Tuesday, April 1, 2014


**all images via pinterest unless taken by me

Baby Bo Peep lives in Lubbock, and if I have the windy dusty reality where I live
mark her down x 20!

to get us through the howling month of March
we discussed often how helpful it would be to have a project to dream of and tackle in April

the current formal living room began with great bones
even though this living room had moved way beyond this point
it still wasn't exactly what I had in mind just yet

we are still living with lots of furniture and accessories that came from 1107
like this wonderful farm table from World Market that was in our outdoor kitchen
I love it and the benches that went with it...but it seemed too informal for the living room at 822
and all this while I have been toying with a music room versus a dining room

the room began with a coat of the palest pink paint to compliment the very dark rough beams, white carpet and very white trim
at the end of the room is a very large window where our 1921 black grand piano sits
making this more of a music room than a dining room...in my dreams!

so....how to bring it all together???
well...blog friends...

in the dark perilous windy cold nights of March I have been being so inspired by your
photos and ideas and vision

below are a few 
from the very talented Joan and Dan
this began my mental process to change the dark table with benches into something more

I love this but too too white

I went back and forth  for a long time on
slips..these are so beautiful and I found lots of really pretty ones!

I really love this too...I love the mix of all the shades and texture

I so very seriously considered this...something about it that I just can't get out of my mind

I usually choose without much thought but I had about 5 different carts from about 5 different stores
racking up those Southwest Miles on my VISA

here is what will arrive only a few days past April

the Harper Oyster Banquette from World Market
I will keep the dark farm table and have it covered mostly with some type of 
burlap runner, linen table cloth..glass cloches and candles for sure..unless I go for minimal and just have the farm table...is that possible?

I love World Market..such a bargain with sales and coupons and free shipping
the Linen Lydia Chair 
it's not the exact same color of the banquette which I like and it has nail head trim on the back
the tufting is different which bothers me a bit...but I do have a plan in mind to use antique pearl buttons

I actually have an antique candelabra similar to this and my curtains are blue dupioni silk
which I am seriously considering replacing with pink??? should I???
I'm not a bow person and I would only have lights like this at Christmas
I love the heavy white floor baseboard through the sheers!

The large mirror over the fireplace mantel...yes yes yes on the candles and old silver!!

Our last freeze is usually about the 3rd week of April
I plant when the barn swallows arrive
so here's to spending the early weeks of a thawing April indoors on the 
and then blog friends?

I will be in touch with you for inspiration on the


Algodão Tão Doce said...

Olá amiga...amo passear por aqui, lindo post!
Fica com Deus , beijos Marie.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh Gina, you and me both have been getting inspired during these windy, snowy, cold months. I too have drawn up many ideas thanks to bloggers, and while I am on spring break this week, I'm writing articles for a magazine WHILE I take breaks to paint a table that I want to transform in the "Patina Style" look of gray, white and beige. Gotta do something while the howling winds and cold keep us inside! And I love that new banquette you are getting! HAVE FUN! Anita

NanaDiana said...

I love your pale pink, Gina...and your grand. We gave ours to our granddaughters. It is nice to see that you are making some progress. xo Diana

Heather - New House New Home said...

Joan's house has long been an inspiration of mine. The calm and mix of new and old is something that always draws my eye.

Love the upholstered bench idea and the pale pink walls will be so romantic.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I love these pics - I especially love that piano!!!

Marissa said...

Loving that baby grand!!
Your vision is always first class Gina can't wait to see it all come together.
Xo Marissa

Loi Thai, Tone on Tone said...

Hi Gina - How exciting! That tufted bench with the dining table will be fabulous. Let us know how comfortable it sits. Gorgeous piano, btw!!! xo

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

Looking forward to it, Gina! And the outside, too. Stay warm just a little longer...the heat is coming!

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Love the bench, tufted always looks rich and inviting. I too have been busy planning a few changes, it's the dreams of Spring that encourage us to renew and redo. Your baby grand is beautiful. Today in Philadelphia it was 63 I went and purchased pansies ... How wonderful that was :-)

Julia said...

Me encantan las fotografías, son geniales. Ha estado un regalo el visitar tu bloc, te invito visitar el mio y disfrutes de la fiesta nipona del Hanami, si te gusta espero que si no eres seguidora te hagas ahora.

Mr Paul said...

I'd love to join you at your piano for a song or two Gina. C'mon lets do a big number, how about my favourite, What I did for love!
Paul x

Art @ Home said...

We painted our dining room a very pale ballet slipper pink, and we decided to list our house, and the stupid realtor made us paint it a wheat yellow color and I regret it sooooo much because we decided not to sell!!!


OMG I can't WAIT to see your dining room because I really *heart* that banquette!!!


Minha vida de campo said...

Olá, também gosto de fazer planos para mudanças na casa.
Amei o sofá de botões.
Agora vem a primavera com sua alegria e cores para alegrar sua vida. Ai em seu país neva assim como no resto de seu país?
Bjos e tenha um ótimo dia.