How Many Is Too Many?

bedroomWhen he turns back the bed, the hubby’s question is always the same.  “Is it necessary to have all these ****** pillows?”  

bedroom“Some of these suckers weigh enough to qualify as weights,” he goes on.

img_8553I smile to myself pretending not to hear and envision the bed looking like this

img_8554or this.

Now those looks don’t work for me, but maybe the rest of you should chime in on how many pillows is too many.

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To Do or Not?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATumbling out of bed in the morning, it is left rumpled and mussed.  

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe duvet rests untidily on a chair.

Making the bed is not my first priority. No, I head to the kitchen for that first cup of coffee and then settle in a comfortable chair to read a favorite poet (Billy Collins) or have a few quiet moments before starting the day.

bedroomWhen I return to the bedroom to get dressed, that messy bed screams to be tidied and I spend the few minutes it takes to put it back together.  

bedroomAll done, the room takes on an aura of calmness.  I like knowing that tonight when I return to the bed the sheets will be pulled tight and the blanket smoothed.  Those are simple things that give me inner peace.

bedroomMay I tell you the hubby would be just as happy if the bed were not made and all the pillows did not have to be removed night after night!

How about you, where does bed making rate on your list?

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Inspiration Thursday


TexasNo sooner do you get into Texas than you begin to notice changes that define its character.

TexasThere are lots of wide open spaces with cattle grazing and maybe an oil well or two pumping away.

TexasChemical plants and refineries are not unusual sights,

Texas/pickupand pickups are more common than cars.

Texas/HoustonAs you get closer to Houston, billboards and strip centers line the highway, not a pretty sight as an entrance to the nation’s fourth largest city.

HoustonFreeways widen to 4-6 lanes in an effort to keep traffic moving

Houstonand spaghetti bowls head off in every direction.

HoustonNo matter how wide the freeways or how many there are, traffic can come to a complete stop at any time of day.  A Maine friend thinks 4 or 5 cars stopped in traffic is gridlock.  Wonder what he’d say about this!

HoustonSpying the city skyline in the distance, I am awed by its transformation in recent years.  Little of the old is there, but that is characteristic of Houston which has demolished so much of its history to create a new story and reflect its can do attitude.

HoustonCranes are everywhere, and new construction is proof of Houston’s booming economy.  This kind of activity is not what one sees much of in Maine which is both a positive and a negative.

Houston’s bigness makes me a little panicky.  All the traffic, all the activity are things that take some getting used to after several months in a much more tranquil environment.  Also, I have to start thinking differently about what is beautiful.  It won’t be the harbor or magical islands or evening sunsets. 

HoustonAs all of these thoughts race through my head, we turn the corner and up ahead I see our house and am calmed.  It is close to all the things that Houston has to offer, but the uniqueness of this area is that it seems far removed from the city’s bustle.   This, too, is a place I’m lucky to call home, and after 14 states, 2280 miles and 34 hours in the car I’m glad to be here.

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Final Touches

Maine HouseChanging the sofa seemed simple, but rarely is anything as simple as we first think.  That yellow coffee table just didn’t resonate with the new sofa, so it had to change.  Some of you suggested painting it red, orange, turquoise or white, all good ideas.

My first inclination was to go with one of the colors, but as I looked at the room, several things struck me.  First, there is a lot of white trim.  There is  more contrast between the sofa and the wall color than previously.  There is ample color in the accessories.  With all this going on, I feared this relatively small room getting too chaotic.

Maine houseThe final decision: paint the table the same color as the wall.  Looking at the table, you might think the color different from the walls.  It does differ slightly, and this is why.  The wall is a flat paint that absorbs light making it appear darker.  The table is a satin gloss which reflects light making it appear shades lighter.  When you are painting different surfaces with a different paint, this is something to remember.  To come close to matching color, have gloss paints made darker by doubling  or tripling the formula.  For this paint, I also had black added for more depth.  When adding black, however, do be careful because too much can muddy the color.

Maine houseLook and you will see another change: the rug.  While waiting for the paint on the table to dry, I kept looking at the purple rug and feeling that it no longer worked.  The new one is from eSaleRugs, a wonderful internet resource. The multiple shades of green tie everything together as well as relate to the dining room rug which is a few feet from this space.  The rug is slightly larger than 5×8 and was a great price, $148 including shipping.  To my amazement, it arrived two days after the order was placed.  How often does that happen!

Maine houseAll done, most everything is different.  One thing that did stay the same is the art over the sofa.  It is a piece by one of my talented daughters whose work is always our favorite.  Maine houseLook closely and you will see that it is a combination of painted and collaged surfaces, and the house shapes are suspended with tape measures.   Such a clever presentation.

Well, that’s it.  It’s amazing what a few changes can do to give a room a whole different look, and, in this case, make it a much more comfortable space. 

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From Dream to Reality

A Simple Fix

Maine houseA new sofa wasn’t the only thing the hubby felt was in order these last months.   He also thought it time for a new TV thanks to Time Warner having replaced our cable box with a new one that accommodated HD.  The result was a very blurry screen on the old TV.

Maine houseAt one time the old unit was a top of the line Sony with a big screen, and it fit perfectly into its custom space.  The same could not be said for the new shorter model which made me a little crazy.

Maine houseI guess the hubby got tired of my whining about the fit and came to the rescue with a very simple solution.  He cut a piece of 1/2″ birch plywood to fit the space above the new flat screen model, trimmed it to match the other shelves

Maine houseand mounted it inside the space on side rails.  The bottom of the shelf doesn’t show, so it wasn’t really necessary to paint the underside.

Maine houseSanded and painted it’s impossible to tell that the newly installed shelf hasn’t always been there.

Maine houseBest of all, I can now look at the TV without being distracted by the lack of perfection that existed.  Oh, and having that extra shelf provides one more surface on which to place special treasures.  A girl can never have too many flat surfaces, don’t you agree?

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From Dream to Reality

Pumpkin Love

Beth'sAmong the many things that excite me this time of year is going to Beth’s Farm Market in Warren, Maine.

pumpkinspumpkinspumpkinsLinda  078There I am in pumpkin heaven surrounded by more textures and colors of pumpkins and gourds than ever imagined.

Linda  075The hard part is deciding what to get, so I just load my basket with no idea what happens next.

pumpkins/porchAt home, the front porch need a little change from summer to fall and my bounty will fill the bill.

porch/pumpkinsThe good for all seasons wheelbarrow has a new load of pumpkins and gourds that are perfect company for the mums bursting with color.

pumpkins/porchPlants on this little chair are looking a trifle puny, so they are tossed and replaced.  pumpkinsAren’t the textures on these wonderful?  The lighter orange one is called a peanut  pumpkin, and it’s easy to see why.

wreathSome of the small pumpkins could probably be attached to the burlap wreath, but sunflowers seem as much a part of fall as pumpkins and add a bit of contrast to the orange tones.

pumpkins/kitchenPorch finished, still there are more pumpkins, so inside they go

pumpkina/kitchenwhere they nestle happily on the kitchen island. It’s likely they will stay right there through Thanksgiving.  Now, that’s what I call bang for the buck! 

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Falling for Fall Porch Party

Muslin, An Inspiration?

Why do I have 50 yards of gauzy muslin?  I can’t remember why I bought it, but there must have been a reason.

first tablescapeSome has been used as a runner for  the table.  Some has been been used for  birthday parties and at Christmas. Still there’re yards on the bolt, so it’s time to get creative.

Houston houseThis daughter’s room, now mostly unused, seems a good place to start. I cut lengths of the muslin to drape on the bed frame.

Houston houseThe bed, I think, was a first step to what would become her own country French style.  She and her dad made it when she was a senior in high school.  I thought it would one day go to her home, but that has not yet happened.  When she looks at the bed now, she sees it as not quite what she wanted.  Oh well, it was a beginner’s effort, and I’ve never had the urge to change it out because it represents a task shared by father and daughter.

Houston houseWith the muslin in place, I was inspired to bring out my grandmother’s quilts which have long been in the closet.   The colors in this one are perfect against the backdrop of red walls.  Even the bears,  leftovers from the daughter’s younger days, are right at home on the bed.

Houston houseWith the theme that is evolving, this becomes the room in which to put a cabinet that was at my mothers but has not had the right space here.  Made by one of my father’s relatives, it is well over 100 years old and for me is a memory since childhood.   It is one of our few family heirlooms, and I hope it will survive the years.

Houston house  My great grandmother used the cabinet for linen storage, so it seemed appropriate for it to serve a similar purpose.  Out of plastic bags came more quilts to line the shelves.  They are such treasures, and I love having them  where I can see them and be reminded of the women who made them. 

Houston house In another time, they would have been much used, but because of their age, I hesitate to do more than display them.

Houston houseStill another quilt lays atop cabinets and is the background for a couple of birdhouses that are too tall for the space where others are displayed.

So there you have it, a simple do over project that becomes a display for much loved pieces that create a very warm and friendly room and trigger a multitude of memories. 

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Bed linens: Soft Surroundings

Wall colors:  Independence Red and Fresco Gray from Benjamin Moore


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