August 23, 2016

This Time Last Year

I know that it is always best to look ahead, but for once I thought I would look back, back to last August. 

I was looking through some of my photos from this time last year and thought I would share with you. This will be a refresher story for some of you. 

I have so many new readers (for which I am very thankful)  that I thought it would be a good idea to include the pics in a recap. Plus, I look back at my older photos as a way to re-evaluate what I have done in the house...and what needs to be done. 

The downsizing process, along with re-purposing things, seems to go on forever! Of could just be me. :-) 

This time last year I was about to host my parents 65th anniversary party. I had been fixing up this and that so that the house would look nice. (They are about to celebrate their 66th in a few days.) 

My mums were on a timeline and I was hoping that they would bloom by August 28th! (They did.)

I fixed a couple of arrangements with some silk stems that I had in my stash. 

I worked all summer misting and watering my ferns so that they would be pretty for the party. 

The largest part of pre-party planning, besides the food, was recovering six chairs. All of the chairs were close to 20 years old...and needing to be freshened up some. Well, really they were overdue. :-)  

I was wanting a bit of a RL look in the great room with the over sized paisley fabric above.

And I was going for "traditional with a twist" look on the two chairs below. 

I have two matching wing chairs that flank the entry to the parlor...that I covered in a very traditional sort of damask design on white cotton. I wanted all white to go with my older white sofa. 

With having all white furniture in the parlor I can switch out pillows and accessories so much easier than before. Since this is a room that sees light duty the white works just fine. 

I am still happy about my selections...but I continue to mix and match pillows and accessories around the house to keep things fresh. 

While my chairs are old...they are really well built. It is hard to decide between purchasing new and recovering old...but in the case of these chairs, recovering was a good decision. 

Now... I  need to get busy thinking about what I want to do for fall 2016. I am procrastinating. 

I like to reuse my accessories in new ways. So, stay tuned to see what I come up with next. :-) 

Partying with...  

Ms Toody Goo Shoes
Love of Home, Sundays at Home party (Sat 8 pm linkup)
Our Southern Home, Inspiration Monday (Sunday afternoon linkup)
Life and Linda, Dishing It and Digging It Link Party
Dwellings, the Heart of Your Home, Make it Pretty Monday
Marilyn’s Treats, Over the Moon Monday
Between Naps on the Porch, Met Monday
Coastal Charm, Show and Share Monday
Julie’s Lifestyle Blog, Cooking and Crafting with J and J (Monday Linkup)
Dedicated House, Make it Pretty Monday
21 Rosemary Lane, Share Your Style Party (wed p.m.)
Marilyn’s Treats, Thursday Favorite Things Party
Between naps on the Porch, Tablescape Thursday
At Home With Jemma, Thoughts of Home on Thursday Party
French Country Cottage, Feathered Nest Friday
Rooted in Thyme, Simple & Sweet Fridays (linkup thurs)
Oh My Heartsie Girl, Friday Features
Rattlebridge Farm, Foodie Friday and Everything Else Friday
The Boondocks Blog, Sweet Inspiration Friday
Ms Toody Goo Shoes

My Kentucky Living
My Kentucky Living

Hello, I'm Sheila and my house is a giant art project! I enjoy creating an environment where my family can feel safe, secure, and loved. We are empty nesters learning to slow down and enjoy life.


  1. Everything is so beautiful!....I used to have a formal living room with all white furniture back in the mid 90's....back then everyone thought I was crazy...but I so loved it....Sold the furniture to my sister when we relocated knowing that we were not having a formal living room in our new home...I love your white furnishings...

  2. Enjoyed your look back, Sheila, and looking forward to seeing what your new projects are!

  3. Love all your Fall touches. Will you do the same thing this year because these are lovely!!

  4. Everything is SO pretty! :)

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  5. Your fall decor is so lovely. I love all those details you add. Thank you for sharing at Dishing it and Digging it link party. We love having you.

  6. Love your fall décor, Sheila! So glad to find your blog through Stone Gable link up! Would love it if you shared at our party on my blog :) Have a great week!

  7. I love the wing backed chair. It is timeless. Thank you for sharing your wonderful project at #OverTheMoon. I look forward to what you will share next week! Give yourself a standing ovation today!

  8. Hi Sheila, I like to see things reupholstered and recycled! Everything looks very nice and classic! I'm sure your parents had a wonderful party. You're so blessed to have both of them still. Thanks for sharing this post! Blessings, Janet

  9. Thanks for sharing at #ThursdayFavoriteThings. I hope to see you again next week!

  10. Congratulations! Your post was my feature pick from my Commenters at #ThursdayFavoriteThings this week. Visit me on Wednesday evening and to see your feature and grab your badge! All hosts choose their own features so be sure to return to my blog. I invite you to leave more links to be shared and commented upon.

  11. I enjoy looking back too Sheila- especially blog posts in my archive.
    What a wonderful memory you made for your parents last year :)


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