December 6, 2017:

Hola!

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!

Jan

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Blast From The Past: Family Circle 10/01/1988

While I was cleaning out the entertainment center in the family room this morning (see post below), I came across a folder that had old magazine pages torn out, including this entire article.  In the days before the internet, websites and blogs, magazines such as Family Circle gave us practical advice with photographs of transformations from blah and bland to va-va-VOOM! 

While some of the colors, some of the styles and the liberal use of wallpaper borders (the last of which was only recently removed from Maison Newton) are currently out of fashion, one never knows what may come back into vogue again.  The underlying approaches to refreshing and improving blah spaces to something else on a modest budget are still sound today, as we see by abundance evidence in D-I-Y and decorating magazines and blogs.  Check out the kitchen redo -- yep, darkish-finished cabinets painted white, and the room was transformed with a few coats of paint!  A-M-A-Z-I-N-G :)  Some things are just timeless.  I hope you are able to read the smaller print -- and for some reason that I could not figure out, a line of text at the bottom of the pages was cut off sometimes, but you should be able to get the gist of the advice tendered in this article.  Oh, and try to ignore the ragged edges of the pages.  I wasn't kidding when I said these pages were torn out of a magazine! 








My comments:  If I had had a nursery like the one above (old panelling was painted and tromp d'oile touches were added), I'd be President of the United States today, I'm certain of it.  The closet redo - what a transformation!  It's hard to believe I'm looking at the same space.  Adding the skylight was also amazing, but I would not classify either of those projects as something I'd ever attempt on my own as a D-I-Y.  But I know some of you courageous souls would/could and probably have!





Lots of good design going on in these 1988 rooms, and some faux-pas -- like tiling the kitchen countertop and using that so out of place vanity in the master bath and too-small mirror over the sink.  Overall, though, in MHO, the design has held up well.  Only goes to show, good design never goes out of style.  Colors come and go and so do fads (such as the current mania for painting perfectly good furniture with white chalk paint), but good design principles are forever. 

I am adding this post to Throw Back Tuesday #14, woo woo!  Check it out. 

1 comment:

  1. I get such a kick out of looking through old magazines. It's so much fun to look at what was in vogue and to think about how quickly it goes out of style. Thanks for sharing with Throwback Thursday!

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