Friday, September 2, 2016

French Country: Comfy Corner for Early Fall

On these cool rainy last days of summer in Colorado, 
I find myself migrating to a corner in the sunroom of my old house.


I pull on a pair of thick socks onto summer-bare feet and curl up in the big comfy chair 
waiting for me. Deep, plush, warm. It surrounds me like a hug. 
I tuck a fluffy wrap around my legs and sip my chamomile tea, happy to have my chair back.


I rest my head against the back of the chair and remember when I loaned this chair and ottoman 
to a friend a few years ago. When she downsized, the chair came back home.

The velvety olive green fabric is luscious but I decide to put a flowery shabby chic linen slipcover, unearthed at a thrift store, over the chair and I love the change it makes.
Its muted colors seem to blur the lines between inside-outside.


I already had a floral lumbar pillow that fit in the chair perfectly. 
The checks and stripes work well in this farmhouse-style room.


I move a vintage floor lamp that had been in my guest room 
next to the chair for a good reading light. 


The latest magazines are hitting the newstands now 
and I stack several on the ottoman, eager to scour the pages for Fall design ideas.


The chair snugs into a comfy corner and faces a little gas stove. 
Still a little early to light it but it won't be long. (I hear it's snowing in the mountains!) 
Am I ready for this? No, no I'm not.

The old door I found in the alley and refinished claims the space next to the chair. Perfect. I love
the feel of salvaged pieces and how they transform a room with character and a timeless quality.


This room is cozy anytime of the day.
A warm wrap takes the chill off early mornings as Fall begins to touch Colorado.
My neighbor's aspen tree has a few golden leaves on it already
and red leaves of someone's maple tree float silently down to nestle among my plumbago.


I love the bank of windows in this room, welcoming the soft afternoon light.  I like to keep these windowsills bare so the focus is on the outdoors. It's a great spot for watching the birds in the feeder. Sometimes the chickadees will land on the window screen and peer inside the room.


Underneath these windows, I slide my recently painted bin and top it with clear mason jars. 
The western sun bounces around the room when it shines through these jars.


To soften the sunroom's French door, I hang a lacy curtain panel on it.
Securing it with thumb tacks makes it a snap to hang. 


The window sill above the stove holds a wire chicken feeder filled with vanilla candles,
making this room comfy and cozy as evening falls.


My little dog, Roxy, pads into the room on her mini-polar-bear paws and hops up into the chair. 
Turning around in endless circles, she finally approves her nest 
and settles down for a much-needed nap, snagging the warm spot where I'd been sitting. 


I think she's happy the chair has come home too.

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53 comments:

  1. What a lovely space to sit and relax in!

    Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend ~ FlowerLady

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    1. Thanks so much Lorraine. So glad you enjoyed it. Wouldn't it be nice if we could sit there together and talk about gardening? Enjoy your weekend. Pat

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  2. What a delicious segue into the coming season. We just returned home from a cross country trip, and I was happy to hear the locusts and see a few falling leaves myself. Now, if the temps could fall ever so slightly and remain there a while, it would feel like heaven! Enjoy your weekend cuddles with your fur baby!
    Rita

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    1. Hi Rita, thanks so much for visiting. I love how you phrased it: "What a delicious segue..." Perfect. It's fun to get away but great to come home. Hope you are staying out of the big storms back there. Fur baby Roxy sends hugs and kisses. Pat

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  3. Great post! I see Fall everywhere. Come over and link at The Fabulous Fall Party
    over here:
    http://mychristmasjourney.blogspot.com/2016/08/2016-fabulous-fall-party.html
    Let's Party!

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    1. Thank you Grantham. Fall is sneaking up on us isn't it? Enjoy your weekend. Pat

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  4. Such a beautiful room and wonderful description. Roxy is a cutie pie too.
    Jeanne

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    1. Thank you Jeanne. Glad you enjoyed the post. It's cool and cloudy here today, a perfect pre-fall day. Spent the morning going to estate sales. Roxy sends hugs and kissies. Pat

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  5. What a perfect place to while away a little time, I could snuggle up in that chair with a good magazine or book for ages and just get lost, it looks so comfortable. Like you, I am not ready for winter yet, nor Autumn, I am still enjoying summer way too much, it's still hot here, in the 80's every day, although at night there is a slight chill in the air which has suddenly crept in, this morning it was down to 56F when I drove the children to their first day of school of the new school year - a sure sign that we are heading out of summer. All rather sad really, it has been an excellent summer!

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    1. Thank you Susan. Yes, I fear if I snuggle into that chair I may never get up. I guess we should enjoy these warm days while we can; they won't last forever as the overnight temps signal. Hope you have a great weekend. Pat

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  6. Your corner looks like the perfect spot to enjoy nature or a good read. Roxy seems to be comfy.

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    1. Thank you Ellis. I saw a picture online of a moose lying on someone's front porch. Now, that's the way to enjoy nature, huh? Roxy has taken over the chair. Pat

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  7. The chicken feeder with candles in it is a great idea. Lovely.

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    1. Thank you Catherine. The feeder with candles is one of my favorite creations. So glad you stopped by for a visit. Pat

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  8. I am in love with that cozy corner! The shabby chic slipcover and pillow are perfect! Enjoy cuddles with your precious pup!

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    1. Thank you so much for your sweet comments, always appreciated. The slipcover is actually for a couch so there was a lot of tucking to make it fit but I think it's a success. It would be nice to share a cup of coffee with you in my cozy corner. Roxy sends hugs and kissies. Pat

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  9. Love the chicken feeder with the candles...so beautiful. Your dog is so adorable!!

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    1. Thank you Cynthia. I'd been trying to figure out something to do with that feeder and thought I'd try candles. I think it works. It might also look nice filled with little pine cones for winter. Roxy sends adorable hugs. Pat

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  10. Hola Pati, soy Maria Dolores y soy española. He llegado a tu blog a través de otros y me encanta como presentas las cosas.
    Este post es precioso y lo que es más precioso es la forma de como lo has mostrado, como vas relatando cada detalle de forma que es como si lo estuviera viviendo, dan ganas de estar ahí y disfrutar de ese rincón agradable y casi mágico.
    Tengo que decir que me encanta el otoño y esas sensaciones de los colores otoñales, el tiempo sin calor...todo en el otoño es bello. Y si además tienes un rinconcito agradable, es gozo total.
    Un cariñoso saludo desde Madrid, España

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    1. Hola Maria, estuve tan excitado para tener noticias de usted en español. Muchas gracias por sus comentarios dulces. Soy conmovido que usted me encontró por otros y esperanza usted vuelve a menudo. ¿Sería agradable si pudiéramos tener una taza de café en mi esquina acogedora? Disfrute del otoño en España. Abrazos calientes, Acariciarás, Pat

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  11. Love the coziness of the corner chair with the throw and pup - with windows close by to view the world.

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    1. Thank you Carol. The chair will get a lot of use from me (and the pup) as cooler weather arrives. There's always something going on to watch in the garden. I just put up a hummingbird feeder and have one little one visiting so far.

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  12. Hi Pat! Roxy looks mighty cozy in your comfy corner! :) Thanks for sharing at Dishing It & Digging It! We enjoy your creativity each week! :)

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    1. Thanks so much Lori. Sometimes I have to push her out of the chair so I can sit there! Roxy sends you kissies!

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  13. Lovely post, Pat. I am not seeing too many coloured leaves just yet and I'm glad because I hardly feel like I've had a summer, we have been so busy. Love your chair and that pretty cushion. Cute little Roxy is enjoying it too. Thanks for sharing.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  14. Hi Sandi. Thanks so much for commenting, always so appreciated. Glad you enjoyed it. We don't have a lot of colors yet, just here and there, but it's definitely just around the corner. Roxy went to the groomer today and she looks like a different dog! She doesn't like it, but I do. Hope you enjoy the rest of your summer.

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  15. What a lovely post to get in the mood for Fall by....I can't wait to have to wear socks again...it is still 90 degrees here in Upstate NY! Your chair and it's lovely surroundings look so cozy to snuggle into.

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    1. Thanks AnnMarie Doesn't it feel good to put on jeans and a sweater and a warm pair of socks when the temps go down? Thanks for visiting.

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  16. Pat, I knew this was your post as soon as I spotted Roxy because of how she and Miss Molly look like twins! Your photos are gorgeous, as always, and I really love the contrast of the red leaves with your plumbago. It's suppose to cool off this weekend and I've already spotted some leaves that are turning colors.

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    1. Hi Carol and thanks for visiting. I had to laugh when you said you knew it was me because of Roxy. She's getting quite a little fan club. I wish she could meet Miss Molly. We could get some cute pixs. Thank you for your sweet comments. Enjoy the weekend!

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  17. Pat, love the cover on the chair and the sweet pillow. Looks like a cozy retreat for sure! Roxy is one smart puppy. :) Loving fall, but I too am not ready for what follows. I sent you a message a while ago, but didn't hear back. Wondering if you got it? Could you give me your e-mail again? Also, thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Thanks so much Jann. Sorry you didn't get my answer to your request. I did reply here on my blog as well as yours. Anywho, it's peshipley@earthlink.net. Hope to hear from you. Warm hugs,

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    2. Thanks so much Jann. Sorry you didn't get my answer to your request. I did reply here on my blog as well as yours. Anywho, it's peshipley@earthlink.net. Hope to hear from you. Warm hugs,

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    3. Thanks so much Jann. Sorry you didn't get my reply to your request. I did respond here on my blog as well as yours. Anywho, it's peshipley@earthlink.net. Hope to hear from you soon. Hugs,

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  18. There is so much charm in everything you do . . . I love your home and your blog. Perfection! :)

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    1. Thank you Connie! I love this kind of comment. Really means a lot to me.

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  19. ummm....such a comfy room...I think everyone should have a room that they totally love every thing in it...love your olden chair and most of all, I love the chicken feeder full of candles...I am on the search for one, too...I have a window in the dining room that this would be perfect for fall and winter.
    here from Art and Sand

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    1. Thanks BJ! I agree everyone should have a special room. Have you read Chris Madden's book, "A Room of Her Own?" You might enjoy it. Good luck finding the chicken feeder. Enjoy the weekend.

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  20. Pat, your little corner is so beautiful and I love the way you described it. Those candles in the window are so inviting. It's not fallish here at all but I can sure imagine it reading your words. :)

    Happy Thoughts of Home.

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    1. Thank you Stacey! Your comments meant a lot to me. I had to close the windows tonight to take a shower...brrr. Freeze warning in parts of Colorado but not here. May have to light those candles and turn on the stove tonight. Hope you have a lovely weekend.

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  21. What a lovely spot to start and end your day. And puppy knows it is the best seat in the house.

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    1. Thank you Debra! Puppy always finds the best places for a nap. I'll have to follow her around some day. Enjoy your weekend.

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  22. That last pic says it all - comfy chair!


    Thanks for sharing with SYC.

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    1. Thanks so much! We're about to have a cool spell so I'm sure I'm going to make good use of the comfy chair if I can get the dog out of it!

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  23. That chair just looks like the perfect place to cozy up and read a good book.

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    1. Thanks Sharon! I'm with you. And I went to the library today and stocked up so I'm all set.

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  24. Hello from your new neighbor!
    I'm enjoying your evocative blog - and I think I even recognized that red maple leaf- thank you for the inspiration, Pat!
    Erin

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    1. Thanks Erin! So glad you checked it out. Yes, indeedy, that's your red maple leaf!

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  25. Beautiful post, Pat; I especially love your chicken feeder filled with votives. That's one think I haven't owned in all my years of antiquing. I guess I'll just have to keep hunting :) Thanks for linking up with Vintage Charm--

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    1. Thank you Diana! Good luck finding the chicken feeder. I can't remember where I got it. I think it might have been a farm supply store. Have a great weekend.

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  26. What a sweet and cosy spot to enjoy the early days of fall Pat. I particularly love the chicken feeder filled with gorgeous candles. Thank you for sharing at Shabbilicious Friday this week. I'm delighted to be featuring you at tomorrow's party.
    Hugs ~ Kerryanne

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