Thursday, March 06, 2014

The livingroom in my new apartment - Show and Tell Friday

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The view from the kitchen

Welcome to Show and Tell Friday!  Last weekend was the 3 week anniversary of being in my new apartment.  I'm still trying to get everything to fit but it's slowly coming together.  I have all the extra stuff that I can't find room for piled in a corner in my bedroom.   

There isn't enough room in my dining room for my china cabinet so I have it in the corner of my living room.  The bad thing is, my air conditioner is directly behind that so I'm not sure how well that's going to work in the summer. I'll deal with that when the time comes! 
 
The view from the dining room
 
The very top thing on my to-do list is to repaint my coffee table! It's just shabby at this point...there is nothing chic about it! It's the first piece of furniture I ever painted. I think my daughter was 6 or 7 and now she's 21 so it's time to repaint!


 
As you can see in the top photo, my kitchen is very open to the living room and I'm loving that!  The whole place is very open actually. There aren't any hallways, the bedrooms are directly off of the living room...it's very cozy.  Even the patio is very open...it's right on the walkway to the pool, the gym, the tennis courts, the basketball court and the leasing office so there is a constant stream of people walking by. That is taking some getting used to. I'm a person that loves the blinds open but I sort of feel like I'm living in a terrarium with people walking by and looking in.  I guess there a pluses and minuses with every place!

 
I have a funny story about these flowers.  My daughter told me last week that the farmer's market in downtown Campbell had beautiful bouquets of gardenias for sale and everyone was walking around with them and they smelled so good.  She works in downtown Campbell and had to go in early on Sunday morning so she said she was going to buy some gardenias this week.  She came home with these.  Ummm...those aren't gardenias! They are double paperwhites and although I love paperwhites they don't smell nearly as good as gardenias. They are beautiful but I find the scent of paperwhites a little very overwhelming. They are gorgeous though and I love that she brought me a bouquet!  I guess my eyes override my sense of smell because I'm loving them even though I think they stink! I honestly think the double ones smell double strong!  It's just too  bad they don't smell like gardenias!
 
Thanks to all of you that join in on Show and Tell Friday every week and thanks to all of you who leave such nice comments! 


If you are joining in on Show and Tell Friday, please remember that your Show and Tell needs to be something from your home or garden. If you would like to join in, please enter your name and leave your exact Show and Tell blog post link, not just your blog link and as a common courtesy link back to my blog. 


  
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43 comments:

Patty Rumaker said...

Thank you so much for hosting. When I was a little girl I would go out and collect wild flowers and bring them in to my mother and she would thank me and put them in a vase. You would of thought I had given her a great gift. Many years later I figured out that she was highly allergic to them - but she thanked me like I had given her the world. That is what a mom does.
Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

renee said...

Your living room looks beautiful! Can't wait to see more.

I have complained for years about the smell of paperwhites. Kind of a "medicine" smell but I might forget it for the doubles. They are beautiful!

Suzan Sweatman said...

Thanks for the party ! I can't believe how organized you are after 3 weeks - it looks lovely - especially the plants outside the window -
And LOVE your cloches on the counter top !
xox

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

You apartment is looking great! You've done well for only being there 3 week. Thanks for hosting! Happy Weekend to You! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

Sarah said...

Cindy, they are pretty blooms, but I find paper whites to be overpowering as well. Love the fragrance of gardenias though. Your new apartment looks cozy and comfortable.

the cape on the corner said...

thanks for hosting. enjoy your new space.

michele@Portlandia Vintage said...

You have made your new home so inviting and lovely!

Lee Dewsnap said...

Oops I am sorry Cindy I realised after I linked up that it was meant to be something from my home, it is a house tour but it is beautiful. I have another link with my bedroom I will link up.

I love your new place, your furnishing is gorgeous and looks very French. I have just been through a house today, it was amazing, I am hoping to be able to photograph it for my blog. It is Italian style and the owner is an interior designer, it is the most incredible house and I just wish I could have moved in there.

I love your table, its not shabby at all and its easy to paint again anyway. I like it as it is. Would love to see more of your apartment.

Lee

Poppy said...

Hi Cindy,

Your new apartment looks lovely - already!! Yes, it looks very cozy, indeed. I can't believe your coffee table is getting a new coat of paint; I was admiring it before I read that you were going to redo it!

Thanks so much for hosting and have a wonderful weekend!

Poppy

Mindi Carwin said...

Beautiful, you put your home together fast after a move impressive! Thanks for the party!

SwedishCorner ~ DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Cindy, your new apartment looks lovely - it's like you've been there for a long time... :) It's very inviting and cozy. Thanks for the party! Autumn hugs from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

Your living-room is really coming together nicely!

WoodsofBellTrees said...

Your place is looking just lovely! I am the same way about having my blinds open with a lot of people going by! That's so funny about the "gardenias". hehehe Thank you for hosting!

Michael Reilly said...

Ahhh it's a great day for a party! Thanks for hosting, Cindy
Blessed be,
Michael
http://diabetesdoneright.blogspot.com/

Vanessa Greenway said...

Your new room looks so cozy! Lovely large and bright window! Its beautifully done, lovely! ~ Vanessa

Jeanette Ann O'Donnell said...

Cindy,you have your space so nice. It's a shame that there are some negatives,but I'm sure you will grow to love it with all the plus's. I love your taste in decor.

hookedonhomes.net said...

Thanks for hosting the party! Have a great weekend!

Peggy Thal said...

Your living room looks beautiful. Love how you decorated the balcony. It is difficult to go down in size but you did it great. I like how you put the china cabinet in the living room. Enjoy your home.

Paula Driesell said...

Your apartment looks beautiful! Thanks for hosting such a great party!

Paula
Locksley Lane

MaryNell said...

Your new apartment is darling! Please come decorate my house for me!!! :)

rasheda khan said...

I am really really happy for you! Your apartment is lovely. You have been so busy but you have done a fabulous job, you should be proud! It's looking extremely cosy and cute.
The flowers are so pretty!
Can't wait to see more!
Thanks for kindly sharing.
Love and wishes x

Christina Paul said...

Your new home looks just lovely- only three weeks? I would still be living out of boxes! the flowers are lovely- I had never heard of double paperwhites- I know my husband can't stand the scent when I buy them (they say some people are very susceptible) but I think they are so pretty for spring

Curtains in My Tree said...

Your new apartment looks very similar to your old one guess it's because you have all the same gorgeous furniture
There is nothing better than fresh flowers to see and smell

Yes you will have to work on the air conditioner thing before HOT weather

Victoria said...

Your new place is looking so homey and beautiful already Cindy! Have you thought about putting some sheer curtains up for some privacy, that way you could still see out? It's hard with the plastic blinds but there are ways around that I've discovered:)

Anyway, looks lovely and can't wait to see more!

Charlie PickledOkra said...

Your living room looks lovely and homey already! Beautiful! Thanks for hosting!

Junkchiccottage said...

Cindy,
Your place is really coming together nicely. Love what you have done in such a short amount of time. Your living room is beautiful. Happy New Home!
Kris

Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} said...

Your apartment's looking lovely, I'm sure you'll get it figured out, all in good time. I know that's not easy especially if you're impatient like me! By the way, I thought I was the only one who disliked the smell of paperwhites! I always thought they smelled pretty awful after forcing the bulbs to bloom inside one winter. Never again! Live and learn:) Thanks for hosting. xoKathleen

Missy George said...

It looks lovely Cindy..All ready for spring...

Theresa Begin said...

Hi, Cindy! I love your new apartment!! It looks Beautiful. Yay for you!! Thanks so much for letting come join in on your Party! Always love visiting your Beautiful spot here!!
Many Blessings in your new place!
Theresa @ Shoestring Elegance

Jennifer Beaudet said...

Your home is looking beautiful! How nice of your daughter to bring you those beautiful flowers! Thank you for hosting the party! Have a great weekend Cindy!:)
Jennifer

Lori L Lehman said...

Your apt is lovely! The first I was given Paper Whites it took me awhile to realize the flowers were where the order was coming from. It was pretty funny when it happened. Thank you for hosting and have a wonderful day!

ladygirl said...

I am new to your post but I just love what you have done to this apartment. Beautiful,lovely and
stunning. It is not easy to downsize but you have mastered it. I look forward to your blog. Betty from Ontario Canada - where it is warmer here today just 0 today instead of -22.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Pretty flowers but agree on the smell. Hyacinths is another flower that does not smell all that good. Started to buy a pot of them not long ago but could not get past the smell.
You are crating a very pretty home in your new place.
Enjoy your weekend.

Deborah Montgomery said...

your apartment looks beautiful! I also think your table looks great just the way it is! You have done a lot in three weeks. And so sweet of your daughter to bring you flowers. thanks for hosting!

Shabby chic Sandy said...

It is so fun to see you decorating again..a new place. Looks great! What does your dog think of all the people walking by?

Gayla said...

That apartment of yours is looking sooo beautiful! The AC thing will just bring out your creative genius, but I love the cabinet now. I don't think I know the scent of pepper whites, but I'm that way about hyacinths. My friend always brings me one to "celebrate" spring. I love the look, but that scent overtakes the whole house.

Gayla said...

Paper whites

Pippi21 said...

Dindy..you know I've been following your blog for several years now and never grow tired of looking at it. The candles you have on your coffee table..are they real candles or the ones that take batteries? Can you comment on what you have done to the outside of the glass/vase they sit in?

Cindy said...

The candles on the table are real. They are the glass prayer candles. I got mine at the Dollar
Store and I just wrapped some crocheted lace I had and tied them with ribbon. I only spent $3 on them because I already had the other things! Here is another post about them before I decorated them: http://romantichome.blogspot.com/2013/06/dollar-store-candles-show-and-tell.html

Kathryn Bechen Ink said...

Your new home is looking pretty! Congrats.

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Jen said...

Looking really good for the time you've been in your new place.

I also hate hate the smeall of paperwhites!

Jeannette

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

I think this is my first visit here..and I really enjoyed reading about your new apartment. For many, many years I managed apartments and remember well having folks walk by my apartment home and look inside. Like you, I loved having the drapes open...the down side was that someone was always knocking on my door. Sometimes at night too. :)
I ran a tight ship but it was a wonderful experience and over the years I met so many fantastic people. A few that were NOT so fantastic too. :)
It's too bad that your cabinet is in front of the AC as it looks fantastic there.
How I loved it when folks treated there apartments homes with care and made them beautiful. It was such a joy to live close to people who cared. It was also great having all those extra amenities. HUGE pool, tennis courts etc.
I am back in a private single home once again..but I remember my apartment days fondly!
It's nice meeting you, Cindy.
Mona