Friday, January 6, 2012

clean & bright


With the Christmas tree retired to the curb for recycling, I gave the whole house a 'going-over'. Those little pine needles like to get everywhere, don't they? It involved moving most, if not all, of the furniture. Rearranging things, makes everything feel fresh.


I'm thinking I either want to re-paint this vintage French cabinet, or switch it out entirely.


Change is good. The problem is, it holds quite a bit, so I hesitate to get rid of it entirely. 


Lots of vintage china posies and a quite a few favored gardening books. The drawers are filled with vintage china, mostly the 'Forget-me-not' Haviland set. It used to have a white interior filled with lots of white, back in my 'white' days. But I've realized, there is such a thing as too much white. At least, for me.


The soft colors and flowers speak to me of spring. 


Soon, they seem to say. But not too soon, I hope.

With temperatures in the fifties, it's hard to believe it's January in the Mid-west. Where's the snow, my friends?  This weekend, I'm looking forward to heading to the antique market with the girls and to the return of Downton Abbey. Part Two starts this Sunday on PBS. Did you catch Part One last year?


23 comments:

Kim K. said...

Your french cabinet holds such precious treasures. What a glorious room.

Downtown Abbey was my new favorite show on our local PBS last year. I can't wait for season 2. My husband and I enjoy our Sunday nights (girls in bed) glass of wine and our English shows.

Have a super weekend.

PS. My work is sending me to Traverse city next weekend and I'm bringing the family. I'm hoping for lots of snow.

Claudia said...

That cabinet is awfully pretty! What a treasure.

xo
Claudia

My Vintage Mending said...

That french hutch is a beauty...I can't imagine not having it...but change is good you are right! It is an amazing piece. I think what strikes me most about your home is how peaceful it is...simple, elegant and comfortable.

D. Abbey was such a great series I bought the dvd set to watch over. I am just counting the hours till Sunday...

Smiles...from another dry land...Renee

Parisian Bijoux said...

I am going to be redoing my home office/studio/sanctuary/catch all room..haha and I think I am going to be looking at your blog a little closer. The hutch is jaw dropping. I saw that and my mind starting thinking of how I could copy it..that is a beautiful room. You are a very talented decorator.

Kate said...

Oh, I can't wait for Sunday night and more Downton Abbey! :) Thought of you tonight while shopping - I found the most adorable anthropomorphized fruit puffy stickers at a card shop. I have no use for them, but this week has been filled with so much bad news and sadness that I bought them just because they made me smile.
Hope you have a lovely weekend. :)

Ruby Jean said...

Oh I say KEEP it and Paint... :) It is GORGEOUS!!! Well the whole Room is... Be sure NEVER to invite me over.. Because I don't think I would ever leave... :) Rosie would be, " Mommy why is that Lady still here.." LOL!!!

nannykim said...

I think I deleted my comment. Don't get rid of the lovely cabinet--it is too nice and I do like the color it is, however, I know everyone needs change! Your room looks so nice and fresh too. I just started watching the series online on PBS the last few weeks. I am looking forward to the new ones!

koralee said...

Your home is so beautiful and cozy...thank you for sharing all your sweetness with us. xoxo hugs

Rose Garden Romantic said...

What a lovely room! I think if I had that gorgeous vintage cabinet I would never want to part with it!!!
The flowers are so pretty! They definitetly make me long for Spring!
Michelle

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

I heard of Downtown Abbey for the first time yesterday and now again today! I can't wait to check it out!

I love your hutch- soooo pretty- but it wouldn't fit the style of my old farm house.

I think it would be fun to have a large bed and breakfst and each room would be decorated in a different style and era. Then I could satisfy all my decorating urges!

Have a great weekend! ♥

Jennifer said...

Just finished re-watching the first season of on DVD to get ready for season 2...can't wait! Sounds like a lovely weekend and that cabinet is fabulous--where else would you put it?

MelMel said...

Oh I've said it before and I'll say it again...you house is sublime!
I love you sitting room!

The cabinet is wonderful....keep it!

You will love Downton......we have already watched it here in the UK...xxx

June said...

I can't get enough of your beautiful home! The hutch is so lovely and I sure wish I lived close and I could come and take it off your hands for you :) I LOVE the colors in your living room so much!!!
I love D. Abbey and am excited to see more, more, more! I loved the Larkrise to Candleford series too. I hope that Masterpiece keeps more like these coming!
sending many hugs...

Kim G. said...

Lovely little posies. I like a good old cupboard. Yours is lovely. I don't know where winter went, but I am afraid all of our bulbs and plants will bloom out only to be killed off by cold weather when it finally does arrive.

Stacey@A Sort Of Fairytale said...

Oh my, look how pretty that room is! I love when you show pics of your home- more please!! I think you should paint the hutch...maybe a pretty Cath color? I think it looks great white, but I know what you mean about all white, been there, done that too. Did you paint it white originally? I may have to checkout Downton Abbey, I am sure I would like it. Have a great weekend!

Willow Blue said...

I am a frequent visitor to your lovely blog. The hutch is wonderful treasure! A new color might just provide the change you need. And would you believe we have no snow in Idaho?! It's been a very odd winter.

GardenofDaisies said...

Your china flowers are sooo pretty. What color are you thinking of painting the hutch?
This is a strange winter. We've been taking walks outside. Not normally something we can do in the ice and snow of January.
I am really looking forward to the second part of Downton Abbey. I'll be glued to my tv tomorrow evening.

polkadotpeticoat said...

I love your French cabinet.......your whole living room is perfect!

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

Best series ever. I am in love with it. They even had a book about it at Barnes & Noble.

Helen Philipps said...

I LOVED this post...your home and your pictures are so sweet and light and pretty and just delicious!
Helen x

wendy said...

Came over here to visit you from Blue Bird Notes. I LOVE that french cabinet....it needs to stay.
I just noticed a comment above from JUNE, and I was thinking of her when you were talking about all your whites, as she loves whites too.
such pretty stuff you have.

casapinka said...

I don't blame you for hesitating. Will it fit in the garage and when you want another change you could bring it back in? It's so pretty and like you say - holds a ton. And as an aside, I asked Husband to DVR Downton Abbey last night. He later told me it wasn't at 9 so he missed it. WHAT?! honey, I'm SURE it's at 9. Please just check again. No, he told me. Masterpiece Classic is on. THUMP on the head. At least he did catch it in time! Husbands!

Christine said...

Hi, Love Your Style! SO Sweet! And that ADORABLE Playhouse...Thanx for sharing your beautiful home with all of here in Blogland:D
Smiles,
Christine