Monday, December 1, 2008

Change is Good

Last summer I posted images of my friend Suzanne Cooper's lovely home "before." 

She was planning to spiff things up, though they looked quite good to me at the time.

She's altered nearly everything other than the furniture itself.  Walls, windows, rugs and upholstery have all been refreshed.

I think it looks absolutely fabulous and I'm so proud of her for doing it.

It has been a harder transition than she thought.  It always takes the eye a while to adjust to something new and this is so many things new.

And while Suzanne liked the idea of sisal rugs in place of the orientals she's missing them terribly.  I keep telling her to be patient, it looks great.  Still she stands arms crossed, head cocked.  I'm quite sure Dr. Cooper knows those rugs are going to be lugged down from the attic sometime soon.

It was refreshing to see all the big changes, but I spent plenty of time pouring over the details as well.

It appears all inhabitants, big and small, are happy with the results.


pve design said...

When a frog is put in a pot of boiling water, he jumps out, however when a frog is put in a pot of lukewarm water, then the pot proceeds to boil, he does not jump out. We need "changes" to keep us alert, awake and jumping and to keep things shifting. This was the homily in church.
I love that coral color, so warm, so rich.

Mrs. Blandings said...

Patricia - I'm so adverse to change then once things settle in I always realize it was for the best. I love this analogy - I need to go to church with you.

Karena said...

Love the seafaring chest, her collections. Coral is a soothing yet brightening color. Are the teapots terra cotta?

The Peak of Chic said...

Change can certainly be a good thing, and fortunately design alterations are never permanent!

Style Court said...

Lovely boxes! I love seeing the foundation pieces that worked so well in the transition.

northsidefour said...

Suzanne's shop is one of my favorites in KC, thank you so much for the peek inside her beautiful home, just as I knew it would be. She was closed last time I stopped in, I'll have to make the trek through the snow again soon. Thank you!

linda said...

Coral is such a classic, warm and happy color and it marries well with the patina of fine wood furniture.