Wednesday, March 29, 2017

My 2017 Spring Pillows In My Great Room


It is so fun to change things up a bit for Spring and I have done this for years. The easiest thing to change out are the pillows in a room. They can add color, design and texture. Before I ever make a change I also have a plan.

I order fabric swatches of possibilities and then I put together a combination that will work the bes tin my room. I figure out where each pillow will go, whether it will be in the front or the back, and what size I need.

Here is the mock-up I did before I placed my order for my Spring pillows....

I have written before how sometimes what looks good on paper doesn't always translate into real life.
However I will say this, it is always good to have a plan in place so you can make adjustments as needed.

The first pillows that arrived were the yellow pillows and they were just as I expected, the perfect shade of yellow and they added just the right amount of freshness to my room.

I already had the blue and white pillows. I liked this direction and couldn't wait for the next pillows arrival.

The next pillow that arrived was the white pillow with the black Greek key design. Now this pillow and I have a little history. I have wanted to add this motif to my room for a very long time, but I knew it had to be the right combination to work.

Another puzzle piece that fit perfectly. It looked like it belonged in my black bobbin chair. Uh Oh, it is suppose to go on the sofa next to the yellow pillow.

The last two pillows to arrive are the bright Spring green pillows.........

This is how they looked according to the original plan in my mock-up that you saw at the beginning of the post....

Not bad, not bad at all. However it was not quite right in my minds eye. I was missing the Greek key pillow in the bobbin chair. This looks good for a picture, but to live with it was a bit different for me.

No worries here!! Time to play musical pillows until I get the right placement. I already had a great combination, but placement is always the last key piece.

I played with them and had a lot of fun and then I came up with what I feel is a winning combination for me....

What I discovered was I put the green pillow in the bobbin chair and right next to the bobbin chair is a green pedestal. It was just too much green in that one area for my minds eye....

I prefer the Greek key pillow in the white bobbin chair. I love the way the Green fan leaf pillow pulls out the green in the plants and the green pedestal by the bobbin chair. That little pedestal is one of my favorite pieces in our home.

Here is a close up of the details, it has a Chinese scener carved into it. The top is wood and the column is plaster, it is painted a Kelly green with a gold glaze to bring out the characters  on the column.

In our previous home I used it to place guest towels on next to the tub. I am so glad it works out so well in our new home.

I am very happy with the final decision and I do plan on using the other green leafed pillow with blue for a cooler feel in the summer, using blues and greens.

I hope you all have enjoyed my little pillow journey and the explanation of my decorating process. 

Happy Spring to you all!


Monday, March 27, 2017

My Light Bulb Moment!


Details, details!! What they say about details is so true....... 

 This week we are suppose to start our entry hall project. I have written about it here

I made a mock up so I could see the lighting I have to use in there.....

 The picture above is similar to the look I have planned, except there will be a slab mirror underneath the oil painting.

While we are addressing the entry hall we are also addressing all the door openings, and crown molding in the main living area.

All of our door openings are 9ft tall with rounded edges. The rounded edges are actually quite nice and I don't mind them, however I prefer a more traditional look so we will have all the openings framed out with door frame molding.

I have one opening in particular that I wanted to look a little different than the rest, but at the same time keeping it fairly simple with just a little something extra.

The opening to our great room is about 12ft so it needs a little bit of attention.

The reason I don't want a massive frame or pediment on this opening is because of the windows that you see when you look into the great room. 

Above each window will be a pediment eventually. similar to the one above the door pictured below.  I don't want it to overwhelm the space our home is a cottage, nothing big or grande.

I have been wracking my brain to come up with something simple with a little more detail than a normal door frame molding. I want it to have some details yet not make it too massive in scale for our little cottage. Yesterday it happened....

I was looking at my fireplace wall at the mantel and there it was......

Simple, understated, classic, all the buzz words I like to use in describing my home. See the mirrors frame, that is what I want but with a straight edge on the top.

Then the research began, after all I had to have some pictures to show this look to my contractor.

 I did not have a name for it. I knew my mirror was a Dutch Cushion mirror, but that did not give me the technical term I needed for the treatment I wanted around the door way.

I have to admit. I had so much fun searching to find the perfect picture, description and history of this frame work.

It had to be historical because some of the door frames in the White House look like this......

I kept googling White House Doors. I just hope I don't get a knock on my door from special agents wanting to know why I kept googling the White House!

I kept searching and I finally came up with a post  that told me the name of what I wanted....


Boy I would have never figured that one out on my own.

My mirror is actually a earred shoulder architrave because of the way it dips in the middle, making shoulders.

This look comes from the Georgian, or Greek revival era in the late 18th century and early 19th century. Now how about that!

Scale is going to be so important in all of my architectural additions because our home is small and nothing grande  or large.

Now I have a plan to show the contractor and I am so excited about this light bulb moment I had yesterday. I will keep you posted on what he says when I tell him what I want.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Lighting Choice For The Small Hall In Our New Home


When I last wrote about the lighting in my home I was looking for the right combination of lighting for my Great room. 

As I wrote in my last post I had to think of all the lighting in the main part of the house because you can see it all together as you enter into our home.

Here is a picture of all existing lighting in the room.......

As you can see I have carried out a black and white theme with a touch of antique brass.

I also have to keep in mind the lighting you will see as you enter our home since you can see all the way to the back wall from our entry hall.

In the entry I chose to use the aged brass since I have a piece of art in there that looks best with gold tones. Below is a mock up I did of the entry.


I chose the aged hand rubbed finish because it feels richer to me, and it also has a darkened finish in the crevices which mimic the black that I am using. I also am getting a new picture light in the same finish.

REMEMBER: When using more than one light in the same area and in the same finish try to get it from the same manufacture. All manufacturer's finishes are different so aged brass in one company might be totally different from another company. Both of my fixtures are from Hudson Valley.

Now for the new kid on the block, and where he will reside.....

See that little hall on the left of the TV? 

It is a blank slate, and it needed some attention so I decided I would add a molding frame on the entire back wall and have a hanging fixture hang down low enough to be seen.

I wanted something simple that was blackish and possibly had an addition of the aged brass. It needed to be a certain size, and of course budget was also a concern.

I had several picks to choose from, and narrowed it down to five, here are some of the fixtures I was contemplating in the bottom left corner.

First I picked out what I liked, then reviewed pricing and sizes. The reason I choose what I like first without considering anything else is to make sure I am not swayed at the beginning of my decision.

I will get practical and down to nitty-gritty after I line up my choices.









So there you have the lineup! 

Just for fun which one do you like?  I have my favorites and have it narrowed down to two choices. I will share by final decision in another post.