Monday, February 28, 2011

A New "Do" Glamour Shots Included

My eldest daughter, Autumn was recently married, leaving behind her onliest younger sister, who had never had a bedroom to herself. Up until a couple of years ago, Livie had always shared a bed with her beloved older sister. Autumn getting married and leaving home was a sad event for Livie. While wedding preperations were exciting and getting to be part of the wedding party was fun, Livie never had a desire for her own room or her own bed for that matter. She'd rather have Autumn. Even though there is a 10 year age difference between them, Autumn always made time for Livie and included her in her life. Just as an older sister ought to do.

Livie and I made plans to give the room a new "do" and decided together on a nice robin egg blue for the walls and opted to take off the chair rail that ran around the waist of the room and painted all the trim a nice soft white. I had the idea to move my sewing down to the empty space in the room and we also set up a table for Livie's sewing machine to rest on. Its nice to have a special place for our sewing. Its nice to have our sewing set up all the time instead of having to work on the dining table...which has to be cleaned off for every meal.

This dresser is actually an infant dresser/wardrobe. Behind the right cupboard door is a bar that slides out to hang little clothes on.

In the top drawer I have doll clothes that are in my Etsy store, doll heads, dolls and a few other goodies.

The left cupboard door covers a set of four drawers that I color coordinated fabrics into. The picture doesn't do the beautiful colors of the fabric justice.

And because its good to keep thing real....the mess behind door #2.

My father in law made the thread rack for me years ago as a Christmas gift. I love it. I wouldn't trade it for a new one, ever. There is nothing like a handmade gift.
My new sewing "studio"...
I like having some of my sweet things hanging around on the window sill. The little jar with the green lid was my mothers. She always kept her safety pins in it and now I keep mine in it. Actually there are still a few of her safety pins in there too. The pretty pink, green and blue bottles were my grandmothers. The sun shining through the bottles makes them glow with color. I'm not sure if I like the dowel with the ribbon on it yet. I'm still deciding if it will stay or be fixed up somewhere else. For now it is nice to be able to look at the different ribbons.

Livie's sewing spot, along with her knitting basket.

Moving into Livie's part of the room...the first picture is a bit dark.

I have a bag full of gorgeous fabric scraps, in pinks, reds, greens and blues that I'm going to use to make a new quilt for her bed.

And then the space above her closets...a nice space for pretty-ing up.


  1. It is lovely Dana. I always like to see how others decorate their homes. I'm getting ready to make some changes to our upper hallway to display all of our family pictures. You have definately inspired me with the beautiful colors you've chosen for Livy's room! Thank you for sharing!


  2. Livy's room is so pretty! I love the curtain.Such a pretty color. The whole room is really nice.You both did a great job. Blessings jane