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November 20, 2013

a peek at my living room

When we moved into our little cottage six years ago I knew instantly that I was home.  It was built in 1954 and has all the odd quirks and frustrations that living in an older house has.  It also has all the charm. 



And in the case of the living room, that means large multi framed windows and plenty of natural light.


The old brick fireplace was already painted white when we moved in and I love it.  I used to long for a more substantial mantel but now I think the one it has suits the scale of the room perfectly.


The room itself is long and narrow with the fireplace in the center and kind of lends itself to two distinct areas, a television watching side and a reading/conversation side.


We have had the large leather furniture for over ten years.  I have dreamed of a white slip covered sofa for quite a while but I have to admit that these have been very forgiving in a room that is in constant use.


The over sized plaid chair was a gift from my sister in law and is my favorite place to curl up with a magazine or good book.  The white bookcase was part of a furniture trade I made with my mom. (I think I got the better end of the deal but don't tell her.)


The gallery wall above the sofa is a keeper.  I have room to keep adding and tweaking what's up there and really love the look.  I will share a few things I learned in creating it with you soon.


The corner next to the TV holds my houseplants as well as a small collection of DVDs in the basket tucked underneath.  The stand that holds the television is actually an outdoor bench that my husband converted for me a few years ago.


All in all, I love this room.  It serves it's purpose well and truly is a family room.  I have often heard that small homes grow close families and this room can testify to the truth of that.

xo, Patty

22 comments:

  1. Your home looks warm and comforting and beautiful! I love the colors you used and your gallery wall. The wall above my sofa is quite empty, I can't decide what to put there!

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  2. The quote about small homes is one of my favorites and I whole heartedly believe it. I think this room is completely charming and I really love all of the yellow. So happy! I really need to get off my duff and see to the gallery wall I want to do but I'm pretty sure it's going to wait until after the holidays at this point.

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  3. I love that room, too, Patty. It feels warm and homey. I like leather furniture too-once I was "forced" to buy it. lol It is very forgiving with kids and life happening- xo Diana

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  4. Cute, comfy and welcoming.... all words that describe your charming home!
    Love the gallery wall, and what a cute t.v. stand.

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  5. I love that cozy and colorful room. Maybe I've missed it, but I don't remember seeing your rooms very much. I hope not to miss any more!
    Brenda

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  6. Your looks looks wonderful, comfy and cozy! I love that pretty chair.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

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  7. Patty, I like the room and all your natural light with the windows. You have a love of colors, I think Carol at Art And Sand loves the same things. I looks so comfy. I am like you...no white sofa for me...we have to live here. xoxo,Susie

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  8. I love the charm and sunniness of your living room. Those windows give such character to a room all by themselves. It looks like a room you could totally relax and enjoy. That is the best look a living room can have!

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  9. I love 50's homes, yours is adorable, love all the color!

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  10. It all looks wonderfully warm and cozy. I live in an early 50s house, too, so I know what you mean about problems and charm. :) Overall, it's delightful and I wouldn't trade it.

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  11. Such a warm and COZY place. I would love it too.

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  12. I love when you post pictures of your house. Can't wait to see it at Christmastime. :)

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  13. I just love your home. A cheerful home.

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  14. Your room is so bright and cheery. You're lucky you have such beautiful windows in your house. :-)

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  15. I love your home. To me, the charm of an older home cannot be beat!
    xo Kris

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  16. Homely, cosy, pretty & just so nice.
    Love all the natural light....the best
    Karen x

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  17. I love smaller homes. It brings the family closer. Yes, I did the route of big and am so over it! Bring on the color and love of your room, perfect!!

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  18. I enjoy seeing photos of your bright and cheery home. The white and yellow curtains really caught my eye, Patty.

    -Karen

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  19. I love your cheerful color scheme and all the quirky and fun accents.
    Your home looks so comfortable and bright . . . a very happy environment :)
    Keep Smiling,
    Your blogging sister, Connie :)

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  20. Lovely and it feels like home...just as it should.

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  21. Such a lovely home you have! Love all of your artistic touches! We have been leasing this old 1933 craftsman since we've been in Kirkland and love it so much! The older homes have so much charm! We keep hoping the owners might want to sell one day. :-)

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