01 March 2016

while the cat's away.

the hubs spread his wings this morning and should be touching down in elvis-land any moment now. long day flying including two layovers, and a good read using my kindle which sure beats lugging a thick book or two around. he's currently reading Joel Rosenberg's The Twelfth Imam .. have you read it? he called me from houston and shared a positive review of the book, and that he was about to delve into a bacon cheeseburger which could be seen as a downside to an occasional travel schedule.

well, while the cat's away the mouse will play.
after delivering him to the airport and making sure to smooch a couple times, i made my way to a favorite thrift store. pure spontaneity! found a few treasures including a darling vintage child's metal folding chair in the same color as my living room walls - though a bit chippy which is a preferred look of mine. 

last week i gathered some things i no longer find particularly useful in my home - - taking up storage space here and there, and sold them via a facebook sale site local to my area. everything sold the same day. so. gonna do it again. tomorrow i'll be scouting the house and making careful choices as to what to post for sale. i'll trust that the right folks will come along if it 
(whatever it is) is meant to sell.

my living room is looking particularly cluttered. 
some would disagree, but to *me* it's cluttered. 

do you move things around in your home?
or remove things altogether? 

oh and .. i took a nap today.
long one for me .. 'bout 30 winks!

.sherry the mouse.

"Have nothing in your house that you
do not know to be useful, 
or believe to be beautiful."
{William Morris}


Deanna said...

I do both move stuff around as well as to turn loose. Happy decluttering!

Sherry said...

i'm always happy when the decluttering spirit takes hold! :)

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Your little metal child's chair sounds cute and will be a charming addition in your pretty living room. Working on the middle section of the basement we have been in a real purging mood and have been denoting things to Habitats store Restor. Uncluttered feels calming. Enjoy your mouse time ;-)

Rue said...

I know that I love the color of your living room ;)

Cluttered is in the eye of the beholder. I have to be surrounded by all the things that make me happy and others only need a single flower in a vase in a sparse room. If you're happy, that's ALL that matters, my friend.

As to your post about saying too much...I've erased more posts than I care to mention. Share what you want. Own it if you do. And no matter what you say, I'm behind you, even if I disagree, because I think you're a kind person that has had way too much pain and needs to let it out. Also, I like you :)


Sherry said...

i'm thinking of using that little chair in the guestRoom/myOffice/junqueSpace. on the wall with a few books on the seat. maybe. we'll see.

"uncluttered feels calming" ... i SO agree!!!

Sherry said...

well, it appears i'm in GOOD company. :) {{hug}}
i like you too, rue. thanks for the encouragement...

Deanna Rabe said...

I love your living room. It looks nearly the same color as mine! Your little child's chair sounds great.

I do move things around, and I am going through things here and moving them out if they are not being used anymore. My biggest issue is boxes of books from many homeschooling years. Much that we are not using any more. I'm going to let my kids have a look at them and then see about selling them. That's kind of hard for me, but it's needed.

Love to you, little mouse.

Sherry said...

books. BOOKS!! oh yes, we have boxes of those things. some from the early 1800s from the hub's grandfather's collection - we realize we have to pick and choose our very favorites from the general collection (not the grandfather's).

that said, i have about 30 lamplighter books i'm ready to release. all read and held dear when we homeschooled our daughter. gulp.

Adrienne said...

I always love seeing your living room - especially when the sun is shining in. I haven't moved much in my house over the past week. Except to move myself from one room to another. Still under the weather but soon I hope to making progress to bring simplicity to our home, too.

the uncommon pearl said...

Ahh, your space seems so soothing and lovely. I love the way the light shines through the room. Decluttering is a happy word! I need to do some deep...really deep decluttering in closets. I have a closet under my stairway that I call my "Narnia Closet." Need I say more!

Sherry said...

you my dear are doing exactly what you need to do in bringing health to your bones and well being to your soul. that simplicity thing will come in due time! hugs.

Sherry said...

narnia closet. hm. i have a couple of those... and a number of narnia drawers beyond reason. bah! love you.

Burlap Luxe said...

HI Sherry, disagree, it does not feel to cluttered to me! And I do move things around but not as much in this home due to the lack of balanced space to do so. I so wish I had my grand room in my last home where I could float a sofa in the middle of a room if I wished to do so.
So here in this home if I move something it's and end table from one side to the other, or remove the piece from the room to bring in another piece for that change.

As for clutter, sometimes a room colour can do just that, make it feel cluttered, because paint colour is a replacement in designs for bare walls and the lack of things on the walls and in the room, it instantly fills a room without a thing in it. As for making a room feel larger and less cluttered is to lighten the walls to almost nothing in the way of colour. This is why I used all white throughout my small cottage of 1,400 sq feet.
It made it feel less cluttered, and more open with light.
My favorite quote you used here and I use it often. It's really a French philosophy to how they live.

Love the shutters on t
He wall, I am a summing they hide the flatscreen TV. Great move, now could you imagine this room all white? And how the shutters would melt away into the wallscape with the fireplace and window trim, this room would open up and breathe it's space with feeling like a lot less is going on. Could you handle a white room? I could see this as a choice to feel like there is less clutter....
Your white pieces would disappear, and the dark pieces will demand attention as to the only pieces in the room. I could see this room white. Yet I also love your choice in colour, coming from a designer who always designs with colour in model homes which often demand colour as a selling point of design, but my own home, where after working with so much colour I need to come home to what I know to be quieter and restful and oh so worn and weathered white.

It just might inspire your space, and the newly painted hutch and buffet.

Red Rose Alley said...

Sherry, it's nice to see a picture of your living room. It looks cozy with warm colors. Love the yellow paint you chose for the walls. Yes, I move things around in my home - always changing things. Like you, I don't like clutter, so when it's starting to feel a bit too much, I put things away again. Isn't it fun to browse through the thrift stores? So glad you found a few goodies. :)


A Joyful Cottage said...

I think your living room is charming. I love the color on the wall with the white, as well as dark, furniture. Beautiful contrast. It's funny, but I don't find your room cluttered at all. I think because you've kept the window covering very simple, allowing for lots of natural light, it allows for a more open feeling. Does that make sense? Anyway, there's nothing wrong with taking things out and seeing how it feels. You can always put them back. Of course, if you take them out and sell them you'll have to replace them. But that could be fun. :D Hugs, Nancy P.S. I bet this room is stunning in the evening.

Sherry said...

thank you nancy.
in the evening think low lights .. diffused appearance.