Thursday, May 28, 2009

Red Painted Niche

Hello Everyone!
Remember the niche in my previous post?
Well here it is now all spiffed up in red.
Thank you very much for all of your feedback.
You had some very creative ideas.
Overall painting it was the easiest way to go.
What a change huh?
I added old paint and ting to the flower arrangement
The large flower prints I wasn't using.
That's it!
I think it looks completely different.
Nothing like shopping our own homes for updates.
Do you like the changes?
In the family room I added a brocade runner and pillow. The runner is from Ross.
The pillow is from Kirklands.
Here is a swivel chair by the stone fireplace.
I have a red throw and what I call the fire pillow.
It looks like flames to me. It's from Marshalls.
I found a new runner from Ross for the dining table.
It has red brocade flowers in the design.
Here's a corner pedastal table in the dining room.
Red flowers and hanging plates are from Kirklands.
The artwork is red and says believe.
A red and black eiffel tower tassel.
This is one of my favorite photos of us.
It's from the Marine Corps Ball of 2001.
I still have this red beaded dress. Great memories!
Here is some yummy strawberry jello.
We have been preparing this sugar
free dessert for a month straight.
It's really easy and delicious.
The candle is PD's strawberry shortcake. Have a wonderful week!


SILVIA said...

very nice Melissa, i'm loving all the reds. you really did a great job on the niche, painting the walls made a big diference..i always said you have great taste!...have a great evening..


Sandra said...

Wow Melissa! I love it! I love love the red on the wall! You have great talent, missy! :)

Stacey said...

Hi Melissa! Your corner niche looks great. Painting really made it a special spot. I just love how the tan color of your sofa goes with all the red. That is one of my favorite combos. Your home is gorgeous as always.

Oh, I love the beautiful picture of you and your hubby too! So glamorous. :)

Thank you so much for participating.

Cathy said...

Ooooh!!! I love the change...subtle but wonderful!!! You are definitely a red me it is all over the house!!!

Have you purchased any more Mackenzie-Childs? I'm sure it looks beautiful in your house!!! They have some wonderful new pieces out for summer!!!

I am considering a give-away for my 50th post...with MC included of course...I might look to you on how best to do this. I will let you know!!!

Have a wonderful FYR Friday!!!

Happy To Be said...

Oh Honey its just beautiful painted RED and I love it when you can shop your all your new runners and those plates are to die know Melissa RED is my favorite color bot I have very little of it in my house now...but my home years ago was all in RED...Jello looks YUMMY and I do so love it...I need to make some its always so great in the warm weather...Now Girl your Pic of you and DH is just your hair WOW!! and the dress is also Fab..what a handsome couple you made...Hubby is a Hotties girl friend..Thanks so much for sharing all your REDness today...may you have a wonderful weekend my dear friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

bj said...

O, what a beautiful RED posting. I enjoyed seeing every bit of it.
We, too, enjoy Sugar Free Strawberry or Cherry jello....and I just last week bought a PD candle from Walmart. It smells wonder you still have that spiffy red is a KEEPER, for sure.

xinex said...

Love all your reds, Melissa, especially how you decorated the corners of your home. The strawberry jello looks so good and blends with the home decor...Christine

April said...

Definitely two thumbs up from me all the way! That red really makes quite a statement. The picture of you and your hubby is just the icing on the cake...BEAUTIFUL!

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Melissa, it all looks so welcoming and cozy.

Your home is lovely!

Hugs, Barb

Beth in NC said...

Wow, wonderful reds! I especially love the niche! What an awesome idea!!!! I want a niche to paint like that (ha).

All of your reds are beautiful!

Blondie's Journal said...


I knew I would see some great red in your home!! The corner niche looks fabulous although I don't remember seeing the "before". It is nice to go through that little place where you stack all the things that you have changed out over the years. I am always surprised and amazed by things I had forgotten I had!!

I really like the new pillow and runner in your living room (the stone fireplace is gorgeous!). I like all of your tassels too. Where do you find them? We do not have Kirkland's in Chicago. Hobby Lobby, maybe?

I just love everything, Melissa. Now who are those Jello parfaits for?? ;-)


marty39 said...

Melissa, your red color in the niche is just so pretty, and I really love the pictures and the way you've accessorized it. Your new table runner and pillows are also just stunning. They really do add a splace of spice to the family room and dining room. Everything is just lovely. Hugs, Marty

The Cozy Parsonage said...

The little corner looks so good-you did a wonderful job. I just love a the little touches of red you have and that dress!!!

Sandra said...

Melissa, I had to come and tell you that the topper idea came from you! After I saw all of yours, I just had to get some for me. lol I did buy two for the living room and one for the entry hall! Thanks for your wonderful ideas!

Lisa said...

The red in your niche is perfect! It really sets it off nicely.

Your home is beautiful - it's always fun to look at your photos.

Have a great weekend.


ceekay said...

I LOVE what you did to the is fantastic as is all your touches of red throughout your home. Yummy red dress too! Enjoy the jello!

Sharing with Sherri said...

Hi Melissa!

All your reds looks sooo lovely! The painted niche really stands out now, and looks beautiful!

I really love the the "Believe" picture with the tassel, sooo cute!

WOW, You look stunning in the red gown!
Hope you have a fun FYR Friday!!

Hugs, Sherri:)

Boosalis Bloggle said...

Love it all!!

I'm so glad you posted a new blog. I was having withdrawals!!

Donna Lynn said...

Great red post, loved all your pretty rooms! The dress you have on in that photo is amazing, and so might I add is your hair!!!

Donna Lynn

Lisa said...

Your niche is just perfect! You did a great job! What an eye-catcher. And NOW you've got me craving strawberry Jello (O:

Sonia said...


Your reds are just amazing! I love the red corner you created-so dramatic. Your home is lovely and your red accents are just a great pop of color and is just perfect! Love your post! Miss Bloomers/Sonia

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Melissa, First of all you look beautiful in your red dress. Your hubby is proud of you I'm sure. I love your new red niche. Your accents are beautiful. I love the red and gold throws, pillows and runners. It's all about texture. And you know how to create it!
Luv Ya! Terrie

Nicole ~ said...

Melissa, that looks wonderful!! The red paint just makes it!! I love the way you have decorated it, and pictures are just perfect for that spot.

Your new runners from Ross are so pretty. They have such great runners at that store, that is where I get all of mine too.

You and your husband are such a good looking couple!! And, you look so pretty in your red dress!!

Your jello looks so yummy, I want something sweet right now, and that would be perfect!! I guess I will settle for my leftover birthday cake!!

Well, tomorrow is Friday, yeah!!! I hope you have a wonderful weekend, Nicole

Liz said...

My Goodness! You could do Flaunt Your Red everyday! Your home is so lovely. You do such a wonderful job of tying it all together!


P.S. I think I'm going to try that red jello!

Candy said...

Elegant! and I would love to have a snack before going to bed. YUM!


laurie @ bargain hunting said...

What a difference that red paint made! I also love the height of your wall hangings. You are a knockout in that red dress! What a beautiful picture of both of you. (I'm one of those "man in uniform" women). laurie

Chandy said...

Melissa, you are the Queen of Red! Beautiful home you've got and your hubby's one lucky man!

Melissa Marie said...

Your red wall is gorgeous! What a beautiful home you have! :) I love your ball picture of you and your hubby. :) My husband and I are going to his Navy ball this Saturday. :)

Have a Blessed Day,


Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Red is certainly your signature color, Melissa. Your home glows with such warmth and comfort because of it.

You look stunning in that red dress and your husband is so handsome.

Hope you had a good Memorial Day! God bless the brave and honorable military that keeps us safe and preserves our freedoms.

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

Wow! The niche re-do is gorgeous! Great job Melissa.

I love the picture of you & hubby. The dress is beautiful & you're such a handsome couple.

Wonderful RED post!!! ☺♥☺ Diane

mbkatc230 said...

Melissa, the niche looks wonderful! Love the color of red you chose, so warm. You really have some great reds in your home, it's my favorite accent color to decorate with too. Love the photo of you and your husband, such a beautiful couple, and that dress is just gorgeous. Kathy

Sharon said...


Your home looks so beautiful! I love the red walls especially and the picture of you and your honey is beautiful!

Have a great weekend!


Kristens Creations said...

Melissa! Your niche turned out beautiful!! That is a big change.It really made it stand out!Love all the new pillows too, the fire one is really cool! The picture of you and your hubby is beautiful!! You look like a model!The red really looks great on you.

Blogger has really been giving me fits too. Kevin cleaned up the computer(that he said I messed up) and it's better, but still having some problems commenting. I totally forgot about FYR until you reminded me. I've got lots to do today but am going to try and get a post up (Hopefully) soon. I just can't miss out on the red post!

I'm suddenly craving strawberry jello! I'm lovin those striped napkins too.

Talk to you soon, Kristen

Kathleen said...

You sure did flaunt it! The red dress is beautiful, and I love yur red niche!

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

All your reds look fantastic. I'm really digging your new "red" niche and how "warm" and welcoming everything looks.
Woo hoo, look at you two! Such a handsome couple!
I hope you have a fab day and thanks for sharing!

A Hint of Home said...

I love what you did with the niche. Very eye catching and the display is wonderful.
You, like me have so much red and I think it looks grand.
The pic of you and hubby is gorgeous!

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

Your red niche is wonderful...great post...

Brenda said...

I just love your little red niche you've carved out in red! How cute is that? Really makes everything stand out and gives them emphasis. What a great idea!

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Plain niche no more! It's beautiful and really makes a statement now. You have a beautiful home. Have a nice weekend! Twyla

Cindy J. said...

Hello sweet girl! My goodness what a beautiful couple and oh how your red touches create that special magic.. You have such a great have made such a lovely, warm home.. Love, Cindy

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Your niche is gorgeous - what a statement that makes! I enjoyed seeing all of your red touches.

Happy Friday!


Ashley ~ said...

Hey Melissa*! I love all your pretty reds, and I especially love the picture of you and your handsome hubby*! What a beautiful couple you are. (sigh) _Ashley ~

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Melissa, you've done what I've always wanted to do. You've painted that wall red, and I have always longed for a red room. I started to do it in our house about fifteen years ago, and my painter talked me out of it because I had a west facing room in Florida. He said I would always feel hot. So I did it Lafayette Green instead. But still, I love red! Love what you've done and loved seeing everything you showed us today!


Sheila :-)

Mom in High Heels said...

WOW! What a difference with the red paint. Beautiful.

Ginger said...

I've been having trouble loading the pictures on your blog (I have slow dial up) but finally got it to open. Everything looks so beautiful in red. You do a great job of decorating.
The picture of you and your hubby is adorable. Love your red dress and your hair.
You sure made that red jello look good, too.

Envoy-ette said...

You husband looks so proud next to you! I LOVE THE ACCENT WALLS! They are wonderful!!!

Bobbi Jo said...

Beautiful! Have a great weekend. Hugs, Bobbi Jo

The Blonde Duck said...

Love the red dress and leopard pillow! Did I ever tell you my dorm room in college was pure leopard?

Tootsie said...

I love your reds!!! I suppose I could post the sunburn I got on my back is pretty red! lol
I have been a busy was really nice here the last few days...thank goodness ...just think...two weeks ago we had a foot of snow...and today was 90F outside!

. said...

Those red accenys in your house are beautiful.


Chari said...

Hello Dearheart...

Girl...your wall niche is spectacular in red!!! Ohhh my...adding that red to the walls of your niche made a huge difference...I love it!!! You know, I always just stand in awe of how things look so different when placed against a color...and especially a rich, dark color like that red!!! Your floral arrangement looks fabulous against the red!!! I love that you added some height to that pretty arrangement! Oooh...and the wall art is perfect for that niche!!! Girl, you did an outstanding job!!! I bet Alex is so proud of have created such a beautiful...fabulous home for him!!! Russell always melts my heart...he is always telling me that he loves and appreciates the beautiful home that I've made for sweet! It always makes me cry! Anyway...sheeshh, I always get off track...hehe! I just love how your niche turned out!!! Great job, my friend!!!

Love all of your new pretties!!! Of course, I think that the pretty red leopard pillow is sooooo YOU! Hehe!!! It's really pretty on your sofa! And I love your new table runners!!! Okay...Girl, I think that you and I both have to add pretty table runners to our addictions...don't you? Hmmm...let's see, we have ornate toppers, pretty lamps, fleur de lis objects, and now table runners!!! Hehe!!! I tell ya, I just can't pass up a pretty table runner! Hobby Lobby has some of the prettiest ones too! I've gotten some really pretty ones when they were 75-90% could I resist??? Hehe!!!

Melissa...I just love all of the pretty floral arrangements that you have in your home. Each time I see one, I always want to ask if you make them? Every one that I've seen is simply gorgeous!!!

Well Sweetie...I've written a book as usual...hehe! So glad that you came by and took a peek at my new pink china...thank you so much for your sweet note!

Love ya Girl!
PS...Have a wonderful weekend Sweetie!

Chari said...

Ooops...just lil' ol' me again! Hehe!

Just wanted to say that I love sugar free jello! I think it's the greatest invention since the wheel...I mean, only 32 calories for the entire box??? I always load it up with fat free whip cream...mmmm, yummy!!!


Queenie Jeannie said...

I love all your red!!!

Rue said...

Hi Melissa :)

I love what you did with the niche! All your reds are beautiful, but I'm craving that dessert now... thanks! LOL

I'm so sorry to hear about Cartman. Fish or not, it's hard to lose a pet.


Mama said...

Melissa your niche looks perfect, what a wonderful update you did, just gorgeous, I love all your reds and your red beaded dress is so beautiful, such a beautiful photos of you and hubby. I have helped myself to some jello it just looked to tempting, happy weekend to you, hugs, Kathy.

Jules said...

I absolutely love what you've done with the "niche". The red paint, art and flower arrangement make it look completely different.

That is such a nice photo of you and your husband at the ball. You look so pretty!

The strawberry jello in the champagne glasses looks delicious and refreshing!

Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking said...

I love the niche! It looks really wonderful red - good job!


tales from an oc cottage said...

LOVE IT!! How very classy and what a "finished" look the red gives that corner! And how can you go wrong with leopard! ;) One day Bee & I will expose our "dark" side and show everyone our "RED" rooms! ;)

m ^..^

Barb said...

Just getting around to visiting my visitors for FYRF.

Love all your red 'splashes'.
My fave is those bright red shiny pillows.

Barbara Jean

Beth in NC said...

Hi Melissa ... wasn't the Elizabeth Dole story a hoot? I could have fainted! I would have freaked EVEN IF I HAD REALLY BEEN ABLE TO CLEAN, but this was the worst scenario possible!

Thanks for the comments!


Wibeche og Rune said...

I love all the reds:)

I just wanted to stop by and say hello! We take a longer blogbreak now. We have summer and spend almost all of our time outside of the house:)

Have a great summer.

Blessings from Wib.

Savvy Mode SG said...

i adore red. beautiful photos.

mishebe said...

love the red niche

Lisa (aka) French said...

I am loving all of your red;) one of my favorite colors;) French

April said...

Hi Melissa,
Can you shoot me an e-mail with your home address? You won my follower's giveaway for the month of May!

Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

Melissa, Your niche looks wonderful painted red! What a wonderful transformation!!! I love the Paula Deen candles, too. Mango Chutney, the yellow one is my favorite.

Oh, and the leopard pillow is FABULOUS!!! :) ~hugs, Rhonda

Chari said...

Hi Girlfriend...

Just read your sweet note that you left for me in my frenchy studio/office...thank you so much for the compliments!!!

I'm just thrilled to get to see your brand new "red" niche really is fabulous, Girl!!! Ohhh my, sounds like you and Alex are going to be busy this week with projects! I hope that you're able to get everything done that you're wanting to but...don't forget to have some fun and enjoy your honey while he's home this week...wink!!! Hehe!!! Ohhh...I know that you will!!!

Have fun Darlin'!!! Have a marvelous week with your honey!!!
Love ya,

Darlene - Our Creative Life said...

Hey Melissa!!
You have such a beautiful home and your red niche looks terrific! I need to participate in the next Flaunt your Red party! I have more of a rusty burgundy red in my home, but it photographs red.
Hey, I don't know if you know or not, but I'm hosting a "I Love Summer" linky Party tomorrow. Please come participate and I would greatly appreciate it if you could spread the word.


Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

Very pretty. Your home is so nice.

Donna@designson47thstreet said...

Your little area turned red is such a stunning addition. I love that! You really know how to do up red to it's fullest most lovely potential.

Love that red leopard pillow, and the runner and oh yes! you in that beautiful red dress..sigh...I used to go to Military balls and such...sigh....:)

Thanks for your kindness you showed over on 47th Street today!


fiberdoodles said...

Hi Melissa,
I just love it when it is FYR time. Red is my favorite color and I love looking at all the reds and how others use them to decorate with.

The niche is beautiful! What a great job. I think it was always meant to be red ;)

Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my chandy dilemma. I came home and measured again (I'm so bad). I think I'm just going to do it - Wahoo! I'll post a picture when it is up and who knows, maybe I will flaunt my red.

Enjoy your day,

Boosalis Bloggle said...

Thanks, Melissa! You're are seriously the inspiration behind my mini makeover. After seeing your round table and all the wonderful things you do to it, I was set on replacing my pub table. It is so much more comfortable, too! So, your decorating skills have been good medicine for my back!

I'm looking forward to your next post.

Have a blessed day, my friend!! =)

Happy To Be said...

GM My friend...just stopping by to say Hi...hope you had a great weekend...Here we are with a new month and new week ahead of us...May it be a great one for you...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Miss Janice said...

As usual, everything in your home is just perfect. I love all the red...the niche is perfect!

Timi said...

You always have the best photos. I get great ideas from you. I don't always comment but I check in often.
Thank you.

I'm doing a Farm Chicks give away this week. Please stop by and enter.
Have a great week

Lady Katherine said...

Love the wall painted red! The Jello, strawberry desert looks great! Love the picture of you and you DH! Love the new pillows! I can never find runners, when I go! lol

Daphine said...

Love it all! Girl, you really do blow me away with your decorating! Seriously!!! Love the picture of you and hubby! Thanks for always sharing your beautiful home and decorations with us!

Bo said...

Hi, red has never looked better than it does on you & in your beautiful has become my favorite color. You realy know how to make it work!
;-) Bo

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Dont you look gorgeous in that red dress! Your niche turned out wonderful! Of course how could it not - you have a great eye for decorating!


Tomarie said...

Hi Melissa! I'm finally out of school and now have time to do some much wanted blog visiting!! Yea!! :-)
Your touches of red made an UNBELIEVABLE difference!! I love the red just adds such a vibrant look to any space! :-) L~

Envoy-ette said...

Hi Melissa, I answered your question on my blog. I'll probably remove it later...TMI...LOL

The Muse said...

Hello Melissa~i added you to the A Diva's Hammer blog listing, and will add you to the My Lady du Jour as well.

If at anytime you get a blog icon button, let me know and I will add that as well.

Your little niche area looks great, I see the hgt in the vase helped a lot..MMMM red paint, who would have guessed (lol :) (hugs))!

The Muse said...

ps please let me know if the buttons are not working...i will send them to you. :)

The Mrs. said...

beautiful house!

Your right, there don't seem to be many Marine Wife bloggers out there, I notice the Army wives seem to have a lock on it!

Jo said...

Great reds ~ best of all is the red dress! One of the best things about moving ... you can re~wear your favorite dresses to events and no one knows! :)


Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Just gorgeous, Melissa! :)

The Muse said...

yes blogger is super sensitive of late... if it doesn't load, please don't worry :)

Stacey said...

Melissa, where are you? Gone on a little trip?

Chrissy said...

Nobody does RED better than you my dear friend, nobody!!! All the best,Chrissy

Cathy said...

I just wanted to stop by and say hello...and thank you for being such a wonderful bloggy friend!!! Your sweet comments always mean sooo much to me and I appreciate that you are always there being sooo supportive!!!

You really are just the sweetest thing!!! Thank you so much!!!

Enjou the day!!!

Cathy said...

Enjoy the day...not enjou the day;)!!!

The Stylish House said...

You look absolutely beautiful in your red evening gown. Isn’t it fun to have the type of party you can go all out for? Now on to important decorating matters. Nice improvement on your niche, it looks very chic painted red. I however, think your Kirkland’s pillow would look much, much, much better at my house. I have not been in Kirkland’s for two whole weeks, but I did peek in the window. ~Cathy~

Michelle said...

Hey Melissa,

Not a problem about the issues you are having on your "follower". I've had some strange issues with blogger myself lately! Ugh. Hope you have a relaxing and wonderful weekend!


Michelle :)

Tara G. said...

Melissa, the nook is lovely! The red is fantastic- not overpowering!