Cleaning and Fluff


The first week of the New Year I got a huge urge to clean, clean, clean! I was eager to put away all the Christmas decorations, clean, and de-clutter.

Im going thru a phase where Im a bit tired and bored of set looks and want to play and change things a bit.

The major room I tackled was my Dining Room. 

Last year I did very little entertaining in my home, but this year Im anxious and excited to host more dinner parties for my friends.

My first one of the new year is this weekend!

Im embarrassed to admit that last year I NEVER put my dining room decorations aways. They stayed up all year long. Every month I kept telling myself I'll take them down now.  Well, one month would turn into another than another. Finally by August I saw no point because Christmas would be here before we know it.

As soon as Christmas 2010 was over, I FINALLY took it all down and put it away till next Christmas.

The room was left as one big GIANT dust bunny! 

Furniture, window seals, sheer curtains, base boards, all had dust.


I spent two full days removing/washing curtains, pulling furniture off the walls, dusting every little knick knack, moping, swifting, cleaning each crystal on the chandelier,  and finally putting it all back together.

It's a boring icky job, but the results are beautiful and the room shines and sparkles once again!






I love how clean everything looks once again! It feels good to have all the Christmas clutter gone!



I rearranged my items and collectables on the buffet.




I pulled out my pretty Bavarian cake plates and cermaics that had been sitting inside a cabinet for well over a year.



I windex'd the table and made a new centerpiece arrangement. 





I gave my pillows and chairs a good fluff!




I changed out the poinsettia in my vases for vintage ostrich feathers.





Sooo fab!!!




Of course I have to display my faux sweets!







Gave hanging art work a light dusting.


I took out all the figurines, teacups, glasses, and plates and cleaned the whole inside and rearranged them a bit when putting back.




My favorite little "re-do" was this table and area. 


A sweet little vignette






I originally had a lacey panel draped over the window, but I thought it needed something else instead. So, I ended up going to Urban Outfitters website and purchased the Flounce Ruffle curtain. 


 Wow! I love how it looks!




It feels SO good to have this room ready to entertain and host my first dinner party of the New Year this weekend!


I can sit back, relax, and enjoy!







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Naida Rivera

never had an idea of how your dining room looks without your “sugarplum”…Here in Puerto Rico Christmas hasn’t ended yet but the final official party was on Jan. 6th… so as I have a new pile of images of ideas I put the decorations down too. and begins to incorporate some Valentine’s…I have to tell you I’m so in love with your gumball machines…so I have to tell a secret…I found a jellybelly vintage candy machine at Marshall’s for only $12.. is a lovable piece..And it cames in gold so when Christmas arrives again I’m ready to copy&paste yours but I’m not gonna change the color…Well that’s all by the time letting you know your dinning room looks yummy anyway without the Christmas decor….Thanks for sharing sweetie.. Wishing you the best in the New Year

Love it! A fresh Spring time look!

Hey Miss Jenn! I love what you did! Your dining room is stunning! Enjoy your hard work and your party!! xoxo… Jennifer

Confession is good for the soul and oh so good for me!! I cannot tell you what a relief it was to read about your Christmas decor being up all year!!! You and your blog and home always are so put together- very unlike me- it was so nice hearing that you do things like that too! I still haven’t begun to get Christmas down- think it will be a snowed in day so am hoping tomorrow with be the day!
Love your blog!

Your dining room looks beautiful! It always feels good to clean and stand back and admire your work…to bad it cant last forever.

Hey sweet Jenn
We seem to have the same dust bunnies lol. I used to take weeks taking all my deco. down when we had the big houses, now don’t blink cuz bang it’s gone. That’s what downsizing does to you.
I bought the pink ruffled shower curtains you showed us from Urban Out. I LOVE THEM. I bought 2 more to make curtains. I was actually thinking of having a dress made out of them… kidding.
If I come to GA. this year, after or before your event in N.C., I want to stand in your beautiful dinning room ok? We could sip some of that sweet tea you all love so much.
Here it is, nearly 3:00 AM & I’m texting this message under the covers lol.
Time to go dodo.
Love you
Love me

Oh my goodness Jenn!… what a beautiful room!… I love each and every little thing in it… you certainly worked hard!… I don’t even know where to begin, you have so many beautiful collectibles. I love your fireplace cover that I believe you won something from Fifi for creating, and your centerpiece is so pretty. Everything looks so inviting, how fun to be one of your dinner guests!… I am going back now to look at all of it again… xoxo Julie Marie PS I know you love bunnies like I do, did you make anything out of the dust bunnies?, tee hee hee!

It looks beautiful Jenn all cleaned and fluffed! Those ruffled curtains are 2die4!! I always enjoy seeing your dining room and love getting peaks of the mosaic buffet I created. It looks sooooo perfect in your home.

What a gorgeous room! Looks like something from a magazine!

I always enjoy looking at your pictures. Your dining room looks beautiful. I love the buffet and the new table arrangement.

Can I just move in? It’s just gorgeous!! I’ve been on a cleaning frenzy too, but my tree is still up and NO motivation to take it down even though it’s starting to BUG me!!
xoxo Happy 2011 Sweet Girl!!

So beautiful. My eyes always enjoy a nice rest everytime I see your home photos.

You have such beautiful decor. It is like looking at a castle, so awesome. I so love the pink crinoline on your fireplace. I had one that looked like that as a child. I so wish I could find one to buy. You did a lot of work, but the payoff is delicious!!

Jenn – It sure does sparkle! I know about closing the door on those BIG jobs – I just cleared out my studio and now I’m working in there once again! Your guests are going to shower you with lots of compliments I’m sure ~ I could just sit in there all day long…
Hugs ~
xo Heidi

Bavarian dishes make me weak in the knees, lol! Everything looks dreamy!

Everything looks beautiful…so shiny & clean! Enjoy!

OMG your home is Beautiful!!!! When can I move in?? LOLOLOL I love love love everything about it. Please please please stop by my blog and sign up for my give away, the gifts are a surprise but will fit right in with your home. I am so excited about it and can not wait to pick the winners there will be 3 chosen. I will be back often to visit your beautiful blog. It was a pleasure finding it today.
The Gilded Cherub

It Looks so Beautiful and fresh to greet Spring and your future Guest!! I am just sure your dinner party was a huge success!! I just finished spending 4 days doing the same thing to our Master Bedroom, Bath, and the closet. What a chore!! I was just exhausted, but I love the feeling of it. I am sure my housekeeper will Thank me too!!
Huggs, Nancy

Cleaning must be a part of our daily routine. There is something significant in maintaining the cleanliness of our homes. This is a good article wherein we combine cleaning and making things beautiful in our homes. Cleaning and fluff article is very interesting that it made me realize that importance of cleanliness and functionality. More power.

jenn, your room is gorgeous and everything looks fresh and beautiful!
i am in love with the mosaic piece that penny made. i can really see
all of the details in your photos.
thanks for sharing!
doesn’t it feel great to have things all spiffed up?

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