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Snuggle Up, I’m Back

Thank you all so much for your sweet words, for the cards, text messages, e-mail and even for your presence during the emotional time of saying goodbye to my father in law.

On Monday and Tuesday Bo and I spent the whole day doing paperwork, running both our own businesses, the tax company doesn’t give a damn when someone’s loved one past away. So we are back on track. We are not so back on track with the house. All of the four downstairs rooms are upside down, completely and utterly upside down. You have to know that for the past 3 years the right side of the downstairs rooms were renovated and decorated but the left side of the rooms were not. Now that we have renovated all the rooms all the functions of the downstairs rooms have changed. For what was my office is now the snug for what was the dining room is now my office … Leaving a chaos of boxes, books, posters, paintings and furniture.

While Bo is building the  bookcase in the living room I went on to my former office and turned it into a snug.

First by emptying the room and giving all the paint a fresh coat of white. As you can see the difference between the freshly painted white floor and the yellow skirting boards, they used to be the same colour.


Late Tuesday night I started to move furniture in. Reusing my old desk, by removing the oilcloth, as a side table and I left the Bertoia chairs for extra seating in the room.

I got this sofa for free in a really dirty, ghastly burgundy flowery fabric (I forgot to take a before picture, shoot) and let it newly upholster. It cost me half the price of a new sofa and it saved a lot of waste, reusing people we have to reuse stuff!

Ever since the internet is dominating my life I find it hard to sit down and read a book as I feel so distracted and lured to all the information and inspiration I get off the internet. So I’ve created a corner where I’ll read and where I plan new trips.

But it’s not all done, I’m still left with the black piano (should I paint, or should I not paint) next to the black marble mantle (definitely not paint) debacle. The what put on top of the blue cabinet and pink polka dot wall debacle and I’m not certain about curtains. But that’s, to me, the fun of decorating. Letting it go, living in it a little, change something, add something, remove something. It’s an ongoing process of evolution.

It’s good to be back.

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  • Dean B
    25/04/2013 at 00:26

    I love your style!

  • Jen
    25/04/2013 at 00:45

    I love that you call that room a “snug.” I’ve never heard that but I love it! And I also love that couch—gorgeous upholstering!

  • Serotiny
    25/04/2013 at 00:54

    Saw the sofa on Instagram – LOVE !Such hard work paying off enjoy your beautiful home.
    And Thank You for the inspiration you give to the rest of us.

  • claire
    25/04/2013 at 13:08

    Ah wow looks great!! Please tell me how you did your beautiful painted floors…
    A couple of years ago i did them in my sons room but they have chipped 🙁 whats your secret!!

  • Holly {Avenue}
    25/04/2013 at 13:30

    Oh, it looks fabulous, Yvonne! Well done. I wouldn’t paint the piano. It’s beautiful and looks striking against the white floors. Glad you’re back again 🙂 Holly x

  • Cristina
    25/04/2013 at 13:52

    Everything looks beautiful, Yvonne! And I wouldn´t paint the piano either…
    One question, though: how do you keep your cat from scratching the new upholstery? I have three cats who have completely destroyed the fabric on my old couch, luckily I got a new (aka used) one for free from a neighbor who was moving. Now the old one stands on its side in the hall, which looks completely silly but I´m reluctant to take it out of the house because I don´t want them to attack the new sofa (they also love to use the old one as klimrek now).
    I do cut their nails regularly but it seems you can´t get the scratching out of a cat.

  • Angela
    25/04/2013 at 15:09

    I love your decorating style. And the lines of that couch are gorgeous. Beautiful job upholstering it!

  • Rhiannon
    25/04/2013 at 16:18

    Ah those beautiful white floors – I can’t wait to do that to my sitting room. Its now at the top of the “to do ” list , so happy ! And yay to resusing ! I am all for that – hate to see something be thrown out that could have another secret life. Groetjes, Rhiannon x

  • Anneke
    25/04/2013 at 16:52

    Wow Yvonne,
    De bank met nieuwe bekleding is echt heel erg mooi, en de witte vloer is jaloers makend mooi…(wil ik ook zo graag in de voor- en achterkamer).
    Ik zou de piano zeker (wit) schilderen…dat geeft veel meer licht en het zwart absorbeert al het licht uit de kamer.

    liefs, Anneke

  • stel
    25/04/2013 at 18:36

    The piano – leave it black – it looks fantastic. Very nice makeover.

  • Thistle
    25/04/2013 at 21:13

    Such a beautiful, happy room!

  • Elizabeth
    25/04/2013 at 22:08

    A good day is seeing Yvestown back at the top of my blog roll ♥ So much pretty. I can see this little room is smiling to bring some cheer to you and Bo. x

  • Di
    25/04/2013 at 22:21

    The new snug looks lovely. Oh and I spy a book on Scotland….for a trip? ….just let me know if you want any tips – plenty of Scotland posts on my blog.

  • Meredithe
    25/04/2013 at 22:34

    A beautiful room – very easy to be snug in there! Would painting it alter the tone (sound) of the piano?

  • mary @ bgjournals
    26/04/2013 at 04:47

    ahh, so glad to have some more yvestown back in my life! and i love that plump green plant you have on that white farmhouse table by the window–would you by chance remember what kind it is?

  • Sheena
    26/04/2013 at 06:29

    Mooi! Ik zou dan weer wél de piano schilderen…

  • Jess
    26/04/2013 at 08:53

    Glad you’re ok, Yvonne. Have faith, life will soon get back to normal! I had a moment yesterday where I thought, “let’s swap some bedrooms around”… Yeah, great idea…. It’s had a knock on effect on EVERY ROOM! My husband was like “oh my life, you were only rearranging furniture, and now you’re talking plastering, painting, new bedlinen…!!!” I can’t help myself haha xxx

  • All things nice...
    26/04/2013 at 10:00

    Wow, what a pretty bright room, your home always looks amazing, love your wall art/ maps of London and Paris, they are really cool. Thanks for sharing..
    All things nice…

  • Leslie-Anne
    26/04/2013 at 10:25

    Best. Couch. Ever.

  • Nena - whatevergivesjoy
    26/04/2013 at 17:32

    Wat een leuke foto’s!Dat onderste hertje heb ik ook 😀

  • Gillian
    27/04/2013 at 08:16

    It’s good to have you back! The snug looks very cosy indeed and I like your colour palate very much. x

  • Nathalie
    27/04/2013 at 16:50

    I was just flipping through the new Brabantia folder and guess whose kitchen I recognized

  • Peony and Thistle
    28/04/2013 at 07:47

    So sorry to hear about your father-in- law.
    You have a gorgeous home! Lovely to see that you also have an interest in Scotland!!! We hope you’re planning visit – it’s a wonderful country.

  • Pati from London
    28/04/2013 at 13:07

    So sorry to hear about your father in law, Yvonne.Your house is looking lovely, as always.
    Take it easy and take care,
    Pati x

  • Heather
    28/04/2013 at 13:10

    I think the piano is a classic as it is, and now I’m humming Diana Ross, My old piano!

  • Jude.x
    30/04/2013 at 05:16

    I don’t know how many times I’ve been back just to look at your photo’s! 😀 It’s perfect. I so want that pink polka dot wallpaper. My son has just moved out and I’ve claimed his room as my own… This has given me so much inspiration. Thank you.Jude.x

  • Anna
    01/05/2013 at 06:26

    I love, love LOVE this room!!We’re doing up my daughter, Malva’s room at the moment and I think I may buy that wallpaper for it so thank you for that! 🙂 I’m also a huge bookwork and would love noting more in my home to have my own library, I know exactly what it would look like already, one day…

  • Sharon
    03/05/2013 at 10:13

    It all looks beautiful. I like how you’ve called your room The Snug. That ‘Maggie Beer’ cookbook caught my eye. We’re both from Adelaide in South Australia! Have you tried any of her recipes yet?

  • Ev
    07/05/2013 at 00:24

    Look amazing! I think would paint the piano, your house is so lovely and white/cream/pastel – there are enough black and brown pianos in the world, would be nice to see one in a different shade!

  • Ev
    07/05/2013 at 00:24

    Looks amazing! I think would paint the piano, your house is so lovely and white/cream/pastel – there are enough black and brown pianos in the world, would be nice to see one in a different shade!

  • oh Holland
    07/05/2013 at 02:24

    Gorgeous start on your snug. I’m in the minority but would paint the piano a creamy white.

  • katie
    08/05/2013 at 20:47

    Good to have you back, love the piano in black and I spied the Scotland book too, I can help you out too, Edinburgh would be my speciality, obviously. Katie x

  • Susanne Otter
    16/05/2013 at 16:18

    Ik reageer eigenlijk nooit, voor mij ben je een soort van wat Oprah voor veel anderen is, haha.. en nu is dit al mijn tweede reactie! Wat een werk verzetten jullie toch! Prachtig resultaat..

  • Sarah
    27/05/2013 at 09:36

    So lovely and so soft !