Not all the work is going on outside right now. Changes are happening inside, too.
As soon as we got settled in our "new" house - 14 years ago - we put up valencies in the living/dining/great room as part of our initial decorating.
|A soft brocade fabric with lots of muted jewel tones.|
We chose a muted print of jewel colors in a "stained glass" print. We loved the warm, cozy colors and it gave us a lot of possibilities for other fabrics and paint, but I knew from the start that someday I would also get "summer valences" to lighten and brighten for the summer months.
Over the past year, i returned to really, really wanting to get it done.
In the magazines that pile up every month around here, I found lots of things I liked. Mostly, tho, I realized that one of the big current trends is definitely for lighter, brighter colors and the use of lots of colors together. And, that led to our "renovation".
|They are really a Chinese type chrysanthemum, but have both a sunny feeling and a bit of sea creature - can't you see an urchin or even a many-tenacled octopus or squid?|
We found a wonderful burnt orange and white print that pulls lots of summery color in to the rooms, while it echoes the shape of our sun/moon wall hanging.
With Mitchell was out a couple of evenings, I spread out fabic on the dining table and cut, cut, cut. And, then sewed, sewed, sewed and voila!
And, of course, I needed to pull it down from the tops of the windows into the main body of the room so a pillow or two followed.
Now we feel positively modern ... and newly decorated!