28 December 2010

Freshening Up The New Year

With the New Year upon us....I started looking around my home....and thinkin'....she needs a little freshening up....

like a new farmhouse metal headboard {so happy to finally have one}....

a little tweaking with the bed linens and sidetables....

I made this wreath for Christmas using some old baling wire and some boxwood garland I had on hand....

I loved it so much....I just may keep it up all year.

I fluffed my eiderdowns....I love me some beautiful eiderdowns.

I changed up my dresser....just shoppin' around the house.....

I love this huge spool of rope....it's the perfect color and adds so much texture....plus.....it's a great way to hold some old photos of my dad.

Yep....I've been freshening up this old farmhouse.....and drawing up plans for some outdoor makeovers....is it wrong to already be wishing for spring and summer ;o)


  1. It looks great! I wish I could "freshen up" my home. But, mine is empty! I seemed to have taken everything out and put it in my antique booth!

  2. I'm obviously in the same mood as you. Only thing is you are a doer and I am a thinker (procrastinator) as I've managed to change my bedding but keep wandering from room to room wondering where on earth to start!
    I need a bit more energy and a lot more inspiration!
    Your bedroom looks beautiful. Love the idea to use the string ball to hold a few photos.

  3. So sweet. My poor house needs that as well. Sending joy and hope to you for this
    New Year.

  4. Me, too! Having fun *freshening* up the cottage. Have gotten lots of inspiration from you and other great blogs. My Christmas/B-day money is being well spent! Love it!

  5. Beautiful! You've inspired me to get busy around here :) ... the wreath you made is so sweet!

  6. gorgeous. i love your bed linens and the dresser. i need a bedroom redo. desperately. i too have been refreshing my farmhouse. love the new year.

  7. Wow you are a busy bee. We are still lolling about watching films and eating too much. My true spring clean and refresh will only begin after New Year and then like you it will be ...when is spring coming...my favourite season of all.

  8. heading this direction as we speak ...

    thanks for nudge ....

    love love love it all

  9. I love freshening up this time of year too. Your bed and linens are gorgeous! In fact I love the feeling of coziness the whole room gives.

  10. ~*~*LOVE your little changes Andrea!! :) Your farmhouse looks beautiful!~*Hugs, Rachel~*~*

    *French Farmhouse 425*

  11. I think we are all feeling the same way! Your home is so lovely and your special touches make it especially welcoming and pretty!
    Laura :)

  12. It's so not wrong to be wishing for spring already. I love winter, but the minute Christmas is over, I've moved on to spring!

    You fresh new look is lovely. Sometimes I'm amazed at how much I can transform a space in my house, simply with things I already have. It's wonderful!

  13. LOVE IT! Can't wait to start our secret project together! I am plotting...and planning...and scheming already! ;o)

    The spool of rope is awesome...and I LOVE the pith helmet, every room needs that little touch of the unexpected! ;o)

    Talk to you soon! I am off to downtown Chicago tomorrow for an overnight with my 4 teenage nieces - wish me luck!!! Lol!


  14. Well, girl - my house is still in full Christmas mode - the living room is still littered with strewen gifts & all decorations.....

    I am *almost* at that point of sprucing up this nest and shopping 'round the house for new treasures to display - but right now, I'm not willing to let Christmas go......................

    soon, though! ;)

    Love the changes you made - your nest is Oh-so cozy.


  15. I'm also in the mood to change it up a bit for the New Year!
    You have inspired me. Love your wreath, I think you should keep it up all year.
    Happy New Year,

  16. I love it! All the changes are so fresh and beautiful!

  17. Ok, Andrea....your "freshening up" is worthy of being featured in a mag for sure. It's just beautiful! You have a such a talent for style and design, girlie. :) Is that an alabaster lamp with the hat on it? I have one I've been searching high and low for the right sized shade for -- and now I know what else I could use on it! I'm almost ready to take down the Christmas decor and do some "freshening up" around here. I'll be dragging various items up from my "store" in the basement! lol! Have a Happy New Year, friend!

    xoxo laurie

  18. Looking good!!!Love that giant spool...where in the world did you get that?!?! No I do not think its crazy to wishing winter away...once Christmas is over I have had enough!! You should see my kitchen right now...what a bomb!! I made sure my napkins and pillow cover were tucked away somewhere dust free! Talk soon,xoxo

  19. Love those eiderdowns...where did you get those?? I am in the same mood...ready to freshen things up!! Happy New Year! Oh, and love the wreath! So romantic!

  20. Yeah, these pics look like MAGAZINE photos! :) Simply gorgeous!!

  21. I just want to come and stay for awhile. Do you like how I invite myself????

  22. great refreshening! love your Royal typewriter, got one myself too ;)

  23. HELLO!!!! Tine from Uruguay life told me to come over and have a look at your blog...so, don't mind me, I will walk around quietly!;)

    Sweet greetings

  24. Love it!

    I wish you and your family a happy, healthy and blessed new year!


  25. Everything looks beautiful! but I know how it is changing things around - I'm "trying" to redecorate my bedroom and it's a bit tougher than I thought! picking bed linens that is for a budget

    thanks for the inspiration!
    Anne Marie

  26. Everything is so lovely....sending you blessings of hope...promise...contentment and pure delight for 2011 my sweet friend. xoxo

  27. I absolutely love your wreath. How simply gorgeous it is!

    You freshened up things beautifully!

    I am feeling the urge to clean, organize and change up. Your photos are so inspirational. Thanks.

  28. Such a beautiful bedroom Andrea...it's definitely one of my favorite's...love!!!! ~Deb~

  29. Your room is darling. I like shopping in my house too. I would keep the wreath up as well.

  30. Hey Doll,
    "Happy New Year!"
    Have A Fabulous 2011!

  31. It looks so beautiful Andrea, your photographs are beautiful and your home looks so fresh and inviting.
    I love the vintage typewriter!

    Sending sweet wishes for the new year.

  32. Sweet bliss
    I love this post! It is so fresh and white!
    Beautiful photos...thanks for sharing....I think I have to go clean something now and rearrange a few things! Lol

    Ciao Bella!
    Creative Carmelina

  33. your home is so lovely! i'm so inspired to tackle our bedroom! hoping that the new year brings many blessings your way! hugs, susan

  34. So love your site!! You are an inspiration to me for 2011!

  35. Everything is beautiful ~ still enjoying our trees just a bit longer...hope your first day of the new year has been perfect. :-)

  36. You have such a beautiful and cozy house Andrea. I love those linens and that big rope spool. I'm feeling the need to freshen up too...there's a few projects in the works around here. I'm longing for summer too ;)

    Best wishes for a wonderful year ♥ Tricia

  37. wow, absolutely beautiful, my little farmhouse could use some sprucing up as well. Now that we are back from vacation I am going to get busy doing just that.
    Happy new year!

  38. Such awesome ideas! I love them. Especially the spool of string.