Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Getting There

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It is cool outside today. Lovely even, just became sunny a few minutes ago after a lingering cloudiness. A rain through the day, yesterday, most of the night and a surprise little downpour this morning while I was in bed wondering if there was anything better than being in bed. I kept myself very busy with the living room starting Friday and still have a table to paint, some curtain panels to hem, a bookshelf to receive and place and fill, two crafty little homemade light fixtures to hang. Then autumn to do I suppose. I changed around all these things, I thought, out of typical aesthetic preference- simple weariness to that which I've grown accustom. But now that I feel the difference of the space, I realize how much I needed the actual comfort of change. A refresh in the aftermath of a break- really just some broken vases, but maybe it felt like I've broken a little lately too. At least my porcelain feels a little thinner, more fragile. I am a creature that needs to fix, and to mend and to make better. Need it to my core. Broken vases I can sweep up and dump those shattery little noises into the trash. Which doesn't feel like much. But adding a layer of beauty, it feels right. And new. And hopeful.

Today I am greeting the chill with the comforts of my home and those that I love.
 love from here, Anna

45 comments:

  1. Anonymous2:24 PM

    Amen.

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  2. Stunning. The room looks like warm elegance, comfort, color... all so personal, lovely.

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    1. Back... to gaze in admiration.
      I am tempted to _dare I say it_ paint!
      With COLOR!

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    2. Holy moly jump back!!

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  3. "Today I am greeting the chill with the comforts of my home and those that I love" Wow. I got chills reading that. The realness and comfort of life. Living, breathing, and ever changing. Just got a sense of extra cozy in my own home. :)

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  4. What paint brand/color did you use? I have had a similar vision in my head for about a year now and can't seem to figure out the color from those darn little paint chips! Love love love the quilts. I want to get an old wooden ladder to prop against the wall and put quilts on it... I guess I need to get busy and sew too!

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  5. It's looking gorgeous already!

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  6. What a transformation. I love it! It really makes everything pop. Just beautiful. I love color!

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  7. My mother in law used to say " Moving the furniture around is like going on vacation." Similar sentiment I guess.

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  8. Can't wait to see that yellowish greenish piece of furniture against those dark walls. Hope we get more pics when it's all finished! Thinking that I need to go on a little furniture moving vacation in my living room too. Love that, gidgetsews!

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  9. Gosh that looks good and bright , fun and cheerful. I like the yellow with magenta and that almost pewter blue , its awesome and I saw it in your fabric collection, I bought 5 yrds of it LOL ..

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  10. Oh the explosion of color makes me VERY happy.

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  11. It looks wonderful! I can't wait to see the whole thing! I could definitely curl up in that chair and do some hand work!

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  12. I love the quilts against the teal and the carpet is perfect.

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  13. I really love the picture. Your wall space dedicated to quilts is just gorgeous(though I still love the ladder you were previously using in your studio). Is the couch the same one that was covered in the blue/gold drawing room print now covered with some velveteen?

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    1. Yes, same couch new, very exciting upholstery that I can't wait to share soon :) And the ladder is still in the studio and holding several quilts :)

      Your needlepoint is gorgeous by the way lady! You did such a good job. Gahh, I wish I were doing that this minute! xxoo

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  14. "The comfort of change"! Now, that's worth pondering.

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  15. Oh my. I love this so much. I just this very morning was swooning over the colors of my cut up peach in my peacock colored fiesta bowl. Perfect!

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  16. ...beautifully written, thanks again for sharing so much of yourself.
    On another note.....pleeeeeeeze.....don't paint those two tables.....pleeeeeze.....they are the colors of the dark wood tones in your last line...love that wood 'color' to ground the rest.....
    Otherwise. Thanks for the stunning post.

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    1. haha, only painting one :) And painting is never irreversible. I am so ready to give up this specific tone in the room. The other darker woods of the armoir, side table and couch trim are gorgeous and deep. The coffee table wood color leaves so much reddish, oakey stripey grain which I've never been a fan of. A hand me down :)

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  17. the rug! i'm so glad you went for the rug! it all looks fantastic, anna.

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  18. Girlfriend- you know how to get sh*t done! I'm still pondering and wondering and thinking and pinning....

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  19. Annie C11:02 PM

    Mmmmmmm -- love blue with the colors of the quilts! Delicious!

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  20. Anonymous11:28 PM

    Can you please share about that beautiful pillow--I love it so much!

    Sarah

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  21. ... the comfort of change...

    I just LOVE that.

    xx

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  23. love.every.thing.about.this.room (in all iterations...) Did I miss the "big share" of the Garden Party quilt? Are there full photos of it somewhere? I love that line so...that navy "Guest of Honor" flower....oh be still my heart.

    Your words and photos brightened this day for me so. Thank you.

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  24. Anonymous2:55 PM

    OOOOOOOOOOoooooooo. Lovin' the new banner head. Pretty pretty pretty.

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  25. Any pic with your quilts in the background is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing parts of you besides your work, which is fun to hear about too :) Much Love from SD, CA

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  26. i know the feeling. i think its a girl thing. we need to nurture our surroundings ..and that's for our own comfort and sense of hope.

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  27. Wow! that colour fits perfectly, and it brings out the quilts so beautifully. good work!

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  28. Thank you for your transparency and your inspiration. You are truly a gifted woman!

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  29. Anonymous5:44 AM

    It's looking wonderful. The new colour is beautiful and the rug, perfect. Are you going to paint the fireplace too? And what about aubergine gloss for the mirror frame? Now looking at my own sitting room ...

    Charlotte
    x

    ps. Can't seem to post this without being 'anonymous'. me and technology, not so good.

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  30. I LOVE those two blues together. The deeper admiral blue is so perfert!!! Way to go. :)

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  31. Anonymous9:24 AM

    Perfect timing!Your words got to the heart of what I have been feeling lately but couldn't quite put a finger on it! Grateful for your blog, your creativity and your the light you shine even when you feel a little broken. It's amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do. Looking forward to embracing the "comfort of change". Been resistent to the change of color. I see it's time for a fresh coat of paint on the walls of my own sitting room! Thanks for the inspiring words and the perspective.

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  32. I love it! Can't wait to see more pics as you finish up! And... OF COURSE you don't pin! But the rest of us are all pinning you! ;)

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  33. Oh... still looking for a way to subscribe to your blog via email... have you added that little feature yet? =) Thanks!

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  34. So beautiful! The post & the changes to the room!

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  35. I love the new blue! And I totally understand about needing to mend things. I think it's the mother's instinct -- a way to mother yourself. :)

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  36. Wow Such a chill environment by the great combination of brilliant colors. Looking cool because designed properly.

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  38. These are the perfect quilts with great color combination and good taste. Nonwovens

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  39. Hi Anna - identify with where you are at the mo - you sum it up so well. Take care and mend gently, my dear x

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