A Quick Tour through the First Floor

I haven’t taken any up-to-date photos for a while.

The kitchen was set up with most of the party food except the cakes.

We straightened the first floor for the surprise birthday party last Friday night.

The island was set up with a salad bar. Most popular items: avocado and chopped eggs.

Thirty people attended.

The late afternoon sun reflects off the island granite.
The conservatory is a favorite space.

The next day was beautifully bright so I photographed the entire space.

The floor plan might make the layout more understandable.
The dining room can be seen from the conservatory.
I must finish the covers for the cushions on the window seat.
The dining room flows through to the living room.
We flipped the Bergere chairs to face the fireplace on a cold day.
Dining Room

We still have tweaks to make but the downstairs is very livable.

Do you keep fresh flowers in the house on a regular basis?

It Doesn’t Work

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.
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.
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?

Rug Switcheroo in The Cottage

The Cottage has been inhabited for about 4 months.

The Cottage in fall.
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.
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 this post.

The bright aqua rug needed to be replaced.
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 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 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?

10 Pieces I’d Like to Get Rid Of

Some things are difficult to let go of.

My drafting table.
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
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.

  1.  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.
    Refinished cedar chest ready for the next generation.
  2. 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
    Nested Tables
  3. 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.
    The vintage Singer sewing machine resides in a sturdy lift-top table.
  4.  3 Sleds: Hoping to pass these onto the grandchildren as they come along.

    Nothing says winter like sleds.
    Nothing says winter like sleds.
  5.  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 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?

In Preparation

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.
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.
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.
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.
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?

Bye Bye Drafting Table

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.
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.
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.
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.
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?

A Few Accessories for the Conservatory

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A large blue lacquer tray.

Finally, a blue enamel tray caught my eye.

I like how the colors are coming together.
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?