Monday, April 4, 2016


As many of you know, for many years I had a lot
 of Victorian furniture but about 3 years ago I
 was ready for a change and my husband spent
  quite a bit of time painting many pieces shabby chic. 
 I still have some dark pieces though so in our 
new house we have an area I am calling
 my "Victorian Parlor".  It is really  intended 
as a sort of dining area with a gas fireplace
 as part of the kitchen but I am using it differently.

Our poor Victrola is sitting there with a broken castor foot.  We will be moving it to the tea room downstairs and putting a clock there on the wall.  We do have 4-5 things that will need repair from our move,  but not one cup or saucer got broken.  I have all of my teasets and dishes unpacked.  See the kitchen
ceiling light fixture - well it will have to go - down the line.

This is my funny picture as we got
 new phones
 this week and they
are driving us crazy.
Just look at my poor husband trying
to figure his out:

The pussy willow out front is almost at the end of it's bloom
and it is huge - I can't wait to show you the garden area I
have created out front.  I spent 3 days this week digging and
have the back pain to prove it.  I really love my new home.
  It is a relaxed cottage style I was looking for
 and holds a lot of promise.

Look at that poor man!

Now this is a little of this and that:

 I will be sharing more about our home where we have 
only lived for a little over 2 weeks.  We have been going 
from one thing to the next and so many 
things to change when you move.  
The little tin desk box and the linen runner below 
were treasures I found while antiquing back in 
Colorado as we were
 getting ready to move.

Thanks to all who have participated in past blog
 parties and please feel free to share below!

In all my business of moving - I almost forgot to
link with others!  Here are some parties
I am linking with:
Tuesday Cuppa Tea
The Art of Homemaking Mondays
No Place Like Home
Tea Cup Tuesday
Let's Talk Vintage
Vintage Charm


kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Oh Bernideen, you and your hubby have done so much work and it's looking beautiful! I love the idea of the Victorian Parlor, so cozy and near your kitchen. It's all looking so pretty and even above your kitchen cabinets, it's all decorated. Thanks for sharing your progress and thanks for hosting.

Anonymous said...

Bernideen, Oh I love your parlor area! So much nicer than a dining room setting. You have accomplished so much in just two weeks. We have been in our new home almost 10 months and things are not quite where I'd want them yet. I have been looking a dining room furniture and can't seem to settle on one. We sold our old one before we moved and we've been using an older one that the previous owners left. It's ok but not what I would choose. Thank you for inspiring me!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Good morning dear Bernideen,
You're getting there! One of the first things I noticed was the Rose Chintz coffee pot above your cabinets. It looks right at home in your cottage. That is one of the things I love about the pattern is that it fits into cottage and shabby chic so well yet it's pretty enough for a formal table setting. I feel for your hubby. I don't like getting used to new gadgets either. But don't we feel great when we figure it out! Wishing you years of bliss in your new home, my friend. Thanks for hosting and enjoy your day.


Antiques And Teacups said...

What a great job you've done already! You HAVE been busy! And I know what you mean about the husband gave up and now knows how to answer & hang up, and that's it...and doesn't have one of his own. Your collections look wonderful and I love your sitting area! Thanks so much for hosting!

Daniela said...

My dearest, wonderful Bernideen,
I don't know how your home in Colorado Spring was, but this is truly stunning ... your parlour is simply gorgeous ... and how about all the work you've done during these last days ... well, probably your husband need a little of relax {{smiles}} !
You live in such a cozy, old stylish home, congrats on your good taste !

Thanking you for hosting me also today at your exciting party, sweetest friend of mine, and hoping that your week is off to a great start, I wish you beautiful days to come,
sending blessings to you


Anonymous said...

What a beautiful home. I see lots of inspiration!

Sandi Magle said...

You have done so much Bernideen already. I'm staring at my furniture in the new bedroom and constantly moving accessories's such a new space. And I have two blank walls screaming for something and it's all in a pile on the floor.

Congrats, love the parlor look...will be fun to see how it evolves. Grins, Sandi

Nora @ Teacup Tales said...

You certainly have accomplished a great deal! Your decor looks wonderful. It's always fun to put out new treasures. I'm surprised you even have had time to work in your garden. Very impressive! Now it is time to relax and rest your back.

Debbie - Mountain Mama said...

Your home looks so lovely already, Bernideen, and I can't wait to see your new garden! Ha ha we both hurt our backs this week creating new gardens....aren't we silly?

Deanna Rabe - Creekside Cottage Blog said...

Your house is lovely, and I like that you made that area into a sitting area!

Can't wait to see what you've been doing in your garden!

Johanna Gehrlein said...

Dear Bernideen,
I read you already mooved and you unpacked all your tea cups! Whow, amazing in this short time. Your new home looks very comfortable and cozy. I am sure its a lot of work to make a cozy home in a new house. Thank you for sharing the first sights and for hosting this event.
Best greetings, Johanna

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

Your new home looks lovely and changes always need to claim it as your own. Wish I could join in on the party but been sick and didn't post for over a week. See you next time.

organicgardendreams said...

Dear Bernideen, again, I am amazed how far you have come already in making your new house a home. I really love your Victorian sofa. The woodwork seems to be exquisite!
I am looking forward to seeing photos from your garden. Can't wait!
As always thanks for hosting your blog party!
Warm regards,

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Thanks so much for hosting!! Love the fact that you have your "Victorian Parlor" right off the Kitchen!! And what beautiful pieces you have used to create it!! You definitely have done a lot of work making your new house a home......

Anonymous said...

Everything is looking great Bernideen. I'm glad to hear you are enjoying your new home. Poor hubby and you with those new phones. You need to find a 12 year old to explain it all to you.

Two Cottages And Tea said...

Your new home looks so cozy and inviting! You are a fast worker! Even doing gardening! What a darling parlor with your beautiful fireplace and your sofa I love! Your new kitchen looks so bright and cheery and your dining area so lovely too with all the windows! Wishing you sweet tea times in your new cottage!
Hugs, Nancy

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Hi Bernideen! So glad you are happy with your new home! Can't wait to see what you have been up to outside! I enjoyed you and Keith at Church on Sunday! :)

Martha said...

I like your Victorian room! At least the furniture can be fixed but tea cups can't! Glad none of them are broken! You are really getting settleldl in. I am amazed at how much you have done! Great job! Looking forward to a visit in the future!

Margie said...

You've made amazing progress over the past 2 weeks,Bernideen! Kudos to your hubby's serious packing skills which got the teacups and teapots safely to Missouri. I can just imagine the countless cups of teas enjoyed in your Victorian parlor. I have a desk fetish and I love the 2 drop-down desks in your last mosaic. Thanks for hosting and good luck with the new phones!

Penny @ Penny's Vintage Home said...

Your Victorian parlor is lovely Bernideen! I can't believe how much you have got done in such a short time! Have a great week...hugs....

Unknown said...

ohhh looking good! And you found time to garden! You must feel so rejuvinated and happy now the stress of the move is over. Poor dear, maybe you should get him some tech support! Have a fun week and don't over do the gardening!

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi Bernideen: Love the new white furniture! Your home as always looked great. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

handmade by amalia said...

I enjoyed this peek into your home, everything looks so lovely.

Mimi said...

Bernideen, thankyou again. I've linked for myself and for Alby, my son again. I hope everyone enjoys the links. I too, love dark wood furniture and have staunchly resisted painting it all white. The temptation is sometimes great, but I spent so much time restoring many pieces to their natural glory, that I just can't bring myself to do! Love, Mimi xxx

Karen said...

Hi Bernideen,
Wow! You and your hubby are hardworkers! So amazing what you have accomplished in just two weeks. Everything looks perfect in your new home. I do hope that hubby figures out those new phones. I also hope that you can sit down and relax and enjoy a cup of tea in one of your pretty teacups. Thank you for hosting BTTCG. April Blessings! Karen

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Thank you so much for hosting, Bernideen. It is always such a great party. Your home is looking very well put together and so pretty. Can't wait to see more..Happy Tuesday..Judy

Michele said...

I still cannot even believe how much you've accomplished in such a short amount of time! Lookin good there, lady!

Keep up the good work! Hugs! : - )

Deanies Stash said...

I just found your party and I am happy to join this week. Thank you for hosting. Wishing you a very blessed week.

xo Dianne

Parsimonious Perfection said...

I love your seating area, it is so cozy and relaxing! I know you will be so excited when all the work is complete and you can enjoy it all! :)

Ivy, Phyllis and Me! said...

Good Evening Bernideen, I am so pleased to hear that you are settling into your new home. It does take a while, but you seem to be settling in very quickly.
How wonderful that not a single tea cup was broken and all arrived safe and sound. I have to say, that is down to your amazing packing.
I am really looking forward to seeing your garden. If your bird bath is anything to go by, I just know it is going to be beautiful.
Don't forget to take a break and put your feet up every now and again.
Best Wishes

Marilyn Miller said...

Love, love the way you set up your Victorian Parlor. Very nice! I am on that learning curve with the phone thing too.

designchic said...

It is all looking great - you've done lots of work! Hope you're having a great week!

Susan said...

We've moved so many times, I can always count on something getting broke! However, like you, none of my dishes or tea cups--which is a blessing. Isn't it nice to set down new roots, XOXO

Jean | said...

Bernideen, that is gorgeous! Can't believe how quickly you two get settled into a new home -- looks like you've lived there forever! So glad none of your china got broken -- thanks to your expert packer!

Curtains in My Tree said...

Hi Bernideen

I'll have to show you where this little thrift store is where I got my soup bowls
However you may already know about it on Ash street?

JES said...

I love the idea of creating a parlor! So warm and cozy!! Thank you for sharing with us on the Art of Home-Making Mondays right now amidst your busy schedule :)

Lilly's Mom said...

Hi Bernideen, I'm so happy that I discovered your wonderful blog. I love your design and furniture! And, thank you for hosting such a great link party. I hope you're having a wonderful weekend. My best wishes to you, Pat :)