Tuesday, August 23, 2011

First Floor Done

So, not too many changes in here that you will notice.
I did purge dishes etc, cleared out drawers and cabinets
and thinned out the collections.
Swapped out some lamps and tried to get the 
room out of the bowling alley look, but
it is so narrow that bringing furniture out into the room 
would mean walking around it 
all the time like an obstacle course. 
 I did try different layouts and then
threw in the towel. 

I swapped out the
 chairs from the porch and now the chairs
 are with their matching tables.
Since for years I had pizza and teens eating here 
I had the fabric seat ones on the porch.
This great room is three stories high.

When I tiled the first floor many years ago, 
I could not afford hardwood, and 
now I don't wish the expense to add it,
since I don' t know how long I'll be here.
 I know I would love it, but priorities....
Tile certainly helps keep the house cool.
105 degrees now at 7:00 pm
111 for later in the week

 You may have noticed I love using multiple mirrors
 to reflect all around the room

Inside the bins are dried pods and fall pieces.
Yep, I am getting ready for fall.
September is fall, period, don't argue,
 and I took advantage of the 
"purge and clean"
 to remove all the summer shells out of here.

Vintage handblown jars full of naturals.
Making shades, as I had planned;
only a few more to go.

Polka dot swiss

Strip shade over vintage frame
gives of the coolest light and shadows

This does mean a tag sale this weekend.
"Oh dear heaven, another one" she says....
For you local gals, Cindy of "the Cottage"
is on her way this evening to drop off
 her items for the sale. WOOT!
Preview night is this Friday @ 6:30 pm.
Call first please.
Saturday - doors open @ 7:00am

Joining the delightful and gorgeous Kathleen at 
Faded Charm for another White Wednesday.
Please check out all the lovely ladies.


www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

i don't even know where to start because I LOVE absolutely everything you do. Did you cover the checked chair with the ruffles. Beautiful:) I wish I lived closer because I'd be camping out in your yard right now waiting for your tag sale to start;0 LOL I agree that September is the start of Fall decorating too. Have a great week.
~Debra xxx
Capers of the vintage vixens

Razmataz said...

It keeps getting better and better!

I need to be near your sale. I've been hinting for a white crock to put masses of wooden utensils into (Where did i get that from) but nothing. Everything here is very Granny vintage.....(aging population I guess).

Angela said...

Everything is so lovely...love your lampshades!!

Beatnheart said...

Wow...what i wouldn’t do to come to this sale. Looks like mega cool finds...i just love your place. So peaceful, calm and organized...you are amazing.

Jill said...

Beautiful! Three stories high?! That sounds neat, can you take a picture for us looking up? Does your studio overlook this room? Am I nosey?

Createology said...

Your room is simply beautiful. I love how muted and soft it appears. Your pods and natural collections are the unexpected and really speak Fall. Happy week to you...

Anonymous said...

You have a beautiful home! I did a lot of serious decluttering some weeks ago and it really feels so much better.

Regards from a very warm Luxembourg,


Old Time Cindy said...

Oh, how I would like to come to your sale! And it is not too early to start decorating for fall. After such a hot and dry summer, I'm ready for fall.

afistfullofweeds* said...

A mare after my own heart!!

Jane said...

That is such a beautiful, calming space!! Seriously, so much I love....that big architectural piece with the clothes hanging beneath it....all the wonderful cabinets for display (especially the one with the bins, how fun is that to decorate)....the lampshades....all of it is simply gorgeous! You have created a wonderful place to call home!

Blondie's Journal said...

I would never guess that you lived in the desert...this looks like a comfy little cottage in Maine, and I mean that as a compliment. Love, love the cabinet with the bins...is there a name for it? And the first thing I noticed were your lamps. We have a 19 foot ceiling in our great room and lamps really help to bring the focus downward. The one with the fabric strips is just awesome!!

I agree with decorating in September...but for me it is near the end!!


Recycled Rita said...

Oh how I wish I lived closer! I bet there are wonderful treasures to be found! karen....

Faded Charm said...

Oh, no fair.....I want to come to your tag sale:-( Everything looks so clean and fresh. You've been a busy girl!!

Stay cool:-)


My Grama's Soul said...

Good morning Z....Oh my you have been ever so busy. I really need to do the same thing when I get back down South.

Your room has turned out perfect!



Low Tide High Style said...

The fall bug has bitten me too! I love the way everything has turned out Z, and that strippy lampshade is so pretty!

Kat :)

Blessed Serendipity said...

Everything looks so pretty Suzan. Wish I could be at the sale (insert sigh here).


Marguerite (Tina) Smith Hart said...

Oh Suzan everything looks perfect! I would crawl a mile to get to your sale if I could!
Personally I love tile floors and dotted Swiss was always high on my list of "must-have" fabrics. Just beautiful!!
Tina xo

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Oh Z,
I just wished that I lived near you....the same country would be good !! I would be beating your door down to get my hands on some of your treasures !!!! Your home is lovely and you have done some wonderful things with it. I love you 'cos you are so down to earth. I mean that in a very loving way !! There is no pretention and you have such a talent to make a room so special. You are so inspirational and I know that I shall glean some great ideas from you ! Why did I not come over to see you earlier ? I have seen your comments on so many of my favourite blogs. Well, I have found you now, thanks to our good mate Carole .... thank goodness for her !!
Back to the plot, I LOVE all of your ' bits and pieces ' ....your lamps and the way you put all of your ideas into a room.
I wish you a successful weekend and I will sit here in merry old England, wishing I was buying up all of your beautiful treasures !! XXXX

Linda said...

Wow...your room is so lovely and peaceful...I love everything!!!

TheCrankyCrow said...

Oh how I wish I could come to your sale...but...wait! I really not need more STUFF!! I need to do what you're doing!! Your space is heavenly - so serene and calm and relaxing....You've incorporated so many things I love so dearly - chippy whites, naturals, old stoneware pitchers and creamers, old rolling pins, vintage dresses....See - you just need to come play at my house and make my collections look half as good as they do at your house! Beautiful - seriously, beautiful! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

Tina said...

Sush a beautiful room - love everything. So many pretty details and I just love how you have all those natures elements in your cupoard - awesome

from me to thee......... said...

I love your collections, the soothing whites, creams, tans etc....the tile, everything....I too am a collector, a hard habit to break.

time worn interiors said...

It all looks great! Wish I could come to your yard sale!

Cassy said...

Everything looks pretty.
Thanks for sharing those photos.

Cass from Classical Guitar Lessons

Carole said...

Suzan you are always full of surprises. How did I not know that your great room was 3 stories high? guess it was during a bad connection on the phone. my damn phone!
Love the strip lamp.....may have to share that one on my bloggy with my strip side table.

Oh and fall does start in Sept you know!!! haha


Amy Kinser said...

Ok, my heart is racing a little too fast right about now. How gorgeous everything is. I couldn't even begin to tell you what I like the best. It's all fantastic!!!! I'm thinking that I'm a little in love...

Amanda said...

Wow! Everything looks so absolutely lovely! Best of luck with your tag sale! I am sure it will be a monumentous event! You have such great style!
Best Wishes and Blessings,

Kathy said...

Amazing and I love that strip shade - what a great idea!

gail said...

Let's see.....love it all....does NOT look like a bowling alley. Love the strip shade-really cool idea. Love the clean look, and yeah I am definately with you on the fall thing.....for me it starts Aug. 31st!!!!

Cheryl ~ ZanyMayd said...

Your room is Beautiful, I Love all the Sweet touches, I too think of September as the beginning of Fall & I Can't Wait ~ Enough with all the heat! but not looking forward to Feet of Snow ~ but for now, I can look around your great room & EnJoy...
Thanks for sharing

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

I love this room...looks warm and cozy! Looks like I am going to miss another great sale!

Jane @ Jane's Junk and Treasures said...

I think everything looks great!!
I love those little pumpkins! What a great idea!
And HOW hot????
Thank goodness you have tile!!!

Kit said...

I have to tell you. I am totally in love with your green gingham chair. Every time I see it, I think it is the prettiest chair I have ever seen. :) Kit

marcela cavaglieri said...

I see no bowling alley, silly girl! but I see tons of yummy goodies!!!

Unknown said...

just so lovely. your color palette is beautiful serene and elegant!


Candylei said...

I am in awe of how peaceful and beautiful it is! I love your jars of naturals and everything else!