Painting by Charles Amable Lenoir, French 1860-1926
Lately I have been busy cleaning up the laundry room, but I will have no before-and-after pictures because the "after" does not impress me much. It has been an intense job in a small space, so I needed to take some time to do something a little more cheerful. Today I have covered my couch with the fabric called Minky. In case you think it was a big job, I assure you it was a matter of wrapping the fabric around the foam seating area. It clings just right on the foam padding so no sewing or fastening was required.
This room is usually quite dark, and that is why I had the paneling painted a light color and am using such light colors in general. It was early in the morning when I took this picture so it still turned out a bit dark.
A long narrow strip of the Minky fabric was enough to cover the top of the piano.
Adding cushions of different colors will be fun, as white is like a blank canvas that shows off other things. In case you think white is difficult to care fore these days, the micro fibers are very easy to wipe clean. In the country area where I live, no color stays clean and so I just choose what I like. You can see more colors in Minky here http://www.joann.com/search?q=Minky
The use of dollar store wired ribbon for this inoperative fake fireplace has really been interesting. Every time I walk past this hearth it looks so much like a real fire, it feels warm! And it is a safe flame.
Wired ribbon was very useful when I lost the hardware to this cabinet while I was preparing to paint it. I had to find something to use to pull the drawers open. The ends are knotted so the drawer pull is strong enough to use til I locate the hardware.
This table setting is created in order to get ready for a couple of ladies who are coming to an autumn tea on Friday, so I can get an idea of what it will look like. I will show you a drawing of what I want the table to look, later.
I wanted to use some of the maple leaves for place mats. In summer when they are a vivid green, they look stunning with rose motif tea cups. In autumn, these gold edged cups go great.
Those are scones with the all-fruit apricot jam, and whipped cream. The tea is real lemon with honey,
And the birdcage and bird are ornaments that I rarely use, and like the other things I was thinking of getting rid of, I made the mistake of getting it out of the box just to see what it would look like.
I have been on my walk outside and taken a picture. The fog comes in first thing in the morning and then the day gets sunny and bright. I think fog would be a favorite thing these days with all the shabby chic whites that people promote in magazines and the web. It has the perfect puffy softness for this well-loved look.
I think one of the dearest desires of a woman, whether she is married or not or has children or not, is to have her own home to care for without interference; a place she put her heart into and make suitable and lovely. I have known many women who took a bleak house and made it into a type of heaven where you could forget where you were and dwell on what was good and sweet. I think of Margaret in Elizabeth Gaskells 18th century novel, North and South, when I think of making a home anywhere you have to live. In the industrial town full of smoke and darkness, she made tea time a bright spot for her company.
A new addition to my house is this outdoor mat, which works very well. It says carry on :-) On sale at Walmart, so there are probably none left by the time you read this post.
Since I have a few more things to do around here, and some errands to do, I hope to write more on the love of the home and add my thoughts to this post. In the meantime, your thoughts are very welcome.