January 27, 2014

Living room redo (part 2)

It was a go fast weekend. My husband came home, which always makes the rest of my world come to a stop.  I miss him so much when he’s gone. I try to do a little something special for him when he comes home.  This time it was homemade sticky buns. He sacrifices so much to do what he does. He lives in a camper, works in the brutal cold temps in North Dakota, drives 4 hours to come home. When he gets here we spend most of the time getting him stocked up on necessities, doing his laundry, and there’s usually a much needed haircut. But we always make and take time to do something fun. Sometimes it’s just sleeping in, having a few friends over, or just relaxing,which he doesn’t do near enough.  He never knows what he’s going to find when he walks thru door. New furniture arrangement, a new treasure, different colored walls. He’s pretty good about it, but does feel the need to make a snide comment. .  . always. . .
This time was no exception. He was pleased I used his deer horns in the living room, I knew he would be.
To keep with the simple, less country look, I switched out the cupboard with one I had in the guest room. The other one had open shelves and took a lot to fill it up. The *full* look is what I wanted to change. As much as I love my old quilt collection, it’s more appropriate in the guest room.
The old school house picture is very special to me. It's the school house my Gramma went to when she was a child, then taught school there after she married my Grampa. Her students were her own kids as well as the neighbors kids. You may remember from this post. here
This is reflection I see when I set in my chair across the room.
This old heater isn’t original to the house, it was given to me by a friend who saved it from a house that was being demolished. According to my husband and other family members there used to be one just like it that was replaced when Grampa put in hot water heat.
I’ve said it before, but I mean it. . . my mantle is so hard to photograph. It looks like a big white elephant in pictures. It looks a lot better in real life. I do have plans to give it a face lift. I want to add some trim to disguise the round corners, beef up the mantel with some old barn wood,  and replace the cracked tiles in the firebox.  The family seems to have a problem when I make changes to the house. I do understand their desire to keep it the same, but sometimes things just have to change. So. when I do tackle the project I’m not going to demolish the fireplace or change it in any way. I’ll just make it so it slides up to the existing one.
This old ironstone pitcher came from my mum. I remember going with my dad to buy this for her for Christmas. It came with a very large basin. They aren’t a set. The basin is a different color of white and has a design on the inside. They are both Homer Laughlin ironstone. I just love the greige color and the simplicity of this pitcher. My mum tried to give it to me a few different times but I wasn’t interested. . . when I went there for Thanksgiving I asked her where it was. . . she had put it in storage !!. . . it came home with me. To this day I don’t know why my dad bought it for her. She never was into antiques. Guess he knew it would be mine someday.
The 5 gallon Redwing crock was also given to me by my mom. It was her Grammas. She remembers her Gramma making pickles and sauerkraut in it. She’s the one that broke the lid, so she says.
Well, that’s a wrap for the living room (for now).
There’s a corner on the other side of the doorway beside the fireplace where the TV sets. I have tried and tried to get a good photo of it. It ain’t happenin. I know TV’s are a big part of our lives, I love ALL of mine. But. . . I wait for sunny days to take pictures, when that happens there’s also a big glare on the TV that just ruins the whole picture. I rarely see TV’s. Whether in blogs, in magazines or even on Pinterest. Now I know why. . . they just aren’t very pretty.
I try to arrange my rooms so the sofa and TV are at an angle. I do this so I don’t have to struggle with what to put above them. . . this arrangement works. .  . 
Okay. . . I’ll show it anyway. . . but only because it gives the real feel of the room. Pardon the glare. . .
My failed attempt to hide the big black box. 
This ended up being a lot longer than I planned. Thanks for taggin along, if you’re still here.
As always, I truly appreciate each and every one of you. My blog is getting a lot of traffic and I owe it to all of you for your pins, shares and comments. . . I feel the love. . .
happy day. . .   d


  1. Love your home and the tv is a part of mostly everyone's life but boy are they hard to photograph! You did a great job!

  2. Yes they are. . . and thank you. . . :) d

  3. Hi Debi! I just now had the time to catch up on your last post and I love your living room redo! It looks so pretty and airy. I love all the white ironstone and your white cupboards. I also love when you share the story of each thing with us, cause that's what makes old stuff great right?...the story it holds. And you are right, TVs are such an eye sore, but these days they are too big to fit in cabinets and cupboards, so what is one to do? The room looks beautiful, TV and all, and I also love your banner! ~ Meg

    1. HI Meg ~ thanks for the encouraging words. . . {still waiting to see your new addition reveal. . . } :) d

  4. So meaningful to get to own the crocks which our grandmas used. One grandma didn't understand my attraction to old things. All they meant was hard work to her. :-) Your room looks lovely and easy to clean, an important feature to me. Enjoy your pics.

    1. Thank you so much for the kind words. . . I'm glad you stopped by and I LOVE comments. . . ! ! ~d

  5. very pretty! love the ironstone ~
    and I like your fireplace mantel too :)

    1. Thanks Lori, so glad you stopped by. .. come by often. . . . :) d

  6. Hi Debi,
    Finally made it over for a visit! I like your simple style and your pieces that have sentimental value. And I love, love, love the photo of the schoolhouse!

    1. Hi Cindy. . . thanks for stopping by. . . simple style is what I'm going for so. .. . Thanks. . . come by anytime :) d

  7. I love your style. I collect white ironstone...so of course, I'm loving your pitchers.

  8. Thanks Cindy...ironstone is my fav thing to collect. .. :) d

  9. Hi Debi!
    I love your home! Very calm and cozy looking! Great touches!
    It reminds me so much of Megan's from farmhouse 5540! ~mel

  10. Thanks Mel. . . ! ! calm and cozy is what I adore. . . and any compliment with the name Farmhouse 5540 is over the top. . .

    Have fun with your photo shoot. . . stop by anytime. . . ~d

  11. Your room looks so comfortable and cozy....and yes, TV's are a pain...however....most hubby's like them, and we like the hubby's...what can I say :^)
    Hugs to you and blessings,
    PS: we have a grandson working in the oil fields in ND....brrrrrrrrrrrr

  12. OOHH...I'm totally pinning this if you don't mind. I just love that leaded glass window with your pitchers, and that cozy chair! Your home has loads of character♥


    1. Pin away Linsey. . . n thanks for asking. . .

  13. I enjoyed your photos of your room, I especially like the interior decoration.Brown TV Bed


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