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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

More Country Decor

While it may not look "country style", it is definitely country decorating. A different flair perhaps but country all the same. The style and fabric of the sofa will make them lean a bit more towards the formal vs. the informal. For me, mix and match is the perfect style, but that's my preference. Others may adhere to the "same wood" mantra of decor. I like the mix for this family because it shows a little less formality. As the architect Louis Sullivan stated: "Form follows function." I follow that quote almost religiously, from watches to sofas to cars. I want it to "work" (function) before its "beauty" (form). Comfort is first and foremost in my decorating selection. I want everyone to "feel" comfy and relaxed.

I'd call this a bit more formal country than farmhouse country, but it is gorgeous just the same.

I like sumptuous bedrooms, pillows lavishly thrown on the bed, lovely linens to sleep on, foam mattresses with a feather or preferably wool topper and a gorgeous covering to top it off. I also like soft cotton sheets. I put 2 bottom sheets on our bed and then one on top with maybe a blanket for winter but not summer. Hubs and I like it cold while sleeping. This bedroom is one I could live in but I like mine better. ;-) A couple's bedroom is THEIR room and should be romantic and off limits for the most part to anyone other than the couple. I'm a stickler for this. Of course, this is my own opinion.

I'd call this the "All-American" living room. It's "cute" and I like it. I had a wood sofa once and it had a fabric that I'd call Aztec. It was truly lovely and I got all kinds of compliments on it. Even when we were moving it from San Diego to 29 Palms, Calif. and the new neighbors were watching us move in I saw their eyes when that sofa came off the truck. Yes, it was "awe" I saw in their eyes and was confirmed when we got to know them. It was the most unusual fabric I'd ever seen. That's when we lived in southern California and I was into my "Mexican Colonial" stage. But, personally, I'd never have another sofa with wood arms. Just too hard for me to relax on.

By now you're probably as tired of looking at this house as I am tired of posting pictures of it!! But I keep adding little touches here and there to make it "me"! And besides, I want to showcase a sweet lady, Bertie, who gave me the tiny chandelier hanging over my sink. (I've purchased the most exquisite items from this lady and she is a true friend to me and has never ever disappointed me with any of her items. She's a tiny little pistol!!! She IS! And I just love her.) Plus I also had a tie of hubs that was ready for the trash bin but decided to "showcase" it because I love that tie! So I just tossed it up on that shelf and there it stays until I tire of it. :-) I've also used pretty ties of his as an accoutrement to a hanging picture. I think, however, that I need one more shelf there somewhere. I have a coupon that needs using! ;-)


  1. Just found your nice blog! Will be checking back often from now on!

  2. I NEVER get tired of looking at your home!! Can't wait to peruse the posts I've missed.

    You are SO right about the bedroom -- off limits to any but us. Oh, and one HUGE bedroom rule -- no television in the bedroom!!! It's worked for us for over nine years now! I don't think the hubster thought to much of it at first, but he likes it now. That's OUR time.

  3. Thank you for sharing a bit of inspiration with the rooms on top..yours home is lovley..hugs NG

  4. Now chickie can you tell my little man that mummy and daddys bedroom is off limits to him ??? HEE HEE. Not sure he'd go for that.
    Hey we never tire of your house piccies chickie babe...youre doing so much to it, its great to see it all buzzing with excitement! Not to mention you buzzing around like a lil bee *grin*

    Now buzz on over to me and peek at my cute bunnies ok :)

    Love Ya

    p.s Are your cuppies there yet?? Shouldnt be too far away if they arent!woohooo

  5. Good morning, Connieness! I'm still loving you showing pix of your Ethan Allen Catalog. Wish I had kept all of mine. Great decorating helps. But as I said, I don't like the new ones. My husband would be thrilled with the all American living room - I enlarged the pix and there is a book entitled 'Civil War' - he's a Civil War buff. I don't know why they say 'buff' - sounds a little nasty to me! ;) Your kitchen is looking so nice and I saw those shutters you redid! You're glorious, Connieness!! Have a wondferful day!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  6. Smoochiest Connie,
    Catching up on postings of friends. Actually, come to think of it, I'm always catching up, or so it seems, in all venues of life!

    Great grins on the "fire" story, plastic flowers, chocolate cakes, etc.

    I'm with you on the master bedroom being a place of sanctuary for the couple, or whoever is the Queen or King of a given castle! To me, it goes back to a respect issue. But you're right, we all have different views and that's okay too.

    Your sweet reply on the picture enlarging does make me wonder if different computers perhaps affect the posting??? I'm due for a new computer..yours sounds state of the art..just like you, huh?

    Blessings on your day,

  7. What great pictures. I love the first two, they are so pretty! Your kitchen is really cute too!

    Hugs, Sharon

  8. Oh you always have the best posts!!! I love to be able to pop in and see what you are up to at the moment!!!! That sweet chandilier over the sink is fabulous!!! Have a great day!!

  9. Who are you talking to? All of us decorating obsessed people who visit you will NEVER tire of pictures!!
    Love your kitchen--we have a few of the sames things, I noted. Plus I love the tea cup hanging from your shelf (an idea I might have to appropriate) and the tie-- such a nice reminder of your hubby whenever you see it!
    smoochies to you and have a great day!

  10. Hi Connie,

    You have been busy! Love the pictures. What a find with those shutters and what a price! I love a good deal.


  11. Hi Connie, who could get tired of looking at your house, you have so many nice things to see. I love Country and always will. I know you're into Shabby Chic and I love that too.

  12. Farmhouse country... that's how I rocked our farmhouse when we lived in one, or I tried to at least. Now I'm leaning towards the arts & craftsman style. Mixing woods (or pretending to) and jewel-tones with rustic brick. It's a work in progress so don't expect too much if you happen to mosey on by someday.

    Speaking of progress, nobody would have guessed that the wall seperating your kitchen/dining area and living room is a recent addition. It looks wonderful already!!


  13. Oh my, I can barely keep up with all you're doing! Your kitchen looks wonderful - cute chandy above the sink!

  14. Oh Connie, if I didn't know that your kitchen was under construction, I would never have guessed you had anything changed. It looks perfect and as if it has always been that way. I LOVE that arch!!

    I'm so glad you still like that little chandy!! You are every bit as sweet as it is!!

    Aunt May's Cottage

  15. Remember, when it comes to decorating Less is MORE.

    LOL!! Almost had you there, didn't I?? LOL! I say DECORATE IT ALL TO YOUR HEART'S CONTENT!! You can never have too much stuff.

  16. Connie your kitchen is looking so great, love the tie idea, hmmmm I think I will look at hubbys ties and see what I can come up with. Thanks for the idea.


  17. Good job, Connie! Love the "tie" accent!

  18. I love looking at all your pictures! Your kitchen looks GREAT! I love the shelfs. Keep posting your pictures I love them.
    It's been crazy busy I'v missed stopping by.

  19. Love the pics Connie , you have been working too hard girl ! Whew , makes me tired watching you ! HUGS .


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