Sunday, June 5, 2011

New Sitting Room

Hello, Dear Ones! Thank you all so much for your love, prayers and concerns and I'll keep you updated.

I know I told you I wouldn't be posting for a couple of weeks since my daughter and little grand daughter is coming for a couple of weeks! But I had to show you this!

Last year we redid a little area off our master bathroom that we lovingly called 'the spa'.
Now don't be shocked if you've not seen this before.

Let me introduce you to 'the spa'! 1970s at it's best - flowery wall paper, mirrors and a huge ugly hot tub. If you would like to see the before and the after you can go HERE.

This was Charlotte's fate ~ I redid her to hold the dear TV set. If you'd like to see Charlotte's redo, you can just click HERE.

This is a small room so I knew I wanted a love seat instead of a full blown sofa. I'll tell you a little funny. The door leading into the 'sitting room' is very very narrow and there was no sofa or love seat gonna come through that teeny little door. So...when the love seat was delivered, the guys had to lift if up and sit it on top of the garage and then heisted it up on the decking on the second floor to get it in here! :) Mr. Precious gave them a little bit extra for the unusual delivery! :) But it's here now. Isn't she pretty? We also ordered an area rug.

She's just so dainty and sweet, I love her! She's a pretty soft turquoisey aquay color with tiny little stripes. You know that color, don't you? Her toss pillows are flipable too!

Now here is my dilemma...
I don't know what to put on the walls in here. I would love to here your suggestions.

Don't laugh! This is an old swivel rocker that is so comfortable but it's a burgandy color. I am going to try to make a slipcover for her but for now I tossed a little throw over her so you wouldn't laugh as loud!

I poked down a pillow into my needs a slipcover chair that I made a while back just to make it look a little nicer.

Okay, here's another view of the new 'sitting room'. I know, I know, I admit it ~ I've been watching the Casey Anthony trial sometimes. This a a large wall ~ empty ~ I don't know if you can tell but the wall slants down to the right. Since this room had once been an upstairs deck, the outlets are in very strange places. So excuse the black cord on the floor.

Here's another view looking toward the second window on the right. There is also a door on the right that leads to the deck. It's awfully hot in here too, did I mention that? I put up a room darkening mini blind on the window to the right and that has helped a little with the heat.
Oh, Mr. Precious loves that intercom and wouldn't let me get rid of it when we redid the room. He wanted to keep a little 1970s in here. Well, he won ~ that stinker! :)

Here I was playing and wanted to show you that eventually I do want to add some drapes. I don't want to cover up this port hole window but thought drapes would soften this side. I'm thinking about some drop cloth curtains.
They wouldn't be blue, just wanted you to see where they would be.

Then on the hot side, I'd add drapes to this window too. Any suggestions as to poking stuff over the stupid 1970s intercom? UGH!

While I was redoing Charlotte, I put a new face on this little table too! It was just all dark wood and I knew I wanted it in here so she got the same treatment as Charlotte.

I'm on the outlook for a table desk that I want to go under 'the hot window' and I think I'll paint her a turquoisey aquay color ~ you do know that color, don't you? :) That's the door that leads to the deck. It's hot too! :) This is the Texas Gulf coast, you know.

So, Dear Ones, this is my new sitting room and I'm still working on it and hopefully one day it will be a sweet little spot to sit and do the things you do in a sitting room.

I'm joining these parties:

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Summer Breeze

See the curtains hangin' in the window

In the evening on a Friday night
A little light-a-shinin' through the window
Lets me know everything's all right

Summer breeze makes me feel fine
Blowin' through the jasmine in my mind
Summer breeze makes me feel fine
Blowin' though the jasmine in my mind

See the paper layin' on the sidewalk
A little music from the house next door
So I walk on up to the doorstep
Through the screen and across the floor

Summer breeze makes me feel fine
Blowin' through the jasmine in my mind
Summer breeze makes me feel fine
Blowin' through the jasmine in my mind

Sweet days of summer -- the jasmine's in bloom
July is dressed up and playing her tune
And I come home from a hard day's work
And you're waitin' there
Not a care in the world

See the smile awaitin' in the kitchen
Through cookin' and the plates for two
Feel the arms that reach out to hold me
In the evening when the day is through

Summer breeze makes me feel fine
Blowing through the jasmine in my mind
Summer breeze makes me feel fine
Blowing through the jasmine in my mind
~ sung by Seals & Crofts


  1. Hi Shelia,
    Your sweet little sitting room is looking really good! Love the story about how they got the sofa in there! LOL, I bet they weren't too happy!

    I like the idea of putting draperies across the wall but still keeping the portal window as a focal point.

    I'm sure you will come up with a lovely vingette for the large wall.


  2. Shelia, this is darling. So dainty & petite, just like you. I can picture it totally done with your art & florals dressing her up. Have you thought of a vignette of different size mirrors on one of the walls to add more dimension ... that would be really pretty & warm.

    Love the arrival saga ... been there.

    Dying to hear how the Little Stinker works for Carter.

    Have a beautiful week ~
    TTFN ~

  3. You know I am always fearful of answering any questions on blogs...because I don't want you to think I know anything about it...or that my ideas count...but saying all that....I would not put up drapes. The window is striking the way it is...and I would put a phrase on the wall with wall words...something that means something special to you and hubs....the other wall I would hang some gorgeously framed 2 big ones side by side. So...there is my 2 cents worth. Do you still like me???

  4. Hello Miss Shelia your sitting room is coming together beautifully!! Love the new love seat and LOVE the story behind it(LOL)!! Have a wonderful week, Martina

  5. PS-- A gallery wall would look beautiful on that large wall. Just a thought!

  6. Shelia, your room is fabulous. I love it. The loveseat is perfect. I know you will find the right things for the walls and the desk too. It will turn out fabulous. Can't wait to see. How about some lamps? Hugs, Marty

  7. I love the sitting room. Would love to have one of my own. How about sticking with that blue and white theme and hanging lots of black and white photos on the big wall? I would absolutely have a desk too.

    Now I'm not sure what the love and prayers are for...must backtrack.

  8. Hi Shelia, I was so impressed with your writing and drawing on the walls of your photo, that I didn't focus on the room. I do like the colors you are using, and that darling pillow on the "will be slipcovered" chair. Linda

  9. Sheila, I would not put anything on the porthole window wall. That window is art in itself. A large bookcase to hold accessories and family pictures would look nice on the big wall. Good luck.

  10. Hi sweetie - I also love the porthole window the way it is! My first thoughts for the big wall was a huge mirror or a gallery of family photos. You'll certainly figure it out!! I'm in love with the throw on your chair - so cute. ;o)

    Hope you have a great week and thanks for Showing Off Your Cottage to us. :O)

  11. Shelia, your sitting room looks so cute. You have wonderful plans for it. It will be so charming. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Karie

  12. I loved your post with all your notes on it! I love the ruffled pillow you placed on the chair and I love your round painted table with the wood top!

  13. I agree with the girls about the window! love it the way it is. I sometimes have to live in a space awhile before I know what the walls need. I know. I'm no help! i think it's already beautiful.

  14. Shelia,
    I think I might put some kind of console and a mirror on the big wall, centered. You could decorate the console with the seasons :)
    Love your new room!

  15. Ahh summer breeze :) The colors are wonderful and certainly perfect for your "spa" sitting area. For that white wall I can see a hand painted beach theme. You can google and get some really great ideas. I'm not sure how I feel about that intercom Hmmmm!
    Well,enjoy putting the final touches on that relaxing space. Can't wait to see it!

  16. What an AWESOME room transformation! It looks beautiful, Sheila! Love the pretty loveseat and the little round accent table that you redid to match Charlotte, too! Fun porthole and you are so right not to cover it. Great job!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog ~ Hope you'll come back Friday for my Wedding Blog Party!!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Angelic Accents

  17. I lpove the window the way it is too, Sheila. What a cute room! Maybe you can conceal the intercom box a little with a wall pot with drooping plants like ivy. Enjoy your daughter and precious Carter. My daughters and their families are coming this weekend too and I can hardly wait..Christine

  18. Hi Shelia... it is so sweet the way you described each and every corner of the room that I now i have a complete picture of now and what you will want to do... love your little table it is very interesting piece... I am sure you and your oming friends will enjoy the room after when you have done with it...
    I would love if you please peek a little at

  19. Shelia, I totally agree with those who suggested nothing on the window wall! Maybe some framed botanical prints on the large wall, depending on whether or not you need something for storage. Whatever you do, I'm sure it'll be perfect!!

  20. How fun to arrange the new little room. No draper on that round window, love it. We covered our old phone outlet thingy with a canvas picture that had a deep back to it. No home phone line for us anymore.

  21. Your Mr. Precious sounds so much like my Mr. Dumpling.. We have to let them "win" once in a while don't we? Love your pics but I'm drooling over the pillow! Did you use a pattern or just come up with the luscious design?

  22. This was a fun post for me~what would I do to YOUR room? I would add a full sized leaner mirror (sits on the floor and leans)in white against the big empty wall. I would hang blue and white plates in different patterns from plate hangers around the porthole window. Hang white sheers at the hot window. Get a shabby white shelf with brackets and wall mount it under the intercom, and then camoflauge your intercom by propping something on the shelf in front of it~a small painting or another little mirror or a planter filled with fake ivy! Finally add a crystal table lamp to the little side table!

  23. I love this sitting room Shelia. You know how I love black and white photography or sepia. A wall of those kind of photos would be wonderful on the big wall.
    On the round window wall, I would let the view be the art and leave it as is. It's so gorgous.

    We have been at the lake a few days so I am just now reading about your sister in law. It goes without saying, she and all of you have my prayers.

    Miss Gabi is arriving this afternoon to spend a few days with G'ma, G'pa and Molly. My computer time will take a back seat of course.:-) I know you will be having a wonderful time with your daughter and sweetie pie granddaughter, too.

  24. What an adorable petite room and what you have done so far is wonderful...the loveseat is super and all of the colors you have used are so soothing and pretty. Have a wonderful day!

  25. Shelia it looks wonderful so far. I love the soft Blues. As for the walls, well, here is what I do. I wait, and wait, until I find something I really love. I will leave a wall blank for a while until I stumble upon something that suits me. Don't worry about the empty walls, the room looks amazing as is. If you're not sure, try a large sort of iron wall hanging, it will take up a lot of room, but will come down easy if you find something better, or a vintage window frame. You could also do a gallery wall, photos of loved ones etc.

  26. First of all I thought that watermark across the photo said HIPABLE pillows. I thought gee I need those. Then I realized it was flipable. I like your window. If you put art up there it is going to be lost beside that window I think. We also have a 1970's hot tub but it is on our deck. hugs♥O

  27. What a beautiful little room!!! There are so many lovely things in here already -- how fun to have a nice, 'blank' canvas to decorate! Here's a fun idea for the intercom: Find a really ornate, vintage look frame that will fit around the box. Paint it a fun color, maybe even add a funny quote that would address the "intercom". I'm making a frame now to fit around my ugly programmable thermostat and I found a quote about 'seasons' that I printed and framed and attached to the other frame. I guess if you can't get rid of it, you might as well have some fun with it!

  28. Shelia... lovely home and settings, and that round window... too lovely! Thanks for participating in our Show Off Your Cottage Monday and brining me here! Have a most lovely day!


  29. I love your little Sitting Room. Why, oh why would you CARE what's on the walls if you're watching that fascinating trial?

    Of course, I would like the curtains/drapes in a soft gray-blue. Hmm . . .

    Enjoy, my friend. Happy Blue Monday, Shelia!

  30. Very, very pretty, sweet Shelia. Yes, I do know that color and it is the perfect color for that hot room. It no doubt needed something to cool it down. It will be lovely with drop cloth drapes, or IKEA sells nice ones if you want premade ones.
    Can you point me to a tutorial that shows how to make the flowers that you have made for your pillow? Your pillow is absolutely darling!!!
    Hugs, Cindy

  31. Hello Sheila,
    I remember you mentioning this room some time back. Love the loveseat - your furniture transformations look marvelous - I envisioned scrollwork pieces on the wall accenting the port-hole window, hanging shelves by the intercom - sort of surrounding it and a large mirror with a side table along the big wall - and touches you could create like your paper rose wreath :)

  32. I love that sweet little love seat! And the little vase and hydrangea... LOOOOOOVE it! :) It is going to be so cute when it is done. :)

    Have a great week!

  33. Hi Shelia! This is such a cute room!! The vase is so pretty, I love the shape and the hyndrea is lovely! Have a great time with your daughter and Carter...we're so lucky too, my daughter Sofia, her hubs and my 2 princesses are coming this weekend too...I CAN'T WAIT!! Thank you for coming by and for the lovely comments too. Hugs. FABBY

  34. Beautiful shots!

    My BLUE, please come and see.

  35. That's a cosy spot! Good vision. I love that pretty vase you featured.

  36. Oh my what a lovely area, so cozy...humm, you are giving me ideas. Love that portal window too.

  37. You are off to a wonderful start. I love that table, and the blue ruffle pillow is gorgeous! What a wonderful round window. Can't wait to see all of the tranformations.

  38. Hey sweet lady, I absolutely love this room! doesn't need very much, maybe some personal touches, it is so lovely I can just see yall enjoying this wonderful space!

  39. I as wondering what you did with that spy room. HOT DOG... its looks so totally different now and what a funny story about how they got the loveseat up.

    Have a super wonderful time with your sweet daughter and Miss Carter, take lots of pictures please for your blog, I bet Carter has grown so much.

    God's blessing to you all.

  40. The room is going to lovely. Love the colors you have chosen to decorate with. Such a cute little round table too. If you want to disguise the intercom why not get a little wall cabinet with a door and cut out the back. Then if you really need to use it just open the door.

  41. Love your new spa area! And that little sofa is so darling! One suggestion for the bigger side wall would be a nice, large mirror... it would make the room seem larger... :)

  42. Hi Shelia,
    What a wonderful room! I love your ideas...I think curtains and a table will be perfect. And, I love your table transformations! They are gorgeous! Keep us posted on what you decide to do!

  43. Sheila, I am so sorry to hear about your sad news! I'll keep all of you in my prayers.
    I love your spa! If I had one, that's where you would find me often!
    Isn't it fun to dream and plan to decorate a new room? I love all the planning. I'm sure in no time at all you will have a very chic and upscale room.
    You're a sweetie!

  44. Hi Miss Sheila...what a very charming room. I personally love port hole windows, I think they are cool and would leave all alone on that one. The other window just something soft and simple...maybe even just a cornice.

  45. Your sofa is darling I like the color. I'm not any good at making decisions on decor....I will say that I like all the blue and brown combination they are coming out with and it would match you sofa. Trish

  46. Good morning, Shelia~

    I love what you have done so far and I adore your furniture make overs. The port hole window is fabulous. =)

    Hugs to you~ Jessica

  47. Hi Shelia,
    Wow, your sitting room is really coming along. The color you picked for the loveseat is one of my all-time calming and restful. The porthole window is just charming! Oh, and your song....Seals and Crofts is fabulous! Nice job! Amy :)

  48. Good morning dear Shelia, I am so sorry to hear of your sis-in-law's cancer of the liver. I know this is very serious and she is so young. My prayers will be strong for her to accept the will of God what ever it will be. My Mom passed away from cancer in her 60's. I know you understand how sad it was for our family. My prayers are for the family as well.

    I remember your room/was a spa room, very well. I have thought of what you would do with that room off and on. You have a great start and I 'love' the love seat. What an ordeal to get it in the room. The colors you are planning to use to complete the room are very pretty. My idea for the walls would use a collection of pictures the are of the same subject. For example birds. What about photos of flowers that you have taken and framed. It would be fun to grab your camera and take it where ever you go. Penny, who makes the mosaics, framed a photo of sunflowers that she shot and it looks stunning. She enlarged it.
    You are great with your camera Shelia. Good luck and have fun with it.
    Our vacation is more than a dream come true. We are so fortunate to be able to be here.

    Love you and have a fabulous time with your beautiful daughter and baby Carter.

  49. Hi Sheilia
    I know you are having a wonderful visit with your granddaughter and your daughter. Your sitting room is very pretty already. I like that round window in there and your pillow that you made is darling and what a great way to hide away the chair with the throw - which looks great doing its job.

    I don't know what you could do with that intercom...could you put a large plant in front of it...a tall standing one in a pot or hang a plant like an ivy or something from the wall about it and the plant would cover it?

    The placement of the future desk is a great spot I agree.

    Have a wonderful time and see you when you are back.

  50. What a delightful space! I just love your loveseat. I'm sure it's going to look wonderful when it's all done.

  51. Hi Sheila, I like the idea of vintage mirrors in different styles on the wall. Perhaps some prints of seashells or sea fans in a pretty pale blue. You have a great start on the room and I know it will be beautiful!

  52. I love the big change I also love that throw on the chair fantastic!Im sweet on the round window.

  53. Hi Sheila...

    What an awesome start you have on this darling room.... Love the Petite Sofa... :-) ...and I think the drapes will look divine. Can you just remove the intercom? Or, maybe it's still quite useful? Can't wait to see it all finished.


  54. Shelia, this room already looks so pretty! The color of that loveseat is just soooo pretty, and I love the way you painted the pedestal on the table white and left the top dark. I was laughing over your sofa delivery-those guys are probably still talking about the day they delivered to your house! We had to take the railing off of our balcony to get a king sized mattress upstairs. I hope it lasts a long time, cause we'll never be able to get it back downstairs!
    I was so sorry to read about your sister-in-law. Sending hugs and prayers your way. Enjoy your visit from "the girls". (I can't believe she's starting to walk already!) laurie

  55. Such a pretty sitting room, Shelia.

    Someone commented on a post I did yesterday about my problems of not being able to comment on your blog and others, so I'm trying their suggestion...let's hope it works!!


  56. Hi there- such a charming sitting room ~ I love your charming furniture and the colors you have chosen! :)


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