Sunday, March 13, 2011

Cozy up in our Den - home tour continues...

Just beyond our living room is our den.
A snugly place to watch t.v., read the paper
or look out to the bird feeder in the orchard.
To add to the natural warmth, I wallpapered the room in a green leafy print.
The sweet rabbit appears to be "late for an important date"...
actually he is a gift from my very first co-teacher, Nancy
 -- used to live in our classroom.

Come on in...
Our one major change to this room was to
remove a large closet that was not original to this 1857 house -
 it had been built to the right upon entering.

Curtains are from a quilt I split down the middle for the two den windows-
charming floor to ceiling windows -- cats love them so.
(second window that looks out to the apple orchard is to the left)
Couch matches one of the love seats in our living room.

Let me tell you about the wing chair...I was traveling
back from a flea market when I stumbled upon a citywide sale.
My car was already full, but for $35 --- I traveled the rest
of the way home from Minnesota to Wisconsin with this
fabulous wing chair hanging out of my trunk.
Little side table is from my childhood home.

One of our many desks is in the den.
Yes, we may only have one t.v. in this house
 -- but we do have lots of desks
(and lots of cozy chairs to curl up in too).
This desk is "built" from a table gifted to the farm from Sarah.
This is the "need a phone book, antique guide, quick pen & pencil desk".
Our official desk is in the Study upstairs.
The picnic baskets hold our video tapes & DVDs.

Here is a close up of the sweet set of drawers on top...
found at the Kane County Flea Market.
**Hint: I have learned to always ask if display pieces might be for sale at flea markets -
sometimes they are -- I have brought home some pretty cool this item.

The t.v. cabinet -- Pie Safe is a story onto itself.
Years ago, Dave & I were vacationing in Fish Creek -
in Door County Wisconsin.
A sweet little village with many sweet shops.
In one we found a pie safe -- that I loved, however, it didn't fit
our budget or our car.

One Saturday after that trip, Dave said he had an errand to run...
hours later, he arrived home with the pie safe -- a five hour round trip that
included his brother & his brother's truck.
I had my pie safe...another sweet gift.
It now holds our "vintage t.v." and of course, goodies.
It has punched tin stars on the side...
and the doors close to conceal the t.v.

**Now for some details**

The rug is another charming floral wool rug.
This one was found at auction -- bought two for $5.00.
The other is in our Study.
Love the faded colors -- and so sturdy!

Of course there are sweet vignettes...they always make me smile.

This wonderful sketch was also a flea market find...
tucked under a table.
It is by Carl Larsson, a Swedish artist, 
who was born about the time our home was built. 
A sketch of his family's home resembles our brick house & apple trees.
This is his daughter...

And, I simply adore these floral baskets...have seven in the Den.
When I find them in green, white or blue -- they are mine.

So, that is our cozy den...on the way out, notice the chair to the right...
from my mom.  Smile...

Next stop on the home tour...perhaps the laundry room...
it has a bit more red -- a step away from my beloved greens.


Cheryl in Wisconsin said...

Love the pie safe story. Now THAT is a romantic gesture.

Kari from Meadowview Farm said...

Isn't that just so sweet...he is a keeper ("he" refers to pie safe & my Dave).


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