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Furniture Makeovers and Keys to Happiness

I'm hauling this re-done baby over to my client's family room.
Here's how it used to look.  It was lower and deeply tufted.
I drew a design that had a flat panel base, nail heads and raised it about 8 inches so they can use it as a coffee table, too...the upholsterer did a great job executing it!  The fabric is 100% linen.
One more look...
These chairs are going in for "rehab" too.
The black chairs are finished, with new cushions and paint touch-ups.

Reading about Sherry Hart's Favorite Room 
on Savvy Southern Style
made me happy and 
want to paint everything white 
(her console below was stained pine)
and collect old bottles
and speak with a southern accent.
Where is Sherry hiding the d@#* cable boxes?

Can you believe this is the view from where I got my mammogram?
I'm cancer-free for 18 years!  Feeling healthy is a key to happiness.

This is random but my husband and I just finished the last (third)
season of the HBO series "Game of Thrones."
It's got enough violence and sex in it that you wouldn't want to
watch it with your mother...but it can hook you.
Thankfully, no one gave away the season finale...
so, I won't...but I was not happy.

This is from Apartment Therapy ...
Here is a little sample...
"1. Make your bed. In a popular post last month, I explained the many benefits of daily bed-making. Gretchen Rubin, New York Times best-selling author of The Happiness Project, explains that this three minute task is one of the simplest habits you can adopt to positively impact your happiness."
I wonder if the more pillows you have on the bed, the happier you are?

My friend, Elita, also recommended The Happiness Project
...I just bought it on Amazon. The books are stacking up on my night stand!


I'm no authority on 
"The Keys to Happiness", 
but I'm pretty sure that
Birthday Celebrations,
Puppies and 
Coconut Cake
should be on the list.
My cousin's birthday party with my sister
(she made the Ina Garten Coconut cake--wow!).
The puppies are brothers.
Judge, the one looking at my sister, is hers.
Chief, the one on top of her head, is ours.
Chief is 3 1/2 months  old.  The San Pellegrino bottle is to give you size perspective...because when we saw him on the computer screen before we got him, he looked a lot bigger!  He's doubled in size since then.  

One last thought on happiness.
Recognize your blessings everyday.

For example, I'm grateful for a husband who cooks and
made this delicious
Vietnamese Grilled Steak Salad.

What makes YOU happy?