Does it make you want to change or rearrange or repurpose some of your current rooms?
I fell upon two great books recently
they were a breath of fresh air.
I sat with my tea and perused each page and pondered.
Is it time for a change?
I might like to redecorate my bedroom and paint it all in shades of white
while keeping the arts and crafts furniture in the dark oak original finish...
It would not be difficult to say goodbye to the floral wallpaper
and the Vintage Redoute Rose prints...
or to ripping up the seafoam wall to wall carpet
and refinishing the wood floors.
It would be hard work and there would be upheaval here for a few weeks...
Sounds ambitious and perhaps a bit daunting...
It might need to be my summer project we could sleep as guests in the room below
and I could action some serious change...
(or maybe not!)
I wanted to share this image from the book with you
an oyster shell encrusted fireplace!
I would never have thought of this would you?
I can see this shell-y treatment in a beach cottage...
The second book
Scrapbook for Living
is a great resource for organizing the home
and it is conveniently divided into chapters focusing on the revamping and refining the home
chock full with lots of lovely images...
like this one
my favourite floral colour combo
white, green, and lime!
(picture taken from the book)
These books are very current comments on contemporary housing and decor
and they show large rooms with ample storage space
which is far from my reality
I am very comfortable and content living in our small Historic Bungalow...
it keeps my tendency for over consumption in check
as there is little space for more than the basics.
I must think carefully and chose wisely what I bring into the home...
(my rule is when something new comes in --- something old must go out)
The Humble Bungalow dates from the early 1900's
so there are tiny rooms
The bedroom closet
which I share with Mr. HB
I should have neatly stacked and folded the sweaters
I've captured the closet as it is...
black, white and grey
are the wardrobe workhorses
a punch of colour
is found in a lime Royal Robbins quilted vest (far right)
is a bold interloper
just the ticket for a drab and dreary rainy day....
I keep it to wear with this
My collection of Hermes scarves
not stored in the closet.
scarves are stored in their original boxes in a drawer
and they do not take up much space.
(I have room for more!)
I love Hermes scarves for their
Wardrobe in the Bungalow basement
mostly out of season clothing
and special occasion wear
I am in the process of bringing up my summer clothes
and putting away my winter wear
and I have discovered that I need to go shopping!
What is on your shopping list?