Thursday, December 20, 2012

Memory Box

Sometimes I think that the old, original 1920 part of this farmhouse is nothing but a memory box. Here in the red and white living room is the piano that I and my three little sisters practiced on for years of lessons. On it are wedding pictures of all our children and the Delftware tiles of old Holland churches.

There is the Christmas tree that I put old costume jewelry on by the picture of us by R.H.'s old 1947 Chevy Coupe.

On a cabinet is the stack of old dictionaries that I use regularly.

There are two old Christmas books, one written in German.

There is a red Aladdin lamp, one of many that were Christmas gifts from dear friends. The lamps in this room all wear black and white stripe ribbons, an idea I got a few years back from seeing pictures of the owner of Nell Hill's house. I'm sure she's gone on to new updates but I still love this touch of black with all the reds in this room.

The red chair is a recent acquisition at a junk/antique store when we visited our new granddaughter. It was her first excursion out antiquing with us and her parents, and she was not a happy baby. Weren't we terrible to drag that baby out antiquing? I think she will love it when she's just a little bit older. The chair was $25 and had once been in a bank. Wouldn't a whole bunch of these around a dining table be nice?

The red leather sofa is so comfortable. I wanted one I would not sink down into so that I could get out of it easily! It began its life in the family room but when a sectional sofa went in there the red sofa moved to the red and white living room where it should have been all along. Behind it in the front windows are red velvet cafe curtains that are at least 40 years old. They were hanging on an old display rod at Sears all those years ago, pushed behind some boxes, and I talked the salesman into selling them to me.

Hanging on the wall beside the old chair that I blog from in comfort is a Gothic church cabinet that was hanging in the smokehouse when we bought this house.

I held my breath that the sellers would not take it or the red and white enamel kitchen table that was there too, covered with owl poop. It was in pretty bad condition but R.H. soon had it repaired, painted, shelves added, lights inside it, and wired so that all I have to do is flip a switch.

It used to hold Christmas houses in December, but now I leave it as is and just add in the old deer....

And the Christmas trees......

And the vintage ornaments that get piled in the blue crystal bowls that were gifts from Gurn and his family over the years.

With this much color in the cabinet, the living room doesn't really need a Christmas tree. And there's not room for one. I have baskets that hold writing projects, a table that holds all my Tennessee history books, books in chairs, books everywhere. Because every memory box needs lots of books.

This is a room I cocoon in, with my memories all around me.


  1. Oh, it's the most beautiful of rooms, Deweena, and so cozy... the perfect place for Christmas. Only one little thing will be missing from it this year, and she will be there in your heart.

  2. I can see it is room of great treasures from your life. It's a pretty room. I would love seeing all that as I grew up...treasures were very scare at our house..too many kids. :):)Merry Christmas. xoxo,Susie

  3. Dewana-I love a room full of memories. What sweet things you have in the room from the piano to the pretty cabinets with the deer and old ornaments. It is all so lovely- xo Diana

  4. I enjoyed the little trip down memory lane with you and all your special touches is your lovely home. Loving all the red!
    Thanks so much for stopping by. I'm happy to be a new follower, Mary Alice

  5. Dewana- I love,love the Red room its looks so cozy!! mind if I come over lay on your comfy leather couch and read a book?...

  6. Love your red room! I love all the little touches. I can see we enjoy reading the same magazine, "Romantic Country" that I see on your side table. I love the color red too Love all your touches that bring you sweet memories. I popped on over after reading one of your comments on Brenda's Cozy Little House" It brought tears to my eyes. So glad I visited your blog today. I have you bookmarked and will come back for many visits. By the way, I love the south, my ancestors come from Jefferson County, Alabama. My grandmother came up to New York after her husband died and brought my mom and uncle so the rest of us are Yankees. I live in Michigan. What part of Tennessee are you in? I love Tennessee! It's beautiful country. Have a beautiful Christmas!

  7. That red chair was a sweet bargain. What a cozy place you have at Christmastime!!

  8. Such a cozy Christmas at your home! I love the simplicity of it all.

  9. My dear Dewena,

    I love everything about this red and white memory box! I could sit here for hours, on that soft, red, leather sofa, surrounded by all of your family's treasures and trinkets and tiny trees! I can imagine when it's lightly snowing outside, all that light, white fluffiness must make this already cozy space even cozier! Of course you blog from here - it's a space that is both lively and calm, and such versatility is what makes it special. I would spend as much time as I could here, lazily sauntering in, with a steaming cup of coffee in the morning, enjoying quiet teatime in the late afternoon and definitely nestling into that old chair in that corner nook, in the evening. But just as you have presented here today, all decked out in the delights of Christmas, is storybook beautiful!

    Hope you enjoy it always.



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