December 6, 2017:


It's COLD here. Cold and windy. But the Sun has been out for the past 2 days so it's bright, and that helps me to bear the cold and the short days. Only 15 more days to Winter Solstice, and then each day, a few more minutes of daylight will magically begin to be added, and even though the cold and snow will continue, the "worst" will be over because I know we are over the hump and headed toward the Spring Equinox.

Meanwhile, I am busy decorating the tree. I dug out an old collage of photos from the former Maison Newton (above). Gosh, that was a beautiful fireplace. My current gel fuel fireplace is great, but no match for that large and lush gas fireplace in my former home. In my case, downsizing meant not only much less square footage and a single story (which IS nice), but no fireplace until I purchased my gel fuel fireplace. I love it, but there was only one wall I could put it on, and this current living room is much smaller than my former living room, so I sized the fireplace accordingly. (It was also much less expensive and did not need to be installed by professionals).

Yesterday I womaned up and muscled, huffed, puffed, cussed some, breathed heavily and heaved mightily to get my Christmas tree up the basement stairs and dragged into the living room, and then into position in front of the picture window overlooking the front of the house. Whew! Quite the work-out. But I wasn't ready this year to switch to a "single woman of a certain age" (4 foot tall) tree. Maybe next year...NAH!


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

A Beautiful Bedroom: The Look for Less!

Prior post and inspiration photo:

Just a quick post tonight.  I want to show you a couple of beds I found, "reasonably" priced.  Of course, "reasonably" is in the pocketbook of the beholder.  Me, I wouldn't pay that kind of money for this kind of bed, I'd buy a much less expensive metal four poster instead, or go the route I did in my own bedroom and just hang a "four poster net canopy" from the ceiling around my regular old style bed with no posts of any kind that gives me the effect of draping around my bed for about $30. Hey, whatever works! 

These are very pretty, though, I have to say!

First option from Wendy Furniture, includes free shipping so that's a pretty good deal, the:

Carey Traditional Dark Wood Queen Poster Canopy Bed
Carey Traditional Dark Wood Queen Poster Canopy Bed
QUEEN HEAD BOARD 65.3" X 4.1" X 53.6"H
QUEEN FOOT BOARD 65.3" X 4.1" X 21.3"H
QUEEN RAIL 82" X 3" X 7"H
QUEEN CANOPY 64" X 88.1" X 83.9"H
This bed has much simpler lines than the inspiration bed, but an elegant finish and lines.  Nope, no curved upholstered headboard -- I did not find a bed like that online, I figure the one in the inspiration photo was probably custom made -- CHA CHING!  At $520, the Carey Traditional Poster Canopy Bed from Wendy Furniture would provide a fabulous Shaker or "Zen" like look for a relatively modest price.

Bed option 2 is more ornate in its design, closer in spirit, I think, to the bed in the inspiration photo, but it has a much darker finish than what appears to be a medium "Pecan" or "Cherry." 

CM7720Q Queen Size Canopy Bed in Espresso finish, from Shoppers

Regular Price: $1,047.60
Your Price: $582.00
SKU: 38CM7720Q
Shipping NOT included in price - in home delivery will be extra (buyer beware)

Durable solid wood and veneers construction
Queen Size Canopy Bed
Espresso finish
Traditional style
Stylish furniture
Canopy Bed

1 x Queen Size Canopy Bed

Queen Size Canopy Bed:
88"L x 65-1/2"W x 84-1/2"H

This bed features curves in the posters and feet, as well as what appears to be a taller than usual headboard.  I love the dark finish.  It is sometimes difficult to tell from photographs, but overall I'd say this bed has a much more "substantial" presence and heft to it than either the inspiration photo bed or comparison bed #1.  This bed is definitely commanding!

More of the bedroom look for less tomorrow!

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