Tuesday, January 29, 2013

My Favorite Room

     I know a lot of bloggers share their favorite rooms in their homes.  I thought I would share my favorite room with you today. 

My favorite room in our home is our formal living room. I'm an old school gal, and I love our formal living room.  I love it for many reasons.  It has family pieces of furniture as well as new pieces.  It is always calm and quiet in this space.  It is ALWAYS clean.  But one of the other reasons that I love this room is that it turned out EXACTLY the way I had envisioned it in my mind.  You see, I had the room decorated in my mind BEFORE we broke ground for the house.  I had almost all the furniture for this room before we even began to build our home (family pieces).  And then, YES, I actually bought the sofa and two chairs to go there BEFORE we broke ground.  This may sound crazy to you, but it just worked out perfectly for us. 

I love to come in here and talk on the phone. 
The room is always waiting to greet company and make
 guests feel welcome to our home. 
I'm glad you're here for the tour!

Let's start the tour with the sofa table. 

I received this pair of matching cloisonne' jars for Christmas many years ago.

To the right of the sofa table is this chest.  It is new and I love it in this space. I bought the chest after we moved in.  I had admired the round mirror at a friend's home and when she prepared for a move and wanted to sell it, I was happy to make the purchase.  I selected the Blue Willow plates at an antique store.  They weren't very busy that day and the dealer had a good number of different sized pieces, so I just made arrangements on the floor using different sized plates.  These are the ones that I thought would look best in this spot with the mirror (they looked good on the floor, too).

Here is one of the two chairs that I purchased before we started building our home.

I love this picture above the fireplace.  The curved top of the frame makes this picture.  I've seen the same print in a square frame and it just didn't look quite so nice. 

An antique fireplace screen and tools that belonged to my great aunt finds their home in this room. 

The second of the two chairs along with one of two tables that I have in my home that belonged to my grandmother. 

This is the remaining vase from a pair that sat on the mantel of my aunt's home.  One day, a squirrel came down the chimney and ran around in the room and it caused the ruin of several family pieces before exiting.  The mate to this vase was lost that day (along with several other items).  I usually like squirrels......

Moving along to the next wall, you'll find this marble top table (a family piece) along with a portrait of my daughter when she was four.

Here's another view of the table.  It has ornately carved legs.

I love this hand-painted pitcher.  It was in the same room with the squirrel, but escaped injury!

I couldn't resist this little antique chair that I bought years ago.  I wish it could tell me the story of its life.  It is English, I believe, and the stories are bound to be interesting.

And now the sofa (bought prior to building) and the coffee table (I refinished the coffee table-from my great aunt's home).

The view from the sofa.

The pillow I needle pointed goes perfectly here, I think.

Here's a view of the room. 
 We don't have any window treatments except for the plantation shutters that were painted white to match the trim in the room.  I thought I would make drapes, but decided I liked the windows the way they are with just the shutters.

Thank you for taking a tour of my favorite room!
I love all the neutrals that I see in Blogland and I do appreciate them, but this room was decorated (BB) before blogs. I wonder what it would look like if I was building and decorating our home today?  I don't think I could paint my family pieces with ASCP, so
I'm glad I love this room!

Joing the party with:

Savvy Southern Style WOW

 My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Share Your Cup Thursday


NanaDiana said...

What a pretty, pretty room, Marsha. I can't bear to paint my family pieces either -so you are not alone. I love that your room is full of collected treasures-xo Diana

Stacey said...

That's a very pretty room. It's so light and bright. Love the blue pottery and the fern over there is the finishing touch.

Pam - @diy Design Fanatic said...

What a beautiful room! I love the wing chair and the antique chair. So pretty! Stopping by from Savvy Southern Style.

Revi said...

I LOVE this room. I love your warm color, the blue accents, the family pieces - it's traditional, and elegant but not stuffy. It looks comfortable, and I like having a living room that can greet guests, too! Thanks for the tour, Marsha.

Jann Olson said...

Hi Marsha, I am so happy you joined Share Your Cup this week! I can see why this is your favorite room. So warm and welcoming. I love all of the antiques. The little chair is so unique. I don't think you buying before is crazy. I have been picking up stuff for our basement since we moved in 3 1/2 years ago. I kept telling hubby, "someday you'll be glad". Well, now we are finishing it. I am happy to have what I do!