Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The blizzard of 2013

The kids were ecstatic to learn they were getting a snow day today. I don't know about you all, but I think I get just as excited and happy when there is a snow day. Snowy, blustery days are perfect for lounging in pajamas all day, eating grilled cheese sandwiches, drink cocoa and watch movies. Naturally, I didn't do any of that. Although I have been in sweats and sweatshirt all day. So I think that sort of counts.

What a snow day is good for, it starting, working on, or completing little projects around the house that have been ignored for far too long.

After pouring my first cup of joe this morning, I climbed back into bed with my laptop and started surfing the internet in hopes of finding some ideas for decorating our master bedroom. We have had the same style furniture for as long as we have been married and it's really good quality, so I know the mister will put his foot down if I try to cajole him into new digs for the room. So, what can a person do with a limited budget but unlimited ideas? hmmmmm

I've been saving "pins" on Pinterest for a while now and as I looked over my boards today, I realized my taste tends to lean towards a French provincial look. I love the look of antique linens in creams and whites, with pillows piled high. I love the simplicity of basic, great quality window coverings and I love antiques in pretty much all shape, condition and size.

Is that what I have? No. This is my husband's dresser (mine has too much stuff on the top to photograph at the moment).

I was thinking maybe I would paint it something lighter and antique it, maybe in a soft gray? And then my friend talked me off the proverbial furniture ledge and reminded me that this is a classic style and will never truly go out of style. I might switch out the drawer pulls for something else. Not sure yet. 

What I am going to do is move this fabulous armoire that my Momma painted down into the guest room. It only houses my husband's old military uniforms and is taking up precious floor space. I think it will great in the guest room and add an element of fun. 

It is pretty cool, don't you think? My Momma is super talented. I often wonder why it is that my Mother, who has had her painting in museums and galleries all over the world, did not pass on any drawing gifts to me whatsoever! I also have a couple of very talented sisters who can draw ANYTHING! I can paint, just not anything other than colors. All in all, I still have to thank Mary Ann for bestowing on me the gift to be able to visualize and bring to fruition fun colorful furniture. Love you Mom!

I was trying to draw some inspiration off things I love and I always come back to this picture:
This was bought off a street painter in the Piazza Novona in Rome. I love the old architecture. This painting makes me visualize what is inside. What does the furniture look like? Is it over sized and dark? Is it petite and light? Is it hundreds of years old? I don't know, but I am going to redo my bedroom in what I imagine is inside. Want to know what I am going to do? You'll have to wait, but be guaranteed that re-purposed drop cloth will be involved. 

Keep watching!

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