2/23/2009

"Metamorphosis Monday...The Saga Continues"

Hello my friends...and welcome to "Metamorphosis Monday"! I have just had so much fun participating in "Met Monday", hosted by my dear friend Susan over at Between Naps on the Porch! Run over to Susan's and see her landscaping project and while you're there, don't forget to check out all of other participant's projects and transformations!

The Saga Continues....My Frenchy Studio/Office

As many of you know, if you've been following my blog, I have been in the middle of a decorating project....my little Frenchy Studio/Office! I have made progress but there is still so much that I would like to do! Slowly...but surely! Hehe! A few days back on my blog, I showed you some of my Valentines Day "treasure finds". Click here and you can see them!

Well...I have been busy utilizing some of those new "treasure finds"! Here are a few photos of my Frenchy Studio/Office now....

The Desk

I am really loving my old desk! I moved the antique garden gate to the wall behind the desk so that I can use it as a bulletin board! I still have several projects in mind for the garden gate. And...my new frenchy lamp that my friend Laura custom made just for moi...is in the mail and on its way to my house. I can't wait to get it and try it out on the desk! Soooo...stay tuned...as soon as I get the lamp, I'll post photos!!!

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The Waverly Toile Drapes

My new toile drapes are pressed and hung! I just love them!!! I purchased a double drapery rod...it's hard to see in this photo but the drapery finials look like antique door knobs which was a perfect look for this room. This is a "Juliet" valance...I love how it hangs and all of the pretty little black tassels! I kept the decorative iron panel in the window (it just sits on the sill and lays against the window but I'm thinking of placing it more permanently (hanging it from the top of the window casing with chain or something?) I just love the look and feel of the decorative iron scrolls in the window...you should see all of the pretty shapes it makes in the room when the sun is shining through it!!! I found the old ladder back chair with a rush seat at a yard sale last summer...for only $2...I couldn't pass it up!

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The New China Hutch

I do have plans to refinish the hutch. I'm leaning toward painting it black! I also have very pretty frenchy looking wood appliques to add to the hutch...another project for another day! But in the meantime, I have added a few "pretties" to the top of the hutch! Some of my Valentines Day treasures have found a home here. Do you see the little black bird house? I added a pretty vine around it. On the opposite end is an old iron crown...it has fleur di lis on it. I placed it on top of a stack of old books...and if you look real close, you can see a little bird has nested in the inside of the crown! Hehe!!!
I haven't decided if I really like this vignette yet...it may change! I sure am open to suggestions on decorating the top of this hutch!

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Just a closer view...I turned the light on inside the hutch!

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Close-up of the bird house. Just look...even my little black bird house has a "fleur di lis" on top...hehe!!! This little fiddle belongs to my honey. His parents bought it for him when he was only 4 yrs. old while they were in Mexico...my honey calls it his "Mexican Fiddle"! I thought it looked cute...nestled into the vine!

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A close-up of "Tweet" the bird and the iron "fleur di lis" crown. I'm looking for a little bird's nest to place under Tweet!

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Wall Art

This wall art can be found on the wall just to the left of the hutch. I just love the frenchy mirror...I hung one of my "treasure finds" (after Christmas sale...19 cents) with a black ribbon from the mirror!
This picture (photo & frame) is an antique. The little boy in the center of the photo was Russell's Grandfather when he was just a young child...probably taken about 1902. I love the old ornate frame...and the bubble glass!

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A close-up of the frenchy mirror with the pretty little decorative bauble!

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Well my friends...I hope that you've enjoyed the tour of my little frenchy Studio/Office. It's a work in progress...as I make changes, I will post photos! I'm so happy that you stopped by today!!! Please don't forget to visit Susan and all of the other "Metamorphosis Monday" participants!



Have a marvelous Monday!

Love ya'll,
Chari




36 comments:

Melissa Miller said...

Hi Chari,
It is all just beautiful and elegant!

I LOVE the draperies soooo much!!!! ~WOW~ They really are so pretty.

The birdhouse and new crown look precious as well.

Come check out my FDL post. I didn't even know I liked French decor' so much until now.

I have an appointment today so I won't be home much. BOO-WHO...I'd rather visit blogs...:)
~Melissa

Kim Chalfant said...

Ooh la la!!! I'm in love with your room!!!! I could hang out in it all day. I love everything you have done, but then I do love anything frenchy. I would paint the hutch black. I love the birdhouse & I love the crown (need to get me one). I love your window. Love the desk & the iron gate. I just love everything!!! It looks fabulous.

Happy To Be said...

GM Chari...girl I am loving those drapes they are just BEAUTIFUL and what you did with TWEET is darling...I have my Cathy bird in the LR and every time I look at it I think of Lynne and our little group..now that picture is just priceless to say the least...don't you just love things like that?? you should do "Wahts on your wall Wednesday" and show you great gate and mirror etc..Huh now I think I will take pictures of some of my family pictures and do that..How was your weekend with the kids?? I just found out like 20 minutes ago I am a new great grandma again..another girl..5 lbs 10 ozs and 19 inches long.WOW!! was born yesterday and no one called me until today..my Gina thought her son would call and her son thought she would call..so here I am in the dark waiting for the phone all day...anyway had a C-section and Now we have a girl..they didn't know the sex..wanted to be surprised..Hope you have a great day dear friend..hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

ann said...

Oh Chari honey,isn't it fun to play grown-up house?I love those drapes,thet are gorgeous.You have done an astounding job of everything.And the crown and your little"sister"birdie.I am impressed.and I love---your new hutch.and all the vintage pics are so elegant...Ann

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Oh My Chari! (I was so hoping this post was what you would post for met monday!)

WHat an awesome job you have done! That first pictures drew me in in an instant- Wow those drapes look FABULOUS!!!!!!!
Of course you know I adore that gate of yours and it looks perfect with the sweet desk. Can't wait to see the pretty lamp when it arrives.


I think I recognize that wonderful crown on top of your hutch! LOL How fun- I can tell everyone I had a tiny part in the decorating of this soon to be world famous frenchy room!

Chari you really have outdone yourself on this one girl! WEll I am heading back to drink it all in again!!

blessings
mary

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

I just gotta come back and tell you I HAVE to find a scrolly thing like yours in the window- WOW- I love the look
and your little 19 cent find on the mirror- That mirror looks like a million bucks! you just have to come and help me with all your creative ideas!! You are going to run out of rooms to decorate pretty soon anyways and I have lots of im you can work on! And after all we both live in the same state!!

blessings
mary

KBeau said...

Outstanding. I think my favorite thing is your use of the iron headboard. Great idea.

Lori said...

Chari,
Your room looking nice. I do love the drapes...
I hope you had a nice weekend and didn't work on your room to hard.

Come by I have something for you.

lvroftiques said...

Chari it's coming along so beautifully! Those draperies are gorgeous!!! And the ironwork in the window is absolutely perfect!! I'm gonna have to steal that idea from you girlfriend! *winks* I LOVE it sooo much!! And that crown looks oh so familiar! Wouldn't happen to be one from sweet Mary would it? *winks* The gate as bulletin board is fab! Oh girlfriend I'm just loving everything! Vanna

salmagundi said...

It is really coming together. Love all of the personal touches from your travels, etc. Have a great week. Sally

Bo said...

Hi Chari...this room/office is coming together so beautifully. I might not want to ever leave it...you have so many lovely things to enjoy looking at & you have displayed them so well...and those drapes...ooo-la-la...they are the cherry on top! I also like the Mexican fiddle vignette...
don't change a thing! ;-) Bo

prof en retraite said...

Oh my goodness, Miss Chari! You have outdone yourself, my friend!! I LOVE your new drapes!! That juliet valance is so frenchy! You are such a talented lady! All of your little touches are just perfect! I love the gate behind the desk. How can it get better??? Have a great week!...hugs!...Debbie

mbkatc230 said...

This is just beautiful. The draperies are gorgeous, and I love the use of the garden gate as a bulletin board. Great job. Kathy

Stacey said...

Your frenchy studio/office is great! Your drapes are beautiful and I'm drooling over the gate that is on your wall!

Cynthia said...

I love it! You have great taste and a beautiful eye for detail. I love the hutch, drapes, the wall art, very nice post!!! Cindy

sue said...

Hi sweetie how are ya? Your room is coming along beautifully!! I'm loving everything you've done, and those drapes are drop dead gorgeous, just my colors!! Have fun, wish I had a room like that!! xoxoxo

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Just beautiful. I love the curtains.

janet said...

oh my gosh, this one gorgeous room, drop me a line when your new lamp arrives, i can just imagine how beautiful it is,
hugs
janet

tardevil said...

It's all good!

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Chari...your studio is coming along beautifully! I love those draperies...wow...they are gorgeous! I love seeing all the new things you are doing in your studio! Love the bed behind the desk...great use of it and it looks adorable back there!
Susan

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Chari, this just looks beautiful! I LOVE those drapes! They are absolutely perfect for your Frenchy studio! I recognized "Tweet" immediately! So cute under that crown! So glad you left the ironwork in the window. I've always loved that. You are going to LOVE being creative in this wonderful room. laurie

xinex said...

Oh Chari, I love how your room is coming together. I love the Waverly drapes and those mirrors and the "Tweet" inside a crown and the iron scrolls and so on and so on and so on. Keep the pictures coming....Christine

imjacobsmom said...

Your Office is starting to look great. I wish that I had the materials and space to copy your garden gate idea. i am filing that for future reference. So cute! I think painting your hutch black would be a great idea. ~ Robyn

Tomarie said...

Oh Chari, I'm downright envious! Those drapes are amazing! You couldn't have found anything more perfect! I just love the iron gate behind the desk...that was pure genius! The mirror and the antique picture are beautiful!
Goodness, you have done an amazing job! L~
(If you're wondering why I'm commenting now...I'm home with a cold. :-)) Love ya!

lovelane said...

Hi Chari!! Glad you got your lamp and I think it will look great in your office. I hope it doesn't take too long to find shades that you like. Girl....those drapes are beautiful!!! Love they way they puddle on the floor and the valance just makes it!!!! I can't believe the price that you paid....what a deal!!! All of your vintage pictures and frames are divine! ARe they family pictures? I just love handed down pieces!! Talk to ya soon girl.
Laura

Melissa Miller said...

Hi Chari, :)

Thank you so much bfor you kind words!
I do appreciate my husband as well.
He is such a quiet, strong and hardworking man. I'm very blessed.

I have received such sweet advice from bloggers about our upcoming move.
You're right, I just have to trust it will all work out for the best.
I'll keep you posted.

I did not realize how much FDL I had until very recently.
Amazing how we look at something everyday and don't see it.
The little FDL in our office has a teeny little drawer on it. It is cute but not much can go in it. HEHE!

Have a wonderful day my friend.
~Melissa ;)

Chari said...

To Lauralu...

My friend, I just wanted to let you know that I got your note about the "Sisterhood" Award...I have tried to leave you a couple of messages on your blog but to no avail! When it gets to the part where you have to type the security letters...it just freezes! I thought I'd leave you a note here...letting you know...in hopes that you'll come by and see it!

Thank you so much for the award, my friend!!!

Love ya,
Chari

ann said...

hI DEAR,YEP,IT'S IN THE KITCHEN.THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL YOUR SWEET COMPLIMENTS.AS I WAS SCROLLING DOWN TO LEAVE YOU A MESSAGE.IT'S QUITE IMPRESSIVE TO SEE YOUR ROOM.THOSE DRAPES ARE TOTOALLY AWESOME...ANN

Chari said...

Hi Laura (Lovelane)...

Girlfriend, I'm so happy that you stopped by...it just means so much to me!!! And thank you for all of your very sweet compliments!!! You asked about the photos...yes, they are family photos! We inherited them from Russell's Dad...I have several in really nice antique frames that I'm wanting to hang up! The one that you seen the picture of, I already cleaned and repaired so up it went...hehe! I just adore those old photos...guess it's my big imagination but I just can't help thinking about the many stories that goes along with these photos!

Well, my friend...I'm still cleaning house...just taking a "sit-down" break...hehe!

Thank you so much again, Sweetie...for my fabulous frenchy lamp!!! It's so perfect for moi!!! I hope to post on it in the next day or so...if I ever get this house cleaned up...hehe!

Love ya,
Chari

Tomarie said...

Chari,
You are such a sweet friend! You always leave the most supportive comments and I just thank you so much for that!
I'm glad you liked the paintings! You asked where they are in the house~ if you look in the header pic, they hang alongside the china cabinet! :-)
Thank you again for stopping by gf! L~

mimi23 said...

ooolala...i am positively drooling over this room!!! you had better get the national guard over, bc i'm coming for that window treatment. wow. this is going to be totally outstanding! love ya', linda

sue said...

your opinions are the same as mine girlfriend! As you can see by my lack of comments, our circle does not talk politics! But for me right now its important and I watch and read as much as time allows for me. I'm hopeful, thats all I can do is hope and PRAY!! Like you, I try to go about my life but try to stay positive and think positive thoughts! Thanks for coming by sweetie and not being afraid to comment! Love ya! xo

Kathy said...

Your office is simply lovely. The drapes are gorgeous, the desk and lamp are beautiful. Wonderful Meta post!
Kathy

Nicole ~ said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your toile drapes!!!!! Where did you get them?? Your room looks fabulous. Everything is so pretty…

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