The First Room Reveal at Berry Patch

Hello Dear Readers!

Things here at the Berry Patch house are coming along.

I am still surrounded by boxes to unpack . . . and items waiting in the wings

to find a new home . . . or be banished to the “STORE ME ROOM”.

Even though some of this is not a fun task,

I must say I am having fun trying to figure out furniture arrangements

and where I want to hang artwork and pretties.

Today, I shall present the first room reveal at Berry Patch, a.k.a. the rental house.

The Dining Room.

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Recognize the above piece of furniture?

Probably not as it was tucked in a hallway that led to the master bedroom suite

in our previous home.

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This curio cabinet was a piece that I purchased a very long time ago from Ethan Allen.

I saved and saved so that I can purchase that curio to house my budding collection of

Norman Rockwell figurines. Figurines that meant something to our family,

first haircut, our wedding, first baby step, boys playing sports and more.

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Now those figurines are packed away hoping my son will want them, but most likely not.

My former dining room only had one wall to place furniture against . . . that room had

a large bay window and french doors on the other wall . . . all bringing beautiful light into the room.

So I searched “my furniture stash” for a piece to place in the Berry Patch dining room that

would compliment the rest of the dining room furniture.

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The curio cabinet fit the bill.

I plan to do something totally different with the curio in the new house.

Sconces that were in the stairwell before, now flank the curio.

Plants/plant stands that were in the master bathroom now stand below each sconce.

Instead of Norman Rockwell figurines, the curio happily displays some Ironstone tureens.

A far cry from figurines of what I call, Everyday Life.

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The Berry Patch House is contemporary in style as you can see in the light fixtures.

Since this is our temporary home, I shall not let it bother me. Well, somewhat.

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It’s funny how some items in a previous home that fit well in “their space” fit nicely

in another home, in another setting . . . and having a totally different purpose.

Here is another item that shuffled from the previous Guest Room bathroom

and now in the Berry Patch dining room.

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A pretty floral painting that I snagged at an estate sale years ago.

Now, do you remember this:

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An Italian gold and crystal sconce that I scored at a Virginia antique shop . . .

actually scored a pair of them and the mini mirrors that I acquired for the huge sum of one dollar

with my friend Martha . . . at her wholesale frame warehouse she frequented.

These sconces and mirrors were previously in the master bedroom flanking the bay window.

You can see a “sneakie peekie” of something in the Great room in the reflection of the mirror.

So on to more familiar pieces.

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The Dining Room hutch, the French Market basket (that has a story) and all the pretties

in the hutch are pretty much the same . . . hanging out with the hutch.

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I have to apologize for some of the quality of the photos,

as there is not an abundance of natural light in this room.

Even though you can see rays of sunlight on the floor, the porch roof blocks

a lot of light going to the dining room and there are lots of trees on this property of a few acres.

Going forward, I may be using my lighting umbrellas more often, but hmmmm where did I put them?

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I will be presenting each room as I complete them and plan to give you some sneak peeks

in the meantime . . .and if I get brave . . . I will even show you our storage areas too!

The image below was taken as I stood on the sofa! …. I think it would have been better

to take a horizontal image of the space . . . next time!

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I wish you all a most beautiful day and I thank you for visiting and coming along with me

on my journey as we build our “right-sized” home.

There is still time to enter the BOOK GIVEAWAY, “Beautiful” by Mark D. Sikes.

Now, off to wade through the room I call “the staging room” of home decor that I placed in bins

that I thought I would use at Berry Patch. I think I will be doing more packing and storing!

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  1. I know your having somewhat fun fixing up the rental. That dining room is nice and big to hold your treasures.

  2. It’s so much fun to put your stamp on a new space! The dining room looks beautiful with all your gorgeous treasures!

  3. It’s looking like home at the Berry Patch house!! I’m glad to see you have somewhere nice to stay in the interim. When we stayed in our rent house for 7 or 8 months we didn’t even unpack much. We lived with the boxes!

  4. Good job making it your (temporary) home!

  5. Looks great and fun days ahead to create.

  6. I have to hand it to you, I don’t know if I could do that much to a rental home. It looks lovely and cozy. We rented for four months and lived out of boxes. Looking forward to your future posts.

  7. What a beautiful space Shirley! How long will it take to build? I know a lot longer than it did for us since your home is a custom home. We lived in boxes for four months and it was the worse. You have a beautiful rental.

  8. It’s fun to see your more traditional furnishings in a more transitional setting….they look fantastic! Have fun! 😉

  9. Shirley, you have the dining room looking wonderful. This looks like such a beautiful space while your new home is being built.I hope you are getting some needed rest. Enjoy seeing your progress.

  10. Sandra white says

    Any space that you do will look warm and inviting! You have that touch! Looking forward to following you through the journey in the rental home and Through the building of your right size home.

  11. Your rental home looks beautiful. I think even if I had to live in a rental while my new home was being built I would have to do some decorating to make it feel like home. I wouldn’t want to live in chaos for months on end. You are doing a great job and I look forward to seeing what you are doing to this new and different space.

  12. Loving what you did with the curio, pretty display. You have a super start.


  13. Shirley, no matter where you call home, you make your home beautiful and welcoming. You have such a talent for combining just the right accessories to make a room come alive! I love that you are creating a home, even at your rental, for yourself and your family, and such a lovely one too! I doubt if the Berry Patch House will ever look as charming as it does with you living there. Hope you are having a happy week, friend. xoxo

  14. Shirley, everything looks lovely. I am so in love with the sconces beside your curio. You are pulling everything together beautifully. Such a fun time for you as you plan your new home and make your temporary home gorgeous.

  15. I knew you would make the berry patch house as warm and welcoming as your REAL house;) I would want to do the same thing. Even though it is alot of work, you want to feel “at home” while you are there. I totally get that. This dining room is so nice and big! That is one thing I really dislike about this house. I guess I have to take the bad with the good. Have a beautiful rest of the week.

  16. Bobbi Duncan says

    You are utterly amazing that you are creating such a beautiful nest in a home you are only renting for a short time! Your decorating talent for putting together just the right objects will always make any house a true home. I love your ironstone tureens, Shirley, and they go beautifully in your lovely curio cabinet; the white against the dark wood is stunning! Hugs!

  17. JoAnn Mooney says

    Your room looks amazing and you have done so much in spite of having your Mom visit and traveling!

  18. Shirley, I know you’ll put your personal stamp on the Berry Patch House and make it warm and welcoming, contemporary fixtures notwithstanding. 🙂 I’m wild about your second photo of the ironstone in the curio shot through the wispy branches and those handsome sconces! The hardwoods look like they’re in wonderful condition and are gleaming!

  19. I’d still be in a sea of boxes but what you’ve done already looks might fine, Shirley. Love the ironstone in that curio. I like how you’ve placed things for great framing in photos. And if I know your husband from his garage past, I’d be willing to bet your storage areas already look fine and beyond presentable.

  20. I know your trying to make a cozy nest for your husband and you. Things are looking good! I’m still missing your old house…
    Can’t wait to see your new one! Onward and upward!

  21. Penny at Enjoying The Simple Things says

    It is fun seeing how you are settling into your temporary home!

  22. Shirley, I can see your beautiful style is showing in your temporary home. That is a large space and i love seeing things that I haven’t seen before, the curio and the painting. You amaze me!

  23. Shirley, you have done a beautiful job on the dining room of your temporary home! Everything looks gorgeous! The floral painting and curio look perfect in the space, and I am swooning over those gorgeous sconces flanking the curio. I hope you have a wonderful day!!!

  24. Shirley, your temporary home looks great! I knew it wouldn’t be long before you had things looking amazing. Looks like you have always lived here! It’s beautiful!

  25. Already looking good Shirley! I know a lot of work but for someone who likes change fun as well.
    You mentioned your Rockwell figurines. I have some hummels that are so precious to me and of course each one has a meaning and a story! I hope I can pass them down to one of my kids…
    Have a great day

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