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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Santa Came Early !

On Crooked Creek will be joining our hostess Susan @ Between Naps On The Porch for Metamorphosis Monday. Be sure to see all the inspiring make-over ideas compliments of our blog land ladies for your viewing pleasure!


On Crooked Creek is also joining Tam @ The Gypsy's Corner for my very first Three or More Tuesday. You must go view her first grandson . . .her early Christmas present! Congratulations, Grandma Tam!

Dear Ones, Santa Came Early On Crooked Creek this year! ! !


You see, I've been wanting new chairs in the Family Room for "Mr. Ed" and I since I purchased the oversize checkers and chess set for his Christmas a few years back. Some of you may have seen it in a past Pottery Barn catalog.


Long before our Annual Trout Fishing Trip in September, I began the logistics of this year's upcoming Christmas On Crooked Creek. Camera in hand, I photographed our Family Room. It seemed our Family Room had become a furniture cemetery. Even the odd pieces of furniture were lined up in a row . . .like tombstones.

THE BEFORE. . .





"Mr. Ed" and I began discussing a possible room re~arrangement. Usually agreeable, what I got from him was, "I'll move that furniture ONE time. . .so you'd better be sure where you want to put it!"

I use a computer on~line program from Better Homes and Gardens called Arrange~A~Room. A~M~A~Z~I~N~G! Let's you see on your computer screen what the final outcome will look like. I love using the mouse to swing that furniture into place! Saves your back and possibly your marriage!

https://secure.bhg.com/common/profile/regStep1.jsp?regSource=1049&returnURL=http://arrangearoom.bhg.com/arrangearoom/index.php




Once the main pieces of furniture were in place, I began eliminating all the excess pieces from garage sales and estate sales that weren't needed. We had so many furniture off casts that we held a TAG $ALE. I advertised on my Face Book page and on Craigslist. Fortunately we made enough from all the sales combined to pay cash for the new chairs!



YES! It's time for the Happy Dance On Crooked Creek! The Family Room is dressed in her finest apparel, the gifts are under the tree, the fireplace is glowing, our chldren are coming and we have been richly and abundantly blessed with His goodness.


. . . THE AFTER!


From all of us On Crooked Creek. . .

                                             . . . to all of you in blog land,

 Merry Christmas!

Until next time. . .

19 comments:

Martha said...

Wow!!!! What a change! It's wonderful! A great job! Aren't you glad you did it!!!

On Crooked Creek said...

Martha,
You did your metamorphosis in one day @ Lines From Linderhof. . . we started in September! ! !
YES! We love the change. . .and we've played more checkers this past week than in the 3 years since we purchased the board! Guess who holds the winning title so far?
Thank you for your visit today!
Fondly,
Pat

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Wow, Pat! What an incredible difference it made! Your new room is simply gorgeous! Love it! Wishing a very Merry Christmas to you and your family!...hugs...Debbie

Allison Shops said...

Looks great! You selected some nice pieces. Enjoy! Dropping by from Met Monday,
Allison
Atticmag

Pattie said...

Wow! What a transition! You totaly went a different route with this one! I love it 8>)
Merry Christmas.

Deanne said...

A much more cohesive and refined look - well done!

Judy @ In His Grip said...

Its wonderful. The transformation is great. It is amazing what a little new furniture will do to pick up a holiday season.

Deana said...

wow! what a big difference. the new chairs are stunning!!

Shirley said...

Love those chairs! Everything looks wonderful and very comfortable. Thank you for coming by for a visit!
Have a Wonderful Blessed Christmas! Shirley

Dandelion and Daisy said...

Like the new chairs....very classy! The room ties together and looks so cozy and comfortable. Enjoy your new room in the New Year!

Simple Southern Happiness said...

Hello.... what a transformation! The room if it could talk would say " I am ready for my close up Mr Diville."
Such a lovely room to clebrate Christmas in.

Bravo!

Entertaining Women said...

Our husbands move furniture the same way....ONE TIME ONLY...GET IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME! LOL. You made my day. Congratulations on your new furniture...keep on dancing! Merry Christmas! Cherry Kay

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Hi Pat - what a beautiful transformation - oh, my goodness! You really did it beautifully. You have inspired me to take another look at my house and simplify. I just love the clean, neutral look of the furniture. The rug (or wall to wall carpeting?) is gorgous - love it! Merry Christmas to you! Linda

CAS said...

Love the new chairs. So how is Mr. Ed doing without a recliner?
CAS

On Crooked Creek said...

CAS,
"Mr. Ed" has a newer recliner in the upper level of our home. We mostly do entertaining and/or family things together in the lower level. . . so no time to snooze down there. HA! Thanks for your visit today.
Fondly,
Pat

Gillian Layne said...

Fun! Thanks for sharing the room moving link. :)

Melody said...

Oh Pat, What a makeover! And, after going back over some past posts Crooked Creek looks beuatifully ready for Christmas!
I just found your blog from Met Monday, I'll be sure to come by your street again ;)

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful room!
Sounds like a fun little "toy" to arrange a room and play with different layouts. I'd be changing things up all the time.
Happy Holidays!

I have a fun old video posted on my other blog
http://dmuseit.wordpress.com

Sandra said...

Your makeover looks wonderful! The clean lines make the room look bigger.