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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Lighten Up!!!!

Hi Folks!!!!

Yeah, I know...
that BLACK-look on my blog here sure didn't last long, huh?
teehee!!!

I only did that so that the purples in my last post would really *POP* against the black background...I LOVE playing with my blog, with colors, headers fonts and backgrounds...
...as you all very-well know!

I love darker colors for my Folk Art, but not in my Farmhouse!

So, today I went shopping ~
I've had these braided oval rugs for at least a hundred years, and it shows...
don't get me wrong, I LOVE them..but they are true Make-Do's....
I have repaired them with needle & thread,
time & time again as they begin to un-braid (if that's a word)
~ and now I'm just tired of doing that...



I have two of them, one in the front living room, and one in the back, whcih we call the keeping room, just off the kitchen...

They were OLD when I bought them from my friend Donna Smith (www.picturetrail.com/southernstarantiques)
and showed wear when they came to live with me....
but today, I've decided they have to go....


Oh, HEY Iggy!...
hope I'm not disturbing you as I roll up these old rugs...
can ya lend a hand...um...paw perhaps?
(yeah, that's what I thought)



...in the shot below, you can 'kinda' see how open these two rooms are,...
...but can you see the new rug in that 'far' room?



{{{{{ Really Iggy???
can you ever get enough sleep?
don't bother, I've got the old rugs all rolled up...thanks so much for offering your help...
no, no....you just stay right there with your catnip mouse...
....I've got this....}}}}}



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So, here's how these rooms look now:
I bought 2 5' x 7' area rugs, in an oatmeal colored burber-ish material...
how light the rooms look now!!!!



I really like how fresh, yet still farmhouse-y they make the rooms look & feel...
somehow larger,...brighter, but more pulled-together...
and since they're neutral, my mind can now rest a bit.
(AND my needle and thread!!!)



see that little slipcovered chair below??...over to the left?
THAT is my li'l stitching chair...
...it is actually a blue/gold/red/green plaid from the 1980's...gifted to me from a family member.
it is SO comfy ~ but I hated to look at it....so I slipcovered it!
(ALONG with the sofa, too)....
now, everything matches better, feels cleaner to me and makes me happy...



me thinks Suzy and Iggy agree...they're very happy with the new slipcovers...
((thank goodness I can wash them!!)


oh look...Iggy has decided to lend a paw after all...

Blessings from the Farm!
Lori

9 comments:

Jennifer said...

Love the decorating, but I love those CATS even more. So cute!!

Nancy said...

I love how your new rugs look! I think the neutral color shows off the colors in your painted furniture and accessories so much more! Your kitties are beautiful too!

Raymond Homestead said...

Cute post, love the kitties!! Your room looks nice!

Prims By The Water said...

Love your new rug. My furniture is from the 90's and I just slip covered them cause they are compfy too. Loved how your kitty helped in the end pic. Too cute. Take care, Janice

Ann said...

Lori, I too love how those rugs changed the look of your rooms. I think Iggy was trying to tell you he/she is the supervisor in all the work you were doing! LOL. ~Ann

Cherry's Prairie Primitives said...

I love your makeover!! Its amazing what a few changes can make!!

Karen/My Colonial Home said...

Hi Lori,
Wow, what a difference a rug makes...and I love the little table/chair you added to the center of it. The colors all work nicely together.
Karen

Deppen homestead 1862 said...

Very pretty~ adorable kitty cats~ Iggy is getting so big~
smiles
Teresa

*retro-rudolphs* said...

I agree what a difference a rug makes. I do love your old braided ones, shabby or not they are still lovely!

Lori

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