Lately I feel like saying to myself, “Yes, Cinderella dreams do come true”.
Here’s my Cinderella story:
Ever since we moved into our new home in July of ‘2009’ I have wanted to give it more of a cottage feel.
Gradually I am doing a little here and there. Last week we finished our beadboard project in our living room.
These are the French doors leading into our living room. First I need to explain something and then we’ll take a peek inside. Our entire home was painted cream walls with tan moldings. I am a lover of white and would like to change this. At first I thought that I would repaint all of the moldings white in the living room. But then, Houston we have a problem! Our home is so open that it makes it difficult. For instance if I paint the inside of the French door white then I need to paint the outside. Problem – the entry leads right into the family room and kitchen. No where to stop without doing it all. I’ve decided that will happen at a later date.
Come on in, I would love your opinion.
This is the first thing you will see when you open the doors. I usually always leave the doors open. Hubby installed bead board on the ceiling and one wall.
My friend, Joyce had put a shelf in her living room like this. I loved it, but thought that I would just do bead board all the way up so it would be different. Houston, another problem. Our walls are 9 ft. Bead board was only 8. We cut it down a bit and added the shelf. So happy that I did! The mirror, old door shelf, and corbels are new to this room. I already had the pictures, and old tin. I decided to still hang them up. What do you think, would you like it better without?
The ceiling is my favorite thing. It caused us a lot of pain and grief, but so worth it in the end!
The shelf is ideal for displaying my collection of plates and some teacups and pots. Most of them are vintage. I painted the walls a pale yellow, Plantation Beige by Kwall Howell. I love the muted tone.
To the left is my sofa and table. The wall behind is the same yellow, it’s hard to tell in this picture.
If you look to the right you will see my old chippy table in front of the window. I placed on it a $3 estate sale handmade table topper. Look at that edge, love it! My coffee filter wreath hangs on a holder made from an old post spindle. White wire basket holds more plates.
I thought that the pictures helped tie in the black with the floor lamp and basket that holds books.
This red shelf hangs over the sofa.
This cabinet made from an old window houses my collection of red glassware.
My gardener nutcracker is a souvenir from Germany. An old mini lantern and a brick expressing my love for ‘vintage’.
I made the burlap pillows for my sofa, the cream one I bought from my hairdresser, Shalona.
For now I’ve decided that I don’t mind the tan baseboards.
One last picture. My friend, Joyce came and moved the shutters to the same side so that it wasn’t so even. Wondered if we would like it better? What do you think? Gotta admit, I am kind of an even Steven kind of gal.
There you have it, my dream come true cottage living room. When my SIL saw it she gave me the best compliment I could ever ask for. She said, “It looks like it came right out of a Romantic Homes magazine” Maybe, not quite, but I am loving the new look!
2nd dream come true is not nearly as long. Ever since I found my first linky party last May I have been dreaming of hosting my own.
Well, Cinderella let’s do it! I’m going for it and it will start Thursday March 22nd. (Link up will start on Mar. 21st at 4:00 MST) Please I would love for you to come share something that helped fill your cup this week for:
My only problem now is deciding which crown I will wear to the ball! lol!
Hope to see you back to party with me!
I will be sharing with:
Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday (I thought I would share my teapots and cups)