Saturday, July 7, 2012

Been busy re-decorating.....

Entrance room - re-vamp
Two weeks ago today I was busy painting this room which is an entrance room/chill-out room on the ground floor of our home. I wish now that I had taken before photos as the transformation of this space is quite something compared to the dull, messy uninspiring room it used to be. With the help of some very good friends and a neighbour we painted over the ugly yellow walls, made new covers for the window seat squabs  and re-arranged and added new bits and pieces from other parts of our home. This room is now welcoming, colourful, warmer, and well more "me" and I love it!

Entrance room - re-vamp
At the entrance is a large old pottery jar to hold umbrella's and a cane basket for our shoes which used to be in my sewing attic filled with fabric but looks much nicer than the bulky wooden box we had for our shoes before.


Entrance room - re-vamp 
My good friend Darleen transformed this trolley from a too bright green into a calmer 'Martha Stewart grey/green, perfect for showcasing some quilts and a cross-stitched butterfly sampler picture I completed a few years ago now. The wooden tray was hand-crafted many years ago by a great-uncle.

My grandmother's organ 
To the left of  the trolley is my Grandmothers organ which is patiently waiting for a rub down and a new coat of varnish after it was inadvertently damaged when our hot water cylinder burst one year. I also have plans for a new cushion for the stool.

Entrance room - re-vamp 
Opposite the doorway sits my Grandmother's beautiful cane armchair adorned with a colourful log cabin quilt and my favourite circle cushion. The old trunk is one of 2 trunks that were bought out from Northern Ireland by my Great-grandparents. The old brown leather suitcase was rescued from my parents garage and the blue suitcase used to be my school bag.

New cushions
These 2 cushions are the only new items in this room and were made especially for me and to go in this room by my kind and generous neighbour. She was also the clever seamstress who whipped up the new blue covers for the window seat squabs.

Window seat - re-vamp
Three of my quilts piled together and out of hiding from my sewing attic for all to see along with the round 'pie' cushion made from some vibrant Bali batiks.

Window seat - re-vamp
My colourful crochet rug casually draped on the window seat now adds not only more colour but another texture to the room and is already been used as a bed by one of our cats. Nothing like a cat sleeping in a window seat to make a house look more like a home.
So, sorry for the absence from my blog for the last couple of weeks but as you can see I have not been idle. I am slowly finding my feet and finding myself again in this new chapter of my life as a single Mum of 2 beautiful girls who inspire me to keep going.
This post is dedicated to my good friends who continue to support me in many ways. Thank you Darleen, Karen and Rosalie, I am very grateful to have such good friends.

15 comments:

Deb said...

Catherine, it looks lovely. So fresh and bright. You will definitely be pleased.

Julie said...

What a lovely room - I feel like stretching out on your window seat with a good book and cup of hot chocolate - your cat could keep me company. So nice to have you back again - good luck to you and your girls in this new life chapter.

Catherine said...

Thanks Julie! Yes it's the perfect place to curl up with a book and watch the world go past.

Karen said...

I am very grateful to have you as a friend too. Wishing you every happiness in this new chapter of your life.
I love your room makeover. It does indeed look inviting. Yes a cat sleeping in the window on your crochet rug would shout 'home'. I love all your nostalgic touches. I can't belive you have your old school case. I had an orange one. Mine didn't escape a flood.

Rafael's Mum said...

What a beautiful inviting place it now looks! You really should have taken pics but you never think of it before do you! (I haven't taken any but only half way through clearup). And how lovely to have such good friends lending a hand. Yay for friends near and far!! A lovely result and beautifully colour coordinated!!

XUE said...

Yes, thank God for true friends! I love the little details & the stories for each item. One day, maybe we can have tea in this corner! Hugs from not that far away, today.

Second Chance Tan said...

This looks like a wonderful welcoming space, with fab colours and nostalgic touches. Sending you lots of love for the new chapter ahead xx

Lora said...

it looks gorgeous!

Michele Pacey said...

Catherine you've been busy! Redecorating is such a great way to move on and bring more of your present self into a space. You've done such a beautiful job. I love seeing all your familiar creations in use. It makes it seem so homey and so YOU. :)

Leslie said...

your home looks so cozy and inviting.

Little Blue Mouse said...

It looks lovely and I love that you have so many memories in this room.

Katy Cameron said...

It all looks lovely, well done to all involved :o)

Nic said...

What a happy, lovely, relaxing room! You've done some great work based on your description of it's before state.

Good luck to you and your daughters on this new chapter. It sounds like you're off to a good start with it. Sorry I didn't pick up on there being something big happening with you. I've just skimmed back through your blog, and when you first hinted at it I was pretty deep in grief and not really paying attention to much around me. Just looking at blogs for pretty pics. I'm sorry you've had a bad time and hope things continue to improve. Hugs.

Ducks and Rabbits said...

Love love love it! Especially all the history and stories and helping hands that go into it.

Sue said...

Perfectly relaxing space, love the calm colours with the pops of bright patchwork and crochet!

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