Greetings and Happy Spring everyone. Sorry I hadn't posted in a while. So I thought I'd make it up to you with a lengthy two parter post. Woo hoo! I'm calling this one Evolution.
I read a cute little saying on Town and Country's instagram. It said, when do you know your home is done, referring to decorating and the response was when you run out of money. Meaning that one is truly never ever done.
Anyone who knows me well knows that I am always fixing, tweaking, changing, adjusting, swapping, painting, redoing, reupholstering, slipcovering, or creating something in my home. Why? Because it makes me feel alive and happy. Some people like shopping for clothes, others jewelry, some like to travel to distant lands, I like to "play" in my house. That's how I love to refer to it. I always tell clients that come to my store, don't be afraid to play. Meaning use your things and switch them around and have fun. Decorating should be fearless and fun.
That being said I'm not a risk taker. I won't go for fads and the latest hot color and decide to change my living room wall to burgandy or chartreuse. That is not me. I like simple but truth be told I am the worlds greatest copier.
Don't worry, I never take soul credit for ideas. If an idea was my own I will say it but most of the times I get my inspiration from my friends and I will say to them I am going to try that. That's how we learn, that's how we grow, and how our taste, style and home evolves.
So right off the bat I am going to say that I have learned, copied and loved the style of my two friends KC Fitzmaurice and Catherine Burke and they know it too. I also have learned so much from two more friends, Susan Taylor and Mary Carol Garrity.
If my house were a novel I'd probably be sued for plagerism.
That said, I wish to defend myself and state that in design it's all about finding what you love and adding to it. And how do we find what we love? By looking at other styles, reading, visiting, photographing what we see and then applying it to our own spaces. So often I will see a room and say OMGOSH I love this look. So how can I create that in my home?
When you finally create a version of what you love it's automatically gonna to be slightly different because your home is different, the rooms, dimentions, layouts are different and your pieces are yours. As you incorporate the style in your own home your actually adding your own personal touch and signature therefore making it your own. So in theory, there really isn't any copying per say, more like adopting a look or feel. Get it? Okay I might be rationalizing. Anyway hang up your coats, grab a cup of coffee or tea and come inside.
Welcome to my home.
As you enter this is your view. Our home is not by any means large. It is a colonial style farmhouse built in 1960. The ceilings are 8 feet so my foyer is very modest. I chose Benjamin Moore's Simply white throughout the house because Catherine loved it and was happy with the product. It also gives the feel of a much taller room.
Below my living room photo I wrote "This is where life happens." As I look at it I can see my children at different ages running or walking through it. What a blessing my home has been to us.
www.julieblanner.com She has a lovely home and great taste. You'll love her website and her recipes are keepers.
Below, my kitchen. Isn't she great! This is my "Big Chill" kitchen. At least that what I told my architect years ago. When he asked me what look was I going for all I had to say was that and he automatically knew. He actually said, say no more. So I didn't. For you youngens I'm referring to the movie The Big Chill. If you haven't seen it, make sure you do and check out the kitchen. Although now dated it still is a jaw dropper even today.
Kitchen table was a farmhouse table from Pottery barn about 20 years ago. Unfortunately they don't carry it anymore but I will never get rid of it. My fav. I can't begin to tell you how much I have entertained in this kitchen.
This room has taken the longest to work on for personal reasons. It was the room my mom and dad slept in and after my dad died it was my mom's room. For the last two years I have changed it at least three times. There have been three beds. Two beds before this one and neither of them seemed right. Until this one.
A vintage Ethan Allen bed bought on eBay. My husband, who is the kindest man on earth, actually drove to the Hamptons to pick it up. I absolutely love it. I also toyed with various dressers but none made me smile until this one. Once again, vintage discontinued Ethan Allen found on Ebay. Thank God for Ebay. Just so you know I'm not married to the mirror. I recently ordered a wooden one from Park Hill, a company I carry at the store. Waiting for it to come. I saw this room with a simpler rustic style country mirror instead of a gold ornate one but who knows. Will see. The mirror is from Ballard design.
I hope you enjoyed part one of my house tour. I promise the next post will include the master bed and bath and dining room along with the porch and back covered deck and study. Thanks for coming in and wiping your feet. LOL