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What a great weekend we enjoyed! I hope yours was delightful too.

We spent Friday evening and a good bit of Saturday enjoying fellowship and golf with the Women’s Golf Team from my Alma Mater.  The team comes to town every year for an NCAA tournament and we have enjoyed getting to know the coaches, the players and their families over the past 10+ years. It is a weekend that I have circled on my calendar every year for the opportunity to catch up with some great people. (Oh, and not for nothing, but I totally rocked the trivia contest!)

On Sunday, a friend of mine popped over ‘just for a minute’ ostensibly to help with some paint color choices. Four hours later, we had completely changed all of the furniture and pictures in my large living room and some other rooms…and it looks so much better. Sometimes it’s so helpful to have someone see outside the box that you have put yourself in!

So, I want your input on something.  In my breakfast nook, the light fixture and therefore the table, are not centered on the window…which has bugged me FOREVER!!!  I know, I could move the light fixture, but then the table would be too close to the wall. ..yada yada. In any event…see the little console table against the window?

Would you center in on the window or on the table? Inquiring minds want to know.

Centered on Light Fixture and Table? Or…

Centered on Window?

Oh yeah, and before she left I remembered that we still had to pick out a paint color…which we did in 5 minutes!

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So, it goes without saying that I am going to need these painting hacks.

I saw this sentiment last week and it has stayed with me:  “Look around, all your clutter used to be money.”  Ugh!

Have you ever heard of Enneagram? It’s an interesting little personality test!  I’m a 2, 4, 8. What are you? Once you take the test, check out this site to learn more about your type.

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Spiced Cranberry Conserve is just what you need this time of year.

Maybe you aren’t meant to ‘just get through’.

Oh…what a wonderful campaign!

Along the same line….

Hallmark Christmas Music Channel starts this Thursday, November 1, on SiriusXM channel 70!

Still time to get a head start on your Thanksgiving Preparations! I made my turkey stock this weekend!


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  1. Carole West

    October 29, 2018 at 9:02 am

    I’m ready for some Hallmark Christmas and the centered table with the window is overrated. Here’s why – after remodeling a simple farm house for 8 years I discovered that sometimes imperfections are placed to help us realize we don’t live in a perfect world. During that remodel I discovered by letting go of the imperfections it helped me grow and focus on enjoying the simple things in life. Which is interesting because I love clean lines and everything in order.

    • lynn

      October 29, 2018 at 8:49 pm

      You are SO RIGHT my friend! I know I need to let it go…I am able to ignore it most of the time…just every now and again it really bugs me. We are trying to sell this house and so I am hypercritical about everything it seems.

      Enjoy the Christmas music my friend.

      Hugs, Lynn

  2. BetteAnn Slivka

    October 29, 2018 at 9:13 am

    In my humble opinion, I would center the table under the window, but change or reposition the items on top of it. The basket is drawing the eye and seems to emphasize that the tables are not aligned. On the other side, it would line up with your candles and draw the eye to a more centered illusion. I am, by no means, a good decorator, but I have a similar problem in my dining area. I had to settle for the table not being aligned with the light fixture. Now, can you and your friend come help me hang some pictures? I am terrible with those decisions.

    • lynn

      October 29, 2018 at 8:47 pm

      Hi BetteAnn…

      Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts!

      And what a great observation! I did move the basket and it made a huge difference. Thanks so much!

      As far as hanging pictures…that’s a whole ‘nother ball of wax. One of my rules of thumb is that lower is always better than higher.

      Have a great evening.

      Hugs, Lynn

  3. jeanette craft

    October 29, 2018 at 10:31 am

    Greetings! I feel your pain! Many friends I know would not let a little thing like centering a table bother them at all, but it would irritate me no end. I can’t see from the photo how wide your room is but if possible could you place your table diagonally from corner to corner? By doing so it would create a visual picture drawing attention away from the window, the table, or the light, making all things appear well balanced. I have used this idea in the past, and it worked well. I hope it could be a solution for you too.

    • lynn

      October 29, 2018 at 8:42 pm

      Hmmm…you’ve got me thinking Jeanette…

      I might be able to do it one corner…the other has a window seat. I’m going to check that out in the morning.

      And so many of my friends say the same thing yours say…that no one but me notices it. But I do notice it and it kinda bugs me.

      Thanks so much for your input my friend.



    • Leslie

      October 31, 2018 at 4:42 pm

      You should definitely line up with the window.
      I don’t like anything in straight lines.
      It’s always more interesting and eye-catching to have things at angle.

      • lynn

        November 2, 2018 at 8:24 pm

        I have come to grips with that and am now seeing the benefit of ‘off kilter’…Thanks for chiming in Leslie.

  4. Angeleck Nance

    October 29, 2018 at 10:37 am

    Good morning! Before I saw the second picture of your kitchen nook (I think that’s what you called it), I had decided that centering the little table with the window would look better…so, let us know what you decide. Angeleck Nance

    • lynn

      October 29, 2018 at 8:39 pm

      Hi Angeleck,

      That seems to be the consensus and I’m going with that now…but, heck…I can always change when the whim hits me!

      Thanks for chiming in my friend.

      Hugs, Lynn

  5. Caroline

    October 29, 2018 at 11:49 am

    Well, that is interesting as I thought only my kitchen light was off centered! Good to know, lol I too always struggle on placement of my table, if I center the table with the light it is too far out in the walkway! Please share your new paint color choices as that is just what I want to do, repaint! Enjoy your day, Caroline

    • lynn

      October 29, 2018 at 8:36 pm

      Hey Caroline! There is strength in numbers my friend…guess we need to form a support group!

      I’m looking at going a creamy color…I’ll keep you posted!

  6. Penny

    October 30, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    Hi Lynn, I’m with the others as far as what to do with the small table. It looks so much better centered on the window. I agree that the basket makes the unaligned tables more obvious but do you really need to align the two tables? I like that they aren’t aligned because otherwise, it looks like you are getting ready for the huge Thanksgiving crowd and need more seating at the end of the dining table. The chandelier is, as you say, “a whole nother issue”. Who puts these things where you find them anyway? They are never in the perfect place.

    • lynn

      November 2, 2018 at 8:28 pm

      Thanks Penny…it is centered with the window and I am at peace with it! 😂 I moved the basket and just that little change made a huge difference. And yes…those chandeliers are such a pain!

      I so appreciate your input. Thanks so much my friend.

      Hugs, Lynn

  7. BB

    October 30, 2018 at 5:21 pm

    Hey Lynn,
    I looked back and forth at the two photos of the console table under the window or lined up with the dining table, and my thoughts are centered under the window. Here is why – all lined up with the dining table does not provide an aesthetic interest like having it off-center to the table does. Being centered under the window instead ‘leads’ the eye to the window and more to the items on the console and to the outside view rather than down the ‘alley’ of the dining table and the console table being lined up together, where the eye just drops/stops rather than really seeing the items on the console table that leads to the view outside.
    It does look like a lovely-sized console table, though, to nest up against or closer to the dining table end when you need space for more serving dishes and/or if you are working on a project at the dining table on something that takes up enough room that the console table can hold the items you need to work on said project. Just my two-cents worth. Maybe all the suggestions listed here lead to a thought-storm of even something else to do with the console table, or some other item in your home, you hadn’t thought of before! Have fun!

    • lynn

      November 2, 2018 at 8:25 pm

      You are brilliant my friend!

      Interestingly, EVERYONE but me thought it should be centered under the window and your comment just made me switch sides. You are right! It does provide just a little interest! OK…that’s all I needed to hear…I am now at peace with my off center window. Thanks you so much for chiming in.

      So…what are you doing tomorrow? I am still trying to pick out paint colors!

      Hugs my friend.



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