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Green Lady

I realize I’ve been absent nearly all summer and for that I apologize. My dad is 80 and has had a lot of health problems recently including a nearly month-long hospital stay during July. Needless to say, between my dad, kids and work, there hasn’t been much time to do anything worth blogging about. I do have things I want to share and, hopefully, I’ll find some time soon to tell you all about them. In the meantime, I was so excited to see my living room up on RetroRenovation today. This is the second time it’s been on there and today’s story is all about our beloved Green Lady. When J and I saw this painting in a little thrift store in Kentucky back in April 2010, we knew she had to be ours. Plus, at a mere $13.00, the price was right. The only hitch was that we had no place to put it in our house. Fast forward a month and we were unexpectedly putting a bid on our current 1956 modern ranch. We had unknowingly purchased the green lady to hang over our then non-existent fireplace. It was meant to be.

Go over to RetroRenovation to read the history behind this painting. As soon as I got home from Kentucky, I researched her story since neither J nor I had ever seen it before. To find out that she outsold the Mona Lisa was pretty astounding since ML is certainly more well known than GL. In the meantime, I’ll try to do a post later this week. My daughter, K, turned 16 in August (sniff!) and I want to show you the evolution of her room. She was 11 when we moved in and has definitely added her own spin to things.

I hope you’ve had a great summer! I want to go old-school and have you share your “What I Did This Summer” essay in the comments below.  Okay, go! Hopefully it was better than mine! (I did get to go up to the Lake this summer for 5 days, which was lovely, so I can’t completely complain.)

My Fireplace on Retro Renovation

Imagine my surprise Friday morning when I went to Retro Renovation‘s site and saw my own fireplace staring back at me.

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I was super excited about it the whole weekend.  This was an earlier picture I had uploaded during one of Pam’s weekend uploader parties, so it’s not exactly current with the tweaks I’ve made, but I’m pleased as punch about it nonetheless.

For reference, here’s the fireplace sitting area now.DSC01710

You can see my lovely new lights in the background over the table.  Also, my Shag art is up.DSC01708

That plant doesn’t have a permanent home.  It migrates and is only there for the time-being.  Once it gets warm enough it will move back outside.  Visually, I don’t really like it there but I’m always fighting myself with function over form.  I have to remind myself that we do actually live here and that’s a good place for the plant.  That’s also why I have those ugly chunky footstools.  I don’t really like those either but we are actually using that space as I’d hoped we would when I purchased them.  We sit there having coffee in the morning, chatting in the evening with a fire or reading all the time.  I also work there sometimes because it’s a change of scenery and nice to put my feet up.  So, once again, function over form.  I just want to make things look as nice as possible while we go on actually living in our house. There are some things I like better in the after pictures.  For instance, I LOVE my Shag art and  those wooden trees are a lot better in the bar than on the table, making things look a lot less cluttered.  I like the pillows with their bit of blue.

Anyway (after that weird digression), I just wanted to say thanks to Retro Renovation for featuring my fireplace on their main story all weekend.  That was swell!