It's HOT outside! So today I am staying inside and getting caught up on some chores. The painters are FINALLY done painting the exterior, so I have privacy once again. I'm so glad. I don't like having workers at the house. But boy! Did we need to be painted! We've been here 6 years, and now the house is 10 years old, and it was overdue! The So Cal sun just fades it so.
Here it is now! Nice and clean and fresh!
This time of the year when the sun moves so far north really takes it's toll on my dining room. There is some shade on that west side of the house, but since I have no blinds on the windows, just some light drapes, and absolutely nothing on the french doors, the sun just BEATS on my dining room table and chairs, and the carpet. I was so afraid it was all going to just fade and look terrible. So about 1 1/2 years ago, I bought a room divider. It's purpose is to block the sun from the french doors.
Normally I keep it here in this corner of the living room -
well, when the Christmas Tree isn't there :)
This picture was taken last fall.
But summer rolls along, and it heads for the dining room.
(And it weighs a TON!)
It works so well. The bummer is I can't lift it
out of the way every night to open the doors.
Only when we eat in there. So for summer - only the windows get opened.
But it is so worth it to save my furniture.
View from the entry
Well, moving the divider left me with a hole in this corner of the living room.
Sorry. I didn't think about taking pictures until I
had already moved the big sofa out into the entry.
So I started to play around. Now mind you, this
is the only room in the house, other than the kids' rooms,
that I can change the furniture around in.
So I came up with this.
Now I know you're thinking, "why didn't you just
push the big sofa under the window and call it a day?"
Well - see that big bush out the window?
That is a Night Blooming Jasmine. It is huge.
And it smells AWESOME!!! Every night when I
open the house, I must open those two windows
so when the sun goes down and the bush blooms -
it blows that wonderful fragrance into literally
every corner of the house. I cannot tell you how good it smells.
You can smell it all the way down to the street.
We'll sit out on the front patio with a glass of wine,
watch the sunset (can't see them from the backyard!)
and just inhale Heaven!! Absolutely DIVINE!
(I keep telling y'all that somebody needs to
come up with blogaroma.)
Anyhow - back inside!
This is the view into the living room from the downstairs
hallway. See? Easy access to my two windows. :)
I love this book on porches!!!
On the mantle ...
I love these textures next to each other.
The entry . . .
I used to have this is the dining room but
she has worked her way out to welcome our guests.
The view from the top of the stairs.
Have I ever showed you up here? Hmmmmm . . .
Well, come on up! Let's take a very quick, impromptu tour.
(Sorry about the glare. Wrong time of day for taking pictures!)
Yes, I am one of those people who likes greenery and florals.
(You either like them, or you don't.
I like them and am over what anyone on HGTV thinks.)
As long as they are good quality.
Every house with this floor plan that I have been inside,
has pictures hanging here. Well, I wanted something different!
I found these three rod iron "things" at Marshalls one day.
I took them into work and had Lucy (the floral guru!) work her magic.
I love the color and the different textures. I think they look great.
As you head up the stairs you see a BIG BLANK WALL!
I've always envisioned a tapestry, but the one I want I can't afford.
So now I'm thinking empty frames.
I have a few small ones in the family room on the mantle,
but I have two really BIG ones that I think would look great here.
My dilemma is - Paint them white? or leave them alone?
But that's another post.
Turn the corner at the landing and you face this niche.
I wish there was a recessed light in it.
It is very tall and very hard to access
That big aqua charger is 21" high
and weighs about 15#!
Continue on up and you arrive at the second
story landing with it's little Juliet balcony.
And I know I've already shown you the book shelves
in a previous post.
This old oak rocker was made for my maternal grandma.
She used it to rock all four of her kids in.
My Mom always had it in her bedroom, and she never told me
the history. When she died, she left it to me, and there
was a note on the underside of the seat with the story on it.
The pillow was a gift from an old friend given to me years ago
and the bear was my Mom's.
Master bedroom is straight ahead.
Well, that's it for my little impromptu tour. Thanks for stopping by! As for me, I'm off to the fridge to pour me a nice tall glass of iced tea!