Thursday, July 31, 2008

The Presidential Library

Perhaps this was what you were expecting?

By the way, I made the shower curtain and window treatment!

This is my hallway. A before shot. Sorry it's not a long view. This small chest was my husband's as a child. When we were expecting our son years ago, I stripped and painted it white. Haven't changed it since. But oh how I've wanted to. Now it's living in the dining room, a temporary home as it turns out because I bought the big honkin' furniture rehab to end all furniture rehabs recently. But shhhhh, that's all I'm telling about it for now... well, I will mention it involves a trip to Charleston next weekend! Hate me!

Now here's the after.

I moved a bookcase from my living room and purchased another to match. I was inspired by a small space decorating magazine to make a library corner in your home. I've been wanting to do that for some time but hadn't quite figured out where until now. My sweet Mr Darcy installed shelves in our living room closet to hold our various media. It was jam packed with books too. I hated it. I'm a little on the OCD side about organizing... So this library project affected three rooms in my home. I'm proud to say the media is alphabetized... or was until darling Mr D rearranged his side of the closet, argh!
Remember the ugly chair? I had bought it with an idea of placing it next to the bookcases but realized when I got it home it's probably way too big even though I never tried it to see for sure.

Can't really tell it from the pictures but this is my patriotic "room". I have lots of red, white and blue items displayed on the shelves, most from the Lobby. My darling Mr and I both proudly served in the 'Corps but that's a story for another day. This is where I proudly display the "Presidential" pictures of the Big Man and my darling Mr. I even have an autographed one with "Best Wishes, George Bush".

More "Presidential" pictures. I had a grouping made but split them up on either side of the door way to the dining room since I put the two bookcases in here. The small red mail box is from 'the Lobby. Wish I knew where to put it so it shows off it's beauty. The trophy my husband got for being high shooter out of basic training. The gun cabinet I put fabric in, I hate it. The cabinet not the fabric. I've since painted a few frames black and had new mats cut for certificates so it's a little different from these pictures but you get the gist of it. On the wall opposite is three big closets and the bathroom door. On the ends is living room and master bedroom. This hallway is the heart of our home so I think it's a great place to display pictures honoring our family's commitment to our great country. I'd like to stencil some stars and stripes around the top of the room as a border. I have the stencil but it's just another project on an already too long list. I hope you enjoyed seeing this close to my heart part of my home.

10 comments:

Shannon said...

All your pictures look great! I love moving stuff around!

Darlene said...

I LOVE your big bookcase. All the patriotic things are so neat!! I don't think I could ever work at HL cause I would never make any money...I'd spend it all. Since I have seen all of these beautiful homes on the blogs my creative talent (and just wanting to update my decorating) has been working overtime, and my spending is trying to also...he he

Darlene said...

I LOVE your big bookcase. All the patriotic things are so neat!! I don't think I could ever work at HL cause I would never make any money...I'd spend it all. Since I have seen all of these beautiful homes on the blogs my creative talent (and just wanting to update my decorating) has been working overtime, and my spending is trying to also...he he

At Home Redesigns said...

I love the idea of a library corner. Great job!

Blissful Nikki said...

Ooooohhh...I like it! :)

And thanks so much for giving me your ideas on the blog! I cant wait to try everything out and post a big reveal! :)

Empty Nest Full Life said...

I am in the mood to move stuff around and give everything a fresh new look. Can't wait to hopefully sell the old treadmill at our garage sale in September, that alone will be an improvement. I do like your library area. I found some great things at yard sales this weekend to help with the changes I would like to start making.

Empty Nest Full Life said...

Thanks for visiting and have a fun time in Charleston. This weekend was exceptional around here to say the least. I am off to visit my daughter and head to a Junior League Yard Sale Friday. I think that is gonna be fun!

Susie Harris said...

Hey Miss Kitty. Sorry I have not been able to blog as much as I wanted... Kids are almost back in school, yeah.... Cant wait but will be sad when the house is all quiet and clean....hehe... Susie h~

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

HI, Kitty, thanks for coming to by see me. I love your wall of bookshelves, they look great!

Rhoda

Susie Harris said...

I (HEART) you so much, smile!!! Susie H~