What a difference! We moved into Maple Tree Cottage on April 10. Please join me on a tour of our beautiful home. As you walk into Maple Tree Cottage this amazing Charley Harper poster greets you. I grew up in the desert in Southern California, 29 Palms to be specific, and I still have a fondness for the desert.
You may remember we moved the fireplace and now it's a beautiful focal point in our living room. These are real life photos, not the House Beautiful variety, so you'll see "things" sitting about. The mantle is temporary as we're waiting for the maple tree wood to cure. The only new addition to our living room furniture is the West Elm cabinet our TV is sitting on. A TV is a fact of life and they just don't hide well but I was NOT going to have it hanging above the fireplace.
From this angle you can see more than a peek of our "new" dining room table and chairs. More about them in the next post. I promise it won't be 6 months before I post again. Oh how I love my saucer bubble light. Click HERE for further information. The shorter basket on the left was made by my mom many long years ago. The basket on the right with the quilts was made and gifted to me by a lady in my Tai Chi class. Handmade is very special. The tea kettle sitting on the large wooden spool was my grandmother's tea kettle. I admit to not liking lots of dustables (that is what I refer to as knick knacks) so I prefer a few special things here and there. I supposed I'm more of a zen decorator. :o)
Another angle of the living room. These blinds are in every room in the house. No curtains except for the sliding glass door in the dining room as there are no blinds there. Yes, that's a Casper mattress box sitting in the entry way. At 92 pounds it was too heavy for me to move just to take a photo.
Since this is Abby's house too we were sure to make her comfortable with her beds, quilts and toy bin. These step pieces are called tansu(s). They're a Japanese furniture piece but these reproductions, although we did buy them while living in Japan. The framed piece is a piece of Japanese washi (rice) paper. And my favorite kokeshi dolls sit on the tansu steps. The basket on top is a handmade pine needle basket from North Carolina and it's filled with washi paper covered eggs.
This corner is a work in progress. My original mid-century lamp is too big for the space and the side table doesn't fit the style. However, I do love my handmade quilt ladder in this space. It was handmade by Mr. Maple and the maple children 20 years ago and gifted to me for Mother's Day. They whittled the pegs so there are no screws and nothing glued. It's been taken apart for many moves then reassembled. Our floors are stunning and I'm a huge sucker for arches and curves in houses.
I love my house. Having selected every knob, fixture, cabinet, appliance paint color, floor stain, blinds, etc...I was on the edge of my seat until I saw it all come together.
Abby and Stephanie