Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Living With Imperfections!

Attention! Attention! We must interrupt this blogging post for today with a very important announcement! Bathrooms all over American, especially ones in eateries, are being invaded! Yes, that's right, citizens of Blogland! Very beautiful ladies are entering with cameras in hand and are snapping pictures of themselves in the bathroom mirrors! We have the photos to prove it! Wait a minute, this is a great thing that's happening! Just look who has snapped away and has lived to tell us her story - the famous Justine! This lady, for those of you who do not know, is an official member of the Daring Darling Bathroom Beauty Snapping Divas! That's right, she is a Diva! Give her honor, give her praise, but please do not give her any more toilet paper!!

Look closely at Justine's beautiful new blouse!

Yes, yes, work it baby!

The new neckware trend for fall - toilet paper scarves!
Oh, the coy look of the very beautiful Diva - Justine!

Now this look would work for the very frugal bride - a toilet paper veil!
Now, Blogland, back to your scheduled blogging!

Someone a few weeks back was talking about living in homes that were not quite perfect, in a decorating sense. I apologize, I can't remember who it was. Is your home decorated perfectly and looks like it flew right off the pages of one of our favorite decor magazines? I know some of you have homes like that, I've seen them. Well, I have an imperfect but very beloved home.

Our slow process of remodeling started last year. We've finished redoing our den. I showed that room in one of my earlier posts. I wanted a totally new look so I repainted our dining room and living room an olive green color. Loved the color, but the blueish greenish old carpet didn't look so nice with it. That's okay. I can live with it because we're getting new carpet a little later on down the road. I took down the old curtains and now we're just living with little mini blinds on the windows - two in the dining room and two in the living room. I have some 2" blinds ordered and they should be in soon.

But I'll have you know, Mr. Precious and I have been living with an almost nekkid (that's Texan for 'NAKED') living room. We're slowly but surely redoing our downstairs and it was time to toss out almost everything in the living room. Well, just the sofa, coffee table and end tables. So we've been sofaless and tableless for about six months now.

You know sometimes it's hard being without certain things and living in an imperfect house! You can even have withdrawal symptoms. You start out thinking, I don't like this piece of furniture, don't need it, so get rid of it! Then when it's gone, you say, "What was I thinking!" None of that happened to me.

Now the search was on for the perfect sofa. Weekends would roll around and Mr. Precious and I would hit the streets looking in all the furniture stores for just the right sofa. Didn't know what we really wanted, but I knew when we saw it we'd know it was right. That's just what happened! We walked into the furniture store and fell in love with this sofa! Isn't she pretty? I know she's a she - just look at her curves!

I've never had a sofa this color before but I think I love it! Also love the oldish looking print and the fabric is linen. I surely hope it holds up well. I simply do not want to iron it - you know how linen wrinkles!! ;)

I like the color combination - well, the old carpet kinda throws it off a tad. But I'm really loving how the walls and the sofa look together - it almost reminds me of a forrest - the green of the tree folage and the soft beigey and rust color of the tree bark.

I know, I'm a silly! You can see one of my winged back chairs peeping over the arm of the sofa that is going to be recovered. Too embarrassed to show you how the two fabrics clash!!

Isn't she the cutest thing!?
Now, I know the pillow in the forefront is not the same rusty color as in the sofa, but they look so good together, I think. Do you? It almost has the same pattern but in reverse - colored in. Had this pillow pre-sofa days. The green pillow is one I made a while back because I loved the colors in the fabric. Didn't have a clue this would end up being the colors we'd pick for our living room. I'm not sure though, if this pillow looks good here. What do you think?

Tell me what you think! I'd really like to know! Now my next phase is to find the right coffee and end tables and to recover the two winged back chairs. I'm off to the races! Being in a stage of imperfection is rather fun. Heck! I like it so much, I just may stay there when I get finished. Do you ever get finished?

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~
You Decorated My Life

All my life was a paper
once plain, pure and white;
till you moved with your pen
changin' moods now and then
till the balance was right.
Then you added some music,
ev'ry note was in place;
And anybody could see all the changes in me
by the look on my face.
And you decorated my life;
created a world where dreams are a part.
And you decorated my life
by paintin' your love all over my heart,
You decorated my life.
Like a rhyme with no reason in an unfinished song;
There was no harmony life meant nothin' to me,
until you came along.
And you brought out the colors,
what a gentle surprise;
Now I'm able to see all the things life can be
shinin' soft in your eyes
And you decorated my life;
created a world where dreams are a part.
And you decorated my life
by paintin' your love all over my heart,
You decorated my life.
~ sung by Kenny Rogers