A year ago I started this blog with a 4mpeg camera (what was I thinking?) while sitting in a condo with brown walls. My original intent was to show that it doesn't matter where you live, you can live beautifully. I had to keep reminding myself of that since I was recently separated and left a 2500 sq foot house for a much smaller condo.
I grew really comfortable with my new space and it confirmed for me it's not the money you spend, it's making a house your home.
For me it's usually as simple as paint.
As I plodded along I got enormous encouragement from everyone who read and commented. Thank you all. I now love my house. I have always loved a smaller home and it is filled with love and light, a white couch, good music and happiness. It's all I and my sweet girl need.
Ideas and influences show up in the oddest place sometimes. When I was 11 or 12 I watched The Great Gatsby with Robert Redford. I saw it again this weekend and realized I had been inspired at a young age. Daisy loved white roses, and Gatsby remembers being at her house and all her rooms were all white with silver. This probably started me thinking as I watched in a 70's dream house with red carpet! The sets were stunning and Robert Redford in a pink suit is a dream.
The women are badly played in the 70's version, but Baz Luhrmann is re-doing it so I'm looking forward to grand white rooms with silver and white roses everywhere. Watch the 70's version for amazing homes, chandeliers, white rooms and Robert Redford.
What is always interesting to me is how my top rated post is still, http://whitecottagechic.blogspot.com/2010/08/shabby-chic-bed.html .
My original post about about having a bed that I love. My second post on the subject http://whitecottagechic.blogspot.com/2011/03/shabby-chic-bed-part-2.html has created a question I need to answer. How did I put a bedskirt on a Leirvik (Ikea) bed frame? It does have a bar going down the centre which makes it awkward looking at the end of the bed.
I come in my bedroom and see the side of the bed with the bedskirt so I ignore the ugly bottom.
I placed the bedskirt over a mattress pad which is placed over the rails and the bars.
(here is the ugly truth - looking down at all the beauty!) If you have any questions on this let me know.
It's been a wonderful year, here's to the next.
Cheers - Patricia
Cheers - Patricia