Sunday, July 31, 2016

Living Room - Dining Room furnished TA DAH!

 Come in! 
Welcome to our living/dining room. 
Or the Grand Banquet Hall, as we jokingly called it when we first saw it with drywall up, because it looked like a very huge, long hall.  But now that it has furniture in it, it's not bad at all.  It's actually my favorite room!

When you walk in to our home, this is what you see from the foyer.
Keep in mind I have not put anything on the walls yet.  That's another story for another time. 
There were a few things I knew I wanted for this room.  One thing I did not want was green furniture!  I'm just tired of it.  I had green furniture in the other house all over the place.  HOWEVER....when your Mom asks you if you want this couch, because they are going to get rid of it....and you are just not up to making one more decision, even about furniture....
you go with the green, peeps!!!
And I have to say it is the most comfortable couch I have ever sat on, and makes into a bed!
and double matches this leather chair perfectly, that we bought off of my friend Leslie.  Our original thought was to put this chair in our bedroom, that looked huge without furniture in it...rooms have a way of doing that.
The other thing I knew I wanted was a piece of furniture in this corner by the table to set stuff on when entertaining.  (Pay no attention to the sewing machine on the floor.  I had pillows to make and I am not quite ready to put it away.)
And I also knew I wanted a sitting area. 

So here is where the fun began.  My friend Teresa came over one Friday around 2ish and did not leave until 11pm-ish!  You see, I have furniture and stuff stored in the basement, pole barn and garage from our other house.  Stuff I've collected for 20 years.  And in our other house, I had two living/dining rooms, and a sun I had a lot of furniture.  However, I sold the couch and chair because I was SO TIRED of it! 
Teresa and I had this room full of different pieces of furniture,

 We would haul a truck load of stuff up, then take what didn't work to the pole barn,

moving stuff this way and that for hours....and we finally got it right!

Here is the sitting area with the covered cushions.
The idea with the pillows were to use a bit of green to match the furniture, but incorporate some pinks and blues.  Which are my favorite colors, and to give this furniture a cottage style.

 I have this theory that I've used for a long, long time.  You can incorporate any color with the colors God used to create the earth.  Think about it.... browns (dirt, trees), greens (leaves, grass, bushes) blues/whites (sky).  What color does not go with brown, green, blue, white?
I think the table to the right needs a lamp. 
As soon as I dig through some of the boxes....

 One thing I always visualized by the couch was a nice big grand buffet.  But here's the thing...this blue piece of furniture was our tv stand for awhile at our other house, and I always loved it.  And this upper piece of shelves I bought at an auction (which was my friend Leslie's stuff) and those two pieces on top of each other looked great.  But, by hanging the shelves on the wall, it gave me more 'countertop' space to put stuff on while entertaining.  I don't need a grand buffet!
(keep in mind the decorating is not finished.  Maybe this winter)

Dave ordered these shutters from 

 Another thing I wanted was a pathway from the foyer to the den (or what Mom calls the library-which is through the French doors)  I did not want to have to weave my way through furniture to get from one room to the other. 
I know...the pics look the same.  I just couldn't decide.

So here is the finished room from one end...standing in the den.
Here is the view from the couch...
 or just standing at the window looking out...
Here is the view from the door that leads to the porch. 
This door.... 
This porch... 
I'm a summer person and I like a lot of light.
You can see why this is my favorite room in the house.


PS.  I also want to thank my sister Theresa, for helping me move the table up from the basement and the leather chair out of the den.  They were heavy!  We also moved a smaller buffet type of furniture out of the den into the foyer.  Dave had a hernia, and he couldn't lift without being in severe pain.  Thank you sister! 


  1. Wow, such a beautiful room the shutters are a perfect addition. Love the way you have arranged the seating area it looks lovely.

  2. What a beautiful, light and airy room. I hope you enjoy sitting there and relaxing!

  3. I can't get over how quickly your house is coming together you must be so excited. I love the view through your windows, beautiful and I am so jealous of the porch, it's something we just don't have in the UK but it seems such a relaxing feature.

  4. Love it all! We have been here 8 years, still not a ton on the walls. I'm picky.

  5. It's all coming together beautifully! Your windows and doors are so lovely and that porch - oh, I have always wished for one. It all looks so light and bright and you have some lovely pieces. I love your chandelier :) xx Karen

  6. It certainly is coming together!!! Looks great and I like the idea of the wicker in that sitting area...I just might have to change up "my office."...:)JP

  7. gorgeous house loved the view from doors