2.12.2010

21 things your house needs (part 2)~

So how did you all fare with the first 11 things that Traditional Home says you NEED in your house? I'm doing okay....not everything, but a good percentage.

Without further ado (is that how you spell it?) here are the remaining 10 items...


12. a hang out bed...
Hmmm....my bed isn't necessarily as pretty as I'd like it to be - although if you read this post you know it's going to get there...but my king size bed sure is comfy.




13. mirror mirror....
Oh yeah!! My house is filled with mirrors. Love them for bouncing light around.



14. a french connection...
I love all things French. Love toile. Vintage French images on pillows. Etc.



15. a place to put your feet up...
I like what they say in the Ballard's catalog about this, "If the slipper chair is the little black dress of home furnishings, then the ottoman would be the perfect pair of pumps." I agree.
There is an ottoman in front of this leather chair...I promise.



16. a truly comfortable sofa...
Our living room sofa is a slipcovered EKTORP from Ikea. It's surprisingly comfortable...although I don't know if I'd say "truly comfortable." But I love the slipcovers...I have this white one, and a tan one too...nice to change them out. (ignore the wrinkles please.)


17. a pillow wardrobe....
Um, have you been to my Etsy? This is definitely NOT a problem in my house. Lots of pillows...maybe too many. Can anyone actually ever have too many pillows?



18. eye-catching accessories...
I try, oh yes I do. I have a small infatuation with birds. But I make sure that my bird accessories aren't overkill. Don't want people walking in and thinking they're at the local aviary. (Don't make the mistake of letting your "themes" become overwhelming. When I was in college I liked cows...I know, I know, it was just a phase, I promise...pretty soon everyone I knew was giving me cow stuff...I was sick of it looooong before people finally caught on and quit gifting me with black and white cow print everything.)


19. patterns that make a statement...
I am infatuated with trellis patterns right now. Graphic. Pretty.



20. a touch of modern...
Not a lot in the way of modern furnishings going on in my house, but my art? That's tres moderne...in a good way.
I realize that for many people modern art can be an acuired taste, but I like to mix it with traditional pieces and photography. It gives my house a sense of sophistication without being overwhelming.



And last but not least...


21. a well-adjusted dining table...
I love my dining table. It's from PB and it has two leaves, so that we can seat a few or a lot! With 4 kiddos we have to keep one in at all times...but I love the fact that we have the option!



I had a lot of fun with this! Hope you did too!!

Have a great day~

21 comments:

Irene said...

You have a beautiful home! So bright and airy - my favorite type.

Hana said...

I totally get your bird obsession...right there with ya. Even my photography logo and website has a bird/nest theme. www.hanalynchphotography.com Check out my nest...love yours! he he! Have a great weekend!

Blessings,
Hana
@ MomTog Diaries

Karen said...

I love your style. For me it was an animal obsession. Now I wonder if people thought they had come to the zoo when they entered my house.

Momma to Bug n' Bear said...

Great idea for a post! I would love to do one for my house if I could find the time (and not have toys scattered all over the place). Your house is beautiful and very inpsirational!

-Desiree

Molly said...

#17 is hard to enforce in my home b/c DH doesnt "believe" in pillows.
#18 I got everything cows for my wedding. it took me years to lose the guilt and get rid of everything I didnt truely love.
Thanks for these great ideas.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I met all of these, but I missed your part 1. I have to go check that one out, too! I love your dining table.

fairfieldhouse said...

I am new to blogging and your beautiful blog. I found you via Twice Remembered and will be returning! I enjoyed reading this and the previous post. I don't have everything on the list but working on it!

Mrs Soup said...

I have more than half of these taken care of! I'm so glad...now to finish it up.

Although I doubt I'll ever be able to get much for number 14....even though I adore French inspired design, alas, my husband the franco-phobe does not.

Maybe I can sneak them into my daughter's room...

Deb said...

I've got the bird obsession too! Agree with everything on the list.
Cheers!

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

I feel like I know you a little better...that's nice. Of course, I think you have a lovely casual sensibility that I like very much~

Amanda Hervey said...

I just want to tell you how much I enjoy your blog. I can't imagine how hard this week has been for you and your family but I hope you know that those of us out here in "blogland" really look forward to your posts. You add something special to our days :)

LuLu & Co. said...

Thanks for sharing the list... I just caught up on yesterdays post so now i know all 21 things and i think i'm doing pretty good. I LOVE your rosette lamp shade!!! SOOOO cute,
xo,
LuLu

Miss Mustard Seed said...

Great tips! I have the Ektorp sofa as well and really like it. $60 gets you a new slipcover and "new" sofa every coupld of years. Although, my slipcovers always shrink and the zippers break. Oh well, it looks good.

Lynn said...

Love the ottoman, and love the dining room table with leaves, too. They come in so handy when your crowd increases :)

Shelley in SC said...

Not doing as well on this post as I was on the previous. But it doesn't give me something to shoot for! Fun posts!

Holly Days Closet said...

WOW 7 out of 10 I guess over all I'm not doing to bad.
Holly

G. said...

I think I did better on the last list. I don't have a lot of patterns or eye catching accessories, not too many pillows either, and a hang-out bed...I wish. I think if my husband didn't use the bed as his second desk then it might be OK for hanging out. :)Not so many mirrors or places to put your feet up unless you count the coffee table. I love all of your art. I'm a big fan of modern art. The extent of our art is a few prints of some of my favorite paintings but, I like doing that because it's affordable and you can still have something beautiful in your home. I enjoy all of your pictures, you have a lovely home!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hey, Wendy, enjoyed reading these lists. I think I have most all 21 covered. Lots of good ideas.

KolentynePoppy said...

Thanks for this list. I'm re-doing my entire house beginning this Monday! (that's not a joke!!)

Your home is beautiful. Looks like a magazine!!!

~Kolein

Morgan said...

Your house is so beautiful! Mine is, well... not exactly nice and tidy. I can definitely appreciate a beautifully decorated home, though.

casart said...

Great advice and beautiful pics. Being from New Orleans, I like the French connection, maybe even throw in a feur de lis?