Saturday, June 25, 2016

Scenes from the Patriotic Sitting Room

Hi Everyone...can you believe the 4th of July is next weekend?
Before it's come and gone, I thought I'd share with you
 a few pics from the Kitchen Sitting Area
where I've added a few flags and some Patriotic Color.

I wanted to keep things simple in here,
so the first thing I did was put out a white quilt as a base,
then add some pillows.
I know it's a stretch for French Toile and the Stars and Stripes on one sofa,
 but I was going for the reds and blues, and nothing too overdone.

I changed out my little tool carrier with some red transfer ware
and an old chippy red flowerpot with ivy.

I can't take credit for this fun flag mason jar candleholder.
I found it on Pinterest, as I'm sure many of you have seen.

It's an easy fix, just take a small flag and wrap around the jar
 with garden twine or string.
I have a votive candle inside, or a tea light would do.

This tote is pretty small, but since I move it a few times each day
I didn't want anything too big or cumbersome.

I have several pairs of old flags,
so these are tucked behind the mirror with a little garland of faux flowers.

I finally changed out the old watering can's Spring Daffodils
for a more Summery Bouquet.

It's been a month since my CTO heart surgery, and I'm getting better at a snail's pace. I have better blood flow through that artery and I'm really thankful, it's just that it's taking what seems forever to get the anemia dealt with. I've been taking high powered iron supplements, but it's only been this last week that I have gotten past the dizziness and weakness that I've been living with for the last 9 months. That has kept me from driving and doing much. It took a loss of a lot of blood during the surgery for the doctors to realize I was anemic and have been for my whole life. I just thought my heart was to blame for the weakness and overwhelming fatigue, not realizing that it was a combination of things that was my problem. I have an appointment with a new Internal Medicine doctor, so I'm hoping we can get to the bottom of what this blood problem might be. 

I'm sorry I don't have fun new things to share and honestly, it can be a little boring around here. At times, I think I just won't post anything, but I do have a little spark left in me to stay with the blog and hope that soon I'll be back to more of my old self, sharing a few new shops and fun places. Thanks for hanging in there with me, and all your encouragement. I've said before I don't like talking about my health woes with you all. I like to keep this a place for some inspiration and creativity, but that just wouldn't be completely honest, so you're stuck with the truth, ha ha! OK, just pretend you're seeing this for the first time! lot's of love...have a great weekend!

joining in for these parties:

Sundays at Home at Love of Home
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings
Show and Share at Coastal Charm
Tweak it Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Inspiration Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
The Scoop at Stone Gable
Share Your Style at The Essence of Home
Thoughts of Home on Thursday at Decor to Adore


  1. I won't give medical advice, but I HAVE to recommend that you ask your doctor about iron infusions (through IV). This last Fall, I was desperately sick due to extremely low iron and low CBC count. My body was almost shutting down. I asked three doctors about IV iron and they said they "don't do that kind of thing". Then, my fabulous internal medicine specialist recommended it. I had 5 infusions and I was like a new person. This doctor told me it would have taken 2 - 2 1/2 years to get my levels up via oral iron supplements. That is a long recovery. Anyways, I hope my "tale of woe" can somehow help you. I just know how you must feel. You have my empathy, prayers, and good thoughts.
    Best & Bisous,
    Michelle from Simply Santa Barbara

    1. thankyou, Michelle! My cardiologists don't realize how bad it's been, they're just interested in my arteries, even though angina is worsened by anemia. I'll check with my new doctor when I visit, this has been the absolute pits, and I don't know what's causing it. thanks so much for the info!

  2. Always enjoy your posts.........hoping, and praying you feel more like a zippy kid soon!!!

  3. Hope you are better soon, I know this has been a long recovery. Praying.

  4. Very patriotic!! Praying you will get stronger everyday and I always look forward to your posts!!

  5. You certainly haven't lost your touch creating a beautiful space! :) Love the patriotic pillows and carrier filled with pretties! Praying you get answers about your health soon, and your recovery from the heart surgery quickens! Take care! ~Rhonda

  6. All the white makes your beautiful displays stand out! I needed the reminder that the fourth is already next week. :0) I'm glad you've had a little improvement. I hope your new doctor gets your anemia all straightened out and that you feel better. hugs, J.

  7. Debra,
    S l o w progress is PROGRESS, dear friend!
    As far as the anemia, have you tried adding "cherries" to your diet?
    They are h i g h in iron! I get mine in several times a week through a black cherry yogurt.
    L o v e the US Flags flying high above your settee!
    You are truly, an inspiration to me!
    Thank you for continuing with blogging!
    Happy Fourth of July!

  8. Joining the chorus hoping for answers that will help you get feeling better!... and by the way - French Toile is not such a stretch-- it's for Bastille Day (7/14)!!

  9. Hope you continue feeling better! Any progress is progress but we have a bad habit of wanting to rush it up, don't we? Love all of your patriotic décor.


  10. I know I told you this before, Debra, but you should really trying juicing spinach and tomatoes with other vegetables to be restored. I was so anemic, when my mom did this for me, that I couldn't even sit up because my head pounded so hard. Of course, this is hard if you have no one to make it for you. If I was near you, I would do it for you. I think I told you that the doctor said he had never seen someone recover from anemia at that level so quickly.
    The picture of the patriotic decor is so charming. I love the flags over the mirror. The U.S.A. and French fabric works perfectly. Especially if you are French and American like many of us are. Hope you feel better soon.

  11. I agree about getting iron IVs...

  12. I am ALWAYS happy to see your posts and that spark, Debra. I love that sitting corner of your home, and no, I can't believe the 4th is next week.

  13. Debra, your home always looks so pretty no matter what the season. I am glad you are feeling a bit better and hope the new doc can help you out with something new. It is so hard to feel up to doing anything when your body is not reacting how it should. Take it easy and thanks for the reminder of the 4th. I just can't believe it is here already..Judy

  14. Your post is very lovely and I love all the patriotic items. Everything looks terrific.

    I am so glad that they are getting to the problem of your illness. I know it's hard to be sick and not have the energy to do things, but with time it will get better. Take care of yourself and good luck with your new Doctor.


  15. Glad your getting there ,still praying for you. Love the photos of the house. I was in Home Goods the other day and they had 2 lambs that were about as big as a lab.(dog) and they were so cute... They made me think of you.
    all my love and Big O' hug.

  16. I am glad you are beginning to feel better, Debra...and you are never boring! Love your patriotic decor...especially the flag on the striped pillow!

  17. Oh Debra you are so talented. Love that pretty mirror on the door and all of your amazing patriotic touches. Wishing you a steady and wee bit faster recovery along with great luck with your new doctor. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
    XO Barbara

  18. Even the tiniest spark from you is a joy---Have a Happy Healthy Fourth...and do what you have to do to get well...thanks, Sandi

  19. Debra,
    Glad to hear that you are feeling better. Have you ever had Venefer IV transfusion to built up the iron in your blood? We use this all the time in anemic patients after surgery rather than just giving them a blood transfusion. Your sitting room looks lovely!! Sending Feel Better wishes your way along with prayers...

  20. Your patriotic sitting room is so pretty..... I love the toile pillows mixed with the stars and stripes!!!! I am glad to hear you are slowly starting to feel a little better. I hope your new doctor is able to help you feel better a little quicker though.

  21. Love everything patriotic! Your rooms are gorgeous and your post' have never been boring! Thank you for sharing your ideas... Sharing your health problems just tells me what to pray for specifically and that is a good thing! Glad you are getting better...hugs..

  22. Debra, it's no wonder you haven't had a lot of energy being anemic. I hope they get to the bottom of things soon! We love you and pray that your spark will get bigger and bigger. Always love your patriotic décor. I have three boxes full and thinking it's time to downsize.

  23. I have read about getting iron infusions through an IV and hope that is an option for you. So sorry you are having such a difficult time. I hope that soon you will see a difference that gives you a zip and zang!

  24. I love all of your flag pillows! They look so cute in there. I still need to decorate my porch for this weekend. I don't usually do too much inside. I'm glad that you're starting to feel better. I understand having days of fatigue and generally not feeling well. I hate to hear that you've been dealing with it so long! Hopefully, your new doctor will be a blessing.

  25. Debra, I've been reading your blog for a long time so when I see your pictures pop up it makes me happy. I love seeing your patriotic sitting room. You have such a knack for making spaces beautiful. I do hope you feel better day by day. Keep us posted.

    Thank you for sharing with Thoughts of Home on Thursday. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

  26. I am in love with your American flag ideas. I loved that pillow in the center.

  27. I am glad you are doing better.

    I discovered your blog in the summer of 2013 and I kept going back to look at your posts and get ideas. In fact, I see one that I will be copying soon. We have a great wooden bench in the garden, but I want to spice it up. My husband doesn't want a cushion, but I think now I'll just put a quilt down on the bench. I see on your wicker bench that the quilt is just wrapped around another cushion.

    Thanks for the inspiration.


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