A Little Addition to a Dormer Nook

Welcome to the 61st Metamorphosis Monday!

Last week I shared a metamorphosis in my guest room. It went from this…

Guest Room "Before"

…to this, with the addition of a secretary between the windows. Recently, I made another small change (Mini-Met) that I’m sharing for this Met Monday. I had two little blue bird watercolor pictures hanging underneath the wall shelf on the right wall in that room (look at the pic above to see those). I was never really happy with the bluebird pics in that spot because the blue matting around the pics was a softer blue, and just wasn’t working so well in the guest room with its deeper “flow blue” colors.

Blue and White Guest Room

I loved my little bluebird pics and didn’t want to just put them away. So, I headed for the other blue room in my home…the upstairs family room. (You can see more of this room by clicking on the “Upstairs family room” button on my side bar.)

So, where did they end up? I decided to put them in the little nooks formed by the dormers in that room.

Do you see it?

I placed it nice and low, so if someone sat on the seat to look out the window…

A Dormer Nook

…they would be right at eye level with Mr. Bluebird. πŸ™‚ When decorating a nook or cozy area of your home, I find it makes the area feel that much cozier if you hang pictures down on eye level…the level you would be when sitting in that special spot.

They were just too cute to not use somewhere, and the two nooks in this room always felt like they need a little something else.

This little book, by Karen Hansgen, is filled with wonderful ideas for decorating nooks in any room of your home. I keep it here in this window nook, and it always makes me smile when I see it. πŸ™‚

I hung the second bluebird print in the other window-seat nook in this room.

This nook holds all of my son’s childhood Teddy bears. He’s all grown now, but I couldn’t “bear” to part with these adorable guys. Grandchildren need Teddy Bears, too. πŸ˜‰ Planning ahead.

Looking forward to seeing all your, Before and Afters!


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  1. Low Tide High Style says

    Susan, every square inch of your home is lovely, even your nooks! And I love the bird pictures! I can't part with some of the toys my children had as little ones either!

    Thanks for hosting another wonderful Met Monday!

    Kat πŸ™‚

  2. DesignTies says

    Love your little nooks with the bluebird pictures πŸ™‚ And you hung them at the perfect height πŸ™‚

    I messed up the link to my Met Monday post. Can you please delete the first one that says Kelly @ DesignTies — the link doesn't work. Thanks πŸ™‚


  3. Birds are my favorite and the shade of blue on the matting is so pretty. Dainty birds for a sweet nook. Perfect! Jane T.

  4. Linda (Nina's Nest) says

    Susan, I like the prints in the dormer – cute! The dormer looks so cozy with the pillows and cushion. Both of the rooms are gorgeous with the blues, and I'm still loving that white secretary! Linda

  5. Michael Lee West says

    I love your deep blue bedding and the French secretary. The blue bird prints have found a new nesting place. I think that is what decorating is all about–having the power to surprise and charm us. Hanging the bluebird in the sitting nook is one of those joyful moments that a guest will remember and cherish.
    I have a teddy on my bed. My mother gave him to Bandwidth this Xmas, and I stole him.


  6. Confessions of a Plate Addict says

    Hi Susan! I love what you have done! I've always wanted a dormer nook, but have never lived in a house that had them! Have a great week!…hugs…Debbie

  7. My Cottage Charm says

    Thanks for hosting, I love the window seat in the nook!!! πŸ™‚ I'm tossing around the idea of putting a window seat in my dining room..so this was fun to see. πŸ™‚

  8. Perfect place for your darling pictures. Thank you for hosting

  9. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says

    Glad you got to reuse them elsewhere in your home, Susan! I try to do that myself before I banish anything to the basement. Sometimes it winds up looking better than it did in the original spot!

  10. Your home is so beautiful. I love how you decorated your guest room. The bluebird picture is so cute. You have a talent for decorating.

  11. Nicely done, Susan! Those are pretty pictures and I like them there…Christine

  12. Hi, Susan! I love your nooks! I had a window seat in my dad and stepmom's house when growing up. I wish I had one now!

  13. Susan, You have a lovely home which you've decorated with love and care (and talent!) Do you have a decorating background (educationally), or is it just something that comes naturally to you?
    If you want to respond to my question by e-mail I'm at [email protected].
    Have a great week!

  14. Cindy (Applestone Cottage) says

    Oh my Susan,
    I have always loved both of those rooms so much! The little blue bird prints fit perfectly in their new home! Great spot for it, love those rooms!

  15. Heidi@TheCraftMonkey says

    I just love your home! It's so warm & inviting!

  16. Your home is so beautiful! I linked up to your party. πŸ™‚

  17. Throw Open the Windows says

    I'm so in love with your little nooks. Makes me jealous that I don't have any. You've done such a fabulous job decorating, I just love looking at the pics on your blog!

  18. Karen- The Graphics Fairy says

    What a cozy little nook, so perfect for reading!! And you even found the perfect book! Thanks so much for hosting this fun party.

  19. Bluebirds excite me and thrill me every time I see one. How neat to have a window seat to read and dream in. Your home is so charming.

    This is my first time MM party.

  20. Paula Grace Designs says

    What a beautiful little nook. Looks so cozy. You have great style.
    Paula Grace ~

  21. Allie and Pattie says

    You found the perfect spot Susan. And I had to smile at Teddy Ruxpin. My oldest sons also loved him and he now resides with my granddaughter!
    xoxo Pattie

  22. Jenny @ Words on Wendhurst says

    Love your cozy reading nook. πŸ™‚ I am working on several little areas like this for our house. It is so fun to curl up with a good book for hours on end!

  23. You are so very talented.

  24. Your house is just beautiful.

  25. vignette design says

    Love your reading nooks. The bird pics look great there.

  26. I adore your guest room…I would surely arm wrestle you for the chair and ottoman if we were next door neighbors!!
    Love those little nooks with the window seats, too. That is a beautiful room.
    I find myself wondering about that room you planned to turn into a library….is it coming along?
    xo bj

  27. madge1967 says

    Hey Moma Girl!
    I was wondering if you photo your wonderful dollhouse too!
    I am dying to see it too!
    Melissa from GA

  28. Susan, the blue bird water color pictures are adorable. Love the soft blue color…you found the perfect setting for the little fellas.

    Your family room is beautiful! The teddy bears look so sweet…almost as if they are waiting patiently for your first grandchild to appear.

    Always enjoy your humor.

  29. I love your nooks. The pillows and bird pictures are so pretty. That's for hosting again. I love this party.

  30. Oh the bunny, the bunny window, oh, oh where did you get that? Did you make it? It is absolutely gorgeous.

  31. Oh the bunny, the bunny window, oh, oh where did you get that? Did you make it? It is absolutely gorgeous.

  32. Oh the bunny, the bunny window, oh, oh where did you get that? Did you make it? It is absolutely gorgeous.

  33. Glenda/MidSouth says

    What a nice place for the prints! I always enjoy seeing how you decorate in your home. You have some great ideas. I gave my children all the dolls, stuffed animals, etc. that I had kept for them, after they became adults and had their own homes. I told them it was up to them what they did with it all. πŸ™‚

  34. laurie @ bargain hunting says

    Susan, They look like they were meant for those nooks. They are so pretty with the blue fabrics in the window seats, and they echo the possibile view of birds outside. Great idea! Thanks for hosting. Even I have a tiny met today! laurie

  35. Hi Susan! Oh, your little bluebird prints look like they were meant to be in the nooks! Perfect color and perfect sweetness.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia πŸ˜‰

  36. Welcome to Lolliworld says

    LOVE the nook! Seems like we are feeling the same Spring fever / colors! It's beautiful, and (as always) wonderful to visit you Susan.


  37. LOVE every nook and cranny! I hope you really enjoy your guests, because they will want to stay for a long spell! Lezlee

  38. Lana K. W. Austin says

    I love the secretary AND the teddy bears in the nook!!!

    I pray that you have been blessed the past few weeks–I've missed everyone at TT and MM!

    Hugs, Lana Austin

  39. Fifi Flowers says

    Love the little nook!

  40. Enchanted Rose Studio says

    Your home is lovely and gets lovelier with every tweak you do, Susan! I love the new/old secretary you added to the guest room and those pictures couldn't be more adorable. You found a wonderful new home for them! I so adore those bears! I have a collection of Boyds bears that were my sons collection growing up. (Ok get ready to go Awww!).

    Last fall we were packing up his room because he was off to Berkeley. I asked him if he wanted to pass on the bears to his much younger cousins, instead of packing them up. He didn't want to give them away. He wanted to save them for his future "son"! My heart melted on the spot!

    Girls are the sugar and spice, the boys know how to melt the heart! πŸ˜‰


  41. Lovely, you have created a warm and welcoming room for your guests.
    Nice family room as well.
    And the little blue birds look quite happy in the nook.

  42. Greenearth says

    What a beautiful home.

  43. GrannySue says

    Just beautiful. You are truly amazing and what you do is just incredible.

  44. Susan, they look perfect in their own little nook. Thanks for the recommendation on the book. I think I'll look for this one. Love the new secretary in the guest room. I've forever wanted to add a secretary to our home, but I'm still waiting and wishing. πŸ™‚ It looks great between the windows. Always fun to see your home. Thanks for sharing.

  45. Thanks for hosting! I linked up for my very first time! I finished my blogging about my trip and on to the fun stuff!

    You never cease to delight and amaze me with your creativity and vision! I love those pictures hung at that height. What a pleasure for those who get to enjoy those sweet little nooks!

  46. Marianne@Songbird says

    Susan, you little nooks look like a great place to sneak away with a good book. And the little paintings look adorable there.
    Thank you for hosting, I am so happy to be playing along again.

  47. Wanda Lee Of The Plumed Pen says

    Dear Susan,

    The nook is absolutely precious and areal treat to behold! I absolutely love the colours and every delightful detail!..,

    This is my first week partaking with your wonderful 'Metamorphosis Monday' Susan, and I'm simply delighted to partake!..,

    Cheers and hugs from Wanda Lee

    P.S.~ (You will also see my art work, if you have amoment to pop over), that I posted for dear Cheri's @ Happy To Design'; 'Sunday Favorites' meme and also a vignette or two for the lovely, 'Mosaic Monday' @ The Little Red House'.~ Such fun!.~ I want to also most warmly invite you Susan, to partake in my 22nd , 'Tuesday Tea For Two' meme @ The Plumed Pen blog.

  48. Susan, the quest room is beautiful and I love the Secretary in there….wow. Your little nook is darling and that has to be the cutest blue bird picture I have seen. Thanks for sharing your beautiful home and always making us feel so welcome.


  49. your little nook is a really nice spot…


  50. Donna Rafferty says

    Your home is perfectly gorgeous – I love to see it and get inspired!

    Thanks for hosting MM – it's my favorite!

  51. Amy @ Positively Splendid says

    Susan, your home exudes a sense of warmth. You are so immensely talented!

    This is my first time participating in your party. I can't wait to peruse all of the lovely projects!

  52. SmilingSally says

    Susan, your bluebird pictures have landed in the perfect spot! Happy Blue Monday.

  53. Cottage Flair says

    Great spaces! Love the additions to the bedroom.

  54. chubskulit says

    Very cozy and elegant.

    My Blue Monday post

  55. Very cute Susan. I had to smile, my son Tyler had the same teddy bear with the red jacket. If I remember right, he was called Tyler Bear. That's why I bought him because of my son's name. Sure looks the same! I'd love to curl up in one of those nooks to read! Toni

  56. Mary Ellen says

    Susan I always receive so much inspiration from your home!! I love the sweet blue bird picture!

    Thank you for allowing me to show off my own tiny little makeover!


  57. β™₯ Sonny β™₯ says

    Your dormer nook is adorable, especially with all the little bears sitting there.. The addition of the bird prints is Perfect~! Your blog is always a joy to behold and I have learned so much just looking at the way you create such detailed designs.
    thank you for hosting this party so we can participate.
    ~ Sonny ~

  58. Chari at Happy To Design says

    Hi Susan…

    My friend, I love your new secretary that you've added to your guest room…it's just perfect for that spot! Ohhh…sooo pretty! Of course, I have always adored that fabulous room…I would love to be a guest and stay in that gorgeous room! I see what you mean about the lighter blue matting on those pretty bluebird pictures…since you mentioned it, although I wouldn't have probably thought of that on my own! Hehe! They look so sweet nestled in your family room nooks! Perfect place for those beautiful pictures! They really are lovely! Thank you so much for sharing your pretty bluebird pictures and your gorgeous home with us! Also, thank you so much for hosting Met Monday! I participated today…changed the vignette in my dining room to something a little more "Spring-like"!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  59. It must be so refreshing and relaxing to sit in that room! I love the stained glass piece in your window, it's really eye catching!

  60. Phyllis AROUND THE HOUSE says

    I love the littlel chubby bird pictures, they are the cuttest…and the room with the little nooks with the little seats are the sweetest thing, love the inviting space….Phyllis

  61. AshTreeCottage says

    Little nooks are always charming spots and your are especially so! What a wonderful way to display some childhood treasures. Thank you for hosting Metamorphosis Monday. Transformation is so much fun to do yourself, and to view other's ideas.

    Susan and Bentley

  62. The Stylish House says

    The bird pictures are a nice addition to your cozy nook and the cherished teddies are perfect there. Thank you once again for being such a gracious hostess. Met Monday is definitely one of my favorite events!

  63. β™₯ Kathy says

    Your home is lovely. Happy Blue Monday!

  64. Very clean and organized place.

  65. west coast nester says

    I just linked to the party above. Now I can go peek at all the inspiration. I must tell you the pictures of your Dormer window nooks is exactly what I needed to see. We have three of them on the third floor guest room. I have had NO idea what to do with them. Now my wheels are turing. Thank you!!

  66. Sweet little nook! I love it!

    Thanks for hosting!

  67. you have such a lovely home πŸ™‚ thanks for opening it up and sharing it with us!

    u may view mine here

  68. I really like that upstairs family room setting. No….I love it. As I was looking at all the pictures, I could see myself sitting there having a conversation, or reading a book in the calm and quiet. The blue patterns and the yellow sunflowers are a fantastic combination, and the wood furniture makes for a perfect country atmosphere.

    When can I move in?

  69. Stephanie Lynn says

    Your upstairs family room is so inviting! Love the little nooks! Gorgeous as always! Thanks for hosting!

  70. Thanks so much for hosting! This is the first time I have linked up to your Metamorphosis Monday, but I will definitely be back!

  71. You out did yourself today. I have never such a lovely home with so much pretty blues. Outstanding job. I am very honored that you would stop by my little measly blog.

  72. A perfect spot for those precious bears! The blues are beautiful!
    Thank you for hosting this party,

  73. Hi Susan – I just love your nooks and especially the fact that you have decorated one of them with all your son's teddy bears.That is SO special.When my son was small he lost his special teddy bear while we were vacationing in New York. In the rush to pack to leave he forgot it at the hotel. He was so sad when we got home and we phoned the hotel and asked that if they found it to please let us know. Without calling us, they did find it and packaged it in brown paper and mailed it to my son. He was only 6 and he still remembers it like it was yesterday. Happy day! Your post made me think of that. Your bedroom make-over is so beautiful. Deb

  74. The Little Red Shop says

    Your family room is so cozy! I just love seeing old favorites in new spaces. I hope you had a beautiful Monday. I've just joined your party…pretty late in the game!

    : )

    Julie M.

  75. Your home is just gorgeous! I love your guest room with all the blues and special touches. A guest in your home would feel very special, indeed, to be surrounded by such loveliness!

  76. Happy Blue Monday…it's all so cool! Love all your lovely pics. Thanks for sharing your home with us.

  77. wow! that guest room is sooo pretty! cozy and blue! I love, love, love the blue!
    thanks for hosting this party each week!

  78. shannon i olson says

    wonderful nook, a wonderful site. Just beautiful and relaxing, I am afraid in trying to post my latest project, instead of correcting my user name, I posted twice #228 and #229 are me….kind of new at this.

  79. Oh, I'm just a little jealous of your nooks! They're so sweet & cozy. I would definitely fold my body onto one of those cushions to read a good book. πŸ™‚

  80. This my first time participating on Met Monday so hopefully I did it properly! I love your bird picture, adorable!!!

  81. Hi Susan,
    Sometimes it's the simplest changes that enhance a room, taking it to the next level. You've done that here and made two great rooms even more special!
    Nicely done, my friend. πŸ˜‰

    Kindest regards,

  82. The Tablescaper says

    Isn't it amazing how moving a picture or two can change things? Love the addition to the nooks!

    – The Tablescaper

  83. Lady Katherine says

    I just love the nooks and blue bird pictures! I see a few places with doors, any dishes in there? lol
    I saved most all my children's toys, still boxes full in the attic. I have brought down some and now my Grandchildren play with them. Love all your blues!

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