"Every house where love abides
And friendship is a guest,
Is surely home, and home sweet home
For there the heart can rest."
~ Henry Van Dyke

Monday, July 6, 2009

Too hot for housework?

Well, yes it actually is but I persevere. I really wanted to get my hutch reorganized after having posted about it here. And now with my dishes put nicely on the shelves again, it feels much better to me. I can now see the things I love again like my dishes with scenes from The Alsace.

The Wedgwood dishes are set out per place setting so I can take one out as I want to use it. The tea service is also all together making it easy to use. I had let it get cluttered and now things are back in order. If you remember my kitchen redo, I love having my cupboards looking nice even if you can not see in without opening a door.

The temperatures in Holland are so much warmer than we are used to and none of the promised rain has fallen here to relieve us. On top of that, we have had to keep the downstairs closed as we have this monster of a industrial dehumidifier in our room to dry out the walls after the leak. They all seem dry now and I have turned it out today as the sound and heat is getting to me. Tomorrow the man comes back to measure the walls again and hopefully take the machine with him. Another man from the insurance came by today and hopefully they will approve covering the total costs. We still have our fingers crossed the wood floor will be okay. It is laid in a herringbone pattern and if it does start to crack open at the seams, it will be really bad. Time will tell if it will be okay...

In the meantime, I decided I needed to come up with a no cost solution to tables and lamps to create light with my mirrors. I am ordering two wallpapers and cardboard to make reversible backs inside my hutch and did not want to spend money on a new table. The wallpaper is quite expensive here.

A half hour of moving things around in my living room and I have a lamp at each mirror. I am using my tallest candlestick lamps. The tables were not the same height but a few of my vintage books helped solve that problem.

Some poppies in a vase really added a summer touch to a few of my collection of opera glasses. Excuse the items on the floor. I have my beading supplies there as I am hoping to start on making a charm bracelet very soon.

The other table has only a limited space but a little green plant and Jos' grandfather's old pocket watch fit just right.


Elizabethd said...

I love this word 'hutch'!! We english would call it a dresser. It's looking very nice Heidi.

I enlarged the opera glass photo, but couldnt see if 'mine' were there!

Nan said...

It looks great, great, great! Maybe you could send me a little hot weather, and I'll send you some rain. :<)

Heidi, could you talk a bit about your other blog and the account getting full?? I've not heard of this. I left a comment on your last entry but you had already moved.

Nancy said...

It all looks very nice. The decorative dehumidifier looks delightful too. LOL.
I like the lamps there and the books as a lift is a good idea. You are soooo clever. I always knew that.
Hope the floors are ok. Will they put a note in for the insurance in case?
Love you, Mom

Linda said...

It looks great Heidi!! The mirrors with the lamps in front really add some depth and light to the room. And the white cloths in the hutch brighten it up also. I saw a hutch on a website where they laid dishcloth type towels along each shelf. They had a red stripe going down one side and that is what was hanging over the edges of the individual shelves. They had white dishes in theirs too!

Linda in VA

Sonja said...

Je weet er toch elke keer weer iets moois van te maken! En wat zul je blij zijn als die droger uit je kamer kan.

DonnaTN said...

Your rearranged hutch looks lovely. Plus I find it comforting that you have your beading supplies on the floor by the little table. I'm not alone with my little things stashed in a corner kind of out of the way!

Ginny said...

We'll gladly send you the rain from here in Rochester, New York! I can't remember the last day we had without some. It is so soggy, and not all that warm. We're expecting warmth and humidity for the end of the week. We'll see.

Fluitenkruid said...

Hoi Heidi, wat leuk dat je even langs kwam op fluitenkruid.
Ik ben even op je blogs aan het rondneuzen, ziet er gezellig uit!
groetjes Jannet

Tracy said...

Everything is looking so fine there, Heidi...your "redecorating" is lovely..That dehumidifier is huge! It has has been blisteringly hot here in Norway too. In the 9 years I've been living here, each summer get hotter and hotter. It had been so hot and dry for weeks...but we're having rain at last today. Happy Days, my friend. Hope all is well...((HUGS))

Anonymous said...

Yes I would like to hear about the blog getting full also. What does that mean. Blessings

Tammy said...

WOW! that's one "beast" of a dehumidifier! Hope the floor isn't damaged.
The hutch and surrounding area looks beautiful, well done Heidi!
What this? beading? Did I read beading? (can't wait to see :-D)

hazel c UK said...

Hi Heidi, I can just imagine how your New Look room is looking now. I love your hutch and like Elizabethd we to call them dressers in England. Hope you are feeling a lot better and get the walls sorted soon.
Love Hazel (UK)

Rhondi said...

I'm catching up on your posts I missed while I was away. Your dining room looks really good and I like how you used the books to balance the height of the lamps. Very clever! I hope you're not overdoing it though. Take care of yourself! ((hugs)) Rhondi