Hey ::cottage:: Readers....
We're snowed in here in NE Indiana...they just lifted a snow emergency, but everything is still closed tomorrow. Wind chills are in negative double digits. I trudged thru snow drifts up to my hoohah (can I say hoohah on this blog?) to get to the garage next door for paint supplies this afternoon. Decided to start on this baby:
The hutch, not the dining set.....
I've also spent my time planning my Florida vacation next month :)
And sleeping. Ok, let's just call it what it is: hibernating.
In the few moments I'm awake I stalk pinterest and houzz and my blogfeed and craigslist looking for inspiration for my new house. Colors, furniture arrangements, crafts, sewing projects. All stuff I have little motivation and even less cash.
I'm a leeetle overwhelmed at this point.
(a few signs of spring to get me thru til April)
The most frustrating thing is seeing ideas I really LIKE, but not yet sure I LOVE....and realizing that without starting from scratch, those ideas prolly won't happen. I have lots of antiques that mean a lot to me, passed down from my mom and gramma, things I don't want to paint or sell. Things I love looking at, but don't really mesh with the colorful interiors I'm feeling drawn to on pinterest and such. I want to make them work somehow in my new spaces without my house feeling like 'gramma's house'. I'm digging stuff like this:
(no link from pinterest)
I think I love the blue couches and green ottomans. The floral might be a bit bright except for welcoming spring :) But I'm noticing for the most part, I'm still drawn to images like these, which still incorporate blue and green, but with softer colors, and can easily handle a few antique wood and chippy salvaged items sprinkled in:
I *am* happy with this little arrangement. The dresser was mine growing up. The chair is 1000 million years old and for show only from my Mom's stash. The signage is an old orphaned mirror I painted up to look like a chalkboard using a stencil that cost almost as much as my house. Other stuff is thrifted or bought on the cheap.
So I'll wait. And hibernate.
Oh, and go back and read my own advice. There's an idea.
If you're dealing with the cold and snow, be safe and warm. If you're not, be thankful. It's pretty, but it's a mess to deal with.
Sharing at City Farmhouse, Elizabeth & Co.