Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Living Room Tour

In many homes, the Living Room is a wasted space.  It looks pretty but lacks functionality.  In fact, most new construction doesn't even include this room, being replaced by a Great Room, as open concept is the popular choice nowadays.

Our home is a traditional colonial style, with a formal living room and dining room.  And for the first several years we lived here, the living room was never used.  Not even on Holidays.  A totally wasted space.

The logical thing to do was make it our study.  I added a desk and a computer and it's now my favorite room in the house.  It gets used all the time (blogging....) and I get to enjoy the pretty surroundings.  It's where I have my coffee in the morning after the olders go to school and while the baby takes a nap.

It's also where I keep some of my most special treasures, big and small.

The window treatments are on their way out.  Just waiting to find the right ones.  My first choice has been discontinued by Pottery Barn so I'm scouring Ebay.

Got this chair at a thrift store a few years ago and it's screaming for a paint job and reupholstering.  White? Oh yeahhhhhh...

I just won a beautiful vintage oil on canvas on Ebay and it's going to replace that empty frame on this old desk.  I've been looking forever for a landscape oil and I'm so happy to have finally found one.

I have tons, repeat tons, of old books.  I almost never pass one up if it looks good.  And I love finding old notes inside.  One time I found an old signed bank deposit slip from 1898.

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulicious day.


Christina said...

And......whoever reads my comment...this room is even more amazing in person. wink wink.

PS. IF you happen to be looking for burgundy floor length drape type curtains....I have some.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

It is great that you are using the pretty room as you special retreat.

Marigene said...

Gorgeous room...lots of greens. I love that chair, don't reupholster it, it is perfect in that room!

Blondie's Journal said...

This is a beautiful room, Kim...so light and airy. I love the gallery wall! It looks like the perfect spot to sit and relax and enjoy all of your treasures!


Kim@My Fairytale Cottage said...

Gorgeous room, a great place to blog.
Have a great day!

-Kim :)

Nancy said...

I love the desk!!!! LOVE IT!!!! I also love those old books stacked on top of the stool...so pretty!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

You've got some great things going on in here, Kim! I did this type of thing in my living room in our old house. I was tired of it hardly ever being used and it was a nice room! I took over the roll top desk we had for my laptop and we did start to use the room a little more.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Kim sooooo many pretty things in here like that desk for one and that beautiful piece near you gallery wall that I LOVE by the way!! Can't wait to see that oil painting.

Rooms by Ann said...

Your Living room is beautiful, I love all the details, I could move right in. You have done an amazing job. Thanks for sharing.

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Kim, your gallery wall is one of the neatest things I have seen on blogs lately. Photos of it could have been in that book Walls! I love it.

You have a pretty living room.


Princess Kate said...

Absolutely love the candle holders on the table. Great room. So many treasures. Thanks for sharing.

Princess Kate said...

Love the candle holders on the table. This room is fantastic. So many treasures. Thanks for sharing. Just stopping by from Wow Us Wednesday.

Lisa - A Room with A View said...

Thanks for following me Kim..I am your newest follower...you are close to 1000 - fantastic! I love the collected feel with all the accesories in your living room, like the books and that amazing secretary/desk. By the way, beautiful kids!