Christmas Comes to Scoobie's Ranch

Regular readers may remember my friend Scoobie, who had been renting from me, and recently bought a house of her own. And today, thanks to her kindness (and also the fact I had my camera with me and she couldn't stop me), I'm able to bring to you some photos of her new home in all its Christmassy glory.

Years ago, when she'd spoken about her home of the future, she'd jokingly envisioned it looking like "Old West Bordello Chic"-- a balance of lavish Victoriana, the Western rustic and a modicum of hunky cowboys. And now that she's got a place of her own, she's been enacting on that vision (well, the cowboys may be a tallish order in her neighborhood). You can see the beginnings of the look here in her entryway, with this gorgeous red Eastlake parlor furniture...
Velvety and rich, she was very lucky to pick up this matching set with already redone upholstery!

Here she gets jiggy with some pine bough garland and red ribbons. If ever a staircase was made for garland, it was this one...
Here you can see her marvelous stained glass window. I believe she said the house dates from around 1900...
Oh, this red fringed lamp was one I'd put together for her as a birthday present one year. It was the first lamp I ever refinished!...
Now, Scoobie had rented the blue room in my house. Amusingly enough, new new house came with a bedroom already blue to taste!...
And dig this gorgeous fireplace!...
She'd had a little blue bedecked tree she used before she'd moved, and it looks perfectly at home here in her new abode...
She's been having fun playing around with tablescapes, like on this dresser top...
Down in her livingroom, a very large painting courtesy of the Goodwill hangs, looking like proud expensive art...
The cowboy statuary on either side there came recently from Big Lots. They may not be Remingtons, but they look good and were incredibly affordable.

She indicates she's still working out the way she'll want to do the tree. It's a big one-- I'd say seven feet tall and burly! But as she understands better what color schemes she wants to use, she figures that should work itself out.
As it stands, she wants to remove the wallpaper from this room (it's a bit twee, really) and possibly paint the walls a warm copper or muted coral. She's going to change the curtains to some brown velvet.

And here we have this year's birthday gift-- I'd gotten this fellow at the L&L Fleatique...
He's a wonderful copper-bronze shade on a wooden base. As soon as I'd spied him, I knew he needed to gallop on over to her house!

And me, well, I need to gallop offline myself. I hope you all have a terrific week ahead of you. And perhaps I'll see you Wednesday for the last Treasure Box post before the Christmas holiday.

Take care and yeeeeeehaw!

7 comments:

Andrea said...

She has really found a gem in that house! I love all of the wood, especially the staircase. She has really done a lot with it already and I'm sure that she is having a ball!

The Lucy and Dick Show said...

It's great to have friends so we can take pictures of their efforts. (Because we are too busy blogging!)

Jenn Thorson said...

Andrea- She's got big plans for things, so it will be interesting to see the direction it takes! It's been fun because she's picked things up over the years, and now I'm seeing them worked into displays. She really seems to know what she's doing.

Lucy and Dick- Isn't that the truth? It's as if you heard me say, "Hey, and can I use this for my Sunday post?" Plus, it gives you all a little visual variety.

thrfitymomma said...

Love your blog. Wish I was a previous renter of yours...Geez the gifts you give; wonderful!!!! I have a blog myself about my thrifty finds and how I manage with four children in these economic times. I love thrifting!!!

My Vintage Treasures said...

Dreams do come true :)

Pearl said...

Great woodwork there, and I think she's got something going with Western Bordello Chic.

:-)

Pearl

Jenn Thorson said...

ThriftyMomma- With four children, being thrifty must be a necessity--- a lot to plan for. Thanks for stopping by!

My Vintage Treasure- Indeed they sometimes do! :)

Pearl- Yep, she's having a ton of fun with it for sure. Amusingly, she seems to have moved some things around since I even took these photos, and it's looking really sharp.