Thursday, September 04, 2008

The Birdhouse Table

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I had to shuffle around some furniture to make room for the new cabinet I showed you yesterday...I moved my birdhouse table to the corner of my living room. It looked like it needed a little color over there so I brought my big birdcage I had in my bedroom downstairs. It still looks a little bare to me so I may end up adding something on that wall. I have a big ficus tree that I moved outside for awhile...I may bring that back in and put it in the corner. Maybe I'll just leave it alone for awhile. I got some negative comments and emails about the new look of my blog. I was really surprised that some people didn't like it but I think I was more surprised that so many people actually told me they didn't like it. It caught me a little off guard. I started to think about it and I guess that's a good thing that people feel they can be honest with me. I know the comments weren't meant to be mean and I didn't take it that way at all. It's almost like having a good friend...the kind of friend that will tell you you have dried food on your face when you know a million people had already seen it not said anything. I value your opinions and luckily I'm at an age now where I don't feel the need to please everyone. I really love it and it reflects my style which is what a blog should do in my opinion.

I did have a couple people tell me they don't see the blue background, only white so I wanted to show you what it should look like. If it doesn't look like this to you please leave a comment and let me know.
I have some chairs to paint this weekend and I'm hoping it cools down. It was 99 degrees yesterday and it's supposed to be that hot again today!
Have a good weekend! See you on Monday!


lisa said...

Cindy ~

I love, love the birdhouse table. It looks beautiful.


Anonymous said...

Cindy, I was surprised myself to read that so many didn't care for your blog's new look because when it first came up for me I thought "how soft and elegant"! I adore the pattern and the gold adds just the right touch. Oh well, ...Viva la difference. Anyway, I love the new piece you just finished and it goes so well with the dining chairs and table. Everything you accomplish in your decor looks so lovely! Stay cool! :) Suesue

Angela said...

Well, I don't care how close your readers feel they are to you; I think it's RUDE to share a negative opinion about someone's blog--when NO ONE asked them!

Besides, people must be BLIND to not see how tasteful, elegant, refreshing this new background is. It's perfect!! Infact, one of my friends who gets to your blog through my page even commented to me how much she liked it.

Have a great weekend!!

Becky said...

Hi Cindy,
What a cute birdhouse table. I don't know that I ever spotted it when looking at your home photos.
It looks great in the corner.
I heard it said once that you may have 20 people tell you that something is wonderful and just one say something bad and it seems to be the one we hear. So hear me my very talented friend. You are good at every thing you put your hand to. Your blog is a favorite of how many people now.
Like a million?
Keep the beauty flowing.

CONNIE said...

Hello, Cindy... I love your new look! So romantic. I've seen Amber's work and she does a beautiful job!

Connie said...

Cindy, my sweet romantic chick, I think it's elegant and prefer it much better than the old one. The gal who designed it captured you perfectly, honey. Well, I think so anyway. I see it all as it should be and if they aren't then it's the browser they are using.

I don't know how you get so much in that apartment, sweetpea. I'm having a hard time getting all my stuff into mine and it's a HOUSE!

Yep, daughter said it's hot down there this past week. A/C in the bay area?!?!?! Yep, they had to go out and buy a small unit for the bedroom. Tooooo hot to sleep. Unbelievable.

Anonymous said...

I've been coveting your birdhouse table for awhile-where did you get it?? The Jolly Dog House

Wendy said...

I LOVE the new look of your blog. It's lovely. And yes, I can see the beautiful blue background too! Ü Your blog is always inspiring, fun and interesting. Thank you for sharing your home with us.

Sharon~heartsongs said...

Your blog is a favorite of mine and obviously many other people. I appreciate all that you put into it.

Sher's Creative Expressions said...

Well, I guess everyone is entitled to an opinion, as you say, however, they don't need to be nasty about it. Your blog is exactly that YOUR blog. You can do whatever it is you want to do with it!!

My opinion is; that it looks MARVELOUS Darling, just Marvelous!!!



Debbie said...

Love that birdhouse table and how you made room for the other gorgeous piece. I spied your "Favorite Thing" in there too. What a lovely vignette Cindy!

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Anonymous: My dad made the birdhouse table for me in the early 90s.

Joanne Kennedy said...


I say as long as you love your new blog look who cares what anyone else things. People just don't like change. Your other blog was very pretty and people just got used to that one.

You can't please everyone and yes I have found that when asked and sometimes even when we don't ask people in blogland will speak up and tell you what they really think. I've been told many times to change my blog. I'm happy with it so that's all that matters.

Your birdhouse looks cute there. It would look cute no matter where you put it.


Glenda~Many Fond Memories said...

Well as you said, you are at an age that you feel comfortable in your choices. And if you had to please everyone, we'd have to lock you away because you would be out of your head.

I like the look of the blog, and it's not up to others. It has your colors and it's not over the top which is probably your personality anyway.

I see the background just fine. I am on a mac.

I think when people see the content rather than the appearance they will get use to it.

So dearie, just do what you love and forget about the rest..

Have a wonderful weekend.


Judi said...

Typically, I'm a silent (although NOT in real life!) reader. But, I visit your blog every single day! So, I figure....every once in awhile I owe it to you to speak up! So, I'm speaking up....
I think your blog's new look is wonderful! Everything about it is lovely....portraying your personality and your style perfectly! An excellent move!
I'm sad that you even had to give a moment's thought to the comments from those few readers who felt compelled to share their negative feedback. Take it from the rest of us......BRAVO!
Your reader from Pittsburgh....another "Vince's mom"...

Carousel222 said...

Well change, any change, takes some getting used to. I was thrown off at first, not sure what site I had just gone to. But it does have a more professional look. I love the lace on the sides. Very pretty. Have a good weekend and stay cool.

the pleasures of homemaking said...

I like the new design - it's not so busy and it's soft and pretty. I see the blue just fine.

The birdhouse table looks good in that corner - I don't know how you fit so much furniture into your space! How much square footage is that floor?


An Enchanted Cottage said...

My gosh, Cindy, I wish I had your energy!!! It's hot back here, too, but it's the humidity that's a killer... The blog looks beautiful, and it is showing up as a beautiful pale blue background on my computer :) I love the way that corner of your living room looks... And you did an incredible job on the armoire!...Donna

debi said...

I just love your home, it looks so beautiful and cozy. Love the new cabinet!
I also love the new look of your blog. It looks more like your home, which is a beautiful reflection of you. It doesn't matter what anyone else thinks, if it makes you happy...that's all that matters!

salmagundi said...

You are a master at adding furniture, etc. to your home without making it feel cluttered. I also love your new blog look! Sally

Anonymous said...

per Angela

"I think it's RUDE to share a negative opinion about someone's blog--when NO ONE asked "

Maybe you should reread Cindy's comments. She did ask what we thought. I don't think anyone was rude, they simply expressed their preference for the old version.

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

I think the new look of your blog is lovely, and it is SO you. It fits you perfectly!!

Sharon said...

I love the new cabinet! You are so talented! Can you tell me what color and brand of white paint you use? Is it spray paint or brush-on?

Esther Sunday said...

I love your re-arrangement! Always look so super around here! Love, Esther

Raylene said...

I am in agreememt with 'Annonymous' a couple of comments up there in her reply to poster Angela. Cindy ASKED our opinion and so here is mine...

I think in the blog world, the trick is to get other bloggers to check in and comment on your blog, so of course viewers are going to say it looks nice! They are also probably going to say this to make their own blog look more appealing.

Reason being--- Have you ever shopped at a high end store and the sales lady says "It's you" when it's really not.. just to make your sale?

Well honey, honestly I don't like it and I wont lie like others to get your approval for a blog comment. The way I see it now- you will get the same readers viewing but not so many newcomers because let's face it... it has a cookie cutter look that anyone could have. Your hydranges border was welcoming that grabbed you. You need something personal about your home that speaks soft romance like the flowers did.

There are alot of pretty and very personal blogs out there in the blog world that draw others in. When you open the your blog now, the scribbly inscripted circle is there but the rest of the page is blank while loading which is not inviting. Also, the writing is too hard to read. Who ever designed this page could have used a much more elegant font because this font is anything but "elegant" now. Just my 4 cents since you had asked.

Have a wonderful weekend.


*former blogger who got tired of the blog B.S.

Liz said...

Oh man! I miss a couple of days and everything is new!!! Your new blog is beautiful. The old one was too, but this is very updated and elegant!

Loved the hydrangea arrangement and the re-do on the pretty hutch!

Enjoy the weekend!

PS I see the color... isn't it supposed to be pale blue. I don't know what they are talking about. It is beautiful!
I think the question is ... Do you like it?

The Decorated House said...

Hi Cindy~
The first thing I noticed when I came by was how fabulous the new layout looks for you blog! (It's nice when people take the time to say good things too isn't it. Just let the rest roll off.)

Your work on the new cabinet looks fantastic! Have a good weekend,

Jen r. said...

I think your blog look is fabulous and it's what you want so good for you! I love that little bird table.

Rue said...

Wow! Did RMS trolls get over here somehow?? I'm so sorry Cindy. I think your blog is beautiful and in fact when I clicked on I was very pleasantly surprised.

You darn well I would tell you the truth. I will not lie, I just don't say anything, unless I think I can help by giving an opinion when asked.

The design is very YOU and I love it :)



My goodness, so many opinions, I think it is very pretty and I also think that some people just don't like change and it takes them a while to adjust to it. It was like an old friend and people were used to it the way it was. I hope you love your new look because that is what counts!!

Joanne said...

Maybe they were just surprised that you had a new look. Caught them off guard, you know? Either way, people shouldn't say anything that isn't nice -- didn't their mother's tell them when they were young? Change is good. Besides, it's your blog and it should reflect YOUR taste and style. Are you happy with it? Yes? Then that's all that matters. Are they really looking at your blog because of the new heading? I don't think so. Tell them to GET OVER IT!!! I, for one, so look forward to your blog -- no matter what's on the top. Joanne ~~

Debe said...

I still think the old saying, "If you can't say something nice, don't say it." We do the things we do because WE like them. If someone doesn't, they should just be quiet. Can't please everyone. It is quietly and simply elegant, I think.
Where did you get the throw that covers the chair next to the darling bird table? I have a chair I hate that needs to be covered until something better takes it's place. Would appreciate a tip on where to look for something similiar. Keep doing what you do!!!!

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Debe: the covers are 2 tableclothes! I plain white one and one lace one! A quick and inexpensive fix!

Debe said...

Again, you are just too clever. Thanks for the quick response and now I am digging through tablecloths!! And the lovely blue background does show up just fine for me.

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

Your home looks so lovely, as always! You have such a knack for making everything look so beautiful. I personally love the look of the new blog! I think it's pretty, soft, and inviting--seems to me it fits you and your home perfectly!! Good for you doing what YOU like! :)

Jenni @ nest to keep said...

I think that it looks really beautiful! I love the soft, sweet blue you chose AND I love the damask design on the borders~ very chic! :)

You put the birdhouse table in a perfect place! Your living room is so beautiful and very inspiring.

Have a wonderful weekend! :)

Jean said...

Cindy, I love your new look and your old look of your blog. They are both beautiful and both totally different. The birdhouse table is great with the birdcage on it. Have a great weekend.
Jean in Virginia

Melissa Lester said...

I think your new blog layout is just beautiful, and I think we know you well enough to realize you will be decorating it from time to time. The blue is beautiful, and I love the design on the sides. That would be a pretty wallpaper to hang!

I am hoping to redecorate a room for my girls to share, and I found princess panel beds that I love from Havertys ( They are nearly $500 each, though, and my husband flatly refused when I told him what I had found. He has encouraged me that often I do my most creative work when I don't have much to spend and rework things that we have.

I would have to agree, but sometimes I want to just find what I want and get it.

But looking at your blog, I feel confident you could achieve this look without spending so much. If you have any ideas for how I could achieve the look of those beds, I would really appreciate it.

Terry said...

I love the new look -- but I'm not seeing the blue periphery, so I thought I'd let you know. I check your blog when I get home every nite fron work to see what new project you can inspire me with! I love cottage and country, so I have blended the 2 nicely (bath and bedroom are chippy cottage, kitchen, dining & living room country.) The 2 styles can really blend well as long as the overall look is soft and cozy. Anyway, love the blog, and love the new look of it.I am in Philly and it's in the 90's here also (so much for fall) and we're waiting for the remnants of the hurricane which will prevent any flea markets tomorrow!

Melissa Lester said...

Thanks for getting back to me so quickly! I have visited both those sites and found a lot of things I like. Thanks for the tips!

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

I'm glad that you don't worry about how other people think about something that is as personal to you as the look of your blog. It is something that comes with age, and I only say this because we are about the same age, lol. That being said, I do love the blue and the elegance of the new look.

My guess is that all of those people who posted as "anonymous" were all one and the same person!


Michelle said...

I think your "new look" on your blog is beautiful~very peaceful and as always, a beautiful place to visit.

Your birdhouse table looks great, as does your new cabinet!


Michelle said...

I think your "new look" on your blog is beautiful~very peaceful and as always, a beautiful place to visit.

Your birdhouse table looks great, as does your new cabinet!


Pink Slippers said...

Good thing we each have our own home for those who had negative feedback. That's why you live with your things and I live with mine..and so on. I love your house and your style!!!! And like you day when you have your own cottage-you will have more room. So you better keep all those pretty things. hehe! wendy

Jojo said...

Cindy, Wow, so much can change in a couple of days!! I have been tied up and haven't had time to catch up on my blog reading. I thought I had gone to the wrong site. I LOVE THE NEW LOOK!!!!! I wouldn't be concerned about some of the negative feedback. One thing that I have learned is that sometime it is simply change that makes folks feel uncomfortable.

Anonymous said...

I love your new blog, it suits your style and taste, I too don't care what people say now, not like when I was younger, it's your blog and your taste, besides everything else is still the same, you still show those gorgeous photo's of you beautiful home, and that's what counts in my opinion.

Anonymous said...

Cindy, Sorry, I like the old look a whole lot better. I'm not sure I would have stopped by more than once if this was my first visit. Nothing to grab my attention and invite me back. Raylene is 100% right AND YOU DID ASK. I don't believe that anyone was being "nasty" and I'm sorry if you or others were left with that opinion. I appreciate all the time and talent it takes to put a blog together. You are an amazing lady and have great style. Sorry if I have hurt you in any way. I just like the old way better. Sammie

mimi168888 said...

I totally love your new look....

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh Cindy I just got your comment and I was taken aback. I love your blog, you are one of my favorites, I love seeing all of your fresh ideas. I would never ever want you to feel you are not welcome. You are always welcome. I am sorry that you felt that way, really!!!


Anonymous said...

Oh good, I was worried you were upset with me. All I meant was if somebody who doesn't care about decorating and has totally different interests than me, why would they want to be on my blog. I don't want to read somebody's blog that loves to moose hunt (just a silly example but I think you get what I am saying). Again, I sincerely apologize.


Anonymous said...

Oh and by the way, I LOVE your new look.


Gollum said...

It's like that song by Ricky Nelson, "Garden Party." The lyrics go, "You can't please everyone so you might as well please yourself."

Everything you do is amazing. Love your birdhouse table. I still can't get over your armoire!

Tracy said...

Hi Cindy,

The birdhouse table looks great in it's new location with all your pretty things on it, and I like your subtle fall decorating; it suits your home perfectly! I know I have at least 5 old gardening magazines with a table just like that in it, how lucky are you that your dad could build you one!

Regarding your readers who can't see your new layout, they may be on an older version of Firefox. I am on my laptop and was seeing the old layout as your homepage until I installed 3.0.1, now everything is just fine.


Charmingdesigns said...

Just for the record...I absolutely LOVE the look at your blog!!! What a transformation...the cabinet!, beautiful! Laurie

Cottagecheap said...

Honestly, I loved the OLD one and people hate change, so that may be the issue.
Let's face it....What we all like is SO subjective. If it wasn't there would be NO good finds at the goodwill, since we would all get the same things.
I think there is some familiarity within the blog community and some family members have to give their opinions more strongly than others. :-D
I, for one, think your background matters alot less than your content, and I was telling someone today bout "Cindy" and described you as my "Fairy Blogmother" b/c it was YOUR blog that got me encouraged to do MINE and to get out the white paint MORE.
I could never keep up with all your stuff, but I realized from reading I could do 'little projects' that made me very happy.
PS...I got the house!

Cecelia said...

Perhaps you could consider hanging one of your beautiful mirrors on the wall behind the birdhouse--that might brighten the area even more.
Your new blog look is very elegant. Most of us don't like change--so I think you've done a great thing to update and express yourself so well! Thanks for adding beauty to our lives!

She'sSewPretty said...

The first thing I noticed was the new blog look and I love it! I love the blue and white toile/damask looking background. It just shows that we don't all have the same taste.

Angie said...

Hi Cindy,

I just changed my blog look a few days ago, too..just wanted a change. It's almost like trying out a new outfit. I like your blog for its content and because you think thrifty like me..that is why I read it..not for the background color or fonts. Do what you love..just like you do when decorating your home. Ohh, and the birdhouse table is just beautiful!


Cottagecheap said...

To answer your ??, I am NOT sleeping! LOL Actually, tonight I might, but hadn't while we waited for the offer to go through.
I am DYING to paint those cabinets. GREEN? Whose idea was that? DId you see them?

J Leigh said...

love love love the cabinet...and the birdhouse table looks great in it's new spot!

1RadChick said...

Cindy, If everyone liked things exactly the same, there would be no use for artists, no need for color, and life would be boring. What one person likes, another person dislikes. Who cares. It's your blog, and you get to do whatever you want with it! That's the beauty of a blog, in my opinion. :)

I think it reflects your style....


Michelle, Queen of Everything said...

I love your new blog design! It's surprising to me that people would say otherwise.

It looks great.

BailiwickDesigns said...

I love the new look of your blog - it's very soft and feminine and romantic. And what a great cabinet! ::Jill

Linda's Blue Gate said...

Well I.... NEVER..... I think some have missed the bloggers intent.... in my opinion it is sharing with other with like interest and encouraging one another in an up lifting POSITIVE is NOT BS... you truly amaze me Cindy....I feel sad when someone says something to you that is not uplifting. You give and give so much to so many...

Elizabeth G. said...

Hi, Cindy!

I love the new look. I adore the birdhouse table (where did you get that?!?). You're a great decorator!

Shabby Addict said...

I love the new look of your blog! It is definitely something fresh and fits your pictures and style perfectly. Your cabinet looks absolutely amazing! It goes perfect in the room!

Anonymous said...

I love the table in the corner and it really doesn't look too bare for me, since it still seems like summer.


Anonymous said...

I think that the reason people told you how they felt about your new look is because you did ask, "How do you like my new look"?

I think your readers thought you wanted an honest answer and felt comfortable enough with you to give you one. I really don't view this as being negative or rude.

Suzy said...

Well Cindy,
when I came to visit you after you have changed the look I thought it is someone elses blog. Total change, but than again no one who really reads your blog could mistaken it for another blog. It is YOU no matter how you change the look.
I believe that it really doesn't matter if someone likes it or not it is important how do you feel - it is your blog! And for the one that love you, well we love you anyway!!!

So enjoy your new look and your weekend. Love Suzy

Sharon said...

it's a lovely blog, the colors are soothing. I like..:)

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Your birdhouse table always makes me swoon!

I've got the same problem with my selling blog

People don't see the pink/white damask design. I can't see your blue designed sides either. What gives? If you figure it out, please let me know so I can "fix" my settings, too!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Anonymous said...


How rude of some people to comment on your new look..........I think that it looks gorgeous. So tastefully done.

Love your bird table and I love your apartment.


Erica said...


How rude of some people to comment like that........I love your new site, it's very tastefully and serenly done. It looks great!!!!

I love your bird/table....:-)Your whole home is absolutely gorgeous.


Mitzi said...

I never read the comments from the first post about the new look until now, and I'm not really sure how I feel about all the negative comments. I see how they have a point about you asking for opinions, but I still think it's a bit rude. To me, their criticism sounded more whiny and selfish than constructive.

I'm usually just a lurker so I wanted to pop in and tell you that I think it's just beautiful. It's elegant in an understated, lady-like way just like everything you do. Thanks for all the home inspiration.

Tricia said...

I think your blogs new look is lovely. Most importantly is that you love it...and we all know you have great taste.

Shabbee Chick said...

LOOK!!! I'm commenting and not lurking anymore!!! Aren't you proud of me! I LOVE you and even if you had a black and white blog I'd still read it!

P.S. You do know you can change your fonts and the font colors and everything if you don't likey, right? I think I forgot to tell you that!!!

Anonymous said...

Your site is one of my favorites. I often check in twice a day to see if you have had any additional inspiration. When I visited your site for the first time after its makeover I was wowed I love it. I think it reflects the evolution of your ideas and the direction your blog is heading it is very sophisticated, finished and well thought out. I have stayed in the wings until now, however I do feel the need to weight in my opinions in support of your courage to reinvent yourself and not allow yourself to be pigeonholed. I celebrate this, we blog because we love it, it becomes and opportunity to share a piece of ourselves and contribute, along they way we hope to meet new friends and create associations that support what we find to be important, however if we can't be ourselves in cyberspace, Then where? (smile) Continue inspiring us all.

bluemagpie said...

Hi Cindy,

I think your new blog is pretty. It's just like a new hairdo, you can always change it! That's the fun part about blogging. Do what makes your heart happy. That is what is most important. It's your blog. . . and you are doing a wonderful job inspiring others.

Addi :)

Claudia said...

Dear Cindy,

I'm surprised that others don't like the new look. I loved it the first time I saw it. Very classy, very elegant..I think it perfectly showcases your decorating style. No problem seeing the blue background either and I use Firefox as my browser.

Best wishes,

paintergal said...

I think this is the first time I've visited your blog and just had to say I love your background! This is the color I wanted for my bedroom, but didn't quite make it, of which my husband is probably pleased. :)

Debbie Kay said...

My dear friend Cindy:

I love the new blog banner, backround & layout, it is TOTALLY YOU! I like what you did with the birdhouse table too. I am getting so excited to move into my new "little place" and your ideas are helping!

Debbie Kay

Linda Lou said...

I have admired your blog for ages, since I first started blogging-your new look is great, remember it is your look, you ultimately blog for yourself. If life, and in blogs, we need changes now and then, and sometimes inner changes cause outer changes, new hairstyle, new shoes, new outfit, new blog style. Continue doing what you are doing!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Cindy!
First of all your new armoire looks just absolutely beautiful and you picked the perfect spot for it. The mesh wire door inserts compliment your cane-back chairs beautifully. And I'm sure it was an extra bonus that you didn't need to haul it upstairs into your bedroom as planned:)
I don't understand why people are making such a huge deal out of your changed blog background ~ get a life people!!
Thank-you for sharing all your wonderful projects with us Cindy!!

Have a great weekend!

My Petite Maison said...

Hi Cindy,
Love your new look. I agree with you, your blog should express what you like. Not all our tastes are the same and that's what makes it fun.
Maybe people just got used to the same look and felt "home" the way it was.

It's very nice and it's always a good thing to change things once in a while. Ooh, I wanted to say, it is good people are honest and not mean - you know they're at home with you that way ;)
Happy weekend - is it HOT there? It's terrible here. Nice table!

My Petite Maison said...

One more thing, since you asked ;)
We have Firefox and your page loads right away~

Stephanie said...

Love the new blog, and I can't even remember what it looked like before. It's always nice to make changes, and I think the new look is calm, elegant and very pretty.

Great birdhouse table, you have a wonderful way of arranging things.


Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Cindy, I think your new look is beautiful! Just wanted to tell you that. I don't see what's NOT to like about it.


Rhondi said...

Hi Cindy
I think the new look is very romantic and I like it.
Hugs, Rhondi

Rosie's Whimsy said...

I can see the background perfectly...such a pretty color blue. I haven't done it yet.....and I may not because I do love my red and mustard but if I ever go white on white, it will be because of you :-)

Mary said...

Soon you are going to have to start selling refinished furniture. I can see it all now -- you will be the next Rachel Ashwell! :)

I LOVE your now blog design -- really classy!

Hope it has cooled down for you. We are getting the remnants of TS Hannah here -- horrible humidity, then LOTS of rain. Yuck!

yogapaws said...

Hi there ( I'm still new but.. )
It's your blog to design & publish however you want...
I "tune in" to look at your pictures, how you found your treasures & what you are going to do with them.
Thanks for sharing good stuff....and I am waiting with baited breath (ha ha)to see how you cover those chairs.

Anonymous said...

Hi Cindy

I love love love your new look!! I think it matches your home taste. Thank you for giving blog land something pretty to look at .
Love Julia

Cathy said...

Hi Cindy,
I went back to see the negative comments and so far, they were all made by "annon"....she is a bit "timid" to sign her name I guess.....
love the elegant, simple look of the blog. very pretty and thank you for sharing so freely with us out here, you are a talented woman with an open heart!

Bettsi said...

Cindy, that birdhouse table is a treasure. I love the way it looks in that corner. Hopefully, that is a spot where you can enjoy looking at. That is one of the most important things, isn't it? To actually be able to enjoy the rooms that we create. Sometimes my house surprises me now! I will walk into a room and think, "Oh, it's so pretty in here!" LOL! I think it's staying nicer now that the ex is gone or maybe I can just enjoy it now!

Michele said...

I love your new blog and what you did with the changes in your living room. I think your hutch came out beautiful, and the light shinning through is so elegant!!!

Thanks so much!
Michele R.(CA)

Pam said...

Stumbled over here from September's blog and she isn't kidding about your house being beautiful! I adore your decor and would kill for that birdhouse table!!!

Ketha said...

Wait a minute....whose blog is this?...yours. It really doesn't matter as long as you like it. I thought the first time I "blogged in" I was at another place, but when I read, I knew it was you. I'm just jealous that you are living in a place where you can find so many inexpensive items to decorate with. We don't have place like that here where I live. Just ignore negative comments...and ship me the stuff you no longer want...LOL LOL

Simply Me Art said...

I really like your New Blog Look Cindy. Change is good. Its your Blog and if people don't like the look then they don't have to stop in! Pretty blue backround.

Donna @ Party Wishes said...

I just love birdhouses! Maybe someday I'll actually get a bird to put in one :)

Sandy said...

Hi Cindy,
Looks like what you had in the picture and I LOVE YOUR NEW LOOK!
Very sweet, soft and reflects your style which I love!
Have a blessed week.

Sandi said...

Cindy...I don't think I have ever commented or maybe I did once , but I love to read your blog every day! It is one of the first ones I scoot over to every day. I confess...I am a lurker too! :) you paint all this furniture with a brush or do you spray it?? I want to paint a desk and a pie safe white, but I wondered which to go. Thanks so much!

PS I don't care what your blog looks like I will still read it! :) I did love the old one, but it it always nice for a change... just like we change our furniture and houses around periodically. Change can be a GOOD thing too! Hugs!

Southern Lady's Vintage said...

Love the birdhouse table. My husband made me a birdhouse bench that I wish that I had held on to.

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...


Over on the left you will see "My Technique for Painting Furniture" If you click on that or even the headboard below it, it will take you to my step by step instructions on how I paint my furniture. ~Cindy

Vie Chaotique said...

I just found your blog so I don't know what it looked like bbefore but I think it's lovely. And your new table is charming.

Robyn said...

Oh I love the new look! So reminds me of your furniture you get done painting...all fresh and new!
Lovely friend! And good on you for taking things in stride!
Come by and say hello!

Anonymous said...


At the risk of being called rude and, since you did ask, I'll just say that I absolutely adored your old blog banner. In all the countless times that I opened your blog, I was struck every time with how perfectly beautiful those hydrangeas were, how utterly saturated with my favorite shade of blue! I'll miss them.

Your new armoire is so beautiful! I love it!

Sherry in Little Rock

Rosy said...


Your new look is fantastic, I love love love it, it's got everything that I love, the right blue colour, the background is especially great. Your apartment is getting really full, but hey, it's full of things you love and treasure, and they are all lovely pieces.

Wagonwife Designs said...

Cindy I love the bird house table. (And the cabinet.) Just beautiful.
What a treasure the bird house table is knowing your father used his hands and heart to create it!!!

Cathy said...


I have always wanted one of those birdhouse tables. It looks so pretty in your room. I love the cabinet too, it looks like the one I have in my living room, it has my t.v. in it.

Thank you for your sweet words on my blog about my upcoming feature in CV.

xo Cathy

Nancy said...

I do not see the pretty blue background. Hope you are able to get it fixed.

Nancy said...

Hi, I just left you a message about not seeing the blue background. I went back and clicked the refresh button and wala, the blue background appeared. Much better thank you.

martha said...

I, for one, LOVE your new look. It's still romantic, but cleaner and updated. More elegant. More you.

Anonymous said...

I say it is yours do what you like. I do only see white though.
i love how you table turned out..I could see a few plates hanging on the wall =)

Crossroads Cottage said...

Can't believe that people left you negative comments about your new blog. I haven't visited in a few weeks so when I opened up your blog I was refreshingly surprised. I think it captures your style perfectly - very elegant and pretty.

Lisa said...

I think the new look is elegant and suites your style well. It is your blog after all and you can make it look any way you wish. One favor? Just don't stop writing on your blog as it is my daily indulgence I wouldn't want to do without.

Kathysue said...

Hi Cindy, Oh so maaanny opinions but I think the general consensous is : Your blog is as lovely as your home and it has been done in the same spirit. I never saw the old one so as far as I am concerned this so speaks well of your style. I will be a frequent visitor. Thankyou for the visit to my vintage bath on rms. If you hadn't come for a visit I don't think I would have found this great blog. smiles kathysue

Debbie said...

Even though your blue background doesn't show up on my screen I sitll love your new look!

And to those of you who can't play nice - please don't ruin everyone else's fun by leaving rude comments.

Lee said...

I don't get to your blog often, but today immediately was struck by the gorgeous design and color of the blue and white "wallpaper" on the sides. Is that actually from a pattern available commercially? I've been looking for something like that, both in color and design.

I'm sorry you're hearing negative comments. I've always thought that if you're designing something with the sole intent of selling it, you would be wise to consider opinions to be able to design your item to have a broad appeal. But if your blog is an expression of you, soak in all of the positive comments and let the other readers find blogs that have more appeal for them.

Nikki via The Scarlett Rose Garden said...

The birdhouse table is cute, but esp. with the bird cage on top.

Wow... I can't believe people would tell you they didn't like your new layout! Surely they just weren't seeing the whole thing.

It's perfect.

Bonny said...

i just love the birdhouse table. i first saw them in a Penny's catalog. my husband, who is a carpenter, says furniture making is different from remodeling. do you have a pattern on the dimensions of your table?


Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Hi Bonny, No I don't have a pattern for it. My dad made it many years ago!