The Garden Room

Hello my dearest kindred friends! I know it’s been awhile since I last blogged and I feel horrible! Trust me, I’m always thinking of things I can write to you girls and sometimes, out of the blue or when I see something lovely, I turn to Paul and say, “Omigoodness, I’ve got to show the girls (that’s you, of course :)) that!! It’s so cute! They would love it!” But alas, life gets in the way (it’s a horrible excuse but oh so true) and the things I long to do, I do not get to do all the time. Until now! Hurray! I’ve just finished posting on my other blog (you can see it here if you’re bored :)) and decided to put the rest of work away until I write to you. πŸ™‚

So today, I thought I would invite you girls over for a pot of tea, some snuggling, lovely music, andΒ my home!! πŸ™‚ I absolutely LOVE decorating and if our bank account would allow it,Β that is what I would do in my spare time ALWAYS.

When we moved in about 3 years ago, our house needed some help. Nothing major like a new roof or siding, just some decorating help. πŸ™‚ Two men had lived here and needless to say their decorating sense was a bit dry. Here is the photo of our basement from the realtor’s site before we moved in (it’s okay – feel free to gasp at the awfulness that is ORANGE PANELING, which unfortunately found it’s way throughout the entire basement and even suffocated the entire garage):

Old Basement Photo

After painting the orange paneling a beautiful cottage off-white, we decided to leave the green walls (the green made it into the living room upstairs and that was gone IMMEDIATELY since we have orange wood everywhere – perhaps another post will be about our living room :)). And thus the inspiration for a “garden room.” We added an area rug, neutrals, flowers, and other lovely things to create a cozy basement. πŸ™‚ Welcome, kindred spirits!! πŸ™‚

As you walk down the basement stairs, you’re greeted by this lovely grey couch hosting our tea. Come, sit. πŸ™‚


A spoonful of sugar? Yes, please!


As you walk around the table to the couch, feel free to look at family photos that surround the entire room, watchΒ Miss Potter, or even have a seat at my desk and paint for a bit!



Or if you don’t want to paint or watchΒ Miss Potter, feel free to peruse some cottage decorating books. There’s more on the shelf next to the couch. πŸ™‚ (PS. Don’t mind the rest of the orange paneling – I try not to look in that direction.)



Shall we take a peek outside? See how our lovely flowers are getting along?


Shall we sit? Chat? Miss Potter is one of the lovely movies that is always playing down here. Perhaps I’ll make list of other favorites. πŸ™‚


Would you like to play the piano?? Please do! It’s nice to hear someone besides myself play. You can find lovely sheet music (lots of classics, Disney, instrumental movie soundtracks like Pride & Prejudice)…


…in the basket on the ground, in the bench, or…


…right over there! Take your pick! And when the stars come out, just grab the telescope and enjoy a lovely evening on a blanket in the backyard.Β 


Welcome, dear girls. πŸ™‚ Stay as long as you would like. πŸ™‚


Time to get back to reality and work – ta ta for now, girls!! Wishing you a lovely rest of the week and weekend!!Β My name - new