Furniture’s Calling

I am giving myself thirty minutes, tops, to complete this ridiculous post.  Ready.  Set.  Go.

This morning I woke aware of, and overwhelmed by, all the *projects* I live amongst.  They all seemed to be in my face screaming, “Pick me, pick me!”  I took a deep breath, refocused on my day and then took a break later in the morning.  I love  The Inspired Room because, well, it’s inspiring.  So, when I opened my email to find a new post by Melissa, I poured a fresh cup of coffee and settled in. 

What I found was this post about your “furniture talking to you”, which prompted me to write the following comment on Melissa’s amazing blog:

  “No. My furniture does not talk to me…it YELLS at me and ALL AT ONCE!
Just this morning my could-be-amazing office chair and the little shoe shine bench next to my potty were both begging for attention, while I was trying to settle the argument between the deacon’s bench in the entry hall and the salvaged rattan & wicker chairs in the family room…”

However, the little yellow chair was such a bright spot in my day that I decided to take some pictures of my own begging projects and see if I could muster some motivation to follow the inspiration.

Let’s begin in the Entry:

I am a Texas Tech Red Raider, but my home is in no way, form, or fashion red and black.  Lord help me help this room.  The pew is one of my favorite things.  I must do something.

Now on to the Family Room:

    These chairs are really cool.  They are from Pottery Barn and I got them for $5 each at a garage sale, which makes  them awesome!  Not sure what to do with them.  They are more comfy with a back cushion so, for now, I have extra sofa pillows on them.  The pillows appear that they just might work, but with a closer look, it’s obvious that they don’t work at all.   In a nutshell, it looks like I really missed, but don’t know it.

I inherited this coffee table when I married.  The Captain and all of our children learned to walk by pulling up and scooting around this little drop-leaf cutie.  It was painted gold, probably in the 70’s, and has been such ever since.  It needs me. 

My office chair has potential, but I’ve got to figure out what to do with the desk and library table first.  I got the desk and table several years ago for $25 and $10, respectively, at a school auction.  This project may never get done, but it really needs to.     

This is a peg board that The Captain made for me and I include it because it’s one of few things that is done… 

Well, sorta.  The screws still show and I haven’t finished “styling” and such.  But at least it is up and painted and is more *done* than a lot of other things.  Note the chest, for example, also from The Captain’s childhood.  It has so much potential, but I haven’t a clue what to do with it.  Paint it?  Color? The wall is a very light grey/green/blue-ish color with a darker shade of the same color on the accent wall around the fireplace next to it.  Should the chest be white?  Stained?  I’m just not sure.

The Master Bedroom/Office/Sunroom/Lord-What-Do-I-Do-With-This-Place Room has been a work in progress and I’m slowly getting it figured out.  This *Master Living Area*, as we’ve come to call it, almost made me not want the house.  Everyone who sees it thinks it’s “awesome”, but try arranging it and then tell me that.  It is looonng and narrow and huge and L-shaped.  Including a large, long bathroom and three closets, it is nearly 800 sq. ft!  I’ve stood in this room for hours on end, thinking, “…over here we could have a sitting area…and then over here, let’s see, we could have another sitting area…and here, hmm, here, by the windows, hmm, I guess we could have a little sitting area.”   Sheesh.  We don’t even SIT that much.  Maybe a bunch of sitting areas would encourage us to sit more?  I think not.

Still a very unfinished work in progress and using only what we already had (except the dark, medium-height shelves, which came from Target), here is what I have come up with so far.

Since I can’t replace the really nasty wall to wall carpeting, I will just pretend it is a wood floor until I can cover it with some seagrass rugs or something.  And then I will pretend it is a wood floor covered with seagrass rugs until I can get the wood floor, which may well be when I die and someone else lives here.  

I do, however, love the little love seat now that I thought to use my antique linen tablecloth to cover the slip cover.  I had the tablecloth stashed away forever, thinking I would use it on a bed or something, but had forgotten all about it.  I was reminded that I had it when I saw this post on the Dreamy Whites blog.  The slipcover is a Target cheapy and doesn’t fit well at all.  I did have a throw over the back, but this is so much better.        

I’m seven minutes over my thirty minute limit, so I better get back to life.  Maybe I’ll actually get one of these little projects done before I move into the nursing home. 

Oh, and I’ll leave ya with this little guy…the shoe shine bench that was never intended to look like this for this long.  And the TP holder, oh my.

If any member of my family had seen me photographing this…well, I’m just glad that didn’t happen.  That’s all.



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5 responses to “Furniture’s Calling

  1. Vangelia

    I have always loved your decorating style! You houses have always been homes and no matter how large or awkwardly shaped they feel cozy and refreshing.

  2. The Captain

    Uh, I know you … and I’m willing to bet you missed your time limit on this article. 🙂

    Oh well, I LOVE our home just the way it is – as long as I have you and all our deck hands there!

  3. The Captain


    Uh, except Hazel – time for the ol’ girl to go …

  4. Denise

    Carrie Sue

    I thought your house was sooo cute…it has lots of character and life/love in it! 🙂 I especially like the “beachy” things that you’ve decorated with, since the beach is one of my most favorite places to be!!!!!!


  5. Your home has lots of things with character, hopefully they’ll take turns talking to you! We are working on that at my house too. 😉

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