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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Red Queen Chair…Starts A Change…In Time For Spring!

Just a few weeks before Christmas, I was out and about doing a little gift shopping, and found a gift just for ME!


I was in one of my favorite antique shops that is in an old creamery in a small town in central Alberta, when I happened upon this baby.  I fell in love almost immediately.  When I first spotted this chair, there was a sign sitting on it that said “Queen”.   And thus this chair is called the Red Queen Chair.


At first I wasn’t really all that crazy about the red/pink upholstery…but the more I looked at it, the more I liked it…and soon, I was crazy about it!

I asked how much she was…and was totally blown away to hear that it was less than $100!  SOLD!


I could hardly wait to get home and put this lovely old chair into my living room!   Did I mention that this chair is BIG?  Ya…Big…and very comfy.  When you sit in it, you almost bounce…the original springs are still in great working order…and this chair is super cozy!


Well…I brought my wonderful Red Queen Chair home…and set her in the corner by the fireplace.  I like it there…but I am not crazy about the rest of the room.   It just NEEDS something!  Since it is almost spring, I figure now is as good a time as any to get a few spring changes made and clean it all really well!


Grammie and Grampie gave us these two occasional chairs for Christmas this year…and I think they are gorgeous, but just not right for the spot that I have them in…


The living room is just not “right”…something has got to change.  So…I sat and stared at it for a while…(that is how I get my best ideas—and it finally came to me)

I snagged the old window from behind the Red Queen Chair, and got to work.


I added three brackets as feet to the bottom of the window.  The reason I didn’t use four brackets will become clear soon…not to worry…there is a method to my madness!  :)


Once the feet were secured, I added an L bracket.  I attached the bracket to the wall and attached it to the top of the door with one screw.  (by adding only one screw to the top, I will be able to move it and adjust the angle I have it sitting at)


Ta-da!  We have a standing window!   Now…take a look…do you see the ‘feet’ we put on?   If I would have added the fourth one, I would forever be stubbing my toes on it as I walk past it!  That would NOT be a good thing.


So far… So good…right?


These guys think so!


By simply moving that window into the open, I defined the living room a little better, and added a room divider or sorts to the space.   It sounds funny to say this but by making the living room a little smaller, I actually created MORE space!


My little helper loves it in the living room when I am moving things around.  He likes to ride the chairs as I slide them from place to place…He helped me all evening!


This is just perfect!   I didn’t take down the plaque or the vines on this side…I figure it is a window working on both sides now, and the Lords Prayer is so pretty on there…It can stay!


I love this little resin plaque.  I actually bought several of them a few years back and gifted them to some special people in my life.


I shuffled things around and around and around…until I think I got it just right…at least for now.  I had to bring a bunch of plants in from the greenhouse this week, as it is planting season, and I am running out of space…so the tropicals have to move into the house for a few months…This is hard to deal with, as this house does not offer a lot of good lighting for plants.   They suffer just a little bit in here…but they bounce back right after I get them back out to the greenhouse…so I think I can stand to have them inside for a bit.


I brought the sea shell shaped chair back out to the living room…I had it in my bedroom for a few weeks…and I put one of the chairs from Grammie and Grampie in there instead.  


I placed the other occasional chair from Grammie and Grampie in the corner by the old stereo so that it is easy to access when we need extra seating for company.  I also re-arranged the plants a little bit.


I absolutely LOVE the way plants make a room feel.  They are my favorite thing, so I am a bit biased…but you must admit that they make a room feel just a bit more inviting.


A few accessories…and things are coming together.


I am not crazy about the two chairs together…but that’s life…I only have one of each of these…and they just happen to be my two favorite chairs …so I will live with it!  I have to go to storage and get the little table that I want to put between them tomorrow…so for now it will just sit empty. :) 

I adjusted the plants a little bit…and I think I like it.

My living room is tweeked!  I am happy with it for the most part…so it will stay this way.  I do have my eye on an antique sofa and love seat…lol…so you never know…you might be seeing my living room again soon! :) :)

Until Next Time…Happy Decorating!

*) *) *) To my favorite three…I love that you are still hanging on my every word…and to one of you in particular…Lying is the most personal act of cowardice there is.   You know who you are!

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Today I am also linking this post to the parties at the following sites:
  Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olsen 
 From My Front Porch To Yours
 The Vintage Farmhouse
 The Brambleberry Cottage 
 Common Ground Rooted in Thyme 


Dirt Princess said...

I looove it. I am in love with that chair. It is awesome. The room looks great. I absolutely adore your house. You have put so much hard work into it

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

You did a fantastic job! It is always amazing how moving things around can change the look so much.

Enjoy ~ FlowerLady

Joani said...

It looks amazing. Love the chair. Thanks for sharing.

onlymehere said...

I'm loving what you've done here! That new "Queen" chair is fabulous and looks so comfortable. This is what I love about you, you're so unique with your decorating and you find beauty and usefulness int he most unusual places. I never would have thought to use the window like that!


Love the window doors! I'm in a "funk"...need some spring here!
Always enjoy seeing what you are up too!

Acorn to Oak said...

What a great find and a deal you got on that queen chair! I love the other chair you have too...the one with your kitty sitting on it. You have a lot of wonderful things. Sounds like you had a lot of fun rearranging and giving your living room a fresh look for spring. :-)

Country Gal said...

Oh that chair looks soo comfy cozy , love it ! Your home is very lovely . Thanks for sharing with us. Have a good day !

Carole said...

Hi Tootsie, my oh my I love the gorgeous "Red Queen Chair," and what a bargain you got, well done and enjoy. I think you did an fab job tweaking your living room, I can feel myself sinking down comfortably in one of the wing chairs. I'll bring the sweets if you'll make the tea please.

Teresa's New Leaf said...

Your style and mine are very close. I love what you did with the window. I have old windows in my basement waiting for projects. Ditto on the high-back queen and wing chairs, I love them (stashed away 7 already!) I prefer old chairs to couches anyday!

Unknown said...

Great job and I love love love the queen chair!

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Hi Glenda,
the chair does look fit for a queen! Looks right at home there. Love what you did with the window. Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup. I will be featuring you later today.

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Forgot to mention how your header brightened my morning!