Undecided in the Parisienne Farmhouse

Oct 28, 2010 | Parisienne Farmhouse Design | 13 comments

Sorry about these photos – Yikes.  My flash got wasted and there is no sun AT ALL today.  I didn’t want to keep messing with them… I just wanted to Blog darn it!

Half the fun of having a sale with your Mom and Friends is all the swapping that goes on during and after… the insider deals if you will on the stuff that the owner “never wants to see again.”

One vignette at Shop the Shed.  
We had our first brainstorming meeting for next Springs sale this morning.  
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I have in my possession a few fantastique pieces from the dealers swaps but I am indecisive as to what to do with them…. the kids have been under the weather and now it’s my turn, so my new finds sit, half decorated, half stuck in limbo… wondering where their proper placement in the Parisienne Farmhouse will be…
The two items I am most excited about are pretty large, and I am struggling with their scale and the smaller size our home.  (Our home is not small per se, but you’ll see what mean)…
1st Item:
An old Bread tin.  SO COOL!  But so huge… I just can’t make it work in the kitchen… so right now it’s touring the house deciding wear to fit in…
It has shelves and everything and being the big baker that I am I would kill to incorporate this into my kitchen but as I played with it in there even my 5 year old son said, 
“Mom, that doesn’t look right in here.”  
Currently I am trying it on a very french, burled wood hutch and it’s holding my linen napkins… we’ll see…
Item #2
And old turquoise radio cabinet.  Chippy skippy!
You can see my faux fireplace behind it… well, I moved that and put the radio cabinet in it’s place and now, well, I am not in love with it.  I love the splash of color but it is definitely not right.  It’s off, especially because I really don’t want to move the mirror and plates hanging above…

 This is the opposite side of the room… You can see why the splash of color would work in this room (our dining room with sitting area)
 And from this corner it looks… Ok…
But this is the view when you walk into the room… yuck.  It’s simply not working, I love the colors but just to make it work I had to “steal” the palm and the chair from the parlor and the sun porch.  I do love the yardage of orange fringe trim draped across the chair though!  Oh, and the pile of my sewing projects on the left is a nice touch too… HA!
I may put the faux fireplace back, move the baby into her own bedroom out of ours finally, put the radio cabinet where the crib is and load it with all the books that I never have room for in my bedroom…
Ah, the baby’s room, that is a whole ‘nother dilema…
Do I go creamy white walls or do I go drama like this nursery that I love (found on Cote de Texas earlier this year)????
I’ve got a whole pile of darling off white, french prints, lampshades and accessories waiting to be used… just can’t decide on the wall color.  
I am typically pretty decisive & I don’t function well when I can’t make my mind up.  I am hoping that when we are all back to 110% everything falls into place in my imagination, that everything will find a home and the baby will have a charming nursery.  Perhaps I should finish the mega jumbo gardening project before the snow flies too… photos coming…
PS – I am thinking of making the entire process of the nursery makeover into a little TV show…. so stay tuned for PFTV debuting later in November!!!!
First you say you do
And then you don’t
And then you say you will, 
and then you won’t….


  1. Blondie's Journal

    You sound just like me, Angela. I’m so indecisive…just can’t make up my mind half the time. I’d forget about the pieces until next week, you never know how you will feel!

    The baby’s room sounds like it will be fun to decorate. I love creamy whites but from looking at your dining room/sitting area, you do color really well.

    Have a great weekend and get better. Stay warm!


  2. Stephanie

    It all looks great, but the right spot will come to you. The pieces are too good not to own! By the way, did that leopard coat in the first photo sell? Just askin’….

  3. Anne Marie

    i’m so glad you got that bread tin…i think it would be perfect on your rustic buffet in the kitchen as you said you were using it

    and romantic country! how exciting Ange!! congrats! I’m sure this will be a step in a great career for you….

  4. tina

    yer makin’ me tired with all the movin’ of stuff!
    I like the radio cabinet with the palm…looks nice 🙂
    Every time my MIL and I have a sale, we keep so much of each others stuff we defeat the purpose of having one!

  5. Anne - Fiona and Twig

    Oooo, I’m loving that blue cabinet!
    Wow, send it my way, I’ll make it work, no problem!

    Cannot wait to see more pics of the sale!


  6. Musings From A French Cottage

    Oh my gosh, I feel your pain! I am in color limbo right now as we speak. I cannot tell you how many trips to the paint store we have taken in the past 4 days because I have simply lost count! I have little piles of sample cans sitting on the floor and countless sqaures and swaths of color all over the walls. I’ve decided to walk away and shut the door for a week and then when I return to the room, I’m hoping the right color will just call out my name or something! Haha…I’m leaning toward grays…your nursery is going to be divine and you’ll find the perfect spot for your new goodies. The cabinet would look adorable in the nursery – maybe housing some perfect little pairs of shoes all lined up in a row???

    Have a great day!!


  7. A Tale of Two Cities

    I fell in love with that nursery earlier in the year too. Can you imagine a little princess tucked in for the night in such a beautiful bed?


  8. Jenny

    just simply gorgeous…I’m talking about your home. And the pic of your shed sale totally says “come on in”….just lovely. and your pieces are fantastic and I just can’t wait to see what you may do with them. I hope you get to feeling better soon!

  9. Glenda

    You know how I feel about color. So anything you can’t use I’m more than willing to make the road trip to pick-up. Love your dinning room!!!
    Have a great weekend.

  10. Beth Hazelton

    I’m moving in…and I am thrilled you bought the bread tin. It is too beautiful to have passed by.

    I will come to you for color suggestions (I like what you have chosen) as I am struggling with what to do with my dining room. Decisions, decisions!

  11. Lynn@ The Vintage Nest

    Oh my….that bread tin with the fleur de lis makes my heart go pitter patter. FAB-U-LOUS! 🙂 Sometimes when I am at impasse on where to place something I call in a friend. It works for me. 🙂

  12. Julie

    Love your decorations! beautiful. 🙂

  13. karaused2btrotter

    I just wanted to say how much I have enjoyed your blog over the last year. I check in every so often to see what’s new and feel as if I’m catching up with an old friend. Your sense of style is fabulous, if I could live in your house I would, and whenever I feel as though motherhood allows no time for anything else all I have to do is check in with you to see that it’s simply not true. I may be behind the eight ball here but I wanted to congratulate you on your inclusion in the book. I was so pleased to see you’ve been duly recognize for your amazing talents. If I could figure out how to subscribe I would but I’m not even sure if I can get this to post. Bon Chance, mon amie.


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