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Tuesday, November 13, 2007


A couple of years ago, we decided it WAS time to "do some stuff around the house" but we didn't just sit, walk or lie around it. We, 2 senior OLDER (notice I didn't say OLD) people, doubled the size of our living room. It grew from a 20 x 17 room to a 20 x34, but, believe me, NOT overnight.
It did take us awhile....a LOOOONG while and I cried a lot and he sweated a lot and we ate out a lot.....but.....WE DID IT.

I've always thought these kinds of little nooks and crannys added personality to a room.....sweet hubby made sure I had an alcove in this new part of an old room and I do love it.

The black shutters on each side of my big windows were found in a junque shop and they were pink. I took them home, spray painted them black and hubby hung them for me. I love the texture they add to my room.

The vintage, English chest I got at a garage sale for $40.00 several years ago ...the lady selling it had just had it restored and refinished and she didn't like the color. I did !!!!! :) the other end of this room, I was finally able to have the wall of bookshelves I've always wanted. 2 chairs with an ottoman, a good reading lamp, a little tiny table to sit my coffee cup on and right across from me is a wood burning stove. I LOVE IT ALL !!

There's the 2 leather sofas (I would love to have red fabric sofas but hubby loves leather and....well, he lives here, too and now I kind of like them ok) and room for a little loveseat in sage.

I always loved seeing sofas facing across from each other but I never had the room to arrange them like that....until now.



Mary said...

Dear BJ, I have always loved your living room, especially the bookcases. I know I would feel right at home there, have no problem putting my feet up and sipping a cup of tea! Thanks for sharing your beautiful room!

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

Hi BJ,

I just adore your living room! That little nook, the way you have arranged the couches, the colors, the shutters....absolutely everything! You have done an incredible job and you should be very very proud. To be able to enlarge that space must just make you smile every day!!!


Rosie's Whimsy said...

Everything looks just lovely! I love nooks and crannys......good job :-)

Anonymous said...

Hi BJ,

Your room looks fantastic, I love everything about it, especially your special little nook. Please take time out and visit with us at the cafe a little.

Alice said...

bj, love the room! you have it arranged so beautiful and comfy at the same time. also love the entertainment center---my big ole tv stands out the first thing when you walk in the room. will get one for the wall next time!!!
love and kisses

Nan said...

I have so enjoyed seeing your room again. I knew it was big but wowie! That is one grand bookcase wall. What room did you eliminate to get this big space?
Hope you're having a great day!

Anonymous said...

What a great job you've done BJ! I didn't know you did all that, what a huge job it must have been! I love your wall of book shelves, always wanted one myself. I love the way you've arranged everything too ..... and you say you're not a decorator!

BittersweetPunkin said...

Oh I would LOVE to have that wall of shelves!! Good for you...I love that entire space...very warm and homey!!

T*mmy said...

What a lovely nest you have there Miz BJ!

Marion said...

Hi BJ,

Thanks for stopping by, and your comments : ) Your home is beautiful! Yeah, being a gramma is a special blessing from God. Wow... 10 for you! Nice to meet you : )


regina barnett said...

What a beautiful livingroom. I love the book shelf. I am a book person. I love to read.

Jackie said...

I love your book shelves. They are just what I want my husband to put in the room in the basement. At first I thought I wanted a new craft room, but then I told him I want it to be a library with a futon so our oldest has a place to sleep when he comes to visit. So far he agrees, so I may get my library yet.

Ida Faye said...

Hi, BJ, I am so glad I stumbled on your blog - it's awesome. You and I seem to have quite a bit in common!. I love your living room it is beautiful!! I, too, have a bookcase on one end of my den, however, it's not nearly as big as yours. I also love treasure hunts at yard sales, thrift stores and antique stores. There are several little nooks and crannies in my home. Just recently arranged a little reading area in a warm, cozy corner. My husband is the BEST handyman and does all of our home improvements. He can hear me mention I'd like a change made in the house and it's as good as done. I am so fortunate to have a good, Christian man to share my life with!! I don't have a blog, YET - but yours has inspired me - maybe I'll give it a try. I'll be visiting often.

bj said...

Oh, Ida Faye...I so want to meet you and "talk" with you. Please leave me an email address, ok?
Another thing we have in common....My grandmother's name was IDA....See, we're meant to meet!
Blessings and hugs,

DebraK from ~the Bunnies Bungalow~ said...

Hello there, Your room looks warm & inviting. You & your H did a wonderful job! I love nooks & crannies too, they're fun to decorate.
Hugs, DebraK

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

It's so beautiful...warm and cozy! I love the little valances on the french doors!

Katherines Dream said...

Hi Bj,
Your room is gorgeous.
I could do with bookcases like that they are great.
What does the gold C stand for?
Pop over to see me I have Tagged you!
I hope that you do not mind!

Nunnie's Attic said...

Oh Honey - Congratulations!!

Your home is absolutely lovely and so inviting. With both of those couches I may just pop over for an extended visit.

Enjoy your new space honey. It's gorgeous!


Cottage Contessa said...

Oh BJ! Your living room is beautiful! There are so many things in this room that I've fallen in love with! Sweetie, you've got terrific style, and I would love to sit in that room with you, sipping on a hot cuppa and listening to all your family stories. Hugs for you today.
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

Anonymous said...

BJ, so great to see your room again. And this time w/ the whole story and different angles. Too pretty! Congrats to Mr and Mrs BJ! Christy427

Meggie said...

Wow! I'm so impressed, BJ! The room is must be so pleased with your work.

Meggie said...

Wow! I'm so impressed, BJ! The room is must be so pleased with your work.

Michelle said...

BJ, Thanks for the tour of your living room.. when can I move in? Your home looks so cozy and inviting. Ok, if you don't want me to move in.. when can I visit? :)

ginger at enchanting cottage said...

OH I love your living room, I think what I like the most are the shutters on the inside by your windows. I love that idea! You decortate so nicley it is very welcoming.

ginger at enchanting cottage said...

OH I forgot I love the nook as well and the pretty lamp that you have on it. I would love to have coffee in your home, too bad you are so far away.

jentster said...

Hi Mom,
I finally got registered so I could leave you comments. I love your blog! You have done such a great job on it, just like on everything else you touch. You are so talented! I hope I got a fraction of your creativity and style. Sometime when my kids are bigger, maybe I can tap into that. I'm proud of you! Love you, Stacy

bj said...

Thank you, my beautiful make my heart sing, just thinking of you!
I love you dearly,
Your mom