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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Is It Nap Time, Yet?

Lately, browsing through decorating books is anything but relaxing. The beautiful photos and creative ideas generate energy in my limbs. I "blame" decorating books for my penchant to constantly redecorate my home! This week the upper deck was the focus of my energy.
My husband installed these screen doors a few weeks ago. Can you believe they are Home Depot originals? This deck usually fits 2 wicker chairs, a side table and a fountain. The area is small, but I'm always willing to sacrifice spaciousness for a new look! Hmm? Perhaps there's room for a day bed I pondered . . . already knowing I would MAKE ROOM even if it took the better part of my day! So, I cleaned away dust and spider webs from a metal cot I bought at a yard sale ($5.) I lugged it upstairs. Whew! Is it nap time, yet?Not quite. Truly uninviting and not nap worthy. Of course, all my cushions, pillows and covers needed washing. No time for pressing. I located in my linen closet a twin sized dust ruffle I resized by cutting away a portion of the middle and sewing the two pieces together. I placed the dust ruffle atop three European sized pillows (26"x26") suitable for cot cushions. Then came the fun part! I scavenged my home for several toss pillows and arranged them on my new day bed! Of course, I couldn't let a photo opportunity escape me. You can view the photos in the video below.

Unfortunately, by the time my little project was completed, my kids were home from school! It's never nap time around here, but it sure is fun to dream. . . .


tales from an O.C. cottage said...

AS IF that "Girl In The Pink Dress" pillow wasn't cute enough...those screen doors!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YUM! It all looks fabulous to me!

M ^..^

Leisa said...

What a wonderful "makeover" - looks like a great place to escape and definately have a nap!!

Jenni B said...

How fun! That looks so comfy. I want a little snooze myself!

Anonymous said...

Hi Cindy,
Oh my goodness, it is so so cute. Are you able to leave that out all the time? I love the screen doors. I have one like that on my front door.

I know what you mean, I totally blame decorating books and magazines for my obsession with rearranging and tweaking. LOL!!


purpleflowerfairy said...

i love it! the gingerbread doors, cot, pillows -- P*E*R*F*E*C*T*I**O*N =) debbie

celestina marie said...

Cindy, I love what you did with the cot. The pillows are gorgeous and especially the southern belle pillow. What an inviting little space. Did you ever get the nap? LOL!!
hugs, Celestina,
la rea rose

Debbie Kay said...


I have been on your deck before and the day bed truly finishes it off. Absolutely beautiful. You are so creative.

Love ya,


tales from an O.C. cottage said...

HAD to look's just amazing!

M ^..^

Shabbee Chick said...

LOVE the screen doors. Love. Them.

Betty Jo said...

Beautiful! I adore your "pink" blog, my fave color! xoxo

Alison Gibbs said...

The deck looks fabulous. Great little makeover.

The Rose Cottage said...

Cindy, you are amazing, I love the decorating ideas you come up with, thank you so much for sharing the process with us :) I only hope that you get to sit and relax on your upper deck and often, make sure, to make time ok?

Gardengirl said...

Hi Cindy. What a great little place you have created to hide away with a book. I think I will steal your bed skirt idea. In our guest room I have a daybed and I have been trying to think of an idea to make it look more like a love seat when not in use. Using a bed skirt over the top is a wonderful idea. Why didn't I think of that????
Everything is beautiful, from the doors right down to that way too cute pink dress pillow.

Do it yourselfer... said...

ok...I can tell already that I Love your blog! That cot idea is fantastic. My great aunt has one & I'm going to go steal it & steal your idea & put it on my screened in porch! Thanks for the idea! Oh...& thanks for entering the giveaway!


Cindy, it all looks absolutely gorgeous. I would never want to leave, just give me a good book, a glass of wine & some chocolate & I'm there.
Hugs, Coll :-}

CIELO said...

So beautiful... and pink! :)

lovely day to you


The Old Painted Cottage said...

If you look out onto your little porch and find me snuggled up with all those cozy pillows, let me nap just another 5 minutes, okay?


Tracie said...

Hi Cindy,
I love the screen doors and the nap area - too bad you didn't get a chance to nap after all that work. Looks beautiful!

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

I think I am in love with those screen doors! :)
I cannot browse through decorating magazines at bedtime anymore; gets my mind racing with too many ideas and then I cannot sleep! :)

Rosanne said...

What a lovely porch, a wonderful place for a nap!

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Stephanie said...

I have just fallen in love with your blog!! I'm so glad you "found me" & left me a comment! I've spent waaaay too much time on your beautiful blog & website this afternoon, but am going to add you to my favs & will visit again & again!

Love your style, your daybed, your screened doors, EVERYTHING!!

Angelic Accents

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

Hi, thank you for coming to my page and like you, I love pink too.. hehehehe.. see how pink can get us all girls connected?

anyway.. i've been reading your blog a lot and I love all the pink stuff you have at home and even in shop!..

maybe one of these days, I might visit your shop again.. have a nice day!

Donna said...


How cute! I love it! I have an old army cot, and I am anxious to put it to use on my porch!

Love your BLOG! I have something posted on my blog that you may be interested in. It would certainly look beautiful on your cot!

Thanks for sharing!


Lynne Laura said...

Hi Cindy,
You've done a fabulous job on the cot! How wonderful and great a find was that! Thank you for sharing all the information on vintage rhinestone jewelry...stuff I really love.

Kindredly, Lynne Laura

Alice W. said...

Omgoodness that is a gorgeous porch!!! I blame magazines for the same reasons...hehe!!! And how stunning are your screen doors...I need to get me one of those! Simply heavenly!

Rhondi said...

I saw your sweet cottage on cotage of the month. I am having a front porch party and wnat to invite you to join the party. If you stop by you can see more information about it.

Heather ~Pretty Petals said...

ooooohhhhhh my!!!! Such gorgoeus photos!!! You have a beautiful home. :)

xo Heather

Sandee said...

Is the little girl in the pink dress for sale? So so cute..I want it. Just discovered your blog and have a long way to go to read everything. Thanks for sharing