March 14, 2013

A Look at the Living Room


On one of those seemingly rare days when I see a golden sphere in the sky that I vaguely remember as being the sun, I try to do two things...bask for a few moments in its warm rays and then take advantage of all the wonderful light and find something to photograph. A few weeks back, when we were blessed with one of those beautiful days, I managed to snap a few shots of not only the dining room, but the living room too.

Sticking to my love of a simple and natural decorating scheme, I mostly just freshened up the room with some pretty pink hydrangeas and a few little accessories. I'm figuring out that my favorite style is a nice, light look with lots of texture and a bright pop of color.


Don't you just love hydrangeas?! They make me think of summer. This variety is called Firelight. I've seen conflicting information about the zone hardiness, so I'm not sure if they would survive in our climate. I figure when things warm up outside, I'll plant them and hope for the best, but otherwise I've sure enjoyed looking at those big pink flowers here in the house.


Oh, remember when I talked about painting my armoire? Well, one of the things I was so excited to do when I finished that project was to organize the inside...crazy, I know!

Anyway, even though it doesn't happen too often around here, I totally subscribe to the idea of a place for everything and everything in its place. So I got rid of a few things, bought some baskets and boxes for the rest and managed to cram all my art and crafty stuff into the armoire. See?!


Those fabric covered boxes weren't quite the look I was going for, but after driving here, there and everywhere I figured that they were good enough and just rolled with it. It feels nice to open the doors and actually be able to find what I'm looking for. Yay!!


My current project has been my daughter's little fort under the stairs...or the Cottage, as she's been calling it. It's such a dark space, but if I can get some okay photos, I'll show you when I'm all finished dolling it up.

Well, lovely people, that's all for today...hope you have a good weekend and that you see the sun!

xo

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61 comments:

  1. Lovely! Beautiful room and photographs.

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  2. What a gorgeous room! I really love the huge windows and the white furniture and pink hydrangeas are fabulous together!

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  3. your room is so serene and beautiful. I love how you organized the inside of your armoire. I'd want to keep it open all the time!

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  4. Tricia, your home and your photography could and should fill the pages of a magazine. BEAUTIFUL and beyond.

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  5. Your living room is gorgeous. I love the armoire. I wish the inside of mine looked that beautiful, mine would make your eyes bleed! LOL

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  6. So elegant! I'm surprised you found hydrangeas already. I do love them, and these pinks are gorgeous.

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  7. Once again, you have managed to inspire and delight us at the same time..sending you some sunshine so that you will have great light to show us the "cottage" under the stairs!

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  8. Love the paint job..turned out beautiful. I would love to have everything in it's place. Not likely around here. However, I just ordered a ton of plastic to organize my pantry cabinet. Wish me luck, with hungry teenage boys it might be rough. Photos are lovely as always. Keep warm.

    Tiffany

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  9. It just happens to be sunny out right now and I'm loving it. I keep telling the kids two weeks and it will be spring! I'm crossing my fingers and hoping it's true! Your photos are gorgeous as always and your living room looks so cozy. I too love a light bright space with a pop of color.

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  10. Your living room is lovely...I can imagine sitting in that comfy chair with my feet up, reading a good book! Your armoire is beautiful! I like how organized you are. I have been seeing those floral boxes, too, and was going to get a few for my daughter. She might get the hint to clean her room!

    XO,
    Jane

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  11. What a lovely space to enjoy... perfect spot for a cup of tea.
    Great photos!
    Enjoy your weekend.

    Angela

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  12. The pops of color really do brighten up the room in a big way. Love your style! Though with three dogs, I don't think I could keep all that white clean!

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  13. Everything is so lovely! Congratulations on your features on Amy's, All Things Home blog and on Debra's Common Ground blog. You deserve it! I always love your clean and soft look and your photos are always stunning.

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  14. What a lovely corner in your home, Tricia! I would be quite comfy in that chair with a good book. Love that armoire. It looks like it holds quite a bit.

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  15. So beautiful - simply dreamy...

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  16. I absolutely love this room. I don't know if it's possible but the whites and beiges feel so warm. I love your use of textures too!

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  17. So dreamy! Such a beautiful room!

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  18. Lovely room with the white and light and touches of pink. I hope your hydrangeas survive your climate. My hydrangea bushes are among my very favourite summer flowers. They are just getting green leaves these days.

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  19. Such a beautiful room. Love the relaxing atmosphere.

    Hugs

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  20. LOVE the last picture.. you definetely got a special, cozy and unique style that i like a lot :)
    Svenja

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  21. i am in love with this room!!! looks like a magazine! and i agree about the hydrangeas. they're one of my favorites.

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  22. Pink hydrangeas are the perfect addition to your lovely, painted, and organized amoire. Lovely softness and clean look.

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  23. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!!! Such a treat for the eyes!
    My husband got me pink hydrangea's for Valentine's day (because I asked him too :) and I just love them. I doubt they'll last through Houston's hot summer, but I am enjoying them while I can.
    The inside of your armoire looks wonderful! So pretty and organized!

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  24. Oh, your photos always take my breath away, Tricia. Everything looks lovely, so textural and bright. Nice job on the armoire. I am sure you have inspired many to paint theirs. Including me.

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  25. Ciao Tricia. The inside of your armoire looks wonderful! Lovely softness and clean look. :)

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  26. I could certainly spend a few hours in that comfy corner of your living room! I've got a 1980's armoire just begging for a coat of paint and hope it turns out half as pretty as yours. Your flower photos should be on the cover of a spring magazine. truly lovely

    Congrats on the feature at Common Ground!

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  27. I love your simple natural look with a pop of color. Also enjoyed browsing through your dining room photos...must have missed it last week. Thanks for sharing your wonderful home and photography with us:-)

    xoxo
    Kathleen

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  28. Just found you. new follower!

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  29. looks so pretty especially with the hints of pink!
    xo

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  30. Love the clean and simple look--you have done such a nice job with this room!

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  31. Simply a dream room!...

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  32. I'm hoping so to see the sun too today! My hubby bought me a Canon Rebel camera for Christmas and I'm trying to learn how to use it. I remember you Tricia having some blog posts about the how to of taking photos didn't you?

    I love your armoire!...and the blackboard message inside when you open it! Your style is so soft and beautiful. Makes me want to start getting rid of some things for that more simplistic and less is more style.

    I've been out of blog land for about 3 months due to some surgery. I hope you will come back by my blog Tricia because I finally put up a new post.

    Sunshine love to you,
    Lee Ann

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  33. Even though the storage boxes weren't exactly what you were looking for I think it's cool that they ended up being the perfect accent to the deep pink hydrangeas in these photos. Such a happy accident!

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  34. Well, aren't you Miss Organized! Your living room looks so cozy. I could curl up and take a nap in that chair by the window. Can't wait to see the "cottage".

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  35. This is so pretty, Tricia! I could just curl up in that chair with a good book and a cup of coffee...bliss! Your organizing turned out wonderfully! I know we have more snow on the way, but I saw a robin today...there's hope of spring!

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  36. love. I wonder how long I could keep the inside of the armoire looking so neat and pretty? Can't wait to see the "cottage" - I loved nooks like that when I was a child...actually I still do! I hope spring come to you soon.

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  37. Hi!! Really admire the natural look of your house and how you make use of natural lighting..so effortlessly elegant. I love Hydrangeas. I nearly bought some today but I hold off as I already have a purple lace cap in front of the house. Knowing me I probably would come back and buy the white ones anyway but see how far I could resist.
    :-)

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  38. Once again you have me ooohing and aaaahing over your photos. Your house is beautiful I just love the little punch of color. I am looking forward to seeing the cottage..

    Hugs~

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  39. I am so in love with your beautiful living room!! I always admire your beautiful taste and style!! Happy Sunday and love to you!

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  40. It looks just wonderful, Tricia, and I love all of the gorgeous light in that room.

    Have a wonderful beginning to your week!

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  41. You have a wonderful Livingroom and the pictures are gorgeous!

    Hugs
    Linda (from Switzerland)

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  42. Have a fabulous beginning to your week! :)

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  43. Hello Sunshine - Love that and your room is like the prettiest sunshine.

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  44. I love all the photos, but the second one is my favorite! The shot of pink and green is just right...love it.

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  45. So cozy! That huge window is fantastic.

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  46. The photos are so soothing! Love it!

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  47. what a gorgeous space you live in! i want to come around and take a sit in that first picture. with a book. and a cup of tea. (i might even have a little snooze… :)
    it’s looks wonderful xo sandra

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  48. I always love seeing shots of your beautiful home....so impressed with your photography skills.
    I'd love to figure out how to take a picture with a window in it and not get the glaring streaks of sun.

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  49. Your photos are stunning! I love hydrangeas too - planted 10 bushes last year and love cutting them and bringing them inside.
    Kelly

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  50. Can you come give me a living room makeover? Please? I am in love with this room and want to climb into that cozy chair with a cup of tea. xx

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  51. The room is great! I' ve fallen in love with it!
    And the cupboard!!, I love it.
    Best wishes, Sabina

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  52. I love your living room, Tricia! It's stunning in its simplicity. And I love how you've organized your armoire... I'm always having to utilize cabinets and other furniture pieces for organizing since we have so little closet space! ;-) (P.S. Your photos are amazing... I struggle so much with room shots... yours are just beautiful!)

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  53. Hi Tricia! I love how your ottoman and that cozy throw look in your living room. I could just see myself sitting back in that chair and relaxing with you on a warm afternoon! ;)
    Love the home you've created...so beautiful and welcoming!
    and you know...that rug is perfect with it.
    Sigh...dreamy.
    Easter hugs to you ...and happy spring!

    All my heart,
    Deborah xoxoxo

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  54. wow, that looks awesome! i love how it's so prettily organized too. organization makes me oh so happy!!

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  55. Your room is so lovely, Tricia! Great rug & I love how you organized the cupboard/armoire.

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  56. Tricia,
    I am loving the armoire, its such a davine furniture, I could look at your pictures forever!!!
    Everything is such a joy to look at!!!!

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  57. I'm wondering what paint color you used on your walls? It's lovely!

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    1. Hi Amanda. It's a 50/50 mix of Shaker Beige and Natural Wicker from Benjamin Moore :)

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