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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.