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Saturday, May 2, 2009


I am again posting a Sunday Favorite. Chari at Happy to Design is our delightful hostess for this event.

Today, I am re-posting my friend, Connie's English Country style sunroom. If you missed this the first time I posted it, you are going to be so glad I am reposting it!

(originally posted on 11/28/08):

I DO HAVE ANOTHER FRIEND! Last Saturday, I told you I had run out of friends. My good friend, Connie, is going to let me share her lovely sunroom. Connie's decor is English Country style. The first time I saw her decor on RMS, I thought: it looks like a beautiful and happy person lives in this house. Her love of the color "red" makes everything look so happy. (Of course, her wonderful mix of toiles and plaids-two of my favs-didn't hurt either!) I've never met Connie, but she is a wonderful cyber friend, and I can testify that I was right about her decor being a reflection of her personality. She is a beautiful and happy person. I'm going to let Connie take you on a tour of her sunroom now.


Hello, everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! My dear friend, Laurie has asked me to share one of my rooms with you. It's not fair, having to follow her's and Vanna's gorgeous rooms, but here goes. My name is Connie, or puddin07 on RMS. A lot of you have seen my rooms, but for those who haven't, I need to explain that I love the color red, and I have to have lots of it, or I'm not happy, and Laurie thinks SHE needs psychiatric care! I also collect blue and white porcelains, and apparently red lampshades! LOL! I also like lots of stuff, like Laurie does.

I have chosen my sunroom, I guess it is my favorite room. To get to it, you come through the french doors in the Dining Room, and down a couple of steps. To the right, is a bookcase, and a small table, that is really a stereo speaker, which is full of stuff, naturally!

At the bottom of the steps, is this sitting area, which is two recliners, and a table. There is also a small TV. I am overrun with recliners, don't ask me why, I don't know! They're pretty comfy, and Hubby likes them. I better explain, this room used to be a deck that we had enclosed, but Hubby wanted some of the deck left for flowers, and the space is pretty tight, I wish we hadn't done it, now.

This is the table at the end of the room, with a spare DR chair beside it. That is my little kitty, Puddin asleep on the back of the chair.

This room consists of two sitting areas with just a hallway like area in between. On the right is an old stereo cabinet sitting under the kitchen window.
On the left is a hope chest, that I've tried to make look like a window seat, by covering it with a tablecloth (toile, of course!), and putting throw pillows on it.
Now you come to the main room. to the right is my computer. I can also watch TV,which is behind me, in the mirror. I call it multi-tasking. LOL

This is my sofy, as Vanna says, and the lamps my Hubby made from candlesticks we got from Hobby Lobby, and, of course, my red shades. lol My artificial ficus tree leaves have changed, cause it's Fall! Silly, I know!
At the end of the room, is a little chest I tried to make a focal point, out of. It is actually an old night stand.
There is a garden seat, to the side of the TV. On top, is a rooster I sprayed white. On the other wall is the gas fireplace, that allows us to use this room year around. The shelves on either side are filled with family photos, and some of my blue and white collection, and decorating books.Here is yet another recliner, and the door behind it is Hubby's bathroom, and behind that, the laundry room.

This is the whole room. I got the coffee table from Big Lot's, and the rug came from K-Mart, half price, so Laurie isn't the only bargain hunter. lol
This has been fun, I hope I didn't bore everyone. Thanks for visiting me, I have enjoyed having you, and Laurie, thank you for asking me to do this, It's nothing special, but we enjoy it. Connie

Connie, Thank you so much for sharing your English decor with my blog readers. You may think it's nothing special, but I do, and I'm sure those who visit my blog will think so too.


I'm sure you'll want to go get links to other participating blogs at Happy To Design, because you know if bloggers are reposting their favorites, they are going to be some great posts. Thank you Chari for sponsoring this event, and thank you visitors for coming to my blog. laurie


OCDesigner ~Athella said...

Laurie I remember this from RMS. I love her cozy space and think she has a lot of really good ideas.
Thanks so much for re-sharing..
I can't remember her RMS name?

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Oh Laurie...I am so glad to see Puddin house again...I just love this gal so much and her DR is my favorite should talk her into letting you know it...Thanks for coming by my friend and your kind words today...may you have a great weekend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Susan (Between Naps On The said...

Hi Laurie...This was the perfect post to share again! It's so wonderful seeing Connie's beautiful home! I have always loved her's so cheerful and cozy! I just love her style, her blue and white collections and the way she uses red for accent. I believe Connie's RMS name was Puddin07 or something close to that right? Happy Sunday Favorites! Susan

debbie said...


susan said...

Laurie-So glad to see this. I never go to RMS anymore and miss it a little! She has a beautiful blue and white collection. Thanks for visiting and I hope you'll come back soon!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Thanks for sharing this with us, it is just stunning! I love how Connie decorates, it's charming and beautiful! That little garden seat really caught my eye, that is just the cutest thing. have a great Sunday my friend, did I tell you how cute you and Christine looked in those photos she posted! Love it, Cindy

Dawn Marie said...

I think its nice and comfy and cozy..and if recliners make it comfy-so be it. I love the colors, so bright, cheerful, and summery.

Bridget said...

It's always a pleasure to see Connie's spaces!

SueLovesCherries said...

Thanks for sharing that again, Laurie!

xinex said...

What a cozy little sun room, Connie has! I love all the windows and the blue and white plate collection. I don't remember seeing this before so I am so happy that you chose to repose it, Laurie....Christine

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Laurie, I missed this the first time, what a thrill to see it now. Such a great room and it looks so cozy and inviting. I could spend hours just really relaxing in this space. So many pretty things . Love it. Hugs, Marty

SmilingSally said...

I see a good many blue and white pieces, and I love them.

Cass @ That Old House said...

What a warm and cozy space! Love it, and thanks to your friend Connie for sharing it. (Now when does she get her own blog?)

Marie Reed said...

I'm ooohing and aaaaaahhing over these images!

Ginger said...

Thanks for taking us on a tour of your friend's sunroom. I enjoyed seeing everything, and it makes me want a sunroom even more!!

Four Paws and Co said...

Wonderful re-post Laurie! I've always enjoyed seeing Connie's rooms & wish we could see more of them. I wish she would blog, or send more pictures for you to share with us! hint,hint! ☺♥☺ Diane

Nicole ~ said...

This was such a delightful room to post again. I think it is so pretty and cozy. I love all of the touches throughout the room, just beautiful!! Nicole

Carrie said...

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Sonia said...

I just love this room, it is warm and inviting and fun with the pops of red. I adore all the blue and white, what a great place to spend time. I'm inspired and am dreaming of my building a sunroom someday. You did an outstanding job! Thanks for sharing-Sonia/Miss Bloomers

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

A cozy and very pretty room!! Thank you Laurie and thank you Connie, for sharing this lovely room!!

Anonymous said...

hi puddin,it's skeltonwyl,Ann.i love's so cozy and warm.i want one too.of course i want one of most things i see, on here and rms.
it's good to see you again.i STILL have trouble with RMS.i just don't think it likes me.
happy days to you dear...ann

The Painted Garden said...

Hi Laurie,

What a lovely home and beautiful space. Of course, I love her blue and white collection as a blue and white collector myself.
Thank you for sharing.
Have a lovely week.

Kathleen said...

Hi Laurie,
New post to me, I wasn't a Bloggin' Betty then.
Thanks for sharing..such a warm and cozy house!

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Hi Laurie!

That was a fun re-post! What a great idea Gloria came up with!


Chandy said...

This is new to me, Laurie, but I love it! Wow, that's great how Connie shared her love of red and blue.

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hello Dearheart...

Ohh my, I am getting a slow start of it today...Russell is home and we've just been enjoying each other's company! He's worked so many late hours every day this past week on his Dad's place!

Darlin', I'm just thrilled that you decided to join in the fun of "Sunday Favorites" again this week!!! I think that you chose the perfect post to share once again with all of us!!! I would never tire of looking at Connie's fabulous English Country home!!! And you're absolutely right, Connie's home is a perfect insight to the beautifully, vibrant, and extremely talented lady that she is!!! One of my favorite photos is of her fireplace with that gorgeous wall art framed in that gold chunky frame above it! The pretty autumn vines across the mantle and of course, Connie's signiture red shades on the two lamps that flank either side!!! Ahhhh...I do love Connie's home!!! And...of course, I just adore your fabulous home as well, Sweetie!!! I'm looking forward to seeing some repeats of it on a few "Sunday Favorites"!!!

Thank you so much for all of your sweet compliments, Girl...on my red dining room and tablescape! I sure do love hearing from you...your're the best!!!

Hope you're having a wonderful and restful Sunday!
Love ya,

Judi said...

Hi Laurie
That was a lovely tour. I love all the reds and crisps in Connie's room. Very pretty...with so many windows and it has such an airiness to it.
Thank you Connie for allowing us the tour.
hope you both have a lovely day

KBeau said...

What a pretty and cheerful room. Thanks for sharing, Laurie.

puddin07 said...

Laurie, you are such a sweetheart! I know my style isn't everyone's cup of tea, but I do so appreciate everyone's kind comments! I thought I had posted this comment earlier, but I just realized it didn't show up! Love Ya! Connie

Mari @ Once Upon a Plate said...

Thank you for sharing Connie's home again Laurie ~ lots of great ideas, and so comfy and cozy, just the way I like it.

I hope you have a delightful day! xo~m.

The Raggedy Girl said...

I love these sharing again things. I have never seen this and what a wonderful homey place. I am posting old post every other Friday from my prior dead blog and I am enjoying them all over again too. I think I really love yellow and red together, very nice.

The Raggedy Girl

Cindy J. said...

Who wouldn't enjoy viewing this charming, warm and oh so beautiful home again? Hi Connie, I hope you are doing well.. your lovely home always lifts my spirits and brings such a happy feeling. So many wonderful RMS memories.. Thank-you Laurie for sharing this wonderful space with us again. Love Cindy

Ribbonwood Cottage said...

Hey Laurie! What a great post. I loved it. I love looking at houses...don't we all? This one is wonderful. Hope you are doing great! I always get a kick coming to your blog and seeing what you are doing. I will never forget your tablescapes...where you so happily say you threw things together...and I'm thinking 'oh my gosh it looks great' !!! You are amazing my dear! Have a blessed week.

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

I know what you mean by real life getting in the way. This time of year, if I'm home, I'm working in the yard. On weekends, we may be at our camper. I won't be blogging as much in the summer as I do in the winter.

I do like the idea of this Sunday Favorites. It helps keep connected without putting a lot of time into creating blogs. Thanks for sharing your friends blog.

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

This was my first peek at Connie's beautiful sunroom. For years we've wanted to convert our deck (space) into a screened in porch or sunroom. Well, because of the pitch in the roof line(in our split level home) it would take a Bill Gates income to achieve, LOL!
I grabbed my hubs to come see Connie's awesome sunroom. I'll admit (only to you) there was a bit of green coming through our huge sighs. Thank you for sharing her space.

The post about "why we blog?" I loved what you wrote. You make me laugh. Especially about "those who don't blog just don't get it!" That's so true. I have a friend who asked... if I get paid for all the hours I spend working on posts. She was so shocked when I told her I did it for the enjoyment. Unfortunately for me I struggle a little with real life. Having health issues that limit me to leaving my home and having an empty nest (all our extended family lives out of state) can get lonely.
Not knowing the first thing about computers my hubby decides to give me a laptop for Christmas. well...the rest is history. It has opened so many avenues of friendship and creativity for me. Teaching crafts has always been my passion. Which blogging has fulfilled completely. Speaking of...I purchased my heart mold at the dollar store and the rose mold from Michaels. You can find them anywhere cake decorating supplies are sold. They're very inexpensive (just make sure it's a food grade mold).
Sweet wishes,

Sweet wishes,

lvroftiques said...

I loved Connies rooms from the first moment I saw them on RMS. And I thought for sure that she must be a Brit, because I have rarely seen English country style done better. So warm and inviting, with the look of many much loved items gathered over time. I also can attribute my current love of red to her. I never thought to add a red sofy to my family room, but Connies red obsession rubbed off on me...And once you go never go back *winks*. Thank you Laurie for sharing one of my faves again! And thank you Connie for all your inspiration! Love Vanna

Anonymous said...

This room knocked my socks off. I see it is a space by a friend of yours named Connie. Anyway Laurie, it was about time I settled in to read your sweet blog. I noticed your comment to Kathleen about having to get up in the night to eat after reading one of her delicious posts, and it made me laugh because I do the same thing!
You have a beautiful home as well. Don't feel any pressure to have to comment back, because I know it get's overwhelming. I will just be following your blog, and I am sorry that I have not done so until now!

Fond wishes,

joyh82 said...

Wow I would love to have a cozy spot like that to curl up in.

xashee's corner said...

LOVELY home and thank you for sharing AND for having friends that allow us in too! :)
i tried to look up (and link you) to the article in Birds & Bloom magazine the Feb/March 2009 issue, for the birdhouse boot but their website keeps telling me they don't have it! lol i will definitely share when done though!
i MUST tell you that when i saw those gold charger plates, i thought of YOU!! :) You and your AWESOME tablescapes and that's why i bought them! :) it is ALWAYS such a JOY to visit you and i totally appreciate your visits too!! big HUGS!! Have a FANTASTIC evening!! :)

kari and kijsa said...

What a great tour!! Puddin house is so charming!!
kari & kijsa

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Laurie, Thanks for sharing Connie's sunroom - it is so vibrant and colorful, and yet cozy and inviting. A feast for the eyes. Linda

Angie said...

So beautiful! Love the red accents!

Kathleen Ellis said...

I'd call it COZY...not tight! It's quite a warm and welcoming room, Laurie...a perfect spot to enjoy tea and a chat with a friend...or hubby!

the pleasures of homemaking said...

Laurie, she has such a pretty cozy place! Love all her blue and white pieces of course!


Roseny Crisp said...

Adorei sua casa ,belíssima e aconchego

Love your home, comfortable and beautiful