APARTMENT THERAPY HOUSE TOUR

I am so excited to share with you this wonderful news!!!

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MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE!

WELCOME!!!

WELCOME!!!

IT WAS A LONG TIME IN THE MAKING. 12 years to be exact, but when I read the article I felt so proud of my home and especially of the TLC that we put into it. I have an homage to this home, the place where life happened and precious memories were made, that will serve to I hope remind others that home is where the heart is.

ME AND CHARLIE- the big boy

ME AND CHARLIE- the big boy

…and the dogs…kids…cats…LOVE lives here. 

my old country house

my old country house

LIVING ROOM

LIVING ROOM

VISIT APARTMENT THERAPY FOR THE FULL TOUR AND SOURCE GUIDE!!! apartment-therapy-logo

THANK YOU APARTMENT THERAPY!!!

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Leslie

NOW TRENDING – POWDER BLUE

I DO SO LOVE MY PASTELS

AND POWDER BLUE IS NO EXCEPTION

I HAVE BEEN WATCHING THE FINAL SEASON ON DOWNTON ABBEY (AGAIN) THIS SUMMER AND EVERY TIME I SEE THIS POWDER BLUE ROOM I WANT TO GET HOME AND PAINT A ROOM THIS COLOR!!!

DOWNTON ABBEY MASTER BEDROOM KENSINGTON BLIS "oft, beautiful, tiffany blue walls (although depending on the lighting, this color ranges from a powder blue, as in this pic, to a more robins-egg blue), four poster canopy bed, ornate gilded mirror & sconces..."

DOWNTON ABBEY MASTER BEDROOM KENSINGTON BLIS “Loft, beautiful, tiffany blue walls (although depending on the lighting, this color ranges from a powder blue, as in this pic, to a more robins-egg blue), four poster canopy bed, ornate gilded mirror & sconces…”

I HAD A FEELING WE WOULD BE SEEING MORE OF THIS LOVELY PEACEFUL COLOR AND RIGHT ON SCHEDULE…AND AS IF IT KNEW HOW MUCH WE NEED SOME PEACE…

THE POWDER BLUES ARE EVERYWHERE!

BENJAMIN MOORE POWDER BLUES - BLUE BONNET, CLEAR SKIES, ICY BLUE, ICY MOON DROPS, LIGHT BLUE, MORNING SKY BLUE, OCEAN AIR, TEAR DROP BLUE AND SKYSCRAPER

BENJAMIN MOORE POWDER BLUES – BLUE BONNET, CLEAR SKIES, ICY BLUE, ICY MOON DROPS, LIGHT BLUE, MORNING SKY BLUE, OCEAN AIR, TEAR DROP BLUE AND SKYSCRAPER

SOUTH SHORE DECORATING BLOG

SOUTH SHORE DECORATING BLOG

YELLOW AND BLUE

YELLOW AND BLUE – PINTEREST

EWING BLUE

EWING BLUE

BLUE BONNET

BLUE BONNET

BLUE BONNET HOUSE BEAUTIFUL

BLUE BONNET HOUSE BEAUTIFUL

MARIO (AKA NEROSUNERO) SUGHI Blue and Cream, 2012 archival print on bamboo paper limited edition

MARIO (AKA NEROSUNERO) SUGHI
Blue and Cream, 2012
archival print on bamboo paper
limited edition

CLEAR SKIES

CLEAR SKIES

KATE SPADE COURT CYNTHIA PURSE

KATE SPADE COURT CYNTHIA PURSE

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COUNTRY CLUB BY LESLI DEVITO

KIDS BATHROOM - photo Cramer Photos OCEAN AIR AND CLEAR SKIES

KIDS BATHROOM – photo Cramer Photos OCEAN AIR AND CLEAR SKIES

OCEAN AIR

OCEAN AIR

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Corine-Maggio_La-Jolla-Beach-Cottage- Photo By: Chipper Hatter Photography

Chango-and-Co_Park-Slope-Brownstone - Photo By: Ball & Albanese

Chango-and-Co_Park-Slope-Brownstone – Photo By: Ball & Albanese

OCEAN AIR HOUZZ

OCEAN AIR HOUZZ

LAUNDRY ROOM - OCEAN AIR AND MOUNTAIN PEAK WHITE

LAUNDRY ROOM – OCEAN AIR AND MOUNTAIN PEAK WHITE

MORNING SKY BLUE

MORNING SKY BLUE

PINTEREST - BLOGLOVIN

PINTEREST – BLOGLOVIN

 

ICY BLUE

ICY BLUE

SHOP STYLE

SHOP STYLE

ICY MOON DROPS

ICY MOON DROPS

PINTEREST

PINTEREST

J Crew Chateau Parka in Vintage Sky

J Crew Chateau Parka in Vintage Sky – I WANT THIS COAT IF THEY BRING IT BACK THIS YEAR!

WHITE RAIN

WHITE RAIN

VINTAGE HOME

VINTAGE HOME

LIGHT BLUE

LIGHT BLUE

SUSAN WALSH - BLUE PARROT

SUSAN WALSH – BLUE PARROT

POWDER BLUE NURSERY

POWDER BLUE NURSERY

MY DOMAINE

MY DOMAINE

TEAR DROP BLUE

TEAR DROP BLUE

HOUSE OF SMITHS

HOUSE OF SMITHS

JOYBIRD IS HAVING A 20% OFF ALE RIGHT NOW! BRAXTON SOFA

JOYBIRD IS HAVING A 20% OFF ALE RIGHT NOW! BRAXTON SOFA

YELLOW AND BLUE KITCHEN

YELLOW AND BLUE KITCHEN

BIRDS EGG BLUE CEILING DARK GRAY FLOOR

BIRDS EGG BLUE CEILING DARK GRAY FLOOR

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SPRING SKY

SPRING SKY

SKYSCRAPER

SKYSCRAPER

contemporary-bedroom HOUZZ

Køkkenet er fra JKE Design

Køkkenet er fra JKE Design

ROTUNDA PAINTING SKY BLUE

ROTUNDA PAINTING SKY BLUE

AND FINALLY – THE GIRLS IN THEIR PROM DRESSES….OH HOW I MISS THESE GIRLS…

PROM PHOEBE AND CARLY AND THE POWDER BLUE SKY AND DRESS

PROM PHOEBE AND CARLY AND THE POWDER BLUE SKY AND DRESS

BENJAMIN MOORE POWDER BLUES - BLUE BONNET, CLEAR SKIES, ICY BLUE, ICY MOON DROPS, LIGHT BLUE, MORNING SKY BLUE, OCEAN AIR, TEAR DROP BLUE AND SKYSCRAPER

BENJAMIN MOORE POWDER BLUES – BLUE BONNET, CLEAR SKIES, ICY BLUE, ICY MOON DROPS, LIGHT BLUE, MORNING SKY BLUE, OCEAN AIR, TEAR DROP BLUE AND SKYSCRAPER

Leslie

MONDAY MAKEOVER – 10 TIPS FOR CHOOSING A SOFA

CHOOSING A SOFA 

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IS A FUN problem to have – BUT OFTEN DAUNTING TASK!

HERE ARE 10  THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING A SOFA.

1. LOCATION /ROOM SIZE – WHERE IS IT GOING AND WITH WHAT?

2. BUDGET

3. STYLE

4. ARMS

5. SEATS

6. PILLOWS

7. SKIRTED OR VISIBLE LEGS

8.DURABILITY

9. COLOR

10. SLIPCOVERED OR UPHOLSTERED

MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE LIVING ROOM

MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE LIVING ROOM

1. LOCATION / ROOM SIZE, LAYOUT, DOOR AND WINDOW LOCATIONS, other furniture and  AND FLOOR PLAN ALL PLAY A HUGE PART IS DECIDING WHICH OF THE SEEMINGLY MILLIONS OF SOFAS TO PURCHASE.

SOME QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF : WHERE IS THIS SOFA GOING?

IS IT GOING TO BE ….IN THE FAMILY ROOM, LIVING ROOM, AND HOW MUCH TRAFFIC WILL IT NEED TO WITHSTAND?

WHAT ARE THE AGES OF THE PEOPLE (AND PETS) WHO WILL USE IT MOST? I remember watching as my toddler wiped her runny nose on the sofa cushions edge – which came conveniently to nose-height – and it was a blessing that those cushions could be laundered!

PHOTO BY SARAH CRAMER

PHOTO BY SARAH CRAMER

CONFIGURATION – DOES YOUR ROOM HAVE 4 WALLS? OR AN OPEN FLOOR PLAN?

LIVING ROOM - MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE

LIVING ROOM – MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE

WILL THE BACK OF THE SOFA BE VISIBLE?

DIANE BERGERON

DIANE BERGERON

WHERE IS THE LIGHTING IN THE ROOM?

MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - SPOONFLOWER FABRIC DRAPES

MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE – LIVING ROOM – SLIPCOVERED SOFA

IS THIS ROOM THE CENTER OF THE HOUSE…OF DOWN IN THE BASEMENT?

THIS IS AN OLD PHOTO I FOUND ON PINTEREST WITH A DEAD END LINK. IT IS PROBABLY ONE OF MY FAVORITE PHOTOS OF ANY SPACE. IT EPITOMIZES MY DESIGN TASTE

THIS IS AN OLD PHOTO I FOUND ON PINTEREST WITH A DEAD END LINK. IT IS PROBABLY ONE OF MY FAVORITE PHOTOS OF ANY SPACE. IT EPITOMIZES MY DESIGN TASTE

ALL IMPORTANT QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF BEFORE YOU MAKE THE PURCHASE….AND FOR PETE’S SAKE – MEASURE YOUR DOORWAYS AND STAIRCASES!!!

PINTEREST

PINTEREST

3. BUDGET.  BUDGETS AND TASTES VARY AND CAN DICTATE OPTIONS.  BUT NOWADAYS – A TIGHT BUDGET IS NOT A BARRIER TO STYLE.

EMILY HENDERSON DID A GREAT “SOFA” POST WHICH INCLUDES AMONG OTHER VALUABLE ADVICE ” GENERIC SOFAS NOT TO BUY” AND A FEW DOZEN GREAT SOFAS UNDER $1000!!!!

THERE ARE SOFAS FOR EVERY BUDGET AND EVERY WEBSITE HAS SALES! WATCH FOR DISCOUNTS…AND COUPONS AND MARKDOWNS.

ONE of my ABSOLUTE favorite Furniture companies to come on the scene in the last few years is JOYBIRD! .

3. STYLE –   “STYLE” REFERS TO THE SOFA SHAPE. THERE ARE SO MANY DIFFERENT STYLES WHICH REPRESENT EVERYTHING FROM TRADITIONAL DECOR TO MORE CONTEMPORARY AND MODERN TYPES OF DECOR. THE BEST SOFA STYLES, IN MY HUMBLE OPINION ARE TIMELESS – NO MATTER WHAT STYLE THEY ARE…

..HERE ARE A FEW BASIC BIGGIES…FROM WHICH MOST SOFA STYLES ORIGINATE.(all the diagrams and descriptions below are from DOMINO)

THE DOMINO BOOK IS HANDS DOWN MY GO-TO FAVORITE DECORATING AND DESIGN BOOK !!!

THE DOMINO BOOK IS HANDS DOWN MY GO-TO FAVORITE DECORATING AND DESIGN BOOK !!!

HANDS DOWN THE BEST RESOURCE BOOK EVER!

Slipper Streamlined and unfussy, like an elongated slipper chair, this option is made more for entertaining than lounging. Usually lean and open, it does well in small spaces.

SLIPPER
Streamlined and unfussy, like an elongated slipper chair, this option is made more for entertaining than lounging. Usually lean and open, it does well in small spaces.

ENGLISH ARM THREE SEATER Rumpled, yet aristocratic, this British country-house staple has soft, deep cushions and low arms that make it ideal for TV watching.

ENGLISH ARM THREE SEATER
Rumpled, yet aristocratic, this British country-house staple has soft, deep cushions and low arms that make it ideal for TV watching.

 I ADORE This “ROBIN” sofa FROM JOYBIRD with English Arms below is GORGEOUS and I am dying to get is made up in pink!!!!

FRENCH SETTEE Often seen in a Louis XIV style, this regal option is delicate, formal, and architectural. The exposed carved-wood frame provides a structured contrast in a room of heavily upholstered pieces.

FRENCH SETTEE
Often seen in a Louis XIV style, this regal option is delicate, formal, and architectural. The exposed carved-wood frame provides a structured contrast in a room of heavily upholstered pieces.

TUXEDO- A signature of society decorator Billy Baldwin, this sofa is luxurious yet decidedly no-frills. A straight profile (the arms and back are the same height) give it a more masculine feel. Works in any room, modern or traditional.

TUXEDO- A signature of society decorator Billy Baldwin, this sofa is luxurious yet decidedly no-frills. A straight profile (the arms and back are the same height) give it a more masculine feel. Works in any room, modern or traditional.

MODERN More sculpture than sofa (this one is a mid-century design by Vladimir Kagan). This piece can float in the middle of a room.

MODERN
More sculpture than sofa (this one is a mid-century design by Vladimir Kagan). This piece can float in the middle of a room.

CHESTERFIELD This 19th century English design features tight tailoring, a high back, rolled arms and tufting. In leather, it's clubby and masculine.

CHESTERFIELD
This 19th century English design features tight tailoring, a high back, rolled arms and tufting. In leather, it’s clubby and masculine.

SECTIONAL Casual, with a '70's lounginess. Good for establishing a sitting area in a loft. Minimizes the need for other seating. A version with legs cuts the bulkiness.

SECTIONAL
Casual, with a ’70’s lounginess. Good for establishing a sitting area in a loft. Minimizes the need for other seating. A version with legs cuts the bulkiness.

KNOLE (NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH THE FSU MASCOT!) This style is named after a grand house of King Henry VIII. Super-classic and formal, but very cozy and sheltering. Hinged sides untie and drop flat so you can lie down.

KNOLE (NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH THE FSU “NOLE” MASCOT!)
This style is named after a grand house of King Henry VIII. Super-classic and formal, but very cozy and sheltering. Hinged sides untie and drop flat so you can lie down.

Dating back to the 18th-century British designer Thomas Chippendale, this piece has an old-world sophistication but also looks surprisingly modern in a solid linen fabric. SKIRTED OR UNSKIRTED.

Dating back to the 18th-century British designer Thomas Chippendale, this piece has an old-world sophistication but also looks surprisingly modern in a solid linen fabric. SKIRTED OR UNSKIRTED.

PHOTO BY SARAH CRAMER - CAMEL BACK SOFA

PHOTO BY SARAH CRAMER – MY VINTAGE CAMEL BACK SOFA UPHOLSTERED IN BLUE GRAY VELVET

KATE SPADE SRAKE TUFTED SOFA!!!!

KATE SPADE SRADE TUFTED SOFA!!!! CHECK OUT THE SITE FOR MORE OF HER NEW FURNITURE LINE!!!!

4. ARMS – 

…HERE ARE some TO MUDDLE THROUGH!

DREXEL HERITAGE ARMS

DREXEL HERITAGE ARMS

MADE.COM RITCHIE SOFA WITH COLORED BUTTONS - DROOL!!!

MADE.COM RITCHIE SOFA WITH COLORED BUTTONS – DROOL!!!

DECORPAD

DECORPAD – TRACK ARMS SLIPCOVERED

5. SEATS, CUSHIONS – NUMBER – HOW MANY??? DO YOU WANT ONE BENCH SEAT CUSHION, TWO CUSHIONS OR THREE…AND WOULD YOU LIKE “T” OR AN “L” CUSHION OR A “SQUARE/RECTANGLE”  STYLE? WHO KNEW IT COULD BE SO COMPLICATED.

"L" AND "T" CUSHIONS WRAP AROUND THE ARM OF THE SOFA.

“L” AND “T” CUSHIONS WRAP AROUND THE ARM OF THE SOFA.

RECTANGLE AND SQUARE CUSHIONS SIT SQUARE ON THE SOFA

RECTANGLE AND SQUARE CUSHIONS SIT SQUARE ON THE SOFA

6. PILLOWSAND just as you can have NO pillows and a tight back you can have – 1, 2 , 3 or a bunch of back pillows –

burgundy and cream walls

PLUM AND BOW “ANNETTE” MAROON SOFA FROM URBAN OUTFITTERS $798 MODERN SCRILL ARM WITH 3 SEATS AND 2 PILLOWS WITH BUTTONS.

REGARD MAISONS PINK SOFA

REGARD MAISONS PINK SOFA

FOUR SEASON'S

FOUR SEASON’S FURNITURE – SARAH RICHARDSON COTTINGHAM MEADOW FABRIC FROM THE PILLOW COLLECTION – GREAT SOURCE FOR PILLOWS!

DESIGN SPONGE - I LOVE THIS!

DESIGN SPONGE – I LOVE THIS!

7. SKIRTED OR VISIBLE LEGS, – I LIKE A MIXTURE OF BOTH ….LEGS ARE CONSIDERED A BIT MORE DRESSY…BUT LOVELY SKIRTED ONES ARE BEAUTIFUL TOO….DESIGNER TRACI ZELLER HAS A RULE OF THUMB THAT IF THE SOFAS ARE SKIRTED SHE SELECTS MORE LEGGY TABLES….

DON’T EVEN GET ME STARTED ON THE DIFFERENT CONFIGURATIONS THERE ARE KICK PLEATS, DRESSMAKER PLEATS, EVEN RUFFLES…YOU CAN CAVE MULTIPLE PLEATS, JUST CORNER PLEATS…OR A CENTER PLEAT…!!!!!

TRACI ZELLER DESIGNS -

TRACI ZELLER DESIGNS – SKIRTED UPHOLSTERED ROLLARM SOFA WITH 3 CUSHIONS SEAT AND BACK

PHOEBE HOWARD

PHOEBE HOWARD – PARIS CLUB ARMS, L CUSHIONS, CORNER PLEATS, SECTIONAL SOFA

8. DURABILITY – THIS MAY SEEM LIKE AN OBVIOUS CATEGORY, WHO DOESN’T WANT A DURABLE SOFA?  BUT SOMETIMES YOU JUST NEED A 3 YR SOFA, (THINK COLLEGE APARTMENT…) OR YOU KNOW YOU WILL SWAP IT OUT WHEN THE KIDS GET OUT OF DIAPERS AND YOU JUST WANT SOMETHING TO FILL THE SPACE …A SOFT PLACE FOR EVERYONE TO SIT …IN A ROOM WHERE ONLY YOUR FAMILY GOES. –

THIS "9 BY NOVOGRATZ" SOFA/FUTON IS $399 AT WALMART!

THIS “9 BY NOVOGRATZ” SOFA/FUTON IS $399 AT WALMART!

IN OTHER CASES, YOU CONSIDER THIS SOFA TO BE AN INVESTMENT, WORTHY OF EXTENDING YOUR BUDGET TO ACCOMODATE A PIECE OF FURNITURE THAT IS NOT ONLY WELL MADE AND STURDY, BUT CLASSIC VS TRENDY, WITH A TRADITIONALLY INSPIRED FRAME AND LINES, IN FABRICS WHICH ARE TIMELESS AND HOLD UP TO HEAVY WEAR.

REMODELISTA

REMODELISTA

RESTORATION HARDWARE - BELGIAN LINEN SLOPE ARM SOFA - SINGLE CUSHION, SKIRTED AND SLIPCOVERED!

RESTORATION HARDWARE – BELGIAN LINEN SLOPE ARM SOFA – SINGLE CUSHION, SKIRTED AND SLIPCOVERED!

9. COLOR/ FABRIC – AGAIN THIS IS NOT ALWAYS SOMETHING YOU HAVE LOTS OF FLEXIBILITY ON…BUT WILL THE SOFA BE YOUR POP OF COLOR? OR WILL IT SERVE AS A BACKDROP TO ALL OF THE OTHER COLORS IN THE ROOM – WITH ART, RUGS AND OTHER PIECES TAKING FOCUS?

GEORGE SHERLOCK SOFA FROM JENNA LYONS BROOKLYN APARTMENT

GEORGE SHERLOCK SOFA FROM JENNA LYONS BROOKLYN APARTMENT

JOYBIRD HEATH LOVESEAT - OVER 100 COLORS TO CHOOSE FROM!

JOYBIRD HEATH LOVESEAT – OVER 100 COLORS TO CHOOSE FROM!

PINK YUMMY - NYLON PINKSY

PINK YUMMY – NYLON PINKSY- CONTRASTING PIPING ADDS WHIMSY AND STYLE…LOVE THE BROWN AND PINK!!

10. SLIPCOVERED VS UPHOLSTERED –  I REFUSE TO BELIEVE THAT THE ONLY OPTION FOR YOUNG CHILDREN IS LEATHER… THERE AND SO MANY DURABLE FABRICS OUT THERE AND SUNBRELLA MAKES INCREDIBLE INDOOR OUTDOOR OPTIONS THAT THE POSSIBITIES ARE ENDLESS.AND I LOVE SLIPCOVERS!!!

DWELL STUDIO MODERN BUNGALOW INDOOR/OUTDOOR - ROBERT ALLEN

DWELL STUDIO MODERN BUNGALOW INDOOR/OUTDOOR – ROBERT ALLEN

LOVE THESE SLIPCOVERS - HOUSE OF TURQUOISE WATERCOLOR FLORIDA

LOVE THESE SLIPCOVERS – HOUSE OF TURQUOISE WATERCOLOR FLORIDA SLIPCOVERED MODERN SHAPE SOFAS WITH STRAIGHT ARMS AND 3 BACK CUSHIONS.

the decorista - Megan Hess's amazing living room

the decorista – Megan Hess’s amazing living room

AND FOR PETES SAKE – HAVE SOME FUN!

OVERWHELMED? YEAH, ME TOO!

BUT ISN’T IT BETTER TO CONSIDER ALL OF THE OPTIONS? I THINK SO, EVEN IF IT TAKES A LITTLE MORE TIME.

EMILY HENDERSON’S THEORY AS TO WHY SO MANY “MISTAKE” SOFAS GET PURCHASED IS BECAUSE THEY ARE 1.  IMMEDIATELY AVAILABLE AND 2. INEXPENSIVE...BUT SHE AND I HAVE FOUND IS THAT IF YOU SHOP AROUND YOU CAN GET A GREAT SOFA FOR A DECENT PRICE…AND ONE YOU ACTUALLY LIKE – NOT SETTLE FOR!!!

SO HOW DO YOU CHOOSE A SOFA? WITH SO MANY CHOICES? AND SO FEW DECENT PLACES TO GO SHOP AROUND WITHOUT LOSING YOUR MIND?

MY SUGGESTION IS TO VISIT SITES LIKE PINTEREST, HOUZZ AND THERE ARE SO MANY GOOD ONES THAT FEATURE LOTS OF HOMES -…. I LIKE EMILY HENDERSON,  DESIGN CHIC,  AND OTHER STYLIST, DECORATORS AND DESIGNERS  – VISIT THEIR SITES AND JUST WANDER THROUGH THEIR ARCHIVES. PIN THE PHOTOS THAT SPEAK TO YOU – COLLECT PICTURES OF SOFAS THAT YOU LIKE!!!!

HOUSE OF TURQUOISE

HOUSE OF TURQUOISE

ONE OF MY PERSONAL FAVORITE “IDEA” RESOURCE IS THE BLOG  HOUSE OF TURQUOISE –  SHE FEATURES PRIMARILY DESIGNERS AND THE ROOMS AND HOMES THEY HAVE DESIGNED, SHE HAS THOUSANDS OF LIVING ROOMS FEATURED IN EVERY STYLE IMAGINABLE!!!!!

DO YOU HAVE ANY SOFA STORIES???? DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE STYLE??

HOW DID YOU CHOOSE YOUR SOFAS???

ONE OF MY FAVORITE PHOTOS EVER!

ONE OF MY FAVORITE PHOTOS  AND SOFAS EVER!

XO

anthr

Leslie

REUNION REFLECTIONS

LAST weekend I went back in time

to 1976. 

40 years! and celebrated my 40th

HIGH SCHOOL REUNION!

PHOTO BY Sherrie Wharthon McClendon

PHOTO BY Sherrie Wharthon McClendon

It was CRAZY! It was surreal. REALLY SURREAL!

I have a core group of girlfriends that I have kept in touch with over the years, weddings, babies, funerals, birthdays and reunions. We all stayed together…and every single minute was pure bliss. TRULY.

ME AND MY GIRLS

ME AND MY GIRLS – Robin, Lynn, Jill and Jan – (and Elizabeth’s head on a stick!) IF you are not in attendance-  you get taken everywhere – your head on a stick! traditions!

JANS WEDDING - JILL, LYNN, ELIZABETH, JAN, MARILYN, ME AND JAN'S SISTER PEGGY,

here we are at JANS WEDDING – 32 years ago tomorrow  JILL, LYNN, ELIZABETH, JAN, MARILYN, ME AND JAN’S SISTER PEGGY,

It was wonderful to REconnect with and in many cases getting to acquainted with classmates that I had known, but barely…sharing stories and bonding over this moment in time that we shared once upon a time and that now holds such a treasured place in all our hearts.

me and Robin

Me and My Buddy and partner in crimes of fun – Robin!

There were the awards…married the longest, most grand children and most famous – one person won all three of those awards – Wade Boggs….my esteemed classmate who wrote in my annual  “You are my favorite and if I ever get season tickets you will be the first to get them!” …

This little life goes so fast. A minute ago I was a teenager…kind of silly, kind of shy and insecure and still ready to take on the world.  IMG_7341

Quite often, I would look at the person in front of me…confused …and then I would look at their name tag with their high school photo and that would jog my memory and who they were – all came back to me. Who they are – stood in front of me – having lived 40 compacted and convoluted years of highs and lows and loves and losses – too many to reccount…but all of them – who had once just been…”the daughter…or the son .of…” had become some many people to… so many people…and I could not help but think how special it was to have a memory of them BEFORE all the names and the titles and layers.

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One of my most talented classmates who was an oscar nominated Film editor for almost 30 years made a movie…from collected super 8 movies and photos…that left no eye dry and took us all back…hearing our young voices…seeing those smiles…and seeing us so young…like it was yesterday.

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Now I am back in the present. But the warm hugs still press into my heart and each face, each beautiful face I treasure.

photo by Sherri Wharthon McClendon

photo by Sherri Wharthon McClendon

Hail oh Hail Plant High!

Leslie

DORM SHOPPING – TOP TEN LIST

my old country house dorm

This is the pile of Tate’s stuff right before we packed him up and moved him into his dorm late last summer.

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Moving him out some 9 months later – I could not help but notice what

…came back unopened or not at all!

On the MIA list were these crates? He donated the rug. The ‘First Aid kit” was unused – still packed in plastic (“there are Resident Advisors “RA’s that have those”) , His second pair of sheets were never used. All of the paper goods – plates, bowls, plastic utensils – unopened. As he explained it “they have all that stuff at the cafeteria and plates are delivered with Pizza.” I also found a large box of unused pencils.

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 NOW IT IS TIME TO PACK FOR PHOEBE  will attend the College  this fall.

Phoebe is much more interested in her Dorm decor than her brother was and she and her roommate-to-be have been texting back and forth…choosing colors for bedding sets, lamps and rugs and dividing up the big stuff …Roommate is getting the printer and ink, we are getting the mini fridge.

(ROUND 2) TOP-TEN DORM SHOPPING LIST

Dorm Combo Bedding packages

  1. BEDDING/BEDDING PACKAGE – Comforter, sheets, pillowcases, mattress cover and mattress pad. The mattress pads range from simple egg crate to full on Memory foam layers.

    FOAM MATTRESS TOPPER

    FOAM MATTRESS TOPPER

Tate loved his Memory Foam topper that we got a Target.

2. COMMAND STRIPS AND COMMAND HANGERS – OFTEN IT IS ALL THAT IS ALLOWED TO HANG ANYTHING!

3. RUG – A simple indoor /outdoor one of a shaggy plush soft one…anything is better than a cold floor in the am.

4. CREATIVE STORAGE SOLUTIONS – BINS, CRATES, HANGERS, BED RAISERS (HELPS RAISE THE BED UP SO THINGS CAN BE STASHED UNDERNEATH!)

5. Which brings me to FANS – IF YOU WILL NOT HAVE AC MUST HAVE A FAN!

SMALL FAN WHICH PLUGS INOT A USB PORT! URBAN OUTFITTERS

SMALL FAN WHICH PLUGS INOT A USB PORT! URBAN OUTFITTERS

6. REFRIGERATOR – rent or buy. this is a tricky one. The rental is $279 a semester, they run specials all the time but you can buy a great mini fridge for MUCH MUCH LESS

1.6 cu. ft. Mini Refrigerator in Blue

1.6 cu. ft. Mini Refrigerator in Blue – URBAN OUTFITTERS , ALSO AT HOME DEPOT

MAGIC CHEF 4.4CU FT MINI FRIDGE FRO HOME DEPOT $138

MAGIC CHEF 4.4CU FT MINI FRIDGE FRO HOME DEPOT $138

COOPER TRIES OUT THE CHAIR

COOPER TRIES OUT THE CHAIR

7. SHOWER AND LAUNDRY SUPPLIES – TOWELS, SHOWER WRAPS, BATH GEL, FLIP FLOPS, SHOWER CADDY

8. ELECTRICAL SUPPLIES – ELECTRICAL CORDS WITH SURGE PROTECTER, IPHONE CORDS AND CHARGERS, DESK LAMP

GE Power Stripe 2-PK 6 Outlet 2FT Cord-White

GE Power Stripe 2-PK 6 Outlet 2FT Cord-White

10. PERSONAL TOUCHES – PHOTOS, POSTERS – TAPESTRIES, THINGS THAT MAKE IT YOUR ROOM! One fun thing that many colleges do is have big poster sales the first few weeks of school. Tate had fun going with his roommate and choosing posters for his room. There are great creative ways to display your photos – here are a few!

 

9. SCHOOL SUPPLIES – THE BASICS – OBVIOUSLY SCHOOL SUPPLIES ARE NEEDED BUT TATE FOUND IT FUN TO GO GET THAT STUFF AT THE BOOKSTORE…THEY DO LOTS OF BUYING USED BOOKS ETC THERE. PENS AND PENCILS…PAPER, PRINTER PAPER. AGAIN – ALL CAN BE GOTTEN ON CAMPUS.

10. MISCELLANEOUS – HERE ARE SOME THINGS THAT TATE SAYS HE ENDED UP GETTING  LATER OR WISHED HE HAD – A STASH OF COLD MEDICINE SUPPLIES, TISSUES ETC.  (THEY SHARE GERMS LIKE KINDERGARTENS AND GET COLDS ALOT IN THE BEGINNING),  PORTABLE SAFE, RAIN BOOTS, UMBRELLA, RAINCOAT, WIPES, TOILETRIES.

THIS IS JUST A START….BUT HITS ON MANY OF THE BIGGIES. IT GOES SO FAST..AND IN THE END…MOST TOWNS HAVE A TARGET…AND CARE PACKAGES ARE FUN TO GET – JUST MAKE SURE THEY PICK THEM UP!!!! 

ME AND MY GIRL!!!!

ME AND MY GIRL!!!!

Leslie

SEPARATION ANXIETY – BLAST FROM THE PAST

     Yesterday I was trolling through my blog and I stumbled upon a piece written – two blogs ago – in 2009.

Tate was 13. He turns 20 next month. I thought I would share it with you….

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There was a time when I missed him while he slept. There was a time when I could not get home quick enough from work to see him, the short drive was agonizing and every stop light or errand on the way kept him further from my arms. I cried in the toy store when I pulled the string and the pull toy played “You are My Sunshine”, because for the first time in my life, I understood why it was written. His blue eyes connected to my hazel ones like long-lost friends. His face brought meaning to my life and defined my time on earth. I knew who I was, where I was meant to be and what I was supposed to do.

Those days are gone. Oh yeah baby, they are gone. I may have been able to peer at the terrible twos through a pair of rose-colored glasses, keep my glass half full, not half empty, see the bright side of the tantrums and the slaps to the face and the monkey on the counter. I have navigated potty training and sibling rivalry and bullies and changing schools and broken hearts. Lost socks, lost pets, Lost Grandmothers. I have stayed in the game. But I am having a nearly impossible time recognizing the new boy. He is so big, and, well… man-ish. I don’t know him. Shades remind me of the boy who used to drive me nuts with the constant whistling, the humming and singing off-key, but who now won’t look me in the eye, won’t have a conversation that does not involve him getting a cell phone. I miss the whistling and the clumsy yet consistently present hugs.

Sometimes I wonder if I ever really knew him. If the boy I thought I knew was really only the one in the pictures. Have I been too busy? Carrying things up the stairs? Did I miss something very important? Could I have been there more…or less, to prevent this? Should I have sent him to a different school or dropped him off at Bloomingdale’s and made him find his way home? Should I have had fewer children or perhaps one more to even the score? Is it all going to be finally revealed that I suck as a Mother. Will the jig be up? And are the others right behind, lulling me with their sticky smiles and their easy accessibility and warm snuggles, only to very soon kick me off the couch and relegate me to the other side of their bedroom door. Or worse, sit right next to me and not acknowledge my presence.

I think I would be better at this if I had no feelings. Or if my feelings were more mature. I should be more self-sacrificing. If I could disconnect myself from him, like his Dad can do. Maybe that is the answer. He can stay so calm, even when all crap hits the fan and he wants to smack him. He can stay so distant. Yet he always looks like he loves him. Yeah, I wish I could just be numb.

I know, underneath my insecurity and my rantings and my yelling and my tears in the car, I know that he is doing what he is supposed to do. I really do, I know in some way, he is demonstrating to me that indeed I have done my job right. His net is so secure and he knows that I will forever open his parachute and he is showing me that he is brave enough to jump. To push the boat from the dock. I just wish there was a way, an effective way to communicate to him that I promise I will let him go, but could I be treated less like the annoying dog poo he just stepped in? But maybe, intuitively under the hair and the pout, he knows full well, he needs to help me let him go. That as we stand, I am too attached and as God is his witness he is going to change that. At the end of this road, I will be there with his bags, kissing him on the cheek, but no longer on my knees like I used to predict that I would be. Like I used to imagine I would do when I looked at him in the rear view mirror, safely buckled in, pacifier bobbing and saying “I luss you Mama.”
I miss the boy in the rear view mirror, I did not have him for long enough. It went too fast, and I am not even close to ready to do this and I do not recall anyone, not one person, preparing me for this. How in the world could they?

Seems to me, life is about just one good-bye after another.
And maybe, I simply need to find a way to say hello to the new boy.
I do love him so.

Leslie

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Leslie

SUMMER THUNDERSTORMS, FIREWORKS AND THE DIY THUNDER SHIRT

CHARLIE- the big boy

CHARLIE is the big boy – photo by sarah cramer photography

We have 3 dogs. Muffin and 11 year old Wheaten Terrier, Charlie, a 6 year old lab/border collie mix, and Bean – the 1 year old handful of a Beagle pup.

MUFFIN 11 YEAR OLD WHEATEN TERRIER

MUFFIN 11 YEAR OLD WHEATEN TERRIER PHOTO by Sarah Cramer

The three live harmoniously. Bean runs away whenever he can … and chews my bras and retainers…but generally they eat, sleep and play together like a nice little pack.

SORRY i was naughty

SORRY ….I was naughty

The only thing that can throw things completely off balance are

THUNDERSTORMS! AND FIREWORKS!

Charlie and Bean pretty much hunker down, hang close to us and chill. But Muffin is an absolute mess. She starts her barking (truly it is the only time she makes a sound!) about an hour before the storm gets to us…and if not crated or kept inside she will run laps around the house barking for the duration of the storm. As she has gotten older I notice that she is a bit “limpy” the next day…as if it is hard to get out of bed after a big workout.

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ONE Typical summer night…the warning message flashed across the screen and another one of our WHOPPER storms kicked into full gear…lightening that felt as if it were coming into the room and BIG BOOMS of rumbling thunder. All of the dogs were not happy and Muffin especially….was completely wacked out.

All of a sudden a lightbulb went off and I remembered that my sister-in-law had told me that they had gotten something called a THUNDERSHIRT for their dog Nikko.

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NIKKO who was the best dog in the world, also a  Wheaten,

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and the reason we got Muffin, lived in Florida where the Thunderstorms are off the charts. The Thundershirt gave him relief and he was able to tolerate the storms much better…according to the ad on Amazon…”One thing is for certain, for a very large percentage of dogs, Thundershirt’s gentle, constant pressure has a terrific calming effect. This has obvious benefits for most types of anxiety.”

…..and my sister-in-law swears by it!

So, back to that night…it was raining cats and dogs and a bit late to run out and buy a Thundershirt…and Amazon is not THAT fast, so I had to get creative.

I had a basket of folded laundry on the floor. I grabbed an old T-shirt of Coopers, put it on Muffin and pulled the back nice and snug around her upper body.I used the elastic hair tie from my pony tail to keep it tight.

DIY Thundershirt

DIY Thundershirt

muffinthunder2 I would not have believed it had I not seen it with my own eyes!!!

She immediately calmed down. And when it would get really loud, she would come over to me, let me scratch her tummy and her back and she was calm. Normally she is a mess…. running…. barking, panting, totally wacky and completely impossible to console.

Then she and Charlie snuggled up and went to sleep!!!

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My sister-in-law has since sent me their old Thundershirt and it does work wonders…not every
time…but most of the time it seems to give her relief.
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Have a Wonderful and Safe July Fourth Day weekend.
Leslie

TIMELESS YELLOWS – NOT CALLED YELLOW

YELLOW is my husbands favorite color….

Our very first home was a sweet small brick home, with low ceilings and little light in the hallways. I  wanted to brighten the main hallways and chose a pale yellow. The color was called…”Yellow” something…maybe “Spring YELLOW”, I can’t remember….I wanted a nice light creamy yellow and that is how it looked on the card. I was so certain it was perfect that I did not even feel the need to put a tester swatch on the wall (BIG..BIG… MISTAKE). I could not wait to come home and see the beautiful hallway  inspired by this English Countryside Inn .

KESWICK HALL, KESWICK VA

KESWICK HALL, KESWICK VA

Unfortunately I walked in and was slapped in the face with a LEMON……It was so bright I needed sunglasses (maybe I am exaggerating a tad). We are not talking a deep rich gorgeous yellow like the  beautiful MONTICELLO CHROME YELLOW which I adore…..

MONTICELLO - ELLE DECOR

MONTICELLO – ELLE DECOR

…but no, OUR HALLWAY  was like the inside of a lemon.

LEMONY LEMONS PINTEREST

LEMONY LEMONS PINTEREST

LEMON SORBET DONE RIGHT!

LEMON SORBET DONE RIGHT!

We repainted immediately.

 I learned a valuable lesson …and  that was that MOST TIMELESS interior YELLOWS ….are actually…

NOT CALLED YELLOW AT ALL!

. HAWTHORNE YELLOW

HAWTHORNE YELLOW

Of the 10 best selling  yellows that Benjamin Moore sells…only one,

Hawthorne Yellow  uses the word

“YELLOW” in its’ name.

Hawthorne Yellow Front door from Pinterest

Hawthorne Yellow Front door from Pinterest

THE Remaining 9 are all beautiful ….

9 of the 10 most popular Benjamin Moore Yellows: Concord Ivory, desert Tan, Hemplewhite Ivory, Mannequin Cream, Montgomery White, Philadelphia White, Rich Cream, Weston Flax, Windham Cream.

9 of the 10 most popular Benjamin Moore Yellows: Concord Ivory, desert Tan, Hemplewhite Ivory, Mannequin Cream, Montgomery White, Philadelphia White, Rich Cream, Weston Flax, Windham Cream.

…but NOT called YELLOW. I learned that the yellow colors I like need to almost look creamy whitish in the can…then on the wall they translate to that lovely creamy yellow I wanted… LETS TAKE A LOOK….

CONCORD IVORY

CONCORD IVORY

CONCORD IVORY

CONCORD IVORY

WESTON FLAX

WESTON FLAX

WESTON FLAX

WESTON FLAX

philadelphia cream

PHILADELPHIA CREAM

PHILADELPHIA CREAM

PHILADELPHIA CREAM -ANITA HOLLAND INTERIORS

MONTGOMERY WHITE

MONTGOMERY WHITE

MONTGOMERY WHITE

MONTGOMERY WHITE THE GARDEN WEB

MANNEQUIN CREAM

MANNEQUIN CREAM

MANNEQUIN CREAM

MANNEQUIN CREAM

HEMPLEWHITE IVORY

HEMPLEWHITE IVORY

HEMPLEWHITE IVORY

HEMPLEWHITE IVORY – HOUSE BEAUTIFUL

desert tan

DESERT TAN

DESERT TAN

DESERT TAN

AND MY TWO PERSONAL FAVORITES….RICH CREAM AND WINDHAM CREAM

RICH CREAM

RICH CREAM

RICH CREAM

RICH CREAM

WINDHAM CREAM

WINDHAM CREAM

WINDHAM CREAM

WINDHAM CREAM..JUST LOOK HOW LOVELY IT IS WITH THE WHITE PORCELAIN…

DECOR PAD - I ADORE THIS WINDHAM CREAM LVING ROOM...!!!!

MORE WINDHAM CREAM …..LVING ROOM.   I ADORE THIS ROOM..!!!! THIS IS MY PERSONAL FAVORITE!!!

….our living room WAS painted a color with a golden undertone, very subtle but lovely…

CREAMY WHITE AKA SPRING IN ASPEN

CREAMY WHITE AKA SPRING IN ASPEN

MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - SPOONFLOWER FABRIC DRAPES

MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE – LIVING ROOM – SPOONFLOWER FABRIC DRAPES

WE RECENTLY CHANGED THE LIVING ROOM PAINT COLOR (AND ALMOST MY ENTIRE HOUSE!  – EVER SO SLIGHTLY TO A NEW COLOR WHICH HAS A TAD LESS GRAY..BUT STILL THE CREAMY WHITE COLOR –

SHERWINN WILLIAMS STEAMED MILK

SHERWINN WILLIAMS STEAMED MILK

SHERWINN WILLIAMS STEAMED MILK

LIVING ROOM PAINTED STEAMED MILK

LIVING ROOM PAINTED STEAMED MILK

ALL of these “YELLOWS” which are NOT CALLED YELLOW are timeless.

AND VERSATILE. They look great in combination with pale blues and sort reds, greens and pinks…even Black……they are warm and inviting and relaxing and cozy and can be appropriate for nearly all styles…be it ….Mid-Century Modern or Vintage or Cottage or Country or Arts and Crafts, Colonial Revival.

YELLOW AND BLUE KITCHEN

YELLOW AND BLUE KITCHEN

YELLOW AND BLUE

YELLOW AND BLUE

DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE “GO TO” INTERIOR YELLOW???

have you ever had a yellow mishap?

Leslie

MONDAY MAKEOVER – REFINISHING THE DINING ROOM TABLE

A few years ago…

when TWITTER was just getting started…..

I sent a TWEET to Mary McDonald...the designer……and asked her:

MARY MCDONALD

MARY MCDONALD

“Can I paint an antique wooden table?”

It was really only the top that I wanted to paint. “

AND Mary replied!!! ” As long as it can be taken off (IF) you ever want to – fine”

So I painted the top of our dining room table .

FAIRVIEW TAUPE DINING ROOM

FAIRVIEW TAUPE DINING ROOM

THIS SPRING –  I took the paint OFF – AND I refinished it, taking it back to the gorgeous Walnut wooden veneer top.

TOOLS AND PRODUCTS-

  1. A couple scrapers – a few sizes are helpful.
  2. THE “GOOP”. in this case called “GOOF OFF”
  3. Sander and sand paper – different grades.
  4. Protective gloves and eye-wear
  5. Stain – if you will be re- staining your piece.
  6. Varnish – or wax whichever you prefer .

This is a more laborious and tedious project than Truly difficult.

It just takes time and patience to do it right. AND you must take great care to protect yourself from the VERY DANGEROUS fumes of the paint remover. I highly recommend doing the work outside if you are able and if not ONLY work inside – IN A VERY WELL ventilated room. A mask does not protect you from the fumes – thought I still wore one -! and I was OUTSIDE! Also wear protective goggles. If you ever get a drop of the “goop” on your skin –  you will know why. IT IS INCREDIBLY CAUSTIC. It will give you a nasty burn .

Bottom line- Just be careful and while I love “shortcuts” this is NOT  a time to take them.

STEP 1- REMOVING THE BULK OF THE PAINT.

NOTE – MANY PEOPLE go straight to step 2 – and JUST SAND to remove the old finish and/or paint. Since I was the one to paint the 10+ coats of paint on this table..I knew sanding would not be  SUFFICIENT AND thus started by using a chemical paint remover.

Prepare the area. I covered the ground with brown paper to protect the grass and keep the chemicals confined.

Wear protective gloves when you use the “GOOF OFF.

You “paint” on the GOOP in one direction, with a big fat old brush (because you will want to toss it) lay it on nice and thick and leave it to do its thing.(your particular product will give you detailed instructions. READ and HEED.

Once it has bubbled up, you just scrape it off. It is actually quite cool!  This step might take two go-arounds for thick old paint. I was careful not to get the Goop on the legs as I did not want them stripped.

 

STEP TWO – SAND AND SAND AND SAND

This step is tedious. I have a few different Sanders, the one I liked the best for this was the ORBITAL SANDER.

DEWALT 3 Amp 5 in. Corded Random Orbit Hook and Loop Sander

DEWALT 3 Amp 5 in. Corded Random Orbit Hook and Loop Sander

EVENTUALLY – you will be down to the wood only. switch to the finest grade, and use steel wool if you like. making the top super smooth for varnishing.

SAND SAND AND SAND SOME MORE

SAND SAND AND SAND SOME MORE

WHEN SANDING IS DONE WIPE LIGHTLY MULTIPLE TIMES WITH WARM SOAPY WATER TO REMOVE DUST..

WHEN SANDING IS DONE WIPE LIGHTLY MULTIPLE TIMES WITH WARM SOAPY WATER TO REMOVE DUST..

STAINING AND VARNISHING

I chose NOT to stain my table. I loved the natural color and one of the reasons I had painted it to begin with is that it looked to dark for my home. I figured I can always stain later if I change my mind. The trickiest thing with varnish is getting it on and NOT getting tiny hairs and dust and itsy bits bugs in it. I always APPLY VARNISH in one direction . I varnished at the end of the day when the table was not under direct sunlight or heat as those things will dry the varnish too fast and leave BRUSH marks. The varnish needs time to lay smooth.

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THE RESULTS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES…I LOVE THE WOOD!

REFINISHED TABLE!

REFINISHED TABLE!

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VINTAGE JOHN STUART WALNUT MID CENTURY DINING TABLE

VINTAGE JOHN STUART WALNUT MID CENTURY DINING TABLE

DINING ROOM  - PHOTO BY CRAMER PHOTO

DINING ROOM – PHOTO BY CRAMER PHOTO

START TO FINISH- THIS PROJECT TOOK ABOUT 3 DAYS.

AND IT WAS WORTH EVERY MINUTE!

XO

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