Saturday, February 19, 2022

lighter look in the living room ~ and a semi-update on clementine

It is still very much winter here in northeast Illinois. Nary a sign of spring: no bulbs poking out of the ground, freezing temps, biting winds, but at least not much snow. We've actually had a lot of rain lately, which is weird to hear in February. 

I'm done with winter. At least I can bring a lighter, brighter look into my home by changing up some decor. Pretend that daffodils are blooming and the winter robins are back.

It's a challenge for me to decorate my mantel; I think in part because it's extra long. When I saw a post from Brenda at Cozy Little House and how she decorated the mantel in her new apartment, I was inspired by how she used white pitchers. 

Other side of the mantel.

You can see how this fireplace takes up a big chunk of my small living room.

I changed up the decor in the "fauxyer", too. Spring art, a bright scarf, and a springy looking pillow. I need to repot the snake plant into a smaller container so the stalks don't fall over. See the framed art on the wall to the left? That is there temporarily. There used to be a vintage teardrop shelf that didn't make that area have too many hard lines....

When I was moving things around, I experimented with putting the teardrop shelf in another area. I didn't want to put a nail hole in the wall, so I cut off a small piece of a Command strip and used that on the back of the shelf. It wasn't strong enough and the shelf crashed to the floor.

 I mentioned in my last post that Clementine was now having dental problems. The results of her blood tests came back and besides her kidney values not being good (we knew that...she's had kidney disease for over four years), now there's some markers that show possible heart problems. She is having a simple heart test done tomorrow that will tell us more. We have already decided that even if this test shows that her heart would be strong enough for dental surgery, we're still not going to put her through that at her age (13) and with chronic kidney disease. We realize that she can't live much longer with the broken fang though, as it will become infected without surgery. So we know more heartache is coming in the near future. All we can do right now is take one day at a time.

Thank you all so much again, for all your compassionate comments and emails. There are many of you out there that are also animal lovers and fur baby parents, so it helps to know that others understand what we're going through.

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Have a lovely week!



  1. I love the look of your mantel and foyer. The beaded garland looks great. Sending hugs and am sorry to hear about your sweet kitty.

  2. I love how you arranged your mantel. The first white pitcher on the left is so pretty. I like to collect white dishes and pitchers, too, and then add colors for different seasons. This is the first house we've had that doesn't have a fireplace, and I miss it so much.

    Sending prayers your way for Clementine. It's so hard to make decisions and then stressful to carry them out. I totally understand where you're coming from, and I'm sure Clementine knows she is dearly loved and cared for.

  3. How I wish we lived closer and I could come give you a hug Melanie. I'm sad knowing you may not have your sweet Clementine too much longer, but can understand that at her somewhat advanced age, and with those serious health issues, you must now enjoy your time together while you can. It's so hard to say goodbye to pets whom we love so much.

    Your mantel decor is lovely - just wish I could pop over with a little bunch of daffodils from my garden to tuck into the ironstone pitcher. . . . the yellow would look gorgeous with the awesome blue chair!
    Stay strong - sending warm hugs.
    Mary x

  4. Melanie, I don't know how you're putting one foot in front of the other. I am so sorry the future is looking sad for you. I find myself crying every time I think of sweet Clementine.

  5. Your home always looks so clean and bright. It makes me hopeful for spring.

  6. Thinking of you, Melanie, it's a tough time for sure. Your home looks lovely, though. I just love your bead banner, so elegant and light, perfect for coaxing spring!! xo

  7. I'm sorry to hear that Clementine is having additional problems with her health. You are so good about freshening up your decor, I rarely do so. I set it up, then leave it for a year or two before changing things up. I have a fascination with pitchers, and have several around the house, including several white ones. I wish I had a long mantel to decorate! My fireplace has a niche over it instead, which I like, but it's much smaller to decorate.


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