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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Living Rooms

Lately, while viewing average American homes, I realized the living rooms are small. Our living room is. I'd like a little larger room but it is what it is and since this is our retirement home and we're in our 70s, it fits this season of our lives just fine . We spend most of our time in the family room, but we have guests in the living room mostly. While it's just fine for us, I wonder about the people with very large living rooms. Do they keep it for just show?

Reading one of Alexandra Stoddard's book many years ago, she said most people decorate only the public places in a home and that accounts for about five percent of a house, living room. They tend to not decorate the private areas. Why? We spend most of our time in the private places. I want my whole house to be beautiful...well, as beautiful as I can make it on a limited budget. Our house suits us just fine. How about you?

A lovely Victorian home.

Love the pink in this room and also the 2 kinds of drapes on a window like I have on my living room window.

A pretty vintage chair done over in beautiful fabric. Love the pink inside those cups.

A feast for the eyes and tummy. Looks beautiful and delicious.

An old chandelier dripping with glittery crystals.

One of the best shots of a rose I've ever seen.

A little bit boho gypsy here.

I think having a church made over into a home would be one of the most fantastic things to do ever. I wouldn't want to do the work, but sure would like living in it.

An organized closet is the sign of a demented woman. Trust me!

Cute cans papered in gorgeous red, pink and flowers.

Yes, I love it because of the pink walls.

Beautiful entrance to an old home.

I've always loved the look of a bathroom like this.

This would be a wonderful room to live in. Lots of light. Pretty views. A stove for warmth on cold days. Love furniture in white slipcovers.

If I had to camp, this would be my ideal camper. Lots of windows, pillows and flowers. A bunting. But then I'd have to camp and we all know how I feel about going off into the wilds of Idaho. NO!


 In ancient Greece, an adulterous male was sometimes punished by the removal of his lower hair and the insertion of a large radish into another body part. (You know what I mean, but I refuse to be vulgar.)


  1. Ooooh! That rose picture is gorgeous!
    I'm not a very good decorator but all of our rooms are somewhat decorated. Browns and beige in the bedroom since it makes it darker to sleep. We both like it dark when we're trying to sleep. Guest rooms are in a garden theme, white beaded board and headboards with summery quilts on them. The main bathroom is in an outhouse and roses theme! Sounds crazy but it works. The living room/dining room/kitchen are what I've been told kind of a French country look. Blues, white and mauve.

    I like it. It's home and comfortable and that's what counts.

    I don't comment a lot, but I sure enjoy each of your blog posts and all of the beautiful pictures.


  2. I couldn't bear to only decorate rooms that are seen by others. I need, yes, need, my home to reflect me, and that means creating areas of beauty and calm all through. My bedroom is, you will love this, Connie, PINK! Pink check curtains, white French linens on the bed and a patchwork rose strewn coverlet on top.

  3. We have one living area and it is very large. I love it and will miss it when we move.
    The older I get, the less fluff I want. I am liking clean lines, less pillows, no curtains (love the shutters) not too much sitting around. I want less dust to get rid of...easier rooms to I getting lazy, ya think?? :))

  4. Connie, I have that same rose fabric in my bedroom, love the second color drape. Have not been blogging alot, We have had a wet summer and the yard has all my time. Be well, stay happy, yvonne


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