Monday, August 30, 2010

Is Moving Furniture Remodeling

I need the assistance of all you talented and creative bloggers out there.   

I am joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphasis Monday.  There are such amazing things on this web party that I couldn't resist enlisting some advice.   

The living room in our house has become a real challenge for me.  I want a room we can use, without alot of formality.  More like a parlor than a living room.  It's pretty large and is the last room I have to finish.

The room is rectangular so I decided to move my dining room table into the living room, in front of the window, and turn what is supposed to be the dining room into a sitting area.  Although it's a beautiful home and I enjoy it,  the bedroom is right off the dining room and you look from the dining room to the bathtub.  It has bugged me to no end since we moved.  So, it's easier to move the furniture than remodel a perfectly good house.

Here is what I mean about the bathtub:

I know it seems like pretty small thing.  Perfect husband says that closing both the doors is the best solution, but for some reason I never manage to remember to close them.

So, there is the table after the move:

And here is the dining room that I want to revamp into a sitting area.  It's right off the porch between the kitchen and master bedroom.  My long range plan is to replace the single opening door with a set of french doors that both open out to the porch.

(I moved the small drop leaf table under the chandelier to protect our heads)

I just don't know.  I guess I need to live with it a while before I move the chandelier, but I think I'll move the  hutch before I make a final decision.  And set and use the table a few times before I take the plunge and have the electrical moved and hang a chandelier.  I'd definitely like to put an area rug under the table also.

Why am I posting this?  I really want some opinions, ideas and comments on this change.  I'm not a designer and really don't want to call one in at this point ($$). 

Thanks for stopping by and (as long as it's clean) I honestly want your feedback. 

Don't forget to check out Metamorphasis Monday -- you'll love it. 

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Aqua and Yellow Delight

I got inspired by this tablecloth recently.  So while perfect husband was out of town I decided to play with dishes for a while.  I'm not ready to say a total goodbye to summer yet.

I just love the way the vintage linens always clean up and iron so beautifully (althought you cannot tell from this photo!)

It looks like wisteria to me, only it's aqua instead of blue.

Notice this cute little bird.  Pier One had only one napkin ring

Even though I couldn't come up with a really nice centerpiece (which is common for me) I am pleased with the table.    Beesides, who needs a centerpiece once the food is served.

The dinner plates are Lifetime China "Turquoise Magnolia"  (I didn't show the entire plate);
the bird salad plates I picked up at Marshall's and are Maxcera, "Cera Blanco Bird";
the flatware is Reed and Barton, "Asian Bird" that I got on sale this year;
the glassware is from Ross (I think) and is recycled glass;
the little aqua and yellow plates I've  had for a long time and usually use for appetizers;
the napkins are just some plain white I've had for a long time.

Thanks so much for visiting.  I am joining Susan, our wonderful hostess at Between Naps on the Porch for her Tablescape Thursday.  There are wonderful posts through her party that are truly inspirational.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Tea for Me

I usually set two teacups even if it's just for me, but today, I only set one.  It was such a blessing to grab a quiet moment just to reflect. 

Our weather has turned warm finally and we will actually be able to eat outside at supper time.   I am loving the sunshine early in the morning rather than all overcast and gloomy.

This is a Salisburg teacup that I've had a while.  Although some of the aqua part is chipping off, I still like it.  I especially like the grey just inside the rim.

I am joining the following blog parties:

Teatime Tuesday at Lady Katherine's Tea Parlor

Teacup Tuesday at Martha's Favorites

Tuesday Tea for Two with Wanda at The Plumed Pen

Thanks so much for joining me today.  I hope you have a great week.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Housework Is Always There

I have noticed there are several blogs that I follow lately that talk about housework.  I'm guessing it's due to school starting and fall coming upon us.  The never ending chores.  I have always been taught that if your house isn't getting cleaner, it's getting dirtier.  Such a burden. 

When I retired a couple of years ago I felt guilty having someone come in and clean.  I mean, really, what the heck else am I doing?  Anyone else suffer that.   Well, I now have a little grandgirl that I keep for a few hours twice a week so my SIL can finish his degree.  I love it, but whew is it time consuming (I guess that's the point isn't it) 

All of a sudden I began to feel that all I did was clean toilets, vacuum, dust, do dishes, mop and do laundry.    Then I thought of all those Mom's out there, and I just don't know how they do it.  And believe me, I am NOT a clean freak.  I have no problem going to bed with dishes in the sink and clutter in the family room.

I try every new gadget and cleaning thing that comes along.  The swiffer dusters, pet hair removers, the shark steamer (which I do love), the "automatic" shower sprayer thing, toilet gel things, different mops and mop heads, even the ShamWow.  None of it really makes alot of difference, it is still housework, and it is really no less work, no matter how many gadgets you use.  And by the time you try them all, you've spent a small fortune.

So about 2 months ago perfect husband 'put his foot down' (ha ha ha) and now I have a service.  It is a little expensive to me, but rather than having one person that I have to employ and instruct that comes for 8 hours or so, there are 4 gals who come in with their own supplies (including their own vacuum) and they are here for about 2 hours.  They change the sheets and do whatever dishes are in the sink and clean blinds and baseboards, toilets, tubs, etc.  They will even clean the fridge if I call their boss and ask her. 

I still vacuum as needed, take care of the laundry and fight pet hair continually.  After all, I have three dogs and I am a continual mess-maker.  But I do feel less pressure, I feel like the house is "ready" and comfortable for drop-in visitors. 

I know times are tight and things are difficult, but if you can even afford it once a month I highly recommend it.  It frees you up to lighten up and enjoy your home.   More time for your family, your projects, and you.  I think perhaps there should be a government assistance program for it (I'm kidding of course, sort of).

I have no other tips or hints to make it easier or more enjoyable, and I don't have any clever gadget to recommend although if I run across one I'll let ya know.

Happy Friday.  Thanks for stopping by.  Have a wonderful weekend and try not to clean anything for at least 12 hours!!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Attention Scapers New Chargers

I was surfing around the other day for and ran across these chargers from J.C. Penney on sale.  They don't look like much on line, but they are very nice in person.  They are not too heavy, but are sturdy and even have little padded feet on them.  They are also more brown than they look on line.  I'm pretty pleased and wanted to share my find.

Just an FYI for fellow scapers.


Back showing little foot things.

So far, they seem very stable and don't rattle around on the table. 

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Haviland Luncheon for Company

I am joining Susan, the wonderful host of Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch.  There are so many talented "scapers" who participate and inspire.

We've had lots of company so far this summer so I was ready for a reason to use my 'new' Haviland.  A brunch for four seemed perfect.

I set the table before I started cooking, so didn't get photos of the food.  We had fruit (strawberries, blueberries and raspberries with a drizzle of agave), a little green salad with a simple dressing and toasted walnuts, and a cheese and vegetable quiche as well as a little breakfast roll, kind of a cross between a biscuit and a croissant. 

You may already know this is my recent Haviland find.  I'm looking forward to putting them to use so this is my first quicky attemp.

I thought using the greyish goblets would play upon the black in the dishware.
Here a closer look at the etching on these little sherbet cups from GoodWill. 

It was a great little brunch before a day of wine tasting and sight seeing. 

The Haviland is Schleiger #278 from a local antique mall;
fruit dishes are from Goodwill for $.25 each and I love the etching and little touch of grey in them;
water goblets are probably Libby that I've had for a while;
flatware is from Pier One, the Tadpole pattern that is years old;
tablecloth and napkins are probably from Ross, and;
I used the yellow Independence Ironstone dinner plates for chargers just to play up the yellow.

Thanks so much for visiting.  Don't forget to check out Tablescape Thursday.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

An Early Coral Dinner

After a busy, busy week of company things are beginning to settle down, only to gear up for more company in a few weeks.  Ah, the joys of summer.

I am joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday

http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/2010/08/welcome-to-103rd-tablescape-thursday-my.htmlBetween Naps on the Porch Tablescape Thursday

This week was finally sunny and warm again so I decided to play around with a little lighter setting for an early supper with some friends.  With the gladiolas in full bloom color inspiration was pretty easy

The tablecloth is just a piece of fabric I've had for a while over a plain white tablecloth;
the plates and bowls are from Marshall's;
the salad plates are Mikasa Renaissance L2019 that were a Goodwill find;
the flatware is Reed and Barton stainless called "Asian Bird";
the napkins are from Pier One;
the goblets are recycled glass probably from Ross, and;
the flowers are from my yard.

Thanks so much for visiting.  I so enjoy all the beautiful and creative settings.  I hope you have enjoyed mine.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

My Haviland Find

I don't know about other 'dish freaks' but I have always wanted some Haviland Limoges.  Not sure why, but I have.  However, I'm not a huge fan of most of the patterns.  Don't get me wrong, they are beautiful and delicate and just breath taking.  But they seem so delicate and floral they just aren't me and I don't think I could ever make them 'work'. 

Recently I popped into one of my favorite shops and sitting on the floor in a shopping bag were some dishes.  They are 33 pieces total, simple pattern.  Two have minor chips.  But on the bag was $35.00 .  I turned the plate over and there is was "Haviland Limoges".  I went to the lady at the desk and asked her if the price was for the entire bag and when she said yes, I snatched them up and was outta there.

Do I need more dishes; of course not.  Do I have any place left in my house to store them; of course not.  Could I pass them up; of course not. 

The are Schlieger #278.  And are a simple pattern that I can definintely work.  So, without further delay, here they are.

Thanks so much for visiting.  Have a wonderful week.