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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Lower Level Living. . .

Seems as if we spend a great deal of time in the lower level living On Crooked Creek than in years past. Contributed in part, to the Studio where I spend many of my days creating and designing. "Mr.Ed", also, has various hobbies which he pursues on the lower level, as well. 

So~o~o. . .I've been doing a lot of photographing and tweaking of our living areas.

 BEFORE. . .
Christmas On Crooked Creek 2010!

Several close friends and I have chatted about a bug going around "our town".  .  . a "cleaning bug" to be more specific. At first thought, we all decided it was caused by the near 70 degree weather we were experiencing. Not a common factor on the prairie. Maybe it was the onset of Spring cleaning with our spring~like temperatures. Whatever caused "the bug", it sure has made a difference in the appearance of lower level living On Crooked Creek!

. . .AFTER!
The "Cleaning Bug" 2011!

Our son and daughter~in~law were a great help in assisting me to pull off a huge surprise for "Mr. Ed" this year for Christmas. We replaced his remote control color T.V. with a new flat screen T.V. Yes! I know everyone else has one. . .but dear hubby didn't. Now he does.

At first, we tried watching T.V. from the gentleman's dresser. I don't know if it was the tree or the hat box, but I always seemed to be distracted!

Double Dresser in Dining Room.

Double Dresser
Across from Couch.

That "cleaning bug" really took hold of me. . .and I moved the double dresser from the dining area and placed it across the room from the couch.

A Comforting Reading Chair.

The Lodge Tree that we usually kept out all year long . . . now has a new home under the staircase and will remain there until Christmas On Crooked Creek. In it's place is an upholstered rocking chair and pillow that belonged to my beloved mother.

In keeping with the decor of the lower level, I added a few Trout Fishing accessories. . .

Wooden Trout, Cattails and a set of Coasters.

A pair of Candlesticks!

Now when I take a break from the Studio. . .or "Mr.Ed" wants some weekend warrior sports viewing, the distractions are minimal.

I can't guarantee that "the cleaning bug" won't visit you. . .
                                                       but one thing I can be assured of. . .

On Crooked Creek. . .
                                      There are always distractions!

I'm joining hostess Susan @ Between Naps On the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday! Please stop by and visit all the inspiring and creative projects the ladies of blog land have been preparing for your viewing pleasure!

Until next time. . .


Martha said...

I really like what you did!!! I think it makes a big difference!

Anonymous said...

Oh friend you need to send that bug my way please!!! I so need to clean and declutter but just don't seem to get it done. I am selling a bit more in my booth and hope to get rid of some of my stash that way-

Your tv area looks great- BTW- we don't have a flat screen yet. Actually we don't have tv service and watch movies on our computer- love not having tv and getting to stick my head in the sand about what is going on! (in truth we read news online to)

bee blessed

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

I get that bug someitmes. It's an affliction my whole family fear, as I zoom about in a frenzy of dusters and mops, throwing away everything in sight!!

I love your distraction photos - your cat is so sweet!


The Vintage Attic said...

I really like it when people arent afraid to use furniture other than it's attended propose. looks fabulous.


Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hello sweet lady...

Ohhh have been a busy little bee, my dear friend! I do think it's the time of the year! I need to get busy myself! Hehe! I love all the changes that you made to your beautiful living room! It just looks lighter and more spring like! Love that cute fishing vignette! Ohh...and those candleholders are gorgeous, Pat! Girlfriend, we still have the old TV! It's still good and seems to suit us soooo....hehe! I'm sure that your mister is really enjoying his new flat screen though!

Well dear friend, I hope that you're having a wonderful week! Just wanted to stop by to say hello!

Warmest wishes,

Babs said...

Pat, Wow, I hope that bug comes south! I really need to "catch it". You did a great job of redecorating your lower level. You've inspired me to get moving and have a good clear out. Thanks for your comment on my post.
Have a good week.

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi Pat! I need to catch that bug!Everything looks so pretty! Looks like Maurice is enjoying the result! Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

Designs on 47th Street said...

Everything looks great. All your efforts paid off.

I really enjoyed seeing your black and white kitty. I too have a black and white kitty who I love to pieces!

Anonymous said...

Looks wonderful Pat!

Don't you just love flat screen tv's. We are finally getting all our big ol' dinosaurs changed out for the much lighter variety.

bj said...

Oh, must have sent that "bug" as an attachment to your comment...I caught it, too.
Everything you have done in your lower level looks amazing.
Excuse me now, if you will...I need to GET TO CLEANING.:))

Marlis said...

I cherish your visit and thank you for your very kind comments. I love your makeover! It really turned out lovely. Your distraction is about as good as my distraction except mine is all white and thinks he's invisible! Have a super weekend.