Sophie from Sophie Honeysuckle said that she wanted to see people's beds. Everyone (including Sophie) have probably seen my bed before, but here it is again.
Not sure if you can tell, but the accents (the toile, the coverlet and shams) are brown, with the duck egg blue. I really love the combination.
The phone is from Pottery Barn. I thought it looked sort of French 1930's. The bed is from Room and Board and is a four poster bed (these pictures don't really show that).
This is one of the bookcases in our living room. The other bookcase is filled with my mystery stuff. I started organizing my magazines in this bookcase because they were all over the place. I tried to organize them in stacks, but all I got were a bunch of stacks - stacks on the floor, stacks on tables, or any surface that was handy. Now that they are in the bookcase they are so much easier to find, and they look so much better. Especially the Country Home magazines - love the the colors and patterns they use for the binding. The rocking chair is one my grandma refinished. She also made the needle point seat that is barely visible.
The bottles and little stand are from a post office - the stand use to have stampers hanging from it. I put individual flowers into the bottles sometimes. The chalk dog is one I got with my mom in Buffalo on an antiquing excursion. The colorful boxes hold greeting cards for every occasion. It's very handy to have cards around - and I love the colors and organization of the boxes. You can see the Country Home mags on the lower right - love all the colors.
Many of you have probably seen this picture too, but I thought I would include it since I showed the other bookcase. The bookcases are on either side of a window in the LR and are mirror images of each other except that they are filled with completely different things.
Displayed are all of my mystery DVD's, some of my Nancy Drew books, mystery games, old typewriter, magnifying glasses, old flashlight, Maltese Falcon replica, 1930's picture of Basil Rathbone playing Sherlock Holmes, and of course my deerstalker hat.
Brilliant new job:
You all have been so great to me with your many positive comments regarding my job change. I wanted to report back that I absolutely love my new job. My team is so great, very top notch. And my manager is wonderful. The change has been so dramatic that I sometimes can't believe that I didn't do something about it sooner. But, good or bad, we do get stuck in our routines, afraid of change because what if that change brings something worse. I happily get up every day for work now, and no longer have the "Sunday blues". So for anyone out there contemplating a job change, it just might be your best move yet. For me, stress has now been replaced with excitement. My commute is an hour less every day - that's approximately 240 hours a year of my life that I just got back. No longer do I have to think about laying off members of my staff and all the many other unpleasant things I had to do every day at work.
We just bought a new laptop for home so you will be seeing more of me. Blogging in the basement wasn't fun - I always felt I was missing out on something upstairs, and as a result, wasn't posting as often or visiting you as often. Now I can blog outside, in the kitchen, in the bedroom - where ever the mood strikes me. Much more convenient.
Thank you all for the visits - best wishes to you!!