Monday, September 6, 2010

A cupful of daisies

On Saturday morning when I walked through my familyroom this is what greeted me....the spring sunshine peeking through my blinds. What a lovely sight! Australia is having some bizarre things going on, weather wise at the moment. We have had very little rain and our crops and stock feed are really suffering and the eastern states are having floods - how does this happen??? In the perfect world we would all be getting just the right amount but most of us know this is not a perfect world.
So what does a girl do when the sun is shining brightly after a cold winter- spring clean of course!! I am sharing with you some photos of my familyroom and a couple of table displays I put together.

Now here goes for the guided tour....looking to the left of the entrance door is my side table - I always have some pretty books just to browse at while watching telly. I had these pretty daisies in the garden and I thought they look great in this pretty little cup

Some sweet smelling potpourri is always lovely to have close by..

Next we have our main couch - I really wanted a white one but I had to be a bit sensible (sometimes it happens lol) so I decided on dark green leather and I dress it up with pinks and creams. I made these cushion covers a couple of years ago and purchased the rose print when I was recovering from major surgery on my shoulder and needed a pick-me-up!! Nothing like a bit of retail therapy!!

The right hand side of the couch is where Mr FH sits - he has the lovely books there to lift up the light so he can read the paper not to browse through for inspiration!!!!

 This table is an old tea trolley which I restored and it is perfect for holding china and also a pile of magazine which seem to take over my house.


I love this pretty tea set against the dark wood - it makes it look more fragile I think.

Moving further along we come to my antique sewing machine which you have seen before here. This is one of my favourite peices.

I have this gorgeous painting above the sewing machine - DNo 2 gave it to me a couple of years ago for my birthday. I had it framed and it was on the wall in my bedroom for ages but I decided to bring it into this room.

Moving right along past the single chair we have the book case which I have shown you before here.

 I have skipped past my tv cabinet which I have shown you the top of here. Next to that I have this cute magazine holder (well, ok, newspapers!)  that I have piled high.

 Just past that I have my big fire which I takes up the whole corner - winters get a bit cold around here!!

Finally, I have this cute book case. It is only about 12'' deep so it is perfect for the little spot between the fire and the door into the office. I bought it for $40 from our school in a silent auction a while ago. I love being able to display favourite books up the top. The selection of teddies came from DNo 1 when she was travelling around Europe when I had a more country decorating style but I have left them there for my grandies to play with.

Isn't this display shelf just great!!! I have learnt though that I do need to change the books around fairly often as they tend to go out of shape (something I hate!!).

Well, I hope you have enjoyed your little tour of my favourite room.



Laura's Rose Garden said...

Good morning Suzy!!
Oh, your spring sun looks lovely shining on your china. The daisies are just lovely. Spring is such a powerful time of year.
I am in eastern Ontario Canada and our hot summer weather has very quickly changed over the last few days to a cooler, rainy clime. The heat of the high 20s and low 30s has given in to cooler winds from the north. The leaves are beginning to change and I am looking forward to woolly sweaters, soups and stews and apple pies!
I will send you some gentle rains and more spring sunshine.
Thank you for sharing your familyroom. I will be posting my familyroom in a few days, so please drop in when you can.
Warm hugs, Laura

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Perfect room and I love all the books and magazines. You have them displayed so beautifully. Your china in the cabinet is gorgeous too. Such a lovely and inviting room. Hugs, Marty

Anonymous said...

Hi Suzy! Oh, what a lovely tour! You have so many pretty things and I love your style of decorating! The bookcase is so lovely with all of your things in there.
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Lynn said...

I have the same sewing machine, still works! It was my G-Mom-B's and now lives in my livingroom with my feather tree on top that's decorated for the seasons-enjoy!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Just found your blog~ really cute! Your room is really charming! Found you at table top Tuesdays! :)

Vicki said...

Hello, Suzy,
You have a lovely home. I enjoyed my tour very much. Oh, I adore that sweet pansy tea set. It is just my style!! Happy Tea Time to you, my friend~Vicki

Kelsie from Our Country Home and Studio Photography said...

Hi Suzy,
You have such a delightful home and collection of tea sets and china...I was even more excited to see you are from Australia, and WA no less...I was born and raised in Albany but relocated to the USA when I married 10yrs ago.

Was sorry to read the crops are suffering again this year, I know you guys have had a rough couple of years now...Hope it gets better soon.


Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hello Suzy,
I just love your happy little flowers in the teacup. I must admit I envy you your springtime coming on! Here where I live, we're entering fall season and then the dreaded winter after that. I am NOT a winter person at all! I would love to live in a climate where it is spring-summer all year round! I do hate the cold!
You have a wonderfully warm and inviting home with lots of books and magazines! Thank you for the tour and I love your pansy tea set!


Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Enjoyed the tour of your home and peeking at all your magazines - I too am a magazine junky.
I used to sew on a machine just like yours when I was a teenager but a cousin asked for it to sew leather crafts she sold as the speed could be controlled better than with an electric machine.

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

What a wonderful tour!! I love the pretty tea cup and the tea set!! And I adore the sewing machine! I have my hubby's grandmother's antique sewing machine in my Craft room and I just love it!!


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh I am so glad you linked up to TTT. Your room is so pretty and all of your vignettes are just lovely. Hugs, Marty

Terri said...

Oh Suzi, you have some fabulous tea cups in your home! It would be wonderful to see them up close. The purple set (pansies or violets?) is gorgeous!
Thank you so much for sharing with us today.

Lynn-Teacupstitches said...

Hi Suzy!
Greetings from across the Big Pond!
I loved your house tour and you gave me some neat ideas!
Your china pieces are so sweet and I see some of my favorite books too :-)
If the Singer machine is a treadle I had the very same one!!! I sold it a couple years ago and could kick myself for doing so!
Thank you for putting together such a fun post!
Hugs and Smiles,



Terry @ La Bella Vie said...

Hi Suzy,
I love the sun beaming in on these lovely vingettes. And I would love all that beautiful china!
Thank you for stopping by the sewing room. Yes I did make the lamp shade from the 11 yards of theme fabric I bought:) I found the shade at a fabric shop which has a pattern to cut to size then hot glued lots of old buttons around the bottom.
Hope you entered the give away:)

Brenda ~ The Heminger Farmhouse said...

Hello Suzy :) Thank you so much for giving us a tour of your lovely familyroom; love your bookcase filled with all your pretty china, and my favorite is that vintage sewing machine! I hope to one day come across one to have in my home :)

Wishing you a wonderful Tea Tuesday!!

Warmest hugs, Brenda

Susan Freeman said...

What lovely things you have! I hope that you receive some rain soon!!

Susan and Bentley

Bookie said...

Thank you for inviting company into your lovely family room. It is pretty and comforting; I love the dashes of purple and lavendar. I also would love to linger there and wade through your books!

Carolyn said...

Hi Suzy,
I love your pansy teaset and also the beautiful painting. I see you love to collect books and magazines too!


Blondie's Journal said...

Your rooms are so warm and cozy and it's nice to have something to read when you sit down. I love Rachel Ashwell. She would approve of your decorating!!


Rita said...

Hi Suzy,
so glad I ran into your lovely blog.
Your family room is so nice, comfy and cozy and decorated with great taste.
your pansy tea cup is simply adorable and I love the way you displayed it.
warm greetings from Italy

Rita said...

Hi Suzy,
so glad I ran into your blog via Martha's blog.
i've very much enjoyed the guided tour of your family room. you have a great taste for decor as your room is soooooooo comfy and cozy and your vignettes are adorable.
Love your pansy tea cup: you are a girl after my own heart.
warm greetings from Italy