fourteen years.

That's how long it had been since she had painted the office.

And probably will take close to that for you to read through this long post.

Fourteen years.

Pitifully obvious avoidance.

And as with most things, the longer you put it off, the worse it gets.

She knew it needed to be done.  But there was always some reason.  And as the years passed the room became more stuffed, making the moving of furniture daunting, if not downright hazardous to one's health.

But then perhaps because enough is enough, the day came when something simply had to be done.

As in now, right NOW.

For no real reason other than it was time. Way past time.

But what color???  At one point, not knowing what color to paint it was a reason for not painting at all.   So being at the point of a rabid frenzy, it didn't seem to take nearly as long as it could have been to choose new colors.

Base boards and crown molding went from some color named "Macadamia" and looking like bad caramel to crisp white.  Check out the color below....that's my sisfur, Matilda checking out the color on the mantle, probably thinking of coughing up a furball as commentary.  You can also see the color on the crown molding in this photo.....

The walls were a gold yellow color.  Here is the before picture to give you an idea of what the wall looked like.  Note that the mantle vignette is heavy on the color brown.  That soon became a bit of an issue...which you will soon understand.

So when this seemingly endless painting process was complete, there was still the putting it all back together.  However, it would have been sooooo boring to just put it back together the way it was.  And then there was the issue of the mantle vignette - which would have to be changed.  A shame, she really liked it and it gave us room to lounge.  But, she was ready for a bit more of a change. Heck you're already committed, so why not go a bit further?!

So furniture was moved again, lace panels handwashed, eclectic constructions of bed springs and posts removed, removal of some other smaller things, relocation of others, dust bunnies put out to pasture, and throw rugs removed.  Yes, it was an ugly scene in there for no less than three weeks, maybe four but who's counting at that point right?

It's finally done so allow me to share with you the revised, new and freshly fluffed office!

We're good for another..... fourteen few years ;)

From the kitchen and looking in, if you dare and the curtain isn't pulled shut....

This may seem an odd place to drop a stepback cabinet but it actually serves two purposes.  One if a bomb blew up in her office, you won't see it from the kitchen.  And second, if dinner is on fire, she won't see it and therefore has good reason to go out to dinner!  Can't see dinner burning, can't save it now can we.....

And of yeah, the stepback cabinet also holds all her office paperwork and files.  But that isn't nearly as important as the strategic location....

Now if you are looking towards the kitchen, this is to your right.  This cabinet in the forepaw holds sewing notions and fabric. The tall chimney cabinet holds decorating books.  Yes, it is full.  As if you couldn't have filled in that blank on your own ;)

 (The curtain in back of the chimney cabinet is part of the entry way separating her office from the kitchen.)

You may recognize the stars and rusted arch....remember those hung above the mantle for *cough cough* more than a d.e.c.a.d.e.....

Directly across from the sewing cabinet and iron arch wall....
and on the other side of the stepback cabinet.....

The bench made from an antique headboard and footboard.  With one of the pillows she creates. 
The bench came in from the studio and really works much better in here for us.  Why? Because it's closer to the kitchen and we can hear even the slightest rattling of dishes and smell the slightest whiff of food.

And hard to believe as it may be, she actually added a very small touch of color! 
Raspberry, pale pink and a pale green! (Wonder how long that will last?)

So if we were to skip past the laundry room door.....this bookcase stayed where he was.  However, the cabinet that was on top of the bookcase is now on the mantle; 
and the cabinet top that was on the altar is now on the bookcase.  
Got that right? Good cause there will be a test afterwards.....

And oh yes, don't ask me why it took her this long to figure out these two pieces looked better together than her previous configuration.  Had I been asked to put it together I would have come up with this eons ago.  But you knew that already didn't you?!

The photo shown above is my purrsonal favorite part of the office.  It's yours too right?

And on the other side of the shelf....the Princess of the house. 
Can you believe I have to share shelf space with this fluff ball?!?!  
Oh the sacrifices I make!

Details. Details.

And...check out the new wall colors....
which are supposed to be a very pale taupe/grey/brown tint and a deep brown above the brick work.

How does she expect me to sit here?!?

Moving on so that I don't tempt fate by knocking this pile right off that chair....
Remember the old mantle vignette (shown below)?

How about the new improved mantle?!?!
Now of course Matilda (shown above sleeping) is none too happy about this revision.....

See the problem of a vignette with mostly brown elements? 
Brown on brown....well even I know that's not going to work. 
And no, she didn't think about before she chose the color.

What's this - MORE color?!?  

But that's the last of it as we move around to the wall opposite of the bookcase, 
on the other side of the mantle.

This cabinet stayed where it was.  But the columns were relocated here from another area of the office.  
Not sure if they will stay there.  She has a birdcage that may need to go there.  
But for the rest of today, this is where they will stay.
(as I write this, it is after 2 a.m.)

And in the center...the desk is still where it was.   
But the top of the desk and in front of the desk has changed a bit.

And then there was the altar.....
which is now on the backside of the stepback that blocks the view to the kitchen.  

And as before the altar holds her sewing machines and her notebooks of magazine pictures and articles.  She added wheels to the altar, so it can still be utilized for it's shelves on the backside!

And right before you go out to the studio.....

But we can go no further.  
I have been grounded as of this evening for evils against tiny innocents.
And really, I will be lucky if I can get out of kitty jail (aka the doghouse) in time for the studio tour.
Which will begin July 12th at Karen's "Where Women Create"......

I really hope to see you there. 
Because if I am still grounded, Matilda gets to do the tour.  
That's her in the picture below.  She's taunting me, isn't she?!?!
Oh the horror.

Maybe you would consider boycotting the studio post?
Or how about a "get out of jail free" card....purrlease.....


Anonymous said...

Wow Dude, She was really, really busy! I am impressed with the new colors and don't tell my MOM but She can come over to my house and decorate anytime! Not that my Mom isn't good at it but she doesn't have near as much stuff as yours does... I actually think my Mom needs more stuff!
Well, hope you get out of jail soon... I for one will boycott the blog tour party thingy if you aren't there!
Raphael and his Mom

Maureen said...

Oh Romeo! Tell "her" I ADORE her home and all the incredible antiques... the new colours are beautiful, and I do hope you get out of jail before Karen's party because I have personally invited you to visit Dakotah, Tawnee and Sheba in my Studio on July 12th. Purlease let him come "her"? I can't wait to visit back to your awesome office!!!

oldgreymare said...

Be nice Romeo, she's worked very hard. As long as you get an ear scratch now and again, and fed of course, be happy. Mama never sits still long enough for me to hang in her lap anymore, so be glad yours is hanging around the house.
Justice cannot play anymore and I am bored.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Romeo it may have taken her a long time to change things, but I like how it looks!!! Matilda is kinda sweet, but I would NOT be happy to take the tour without you! Charlie and I will bake you a cake with a file in it to get out of jail!!! See you soon!

Linda and Charlie

cynthia lee designs said...

Wow...the room looks great!!
Hope you get out of jail soon.

Diane said...

Please tell "her" that her office is so beautiful. I'm sure you and your siblings have helped so much and that you're enjoying the new places to check out. The redo was worth it and a real inspiration. Have a "purrfectly wonderful day". Diane

Lululiz said...

All I can say is... when can I move in?????

Bohemian said...

Romeo, you must have been exhausting watching 'her' do all that Work?!? It's all so Lovely... and I feel like such a slug now... procrastinating on painting one measely wall that only has a new Hollywood Regency Style Antique Fireplace Mantle in front of it that I got for Mother's Day from The Son! *LOL* Can't wait to see her Studio Tour, Hope you're out of Kitty Klink by then?

Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

BetteJo said...

Oh kitty - tell your mum I love her style!

Carole said...

Oh Deborah you've have outdone yourself. You have me wanting to search out all my metal stars and hang them on the walls again. I recall one falling off the doorway ledge and making a nice little dent on our ceramic tile. Oops

thanks for the inspiration. Have fun at the party on the 12th


NanaDiana said...

SHE has been very busy there...and I am sure that YOU are a good director! It looks great..and SHE really has a good eye for putting things together and making them look pretty. However, I don't think I saw a single mouse in the whole place-what's up with THAT?;>) xo Diana

Bevlea Ross said...

thanks for the tour... fabulous studio

Mary Walden said...

This is fabulous--I love all of your "Stuff" and "Rust" and "Photographs" and everything else. Thanks so very much for letting us have a peek. Mary