Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Canine Transformations: Part 2

When last we left you humans out there in blogland, we had shown you our new yuppy puppy look we added to the living room. If you missed it, check it out here! Oh, and in case you're new this week, go here to find out who we are! We also gave you a taste of our new and improved sunroom arrangement. Well, put down whatever you're doing ... this is one of our best transformations yet!

In order to get a good idea of how much this room has changed, you'll have to understand what it looked like before. Here's just one of the many pictures our Dad showed you on the linked post:
Forgive the image folks, this was before Dad got his nifty new camera! Anyway - you see here that the ottoman we now have in the living room, and two of the leather chairs, along with some mixed accessories and curtains just perfect for fall gave the room a real weighty feel. We wanted to lighten it up a bit, and since Dad was letting us have our way ...

We really took advantage, but in a totally great way, don't you think? We had Dad buy some new curtains, in a beautiful cream sail cloth ... perfect match to those pillows and throw he worked so hard on. Then we covered the side table with a burlap tablecloth and moved in Dad's favorite seagrass wingback chair.

Before, the room felt a little bare in the corner with just an old beer box for magazine storage. Dad was such a great designer - he just needed a little bite on the butt to get going. Once we convinced him ...

We think it made the perfect accent to the new and fresh spring room. We left the ladder cause Dad got that for free from a friend, along with the cart table and a French Tolix stool. The little lady that was made into a lamp ... no fear, no harm was done ... has a great burlap shade too. Mixing and matching textures - very yuppy puppy, don't you think?

Here's another view of the chair. Apparently it was pretty expensive - so Dad kept it upstairs out of our reach. Oh and, check out our head on the floor! Come back on Friday when we talk to Mister from Gollum's and he shares his story about the head in his living room!
Our Dad's love to travel, and so do we. So we thought the perfect accessory was this old Atlas from a set of 1964 World Book Encyclopedias. We love the way the colors of the book tie the oranges and blues from the striped pillows in, and of course our orange tulips.

So as we dim the lights and back our way out of this space, D and I are calling this job done, for now. We'd ultimately like to see Dad get that lamp he's been talking about for the space and move this one back up to the bedroom - oh, and of course - we'd like to have free roam! We PROMISE we won't hurt the chair! PROMISE!
Remember to check out our Tablescape Thursday post. Dad's are having a seder tomorrow. It's our first, and we're very excited! See you then!


  1. This looks FANTASTIC! The room and the furniture had new life breathed into both. Love, love, love it. You are one talented household. =)
    xo Isa

  2. Molly allowed me to comment, this morning. Sweet girl! She knew her dear old mom would love this room!

    Your dad did a fantastic job, which is no surprise, to me!!

    Great post!

  3. Another 'super' job KIDS! You had me going for awhile as I wondered where the antique cart (coffee table) went to. Whew, Daddy wud have been awful angry if you had tossed it. :)

    HAPPY EASTER TO ARTIE 'n SCOTT and to the both of you......and no chasing the Great White Rabbit. Kuddos -Brenda-

  4. Loved the room before, had that Ralph Lauren feel to it ... as does much of the house, but this is great. The same warm and cozy feeling, but perfect for the warm spring and summer months.

  5. I love, love, love the sun porch now. Great job by the girls (is D a girl? Sorry if I insult El D's masculinity!)
    Happy Passover and save me some Matzo ball soup.

  6. I drove up the mountain about 1.6 miles to get Sammy's (the maltese) take on the transformation ... he gave you Poochies a 'paws up!'

  7. TWO BIG PAWS UP! Hunter the Great Dane, in MI

  8. ~WOW~ This is gorgeous! Tell your Dad he did a wonderful job!

    Easter blessings to all.
    ~Melissa :)

  9. the blog..the room..the music..see you again tomorrow:)))

  10. Woooooo hooooooooo to my favorite yuppy puppies!!!! You guys did a GREAT job!!!!!!

    Justine :o )

  11. Artie, Everything look wonderful! 50 stars!

  12. Looks great, love the subtle, yet wonderful changes, Artie! Errr, I mean puppster!

  13. What a wonderfully warm and inviting place! Masculine but not so much so that it's predictable and hard. Very nice balance! Lucky dad!!! My Sam says hello to D and Abby. (thanks for stopping by my blog. Appreciate it, -susan

  14. oH, you guys are GOOD !!! Your dad has taught you well...and I KNOW you would never...ever...even get CLOSE to that fabulous chair...
    This is such a delightful room!

  15. Woohoo pups! Super great job. Casa Vanderdogan has talent galore. Would love to cozy up in there with a good book.

  16. WOW! It is great! I could relax in that space and read for sure. I really love that green wall color...By any chance you remember what it is called? Is there a type of paint you recommend? We are getting ready to paint our whole house. We are renovating an old Cape Cod home! I have been posting pictures of our crusades with it. When we bought the house it was completely gutted so we get to start from scratch! I LOVE IT! But it is hard work, we are doing it all ourselves. You will have to come check it out!


  17. Artie...I loved seeing and reading about all the changes in your sunroom and living room! These two posts would be awesome to link for any Metamorphosis Monday! :-)
    Your home is soooo cozy and have really made it a wonderful retreat from that crazy world outside.