Thursday, May 14, 2015

"Garden Room"

Two months ago, I talked about moving this cabinet into the entry and said I wanted to paint it.

Last month, I showed you a picture of the cabinet painted, but I was not happy with the "staging" of the cabinet.

I still need to sand the cabinet, but finally the entry makes me happy.

The star of the entry is one of Steve's paintings, Flowers and Rust, which is 4 feet across and 5 feet tall.

It's an old painting of the garden and the only thing that remains the same from that painting is the rusty watering can.

The green box, my grandmother's Coats & Clark sewing box, sits on the cabinet holding flatware.

Steve always hates change, but he likes this one because he knows right where to put the flatware when he unloads the dishwasher.

The bird candle holder was a gift from one of my college roommates and I am so happy that I found a prominent place for it.

The green of the box and the yellow of this birdcage blend beautifully with the colors in the painting.

I have no idea why I have started a mouse collection - maybe I should blame Vera of Rowhomes and Cobblestones who always shows us the sweetest little mice.

My excuse is that these little Maileg mice me smile.

I like the view of the "Garden Room" from the doorway and from the kitchen.

I don't know when I will get the cabinet sanded because my hand still troubles me and also because JP's wedding is just 11 weeks away -  I am in full "wedding creativity mode".

I leave you with a picture of "Little Lulu" and Steve in the "Garden Room".

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Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

teeehee.....I see Miss LULU taking advantage of the LOVE that just oozes out of you both! I swear, she knows exactly what she wants and what to do to get it. teeeheee

Sunshine, color, sea air, creativity, ideas never idle, this is what I LOVE about you and your shares dearest Carol. I so hope your hand continues to heal and get back to function mode, because you have much to do! Eleven weeks away 'til the wedding? CHOP CHOP! Oh the fun.

And it's been so fun to follow you on Instagram!

Now back to Lulu. What does she think of the garden room?

KATHY said...

I love your cabinet! The painting is just so beautiful!! I love it all!!


Susie said...

Carol, I love pictures of your house. Steve's painting is wonderful. I see your dog Lulu thinks she's a lap dog.LOL that is a arm full of fur. I hope your hand will heal completely. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

podso said...

I love what you did with the cabinet and the way you've styled it looks wonderful. I can just imagine how much creativity is swirling through your mind as you contemplate the wedding.

Stacey said...

Again I say, you are so lucky to have your husband's art!! Most of us have prints and just copies of something pretty. You have the real wonderful thing!

The mice are adorable and maybe I need to collect them too.

Lulu just couldn't be any cuter.

Love your entry table. It's neat to me that you have the flatware in that box.

Laurie said...

Wow! Just WOW! Love the painting and love it there over the cabinet.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

OMG, I love that super sized colorful painting! What a statement that makes. Love!!!

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

I love your 'garden room'. That painting is wonderful!

You have a real knack for putting things together.

That picture of 'Little LuLu" and Steve is great.

May your hand continue to grow stronger with each new day. Just don't overdo things.

Have a nice weekend and happy continued wedding plans ~ FlowerLady

ANNE said...

So beautifully done! Love love love - did I say love??! Happy Friday!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

What an adorable corner of your sweet cottage! The painting is just wonderful. Such exciting times for you getting ready for the wedding. I hope you are a hundred percent soon! I was in Ventura last week for Tea and Trumpets at the invitation of friends. I could feel your little place close by! I gave a wave to you!

Pondside said...

Take care of that hand! It has to see you through the wedding. The cabinet looks so very good in its new incarnation!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Love that painting and your vignette on the chest is pretty awesome. Love that candle holder, unique! Cute mice in the bird cage and they make me smile now too!

Elaine Lewis said...

Be still my heart---all that lovely flatware! Love it all and especially that watering can. Have y

Kelly said...

The new color looks great on the chest! I think it blends with your decor better than the black. Love that giant colorful painting above it from Steve. You have one of a kind artwork in your house! i believe Lulu thinks she's a small dog! LOL!

Little Vintage Cottage said...

"Little" Lulu... bahaha, how cute!! I love how the cabinet and your entry turned out, it looks so springy!


Kim said...

Just lovely...and if the mice make you smile, then that's reason enough! :)

Connie said...

Little Lulu isn't very little is she, but she looks adorably cozy in Steve's arms, LOL
I sure hope that your hand gets to feeling stronger very soon. Carol, your home is always such a delight, I never want to miss a single post that you do and having mice in your tea cups is a lovely little touch . . . they made me smile, too.
Connie :)

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Little LuLu, now that's funny! What a sweet picture. Steve's painting is so charming and you know I love all your beautiful touches.

Rue said...

That last picture is hilarious! They really are our babies, no matter the size, aren't they? :)

The vignette is wonderful. Steve's painting is perfect there.



Great space! Your husband's painting are amazing... I love all of the color. The last pic is too cute.

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

I love Steve's painting and it looks assume there in the entry hall. I love the chest painted, it set off the picture so well and all the items that you have on it are perfect.
So sorry that you hand is bothering you. Take care and don't over do. I know that you are so excited about the up and coming wedding - it will be fabulous.
Enjoy our rain and have a great weekend. WOW Lulu is almost as tall as Steve when she stands on her hind legs. Get photo.

Canadian Chickadee said...

Great photo. However - "little" Lulu looks pretty big to me! :)
Love your mouse collection. For some reason, I have a small collection of sheep on the windowsill above my computer. No idea why I started it, I just kind of like it. And since they make me smile when I sit down to work, I figure they must be a good thing!


Junkchiccottage said...

Looove the little garden room. The cabinet with Steve's painting is gorgeous. Love the pic of Lulu with Steve. Too sweet.

Melanie said...

I am IN LOVE with this painting! I think this one is my favorite of Steve's that I've seen. If I had the $$ and the right place to put it, I'd be buying that painting in a heartbeat. :-) However, it is absolutely perfect in the space you have it and it's also perfect for your house. Perhaps you should tell Steve you're keeping that one and he's not to sell it! I didn't realize Lulu was so big until I saw this photo of Steve holding her.

Lowcarb team member said...

Just love the mice collection

Just love that last photo

Do take care of your hand

All the best Jan

Lowcarb team member said...

Just love the mice collection

Just love that last photo

Do take care of your hand

All the best Jan

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Yikes I'm late, but I'm here to soak in your spellbinding cheery cottage. OK, so I'm reading seeing your changes and suddenly my name is mentioned. Mice as in felted toys just are the cutest things and I am certainly enjoying seeing some mice enter into your cottage. Oh Carol I am smittened by Steve's painting ... please say you're keeping it, such an inspiration from your garden!
Miss Lulu is one lucky pup, how adorable seeing the photo of Steve holding Miss Lulu. Wishing you a fun weekend mon amie,

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

you must be so proud of your artist husband as his paintings are so beautiful.

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Oh I love this vignette with Steve's gorgeous painting. Love the sweet little mice you added and all your special touches.
Hope your hand feels better soon. Sounds like you have lots going on with the wedding in 11 weeks.
Love that last photo!! Too cute.
Have a great weekend.
Hugs, CM

karen@somewhatquirky said...

God I love that painting! That wedding will be here before you know it, whether you get the cabinet sanded or not. Lulu is quite an armful!

Consider It All Joy said...

'Little' Lulu is just a doll baby, I bet she keeps you on your toes! I love Steve's painting, just beautiful! Using the sewing cabinet drawers for flatware is a great idea as well. Love the space! Praying that your hand begins to heal fully! Have a beautiful weekend! Blessings, Cindy

My Garden Diaries said...

Be still my heart...that last photo is adorable!!! And 11 weeks!!! OH I can't wait to hear about this one friend!!! Your grandmother's sewing box is just too cool for words! I love it! As well as all of the changes you made in that space!!! Great work Carol! And a wonderful weekend to you! Nicole xo said...

I just love your Garden Room! so pretty. How adorable Steve is holding LuLu!!! I really like how you store your utencils!! that picture is gorgeous!

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

Your entry looks lovely. The painting is beautiful and I like how the other things let it shine. That last picture cracked me up!

Ivy and Elephants said...

"Little" Lulu is so adorable! I can see she is a Daddy's girl, ha, ha! Gorgeous view from the garden room.
The table scape is perfect with the painting.

Mary Clark said...

I love your mother's Coats & Clarks box! I have my mother's very old jewelry box and have thought of painting it something pretty for so long. You've just provided the inspiration I need to do it. Lulu has really grown, she may end up taller than Steve :) Love his painting -


Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

From the one view it almost looks as if his painting is a window to the outside!

Cute little mice, yes! I had to laugh about him not liking change since you are always changing things up :)

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

From the one view it almost looks as if his painting is a window to the outside!

Cute little mice, yes! I had to laugh about him not liking change since you are always changing things up :)

Cynthia said...

Just beautiful, love the changes. That painting is Gorgeous! What talent Steven has


Susan Clayton said...

11 weeks will go by fast. Everything always looks lovely, but your changing things is always fun. In my family we refer to this need to change things around as 'our Swedish tendencies.' Lovely to visit as always. Angels to you.

Renee said...

Hope your hand is feeling better soon. I love the cabinet, painting and everything else.

Sarah said...

Carol, so good to read a post from you. Steve's painting is fabulous, and loving your painted chest and the vignette. Did you remove little drawer sections from the button cabinet? I have one similar, but the drawers have rows of individual sections to hold different buttons. Love the idea of using this for flatware. Perhaps I can remove the shallow sections.

Helen Philipps said...

I love your garden room, and Steve's painting is amazing...the sunlight and the rusty watering can are so cleverly captured! The painted chest and your vignette look lovely. And what a great picture of Lulu....somehow she is not as small as I thought she was!
Happy week ahead, Carol.
Helen xox

Kathy said...

I love the way it turned out! I spotted that green box right away and just adore it. One more thing for me to be on the hunt for.

Jann Olson said...

Ha, ha, I am laughing because 'Little Lulu' is not so little anymore. Love the photo of the two of them! Steve's painting is gorgeous and what a wonderful thing to see as you enter your home. How could it not make you happy? I have loved that green sewing box from day one! Great idea to use for flatware storage. But what really amazes me is that your hubby unloads the dishwasher. lol! I don't think mine has ever don that. Thanks for sharing at SYC.

chateau chic said...

Just when I think you're cottage can't get any more charming, you go and change it up for the better! I know you're getting so excited for the wedding...did you find a dress or dresses??
Mary Alice

cynthia lee designs said...

I love the cabinet and the painting...also love your sewing box that holds your flatware. Cute little mouse...I have a little mice collection and my favorite one sits in a white ironstone saucer in my living room. The rest of my mice collection is in my sewing room. Cute picture of Steve and Lulu.

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

I love that painting, and it's perfect there. It is sort of a foreshadowing as to what is outside the door. xoxo Su

Sweet Auburn Life said...

Your husband's painting is magnificent. And your lovely vignette brings out the yellow and greens even more. It's all bringing the outside in!

Jen Kershner said...

That picture of your hubby and puppers! Love your changes. I totally get it about the mice. I think maybe we are reverting to our childhood?!

cahy, 1929 Charmer Cottage said...

Steve's painting is gorgeous, and I love the orange colors in it. The vignette you've created is really pretty and makes everything compliment each other The last two nights have still dipped into the low 40's and is killing me not to be able to move my greenhouse plants outside. It must be great having summer all year!

Down by the sea said...

Wonderful picture of Steve and Lulu! Steve's painting is wonderful too. I would have thought that Steve must be used to you moving things around all the time! Sarah x

fiona anderson said...

I really feel like you have brought the garden into the house, with Steve's wonderful painting.
I love the different elements, the candle holder, the cage, the cutlery drawers.......oh, and of course Steve and Lulu.
Sorry to hear that your hand is still giving you trouble, I guess it's an area of ones body that doesn't really get a chance to heal properly because it's hard to give it proper rest.

Patty Antle said...

Steve's painting is wonderful. It looks amazing in that space!

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

Wow! Your husband's painting is BEAUTIFUL! It's perfect in that spot. I love the painted cabinet and how you decorated the top. Everything is so pretty! My mom sprained her wrist last week (the one that was operated on the same time as yours) and the doctor put her back in a brace for 3 weeks... wish she would just rest it but she's stubborn. Catching up on your posts today.