Saturday, June 2, 2012

Welcome to My Living Room.


If you're new to my blog, welcome! This weekend Kelly's Korner is hosting a living room tour. I love it! Things like this provide such great decorating inspiration. We moved into our home in June 2007 (wow, 5 years!), and it's still a work in progress. I'm still a work in progress too, so it only makes sense.

Stepping into our entry way, you have a direct view into the living room.
There's a study to the right, though you can't see it here.

I have been wishy washy about potentially hanging curtains in here. I love the plantation shutters
and don't want to cover them up, but I think some colorful curtains would be perfect. Decisions, decisions.

The mantle is decorated with frames from Goodwill, lanterns from Pottery Barn (here),
and the votives are from LaurieAnna's Vintage Home in Canton. The mercury glass votives
add a little jewelry sparkle, and I love them.

Oh! And I made the monogram over the fireplace several years ago. It cost me about $10.

We bought that cute secretary at Canton a few years ago for Valentine's Day.
My husband was terribly excited about that V-day gift, as you can imagine. He's
a good egg. The apothecary jars are filled with antique matchbooks, buttons,
and a bird's nest. And here's the story about the rocking chair.

My Coralie Bickford-Smith Penguin Classics, some family pictures, and my slow growing white pitcher collection.
My maid of honor/BFF/college roommate gave us the Waterford cross when we married. I hope it'll be a family heirloom.
The drawers below are where we hide our junk. Everyone needs an easy place to stash the random stuff.

Another corner of the room, with one of my favorite pics of our boy. Details here.
(Taken on a different day than the rest of these photos. There are usually more toys in that corner.)

Another corner of the room. That basket (from HomeGoods) houses a small Apple store.
It's where we keep laptops, other gadgets, and their respective chargers.
The barley twist lamp is from Pottery Barn several years ago, and the cross is from Canton.

Our floor plan is open, so it my kitchen looks right into the living room. We love it. So great for entertaining!
That's a sweet little Pottery Barn anywhere chair in the corner for a sweet little boy named Jack.

I know a lot of people like to see a glimpse of the way people "really" live, but I'll be honest with you--our living room looks this way most of the time. Unless it's been a very tiring day, I pick up everything before we go to bed and clear the kitchen counters. Our bedrooms may be a disaster, but the common rooms of the house are usually ready for company with just a quick breeze through to pick up toys or shoes. It's a discipline I've worked hard at to keep the homekeeping part of my life together, even though we're all over the place during the week.

Now, dusting is a different matter entirely.

32 comments:

  1. So so so adorable!! I love all of your little touches. Can't believe the monogram above the fireplace was $10. No way! :)

    And, you had me at Laurie Anne's and Canton. LOVE those places!

    I wish our kitchen was open to the living room. It would make cooking dinner while toddlers play so much easier.

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    1. Oh my goodness, so much of my house is from Canton. Don't you just love Laurie's shop?!? I could live there!

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  2. I love the empty frames on the mantle. That is such a great idea!

    And our house is usually in okay order in the common rooms as well. Sometimes it will have a basket or two of laundry but other than that (and dust!) they're mostly presentable.

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    1. It took me forever to get something on the mantle that I liked! So thank you very much! :)

      I wave the white flag of surrender at the dust. You just can't win them all!

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  3. Our mantle currently holds stacks of library books because I haven't found anything I like enough to put there (and won't settle!). But I love the monogram--you might have to do a tutorial for us! ;)

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    1. My mantle was blank for probably 4 of the 5 years we've lived here. I completely understand!

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  4. stopped over from kellyskorner. Love your livingroom. LOVE the plantation windows. simply beautiful!

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    1. I had always wanted plantation shutters, so we saved to make my dream come true. Thank you for stopping by and saying hello!

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  5. I love everything about your living room! So so beautiful!!

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  6. Found you through Kelly's link up. I'm a fellow DFW gal. I LOVE your monogram! And I'm coveting your tv stand.

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    1. We're practically neighbors then! :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. Hey there! Your home is beautiful :) I love the brick mantle and the brick on the door entryways..very pretty. I also love the open kitchen to the den. Ours is one big room like that as well and I think I will always aim to have an open floor plan! Anyways, feel free to visit me anytime...www.drewryfamily.blogspot.com :)

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    1. The open floor plan is so convenient for families and for company. I will definitely be visiting your blog!

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    1. Thank you! The brick is one of my favorite things about the house.

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  9. emily! i love your living room!!! love all the personal touches that make it so meaningful. so fun to see inside your home :)

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    1. Thank you, ma'am! And it sounds like I need to do a monogram tutorial. So easy. If I can do it, anyone can.

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  10. Thanks for the apple store basket idea! I'm stealing it. Our boys are alway misplacing their iPad, DS game chargers and such so this is a simple solution!

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    1. Do it! That's what I love about these link ups! I think it was probably originally intended for a magazine basket? It fits my husband's larger size laptop perfectly.

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  11. ohhh it is lovely and beautiful! i have to laugh because we have clutter to higher degree than you (that is, we HAVE it. haha) but dusting is the one thing i'm always on top of. thank goodness for the swiffer family of products. =)

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    1. It's a shame we can't live next door to each other and trade services. I will gladly de-clutter for anyone who will dust my dark, thus making dust very obvious, furniture.

      Also, I have clutter, but it's in the secretary. Once a month I have to go through it and deal with what I may have stashed there. I just put our voter registration cards in there. B is never going to find them.

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  12. Your living room is beautiful and so cozy looking! I have 2 questions... the monogram is so neat and I am so impressed that you made that! I noticed by looking back that it is a screen, did you back it with something?
    Also, our kitchen and family room connect like yours, and we are searching for a nice neutral paint color ... yours is so nice, would you mind sharing the paint color and brand?
    Thanks so much! Your home decor is so inspiring! Marci in TN
    thepetersfamily3@aol.com

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    1. Thank you! I just e-mailed you back but thought I'd answer here too. I don't know the paint color. We picked it out of swatches from the builder, and I didn't think to ask what brand or anything. Lesson learned!

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  13. thanks for stopping by my blog and your comment. i just LOVE your room. the brick arch is so pretty. love your monogram artwork, LOVE the family picture. everything is so neat, clean and so very welcoming! really like the way you've decorated your mantle. one of my friends finds the most amazing things at laurieanna's--i have GOT to go sometime. thanks for linking up--i am bookmarking you now!

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    1. Thank you, and you are most welcome! You definitely should check out Laurie's shop.

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  14. Ok, there is SO MUCH that I love about your living room! I love the brick detail on the entry, the monogram, the colors, that GORGEOUS photo of your little boy with just your legs, and love love love the Windsor rocker! I would LOVE antique Windsor chairs for our dining room! Do you remember the name of the furniture maker??? Great job on decorating this room! I need to follow your example of cleaning ours up every evening before bed. And I am dealing with the same dilemma regarding curtains in our family room...I love the wooden blinds, but would also love to bring another pattern into the room :}

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    1. Yes! I just googled it really quick. It came from here.

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  15. Your home is beautiful! I love the arched brick entry into the living space. Your shabby chic style is so me too! That monogram is a grat touch! I'm from Houston and still have yet to visit Canton! I'm hoping to this year as a friend's family lives close by.

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  16. LOVE IT ALL!!! Always love to meet fellow DFW bloggers....I live in Ft. Worth! And I just went to Canton for the first time ever in May! Your LR is just gorgeous...in fact I just pinned some of the pics!

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  17. I love your MONOGRAMMED Art over the fireplace. I would love to have one in my living room. Do share how you made it!

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