So come on in....let's have a look around.
The two holiday mice, in their woolen dresses and caps, were given to me by my brother Mark last Christmas. He has carried on our Dad's tradition to give me mice. So every one is so very special to me.
Monday, I just couldn't wait another minute. I. NEEDED. to. Make. A. Change. NOW!!! Hello Mom.....you need to get over here. We have a job to do!!!!! In my mind, as I waited for her to arrive, I kept hearing Robin Williams voice from the movie Tootsie..."HELP IS ON THE WAY!" And it was indeed. We split up that 4 piece unit. Taking the two outside piers to the kitchen. The top bridge, I used to make a bar out on the patio. The shelf that went between the two piers, has yet to be used. And the Telly was moved to the fireplace hearth. We may mount it differently, but it will stay in that general location! The cable wires and extension wires, are currently being hidden as best I could, in an ottoman, and also taped securely along the floor. Partially covered by a Christmas rug. Some is still visible, but none of it will be when we drop the cable in behind the fireplace. This photo is looking into the family room and kitchen, coming in from the front door.
I cannot tell you how much I love having the table in here. Our lifestyle has changed a lot since we were raising our kids here. We always sat to eat our meals in the kitchen, together. Now, more often than not, Greg and I sit in the family room with our dinner watching Jeopardy. Noah loves to eat in here too, and is in the habit of sitting on the sofa, and our coffee table tilts up to table height.
Behind the table, on the bar I have placed a tall and slender lamp, and hung a holiday wreath on an architectural piece I bought at an antique store. I love to use things in unintended ways.
The bar that separates the kitchen and family room was poorly designed. Not big enough to really use as either eating area, or buffet/island space. With the bar stools gone, and not needing it for seating , it looks so much better, I think.
The big red chest was moved to the wall where the sofa used to be.
The coffee table, as I said earlier, is one I bought that has a tilt up on it. This comes in handy often.
The vintage ski sweater pillow returns for the winter.
On the sofa, I took my red body pillow from the bedroom, and propped that right there in the middle. Not only a perfect holiday accent, but so comfy!!!!
Tomorrow, I will show you the changes to the kitchen and living room. Stay tuned!