Tuesday, February 11, 2020


Going back a couple of posts, 
I described how rooms in the Cottage were
 when it came into our safe keeping. 
 Over what seems like
 a long period of time, 
we worked diligently 
to change each room
 into the vision that was
 within our heart and soul.  
As it turns out,
 that vision that we had for...

...the guest room...

...the parlor...

...and the entry 
was right on point.

 With the exception
 of changing the entry and parlor flooring, 
those rooms, today, 
remain just as we saw them then. 
 They obviously were 
the right visions 
for us.

If you will remember 
our first choice for the dining room
 was wallpaper with a red background.
  Not very different from
 how it looks today.

It seems now,
 like we were on the right track back then.
  We just had to change it 
one more time
 before we
 knew it.

Our first go-round 
with the kitchen 
started out with a white background
 but added pink and blue to the mix 
as I showed you last time. 
 In between 
there were red checks and 
two different shades of yellow.

 Now it is returned 
to a white background. 
 The only difference is 
the red that now accompanies
 the white.  

On the whole,
 pretty much the same again.

The time has come 
to let you know 
what those five little words were 
that the Captain uttered 
on that eventful day:

"I don't like this color!"

As I stated at the time,
 those words sent me on a quest
 for the perfect color 
for the sitting room and
 I don't mind telling you, 
I was happy to 
take on the task.

let me recount what the changes were
 in the sitting room.
  Our #1 journey was blue. 
 We loved it and 
lived with it, and our country decor,
 for quite some time.

As time passed 
we decided to make the room more fitting 
for a Victorian cottage,
 so we changed to a
 really pretty burgundy 
with a touch of gold bling and
 Gone-With-the-Wind lighting. 
 Then we decided 
another change was in order...

...so we went back to blue 
but the burgundy carpeting
 threw the whole thing off and 
we quickly nipped that combination 
in the bud.  
We then replaced the carpet 
with a light color and 
changed the paint to another light color and
 that is how the room looked
 until those fateful words
 were spoken by
 the Captain.

you have figured out 
where this is going by now, and 
I don't mean to be a tease, 
really I don't. 
 As most of our jobs go
 -very slowly- 
this one is no exception. 
 I had hoped to reveal
 the finished room today but
 it is not quite done 
so the final will be,
 next week. 
 For now 
a small sneak peek 
at our 
final decision:

And - once again - 
we are right back
 where we started.

 I guess the moral of this story 
could be any number 
of old cliches:

What goes around, comes around.
Everything old is new again.
Don't second guess yourself.
Your first choice is always your best.
Don't look any further
 then your garage 
for a can of paint.

I'm looking forward 
to sharing it all with you
 next week.


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  1. I really love all of the floral wallpapers you have used, they are so pretty. No matter the changes your home has looked lovely through them all.

    1. Thanks so much, Adrienne. The thing to remember is that most of the wallpaper was put up in the early 90's. I still love wallpaper but if I were doing it now, I might not has used so much. But, still, some of it has endured..Happy Thursday..xxoJudy

  2. Judy!!!
    You have definitely spawned my curiosity!!! I can not wait for the reveal...I already love it as I am a color person.....Thanks so much for stopping by!!

    1. Thank you Deb. The color remains and the results will come later. You may be surprised!..xxoJudy

  3. Hi Judy,

    I love the color blue, so I look forward to seeing your final reveal. It was interesting to look back and see how your rooms used to be. :) Getting our house the way we want it is really an ongoing project, isn't it? We're planning to do some projects here this summer; I hope it works out that we can.

    Thanks for sharing and have a good week!



    1. Thanks so much, Denise. It certainly is an ongoing project and come back next week to see how true that is..Thanks so much for your visit..xxoJudy

  4. Ha, ha...I guess I come from a long line of people who stick with their choices. I love all your photos, and yes the mulberry carpet---what were we thinking when we made choices back then. When we bought our ranch it was done in Mediterranean colors---and the bedroom carpet was glow in the dark Magenta---the walls-glowed pink from the reflection. It was the first to go---and I walked on sub-floor for quite awhile, before we could replace it. LOL. It's nice you have photos---detailing everything. I never thought of taking decor photos, before I started blogging!

    1. Thanks so much, Sandi. I didn't take that many photos either. I wish I had when we first bought the house, those were the interesting ones. I like that you are calling my carpet mulberry. That sounds so much classier. I can't wait to get rid of that!..xxoJudy

  5. I love the blue. I loved it in the earlier photos and I love it in the most recent. A wonderful choice. Restful and yet lively. It's kind of perfect!

    1. Thanks so much, Jeanie. It is a really pretty blue. A deep jewel tone that is really darker than it looks in the pictures. A very restful color. I am happy with it..xxoJudy

  6. Hi Judy,
    I see the blue in the walls with the pretty white trim. That is looking so pretty. I love blue and white together as I am doing this with my cottage too. I cannot wait to see your finished room.

    1. Thanks so much, Kris. The blue walls with the white trim is really pretty. I love what you are doing with your cottage, and stay tuned for the outcome here. It may be a little different than you expect..xxoJudy

  7. That is so funny.... you've come full circle! I'm so glad you left the guest room as it was, as I TOTALLY LOVE that room! It is so cozy and charming and country cottage looking.. just love it all. I'm sure your new color will be just gorgeous. Everything you do turns out wonderful! Hugs.. Marilyn

    1. Thanks so much, Marilyn, for your words of encouragement. I may be needing them along the way. I'm glad I never changed the guest room either. I think that is about my most favorite room..xxoJudy

  8. Sounds like you are going full circle. Cannot wait for the reveal. Janice

    1. Thanks, Janice. Yeah, we have come full circle or one would think. Might be a little bend in the road..xxoJudy

  9. Oh...what a beautiful preview! I can't wait. And I know it's been a lot of back and forth over the years to come back full circle, but wasn't the process fun?? Enjoy the weekend and Happy Valentine's Day!

  10. Thanks so much, Kim. I'm glad you liked the preview. There is more to come! And it might not be what you expect. Hubby complains when things change but I just can't seem to help myself..Happy Valentines..xxoJudy

  11. nos enseñas siempre unas fotos de hogar preciosas, me ha encantado

    1. Thank you so much. That is such a nice compliment and I am happy to receive it. I hope you will keep visiting..xxoJudy

  12. Querida Judy, es un placer pasear por tu hogar, me gusta mucho el estilo que tiene, está lleno de rincones preciosos y llenos de vida, se nota que habéis puesto el corazón en ellos! Imagino cuánto trabajo ha llevado todo el cambio, pero ha merecido la pena, estoy deseando ver todo lo que nos vas a seguir mostrando!
    Un beso!

    1. Thank you so much, Christina. I appreciate your kind compliments and it makes me so happy when I hear from friends like you..xxoJudy

  13. Don't look any further than your garage for a can of paint is my favorite.

    1. Thank you, Carol. We do have a lot of cans in the garage..Happy Tuesday..xxoJudy

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    1. Thank you so much. I really appreciate your visits..xxoJudy

  15. Everything you've done is great. Can't wait to see your newest look.

  16. Thank you so much. There is always something going on around here. Usually I can't wait to see it either..Happy Tuesday..xxoJudy


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