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Monday, September 12, 2011

Room Share: A collected Family Room

Today I am going to brag about one of my dearest, closest friends. Early in August I took my boys on a road trip to visit her and her family and while I have been to her home many times and always admired it, I finally took some photos.  It's dangerous to be my friend and have a beautiful home, because before you know it, I'm blogging about it!


My friend, like me is a decorator and her home is a veritable showcase of her style.  Traditional with a twist is how I would describe the look she goes for.  Rooms filled with antiques, collections and always a surprise.   The family room of her home was an addition several years ago, built in the footprint of the former one car garage of the 1920's colonial. The room is long and narrow, a factor that would stump many, but one which she made work perfectly with a sitting area at one end and an entry and work space at the other. 

The foundation of the room includes black slate floors, built in bookcases and loads of charming, white painted wainscoting.  The camel and green color scheme is fresh, yet refined and comfortable with toile, checks and animal prints. This friend was layering animal skin rugs on the floor before they ever showed up in shelter magazines!  She a girl ahead of the curve, who knows how to combine fabric, finishes and accessories to create amazing spaces.

Collections of Majolica, barley twist candlesticks, oil paintings of cows all work in harmony in the room lending a layered look with lots of visual interest. The needle-pointed pillows, (made by this talented gal) and animal heads and further whimsy without being over the top.
 
Even the window treatments are layered, with gorgeous toile panels paired with sheer cafe curtains.

The "working" end of the room serves as an informal entry complete with a bench for changing shoes, a coat closet and lots of baskets.

And then there is the "command center" a large, gorgeous piece with file drawers outfitted with all manner of organizational accessories.  How about the magnetized chalkboard and the striped phonebook cover?  Even the dog bed coordinates! Love it all.
I consider myself so lucky to have a close and wonderful friend with such talent. So friends, if you live in the Des Moines area and need help pulling your home together, I have just the person for you. Contact me and I'll put you in touch!

Today Rene is hosting a "Room by Room" party over at Cottage & Vine and I am sharing this fantastic family room there. Head on over and see what other fabulous living and family rooms are out there....


Finally I want to remind you of the Mood Board Monday challenge that Sarah of Pewter and Sage posted about here.  It's coming right up and I hope you'll join us!

 
 
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10 comments:

Simple Dwellings said...

What a beautiful home! Thanks for sharing. I love the layering that she did with the animal rug and the drapery. I also love the bench with all of the pillows and the collection of candlesticks. :)

Holly said...

From this room alone, it looks like a home you would be able to relax and feel comfortable in immediately. I know I could see myself relaxing on one of those chairs that's for sure. I really love the built-ins and I'm so glad you showed more photos of the window treatments because they are beautiful - i also love the grassy greens throughout. What a talented friend you have. I'm so excited to see everyone's mood boards next week.

refresh reStyle said...

I love your friends room, I would love to have that rug! Beautiful space!
Debbie

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

What a beautiful room, but comfortable and cozy at the same time! I love the built-in bookcases and the layered window treatments. So pretty!

SHERRY HART said...

Her room is so pretty. Updated and fresh colonial! Love the toile and the cafe curtains.

Carrie @ Hazardous Design said...

Beautiful. I love the soft colors she used. And those drapes. And all those candlesticks. And, And, And...

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Gorgeous room. Love the checked chairs and the toile drapes. Great animal skin rug on the floor. Love it all. Thanks for sharing your friend's home.

Rene said...

Wow! Thank you Cathy and Cathy's friend for allowing us to see this beautiful space. As much as I love modern twists, I also love seeing a room that is grounded in tradition. Love the timeless green and brown and those barley twist candle sticks make such a statement in a grouping like that. Enjoyed this very much Cathy! Thanks!

-Rene

Tessa said...

stopping by from cottage and vine! this is such a pretty room! so many of my favorite things - green, checks, toile, barley twist candles, books, soooo cozy!!

Tessa

Megan @ Restoring the Roost said...

That room is beautiful- I love her style and I adore the brown check chairs!!! Wish that was my room- your friend has fabulous taste :)

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