Sunday, June 7, 2009

YOU MAY BE SORRY YOU ASKED-OUR FAMILY ROOM on MOSAIC MONDAY


I am again joining Mary at Little Red House for Mosaic Monday. I am also posting pictures of my family room. Of course, before I show my family room, I have some 'splainin' to do. This was one of the most difficult posts I have done. I'm just not comfortable showing pictures from my home. I take the pictures; look at them on my computer; don't like what I see; go move something around a little in the room; go take another picture and put it on my computer... repeat several more times. By that time, it is waaaaaay past my bedtime, and I have to work tomorrow, so I just publish it "as is" without even looking at the pictures! I'm not going to have much commentary (I know, it's shocking-Laurie at a loss for words!). I know nothing about interior decorating, so I'm not going to pretend that I can advise you on the art of decorating. You'll see what I mean when you look at the pictures. (Remember, some of my blog readers asked me to do this.)



























Can you tell I don't like plain doors?
















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This is my "fringe is your friend" trick. The seat on this chair is really worn. I haven't been able to get it reupholstered, so I cut a piece of fabric for the seat, hot glued some fringe on, and laid it on the seat. The fringe is heaving enough to keep the fabric from sliding, and I didn't sew a stitch. Of course, if you do this, you can probably find some fabric that coordinates with the existing fabric on the chair! (Hey! I was using glue on my draperies way before Nester had a blog--simply because I do not like to sew.)




Fringe glued to fabric for a cover for the footstool. I did Velcro this fabric to the top of the footstool







59 comments:

mbkatc230 said...

Laurie, your home is so warm and welcoming. It's no wonder the family wants to spend the holidays with you! And I can never see enough pictures of your gorgeous family room with those incredible bookcases. A bibliophiles dream!!! Hugs, Kathy

Foley said...

What a beautiful room. It is so warm and inviting. I could write a number of paragraphs on so many of your pieces! Love and envy all your shelving especially.
You should be very proud!!!

debbie said...

DEAR LAURIE,
BEAUTIFUL HOME!!!!!!! You can tell it is loved and so warm and a lived in home...while very beautiful, it is not staged and you have thought about the comfort of every one that comes to visit you..."The Perfect Hostess" who never feels she does enough and yet goes beyond. You are a unique lady, always thinking of other people.
I love...love...everything. Your shelves and the way you have them displayed with some artwork hanging from the shelf...very chic.
I love the picture of the Eiffel tower...I love the colors of your home......you should be proud.
I love the doors that are covered with tassels hanging....
I have said a prayer for everyone on your list and thank you for praying for Amy and her friend Leila...this is Amy's appointment day with the surgeon Dr. Medina in Okc....I have never been to bed for praying and doing some art work to relax. I will let you and Barbara from the purple goat, and sheila, the magpie,Penniwig,karen harvey cox,gloria, and keetha and just everyone who is praying for Amy.
your prayer list is really growing.
have a wonderful day sweet lady.
hugs and love
debbie

Sue said...

Laurie, I only just this morning found your blog and I realized I had been missing a lot! This room is so inviting and it looks as if it has progressed and been lovingly added to over time~ just beautiful. Off to work now, but I will be back later to view old posts.... :-) Sue

Kammy said...

Hi Laurie,
I loved your tour of your Family Room ! I know whatcha mean with blogging and I do work people ! I also am picky about my home photos...If there is anything in the background (like stuff my hubby hasn't finished yet...) I can't post it...so I get really creative on the angles of my photo shots...LOL ! Your home is gorgeous and I love the way you decorate - I love all your stuff ! A few months ago I didn't have alot of stuff - you know that more to dust thing...now I love it cuz my home makes me feel great with all the stuff I love surrounding me !
Hugs ~ Kammy

Cindy said...

Laurie,
You did it again!! Everytime I think is your best post and then you go and top it! I just love these pics, I have had so much fun admiring them all. The room seems gigantic! I love your fireplace and those gorgeous pieces of furniture. The hutch and armoire, are they antique? they are stunning! And those bookcases that go on and on, what wonderful storage and display! Now, I am dying to see your pretty kitchen and those doors, do they lead out to your pool area? Looks like a screened in porch too. All your decor is lovely and each piece seems so perfect. Thanks for sharing this was fun, Hugs, Cindy

Mary said...

Um, OK Laurie, I'm just going to pretend that I didn't read the words: "I don't know anything about decorating..." Because wow, girl, you ROCK at decorating! What a gorgeous family room! So warm, so inviting, so filled with beautiful things! Thanks so much for sharing your lovely room at Mosaic Monday. :)

Stacey said...

Laurie, I know I have asked to see more of your home so you made my morning! Let me just say,that family room looks like it's out of a magazine. You have beautiful pieces of furniture and accessories! I love how you've situated the furniture pieces. It's beautiful. I'll be revisiting this room, for sure!

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Oh Laurie!! I love your home! It is so warm and inviting! I think I need to come to your house to re-charge my battery... I could sit in there for days.... and smile the whole time! The room screams Laurie...and I love it! Susan

Dixie said...

Laurie... I love your warm and welcoming room... and you did a wonderful job with your mosaics too!
blessings.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Laurie I love your home! It's beautiful and authentic!!! The absolute authenticity, is a huge part of what makes a home!

I enjoyed seeing the mosaics! Thanks so much, for sharing more of your lovely home! Please continue to do so.

SueLovesCherries said...

I don't know about anyone else, but I could move right in! I'm lovin' that room-sized bookcase (lust, lust!)

Mrs. B. Silly said...

Try moving the chair two inches to the left and second plate from the left looks like it is one inch too far. Hahaha, just a little RMS humor! Seriously, your home is lovely. If I sat down in your family room, I would never get up and leave. I'm a big fan of "hodge podget" myself. Don't change a thing and thank you for sharing!

marty39 said...

Laurie, what a treat to see your home. I LOVE your familyroom. I think you do such a fabulous job of displaying all your gorgeous things. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it all. I could be so happy and comfortable there. Hugs, Marty

Nancy said...

Laruie, I hope you know, I am your biggest fan of your home...I ADORE your home and always have since I found your blog! I can never get enough of it! You do not give your self enough credit! Your decorating is perfect! I love it all! More, more, more please! :) Hope you have a wonderufl day! Nancy

Gollum said...

Laurie, this is a great post--of a great, beautiful room. You've posted many wonderful things on your blog, but I agree with Cindy: this is awesome. Give Mary Gay and Paul a big, ole hug.
XX 00

Heidi Pocketbook said...

You're room is so--I can't find a work to describe it that hasn't already been used. I think anyone who is lucky enough to be entertained in that room is indeed one fortunate person. It's spectacular!

salmagundi said...

This is truly a great FAMILY room. It is everything for everyone - comfortable places to sit, eat, feast their eyes, and enjoy each other. Congrats on a job more than well done!!! I love it!! Sally

Cathy said...

Laurie...I knew it would be lovely...I just knew it!!! I am so thrilled that you posted your family room this morning...what a great way to start the week!!!

I just had a feeling your room would look this way from the little peeks we got from previous posts. It is sooo you...so warm, inviting and wonderful!!! I love all of the details too...some old some new...perfection!!! It is such a beautiful blend of collections and furnishings...wonderful!!!

The room itself has such gorgeous architecture. I love it!!! The beams and the built-ins are so beautiful and the fireplace is stunning!!!

I am so glad that you shared this...I am your biggest fan;)!!!
WONDERFUL!!!

Oh...your mosaics are amazing!!! I love that you used the shots from your room!!!

Have a wonderful Monday sweet Laurie!!!
XOXO
Cathy

Elizabeth said...

Your family room is beautiful!!
Thanks for sharing it with us.
Elizabeth

Happy To Be said...

GM My Dear friend...girl I have always loved your home...it is so warm and always reminds me of how a home should look it filled with love and family..You have the kind of home that you just know at dinner time you bow your head in thanks...May you have a great day Laurie...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

ginny said...

Are you kidding?? You don't know how to decorate?? Your room is absolutely gorgeous!! I love the warmth of the colors, your accessories are to die for....Oh my, I cannot even begin to say how beautiful everything is! I even showed my husband...and he loved it all!! What a beautiful place to entertain family and friends...you've got it girl!

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

Laurie, I LOVE your family room! All the wonderful adjectives have been used already, so let me just repeat what others have said, your room is so warm & inviting & has a "happy" feel to it. I had an AH HA moment when I saw you kitchen door. (I didn't know where the kitchen was located in relation to dining room - ok, that sounds kind of dorky, but I think you know what I mean.)

Oh, and you had me with the dog mosaic - I LOVE COCKERS!

Thank you for posting your gorgeous family room! ☺♥☺ Diane

Carol said...

My first visit to your blog! Your house looks beautiful! What's all that nonsense about not knowing about decorating? You've done a pretty good job with some very lovely pieces. I spied the Eiffel Tower! Look at my blog...I just got back from Paris & will be posting more pictures of my trip.

Kim @ Manning Family Tree said...

Laurie,
I love your family room. It looks like quite a big room. I love how you have it set up & have it decorated. Your room is very warm & inviting. I feel at home looking at photos of your room. Thanks for sharing your photos.
Kim

The Muse said...

I am by no means, sorry! Your home is another affirmation that you are as warm and sincere of heart, as I think you are..!
How welcoming space is...and delightfully designed! :)

Miss Laura Lu/RMS4291960 said...

I love your family room!! You know I do! I found so many things I want! So when are you gonna have me make a roadtrip! (with a big purse, big enough for that armoire!) LOL! And girl don't you talk about not being able to decorate! Everything is beautiful! But mostly because everything in it is one of your treasures! Hey, you haven't come over and checked out my magazine photo! It's here! I'm a star! LOL! God Bless! Lauralu :)

pudddin07 said...

Laurie, after all my nagging, I am late to see this absolutely gorgeous room! It is even more stunning, warm, and cozy, than I thought it was! I have run out of words to describe it! Don't ever say you don' know anything about decorating! Your colors are so warm, and comforting, they don't stand out , and jar, like mine do! I love it!!! I hope everyone enlarges the pics, it feels like you are there! Love Ya! Connie

Lorna ~ Lace and Ivy Cottage said...

No way am I sorry that I asked! I love all the angles you took of your humoungous family room! So much eye candy, I'll have to go back again for seconds! Funny, I just took pictures this morning of my family room in anticipation of some before and afters, and I know what you mean about not liking what you see. I had to take it at strategic angles so as to not show the mess in the background. But I can't see anything in your family room that I didn't like. You're much too critical of yourself. I've seen pictures in magazines that don't own up to yours! Great post!

Joyce said...

I am so glad you stayed up last night and made this post happen. Your photos are wonderful and your home is so inviting. Now I keep looking around my house and want to redecorate my house big time:) Are you free this week to jet over and do a redo on my house?
Joyce

Tomarie said...

Laurie,
I am truly blown away by the pics!! The first one of your family room offers a view I've never seen before. It is MAGAZINE QUALITY!! And I know you think I'm pulling your chain :-), but I'm NOT!! This room looks like it came right out of a decorating book! The warmth, character, coziness, and beauty your rooms really show that your ARE a decorator!! I could sit and stare at these pics for hours! Not to mention just all the beautiful things you have! Truly wonderful Laurie!!!!! Love ya! L~

Tomarie said...

I had to go back and look again and noticed the Highlights magazine...what a good grandmother you are!! :-) L~

Tootsie said...

what a huge space!!! I love it. It is so warm and cozy...you have done a wonderful job...that book case is outstanding...and you have such a great style!

xinex said...

Laurie, what a warm, homey, inviting, gorgeous, huge family room! I LOVE it! This is the first time I have seen it all around and I love the armoire, the cardinal throw pillow, the botanical wall pictures, the plates....I could go on and on. Why have you been hiding it all these time? So much storage too! Now I know where you keep all your collections...Christine

ellen b said...

Laurie! Your family room is just wonderful. I'm so happy to see more of it instead of just the view from your tablescapes :0)
The mosaics are fabulous!!

Kathleen said...

That is some room! You can fit the whole fam damily in there! It looks wonderful...Who dusts all those shelves...that would take me a week to do..and then it would be time to do it again!
Great mosaics!

carolinajewel said...

Laurie, I love your mosaics! Everything is wonderful - I love that wall of book shelves!!!!! Your family room is really warm and interesting - just like you and your blog! :D Jewel

Dishesdone said...

Your family room is gorgeous! Love your mosaics, so much to see!

Shelia said...

Oh, thank you Laurie for the tour of your most beautiful family room! I adore your home! I love all of your pretty things! Man, what a big room, too! I could shop for days in here.
Thanks again for sharing your home!
Lovely mosaics!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Miss Laura Lu/RMS4291960 said...

I just read your repost about George Hamilton! I had no idea he was from around here! How cool is that! And you got your pic made with him!!! I'm jealous! I came back to tell you you're silly! I've seen your pics with Gollum and at your daughter's wedding and with the GH! Your a beautiful little thing! Why are we always so hard on ourselves! I think of myself as a giant fat lady with a big nose! You're petite and adorable! Love ya! Lauralu :)

FOR THE SAKE OF TIME said...

Your family room is delightful. I adore those built-ins. If I could have those to accessorize my check book would really scream! Your mosiacs are great!

Thanks for sharing.

Charla

Linda/"Mom" said...

* Words escape me at the moment(now, QUIT LAUGHING, Laurie!)~~~

I'm truly serious, tho~~~ your home is just SO INCREDIBLY CHARMING... to the max~~~ warm, loving, inviting, genuine, personal, comfy, sentimental, etc... it's JUST AS I "SEE" YOU!!!

What a loving thing to do~~~ opening more of your home, and heart, is a lovely thing to do, and it's MUCHO APPRECIATED!!! (And I ADORE the ARCHITECTURE here SO MUCH too!!!)~~~

Many hugs & geniune THANKS,
Linda *

Connie said...

Thanks Laurie for stopping over. The thought of losing all you nice gals was
bothering me more than losing the blog.
As usual, your posts are gorgeous !
Well, when you have George Hamilton in the wings, what's a blog loss..............
Take care of yourself busy lady.

Bellamere Cottage said...

Laurie...you have a simply stunning family room. Warm and cozy....I love it.

Blessings,
Spence

Calming Scents said...

I so wish you had the confidence of the talent and warmth that comes from you! Your home is beyond comforting, welcoming and embracing. YOU do have good decorating tastes and your home exudes that. I think its beautiful!

Chandy said...

Laurie, everyone is right; your family room is one beautiful place to be in! Glad you shared it and what a feast for the eyes! I love all of your botanical prints and hutch and lamps, ok, all of it! You have one great looking family room!

Still sick, just briefly visiting...

My Crafty Little Page said...

Love your room...it's so soft and warm and inviting and comfortable. Great job, Laurie. :)Nancy
What program do you use for your collaages?

Lisa (aka) French said...

Laurie what a beautiful home@!!!! I don't know where to start there is so many things to look at!!! Guess I like it all!!! Hugs French;)

soosie said...

You know I love your family room because I have told you 100 times..
there is a chest I am really coveting(sorry)(chest envy)..and something I want to know what it is..
it's a decorative spray thing..antique brass ..looks like one of those photo fans but it has animals on it! Where and what?? Susie

KBeau said...

Your family room looks so inviting. I just love the exposed beams. And you have such wonderful things to decorate with. Thanks for sharing.

Gollum said...

Hot glue the fringe! You are a genius. Yes, that's what I need to do (I was going to TRY and sew--I was a failed home ec major, so it would take years and years to sew anything).

Anonymous said...

Oh wow - what a huge family room! We would love to have your built in book shelves but ours would be loaded down with books! Your family room reminds me of an English sitting room with that lovely fireplace and your most comfortable looking furniture. You don't need to apologize for your STUFF. Many of us have parents and in-laws that have passed and I know I couldn't throw out everything they had. My hubby says I should "rotate" the stuff but the problem is I don't have enough storage (cupboards, cabinets and/or closets...) to store it properly. I would never have those CLEAN HOUSE folks at my place telling me that the stuff passed down isn't my beloved relative and to get rid of it. Thanks for sharing your lovely home with us.

Teacup Lady (Sandy)

Linda said...

I am just drooling over your family room Laurie! Wow what great pieces you have in here, lovely collections and the colors are just like I would like too.
Great ceiling height, wish we had that. Just a great room to relax in, I will be right over, LOL!!
Linda

Cindy J. said...

I am gonna hold my breath that this goes through... Well, I really can hardly write..Laurie I honestly can't think of a room that I would rather have in my home...every single item I LOVE! You are a natural born decorator.. absolutely wonderful.. You have achieved the ultimate.. a warm cozy, welcoming room filled with sentimental family things.. perfectly blended and emblished with your bargains, but no one would ever know this! No bargain look at all..you are so gifted and you certainly have the "eye". No amount of education nor training can replace the heart that knows that sees what home should be..and dear girl you have so much heart. Thank-you for sharing yourself and your beautiful home with us.. Love, Cindy

My Crafty Little Page said...

Laurie - thanks so much for the photo program tip - I downloaded it and have played around with it all evening. Just what I need - new stuff on the computer!
Your tablescape is so pretty and about ten years ago the big rage was unironed and rumpled linens. Let's start a movement to bring it back! :)Nancy (another non-ironer)

Cote de Texas said...

Wow - this is sooooooooo gorgeous! I love the size of it and yet how cozy it is!!! I am overwhelmed!!! it's beautiful.

Rue said...

I'm so glad you posted this Laurie! I am in love with your home. I swoon every time I see those bookshelves (sigh) LOVE them :)

xo,
rue

mustard seeds said...

Oh, Laurie, your house is beautiful. Those built -ins are to die for, and that rooster chair...oh my. Great idea that the coffee table raises. Love that.
Sheila
Yes, I am from right outside of Memphis.

Sarah said...

Laurie, I"m having fun touring your home tonight. ;-)
Favorite part of this room is the wall of book shelves. Oh, how I would love to have a long wall filled with shelves. ~ Sarah