Thursday, December 29, 2011

Living Room

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I love christmastime so much.  The twinkling lights in the snow and bright packages and eggnog and cocoa and having as many as possible of my favorite people around my table all just make me so happy.  But apparently, I have a pretty specific tolerance for my holiday decorations.  On the third Saturday in November, we drag the boxes out and deck the halls, and on the morning of December 26th, I just have to take them all down.   That seems a little rigid, now that I’m thinking about it, but what can I say?  I come in the room and look at that beautiful tree, and all our happy little Saint Nick ornaments and stockings and crocheted baubles, and I just want it out of there.  Moving on!  Not that I’m not still enjoying all the outdoor lights; you can leave those up all year long and I won’t complain for a second.  Is there anything more lovely than a tree full of fairy lights?  And when next November rolls around, I’ll unpack it all and it will be so lovely all over again. 

So the tree was gone and the room was empty and echoing and scrubbed clean, and I made a quick decision to paint the living room.  When is there a better time, right?  My husband did it all in one day, bless him forever, and after dinner, we dragged all the furniture back in.   

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Except the old sofa, which we threw out into the yard where it was almost immediately collected by someone who needed an old sofa, I guess.  Now the cat has been wandering sadly around, looking for his favorite napping spot, and I have told him it’s gone forever, but still he pines. I brought my antique couch into the house and layered it up with pillows, and hammered a whole mess of nails into the not-quite-dry paint, and it all just looked so fantastic.  I experimented with the ISO settings on my camera to see if I could capture how amazingly cozy it all looked.  I couldn’t, not really, but maybe you can imagine it a little bit?

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Here it is in the daytime.  My mother is going to be appalled at all the stuff on the walls, but I love a little cozy clutter, don’t you?   It’s a new dawn, and a new day, and I’m feeling good.  Have a happy New Year, friends. 

I want to say thank you to lovely K at Aurora Blythe for the sweet award, and to encourage you all to hop on over there for a visit.  Her holiday decor is giving me deep pangs of jealousy.