Thursday, September 16, 2010


This is what the living room looks like coming into it from the hallway. The shades in front of the windows are new. They are a brighter red than what was there before. The black and white armchair is the chair I like to sit in. It's where Gandhi usually likes to lie down.

This is looking into the room from the other direction. The covers on the throw pillows are new. Gandhi is laying in the red chair, but you can hardly see her. I should sit there, because that's where the reading light is, but I don't like that chair as much.

Here's the most adorable dog in the world. He knew he was having his picture taken so he was extra good. Can you resist that face? I can't...

It's a good thing the Exfactor came over today. He went to the hardware store while I waited here for the new covers for the throw pillows to be delivered. I told him which color window shades to get and within the shortest amount of time he was back.

We thought we'd just have to take the old ones out and snap the new ones in place, but it turned out that the attachment system was different, so the hardware to hang them up with had to be changed. That turned into quite a job and I couldn't have done it myself. Even the Exfactor had a hard time with it, but somehow it was done and once the shades were in place they looked great. The screws need to be tightened a little better, but he needs to come back with the right screwdriver. In the meantime I'm not allowed to pull hard when I lower and raise them, so I have to be gentle.

At one point, after he had hung up the first shade, the whole thing came off it's rail and unrolled to the floor, which had me in a giggle, because the Exfactor was stunned and it was so comic. The shade turned out not to be attached to the rail with the sticky tape yet. It was a neat trick, though. Sort of like slapstick. I made sure it didn't happen with the other shade.

Right in the middle of it, the covers for the pillows arrived and I took the lime green ones off and put the new ones on as quickly as I could, because that faux pas had really bothered me. It was a thorn in my eye to look at them. They had been so totally wrong.

Now I need to paint, but I'm not going to do that immediately. First I need to have a little time out to get used to the way things are now. I also have to do some administrative errands in town next week and that will be enough of a chore for me, because you all know how I feel about going into town. It's not my most favorite thing to do.

Well, enjoy the photographs. You can click on them to make them larger.



Wisewebwoman said...

Oh Nora:
It's a place I would absolutely love to visit, I love your use of colour and the red blinds are magical. I am drawn into your space.
Well done!

Babaloo said...

Oh, your place looks great! I love the colours in particular. And regarding the chair, could you not swap the chairs so the black & white one is under the reading light or else swap the place for the reading light? That way you'd have both, the comfy chair AND enough light for reading your books. :)

FlowerLady said...

Nora ~ Your place looks colorful and happy, and so neat and orderly. The new pillow covers are really nice. Now I can picture where you are when you talk about your place.

How could anyone Not love your dog. He's a sweetheart.


Lane said...

Tyke is certainly a most handsome young man. what a face:-)

Your room looks lovely - bright, fresh and inviting. I particularly really like the colour of the sofa.

I think you've done a great job pulling it all together.

Bernie said...

Everything looks lovely Nora, so happy for you.
I am still at my nephews and will be home on Monday, only get the computer a few minutes a day.
How are you doing without cigarettes? Talk soon......:-) Hugs

Maggie May said...

I just love all those colours put together. My type of colour scheme entirely. Love it.
Tyke is photogenic too and Gandhi trying to hide in the chair!
Lovely homely scene.
Have a good evening/night
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Twain12 said...

looks great, friendly and the colors work great together...Tyke is just too cute !!

Nedine Says said...

Nora, You have a real eye for putting colors, textures and accessories together. the light is wonderful too. Well done.

Gail said...

Totally awesome!!! You can tell an artist lives here...the colors are fabulous and the balance is perfect.

Tyke is adorable. I like the shorter hair.

Catherine said...

hi Nora -what a lovely room! Like so many Dutch rooms I envy the clean lines and uncluttered look - unlike my messy house!Is the wooden chair Ikea? I love the blind too. Hope you are fine - haven't seen you for a while round my blog- nor have I been over here for a while. Nice to be back.
All the best, Catherine.

Maggie May said...

I love your photos, not only of your living space but your pets too.
You are doing so well with the no smoking! Well done.
Hope your day will be good today.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Anonymous said...

Nora, your living room looks fabulous! As others have said, you have a real eye for colour and design - which I already knew from the other artwork you've shared with us, of course, but it's wonderful to see your talent in a different venue!

And Tyke still loves the camera, I see! Gandhi - not so much, but then, she's a cat and that's the way they usually are, isn't it?

Frances said...

Thanks for the comment sending us back here. I would have been so sorry to miss the pics of your lovely home. It is looking really gorgeous now. All ready for a cheerful winter. Well done you.