Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Tour of Living Room

Hello friends!  I'm so excited to see all the creating going on in blogland.  Since I've also been creating for my Etsy shop, I feel as though my home has been a bit neglected.  But I've finally found time to put some finishing touches in our living room.  Hope you enjoy this tour...there are a lot of photos!

The view upon entry:

I finally hung this flea market shelf I acquired in July, and have since painted:


The dried hydrangeas are still pretty:

Layering a flea market embroidered tablecloth on the couch adds some interesting texture:

A peak over the chair into the far corner:

Couldn't help but start adding some early Christmas sparkle on the desk:


I've never shown this before in a post - our media cabinet.  It is on the left as you enter the room, and is quite large.  I've had this for over 10 years, and have always loved the architecture of it.  It is dark, but that offers a nice contrast with all the white (so I tell myself):
(subwoofer thing hidden by blanket underneath)


At the front of the room near the doorway you'll find a favorite shelf and old barn window:

Closer look...


Moving along...turning right upon entry is the fireplace wall.  Yes, the bricks are quite red.  No, I'm not allowed to paint them white:



An original door from our house was brought up from the basement and leaned here.  I can't wait to put a Christmas wreath on it:


The heart displayed at top is available in my Etsy store, crafted from vintage French book pages:

The white buffet...


My dear flea market Blessed Mother statue is now wearing white Rosary beads I received as a child:

Lastly...the mantel:


Hope you enjoyed the tour.  Let me just be real for a minute - in order to obtain the above photos...magic marker 'art' was cleaned off wall, crumbs were vacuumed, tons of books/magazines were 'hidden', toy kitchen was brought out of room, and miscellaneous toys were all temporarily removed.
This somewhat pristine view above lasted for about an hour.  :)
  
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35 comments:

Alaina said...

This room is just beautiful. Of course I do love all the whites and how you use them, great textures. I too have a dark piece that holds our tv and I will probably never paint the original pine. I have to agree that it does give the eye a rest from looking at all of my whites.

stefanie said...

oh, its gorgeous!!!!

Ozma of Odds said...

...lol!!!
Susan ~ you are way to funny!!
i ADORE the discalimer at the end, about brushed crumbs and maic marker art and scattered books and how it only looks like this for about an hour!!
HOW TRUE!!
but OH!!
what a glorious hour to soak it all in.
sooooo beau-TI-ful!!!

xo, Rosemary

d e l i g h t said...

A lovely beautiful home!

A Cottage Muse said...

LOVE your sense of humor Susan!!
Your room is absolutely stunning and comfy~cozy looking!!
I also loved the new stockings you put in your shop!!

Gail said...

Good idea keeping the media cabinet dark,anchors the room & keeps all the white from just floating.
Your room is fresh and lovely.

Blondie's Journal said...

You make me smile...I always postpone pictures until I have made a clean sweep of a room!

Your living room is beautiful...so large! Mine is very small and tight. I envy you. Love all of your shelves with their collections. And your armoire is very nice...a nice contrast as you say!

Thanks so much for sharing! :-)

XO,
Jane

Sheila said...

I love all the silver candle sticks! Can you tell me where you found them? Thanks.

Donna said...

Wow, oh, wow! Your living room is totally gorgeous, Susan! I love all of the special touches you've added, and the blue and white colors scheme is perfection! The shelves, white painted furniture, and mercury glass are meant for each other! And thanks for keeping it real and telling us the behind the scenes scoop!!
Oh, and I want you to redecorate my house while you are at it:)

Marilyn said...

Pretty room. I, too, have a red brick fireplace, but it is more than 6 1/2 feet wide, at least 24" deep, and goes all the way to the ceiling. It is an ugly monster, but I am seriously thinking of painting. I can do it since my husband is no longer living--otherwise I'd never be able to do it.♥♫

Revi said...

Can I ever see enough white? Nope. Love it!
-Revi

Petite Michelle Louise said...

i've had the pleasure to have beheld this lovely room in person and it's ever so gorgeous in these photos as well! I am happy you showcased your media cabinet...i so love the dark against the white. it's quite lovely! i am really loving that "bonus" shelf you acquired and all of those beautiful mercury glass candle holders too! the room is a Jeanne D'arc lovers dream!happy WW mon amie! ;)

LizlovesVintage said...

Hey, you don't have to clean for us!!!!
Ha, Ha. I loved all the pictures shown ;)
Thanks for sharing.
xxx Liz

Abby's Paperie Garden said...

Your home is beautiful! I love the sprinkling of vintage pieces everywhere...so pretty.

xo,

Abby

Vintage Market Place said...

a beautiful home :)
Amy

A Shabby Moment in Time said...

Susan, what a gorgeous room...and so huge too! You've added beautiful touches everywhere and I especially fancy that chenille cover spread on your couch. It adds just the right texture. Love your style! Thanks for keeping it real about all you had to remove for the pic. Gives hope to the rest of us. lol
Blessings & hugs,
Karen

Shabby chic Sandy said...

My goodness--so pretty! I LOVE all the mercury glass. The room looks so refreshing. Those angel wings are beautiful!

The Sweetest Days said...

If I lived on my own I would love to have an all white room, but with my family it just wouldn't fly. Your living room is lovely, and I'm glad to know it is 'lived in'! I'm sure most others do the same thing, pick stuff up, before a home photo shoot. Whether they want to admit it or not ; )

Anonymous said...

Your home is just beautiful Susan and I love your *disclaimer*...so true and so real!! There is only hubby and I here now and I am amazed how fast it can get so cluttered!! I call it the "creative process". :)
Blessings~
Sandi@Wayside Treasures

Alabaster Rose Designs said...

Oh my gracious, your home is a magazine cover!! You have such amazing talent Susan for decorating!! I wish I could see your home in person, it is truly inspirational!!
Have a lovely day.
Sincerely,
Melinda

Passionate for White said...

I just love your living room and much like you...I'm not "allowed" to paint my red brick FP :(

Cape Cod Washashore said...

What a beautifully decorated home! I do love dark wood furniture amongst all the white and ivory - just stunning!

A Cozy Cottage in the City said...

Wow, what a beautiful home you have here! I love it!!!

Hugs,
Jessie

A Cozy Cottage in the City said...

P.S. I am now following along! So glad I hopped on over from White Wednesday! :)

Cindy said...

Ohhhh, everything is so pretty! One of the things that struck me the most was the little white heart. So simple, but it makes such a statement. And, i like the armoire dark, it is a beautiful piece of furniture! The contrast is cool. Thanks for the wonderful tour!

Cindy

Faded Charm said...

I can soooo relate to the last part of your post and I have to laugh:-) I don't have the toys anymore, but still lots and lots of "stuff".

Your living room looks so inviting. Thanks for sharing with us:-)

xoxo
Kathleen

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

Just gorgeous! You have so many beautiful things. My favorite is the armoire.

Eileen @ CBH said...

I love everything about this room... including your media cabinet, it provides a nice contrast. The texture on the sofa is lovely and I really love the silver candlesticks on the distressed shelf. Very pretty!

Nancy's Notes said...

Your candles sticks are gorgeous! What an exquisite look! I'm so happy I found your awesome blog! I'm now your newest follower!

Nancy

elizabeth said...

Oh your living room is just lovely. I do think the wood of the media cabinet is a nice contrast. Thanks for your kind comment on my blog about my favorite antique mall.

Carole said...

I just love your living room and those blue walls. I've been wanting to repaint my dining room and think I'll leaning towards blue. Well for now it will have to wait...darn.
Love your brick fireplace....lots of character.

xx
Carole

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Your living room is beautiful. You have some of my favorite things; Urns, frames, galvanized items, all displayed beautifully.

Lynn Stevens said...

ohhhh When can I move in? Gorgeous!!!

radio controlled helicopters said...

I have no word to say about this living room. This is such a awesome decoration that you have create here. I like it very much. Hope that I can also decorate my living room with this style.

Cindy The Victorian Journey said...

Love your living room.. The reflections on the shiny silver is the topping.. I am your newest follower.. Hugs, Cindy

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