Wednesday, February 1, 2017

A cozy reading spot and an antique jaunt full of treasures

Winter time is here. Finally.  
Today is the first day of February and the
snow finally arrived in Boston.  All of January brought little if any of the 
white stuff, and last night it snowed bringing just a few inches.
Cold weather makes you want to get cozy and that is just what we do around
the fireplace every morning.  We?
Colby and I can be found in here every morning.  The fireplace heats
up quickly and so its off and on until coffee time is over.
Magazines at the ready, a place to put my cup of joe, 
lamplight if its still dark outside, and all is well in 
my beautiful world at home with my peeps and dog.
Some days even Mr. Maison Decor has time to join us, which is a treat.
This morning I found my son Colin sitting in the French chair with his
laptop before he went to work out.  You know you have a good furniture
arrangement when you find everyone wanting to plunk down and stay.
After putting away the Christmas stuff, I moved all the furniture around, and
put the piano back in the original spot.  Moving stuff around brings a new look
to an old space and its something I have done forever.  I bet many of you  just keep 
your arrangements the same, but I just can't do that!!
I am a serial rearranger.
Colby loves the snow, and I think he may have forgotten about it 
from his first winter season.  Now with the fence in place, he has
figured out how to give a check on the neighborhood before coming back
inside by perching up on the step and leaning against the fence.
Then he runs inside and plunks down in his bed by the fire.
(Colby and I have been going to dog training classes, by the way,
in addition to our daily walks around the hood. ) 
Our living room is cozy because its on the small side.
Adding the console table next to the chair is temporary as it 
is a bit too long.  I will be looking for a piece to fit here that will 
fit the wall space, which means more antiquing in my future!
I like the idea of an unpainted piece, but I am sure once I see it, 
I will know it and just buy it....thats how I shop.
Last week I went antiquing with Matthew Mead and our friend, Ellen McHale.
The pretty brass lantern came home with me, and now holds a candlestick for 
adding a little more ambience in the evening.  I was attracted to the star cut outs on the glass
and I figure it will be nice for the courtyard, come Spring.
Its also a great reminder of a fun time with special people.
The older I get, the more I find myself dragging less things home.
Things that have meaning and are associated with good times are ideally 
what I want to use to decorate my home.
If you want to tag along with us on our recent antique jaunt, click on the video
below.  The antique cooperative was at Pulaski Mills, in Peabody, Massachusetts.
You will see me find that special lantern and also what caught Matthew's eye
and the treasure Ellen found that I secretly lusted over.
 And mom and dad:  click on the box in the right corner that has the shape of a square and that will make the video go to full screen so you can see it easier!
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  1. I totally enjoyed your video, Amy. I love the segment on the artwork, but so hard to find here in the Midwest. You three are such naturals with the camera!

  2. A most beautiful spot to relax, read, and just enjoy your beautiful surroundings!....Loved your antique jaunt with Matthew and the treasure of the lantern that you found. Yes, that perfect piece is waiting out there for you to bring home. Have a great week. It is great nesting when it is cold outside!!

  3. i would be right at home in your cozy living room with all the sumptuous seating and the mix of romantic treasures. beautiful work, amy. now to watch your video! p.s. i raise my glass to you for making videos. i just made one last week and oh my the vulnerability...right? big girl panties for sure. xox

  4. Love that you give your mom/dad little tips. Too cute! That is a perfect spot for that chair. I have one this is similar that is covered in (ready? don't hate me) Lavender toille. Yes.It.Is.
    Looks like everything is pretty perfect there. I, too, am a serial rearranger-except I have one room that there is not much I can do except keep it pretty much one way for the big pieces.
    Have a great February First! xo Diana

  5. I really enjoy your videos!
    That fauteuil looks perfect for reading.
    No snow in the south of France. It was 60-some degrees today, with bees buzzing and irises blooming in the park.

  6. That was lovely. Well produced.

  7. Amy, your living room looks so comfy. I can just imagine sitting by the fire early in the morning with my coffee. I'm enjoying your videos! The thrill of the hunt goes on!!

  8. Your videos are always so good!! It has been 80 plus in Houston-no winter at all this year!! Have a great week!!

  9. Amy, I believe your lantern was made in Istanbul, Turkey. My husband was there around 1990 and purchased many of these for family members including 4 for us. They come in various sizes and styles. Yours is very pretty. Loved the video and hope you post more videos.

  10. Love all the pretty blue glass in your cozy space and you know, I like it without the big coffee table too.

  11. I absolutely love your videos! I would love to go hunting antiques with you and Matthew! I am a dealer and have the same taste as both of you. Please do more videos! They are the best!

  12. What a lovely post. I love the color of the pillow,glasses and chandelier.Thanks for sharing.

  13. Your living room is so beautiful and I love a cozy reading nook! Happy Tuesday!

  14. So, this fall, I am thinking of taking a few personal days from teaching to come up to New England to see a Patriots game (lifelong fan, we were born the same year!). Keeping my fingers crossed...maybe you and Matthew could do a workshop in the fall? I could do some antiquing, learn some decorating tips, and watch the Patriots, my favorite things! Let me know!


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