b.o.r.i.n.g…..<yawn>It had never been painted, so that was one of the first things we did. We picked Valspar’s “Coastal Villa” which is a pretty, neutral grayish brown.
I also hung up this tapestry which I love love love. It was a wedding gift and I think it’s just perfect. Reminds me of a Jane Austen novel :)
The tapestry was my inspiration to decorate this room in a garden theme. A shady, relaxing garden. Ahh yes (even though while it’s cold and snowy outside, shady doesn’t sound very good!)
I needed a side table so I got this cute little guy from Wally world
Next I needed a lamp for the side table. I wanted something that looked garden-y, kind of like a lamp post or a lantern or something. I found lots of pictures like these that I really loved:
But either they weren’t wired for inside use or they were the wrong style. Finally I settled on this one:
It took a lot of searching to find it, and it was a bit of a splurge, but it was the closest thing to what I wanted. (I even looked into making my own with a lamp kit.)
Then, I needed a little more furniture. This was one of my grandma’s cedar chests and I thought it would look perfect in this room!!! (And my mom was happy to not be storing it anymore.) Plus it would provide some much-needed storage of blankets etc, and a place for guests to set their things.
Here it is with a bit of accessorizing. I already had the glass vase and I filled it with alternating pine cones (I heart pine cones!) from our yard and some green moss I got from the craft store. The books came from the bookshelf and I had my eye on that little metal sundial at Hobby Lobby until it went on 50% sale. :)
If it’s still too fuzzy, here’s what it says:
If the world were at peace this tag would be a small envelope…and in it would be your own personal key to your Lane Cedar Chest.
But today there are vital uses for the metals we would use for keys and locks. You’ll note that your Lane Cedar Chest has a handsome VICTORY catch in place of the metal lock we used to use. It has been designed so that after Victory is won, a regular lock can be easily installed.
Please don’t order a lock now. Wait until the war is won, THEN for a small charge you may have a real Lane patented lock…and the key we couldn’t send you now. TO OPEN – PUSH BUTTON
Yours for Victory, Lane Cedar Chests”
It makes me misty every time I read it! I love how much patriotism and pride come through this little note. Awesome. After framing it and playing with some new accessories, here’s the new cedar chest:
The twig wreath I got at Goodwill for 25c, and I just added some gray ribbon and two ivy leaves I took from another Goodwill wreath. The little sculpture looking thing was $4 at HobLob.
The white tin and candle holder are both from Goodwill ($1 each) and I just put the same gray ribbon on the tin. I already had the frame I put the Lane note in as well as the cranberry picks.
Did I mention I accidentally walked into the “50% off the whole store” sale at Goodwill? HOLEY COW I’ve never seen so many people in there. We were all bumpin’ bums and carts, but it was worth it.
I moved the books to the side table with my pretty lantern lamp.
On the window I put up some beige sheers I already had. I moved the rod up a little bit so the sheers would puddle on the floor just a little. Then this weekend I caught the floral garlands at 50% off at Hobby Lobby and put one above the curtain rod. I love it!
And the final result!
Thanks for reading! Have a great day!Update! The headboard is done, and so is one piece of wall art.