I love my new
rattan bench that I bought for the conservatory.
The bench under the window is not a comfortable spot to watch television.
Unfortunately it doesn’t really work under the windows.
I still need a coffee table in here.
So we’ve returned both loveseats back to the conservatory and put the bench in the dining room — for now.
What happens when you miscalculate?
The Cottage has been inhabited for about 4 months.
The Cottage in fall.
There have been lots of changes in that short time and
more are planned.
In the beginning there was only a remnant of carpet in The Cottage.
We went shopping for rugs back in October and found the ones in
The bright aqua rug needed to be replaced.
Unfortunately on that buying trip we didn’t look at a runner to replace the old remnant that was covering the floor between the bedroom area and the living room area.
The runner was added to span the “hall” between the bed area and sofa area.
The tenant finally decided to get a runner that matched the denim-colored rug to cover the space.
The aqua rug has been relegated to the back of The Cottage near the bathroom/laundry area.
The aqua remnant was repositioned back near the floating wall.
Do you have vintage rugs?
Some things are difficult to let go of.
My drafting table.
I just sold for a song
my drafting table from college and the early days of my career as a set designer.
Marble-Topped End Tables
I’d like to thin out a few more things. (I’ve already let go of my
dining room table and my grandmother’s marble topped living room coffee and end tables.) Unfortunately they don’t all historically belong to me. Some are Charlie’s.
Cedar chest: Charlie refinished this a few years ago when his daughter was married with the intention of giving it to her since it belonged to his mother. It takes up a lot of room. Hoping to pass it off soon to the next generation.
Refinished cedar chest ready for the next generation. Nested tables: A set of
3 nesting tables that belonged to Charlie’s grandparents. They look like a product by the Bombay Company. I would like to post these on Craigslist.
Nested Tables Sewing machine: I gave it a good try but my grandmother’s
sewing machine is just too much machine for my soon-to-be tidy house.
The vintage Singer sewing machine resides in a sturdy lift-top table.
3 Sleds: Hoping to pass these onto the grandchildren as they come along.
Nothing says winter like sleds.
2 Handmade Cabinets: Our now-deceased friend made these two glass-front cabinets and gave them to us. I have tried to work them into our décor but just can’t find the right place for them. Maybe someone else will have a special spot for signature items.
I can’t find a good place for these cabinets at The Glade.
I know the list looks like 5 items but in terms of actual pieces there are 10. I’d be happy to see them gone this year.
How do you pursue your dreams?
I cleared the way for our
new bench to be delivered. (It was supposed to come on Monday but arrived yesterday after a lot of miscommunication with the freight company.)
Eventually the conservatory will be transformed.
I moved one of the loveseats out of the conservatory to make room for the bench.
This loveseat actually fits well in the dining room.
The only free space was in the dining room in front of the wall adjacent to the kitchen.
This is a comfortable, well-lit spot to work on the computer or read.
Eventually I will get rid of one or two loveseats but I’ve been having my morning coffee in this one for a few days now. It’s very convenient.
For now the bench is in the middle of the room.
It’s going to stay in this position at least until after our party in early March. We can never have too much seating during a party, especially near the food table.
How happy would you be to clear out some old clutter?
Remember when I said I didn’t want to part with
my drafting table from college?
The drafting table has been cluttering up the porch among other bits of clutter.
All of your good advice from the end of
this post and the fact that I’m tired of seeing it sitting on the porch has given me the impetus to list it for a cheap price, $25, on Craigslist.
This table folds almost flat for travel and storage.
When a buyer texted and offered $20 I agreed to let it go.
Along with the table I included the parallel and green/cream Vyco which is worth at least $40.
An artist and her husband who had just arrived from Siberia picked it up after dark last night.
Sometimes our street is more like a nightmare than a fairy tale.
The artist described our dark, winding road as “like a fairy tale”.
How would you describe your street?
I’m sure Charlie doesn’t understand my desire to lighten the conservatory.
We’ve been using a pair of facing loveseats in the conservatory.
When I told him I bought a
rattan bench he looked bewildered.
The chair fit easily in my hatchback.
Then I sent him a photo of a grey wicker chair and he said, “Ok!?” Later he asked where the chair is for.
The grey chair complements the grey door.
I purchased the wicker chair from our
local model home resale store.
This chair is sturdy and comfortable.
I used a flat toile pillow from the living room for a seat cushion.
Some of these pillows will end up in the conservatory when the new bench arrives.
I also purchased 3 velvet pillows for $5 each. I understand
velvet is “in” now.
A large blue lacquer tray.
Finally, a blue enamel tray caught my eye.
I like how the colors are coming together.
For $8 I knew I’d find a spot for it.
Do you have a favorite shopping emporium?