1/29/2013: Dreaming of Spring!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

After shoveling 8" of new snow in 10 degrees, I'm settled in my big, comfy chair dreaming of Spring. Winter is just not my favorite time of year. I feel confined and restless. I am itching to get the garage cleaned out and work on much larger pieces. I would like to hit the garage sales to buy old pieces of furniture that I can repurpose and upcycle. I love Shabby Chic but I also love Primitives. I love those very cool Tiny Houses and Cabins. I love Vintage Kitsch but I also love the soothing feel of a spare space filled with light, shades of white, with accents of soft blues, grays, and browns. What can I say? I'm a Gemini! I have lots of fun ideas.

When I was living on my own before I married Mr. Virgo, I had the house decorated in what I called "English Country Cottage" and what my soon-to-be husband called "Early American Garage Sale". I thought it was beautiful and there are parts of it that I miss. We came home from our honeymoon and painted the great room and breakfast nook and moved in our "new" furniture. A friend of mine was building a home in Hilton Head and didn't want to move her furniture. And she had beautiful, top name furniture. I was thrilled to be able to buy an over stuffed down sofa and three wing-backed recliners for the living room and an Lexington table with 6 Henredon chairs for the dining room for $4000! I had never had such beautiful furniture. It is very "Ralph Lauren" looking and I felt decidedly grown up after getting it all put together.

Our new furnishings do not feed my soul's need for the Shabby Chic look. I love the shop in Flatiron Crossing Mall near Boulder called Cozy Cottage I walk in that store and my heart starts to flutter, my eyes can't take things in fast enough, and if I could get my mail delivered there (and get Mr. Virgo to agree to it) I would sleep in the French Room and just walk around and touch things all day. We could go across the way and cook at Williams Sonoma! What a wonderful little fantasy! Alas, since that's not going to happen, I am going to need to create my own Shabby Chic creations in my studio for others to enjoy. In the meantime, I'm browsing Pinterest and the net for ideas and techniques that I can use. OK, in some ways, I love this time of year!


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