Sunday, March 18, 2007

Shnoozin' and Stuff

It was a beautiful sunny day yesterday and the snow is finally melting......

Teddy was the first to enjoy sunning himself on the old couch put back by the window...........

Someone else thought it a grand idea.........

The floor is almost finished. Just the edges left to do. The furniture is put back but the room is stripped bare of everything else. A few throw pillows are off to my sister because they`ll match her black couch. It`s easier to picture future decor in my mind`s eye without any old frills on furniture, floor or walls. Keep it stripped as bare as possible for now. This being decorating on a budget, I`m starting with pieces I already have that only need a bit of paint to change them. Then next will come the fabrics, bit by bit. The couch and chairs, a couple lampshades etc re-covered. That will be a huge project but fun if I can make the paper patterns correct. The curtains. A window ledge on the new window. Plants. Prints for the walls. Then one area rug to start. Bit by bit it`ll all come together. There won`t be a "room picture" for a good while but there can be pictures of the bits and pieces as I go that will be in the room. Then one day I can show it all together. I`m really excited about this one. Part of the fun is in the planning and imagining it unfold.

Looking through all my magazines, I couldn`t find much of what I was looking for. But this picture held me for some reason. The colours are much nicer than the camera could capture but it gives an idea. I`m going to use it as a jump off point by imagining what the room behind those nice green doors might look like. How it might visually flow out to this quaint and peaceful little area. What would it look like? Hmmmmmmm......loads to contemplate and plan.
We went to see Number 23 last night with Jim Carrey. The movie was interesting with some plot twists but not one I would say "you just have to see this movie!". He did a good job playing such a serious part.
Hope everyone is having a really nice weekend :)

22 comments:

smilnsigh said...

Oh what a lovely jumping-off-point picture to use, for your decorating ideas!! Mmmm.. yes.

Lucky you! Melting snow. And you can see patio again. Not here!!!! -whine-

And those pics of your kitties, asleep in the sun, on the couch... are the purrrrrrfect picture of contented napping. One of my favorite things!!!!!!!!! :-)

Mari-Nanci

FarmgirlCyn said...

Gosh, Tea, i love this photo! I have a big binder i fill with ideas and when I need inspiration i go back and look over my collections!

CJ said...

What a lovely picture...I adore places like that. I'm saving the pic to my favs also. Being shoestring decorators ourselves (well perhaps 'shoestring' is a bit ambitious. Love the snoozing kitties ;)Your snow's melting but we have a blizzard warning out for the next 2 days...so much for spring, lol

Molecular Turtle said...

You took some really interesting shots. Keep them coming!

Rowan said...

Love the pictures of Angus and Teddy - cats always look so relaxed and comfortable don't they? I like the room picture, it's a good idea to start without the previous ornaments etc. I can never imagine my rooms any way but as they are so I think I may try that as well because I'd like to change things round. We got snow yesterday, not much thank goodness but enough to mean no gardening.

HORIZON said...

Oh yes, l see what you mean by the picture- l could live there- so inviting and the colours just work- don't they!
I am looking forward to doing something new around here now- you have inspried me-;)
Bests
ps- snowing here today with sunshine too and it's March!!

Lee-ann said...

Tea it is a beautiful picture and I am sure you will do a similar spectacular job of your living areas as we see here.

Decorating is a never ending project and I know you enjoy the artistic side of it too.

best wishes to you Lee-ann

Christine said...

It'll look great~ love the photos of the cats!

Jacran Cottage said...

Oh yes, isn't the sunshine and melting snow wonderful! It's snowing again this morning, but they say it will turn to rain this afternoon and wash it all away.

That's a lovely room - very restful and relaxing! You'd better have a green thumb to have that many plants though! My thumb is decidely towards the shades of black, pity any plant that comes to live with me!!

Love the photos of the cats enjoying the sunshine. What a life they have!!!

Home Away from Home. said...

Hi Tea,
Sounds like it's coming along. My schedule of painting fell behind this weekend. I'll post all about it a bit later today.
Glad to see your snow melting. Today is 50!!! No snow and sunshine. :) It's hard to focus on the inside of the house. But today, I'm finally painting the art room. It should be done later.
The cats looks so comfy. :) You have so many neat ideas. I wish we were closer and you could do some consulting.
Hugs. Have a great week. :)
-patty

Reflection Through The Seasons said...

Hello Tea...
Pleased to hear the project is coming along. I do agree that it is exciting when you do changes at home and like ours too, they can take a long time.

John and I are contemplating taking a wall down between the sitting room and dining room, we shall get the help of builders this time, normally we tackle such things ourselves. However, I can’t cope with the mess right now, maybe in the summer sometime.

Love the pictures of the snoozing cats, not a care in the world!!! Marion

Sheila said...

The cats have the right idea. Napping in the sunshine is bliss.
Your decorating is coming along then...I look forward (as I'm sure you do!)to seeing photos of the finished project.
The room illustration you show is a nice inspirational photo, I find they help sometimes.

rusty in miami said...

I am sure the room when finish will be what you always wanted. My wife did the same with our bedroom and it turned out exactly like the picture she had.

Buddy said...

Wow, you and your husband always seem to have some project or another going! You have a very nice home though! That's for sure!

tash said...

Your cats look so very relaxed - our dog is the same if you show her a sunbeam anywhere!

Have a wonderful week :)

Carol said...

Tea that magazine picture is very beautiful it looks like a garden room which is something I've always dreamt of owning! Have fun dreaming and planning! xox

Oh and go the snow finally melting!

Kahshe Cottager said...

The fur kids have the right approach to decorating! Find a sunny spot to snooze and become room accessories!!!

Your inspiration photo is beautiful and I am sure you will have a room just a lovely when you are done.

Dan said...

You can't go wrong with photos of cats. And your cats are adorable. My cat is actually in my new video. :)

LADY LUXIE said...

would I love to do hat the kids are doin' right now!

hello Miss Tea...been here and here for some time...always inspires me!

Tricia said...

nice magazine photo.. i too am slowly incorporating the country/shabby chic decor scheme into my house... it is so pretty and homey to me...

james higham said...

In deep depression. The photo of the beautiful, clean, perfect snow being consumed by the hot sweaty soon to be summer. Ugggh! I'm going into hibernation until the Fall.

tongue in cheek said...

Don't your cats look cozy and warm!!