Changing the Mood

Hey everyone!  I hope your week is off to a great start, & that you are managing to stay cool, safe from fires, storms, & extreme excess heat.  A tall order, I know, but we all just have to look for the positives, right?  As we head into this 4th of July week, I know many of you have been lightening and brightening your homes for the summer.  Well, me too!  So I thought it would be fun to share a couple of glimpses of how I've changed the mood of our sitting-dining room over a couple of seasons.  These are very simple changes, no painting or major endeavors involved...lol!

First up -- one (wink, wink) of my Fall moods.
I almost always change pillow covers for the season.

And of course, shelves & vignettes get a few tweaks.  Actually, this little pine rocker 
has been relocated to........

The master bedroom, & I added an extra floor lamp that we had.  I like it here, but I digress.

Up next -- Christmas!
 Again, different pillow covers.  I'm planning a post about pillows coming up soon.  I make most
of my pillows & rarely buy any.  

And this is the current "lightened up" mood for summer.  If you notice, I also turned the leather chair &
ottoman toward the sofa for better conversation & coziness.  In place of the pine rocker, I added the small glider-rocker that use to be my favorite blogging spot in the sunroom of our previous home.  It works perfectly here.

I'm still using a lot of my "go-to" linen-look fabric & various shades of green are a "must" for me.

As you can see, I've been having fun using wonderful graphics from The Graphics Fairy.

This is such a great spot to sit back and read while sipping a little somethin'.

A few weeks ago when I shared all of our photos of Spain, I said I would be putting together 
a photo album, too.  Well, this is it.

It was an old ugly, blue album that I've had for some time, & I just made a new cover for it.  I labeled
it "Our Travels," & it includes special trips that The Man & I have taken, just the two of us.

I love to change the dining room table centerpiece.

Again, lightening the mood with creamy white flowers in my crystal vase, hurricanes with green styro-pellets & candles, & a patchwork linen tablerunner.

 As you can see, I'm using a lot of green on the shelves of
my china cabinet

Here we are in the entry area.  If you missed my post about the ruffled table skirt, 
you can see it HERE.

I haven't changed the vignette very much, except to hang the cute little framed 
chalkboard tag from the cloche.

Also, if you missed my post about this wreath, you can see it HERE.

I just love night-time photos, don't you?

All of our lamps & most of our light fixtures are fitted with the energy-efficient light bulbs, so I don't
mind turning on lamps throughout our home.

I love the way the lights create shadows.  The light way up on the display shelf to the left,
 is a battery-operated candle on a timer.  I have 4 of those (for now.....lol) in areas that require
 ladder-access.  I have them set to come on automatically at 5pm & shut off at 10pm.  You can see that
I need another one at the very end of this hallway on the upper display shelf -- too dark up there.

This itty bitty lamp originally had a rusty-red shade, which I love; but for spring and summer, I found this one with script on it.  The shade was a bit short, so I added a burlap ruffle.

And that brings us full-circle.  I love how easy it is to alter the "mood" of our homes
with just a few simple changes.  So, what do you think?  Would you enjoy sitting here
sipping a little somethin'?  As always, the "Welcome" mat is always out.

Thanks so much for stopping by, & please come again soon.

I'm happily partying here this week:

Cheri at  It's So Very Cheri for Party Time
Susan  at Between Naps On The Porch for Metamorphosis Monday
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life  for Table Top Tuesdays
Kim at Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays 
Gina at The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays
Sherry at No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays
Katie at Katherine's Corner for Thursday Favorite Things 
Heather & Vanessa  At The Picket Fence for Inspiration Friday
Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday


  1. I love all your pillows, great job changing things out for the season! I'm now a follower!

  2. I just love the new look. The greens go so well with the rest of your things. Isn't it amazing how just changing throw pillows can make the whole room look different.
    What a special album of all your travels. I used to scrap book, but don't have the time any more:(
    How are you staying cool in all this heat?

  3. Hi Cas! I agree that by just changing the cover of your pillows, such already creates a different effect and appearance on your living room.

    I love your green shelf in your living room by the way. It brightens up everything.

  4. Cas, I loove all shades of green so I think your living room looks just gorgeous! I also make all my pillows 99% of the time. Such an easy and economical way to change the look of your home! You have done a wonderful job lighting up your living space for the summer. Your home looks beautiful! Love the pillows with the graphics!

  5. I love the green Cas, so summery and inviting!

  6. how wonderful! i LOVE greens in the spring and summer, and you are right, turing the leather seat in definitely lends itself to a cozier and more chatty feel!

  7. It looked good before but I love the "lightened up" version! It definitely looks more like summer.

  8. I really like your lightened up look. It's very summery and I love the chair turned. Your entry table is so pretty! I will have to go read up on that one. I hope you and your family have a very happy 4th of July!

  9. Your house looks so charming in every single photo. I love your Graphics Fairy pillows and that ruffle tablecloth is to die for! Coming over from Between Naps on the Porch and a new follower.


  10. Beautiful! Amazing how the little touches can totally transform a room..

  11. Your home is beautiful and I especially like all the greens! I really like the way you change the pillows for the seasons too. Happy 4th! Blessings, Dani

  12. Everything looks so pretty. I love how you've put your house together. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  13. Love your seasonal changes and all that green. Thanks for sharing, liz

  14. I love all of your 'moods' CAS! You have a very pretty and light and airy home! Changing pillow covers is a brilliant idea! I need to do more of that! Angie xo

  15. LOVE the green accents. Lovely home!

  16. Love your pillows and ruffled table cover!

  17. Hi Cas, I love your new Summer look! The pillows and ruffled table skirt are fabulous. Thanks for sharing this at the Open House Party and have a great week.


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