10.07.2008

My Living Room and Rate My Space

I've had a few people asking me to show some photos of my living room. So I thought I'd share some with you all today. The reason I hadn't shared them previously is because this room is still a work in progress. But you can get an idea of its potential by seeing what it looks like right now. Our house is open (it's like a big circle around the staircase) so all of my spaces on the main floor really have to work together. That's actually harder to accomplish than I thought it would be.


The color on the walls right now is a pale taupe. It's a little lighter than we'd like, so we are planning on painting it a little darker, more like a cafe au lait. We already have the paint, waiting patiently in the basement, just begging to be used. Once we get it all painted, I'll post the new pics (and let y'all know the brand and color of the paint - I'm too lazy to hike all the way down to the basement to find out right now.)

This view gives you an idea of the orientation of the stairs. You can see my little console table in the background. I just love the reflection of the stairs in the mirror- of course, you can't actually see that in this photo. This view also shows the beautiful charcoal drawing between the windows a little better. It's a piece done by my artist father-in-law and I love it. My taste in art tends more toward the traditional, and my father-in-law is very contemporary. By marrying into this family, I have really gained an education in contemporary art (the Hubby's fine art photos tend to be a little contemporary too). I think it works quite well mixed with my more traditional pieces. But I admit it can be an acquired taste.

Here you can see my antique trunk and box sitting below the charcoal. I love how they play off of one another.
A view of my piano...I love white frames...and my little birdcage. And I admit that I commit one of the biggest decorating no-no's. I have pictures of my family everywhere! With a talented photographer Hubby, I have a really hard time editing myself! (I'm fairly protective of my kiddos so I made sure all of these photos are older - those babies are now big kids - sigh.)

And here's another view of my buffet. When I asked y'all to vote on whether or not to leave it green...the overwhelming majority told me to leave it as is. I do love the color and it actually works really well because my dining room/kitchen which is just off to the right in the photo is actually painted Ralph Lauren's cathedral gray which is quite green.

This space still really needs draperies on the windows. The red roman shades are lovely, but they were really just put there to replace the vinyl miniblinds that were here when we moved in with the intent that we'd add drapes soon. Well, it's been over a year and I'm still debating between a yellowy-gold silk buffalo check, and a brown-toned toile...any opinions?

And of course, I need to find a coffee table. I'd really like a round one. I've been looking for the perfect yard sale find to cut down, but no luck so far. Our town is having a big yard sale on the town common this weekend...maybe I'll find it there....a girl can dream can't she?




On a different note...
I finally did something that I have wanted to do for a while, but I was a little chicken. I posted my boys' room over at HGTV's Rate My Space. I am passionate about decorating, and it's something that I have finally (after working briefly as an interior decorator about thirteen years ago) decided that I would really like to pursue in more of a career-type way, so I decided I better put myself out there. I'm inviting all my bloggy friends to PLEASE go over there and Rate My Space. Thanks for all of your kind comments and support...it's your encouragement that makes me feel like I can really do this!

19 comments:

Laura said...

Your house is absolutely beautiful! I love that it is warm, comfortable and uncluttered with such clean lines. You should definitely pursue your interest!
Laura

Saucy said...

Beautiful pictures! You must have wonderful natural light in your home, it does your photos justice. You have a real knack for home decor!

Erica said...

Thanks so much for sharing pictures of your living room! What a beautiful house! Gives me lots of great inspiration!!

duchess said...

Everything is beautiful. Thanks for showing us around.

I'll go over to RMS & check it out. I love that site.

Shannon said...

I love the mix of contemporary and traditional! I love all your pieces of furniture too.

I would go with the yellow-y drapes.

Off to check out your RMS!!

Darlene said...

Everything is GORGEOUS!! What a beautiful space....I'll go vote on RMS right now!!

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

I will have to head over to Rate My Space for your boy's room! I love the family room...can't wait to see the new color on the walls!
Carrie

Sandy Toes said...

Okay...where do I begin? I love those boxes you have on top of each other...that green buffet is the best..I love it all! Your home is delightful!
-Sandy Toes

Laura said...

I forgot to ask earlier - your house (besides being so fabulous!) is so toy-free! Your boys' room is so neat as well! Are you blessed with a playroom for the kiddos or do you have everything organized & put in specific spots? I'm very organized, but would love some toy tips!

Wendy said...

Hi Laura...I've got to admit that I do move things when I take pictures, but I love to be organized so I have a place for everything. In my living room, the bottom drawer of the black armoire holds all of the kids video games, the green buffet holds games as well. And I actually keep a couple of baskets of baby toys under the buffet. The boys' room has a walk-in closet that we use as a reading area and for toy storage. Hope that helps :)

Laura said...

Thanks Wendy! For type A "neatnick" personalities like myself, the toys are the biggest challenge!
By the way, I would go with the brown-toned toile curtains. Love, love, love toile!

Ms. Tee said...

Your house is so pretty! I love all the pillows on your sofa and well, basically just all of it! :)

Miss(es) Canadian Pie said...

I felt as though I were looking at photos in a magazine. You're home is just wonderful.

Holly said...

Wend- your home is beautiful. I hope that some day I will get to see it in person-sigh. I am all a flutter that you have a pic of us on your piano. I have one from the same series in my bedroom.

Victoria said...

Wendy,

Your home is just beautiful! Your blog is one of my new favorites and I check it regularly! I loved seeing your living room and how you have mixed traditional with a little contemporary.

Definitely pursue your dream! You do a great job.

Kasey Hunt said...

Your home is very inviting. I love the buffet!!

Meg said...

I love your taste!!! It's so good to find interesting blogs like yours. I'm kinda new to blogging and have heard a lot about your blog. I look forward to reading more and getting great ideas from you.

Jessmcw said...

Thanks for the inspiration!
I found your blog via Kimba's decor party as well as on blissfully domestic. Twice in one week--now you are in my reader.

Anyway, my family is in the process of updating our main living area which is a circle too. I am in love with your red roman shades and overall color scheme.

I have a diaper table that I am converting into a entertainment stand for a flat panel TV. I am thinking of going dark with it but black seems so drastic.

What color is your TV hutch?
Thanks for the time!
Happy Blogging!

Wendy said...

Jess...
My hutch is actually black. I love black and went through a phase where I painted pretty much everything black. I was worried when we moved here that the black would be overpowering or wouldn't blend with the brown we have going on elsewhere, but it has turned out to look pretty good. Hope this helps!