Sunday, November 23, 2008

Creating cozy...

This is what happens when one season melts into another. Today we are having snow which is unusual for us in November.


While we were still in the throws of autumn, the winter has appeared and the Snow Queen has placed her white cloak over our garden.


To me, autumn and winter are times to make a home cozy and with our new furniture, I find myself moving things around trying to find the best way to use things now.


And with this, last week I moved one of my sideboards out of the room as it was just too full. I then moved the sideboard I normally use behind the couch to the wall near our woodstove.


A winter roses tapestry tablerunner, chocolate colored lampshades and a floral arrangement with red carnations, branches and berries give a cozy and warm glow to the living room.

A piece of my handmade bobbin lace works well with one of the miniature portraits in my collection.


A magnifying glass for examining things just that little bit closer.

For years, I have had this sideboard set up to look like a writing desk. I have always enjoyed the look of it like this so was a little weary to change it. Now I am pleased with how this corner of my living room has turned out so I am glad I did change it.


Still not wanting to rush the season, regardless of the snow, our autumn tree is in a new corner of the dining area of the room. It lights up a very dark spot and makes it nice to sit there for our dinners. I am not going to start any holiday decorating until December has come but this creates a festive mood for the current season.

19 comments:

Judy said...

Your home is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing. We had one little snow which is very unusual. We really need some too! Of course remind me of this when I'm complaining about it. Have a great day.

Nancy said...

That looks all comphy and cozy. Wish I was there to look at it closly and have some hot chocolate and speculaas. Yum. We could be stitching or knitting and watching BBC. I'm glad to see you got you snow, actually, Eric and I sent it to you. We tried to make a snowman and it wouldn't pack so we sent it to you. LOL. Do you believe that?
Love you, Mom

Carolien said...

Hi Heidi, now this looks really cosy! And this snow is VERY early this year ... the girls didn't mind though. They ran out with their sled this morning and had their part of fun!
Have a nice week & hugs, Carolien

Melissa said...

Heidi,

Everything looks so wordly and elegant. You are a beautiful decorator.

Thank you for the get well wishes. I wish you the same. One month is a long time to suffer with a cold. Stay warm and drink lots of hot liquids.

Melissa

The Dutchess said...

Your home looks very beautiful...erg mooi,en gezellig!
En toen was er ..sneeuw! Er ligt behoorlijk wat hier in Apeldoorn.
Have a lovely Sunday :)

Betty said...

Heidi,
Your home is so lovely and inviting...I like your table scapes, the colors, textures, etc.....

Thank you for visiting and commenting on my 'feathers'.....

Wishing a blest Thanksgiving...Betty

Terri said...

Love those colors Heidi! The red is close to what I have in my living room!

Winter has crept up on us as well! Snow on the ground already.

Brigitta said...

Your house looks so warm and lovely Heidi, it kind of wraps around you like a warm blanket. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

Susan in SC said...

Thank you for sharing pictures of your lovely home!

Mia said...

Wow, snow already! So far we only have a light dusting, but is is very cold. Your home looks so nice, cozy and warm. And I see you have resisted the temptation to start decorating for Christmas. So have I, since I do not like to start too early (usually the 1. advent is when the box with all the decorations comes down from the attic). I have see from my visits in various blogs that many bloggers have started decorating already but I shall wait a little longer...

You asked me about the nightstand in our bedroom; I do still have it, but unfortunately only one! It is on my husbands side of the bed, while I only have a dining chair as my nightstand... We have a set of six chairs to go with our dining table, but on a daily basis we only use four of them. So the fifth chair is my nightstand and the sixth chair is the one I sit on when I blog (by the desk in the living room).

Pug1 said...

Hi I'm new to your blog! I read your profile and saw that you have Gregorian chant for music...I've never seen anyone list that before...I like it too!!!!! CHEERS! Michele

Tone said...

Hi!
Reading your blog always remind me about earlier days when I had the time (took the time...) to be creative and make nice thing to decorate the house.
I really need to organize my life better (read: perhaps a new job without all these evening meetings...) -
But - xmas is soon to come - and I usually bake traditional cakes and stuff - so I look forward to that - makes me relax!
have a nice evening.
tone

Tone said...

Hi Heidi!
The flat bread is crispy - use them for dinner time. the soft ones you are thinking of is baked from potatoes. I am baking them as well, but not yet...problems with hands and mouths keeping away before xmas...
Xmas evening we eat pork rib, with potatoes, sausages, sauce...things like that. But it depends on family traditions, and sometimes where you live in the country. Lamb rib (dried) and cooked a couple of hours is fantastic, and if it was up to me, - I would eat that, but my family shouts loudly NONONO..hehe...
For dessert, it is different things - someone has cream with rice, topped with red sauce.
We have homemade cinnamon ice, with hot cloudberries in brown sugar and cognac.
But normally we are so stuffed after dinner that dessert is something we eat...late at night..after all the presents...

Rhondi said...

Hi Heidi
Everything looks so beautiful, warm and comfortable. I like the way you arranged everything. THis is a time of year for cosying up our nests isn't it?
I am excited that I won Carolien's giveaway!
Hugs, Rhondi

Mary said...

Sending you wishes for Thanksgiving even though I know it's not celebrated there most likely! Your rooms look so cozy Heidi - you make a home appear so inviting, wish I could ring the doorbell and step inside to chat with you.

We've been busy raking leaves and now that it's turned cold we've seen a few snowflakes in the air - but nothing stuck yet! This past weekend the HVAC went on the blink so we're awaiting the repair guy. Downstairs we can have raging heat or freezing a/c - but can't turn it off! Oh the expenses keeping up our cozy homes - worth it though because there is 'no place like home' is there?

Love that photo on your banner. I'm making wild mushroom risotto tonight!!
Hugs - Mary.

Pondside said...

That coziness would have me waiting a little longer to put out the Christmas decorations too. I love to enjoy each season in its own time, as you seem to.

Happy @ Home said...

Nothing like a snowfall to inspire a little nesting. Everything looks very warm and cozy at your house.

Rhondi said...

Just thinking about you. I read your mom's blog all about the pies and turkey she had made for Thanksgiving. You must have had some wonderful celebrations when you still lived here.
Hugs, Rhondi

angelasweby said...

Heidi,
These pictures are so pretty and bring back all the wonderful memories of our time spent with you. The soft colours create just the right ambience. I was reminded of so many long forgotten pleasures when I visited you, taking time to read poetry, bringing out old favourite books to read and display, making simple little crafts. Your prose and pictures really do weave a wonderful magic spell.
Hugs, Angela