Sunday

~A Metamorphosis for the Birds~


Metamorphosis for the birds began Friday, when we rearranged the living room furniture. I wrote about it here, where you can see photos of the in progress accessorizing. We took Saturday and most of Sunday off, to catch our breath and spend some time with our grandchildren.

Sunday afternoon, the metamorphosis was complete. Once more, I shopped the house. I had a couple of ideas for what I wanted to do; it was just a matter of remembering where I stored the elements needed!

More Monday Metamorphosis, can be found at Between Naps on the Porch. Thank you for hosting this event, Susan!
The title for the post, comes from the many bird prints we have in the living room.

The print of the Labrador Retriever, beside the clock, was purchased at Nell Hill's Briarcliff (KC, Missouri). It reminded me of Molly, so of course it was meant to be in our home. The framed piece, above the "Molly" print, is a pencil sketch of our home, given to us when our home was on a Christmas home tour, in 2006.
The piece above the bench is a print of Split Rock Lighthouse (MN). After the furniture was moved the space needed something. I put the lighthouse print on the wall to see what would happen. It's pleasing to my eye, so it will definitely stay.


I added a faux orchid and three votive candles to the coffee table. When I posted photos Friday, the square plate, wine glasses and wine were the only items on the table. About that time, I ran out of accessorizing steam and decided it was time to take a rest.



Having finished the living room, I'm moving on to the back guest room, upstairs. It's time for a little change there, too. More about the makeover in the coming weeks.
There is a hidden design "secret" in the living room. The sofa table is too short for the high back of the sofa. I absolutely wanted to use it, so we found four landscaping blocks, in the garage, and placed them under the legs of the table, making sure to use something under them to protect the wood floors. With the table between the sofa and window and a strategically placed fern, the "extensions" are unseen.
The living room, as it looked in 2006. Previous to 2006, the room was painted Laura Ashley Gold 3. This was the color originally in the room, when we had our home constructed in 2003. The afternoon sun caused the color to appear muddy, therefore, we had it painted an off white, which we like so much better. We still have LA Gold 3 in other rooms of our home.

The living room during Christmas 2008.
After we removed the tree and packed away Christmas, the room looked so bare, we decided to rearrange the furniture. We added the large dark coffee table and end table, shown in the first group of photos in this post. These tables are from our lake place. We brought them home intending to paint them when the weather warms. We will take them to a car paint shop. We did this with a headboard last year and love how the finish turned out. Not wanting to store the tables in the garage, we brought them into the living room. I didn't want to spend any money for accessories, since the tables won't be staying. It was fun, shopping the house.


When we arrived home, Saturday, after spending the morning with our grandchildren and shopping with our daughter, in the afternoon, I found a package on the front porch. Not long ago I won a giveaway, hosted by Becky of Holiday in the Sun. The package, wrapped in rose paper, held layers of wonderful Valentines! A tiny plate with stand, "sugary" hearts, a towel with heart, a beautiful handmade card, with a sweet note and a heart shaped wreath. Thank you, Becky. I love every bit of it!
I won, another giveaway recently; a lovely tablescaping book. I'll post about it, this week, on Tablescape Thursday.

74 comments:

Susan said...

I love watching you move a little bit here and there and voila!

Both in your home and condo!

When you are finished head to my house please!

Melissa Miller said...

Pat I just love your gorgeous welcoming home!
The secretary is really beautiful. :)

Barb @ GritsandGlamour said...

Absolutely beautiful! I love all your artwork. The secretary is my favorite...next to the zebra print chair. Yummy! Have a great week! Blessings, Barb

BECKY said...

Hi Pat, Just gotta love a fellow birdy girl!! Love all your bird prints, and the "peaceful ease and elegance" your home exudes!

Hope you had a great time with the grandkids!!

So glad you got your goodies!! Love where you put the heart! The giveaway was so much fun, I'll be doing several this year!!

Have a wonderful week!
Becky

Barb said...

Everything looks beautiful....Barb

Charli and me said...

Good evening Pat, You put everything together so well. Both of your homes are just beautiful. Thank you for sharing with all of us. You are our inspiration.

salmagundi said...

It must be fun shopping in your home! All of the looks are great - love that you went from patterned rug to no rug to sisal. What flexibility!! Sally

prof en retraite said...

Hi Pat...Love the bird prints! Your home is beautiful! And congrats on the win...cute goodies!! ...Debbie

ann said...

Your home is lovely no matter what you do...Ann

xinex said...

I like both before and after pictures, Pat. It looks like whatever you do will look fantastic. I love the bird prints!...Christine

Terri and Bob said...

Love the bird prints. I love the secretary, too.

Kathy said...

I love the pencil sketch of your home and what a nice prize you received! It's very pretty.

Cottage Contessa said...

Pat sweetie, as usual you did a beautiful job of decorating in your gorgeous home! Wishing you and J a wonderful week ahead dear friend!
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

marty39 said...

Such a beautiful room and what a transformation. I love the new arrangement. Doesn't it make you feel good to have a change. Hugs, Marty

Deb said...

Your home is absolutely gorgeous Pat! And I LOVE the "Molly" print :-)

beth at aunties said...

I really enjoy watching you feather your beautiful nests:) You home looks so lovely and inviting.
You really have a great eye as and do a superb job of turning both of your places into comfortable homes. ( I would love to go shopping in your home:-)
I am so glad you got to spend some time with your grandchildren. They are sure the best medicine for what ever ails you might have.

♥♥♥

imjacobsmom said...

You have a great eye for art. It always looks appropriate where you place it. I had to chuckle when I read about your sofa table, I thought I was the only character that did things like that. -LOL. I thought that your room was pretty in 2006, but it's really nice now. I know how you feel about the room feeling empty and bare after the removal of the Christmas tree. Ours felt like a dance hall. I kept moving the chairs thinking I didn't put them back where I had them. ~ Robyn

ellen b said...

Oh my! Your room is oh so lovely. It should be in a magazine. I love the feel and look you achieved! Beautiful...

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Everything you do is so lovely, Pat, and I really like what you did here. Bravo!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Wendy said...

Your home is beautiful, thanks for sharing. I have to say, I am so jealous that you have been to Nell Hill's. I have wanted to go see her shop for the last several years.

What a great prize you won!

Wendy

Antiques and More Blog said...

You have a beautiful home! Looks like you are ready to welcome Spring! Now I want to do some re-arranging...Thanks for the nudge and inspiration. ~Lisa

kbbryant said...

How nice to be able to just move things around and achieve a fresh new look. You have such a warm inviting home.

Kathy b

Kathy said...

A beautiful room masterfully arranged!
Kathy

Linda said...

I really like the warm soft colors you use....very soothing and very classy!

auntpittypat said...

You have been busy! I do believe that I like the new changes.

Love to you both!!

Dixie's Whimsey said...

Beautiful and inviting... what a wonderful room to wile away the hours... thanks for sharing. Dixie

Nikki via The Scarlett Rose Garden said...

Pat, I love the changes. I had to do a double take on that table from the condo!
And you know how crazy I am about that sofa! I would've put blocks under the table too, lol!

Would like to know more about your getting things painted at the auto shop... what does it cost?

Ahh... Stone Hill wine, hehe...

Cynthia said...

What a beautiful room! You have a wonderful decorating knack and it's very warm and inviting! cindy

mbkatc230 said...

This is such a beautiful room. I love all of your artwork and the way you have it displayed. Love the tip about the sofa table, what an ingenious fix, I may have to try that as our new sofa has a much higher back the the old one, thanks!
Kathy

Margaret said...

What a beautiful room.. thanks for sharing.. your have some really beautiful things!

bj said...

Everything looks just perfect, Pat...
You do have a beautiful home.
hugs, bj

bj said...

I meant to add that my living room and dining room are also in a creamy white and I love them. I like using my color in accessories and etc.

Ma'dame French said...

It looks so inviting love the little touches throughout;) French

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Your living room is beautiful. You have a real talent for arranging art on the walls. I learned something from you today, thanks.

Sandi McBride said...

I love to see another person who is not afraid to cover a wall with artwork...I love the layouts and the room looks grand!
Sandi

OldBagNewTricks said...

Such a peaceful, charming room. I relate to the bird prints as I have unexpectedly acquired quite a flock too. The secretary is to die for.

Jenny

OldBagNewTricks said...

P.S. I once did that lifting of the sofa table trick too -- mine was on risers of 2x4's. Somebody should make a sofa table that extends in height. I'll go out to my workshop and fiddle with that.

Jenny

Helen said...

I have also used the table heightening trick in my life and was so proud of myself for thinking of it ... good job! I especially like how you have created the window treatments in your living room. It's a warm, elegant and friendly room.

claudie said...

Very warm and inviting Pat.
Your art work is stunning to say the least.
I love my birds also.
Claudie from BUBBLIN' OVER

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

Love those bird prints! And the unexpected jolt of zebra print on the chair, in an otherwise, traditional room is genious!

Bo said...

Hi Pat...I don't think there is a way that your home wouldn't look beautiful no matter how things were moved or changed up...you do have THE touch! Love it all, ;-) Bo

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

just lovely!!

the pleasures of homemaking said...

Everything looks beautiful! I had to smile about using the blocks to lift the table. That something I would have done too!

Manuela

Momovthree said...

Congrats on your goodies! Your home is just beautiful!
~Michelle

Linda said...

Beautiful job "nesting", I like it all. Come work your magic here will you?
Linda Q

Light and Voices said...

You have such an elegant and comfortable home.
Joyce

Geri said...

You couch is similar to mine. I love your colors and I think the arrangement is great!

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

I always delight in coming here and seeing your beautiful things and hone....m..

Happy To Be said...

Pat it looks wonderful girl..I love that piece in your enrty way...all your photo are beautiful..hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Lady Katherine said...

Your home looks so pretty! I can't wait to start decor. my family room! Soon!

paintergal said...

Smart lady raising the sofa table with blocks! Always such a treat seeing the changes in your lovely house.

judicreations said...

Hi Pat
What a beautiful home you have...and it was part of a Christmas home tour? I love those!
Your livingroom looks lovely in 2006 and 2008. Its always nice to change up the room(s) isn't it? I've been doing some of the same in my little place.
I love the new look...and looking forward to seeing what else you are up to!
Have a great week...with your family.
Judi

Pamela said...

I like the secretary, too. If I moved to a house with more room - that would be something I would have.

~CC Catherine said...

Pat.....what a lovely home you have and you've done a beautiful job transforming it in to what it is today! Superb job! ~CC Catherine ;)

Liz said...

I always love checking out your posts! Your home is so pretty. Neat little package you got there. How fun!

~Liz

P.S. I'm also having a little giveaway. Stop by if you can.

Nancy said...

Oh Pat, Your home is like looking at a magazine! I loooove it! Blessings,Nancy

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Pat what a lovely home. I could stay for hours for a visit. Thanks for visiting today..
hugs ~lynne~

Tootsie said...

your home is just so wonderful!!! I love that chair in the first photo!

Tootsie said...

your home is just so wonderful!
I really love the chair in the first photo!

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Love your living room Pat.Love your style.

niartist said...

Pat, such a lovely home - throughout! I have to get myself to one of those Nell Hill's stores! There aren't any up my way!! Can't wait to see updates of the condo!

Julie said...

Your home is so elegant. I love it when you post pictures of it.

The Decorated House, Donna Courtney said...

Hi Pat~
How fun is this?! I didn't know you were moving the LR around in addition to the other changes. I remember the other stages through the years, and love them all. This one included of course.
Donna

Lallee said...

Pat, I came to see the condo redo, and you have already redone your living room too! It all looks wonderful. I always love seeing what you do.

Delinda said...

Wow, looks really , really good! Love your current look the most. Leave the birdcages , they look great!

Andi said...

You certainly know how to "feather your nest" dear Pat! I love everything about it. Are you sure you don't want to come to Florida for a visit?

Congratulations on winning the 2 give aways!

Nnairda's said...

I love how you display your artwork! Beautiful room!!

Rosemary said...

Hi Pat,
It's like going through a fine decorating magazine.
Congrats on your win too!!
Have a great week,
Rosemary

Cote de Texas said...

It looks wonderful! I love the floating sofa - what are you going to do with the table - It looks too good to take back to the lake!!!!!!!!!!!! Great job! Great, great, great job!!!!! Keep the table there, please!!!!!

Mary said...

Pat it all looks so inviting - you have great style in every decorating project you undertake.
Warm husg - Mary.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Pat, good morning. Break time from tax clients so trying to play catch up here as well.. Thanks for the visit darling. I hope you're staying warm over your way. Have you seen the forecast for the end of the week? Looks fantastic.. are you all heading to the lake once again. Enjoy a little for me as well.. hugs ~lynne~

Miss Janice said...

I love ALL the photos of your living room. I know what you mean about the sofa table...I love to use them and mine's too tall!

Brenda@View From The Pines said...

I've done that before. A "furniture lift." Sometimes just what you need instead of going out and purchasing something new. It's so much more fun to "shop" within the home. Cheaper too!
Brenda

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

Your secretary is *awesome* and I love the layout of your living room so much. And...as the owner of a "mostly lab"...I'd happily take that print off your wall. ;-)

Your room is gorgeous. Lived in and comfortable, yet organized, warm and so inviting...I'll be over with wine and cheese tomorrow!