Tuesday, February 23, 2016

light, colorful, cheerful

Thanks for all the wonderful suggestions for the couch pillows in my last post. I have decided to keep them like this. A few of you also suggested tying in some blue or yellow from the couch onto the coffee table. Yes - perfect! The blue glass jar isn't the same shade of blue as the afghan or the blue in the pillows, but that's OK. I have different hues of aqua and turquoise going on in other areas of the living room.

A couple of people also suggested putting one of the pillows on top of the blue afghan. But, I can't do that.

It's Zippo's favorite napping spot. A pillow would interfere with that spot and as any of you other fur-baby people know, you don't mess with a cat or dog's sleeping spot. ;-) Especially when said fur baby is almost 17-years old. I make life as pleasant as I can for him.

The ladder bookshelf got a spring update with different shades of blue, too ~ along with keeping some milk glass pieces.

More blue and milk glass on top of the secretary desk when you walk in the front door.

Speaking of blue, here's what the sky looked like today on my afternoon walk. No edit on this photo at all. Isn't that color glorious? I passed a house down the street where I said hello to an older gentleman out in his yard. We agreed that we could smell spring in the air.

Back to the living room, I would show you the buffet, but Monkey obviously thinks he's the star of the show. Ah well, I think pets add that certain je ne sais quoi to vignettes, don't you agree?

 I moved a small, unpainted (but half-primed - I need to paint it) drop leaf table from the basement in front of the window. Previously, I had a little, dark-brown vertical table there. Too much brown going on. And this table gives the kitties the perfect place to perch to watch the birds and squirrels out the window. Clementine turned around to give me her prim and proper girl kitty pose for this photo, lest you see her backside while she's looking out the window. I'm going to paint this table outside when the weather warms up.

Moving into the kitchen, I added some color to the table. I like to keep the table in the kitchen simple, as this is where we not only eat, but do paperwork, play board games, sometimes read, work on our laptops, etc. I prefer a runner, but since this table is small, it's hard to find 60" runners. Most of them in the stores are 72" long. The blue and white checked piece of material is a cotton dishcloth. I got that idea from Linda at Itsy Bits and Pieces. Go take a look at Linda's February 22nd post and see what she did with her table. It's beautiful!

Keeping the china cabinet light and cheerful with red, yellow and aqua. See the white and red cake stand on the top shelf? I showed that on my blog in January ~ it's from Target and was only $5. For anyone who's interested, when I was at Target a few days ago, I saw they now have this cake stand in pastel colors (pink, mint, yellow) for spring.

Happy Tuesday, everyone ~ think spring!

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  1. You're right! Please don't upset the habits of our beloved fur babies.

  2. A pillow would look cute on the afghan, but not as cute and cozy as your sweet sleeping kitty. I have a circa 1980's stuffed cat on my couch, and at this moment a little Fuzzy (stuffed...with food) Pomeranian sleeping/snoring on the other chair.

    I love the pretty touches of aqua/turquoise that you have.

  3. Aren't you sweet! Thanks for the shout-out, Melanie! I love that blue color in the spring...I was bringing it into my house today, too. Your kitties are beautiful...I love the photo of Zippo on the afghan...so cozy!

  4. It looks so good. I've been adding some blue touches to my living room also. Oh no, my fur baby had his spots and I didn't disturb him at all. I miss that. I want that cake stand in pink...Target here I come!

  5. Melanie,
    You are welcoming Spring into your home in the most beautiful of ways and I adore your gentle spirit and the way you love these sweet furry babies.
    Everything looks wonderful!

  6. You have some great changes, Mel, and I love them all. Yes...pets come first. The pillows I have on my sofa are constantly rearranged for Layla to be comfy. I really like your colors. The drop leaf table you have is exactly like the prized one I have at the lake. It was painted white eons ago and is so perfectly chippy---it's my favorite after my Hoosier.

    Your tip from Linda (love her) is great. I have a 48 inch dining table and I love table runners as opposed to place mats so I fold them from the under side, each end to the middle and that's perfect. Thinner ones I iron to make look neater.

    Hang on to your hat for this storm. I know you didn't see it coming and I know you truly keep up on current events. I was sort of surprised!! I need a workout so I plan to do some shoveling before Al gets home to snowblow. The southern part of Chicago is supposed to get the worst of it. :(


  7. Everything looks great, but my favorite is the HOME sign over the ladder bookshelf.

  8. Wow, I love it all Melanie. It seems that you have found a way to make it all work together beautifully. I miss my kitties. I think that they added so much to our home...even if I had to work my decor choices around them sometimes. Life seems kind of sterile without them. Enjoy them!

  9. The touches of the pretty blues here and there look lovely and pull everything together without being dominant in any way, and how good that they sky turned that wonderful blue just to match your room! Very considerate of it!! xx

  10. The room looks perfect and the kitties seem to love it. Funny how us pet owners go to so much trouble to create spaces our fur babies will be comfortable in. Sometimes I catch myself sitting on the floor because my pets look so comfy while hogging the whole sofa.
    I'd love to invite you to stop by the Inspiration Thursday link party on my blog inthenewhouse.com and share some of your beautiful rooms and projects. I hope to see you there!

  11. You have the cutest little kitties!!!!! Your house is so cozy and welcoming....I can see why you call it comfy house! All your blue accents are lovely for spring. Bring it on, I'm ready!!

  12. Hi Melanie, Picked your blog up at Blondie's. I like the pillow and that great mirror. Your cats are so cute. Blessings, xoxo,Susie,

  13. What color are you planning to make that table? I know you like to move furniture around, so I'm wondering if that means you'll keep it neutral. I don't change my decor much like you do, even though I used to some years back when we had more visitors.


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