Something a little different around here this week. I love reading home design blogs and magazines and seeing where other people live so I thought you all might enjoy seeing a little more of where we live! I had these photos taken back in July for another project that a friend is working on. That project has been a bit delayed so I thought it wouldn’t hurt to share them with you here now.
I was about 5 months pregnant there and had her come because I wanted some good pictures while our family was still 3, but it also gave me a chance to get Lauren to take some awesome photos of the interior of our house. Now, let me say this – I am definitely not an interior designer. I peruse blogs, rip pages out of magazines and pin things like everyone but definitely don’t think I really know what I’m doing. In putting our house together, I just tried to go with what I liked – and what I like is color, a few unique pieces to keep things interesting and an overall happy space. I was working mostly with a ton of “hand me down” furniture from my parents house in Arkansas. I put “hand me down” in quotes because it’s not like I was getting old, ragged pieces of furniture. I was lucky enough to get beautiful pieces that I could never have afforded on my own. The trick was taking these antiques or pieces with a slightly older feel and making them more modern and young. Fabric can do wonders for that!
Ok, enough chatting…let’s get on with the house! Today I will share the front living and dining room. These are the first two rooms that you see when you walk into the front door.
The couch, two chairs, coffee table and table in the bay window were all “hand me downs”. A little bright pop of apple green really livened the chairs up I think! The sconces are from Horchow, the lamp is from At Home, and the mirror over the fireplace is from Ballard Designs. The throw pillow on the couch was Robert’s grandmother’s and is really special. She passed away not long after we moved in and that pillow ended up matching the greens and patterns of our fabrics so well that we just had to give it a new home.
Looking into the dining room you can see the greek key fabric on the chair better. You know I can’t resist a good geometric print!
I know they might be trendy right now, but that doesn’t stop me from LOVING my Jonathan Adler chippendale chairs and my mirrored buffet. My favorite part of the room though (and one of my favorite things in the house) is the crown chandelier. I mean…it’s a crown hanging in my dining room for goodness sake! I’m just fancy like that! 🙂
Robert and I randomly found the two watercolor florals while shopping for outdoor furniture at Summer Classics. Never expected to find art there but I love them for the space! I also have to mention the painting above the buffet. It’s an oil painting done by the amazing Rich Flynn at our wedding. He was set up at our reception and completed the painting from start to finish by the end of the night. It is such a cool piece and something I will treasure forever.
The geometric gold mirror in the picture above is another one from Ballard Designs.
Hope you guys enjoy this, the tour continues tomorrow! Happy New Year’s Eve! I’m off to pop some bubbly….