows and Mr. Goose came down from the attic.

I went with soft colors on the table and old door

and used dried roses to create a romantic look in the room.

The old ladder sitting in my garden house was brought in until I can find the perfect chair for this spot.

I love having favorite books on hand and the ladder gives me a place to set them out.

I ran out of roses so the dresser got chamomile or feverfew -

I can''t ever tell the difference.

 I resorted to faux tulips in the bedside cabinet because I never remember to change the flowers.

The guest room is fresh and awaiting any visitors

and Lulu has given her seal of approval.

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  1. Your refresh turned out beautiful. I love your cottage with the soft blues and whites. I'll bet you're hoping your little grand baby will be the next visitor soon.

  2. Your guests will never want to leave! The cabinet is perfect for the room and I do love the color.

  3. Charming, as always! I love the softer colors ~
    Cuddles to Miss Lulu ~

  4. Carol, I love the glass knobs on your new cabinet. I like the dried flowers too. The goose looks just right among the white pillows. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

  5. Carol, girl you've just got the touch! I've said that before, I'm sure. I could look at pictures of your home for days.

  6. This is such a lovely post Carol...your home is looking so beautiful! The new cabinet is perfect and I love the soft colours and cool white fabrics. xox

  7. Oh, what a heavenly room! It should be featured in one of those coffee table books! How I would love to spend a night there! I don’t mean to gush but it simply could not be more perfect! I love it all!

  8. Carol, you just amaze me. When I first came to your blog your where decorating in primary colors and that was so appealing to me. I don't think I'd every seen it done. I loved it!!! Now, in such a short time you have changed every room and everything is so soft and relaxing in the whites and blues. It doesn't matter what you do, you do it right and to perfection. This new piece of furniture is stunning, but all the detail you take with each and every corner of your home is just enchanting. My heart skipped a beat when I spied that little mouse. You know how to put little unexpected items in places that just put a smile on my face :)
    Thanks for another great home tour.
    Happy weekend.
    Connie :)

  9. Love that wonderful cabinet, the glass knobs make such a pretty upgrade!

  10. I love the decorations in the guest room. Everything looks so good. Looks like Lulu likes everything also.

    I was just going to send you an email, wondering how you were as no posts for a while.

    So glad we are having rain. I think our seasons have changed. We have never had this much rain in March. Hope we don't have a scorching summer.

    Have a great weekend.


  11. Oh Carol what a score on the cabinet. Beautiful. Everything looks so bright and pretty.
    Happy Weekend.

  12. Carol,
    Love the cabinet and its color, but the box of 1946 crayons is what I love most. I was always so jealous of the other students who had that big box of 64 colors.


  13. As always inspiring and you may have just identified the little blooms covering the hillsides and groves here: chamomile or feverfew!

  14. Your new cabinet was a wonderful find. I love the calming look of your guest room. Your use of dried roses really grabs my heart.

    Happy Spring dear Carol ~ FlowerLady

  15. LOL! That Lulu is a crack-up; she looks as if she does NOT suffer foolish behavior or idleness. She is proud of you and your ability to design HER abode in such a way that is pleasing to all senses. APPROVED!

    Oh Carol, that little blue cabinet makes all the difference. I am loving your shift to pale colors and then with the addition of fresh flowers, how can you go wrong?


  16. That is a perfect color and the cabinet looks terrific in the bedroom. I love it, Carol.

  17. Very pretty and love that colour!

  18. Absolutely stunning! I love this little mouse on the ladder.

  19. The little mouse holding on to the books is the sweetest! Your new old cabinet it beautiful--great color and good idea to switch out the knobs. You have such an eye for beauty and details. And the crayons!!!

  20. I love that cabinet and it is perfect in that room. So soft and sweet with the flowers and pretty blue and white. I so want to redecorate my whole house right now. Ha!!

  21. What a perfect find, Carol. It's beautiful and I always love a peek at your little changes, too.

  22. The cabinet is perfect for your room, and I love all the small changes, too!

  23. Carol, everything you touch turns to gold! You just have such wonderful style. I love the new cabinet and those crayons are awesome. I have debated about painting the inside of the large cabinet in our entry white. After seeing your inspiration photo, I'm going to take the plunge. Lucky visitor to get to stay in such a lovely room!

  24. Incredibly gorgeous. I would love to stay in that guest room!

  25. I love your pretty new cabinet...and all the changes you've made...I love using dried roses..especially the pink and whites

  26. I love all your changes! I wish we had an IKEA. Not one in the whole state. Love Lulu too.

  27. How lovely, Carol...the cabinet was worth waiting for!
    All of your personal details are wonderful!

  28. Your guest room is beautiful and looks very inviting, Carol! I love your new cabinet and the ladder is an awesome piece too. Your guests will be happy to stay in such a lovely room.

  29. Carol,
    What a fabulous cabinet you found! I've been searching for one for about a year and still haven't found one! I'm so jealous!!! Thanks so much for sharing this post over on our Friday Friends Parade Linky Party!

  30. Carol, when you make changes the y are always wonderful. Love the cabinet and your baskets you are using for flowers are always pretty. The ladder is styled to add so much character. Your beach house is filled with so much warmth and charm. Hi Lulu


  31. The Gardens are beautiful . Makes me long for Spring (I live in Maine so it may be a few more weeks!). Thanks for sharing the photos. ~Cheryl

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