Happy Thanskgiving to everyone!
I hope everyone has a blessed day filled with friends and family!
Me...well, I am spending this day alone...
but it has been such a blessing to me.
I haven't been cooking for 2 days or getting up at 4 in the morning to start the turkey...na da!
I have taken this opportunity to recoup from a very sore throat and fever....
Decorate the cottage for Christmas!
After the last 7 weeks of total go, go, go...I am loving this!
Mr. Bill is in Texas taking care of my mom...she had a mild heart attack on Monday...and needs to take it VERY easy...less stress...more rest.
My kids are allover ...some here...some in Texas with their "other " families.
And me and Otis Blue...we are watching Miracle on 34th street, It's a wonderful life and decorating for Christmas!
Upon my return from last weeks ordeal...I needed to do something productive...not work related.
I painted the walls in the cottage!
I had this color mixed that reminds me of concrete after it rains.
Kind of a muddy grey-taupe color.
I gave the walls 3 coats and then...
saved a little for touchups... and divided the remainder into 2 containers.
Next, I added white to 1 half....and black to the other.
This is what I used to paint the mantle/bookcase piece my husband built.
I then seriously distressed it so that the black underneath and some of the natural wood peeked thru...
then...I stained it with a warm, rich pecan.... and then finally used a finishing paste that was buffed off ...ta da!
I love it! don't you?
After it dried this weekend...I covered all of my books in white anaglypta wallpaper...
I loved the texture!
I then got out all of my Christmas and made a decision not to put up the bigger tree....instead this is one I found in our basement that we sometimes put outside in an urn by the door.
I just wanted everything to be more relaxed, a little elegant.
These photos are closeups of the mantle top.
I took this photo standing in the kitchen...you can see the mantle in the Murphy bed mirror!
This is the new rug I ordered back in August from Ballards...I love it!
It's a French poem about an ant and a cricket.
This is my new French settee and leaning mirror...also purchased before my schedule got nuts. All of this was being stored in the basement...until I painted...I didn't want to set it out until then.
I also decided to get all new matchstick blinds in a grey-wash finish for all the windows...I am still considering White panels on iron rods made form the same quilted fabric currently on my parsons chair. Not sure yet.
The dining nook
As you can see...I left things quite simple.
My little French chest...aka nightstand. and a new mirror!
I decoupaged book pages on my little lampshade.
I ordered this fabric to make cushion covers on the settee...I will show them to you when they are done.
I am going to get started on the Kitchen now...and then go upstairs in the big house and of course...
I will show you that as well!
This little cottage redo took me 3 days and I am so Thankful that I did it.
I feel so much better about spending the Winter out here again.
I can also get back to focusing on things that need to be done at the store...my clients homes...
and my new Etsy store!
one last look...before I go!
Have a blessed week!
love you all ...donna