Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Before, before, before, before, After!

I debated about showing ya'll this as you'll really think I need some medication! Remember, I have OCDD (obsessive compulsive decorating disorder) hee,hee,hee. But my friend, Lyd, said it would be fun to see all my phases over the past years. Plus, it will be interesting to see what your favorite is.

I decided to start my before's and after with my "Friend's Entry." All our friends enter our home through the side door. The first time you come to our home, we have you enter through the front door, but when you leave, you go through the side. I've always liked that saying, "enter as a stranger and leave as a friend." So are ya ready? Here we go.

The "Frou Frou" phase complete with pink accents, yellow walls, crystal fringes and lace curtains.

The "Minimalist, I'm soooo over cleaning and polishing all that crystal sparkly stuff" phase.

The "bye bye yellow walls and oooo la la, I like all this French garden decorating stuff going on" phase

The "white and fleur de lis" phase

and finally today, the "Country Cottage" phase.



I'm really loving the warm and welcoming feel that this look has. Most of the pieces came from thrift shops. I love the hammered aluminum and have been collecting some pieces. But, in keeping true to my word this year about buying art or handmade things, I purchased the picture above the bench from artist, Jeri Landers of Hopalong Hollow. I just had to have one of her prints. I adore her work and she is also a critter lover and has a truly wonderful blog. She reminds me of Tasha Tudor. Hop over and visit her. You won't be disappointed.

I think this piece has the perfect saying for my "friends entry." Jeri also has some wonderful pieces featuring quilts! I'm saving my pennies for one of those too!

Well there ya go. I know, I know... I'm nuts, but I do have fun! ;)  I'm interested to know which one is your favorite.

xx, shell, sugie and harrington

50 comments:

Vroomans' Quilts said...

I must say the last 'phase' I like the best, but that is how I know you now. You could come decorate for me - I have been the same for 20 yrs. A few changes with the kitchen as that is where the most activity is.

d. moll, l.ac. said...

That's a pretty amazing tour and it was just one room. Love the Dutch bun picture too, where is that from?

Sherri said...

Shell, I liked all the phases, but the last one is one of my favs!

Donna Bartley said...

I love the country cottage phase...comfy, laid-back, inviting...

Donna B

Penny said...

Country cottage! Do you have different look for different seasons of the year ?
Love them all:)

LadyV said...

Hi, I just found your blog and I enjoyed the phases. I love decorating too; I like to change things around seasonally.

I like all of your phases but my favorites are your last two phases.
Very inviting!

JCnNC said...

Wonderful glimpses of the evolution of your phases. I definitely like the last cottage look - and with white walls you can add any colors you want for a totally different look. Thanks for sharing. Judy C

Lavender Rabbit said...

All the phrases are simply gorgeous, my favs are the last two with the last being one I would actually love to sit in for a bit :)

Lin said...

This last phase has alot of color compared to the others. Even though I'm partial to french country and garden, I'm liking this last phase.
BTW - we have the same rule. First time thru the front door, after that, thru the side door. Unfortunately I have yet to decorate that area. You have given me some inspiration!

Lin in Phx

The Fab Furs said...

The "Country Cottage" phase seems warmer than the all-white schemes and easier to maintain tan the frou-frou. And somehow it is always possible to incorporate bunnies into any decorating scheme. Are there more overstuffed places for Harrington to explore?

Rabbit Hill Primitives said...

What a gorgeous print! Being a long time Tasha Tudor fan (in the sidebar at the end of my blog is a video of her garden)this is right up my alley! Love seeing all your phases. The country cottage and the "fleur de lis" phase are my favorites. I'm really jealous of your entry way! I have a cape cod and you walk right into the steps leading upstairs. Have a great day!! Jenn

Staci said...

I like your current version. Seems so homey and warm and charming! Thanks for showing all the photos, I really enjoyed seeing them!

Sheila said...

Beautiful room pics. I love all the phases but the last one is my favorite.Thanks for sharing.

Lisa said...

I like the minimalist and the country cottage! But all are really beautiful. I must say I really do admire your ability to keep things white or even just light colored.

StitchinByTheLake said...

This last look is definitely my favorite. It looks like a place I'd like to sit and rest and read a book. :) blessings, marlene

Petal49 said...

Love them all, you have such a talent, but the last is my favourite. Such a beautiful place to relax and read a book or stitch a quilt or two!

Barb said...

I do love the last look even though they were all wonderful...so if you enter the front door and then leave by the front door....oooopsssss not a friend there!!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Shell,

It was interesting seeing all your different phases of your entrance.
Loved them all and especially the Country cottage phase, this looks so comfortable and would like to sit on the sofa. The sampler is so beautiful too.

Happy day
Hugs
Carolyn

Sheila said...

Definitely the country cottage , I am a country girl so it speaks welcome to me , love it !

Sheila said...

Definitely the country cottage , I am a country girl so it speaks welcome to me , love it !

Fiona said...

I love all of the 3 last phases - All are lovely. I am afraid that I siffer fromthe same disease.... Only sicussed last night what we could do with the ormal dining room we never use - Who knows what it will end up being.

Hugs - Fee X

Jade said...

Country Cottage for sure--it's warm and inviting and colorful, like a good friend should be. :)

Natascha said...

My fave is the country cottage. Warm and inviting. Love the color! :)

Debora said...

I like the newest look the best! I think it's cozy and interesting and homey and a place to spend some time. :o)

Lyn said...

Definitely like the last one best; cozy is one of the first things that comes to mind when I describe my favorite kind of house. Love the bun picture above the light switches!

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

Oh my that is the wicker love seat that I have been looking for for ever so long------
Love all the looks--but of course the last one is more 'me' --you are changing right before my eyes dear friend!!!!
Oh and those quilt blocks in Mondays post--I just can't wait to see where you are going with them????
Hugs, Di and miss gracie

nonniescedarchest said...

As much as I love the clean look of the next to last one (because I can never get a clean look in my house) I really love the country cottage the best. It says, "sit a spell ~ I am glad you are here.

Clovie Boy said...

The Country Cottage is my favorite too. I'd like to know where you got that Dutch bunny picture too!

Ann Marie said...

I like most of them, just wish I had the time and energy to do that to my house too. Keep the pics coming, the are making me want to redo mine too.

Diane Duda said...

Hey it's my new facebook friend! :)
I have to agree I love the current phase the bestest!!!

Rabbits' Guy said...

Yup .. yur nuts. =:<)

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Love the look, girlfriend! Beautiful!
TTYS,
xoxo
Donna

Allie said...

Um Shell, can you come over and zap my whole house? I LOVE the new look - very welcoming!!!!!

Jenny of Elefantz said...

I can see myself in each one as I reflect on the changes of my own styles over the years, but I like the 'bye bye yellow walls' and 'country cottage' the best.
LOVE your entry....now how do I get from here to there for a visit???
Hugs
Jenny
xxx

DebbieM said...

Country all the way! I am a country/rustic/1/2 primitive decorator. I really like the last photo and what a nice area in your home. Beautiful.

Deb said...

I love the clean lines of the Minimalist but I am a bit of a country girl so I'd say the present one. The only thing to improve is have a bunny sitting there. Love your blog, Shel. Hugs, Deb=^..^=x5

Rachel S said...

I liked them all too, the last one is really warm and cozy!

Madame Samm said...

HI Shell...easy peasy..last one is my fav...the contrast of dark and ivory, gives it ooooomph...class..homey, comfortable serene....yes serene..

Anneke Potgieter said...

Hi Shell love all the rooms, but the Country Phase is more my style and liking.

Nora said...

I like 'em all, but the last one has more balance. Looks great!
♥hugs♥

{PS - my word verification today is TROOTHAT! *LOL*}

KatCollects said...

It's so fun to see all the changes, they are all beautiful!
Hugs,
Kathy

Gloria J W said...

Hi Shell....I quite liked the pretty "Frou frou" room, and sorry but I am definitely NOT miminalist so the next two were not me, but the last one is such a winner. How could anyone not be inspired when you open the door!! How welcoming is that...I'd definitely keep that look....well... until inspiration attacks you again, and who knows where?
Hugs

Kris said...

Shell - I love your now look - the Country Cottage - and I love all the COLOR!!! Oh, my!!! Kris

Jillayne said...

The latest one is my favourite, by far really. Warm and welcoming is right!
What I really want to know is, how long did it take you to go through all these phases?

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

I Loved all the phases! But I'm going to say my favorite is the last one. LOVE the Dutch Bunny! That is a beautiful area you have to work with and I LOVE the color of the walls too. It's such a warm inviting spot!
Hugs to you,
Donna

E Roach said...

So beautiful! I'm so glad you've taken pictures throughout the years and changes!!

I have to say that I'm partial to the "white and fleur-de-lis" phase, because my sorority's symbols were the fleur-de-lis and the key!!

The Prim ~n~ Proper Shoppe said...

Hi, Shell! New fans here. Found you by way of The Farmers Attic. :) Anyway, love this post! What a FANTASTIC lil' space you have to play with here! Wow! I have to say that *my* personal fave is the last "Country Cottage" phase. Of course, I'm partial to prim decor, so it just goes without saying. lol BUT, I also really love the "Minimalist..." phase. So crisp, clean and GORGEOUS! Heck, they're all great, but those two are TOPS in my book. ;) Love 'em!

~Morgan of The Prim ~n~ Proper Shoppe.

Draffin Bears said...

Happy birthday, sweet Shell.
hope that you have a fabulous day
from you friend in NZ
Sending hugs & love
Carolyn xo

Crafty Green Poet said...

Happy Birthday, Michelle! Hope you're having a lovely day!

Sarah said...

Yes, love the Country Cottage 'Phase'! So cosy and inviting.

Glad I stopped on by, after reading Debora's blog.

Hugs, Sarah x