Thursday, January 5, 2012

A new start!

I love the start of every new year, when we have a fresh slate to work on.
May we be able to fill the blanks, with love and laughter.

Waste no tears upon the blotted record of lost years but turn the leaf and smile, oh smile to see the fair white pages that remain to thee ~ E. W. Wilson

For the first time in years, I am packing away our Christmas decorations early.
The reason for this is, we are going to start on decorating our lounge.
It is time for a change as the green wallpaper is now past its best by date, will hopefully be replaced with a clean, white palette that will brighten and lighten up the room.

There are so many different whites, grey whites, white whites, creamy whites and it is just getting the right one that will look good in our room.
So we are taking a vote as to which one we like the best, as even by day and night, they can look quite different. 
I look forward to showing you when it is all finished.

Hope that you are enjoying your  week and the start of the year.


  1. Lovely post, Carolyn!! I look forward to seeing your refreshed lounge :)

    Happy New Year!!!


  2. Happy New Year!
    Wishing you much happiness and joy in 2012.

    I'll look forward to seeing your new decor ~ I'm sure it will be lovely.


  3. Your renovation plans sound great, Carolyn! I look forward to seeing your "new" lounge.

  4. Enjoy your day Carolyn !
    Greetings from France...


  5. I do hope the reno goes well. I have a new Year wish to take the wallpaper off my lounge walls and paint them this year as well. Although mine wont be during the summer.
    Mine are pale green and I'm going for a just off sort of white. I haven't chosen yet. I will look forward to see what colour you use.

  6. Dear Carolyn
    A wonderful post! The first picture I really like!
    Happy New Year and all the best!
    Hugs Yvonne

  7. Dearest Carolyn,

    What about the center row, center? I always love a warm, creamy white instead of the harsh white or blueish, grayish whites. It lifts us up more, like candle light creates that perfect ambiance. A tad of a golden glow.
    You will manage to pick one out that is right. Good luck with the task of making it nice again.
    Love to you,


  8. Carolyn, I will be so happy to see your room when completed! Cheering you on.

    All the best to you and yours,

  9. White are indeed hard to choose as they do look so different depending on the light. I look forward to seeing your new lounge!

  10. Dear Carolyn,
    what a lovely post!
    I look forward to see your new decorations everywhere!
    I put my christmas stuff away at the weekend. Time for springflowers and freh colours in the house ;O)

    Sending you love and hugs,

  11. Hi Carolyn! Enjoy your room revamp! I have a few painting jobs on the agenda as well:)

  12. I love new beginnings too Carolyn - there's something about turning the corner of one year and starting afresh - full of hope about new beginnings!

    I've got a passion for grey/white right now, it all depends on furnishings, carpets etcet too....

    Look forward to seeing what you do!


  13. Best wishes Carolyn, for a wonderful New Year!!! Have fun with your re-decorating!! Hugs Robyn

  14. Happy New Year to you & yours, dear Carolyn!

    Busy here - Three Kings festival!

    XOXO Lola & Nora:)

  15. PS almost forgot little message left for you at end of my previous (NYE) post!

    In haste,

    XOXO Lola:)

  16. Love from me darling !!

  17. YES! A NEW START MY DEAR! ABSOLUTELY. Thank you precious friend for coming to visit me...and that DARLING Christmas card is still sitting on my sofa table, adorning my world. THANK YOU SOOOOOO MUCH for YOU!


  18. Happy New Year Carolyn! Best Wishes to you and your family.

    A fresh start in your lounge will be fun. Most of my rooms are painted with a light cream color. I love the brightness it gives the room and makes the room so bright. Some people think it is plain, but I'd rather put the decorations into the furniture and accents. Cream color goes with everything. Have fun!!

  19. New walls to look forward to, how lovely. Change is good.

  20. What fun....I redid my kitchen and painted it white when we moved in to our new home...whites can be tricky. I picked out one and the painter started and I had to stop him because it was just not right...hope you find the right one. I finally did... I love my kitchen now!


  21. Dear Carolyn, Happy New Year , best wishes and have a beautiful ideas with decorating.

  22. A good start of the year to decorating your lounge. I look forward to follow this.

  23. Happy new year, Carolyn! I love the brand new start that we get at the beginning of every year. Good luck refreshing your lounge! Can't wait to see the results :) xoxo

  24. Dear Carolyn,
    I hope you will enjoy decorating your lounge, and I will love to see the result, when finished.
    Thanks for all good wishes- I send them all back to you.
    HUGS, Dorthe

  25. Carolyn,
    Your renovation sounds lovely! White (or shades of it) always brighten up a room.
    Wishing you a wonderful 2012,
    Monica xo

  26. Ah! the White Paint Game! My favorite whites have come from the Ralph Lauren paint line. I am not sure if they still are available. I just use my paint chips and have it made from there.

    What is your favorite paint company, as far as color?
    It will be fun to see your process in your lounge. It is going to be fabulous I know.


  27. Ah Ha! the White Paint Game! I hope you show photos of the process. this is fun! :)


  28. Good luck finding the perfect "white" ...

  29. I love a clean slate, Carolyn. An opportunity to do better, start a project with enthusiasm or do something you've always wanted to do.
    Happy New Year to you and yours!
    Will love watching your decorating project. Such fun!

  30. Dear Carolyn
    A new year is just the best moment for a change at home and in our life

  31. HI Carolyn,

    I`m looking forward to see your new lounge! I understand, it is so difficult to choose the right white:)

    Yes, new white page, new start:) I really hope, that new year would give much joy and happiness for everyone!

    Hugs, Marge

  32. Wishing you a Happy New Year!!! I hope it is AMAZING!!!

  33. Yes, the new year is when we can start afresh. Hope your wallpaper changing is going well.
    Wish you and your family a very Happy and Joyful 2012 Carolyn:)
    Looking forward to your blog in the new year:)

  34. Hi Carolyn, Oh I love fresh starts too. Sounds like your project is going to be wonderful. Yes, there are so many shades of white but so refreshing and crisp.
    Looking forward to your redesign. It seems we are all up to a new look this year. Lots of work, but so rewarding.
    Enjoy the process.
    Hugs, CM

  35. how exciting!!! a fresh new start!

  36. Dear Carolyn
    Thank you so much for coming over to visit and your kind words.
    I can't wait to see the finished room...

  37. Sounds good Carolyne, redecorating fits so well to the start of a new year! I want to makeover our hallway - let's see! Have a lovely sunday!

  38. Greetings Carolyn,
    *haPPy2012* amazing
    how fast time is going...
    love that you noticed the
    paua shell inside my
    Pearl white is one of
    my fav.whites,have FuN:)
    All the best,

  39. Happy New Year girlfriend! Looking forward to another wonderful year spent with you here in blogland!

  40. Hi Carolyn, So nice to see you this evening. Hope your project is coming along. I will not start our wall painting till the weekend.
    Been sort of spinning my wheels the last week, but hoping to get my act together this week.

    Looking forward to seeing your redo. I know it will be gorgeous. Have a great week dear friend and thanks again for the kind email.


  41. Happy new year, dear friend. It is always a bit sad put away the Christmas decoration, yes, but it is also exciting to start a new year, isn't it? :-)

    Thanks for sharing with us your sweet thoughts. Sorry for my bad English, I send a very big hug from the far Spain :-)

  42. Hi Carolyn!

    I agree every new year is like a new start and i feel myself full oh hope and happiness!
    Hope your new year will be amazing!

  43. I love the start of a brand new year too Carolyn...Gives me hope for the fresh start. I can't wait to see your lounge all done. Big first project of the year. Have fun painting...Sending you a great big hug.

    Much love,

  44. I love that quote Carolyn. Isn't it wonderful to know that not only the fact we have a new year to fill, but that every day is a clean white page.
    Oh I can't wait to see your renovations Carolyn. It will be beautiful, I'm sure. It's always hard work to re-decorate, but worth it when it's done.
    sending hugs....

  45. That's a wonderful spirit. To put the past behind you and look straight to the future. Not get caught in regrets. Happy belated new year for you, dear Carolyn. Hope this year would be magical, full of dreams and new adventures!

  46. Happy 2012 to you and yours dear Carolyn.;)
    I agree with you, there is nothing like a fresh start.;) I too took my decorations down earlier than I am used to.
    Good luck with your home improvement project.;))

  47. Happy New Year dear friend! I am doing a little bit of catching up with my blogland friends before things get hectic again. I look forward to seeing your newly decorated lounge!



  48. I love new start too,so many new ideas and plans!happy new year!

  49. I hope 2012 is off to a lovely start for you, dearest Carolyn.
    Happy hugs for the sweetest dreams, as it is almost midnight in your part of the world this very moment.
    Have a fabulous Friday ahead sweet friend xxxx

  50. Dear Carolyn,your post is wonderful!!!!
    Big Hugs

  51. Happy New Year!

    I hope the decorating goes well!

  52. Happy New Year!

    I think we are on the same track. I'm heading out today to get paint samples for my bedroom that we just did a quick re-do on. We didn't have time to paint before the holidays...too much pressure in picking colors if you know what I mean ;) It's hard to see your colors but I think I like the bottom two and the middle one the best. I know it will look fantastic when your done. Looking forward to it!

    Wishing you a wonderful day.

    Hugs ~ Jenn

  53. Yes, the New Year is for possibilities, dreams, and blessings. I am looking forward to seeing your new project. It's always nice to have a changed room, and it's fun to decorate!
    ~Sheri at Red Rose ALley

  54. Just got back from my summer holidays so popping by to wish you a Happy New Year & I hope all your dreams come true in 2012

  55. I found your blog this morning and I am enjoying your post. I really love your quote for the New Year!
    I am looking forward to reading more! (Love your bears!)

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