My Favorite Dance, The Furniture Shuffle

Do you remember the Macarena? . . . Well, I was doing the Furniture Shuffle to the tune of the Macarena!

OK . . . do you now have that song in your head . . . waving your arms and shaking your hips?

My sister Chrissy is a great dancer and dances the Macarena very well. Happy Birthday Chrissy! ๐Ÿ™‚

But I must say that I can outdo her on the Furniture Shuffle! ๐Ÿ™‚

Well, I was raising my arms and shaking my hips as I carried furniture across the room . . . Hey Macarena!!

If you remember a little bit ago, I polled my readers as to what look they preferred in this space.

Overwhelmingly, you preferred what I preferred, the bench. Hubby had a vote too. He always has a vote!

Antique Bench - Housepitality Designs

A monogrammed French Grain Sack, a cross-stitched pillow from Pottery Barn, and a needlepoint

Valentine’s pillow adorn the antique bench that was originally in the dining room.

Vintage French Grain Sack/Needlepoint Pillow-Housepitality Designs

Gosh, I cannot tell you how many years I have had that Valentine’s pillow. Just one of a few

Valentine’s Day themed items that I have.

Great Room-Housepitality Designs

When this bench was in the dining room, I had noticed after a while the split oak was starting to fade

a bit. The dining room gets a lot of sun in the early morning. So moving this bench was a good thing.

When I purchased this bench at the Country Living Fair a couple of years ago, the vendor told me (if my

memory serves me right) that it came from a great home in the Hamptons. There was another one, a pair of

these, but I only needed one. The other one sold right after I bought this one.

Foyer-Housepitality Designs

Did you wonder where the black painted planter went? . . . . just around the corner for now.

Black and gold painted plant stand-Housepitality Designs

It coordinates so nicely with the gold and black painted mirror … both pieces were purchased many years

ago from The Bombay Company . . . Bombay Company, please come back!

Great Room/Foyer-Housepitality Designs

Great Room/Foyer-Housepitality Designs

A reader commented that she would be concerned about a small child standing on the bench thus falling down

the stairwell . . . a very legitimate concern; however, I rarely have small children in the house,

and when that may happen, I would certainly move the bench for safety sake.

In the meantime, I am very happy with the bench in this area . . . as I feel it is a good fit for the room.

Great Room/Foyer-Housepitality Designs

We enjoy this room as it is a very casual area filled with the things that we love!

So, do you have that song out of your head yet? Have a great weekend, doing a dance that you love!

Hey Macarena!!!

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  1. This is such a pretty spot and I love the bench and planter. Perfect.

  2. Hi Shirley I looove this bench it is so unique and so pretty. It looks perfect in it’s new spot. That room is so cozy. Ha ha now I have the Macarena in my head lol! Love your furniture shuffle. Happy Week End.

  3. Yes, thanks a lot for putting that song in my head!! Love the bench there.

  4. Looks Great!!

    Don’t you have a booth in an antique store in Mebane? Which store is it? I’m in Greensboro visiting and Mebane is on my list of places to go. Thank you!

  5. It looks beautiful there Shirley! Great choice. I always love stopping by to visit. Your home is always so warm and inviting. Have a great weekend my friend!

  6. LOVE the decor on the bench….just so happy looking! And the planter is perfect where it now lives, too. I do get the heebie jeebies thinking about hanging that mirror and sconces in the stairwell….good ladder and a lot of trust, huh? Such a beautiful place to call home!!! Enjoy!

  7. The whole area says Welcome, come in and be at peace! I don’t think there is any better feeling in a home than that. It’s beautiful. Now I have to ask a question, is that an outlet way up on the wall by the ledge and pretty little window? :O I was just wondering because it had to be put there by a man LoL, usually we don’t have enough outlets in my opinion.

  8. Linda Kemp says

    I also love Valentine’s Day and your pillows look so dear on the bench. How could Bombay Company go out of business. It was so much fun shopping there.

  9. Linda miller says

    I also voted for the new spot for the bench and the Valentine accessorizing looks very festive. I definitely am enjoying the more casual look of your great room. As a side note, Bombay Comoany still exists online and we even have a grocery store here that carries some of their things!

  10. My hubby always jokes about my furniture rearranging and little changes. I always love visiting your blog and seeing your talents on display. Your home is so lovely and welcoming. I invite you to share at my Thursday hop. You can link up through Sat midnight) xo

  11. Shirley, I have enjoyed your blog for quite some time but have never commented until now. I just want to say how much I love your home and decorating style. My home is similar to yours so I come here to get great ideas of how to decorate it to show it’s best features. I am always changing the furniture in my space that looks almost the same as your area where you have the really nice bench. Your area looks so cozy and welcoming. In fact, your entire home is truly beautiful. We are blessed, aren’t we? Thanks for sharing your ideas!

  12. Jeanette Price says

    I haven’t heard that song for a long time but be sure that I have that stuck in my head now..Ha Ha! I love where you have put the bench. I really enjoy seeing your home and all the beautiful things that you do and create to make your home so warm and inviting. Have a wonderful weekend xoxo

  13. Oh boy, now I am going to be singing that song in my head all day:):) Love the bench there and that V’s pillow is GREAT! The planter is perfect around the corner. Have a GREAT weekend.

  14. Yes…I finally got that song out of my head! The bench looks perfect there! Just saw that pineapple pendant light up there…gorgeous! I don’t believe I’ve ever noticed that before. You have so many interesting things in your home! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  15. I believe that I said I liked the bench there. Love all the items around in that area. I always like Latin music and it will get me in the mood to move a little faster.
    Have a great fun weekend doing all the things that you love.

  16. I love your bench…. the grain sack and little cupid pillow look really cute too!!! Have a great weekend!!!

  17. I miss bombay too! I had that exact plant stand and it fell off our moving truck 5 years ago ๐Ÿ™

  18. It’s all so beautiful Shirley and I wish Bombay would come back too!!! Was just thinking that the other day actually. Your home is so beautiful and I love the bench in that spot! ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. I’m curious – How do you paint the walls and ceiling, especially in the stair well? I can picture scaffolding! What a feat that would be, and expensive. I love the yellow and white.

  20. I love this bench, Shirley, and it looks perfect in its new spot…really shows nicely here!!
    Mary Alice

  21. Very pretty Shirley! Love your black planter too.

  22. OK… that song is stuck in my head…lol! Love where you put the bench, it looks great. Have a great weekend.

  23. That last picture is just spectacular, showing the entire front entrance. Yes, it all looks great where you’ve placed things. I LOVE your house!

  24. Thanks, Shirley, now I have that song in my head! : ) It all looks great. I do love that planter and I’m glad to see you found a spot for it nearby. I’m with you, I wish Bombay was still around.

  25. Shirley, your bench looks so nice in its new home! You have been one busy lady! Did you know that Bombay Company has an online website? I ordered some things from them during the holidays! Love that store!

  26. I love the bench and everything else in your home!!!! Such a beautiful layout!

  27. Hi Shirley. The bench looks great in that spot! I can easily imagine it there since I have had the good fortune to see your beautiful home. Oh – and thanks a lot for putting that song in my head! lol

  28. Such a cheerful spot, love the bench!

  29. I just really love your French Country home. This area is such a beautiful place to sit and relax. ๐Ÿ™‚ Jo

  30. Music always makes chores go easier! Love the bench in its new spot with just a touch of Valentine’s on it! And I always enjoy seeing that spectacular pineapple lighting fixture!

  31. I love your relocated bench and your sweet pillow Shirley!

  32. Looks great, Shirley! I love “shopping the house” and changing things around, and I really miss Bombay Company, too. ๐Ÿ™

  33. Love the bench and the new decorations for the space… Wonderful job…

  34. Beautiful Shirley!! I have so many pieces from Bombay Co. now they’re painted.

  35. Oh, I also miss Bombay Co., they had the best accessories and very interesting pieces.

    Love the bench in that spot and all your wonderful linen pieces.

  36. Oh gee…my daughter was in high school when that song was big! ha! You do a great furniture shuffle Shirley! Your living room and entry are beautiful.
    Sheila E

  37. yep that song’s in my head now! ๐Ÿ™‚

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