Thank you Gracie PJ for shaming me into posting these pics. It's been way to long since I've been here!
I have 8 or 9 pics to show. First up is an overall view from the foyer that was taken before I tarted it up, just so you can see the layout. Note the grandmother's clock in the upper right. FIL built it for MIL years ago. I can get a pic of it later if you like.
In the corner to the right of the glass pocket doors leading to the dining room is an old record cabinet that was in DH's bedroom when he was a child. The pictures on the plate rack were taken on one of our trips to Ireland. We were driving and happened upon a group of equestrians practicing dressage right in the roadway! When we returned to the pub where we stay the owner gave me the leather horse when we told him the story.
Medlin, You have created a magnificent room. It is so warm and inviting. I love that it contains items that reflect your interests, experiences and some family history. I also have a "family" clock in my livingroom. Yours is the kind of room I use to see and love on this board. Thank you so much for sharing.
Posts: 1530 | Location: West Virginia | Registered: Apr 23, 2004
What a lovely room- so inviting and so much personal meaning in some so your pieces. Again, I'm astounded at the quality of finds on your local Craigslist. To find-Baker chairs, timeless and of the utmost quality, and hutch top are incredible finds. You certainly have a knack for putting it together.
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meldin, I have French & German on one side and Scottish & English on the other in my ancestry. Tradition is important to me because of the European way of making a home. Since I was mostly brought up on a self-sufficient farm (GF a blacksmith as well) I learned NOT to waste and to be thrifty (Scottish very thrifty) so the two make a great combination for DIY'ers!
My NEW love affair with the color blue.. will help me tie in the Nova Scotia tartan!
LOVE your professional looking projects! And it is wonderful to slowly evolve your home with memories and LOVE! So happy for you that you have achieved that "HUG" feeling when you walk through the door to come home. I am working on that here...
Posts: 8577 | Location: East Space Coast, Florida zone 9B | Registered: Feb 11, 2003
It's lovely to see DIY and thrifty turn out with such a professional look. It also shows what a difference a room decorated with things that have meaning to the owners makes. A very warm, comfortable, and welcoming room.
I love absolutely everything about your room and am curious about your 'tartan' candleholders. Did you paint them yourself?
"I have always had an aversion to the concepts of in style and out of style." ~Rose Tarlow
Thank you so much, Meldin, for sharing. I didn't mean to make you feel pressured to post, but I'm glad you did. I love, absolutely love, the plaid in the back of the cabinet. I love the fabric you've chosen for the chairs. The new darker wall color looks fantastic. I'm stealing your clever use of a plate rack to hold pictures. I can't wait to see the whole thing finished! You have such a great vision for this room.
Lilsophie, the fabric had to go there. The mirrors were crazy making!
Joyce, thank you!
Lucky, DIY and Thrifty are my mantras. Thank you for the compliment. Coming from you it means a lot!
I didn't paint the candleholders. I found them at Hobby Lobby on a clearance shelf for 80% off. I bought them to use at Christmas and decided to leave them out.
Thanks, Cara Rose!
Gracie, don't you dare apologize. Your request was the push I needed to jump back in here with both feet. For that, I am grateful. Please use the plate rack idea. It pleases me to share ideas. As far as the room, it will take a long time for it to be finished. I never mind waiting for the right things to come along at a price I'm willing to pay.
Thanks again, MR!
SMS, that is too funny! White-on-white plaid would make a gorgeous dress. With tartan trimmings, perhaps? My son is still single at 38, so I feel ya!
The green makes a huge difference. I just finally, after almost sixteen years in this house, painted one wall of the spare bedroom kind of a french blue to match the quilt on the bed in there. I have to admit, I've found myself going to stand in the doorway and just look at it! (ok, I know, I'm a dork!) And thanks to your post, I'm going to start hunting on CL....
Posts: 706 | Location: Western NY | Registered: Mar 15, 2005
This is the nicest room I've ever seen on the internet!!!! I'm part Scottish, and went to grade school and later on,Nursing School there, so totally feel at home in your wonderful room. Good work!!! "Lang may yer lum reek" !!
Z9aL, Always, Annie, Wendek, M2G, and BR, thank you all for your kind words.
Jackie, Plaid and Paisley are my faves! I found the candle urns on a deep clearance at Hobby Lobby. I think they add a lot!
Sherman, that's about the nicest thing anyone has ever said to me. I'm happy I could make you feel HOME! I have visited Ireland many times, but have never made it to Scotland. It's on my list someday! I see you don't post much. I would love to see pics of your home! As my Grandmother used to say, "Haste ye back"!!
Busyjo, I saw the pics of your lovely room yesterday on my phone. I didn't want to ignore the effort you took to post. Feel free to re-post if you like.
Our grandmother clocks are almost twins! I like your other family pieces too, and your paisley chairs are TDF!
Here's a pic of my clock, which FIL built for MIL in 1977. It needs repair, and we had to remove the weights to stop it chiming every few minutes. You can see a brass plate at the bottom that FIL had made to commemorate his work. Pretty cool, eh?
ETA - I wanted to mention that when I was sitting with FIL yesterday I was telling him about this thread and how my design buddies were interested in the clock he built. It pleased him immensely. Thank you all for making a 93-year-old man's day!This message has been edited. Last edited by: meldin,