Rainy Days and Mondays…Prepping to update my Home Tour

Rainy days and Mondays…I grew up listening to The Carpenters…

…..what a voice Karen Carpenter had!

It’s been a very rainy couple of weeks…

…..not great for taking pictures.


I have been preparing to update my Home Tour…it is pretty outdated on the blog…

…..but between travels and gloomy days here lately…

………..I have not been very successful in doing this.


I have been tweaking bookcases and table tops lately…

My bookcase in the great room is backed by cherry beadboard.


I have not found the “backing” that I want to place on the bookshelves just yet…

…..so in the meantime, I gathered all the white accessories I had around the house…

……….so that the bookcase would have a lighter look.

The white decorative items are from places such as Pottery Barn and Carolina Pottery.


This large “artichoke” finial was downstairs…my Ethan Allen bargain.

I found it on their clearance table that was originally marked $100 reduced to $10. 🙂

It goes well with the colors in the new chair.


I do not follow the rules of having no personal photos in the main living space…

…..as I love to see my favorite photos of my family and friends.


I am contemplating moving the Wedgwood and Roseville pieces…

…..but then again, I do not want an entirely “white collection”…

PicMonkey Collage

These “birds of a feather” appear throughout the house in many vignettes.


So here is “one-half” of the bookcase “re-design”….still tweaking the other side!

And getting back to the “rainy days”….

What do you do on a rainy day?….

I was in the Atlanta area this past holiday weekend to celebrate my brother’s retirement..

…..it was great to get together with all my siblings and mother.

Unfortunately there was not much “boat time” on his lake as it rained every day!!.

But we had a great time in spite of the rain.

I took part of a day to meet up with Kim…to go shopping..


Little did you know that there were lots of packages behind the chair when I was snapping pics!

As you can see, we had a very productive day!

Hope you had a wonderful 4th of July holiday!!!

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  1. Loving your touches of white. I guess we have white and lighting things up on the brain after so much gloom.

  2. I like what you did to your bookcase. Have you thought about putting mirrors in the back? My friend did that and it really lightened up the space – just a thought.
    Can hardly wait to see your re-do’s.
    Spoke to my cousin this am in Buchanan, VA and she said all it does is rain and are expecting more tonight. The only shoes she wears are her high rubber boots. She lives on a farm.
    Have a great week.
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  3. I enjoyed the lighter bookcase, and was wondering if those vases were Roseville or Rookwood. They add depth to all the other white items, please don’t remove them. But I’m more nosey about what is in all your shopping bags!!! That looks like fun.

  4. Everything looks beautiful, love that artichoke finial from PB. Can’t wait to see what else you got I noticed some more PB bags!!


  5. Looks like you and Mrs Kim had fun. LOL I like all your white additions. Yes, last week it was hard to get anything to photograph with all that gloom. Glad for some sunny days but looks like a TS is coming in. Blake and Amanda are on a cruise in the Caribbean. Oh no! :-/ ttys, xxoo
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  6. someday i’d like to see where you keep it all! you have an amazingly impressive stash somewhere ;-). really like all the white, especially the way you staged the 2 birds on different shelves. very harmoniuos.

  7. Sorry I missed u this trip!
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  8. Love your white additions!! Your bookcases look great!!! I wish I could give you a little bit of my sun and heat in exchange for your rain!!~~Angela
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  9. How beautiful! I love your shelves and how you’ve decorated them. It’s always a little hard for me trying to get shelves right. Yours look gorgeous.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉
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  10. I can totally relate to the rain holding things up! We’re pretty much over it here in ATL! bookcases are looking good — love the whites and brights. 🙂
    xo Heidi
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  11. Linda Miller says

    Bookcase shelves look really nice. I like how you have simplified them. I must ask though…no shoe shopping? You needed me along on your shopping spree!

  12. Your shelves look great, Shirley. Have you thought about doing something nonpermanent to the backs of your bookcases? I’ve covered cardboard with fabric or wallpaper- just cut it to fit tightly, no need to attach, and it can be changed out easily. I know what you mean about the rain- you can blame it all on our daughter! She was in town from Arizona, said she wanted to see some rain while she was home. Well, she certainly got her wish, didn’t she?! 🙂
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  13. I’ve decided you are the ultimate shopper as you always have one eye open for that special buy. You usually fine it, too!
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  14. Love the white touches. That was the perfect thing to brighten the cherry background. Hugs, Ginger
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  15. I am so sorry you have had SO much rain:(:( We lucked out and the rain hit here while we were on vacation, but just had 3 days when we f=got home. It is now sunny and HOT, hot! I got my new car tonight. LOVE IT!!!! Your bookcases look beautiful, I love all the white touches. I SOOOOOOOO envy you that you get to shop and hang out with KIM!!!!!!!!!! Wow. XOXO
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  16. PS, Karten Carpenter had the MOST beautiful voice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  17. Love your white accents in your bookcase Shirley! I was beyond THRILLED to see the sun put in an appearance yesterday and Sunday! More rain on the way starting tomorrow, joy, joy.
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  18. Hi Shirley. I’m playing catch-up again. We’ve had a lot of rain, too. Glad to see you and Kim got to go shopping together. I’m looking forward to Haven and seeing you guys.
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  19. Donnamae says

    I loved Karen Carpenter’s voice too…but try not to let rainy days and Mondays get me down. Love the white artichoke! 😉

  20. Love the bookcases and can hardly wait to see all of the tweaks!!
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  21. Shirley, the white accents look great against the dark finish of the bookcase. So pretty! Glad you had fun shopping with Kim!
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  22. Hi, Shirley! I don’t follow the “no personal photos” rule either. Makes you wonder if the person who first came up with that didn’t have children! 🙂 I need to update my home tour as well but haven’t been able to get around to it. Love how you’re lightening the bookcases. Lovely!

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