Skip to main content

My "New" Living Room

When John and I got married and returned to Niger we bought a set of used furniture on the street.  It lasted pretty well, but with the advent of children, combined with the dry climate, it was starting to get pretty wobbly.  So we replaced it with a new, custom-ordered set.  Unfortunately the guy mis-understood our directions and we ended up with very short and uncomfortable seats.  But we lived with it for at least 10 years.  When we left for our two-year home assignment we sold it.

So when we got back this time, we were using borrowed furniture.  We again had a living room suite built and had cushions made.  The carpenter never called me to tell me the job was done and I was going to call him to check on it, but then Suzanne was sick and I went to the US.  So it wasn't until I got back that I finally checked on it.  Finally, three months later we got our furniture!

It is a lot more comfortable than our old set, but still not exactly really amazingly comfortable.  I chose a light green for the cushions.  Green is a cool, calming color which is nice when you live in a hot climate.  I also got dark green for the curtains.

I made the curtains with tabs instead of rings.  It took quite a while to make all the tabs and I broke at least two needles making these curtains.  Thankfully my neighbor had a spare needle and then one day while cleaning out my sewing drawer I discovered that I had more needles!

So this is our living room during the day and our living room at night. John has a pile of stuff there that he was taking with him the next morning....it's not a normal part of the living room. In one of them you can see some cardboard boxes....stuff I was collecting for somebody.  Again, it's not a normal part of the decor!

 This is a long, narrow room....it is also connected to the dining room.  There are six doors in the entire room, making arranging furniture challenging.  But we like our little house and are pleased with the new look.

Comments

podso said…
It looks nice, Nancy! I really like the color.
Mommy Becoming said…
That's really nice! I love how cool and inviting the green is. I'm glad you got something slightly more comfortable!
Amanda said…
I love this colour, its my favourite green!! I remember seeing this sort of furniture in Niger at different people's places. You've done so well!
Bonita Bramer said…
Nice job on improving the look of your living room. The green pillows look good on those well-furnished seats because they complement each other in way that they both stand out. I love how cozy your living room feels due to lighting as well. My husband and I love to make improvements on either the look or placement of our furniture; it also shares as a bonding time for us. We recently bought some glass doors for our bathroom. It gave the area a sense of modernity.


Bonita Bramer

Popular posts from this blog

Practice Hospitality

My mother-in-law, Jean, is an amazing person with many gifts.  One of the first things I noticed about her when I was but a young bride, was her gift of hospitality.  It was nothing for her to invite a large group of people over, make each one feel welcome, cook a big meal,and seemingly do it without stressing herself out.  I don't know if hospitality just came naturally to her or if she learned it.  In this picture you can see Jean throwing a party for a class she taught in Nigeria.  




I believe that for me it has been a learned skill.  My parents were hospitable and it wasn't unusual for us to have guests over (though usually not as many at a time as my mother-in-law would do!).  But when I started living on my own, I had to learn hospitality.  The first time I invited somebody over for a meal, the lid got stuck on the pot of vegetables, I put too much salt or soda or something in the muffins, and I forgot to serve milk and sugar with the hot drinks.  I've gotten much bett…

Meat Roll-ups

Tonight I made meat roll-ups.  And I got to use some ingredients that made food prep much easier than normal!  I did make two batches of rolls so that John could have a lactose-free meal.

The first thing to do is to brown some hamburger.  With the main batch I stirred a tin of mushroom soup into the browned meat.  For John's batch, I stirred in flour, some almond milk, and seasonings just enough to moisten it, but not to make it really runny.  In Niger, I would make it the second way since we don't have tinned soup.

Next I made a batch of biscuit dough using Bisquick.  Of course, in Niger, I have to make the biscuit dough from scratch.  I mixed it up with the almond milk.  Once the dough is rolled out in a strip, spread the meat mixture on it.  Roll it up like you would cinnamon rolls and cut into slices.  Lay the slices on a cookie sheet and cook in a 350 oven for about 20 minutes.



While they're baking, I browned fresh mushrooms in butter (in Niger I would use tinned mushroo…

Happenings in November

Well, here we are, more than half way through December, and I'm just now getting around to telling you about November.  It was a fun, busy, and eventful month.  We were still on vacation and we got in a lot of good family time during the month.

We were still in Ohio with Suz and Theo at the beginning of the month.  Suz and Theo were working hard to get Hezekiah to gain weight.  He kept losing weight for the first few weeks of his life, but he's doing great now.  We tried to spend as much time as possible with Tera so Suzanne could concentrate on adjusting to the new baby ... but mostly just because we wanted to and we enjoy her so much.  





We also tried to get in as many baby snuggles as we could.



Whenever we are in the area, my dad's cousin, Jeanne, invites us for a meal. She is actually closer to me in age than to my dad, so I've always just considered her a cousin and don't try to figure out if she's a second cousin or a first cousin once removed.  Whatever the …