Saturday, February 5, 2011

Times Are Changing

Have you noticed as your lifestyle changes - your kids leave home, your friends get older you just use the rooms in your home differently. This year at our lake house I noticed we weren't using the large table we had in the sunroom. We used to have our kids down for the weekend and we would have 10 - 12 for dinner or have friends over for the evening . Now the kids all have their own houses or don't come to the lake anymore. Our friends have retired or just don't do the lake thing anymore. So I decided to switch the function of two of the rooms.

So I moved the couch out of the living room area and into the sunroom for more seating.  Then I  moved in this antique drop table that can sit against the wall when not in use. (notice there are some more things that need to change as well.  The table cover is still the country blue and pink I decorated with in the 80's.  If you look closely you can see I have recovered the chair in red and gold plaid.  Oh well! all in good time.)

Pulled out into the room it works nicely for dinner for six to eight people.
However, I had a problem with lighting over the table as this room slants and has a low ceiling.  So I bought a lampshade and added beaded trim to the shade.  I had my husband put two hooks in the ceiling.  One that would hang over the table when it was out in the room and one when it was pushed against the wall.

Does the job perfectly and I love how it looks hanging over the table.
Making this lamp was so easy to do if you want to try.  Just buy a lampshade and a lamp kit from the hardware store.  All of the parts just simply screw together. The only electric tool we used was a drill to mount the hooks in the ceiling.


donna said...

I'm crazy nuts about your header photo. Luv what you did with the lampshade and how creative to be able to use it in two different places.

I've noticed that some of our friends are getting older. It's 100% that they've noticed the same about us. ha-ha


Thisisme. said...

Wow, you've changed your header photo. It looks great and perfect for this month of Love!! I'm at this stage at the moment, and feel that I just want to change the house round completely!! Hope you're having a good weekend. Weather dreadful over here in England :(

Debby@Just Breathe said...

What a great idea. I love the two hooks for the lamp. Very creative and functional.

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

HI Stella. Things do change a lot after the children leave home and get busy lives of their own. It is a time to change things up to make them handier for you and hubby. The swag lamp over the table is a handy a pretty addition.Have a wonderful weekend.

Star said...

It's fun to change a room isn't it Stella and yours looks very inviting. We have found that we are doing the same kinds of rearranging. We no longer need a spare bedroom because it is too much work having people to stay over. You have to live the life that you are in today, not what was applicable 20 years ago, right?

Shelia said...

Hi Stella! Oh, I like the new look. Change is good sometimes and especially when it looks this nice.
Thanks for popping in to see me and you can snap for me anytime! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Sweet Old Vintage said...

Things change with aging... I love using old jars and filling them with old photo and a couple objects of lace buttons,, brooches ect. and adding a tag that calls it a memory jar... I made one for my daughter and she loved it with a old photo of her grandma... Blessings

Chatty Crone said...

I love you header photo too - great for Valentines this month.

Your home is lovely - I want to paint my family room and surrounding areas that same color.

I'd love to change things in my home now too! I'm ready.


Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Stella -- That's a great idea to change rooms around as your lifestyle changes and I love what you've done with the place! And I love what you've done with the place.

And I agree with Donna -- your header photo is fabulous.

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Wow! Love your lamp idea!!! All of it.

And I love to see Valentine headers. 'Cause I love to change my header pic, myself, I guess.

Hugs and ♥'s...
'Cause Valentine Day is coming!

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

And on another topic, I hope you will look for the latest 'Victoria' magazine and take a look at it. Perhaps you'll be inspired to subscribe. :-)

Hugs and ♥'s...
'Cause Valentine Day is coming!