Monday, July 29, 2013

At long last!

It's been a busy weekend here, but lovely.

I know it seems like forever since we began our lounge makeover, but we are almost there and I can breath a sigh of relief. It did not help with the first effort of the wallpaper, {sigh} which sadly we had to tear off and get the gib stopper back again  ... all good fun!
It only took some friends that we invited for a little dinner party on Saturday evening, to get into top gear and motivate us into getting the room finished,  it was lovely to have guests back in our house again.
There are still a few more things to finish ... rugs for the floor and shutters for the windows, that we are getting made and to hang a few more paintings and pictures up.

I unpacked some of the boxes that the china had been stored away, washed everything and they are now back on the antique kauri dresser.

We are loving the new look ... the white { Magnolia blush} is fresh  and with the sun shinning in, makes the room bright and warm. Even on a winters day I have had to throw open the French doors, as it gets a little too cozy. The white wooden floors are fabulous to clean and I am happy that we did not go for carpet. Will share some more soon .

Thank you so much for stopping by.
Hope your weekend has been lovely and now wishing you a happy new week


  1. Carolyn, your room looks so lovely. I'm glad you Christened it with a dinner party.

  2. It's looking gorgeous Carolyn ... SO light and cheery and I think you've made the right choice with white timber floorboards they are beautiful. Hoping your week is going well. xx

  3. Love the new look..awesome my Dear friend..enjoy..hugs and smiles Gloria

  4. Dearest Carolyn,
    So glad you are finally getting to the last stages of remodeling your lounge! That will be a happy moment for marking it off your list of to do things! So far things look really nice and yes, we too are glad we have no more carpet in our entire home! We're looking forward to finishing our balcony. The rails for the balusters have to come in by truck, all the way from Texas because of their 12 feet (3.60 m) lengths. Let's hope they arrive coming week and we can finally finish that project as well.

  5. Dear Carolyn,
    how happy you must be now :O)
    Oh, it looks wonderful and fresh, your lounge! I love your blue China!
    And how nice to have guests again back in your lovely home!
    You see, it was worth all the work, now everything is lovely and fresh again!
    Have a happy and wonderful new week,
    sending much love and hugs,
    Claudia :O)

  6. Hi Carolyn,

    How exciting to be making progress! Your room looks lovely and I understand the beauty of the hardwoods vs. the carpet. So glad you had the opportunity to enjoy this updated space with friends;)


  7. So beautiful, the room is lovely.
    I love the black fireplace, and the
    mirror is wonderful. Good work.

  8. Hi Carolyn! Your room looks gorgeous.I love the dresser and the white floors:) Have a lovely week!
    ~Anne xx

  9. oh caroly, i like it. it loooks like fresh & clear ! very, very beautiful!
    many greetings

  10. so pretty, the room is looking so beautiful <3
    lovely fire place :)
    big hugs
    love & smiles x

  11. Your room looks lovely after the hard work of the make over. Unpacking the china and being able to have a little dinner party with friends must have been a nice
    emotion. xx

  12. Blessings and much love. I love all of your photographs and all that you share.
    Love Jeanne

  13. Looks so fabulous - congratulations!

    Have a lovely week ahead,

    XOXO Lola & Nora:)

    PS Have mug in the same design as the blue plates in last pic!

  14. Hi dear Carolyn!
    Here in Italy has been a very very hot weekend ...
    Have a nice new week!

  15. CAROLYN! YOUR HOUSE! WOWOWOWOOWO! Your fireplace mantle resembles mine, only mine is white! And your lovely fresh! Sometimes wall paper doesn't work out. And it's a lot of work taking it off, isn't it?

    Happy Monday! Anita

  16. The room is looking wonderful!!



  17. It looks beautiful, Carolyn! Can't wait to see more!! The things we accomplish when we HAVE to, LOL


  18. I love the floor. So fresh and still so cozy. It's lovely. :)

  19. Carolyn,
    It lovely to see your lounge make over. The colours look so fresh and your blue china is so pretty. I would love a fire place like that too!
    Sarah x

  20. Such a beautiful room. I love the fireplace and those blue dishes in the last photo are so pretty.

  21. Hi Carolyn, Your redo looks amazing and I love all the beautiful details you have added. The white floors are gorgeous!! I am in love with the black fireplace too. Your hutch with your beautiful dishes ready to use and display is stunning. You sure have worked hard and created a beautiful and inviting space in your wonderful home. Thank you for sharing. Sounds like you enjoyed a nice time with friends in your new room.
    Have a great week.
    Hugs, Celestina Marie

  22. Oh Carolyn..i am so happy for you!!!
    Happy happy happy.
    Your room looks welcoming. So glad for you that you have unboxed items. Wonderful.

    I will be doing back flips when my Kitchen is completed.

  23. ciao carolyn,

    It's so nice to have some change in the house ! beautiful the white wooden floor and your china .
    Now take some rest , and enjoy

    have a nice week


  24. Looks so lovely! Very comfortable and welcoming.

    There's nothing like having guests over to get me motivated too. hehe.

  25. It looks so good! I really love the cute cat plate set. Hope you're having a great day!
    xo Hannah

  26. Dearest Carolyn,

    wow... a fabulous make over!. love those china so much.
    your black fire place so french look..
    surely a hard work to make over all.
    wishing you a nice week

  27. So beautiful!
    Love the china!


  28. Carolyn,
    Your lounge looks so lovely. The black fireplace looks very nice against the white walls. I bet it so fun for you having a dinner party for your friends knowing that the work was all finished. I love that blue china. For some reason, blue tea cups are the prettiest to me. My wedding china was even in blue.

    So glad you're done with the room. It looks great. I love that antique dresser.


  29. Hi Carolyn,

    I am so happy that finally you have made your room up and it looks absolutely lovely. The floors have a pristine shine that is hard to miss and the warmth of the room is inviting. Love it.

    Wish you a wonderful week ahead. :)

  30. Dear Carolyn!
    It looks very cosy in your home and I like the white walls.
    I hope you' re well!.
    I make a little summer break in the Provence and I don' t want to sit in
    front of the pc when I am in the country of my dreams...
    I think you understand me ...
    I wish you a sunny happy autumn in your lively home with your lovely husband!
    We will see us Carolyn!
    With love,

  31. Morning Carolyn! Seems you had a very busy weekend but you did a really great job! The new look is awesome, love the white wooden floors, it makes the room even brighter! Have a great day dear, hugs! xo

  32. Nothing like guests coming that inspires you to finish your decorating! Great job, Carolyn. I do love the white floors...had dark wood in my last house, but white marble came with this one. Just a couple throw rugs and it's done.
    Have a wonderful rest-of-the-week!
    Big hug!

  33. Hi,Carolyn,
    Wow! your room looks so lovely! Congratulations to the beautiful works, everything! I believe it is so cozy to be in your room.
    Wish you a happy week ahead.

  34. Dear Carolyn,
    Even if it need many times, your rooms looks adorable: comfy and elegant!
    You really did an amazing job!
    Have a sweet week!

  35. Dearest Carolyn,
    the new look of your lounge is really beautiful and cozy!
    I'm so sorry to hear that you had problems with the wallpaper and had to remove it again. (I didn't quite understand what problems or what is a "gib stopper", but I hope you got it under control!) Wonderful to hear that you once again can enjoy nice dinner party evenings with friends in your pretty home!

    Warmest Rusty-Rose-Regards,

  36. Hello dear Carolyn,
    Oh it all looks so pretty! I love the white wooden floors.. I would have never thought of white wood. I must keep that in mind.. Love it! Oh how I love your blue plates.
    Thank you for wandering over to visit Bella, and leaving such a sweet note..
    Wishing you a beautiful week..

  37. Hi carolyn. Nice to hear about you. Your make over looks great, so refreshing. You did a really great job.

  38. Dearest Carolyn,
    Oh My!!! How great to see your remodeling went such gorgeously and had almost finished, my friend(^_^)v
    Reminded me of the long pressures we had we we expanded my husband hobby room. But I presume you must have a feeling of great accomplishment!!!
    So Sorry for my belated comment, haha bit down with heat from weeding under the scorching sun at my empty house.

    Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

  39. I love the makeover, Carolyn!

    So cozy and welcoming and the fireplace must be the highlight of this room. Enjoy it to the full!xx

  40. So so lovely, you must be very pleased now. Suzy x

  41. The room's looking fabulous Carolyn, and I love the white floor!

  42. I love your beautiful blue and white vignette, dear Carolyn....and the dining room is so light and fresh....I can imagine how much you are enjoying it!!

    Thank you so much for stopping by! I have to tell you, we've been enjoying the most delectable New Zealand apples this past week, and the world feels so much cozier knowing I have a blog friend there... :)))

    Hugs and blessings,
    - Irina

  43. the room looks wonderful! Very bright and airy

  44. it's lovely Carolyn, what a wonderful space, to entertain and enjoy. Love the white flooring, and the freshness of it. x

  45. beautiful,beautiful, beautiful....!
    many greetings

  46. Carolyn, I`m sure it is hard work, but look at this now!:) It is so beautiful, peaceful and wonderful space, lovely!!♥ I`m sure you are relieved now and pleased:)

    Thank you for your so kind messages for me:)
    Many hugs to you my friend,

  47. It looks gorgeous Carolyne, you've done a great job on these rooms! Ours would need a makeover too ... Have a very lovely sunday!

  48. Carolyn, you have accomplished a beautiful makeover, and I like the white floors and crisp look of it all.

    I was in Provins a few months ago and will have posts from time to time of my photos. It was such an easy trip out of Paris. Although there was an abundance of rain, it made for nice photos.

    (Love your new/old linens)


  49. gib stopper? ...okay that's a new one on me...must scroll around or Google it to find a clue.....


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