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!


Monday, March 4, 2013

Changing Up the Mistress Bedroom

Hola darlings!

More snow is on the way but, for now anyway, the forecast has been downgraded from 6 to 10 inches to 2 to 5 inches, hooray!

This weekend I decided I wanted to change up my bedroom a little bit.  This is what it looked like in January:

Oops!  How embarrassing.  I was certain I took several photos of the red/black/white floral print comforter on the bed, right around January 1st or so.  But I checked both laptops and can't find them anywhere.  I have no idea what I did with them -- and that is very very scary, eek!  Maybe I didn't take them like I thought I did???  So, no "before" pic.  This is the print, though -- because I had put up the matching valances earlier in the season -- check out Readying the Bedroom for Winter from October, 2012!  Wow, I got ready for winter early. 

That's the pattern of the comforter, trimmed out in the lovely red/black/white mini-check - pleated!  It really is a lovely comforter, and quite heavy.  It took a great deal to get it folded properly and stuffed back into its plastic storage bag, I'm not going to take it out and put it back on the bed in order to get a photo of it, LOL! 

And this is what is what the bedroom looks like now (try to imagine the red/black/white floral pattern on the bed, before):

I took down the red/black/white floral valances and put up the Waverly toile curtains on the windows (black toile pattern against an antique white or ivory background); also swapped out the heavy (and uber-warm) red/black/white floral comforter for this lighter quilt in cream/taupe/grey.  I've been waking up with the night sweats again, it was time to change out my blankey since the temperatures have moderated outside.

The curtains were purchased in 2007 on clearance from Penney's, as was the comforter.  I don't remember what I paid for them but I wouldn't have bought them unless they were a good deal :)

They totally change the look of the room.  Lighter and brighter, ready to move into spring. 

I tried to take a close-up of the toile pattern, but rather difficult to do when the curtain won't stay spread out flat, LOL!  I think I need another hand.  Amazingly, because I never save stuff like this, I somehow managed to save the original packaging these curtains came in.  The pattern is Wellington Country Toile. 

Here's a close-up of the floral "basket" pattern on the quilt:

Mother Goddess still on her pedestal :)  She approves of the changes.

Not the best photo (above), but I love this frame!  I found it at TJ Maxx a few months ago and it was very inexpensive,  like $4.99.  It's picture size is small, only 4 x 6, but I remembered three beautiful hand-made note cards I had purchased in December, 2011 -- still sitting in my desk waiting to see the light of day!  This is one of them.  It's a little short but width-wise it fit perfectly.  It's a lovely graphic of koi, in Buddhist philosophy they represent good luck. The graphic adds an important touch of red (Feng Shui Principles 101) to the room and the good luck symbols are powerful attractors of positive qi (chi) that you want circulating in your sleeping space to renew and restore you and stoke you up for the next day.

I was thinking at first that I would keep the white mesh canopy up, but maybe fold it back so it's "in half" and tack up the top to the ceiling half-way back to the hooks above the bedstead and then hook what is now at the foot of the bed on the hooks at the head of the bed. But I'm not enamoured of the very white color with the cream/ivory tones of the curtain quilt and the curtains. So, for summer I am thinking of going with one of those little mini "tent" canopies.  I'll see.  It depends on whether I can get a good deal on a cream-colored canopy in the style I want.  I may also move the furniture around, just to switch things up.

I love feeling like a princess every night when I go to bed.  Some form of canopy will be present for the foreseeable future. 


  1. Jan,
    I just love your bed with that canopy of sheer delight!!
    Thanks so much for stopping by!! I ended up using those pink carrots in baskets and vignetters rather than on the eater trees. Will be posting pics soon....


    1. Hi Debbie,

      Where do you get all of that ENERGY, girl? I wish I knew your secret, or could buy it off of you, LOL! You know I love visiting your Debbie-Dabble, there are always so many interesting, delightful and wonderful things to look at, and sometimes a little zany too. I always leave your site with a smile. I'll be "seeing" you soon. You and Joe take care! Jan

  2. Hi, Jan!
    I'm so glad you visited my blog & left a comment. My reading rabbit was a gift from my sister when I retired from teaching in 2008.

    Your bedroom is so charming! I love all the elements you used.


    1. Hi Carol, thanks so much for visiting. What a delightful and thoughtful gift from your sister. The bunny is really unique, I do not recall seeing another like it at any of the blogs I've visited. I'll start my search by looking for "bunny with book" or "reading bunny" -- Heaven only knows what the search results will be like, LOL! Your home looks wonderful, BTW. Right up my decorating alley :) I am very happy with my bedroom. I had wanted a "grown up" canopy bed for a very long time, but it was last year for the first time I discovered through the joys of the internet what one could do with an expensive mesh canopy; I'd had no idea such things even existed, geez! Lately I've developed a hankering for a pencil post canopy bed, I just love their elegant clean lines, so timeless that can go with just about any style of furniture and decorating. Well, we'll see, maybe some day I'll have some $$$ saved up :) If I am successful in my bunny with book search I will do a post.