Friday, May 29, 2015


I mentioned earlier in my blog that I live in (by some standards) a small house.  It is 1250 sq ft vintage bungalow with a postage stamp yard.  But when this house was built in the 1920's it was built to raise a family; and it did.  I will never criticize the homes others buy; but some feel it acceptable to criticize those who choose to live in a (by some standards) a small home.  I have lived in my home for 20 years, and like many people, have accumulated many things.  But, my home is not cluttered and everything has a purpose and a place.  Proper storage, keeping the house tidy and only owning things that mean something or that I really love keeps things under control.

When I was house shopping there were several things I told my Realtor were important to me; one was a foyer.  I didn't like the houses that had front doors that opened right into the living room.  I like the idea of that little bit of privacy separation.

The previous owners were only the second owners and like the original owners did not modify the home  much; and that is a good thing!  This beautiful beveled glass solid oak craftsman door could never be replicated.  I love this coastal wreath from Pier 1 Imports.

That mirror is also original and built in.  The glass is definitely showing it's age, but the age blemishes  make it that much better.  I had it painted sage and I found the fun wall paper cats at AC Moore; I also added some metallic stenciling around the frame.
The rug in the foyer is from The Christmas Tree Shops; I have been lucky enough to have always found the prefect cat rug at CTS.
Concord Grapes are one of my favorite fruits and so very American; developed in 1849 in Concord, MA, you can't get more American than that.  The only light fixture I had to change was the one in the entry.  The glass was missing and I could not find one to match but I found this very unique grape fixture.  The iron piece is actually a porch bracket.
The previous owners left this great 1950's book case behind and since it fits great, it stayed.  Filled with some favorite coffee table books, photos and favorite keepsakes; it is topped with a couple of lanterns.  Above a framed copy of the Constitution.
In the entry a wonderful framed architectural sketch of my home.  It was created by a wonderful young architect.
One of my many favorite parts of my home is the front bayed wall and the stained glass window (one of three.)  I prefer natural blinds in my home, no plastic mini blinds here; covered with simple ivory shears that are tied back by grape curtain ties.
My furniture is a warm and cozy chocolate brown microfiber.  Again the room is small so I chose the love seat and club chair.
The rug is wool and has all the colors of the living room and dinning room.  And the little coffee table is an old ottoman with the cushion removed and then covered in chocolate brown "pleather."
The Woolworth's pillow was found at one of our local Woolworths' just before the chain closed.  That was a very sad day; I loved my Woolworth's and miss them very much.  The welcome home pillow was picked up in a favorite and often visited Northampton, MA.
Behind the love seat I have a very rustically built console table with a vintage style stereo, more books and keepsakes and my Degas' Little Dancer.  Another (of the three) stained glass windows simply topped with some raffia wrapped branches.
On each side of the window I placed little shelves with some collectible cats.  The walls in the living room and dinning room are Benjamin Moore Lemon Chiffon with white woodwork; I was lucky to find the little shelves painted to exactly match the woodwork at Target.
In the kitty's corner I have this old hand painted fire place screen.
This fire place console is perfect to hold many of my beloved cozy mysteries and some other wonderful keepsakes and photos.
This little stool was a favorite find in Sturbridge, MA.
The majority of the wall art in my home has been purchased on trips.  The art above the fireplace is from Salem and Gloucester, MA and Savannah, GA.
This side table is a trunk (the larger matching truck is next to the love seat) from Speigel Catalog.  I have had them for about 22 years.  The are covered in a global print fabric with (nicely aging) brass hardware.  They are perfect for storage and they again are very unique. 
I have an overhead light, but prefer the lighting that comes from lamps in the living room.  A wicker lamp, a glass globe lamp and my favorite a pineapple lamp create the perfect cozy mood.
The last piece is the banana leaf woven chair from Pier 1 Imports.
My girls have their window seats at both of the side windows, Thora is not very happy about being disturbed.  Dharma is camera shy I guess.  Thora cuddled up with her doll.


Monday, May 25, 2015


Memorial Day, a solemn day to remember and honor all the Service Men and Women who gave their lives in defense of our country.  There has been so many parades, events and activities to honor our fallen Military since Thursday.  Each city, town and village in the Greater Capital Region has some wonderful event.  Today we headed into Albany for that city's parade.  It was a bit cloudy, breezy and cool; but in my opinion it is perfect weather for watching a parade.

We took are usual place on the State Capital lawn across from the State Education Building.  Albany P.D. Mounted Unit and the Color Guard heading up the parade.

The retired Military Vehicles transported the Grand Marshall, Veterans and Gold Star Mothers to the reviewing stand.
This parade is a little smaller than the Veterens' Day parade; since there is so much going on around every one has to share the talent.  Luckily the The City of Albany Bagpipe Band has enough members to attend many events.
Rensselaer has their parade on Sunday so that freed up The Yankee Doodle Band to preform; but they are very busy this holiday weekend with many preferences.
Jubilee Fife and Drum Corps from Coxsackie.
Of course Albany's new Tulip Queen, but at lease she is with the Marines and the Toys for Tots program.
Albany High School Marching Band.
There were only three school marching bands for this parade.  Again with so much happening everyone has to share.
But many of the VFW Posts and other Veterans' groups marched.
And some local re-enactors.
CBA and Mohonasen Completed the musical line up.
It is always easiest to park on Madison Avenue and walk across the South Mall (Empire State Plaza) for the parade.  On our way back to the car we found this little fella who decided to sleep in on this Memorial Day.
We stopped for a little lunch and then headed home to enjoy the rest of the day.

Thursday, May 21, 2015


I call my blog Little Bungalow Life, and with the one year anniversary of my blog quickly approaching; I decided to start creating some post just about my little bungalow.

Because my home is small by some standards, 1250 square feet of living space, every inch is utilized.  I an starting with the front porch.  I LOVE having a front porch, especially an open front porch.  Some homes in my neighborhood have enclosed front porches (and that has it points too) but I love the quaintness of an open front porch.  And since I have a small and cozy enclosed back porch I have the best of both worlds.

The porch was modified before I purchased the home and the iron work is not original but I love it.  I feel it gives the house such a cozy cottage look.  The iron work has such a unique pattern; it has eagle silhouettes.
And I love the character of the bay for the front windows.

I am not sure if you can see the eagles, click on the photo to enlarge it.
My wicker is natural wicker and is a bit older and showing some age, but that is why I love it.  I just replace the cushions every few years.  I have the settee and chairs all at angles for a more relaxed look
And I always like to go against the grain anyway..
Red, white and blue is my favorite combination and I love coastal and cat decor.
There is nothing better than sitting on the porch with a cup of tea on a quiet night.
I have to rant one minute if you would indulge me.  One of our weather men has an annoying habit of giving planting advice.  Now first you need to know he lives in one of our hill towns in Albany County; so it can be a little colder up there.  But I live with in the city and I always plant cold tolerant flowers.  I have been in this home for exactly 20 years as of May 1 and I have always planted around the last week of April.  He is trying to convince people not to plant until after Memorial Day.  REALLY?
I am not going to wait until June for flowers.  But everyone is allowed their own opinion.  So after a month from planting here is a look at how my front yard flowers are doing.
The Petunias are kind of hiding the Geraniums but they will fill up too.  The little fish are a Dollar Tree find.
The little faux watering cans are a bit sheltered from the sun, so the flowers here take a little longer to fill out.
The flowers along the front are doing great, I always chose the red, white, blue and yellow theme.
But they will really fill in and add great color right up through November.
The spikes in the pots at each end are moving slow this year, but they do grow well and I can usually keep them right through the Winter.  But as soon as we get any serious snow they will break.
My Dad made these pots years ago when I was very young.  They still look great and have just a hint of moss growing on them, perfect.
And for my feather visitors (and of course for the cats)...
I added the little bird, again from the Dollar Tree, the pineapple bird house is from the Christmas Tree Shops.
Another Christmas Tree Shops find.
I have had these Finch feeders forever, the Nyger seed attracts both House Finches and Gold Finches.  The girls love it.
And every year the Chickadees make this house there home.