Sunday, January 15, 2017

A New Year...brings a quick restyle...


When the holidays are over and I remove the decorations I always get the itch to "reboot" my spaces a bit...especially my family room...it is the most used room in the house...and for the Winter months I like it to be cozy and inviting but also visually invigorating...oh let's face it... I just get bored and want to change what I can in a room with a limited footprint...


this new find (below) was the beginning of this quick "restyle"...


On a recent excursion I got my inspiration ...this mid-century coffee table was calling my name...Happy New Year to me!! As you can see above I have had a large round hyacinth table with a Moroccan tray in the space for awhile...that moved to another room quite willingly...



any opportunity to restyle a space... even a table...provides extreme satisfaction...I freely admit my addiction....


I also added a new white chair to the room so the lighter and airier coffee table makes it all work without crowding the space...plus I now have more seating in the room which is always a good thing!



I really like white and neutral furniture that I can layer with colorful pillows and throws and change out the textures with the change of Seasons...which is one of the fun things about living in the Midwest...


this table will work really nicely in the warmer months too...and I will have fun restyling it over and over...


in those warmer months I will swap out the flannel and pillows for lighter weight fabrics...and remove the fur rug...I like to use sea grass rugs as my base and then layer from there...this gives me more opportunity for changing things out again and again!



I found a pair of fabulous antique brass lions with rings that I have definite ideas for...but for now they are providing a little interest on my coffee tables...instead of being tucked away....


As I mentioned briefly in my last post...I also decided to make my landing on my staircase a little more interesting this Winter...there is great light in the space from a palladium window and in the warmer months the windows are always open and a fountain trickles from the upstairs deck...


I recently completely refurbished and reupholstered these antique chairs with the intention of selling them and then "fell in love" and decided not to sell them after putting them in this space...after the holidays I added a new vibe on the table...


Even though the space looks a bit tight ( photo angles) it really isn't...and again I can change the rug out in the Summer...we find ourselves sitting here for the warm light...the chairs are comfy too!


I couldn't resist this black cement planter found at one of my favorite haunts...Style Shack....the "Gemini" planter holds court in my dining room...

 

I found these crazy green fern-like plants that give him/her a great funky "do"....makes me smile every day!


I always love to find new ways of creating simple but graphic florals around my spaces... I always have fresh flowers...it is my little vice...some girls like Barney's...give me a floral wholesaler...lol!


I picked up these three simple leaves weeks ago...and they are still going strong...and I love the stripe play with my chair in the living room...



my new mantra... here's hoping your Sunday delivered....
                                   
                                XO Emily       





Sunday, December 11, 2016

Christmas 2016...




"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas"....and the song rings true again this year in our home.... and as I like to do every year... I am taking you on a little tour....





Funny enough...I really scaled back on my holiday decorations this year... I just needed a little "breathing room" this holiday season...but as I look at these pictures...I realize that fact will make most people chuckle...trust me...I scaled back!!



My main goal with my holiday decor is to make two things happen within my spaces...coziness and brightness...with the onset of snow and cold weather...it helps ward off the chill....


I even scaled back on the tree size this year...and I must say I like it! I just like to play around with new things year to year...I didn't use a ribbon for the top of the tree this year either...I just bunched a group of ornaments together...





a staple is always fresh boxwood wreaths in the alcoves...



the view at night...is especially wonderful...that is when Christmas trees bring out the "magic"!
 


Our dog Stella...captured in her favorite resting spot...really...I ask her? With all the plush fabrics and carpets around our home she chooses a stair...hmmm....??







The family room is where we spend most of our time...I love a white sofa that I can layer with  different fabrics as the seasons change...I will always own one...it is my one of my true "loves" in design...


I also like to layer different rugs...I have a sea grass, an imported graphic and a sheepskin rug all thrown in together....





for the Winter season I decided to move my furniture around too...just to "cozy up" the space...



a little "party in the back" of the sofa too with one of my favorite textiles....



I use the extra large silver urn for chilling wine and champagne when I entertain....one of my favorite flea market finds.... I also found the two antique turquoise lamp bases recently and had lacquer white lamp shades custom made to finish the "look"....and I love the new light source in my dining room at night.






 

I went aerial for this shot.... are you impressed? lol...


A night view as you enter the living room...


I even added a little coziness and holiday cheer to our upstairs landing...


I find that I like sitting here a lot now...the light is fab and I have an art gallery that I can enjoy on each of the walls...also I saved these chairs from the dump and redid them...and decided I couldn't part with them...so now they have found a home here for the moment...


here is a look out my back door this afternoon...more snow is coming down now...looking forward to some cross-country skiing this week! 



                                             Happy Holidays! XO Emily

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