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My French Sweethearts Thriftshop Find…

This past Friday I went out for the first time in a month to test the limits of what I can do before wearing out since coming down with the virus. While I was out, I decided to stop by my favorite North Texas thriftshop ~ Twice as Nice! I found two beautiful pieces on this trip so today I thought I’d share this gorgeous French couple sitting down for a little tête-a-tête…






I was soooo excited after walking through all the clothing racks and checking out the craft supply area to turn into the kitchen accessories and housewares area and find this diamond…

As a “senior” I didn’t even pay the $5.00 shown on the tag! Out the door, this gem of a porcelain figurine was $4.11… It is in nearly perfect condition. While waiting in checkout line, I inspected the man and the woman’s fingers and toes and they are all perfect. The noses are perfect and really, if there is anything wrong, it would be where this piece may have been glued down to a shelf or something underneath. You can just see on each leg along the feet some brown stuff.

I haven’t tried to scrub off any of it yet, haven’t even cleaned it!, I just came home giddy to photograph it to share with you…

I am super excited to find out what company made this piece and how old it may be! You can see the firing number here on the bottom but otherwise I didn’t find any other maker’s marks.

Here I’ve grouped this couple with the Taiwanese Federal style man and woman which were my husbands (of course still his, but also mine! 😉 ) before we married. I thought how fun it’d be to bring them all together as a family!

One vignette leads to another…

Here I pulled out the French soup plate found at a thriftshop several years ago now. I thought it gave a nice wallpaper effect. Then I added in a black spaniel I found while thrifting with my sister-in-law in England in 2005. I paid Ł1.00 for him. 🙂

The styles of dress are similar but I have noticed that the new porcelain couple are maybe bone china?? They have a hollow sound that the other couple does not have. I love them all and am completely happy to add them to my small collection of figurines!!!

Time for tea, anyone???

I love how delicate this Parisian couple looks! Their clothing has a lovely late 1700’s look to it. Soft peach and lavender with gold and floral highlights add to the beauty of this little $4.00 find…

What lovelies have you found lately??

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Hearth and Soul ~ April J. Harris

Thursday Favorite Things ~ Follow the Yellow Brick Home

Friday at the Fire Station ~ A Fireman’s Wife

Bisous, mes amies,

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Share Your Style #281


Happy Share Your Style Wednesday, y’all!
 
Welcome to 
this week’s Share Your Style #281! 
This link party is for home decor, DIY, crafts, recipes and the like, but you are more than welcome to share your family-friendly posts with us all. Please feel free to share this post too and join my small but loyal band of friends. 

I appreciate you!
 
As always, I am glad that you are here… 💜



Happy Veterans’ Day, friends!!! From this USMC family to yours, Uuuurrrraghhhhh! Well… If you’ve noticed a strange look to my face here, the blog in general, well, I FINALLY migrated the blog to WordPress. I am excited to make the move and it’s a bit scary, too. WP has a lot to offer that my happy Blogger account didn’t.

Mainly, I have been looking into WP for two years because of its capability to incorporate email. I have gone into Inlinkz and downloaded a bunch of your emails to files to create a spreadsheet and will test an email soon. I apologize if you DON’T want to be emailed by me here at French Ethereal and you’ll be able to unsubscribe, of course!

On the COVID-19 issues, Charles tested positive on Saturday. My 2nd test last Monday was also positive, probably due to the pneumonia being left untreated (my thoughts). This week I am FINALLY feeling much better. I just get tired easily so I am putting in for more time off from school until I get fully recovered. I just pick up colds and other viruses too easily.

All right, friends! Let’s get this SYS going…

I am Barbara Chapman and I’d love it if you’d follow me here on my blog and on any of my other social media sites, too.  Thank you!💜 

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Here’s what I shared this past week at French Ethereal…

Celebrating Thanksgiving into Christmas with Subtle Changes ~ $10 on the 10th
Giving Thanks for Fall Changes in the Cupboard

And here are this week’s featured posts…

A Very Thankful Table for Six ~ from Fabby over at Fabby’s Living. I love her table and of course the beautiful turkey tureen!!!

Penny from Penny’s Treasures shared her beautiful barn updated in this holiday post ~ Barn Makeover and Playing with My Christmas Mantel.
raditional Thanksgiving tablescape with candlelight for elegance
Amber of Follow the Yellow Brick Home shared her beautiful farmhouse home dining table set for Thanksgiving in this autumnal post ~ A Thanksgiving Tablescape Sneak Peak by Cozy Candlelight. Love her home!!!
Amber from The Hungry Mountaineer shares her fall style with us ~ Fall Fashion at Lundy Lake…ish. Love everyone’s fall fashions! Makes me want to shop… 😉
Rita of Panoply shared her gorgeous feathers and thistle tablescape in this Thanksgiving post ~ Thistle and Pheasant Run Thanksgiving Tablescape. Part of a fun blog hop from last week. ❤

I think I will stop here for this week and pray, friends, that this works! ❤

A big Thank You to everyone who linked up this past week. A special thank you to y’all for always promoting Share Your Style on your blog and on your social media channels! I do see it when I stop by and I appreciate the love. 💜
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Hope this is going to work… Giving it a try! If anyone can leave me a comment as to HOW to add the WP shortcode or the long code (if this DOESN’T work!) and tell me how to fix this week’s SYS Inlinkz, that’d be great!!! Crossing my fingers…

If it DOESN’T WORK, I will figure it out and edit according to what I find, so… the party stays open until next Monday evening at 6:00p.m. CST, so just keep stopping back by to try and link up again. Happily, I was able to bring over some of your photos and add links… 🙂

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Giving Thanks for Fall Changes in the Cupboard

 

I am grateful  for time at home and renewing health to do a little fall decorating around the house and in our farmhouse cupboard. Thanksgiving is just around the corner so decorating for Turkey Day and fall is a perfect segue into the holiday season…

I began with taking down all the teacups and teapots that were in the cupboard since summertime and giving each shelf a good cleaning.  Then the fun began with adding in favorite vintage cards, a small Longaberger basket and a little wooden chickadee bird found in Connecticut twenty-some-odd years ago while out Christmas shopping with my brother and sister-in-law.


The turkey platter was added to the scene next along with the two pheasant plates. The little German girl my mother found years ago in an antique’s shop added her sweet Octoberfest look along with a small half-timber house found in England. The two Stafforshire dogs also found in England add a bit of whimsy as does the hand-thrown maiden my daughter made in high school ceramics (behind the little glass door).



The wheat spray which was displayed on the new potting bench came in from outdoors. 


I love the wheat inside this old tea tin!


And here’s how it all looks together! I love this year’s fall display…


Technically this sweet postcard with a little girl and her chicken family is an Easter card, but I love chickens for fall and they kind of go along with our little turkeys. No fowl play here! 🦃 🐥


A small bee buzzed around our backyard today and I love this sweet reminder of his antics. The acorns are from our yard.

And that is our fall cupboard! The teapot on the bottom cupboard shelf says it all: 

This is the day the Lord has made, Rejoice and be glad in it!

Psalm 118:24 

I am grateful for recovering from this Corona virus, twice. I am grateful for each beautiful fall day that I am alive to be able to enjoy it and to be here for Yoda and my husband, even if none of us feels all that well yet.  Yoda went to the vet this week and received four shots. He is limping around and a bit grumpy… It is hard to be an older dog and go through all that. Charles is getting over his bout with the virus pretty well. He is just more tired than usual. The antibiotic is beginning to kick in for me with the pneumonia beginning to break up and the infection inside my sinuses is beginning to drain and clear, too.

Thank you, Lord Jesus, for taking care of us. 💝 



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Hope y’all are doing well this beautiful season…
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Share Your Style #280

 

Happy Share Your Style Wednesday, y’all! Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #280This link party is for home decor, DIY, crafts, recipes and the like, but you are more than welcome to share your family-friendly posts with us all. Please feel free to share this post too and join my small but loyal band of friends. 

I appreciate you! As always, I am glad that you are here… 💜


I am Barbara Chapman and I’d love it if you’d follow me here on my blog and on any of my other social media sites, too.  Thank you! 💜 Thank you for all your well-wishes, dear friends… I am feeling much better. I finally was able to get into a primary care office yesterday and I began antibiotics today to clear out the rest of the pneumonia. 

I am scheduled to go back to work next Thursday. Discussions have been texting back and forth on really cracking down on our students to wear their masks 100% of the time… Pray, would you?, that I don’t get the virus again and that our school can get through this and get healthy. Thank you! 💜



Here’s what I shared this past week at

French Ethereal…


A Few Fall Pillow Finds ~ My small pillow fettish… 😄 Best part? Most of these are reversible and I love the checks on the backsides for seasonal decorating!!!

And here are this week’s featured posts…




Jeanie from The Marmelade Gypsy shares a lovely post about visiting a sweet farm restaurant ~ An Autumn Celebration Continues. You’ll have to head over and congratulate Jeanie on the reason why!!! Love this post with its maiden statue, another Grinam Niam!


Debra over at Common Ground shares her cupboards in this fun Halloween and Thanksgiving decor post ~ October Whimsy in the Holiday Cupboard. Love all the gorgeous dishware!



Thelma of Thel’s Kitchen shares her recipe for Red Cabbage Slaw and her homegrown cabbages and more in this yummy post!

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CoCo at The Crowned Goat shared a past Thanksgiving table which I love for its simple beauty… And that monster turkey tureen! ~ Simple Thanksgiving Tablescape Ideas.


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Debbee of Debbee’s Buzz  shares this wonderful Craft – Thanksgiving Bread Cornucopia and Pumpkin Rolls. Can you believe how beautiful this edible display is?! Wonderful…



Penny of Penny’s Treasures shared this early Christmas post ~ Vintage Sewing Machine Drawer ~ for making a Christmas planner. Love the sweet decoupaged vintage pics!



Honorable Mention

Rachelle of My Hubbard Home shared a yummy recipe for The Very Best Ginger Cookies for Fall Treats. Wish I could share a photo but some new programs won’t let me bring over any photographs. Happy to share the link, though, and these cookies look super delicious!


A big Thank You to everyone who linked up this past week. A special thank you to y’all for always promoting Share Your Style on your blog and on your social media channels! I do see it when I stop by and I appreciate the love. 💜

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A Few Fall Pillow Finds…

 

Fall finds: It’s not like I need much these days but once in a while… Friends, I have to admit something. I have a pillow fetish these days! I found two cute pillow this fall, and I thought you’d like to see them…


First, though, I found these two navy and white chair cushions (on the bench) to use on our outdoor furniture at our local Lowe’s end-of-summer sale. They are covered in all-weather Sunbrella fabric and should last a few summers. The graphic print is fun! I wish they had had had a couple more but maybe I’ll find more like them next year.


This cutie patootie pumpkin pillow in our living room, I found when I went wandering into HomeGoods one day in late September. I was looking for plant pots but came out with two fall harvest pillows instead!

I found this other pumpkin pillow last year at HomeGoods and the “Bonne Nuit” (Good night) pillow several years before back in California. I think the new fall pillows are a nice match with last year’s pumpkin pillow. What do you think? 

The blue satin pillow behind on the right, my daughter had in her bedroom for years, but she gave it to me when we moved. It came from JC Penney years ago. It is embroidered and really soft. She may want it back yet again for her first home. 💖

The bee skep pillow I found in the summer of 2019 at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildlife Center. It’s a soft comfortable pillow and perfect for reading on the settee on a sunny afternoon. The creamy pillow covers came from a going-out-of-business sale. The pillow with the tassels came from Magnolia Market a couple of years ago.




So that’s it for what I’ve found this fall other than the new planter urns outside, shared in this post. It is nice already having many wonderful things to choose from when decorating for each season!





What have you found lately?

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Share Your Style #279

 

Happy SYS Wednesday, y’all! Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #279This link party is for home decor, DIY, crafts, recipes and the like, but you are more than welcome to share your family-friendly posts with us all. Please feel free to share this post too and join my small but loyal band of friends. 

I appreciate you! As always, I am glad that you are here… 💜


This week is a bit of a catch-up for the past two Share Your Style’s since I’ve been soooo blasted sick with COVID-19 again. It’s 10 days of fevers and aches. It’s no joke and I absolutely hope You Never Get Sick With It! 

I’ll be home from work for another two weeks and the doctors want me to check in with a pulmonologist after I get better. They are worried about “fibrosis?” in my lungs (permanent scarring). I need another lung x-ray in six months. 

Any of you doctor or nurses out there, can you tell me anything else? I know I get really tired now. I also know this is only Day 12 since I came down with the initial fever. I am grateful for longer time off to heal… This time, the viral pneumonia came on quicker than last January/February. It seems to be abating. Anyway, friends, thank you for all of your kinds thoughts, prayers and encouragement. I know many of you live with your own physical ailments ~ thank you for sharing with me. 💖 I’ll be here for you… 😘


I am Barbara Chapman and I’d love it if you’d follow me here on my blog and on any of my other social media sites, too.  Thank you! 💜



Here’s what I shared this past week at

French Ethereal…

Planting New Urns for Fall

And here are this week’s featured posts…




Debra at Common Ground shared her coffee table and more in this post ~ Fall Vignettes in the Garden Room. Love the vintage look!

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Amber of Follow the Yellow Brick Home shared this wonderful recipe for healthful aromatics ~ Fresh and Fragrant Fall Simmer Pot Recipe. 

Carrot Apple Muffin Recipe @ http://treatntrick.blogspot.com
Trick and Treat shared this wonderful recipe for Carrot Apple Muffins. Serious yum!!!

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Easy DIY Halloween Decorations is this fun and not-too-scary post by CoCo of The Crowned Goat. Cute gets me every time! 🎃

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Liz of Howling at the Moon whipped up this cute kitty just in time for a little Halloween fun! Here’s her adorable post ~ Cat in Pumpkin.

Jersey Girl, Texan Heart and Shelbee on the Edge

Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge shares her sweet costume in this fashion style post ~ Halloween Costumes Again ~ as part of a her weekly style link-up. Stop on by and check out Shelbee’s blog!

Debbie of Debbie-Dabble Blog shares her fall garden update in this gorgeous autumn post ~ Fall Garden Update and Fall Foliage 2020.

A big Thank You to everyone who linked up this past week. A special thank you to y’all for always promoting Share Your Style on your blog and on your social media channels! I do see it when I stop by and I appreciate the love. 💜

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Share Your Style #276

 

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #276This link party is for home decor, DIY, crafts, recipes and the like, but you are more than welcome to share your family-friendly posts with us all. Please feel free to share this post and join my small but loyal band of followers. 
I appreciate you! As always, I am glad that you are here… 💜

We have a bit of this and a bit of that this week and all fall related! I always love choosing weekly features and this time there was a ton of good things. Wish I could pick them all! Enjoy the party, sweet friends…


I am Barbara Chapman and I’d love it if you’d follow me here on my blog and on any of my other social media sites, too.  Thank you! 💜



Here’s what I shared this past week at

French Ethereal…


Our Fall Garden and Potting Bench is the big post I worked on this past week. Mr. Ethereal and I have been out working in the garage and garden since the past few weekends have been blessedly cooler. Getting lots done!


And here are this week’s
featured posts…





Sandra from Dinner at Eight kicks this week off with great fall table decor ~ Inspiration for Fall Tables. Totally love them all!

Fabiana of Fabby’s Living shares her fall spirit in this tablescape post ~ A Simple Buffalo Check Tablescape. Love the big bold checks with the neutral dishware… ❤



Terrie of Decorate and More with Tip reveals her freshly made over entryway in a series of posts ~ Entryway Reveal – $100 Room Challenge. Nice changes!!!

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Shelbee from Shelbee on the Edge shared her latest fashion styling in this fun trip to… Meet Me at the Pumpkin Patch!! So fun!!!

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Liz from Howling at the Moon (Such a fun blog name!!!) shares this sweet elephant made for a young friend ~ Luisa Elephant. Adorable!”




Toootally cute and a wonderful idea! Penny of Penny’s Treasures/Penny’s Vintage Home shares her sweet Old Watering Trough Repurposed as a Buffet.


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Last up this week is CoCo of The Crowned Goat with this really cool Brown and White Transferware Pumpkins!! Very unique and really pretty!





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Share Your Style #275

 

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #275This link party is for home decor, DIY, crafts, recipes and the like, but you are more than welcome to share your family-friendly posts with us all. Please feel free to share this post and join my small but loyal band of followers. 
I appreciate you! As always, I am glad that you are here… 💜

The cooler weather we have had (up until today, that is) has inspired me and with it y’all have linked up some perfect fall recipes, porch decor and more! Do hop over and check out some of your friends’ posts that are linked up while you are here as well as this week’s featured posts… Two friends from Northern California (my home from age 12 – 26) are featured, MaryJo from Master”pieces” of My Life and Amber W. of The Hungry Mountaineer. I hope you will stop by and say hello!… And enjoy a little fall from California…


I am Barbara Chapman and I’d love it if you’d follow me here on my blog and on any of my other social media sites, too.  Thank you! 💜



Here’s what I shared this past week at

French Ethereal…




And here are this week’s
featured posts…


Pretty perch in tthe garden

Mary Jo of Master “Pieces” of My Life shares her quiet and fun sitting area in this post ~ Pretty Perch in the Garden. Such a great place to relax and unwind…



Autumn Apple Crisp With Walnuts


Rachelle of My Hubbard Home has brought us a wonderful fall recipe to try ~ Autumn Apple Crisp with Walnuts. A particular fall favorite with baking apples!!! Yum… 🍎

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Cindy’s Online Recipe Box brings us these delicious-looking Glazed Lemon Ginger SconesTis the season to be baking, dear friends!


Terrie from Decorate More and Tip shares this fun tutorial on how to fashion a Dollar Tree Pumpkin Pillow Cover. Such a cute idea! 

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Amber of Follow the Yellow Brick Home shares this favorite fall post ~ 40 Beautiful Ways to Decorate with Wheat. Lovely…


You get a two-for-one on this last entry of this week: Since the photo I tried to grab from Amber Woodyard of The Hungry Mountaineer just wouldn’t come over and link up so I could share her post ~ Carmel Cinnamon Apples ~ I used my photo from a couple of years ago. There are only a few places in California (that I know of) where you can grow really good apples: Apple Hill in Camino, above Placerville, in Northern California, and in Julian and Apple Valley, in Southern, California, so I know Amber lives somewhere close to where I lived during high school and early college. Do check out her own garden’s lovely apples! They are ripe right off the tree…

For my post about apple picking, check out ~ Places to Visit: Country Apple Orchard.






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Share Your Style #274

 

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #274This link party is for home decor, DIY, crafts, recipes and the like, but you are more than welcome to share your family-friendly posts with us all. Please feel free to share this post and join my small but loyal band of followers. 
I appreciate you! As always, I am glad that you are here… 💜

Sorry that SYS wasn’t fully ready by 6:00pm this evening, for everyone who came by early in the evening! I had an eye appointment and didn’t get home until just before launch time so it wasn’t quite populated… Often I work on finalizing just before “showtime” but this time I was really behind. Thanks for hanging in there with me! 😊 

This week it’s all about fall as we step into the new season on the calendar. Mornings are definitely about 10-20 degrees cooler and rain is coming in about once a week here in North Texas. I’ve also updated the Share Your Style party banner to reflect the new season and I hope you will pin it to your boards to help publicize the party, thank you!
I am all the fall links and gathering some great ideas to use in my home. I hope you will, too… 💓 




I am Barbara Chapman and I’d love it if you’d follow me here on my blog and on any of my other social media sites, too.  Thank you! 💜



Here’s what I shared this past week at

French Ethereal…


Book Nook Pinterest Challenge.




And here are this week’s
featured posts…


Fall front porch decor with a DIY ladder Fall burlap sign, mums and pumpkins.


Leanna of Faeries and Fauna linked up her sweet porch in this post ~ Pretty Fall Porch Decor and… Banner. Totally cute!!!



Carol of Bluesky at Home shares with us 3 Quick Fall Projects  in this colorful autumn post. Love all the craft projects this past week!

The Softer Side Of Autumn! A Fall


Rachelle of My Hubbard Home shared this lovely rust and roses look in The Softer Side of Autumn in a fall home tour. Gorgeous contrast of textures!


Uwe of My DIY OL and his wife share their 2020 harvest of chestnuts in this post Chestnuts – Not Just for Handicrafts and the amazing thing that can be made with chestnuts. Pretty cool! You’ll have to stop by to see what chestnuts can make… 

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Amber of Follow the Yellow Brick Home brings us Part 1 of their newly renovated kitchen in this home tour post ~ A Kitchen Makeover with Touches of Fall. Love how it’s turning out with the brick flooring and tile backsplash…


Apple & Raisin Scones Recipe @ treatntrick.blogspot.com


Trick ‘n’ Treat makes us all hungry (lol!) with this wonderful fall recipe for Apples and Raisin Scones. Don’t you just love this time of year for cooking (and munching!)??!



Niki from The House on Silverado brings us her festive Early Fall Apples Themed Tray this past week. Gorgeous — love those sunflowers!!!



Our last feature this week comes from Jeanie at The Marmelade Gypsy who shared Postcards from the Lake: This is How We Do Weddings in Covid-Land. Beautiful and everyone can show up! 💒





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Come Sit a Spell! ~ Create a Reading Nook

 

Welcome to this month’s Pinterest Challenge where my friend Cindy of County Road 407 sends a photograph to a group of us design influencers to use as inspiration to then recreate and make our own. September’s challenge is all about creating a Reading Nook! Of course, this is one of my most favorite places to be and I always have one wherever we live. Let’s jump right in…

If you are new here to French Ethereal, welcome! If you are just coming over from Michelle at Thistle Key Lane, I am happy to invite you into my home. 🌻 This time, Allison of Proverbs 31 Girl shares her beautifully renovated home with us and this reading nook in her casually cool, drop-cloth-loving, all-white style. Beautiful! 

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This particular post from Allison shows how her home has changed from before the renovation plus several reading areas throughout her home. 

Allison hand-stenciled these drop cloth curtains!

My inspiration takeaway

  • a comfy chair with a drop cloth slipcover set near a window’s bright light for daytime reading
  • soft linen pillows for extra comfort
  • a nice nubby throw to snuggle under while reading
  • an ottoman to prop the feet on
  • a pretty basket with just one moss ball for decor
  • a standing lamp for evening reading

I do love all the textures here from nubby pillow covers and chunky knit throw blankets to creamy whites with touches of black as accents here and there!

Our home

During the summer months in our North Texas home, it is very bright and sunny in this living room now that the trees have been limbed up and some of the branches were taken out. Last year it was very dark in here hence our fall and winter project was to thin out our oak trees front and back. 

It is much lighter inside now ~ perfect for enjoying the interplay of light throughout the day. Here in late summer/early fall a beautiful golden light comes in from these western windows which I love…


Iteration #1: I love to sit here with a cup of tea and while away an afternoon…The one pillow is turned sideways and is just where it needs to be for good back support.


Iteration #2: The first go-round I forgot all about having this knit throw and the pillows had been put away in our armoire. So glad I thought of them and pulled them out! Really love this spot now… You can see last month’s PC sharing a cloche here.


My reading spot and what I’ve done

  • slipcovers I already made dropcloth and matelassé slipcovers about six years ago for our two settees. You can find out how to make some for yourself in this five-part series beginning here.
  • pillows At the beginning of this year I found the nubby cream pillow (L) slipcover at a store going out of business for 75% off. Great buy!
  • a nubby knit throw this creamy knit throw came from the same store’s going out of business sale.
  • a second pillow The more patterned cream pillow with corner tassels is from Magnolia Market.
  • Bringing in color The bee skep pillow is from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.
  • basket with decor a round basket sits on our coffee table with its pop of green and pumpkin for fall.
  • a tall standing lamp is positioned behind the library table for evening and early morning reading.
  • nix the ottoman the coffee table takes the ottoman’s place and is ideal for putting one’s feet up to read or to enjoy candles or a gas fire in the fireplace.

I shot these photographs as the sun was rapidly going down so I’ve brightened some of these photos up a bit for you. I left the top one purposely darker to share the view out the back window: A bit of the garden beyond with a new garden trellis Mr. Ethereal just hung for me this past weekend ~ part of our fall house projects. Our tall lady statue is now sitting infront and can just be seen in an upcoming photo.





Past reading nooks…

Of course we have had various reading nooks over the years depending upon where we lived. In our Prairie Home (our big RV) our kitchen window sill was often a reading “library” as was a small plant stand, which was also in the trailer.


This post about creating a library in small spaces can be found
here.


Under the slipcover, this is what that settee looks like.
One of my favorite photographs is of my daughter Amy as we were enjoying an evening of reading with candlelight at our last home in California. It is definitely my favorite reading spot photo! 💝 


She is all grown up now and looking to buy her first house soon which makes me excited to help her decorate when she is ready!


I am last this month so swing on back up to Cindy at County Road 407 to continue our Pinterest Challenge Book Nook tour. I know you will love the reading spot she has created for you… Do check out everyone’s reading nooks and bookmark this post to come back to for future inspiration! 📚



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Happy reading, dear friends,