Thursday, February 27, 2014

FRIDAY FAVES, CASUAL ELEGANCE

HOUSE BEAUTIFUL (Michael S. Smith)

This room had me at the red checked curtains.  I could definitely be comfortable in this pretty room.  It has some very formal pieces in it, but the checked window curtains seem to bring all of it down to an inviting level.  Not too formal to make a person feel uncomfortable.  I love a wonderful mix of patterns.

AT HOME IN ARKANSAS

Maybe I’m on a check “kick”, but I love these blue checked curtains.  I think the blue and white chinoiserie wallpaper and vases, the lovely fretwork on those chairs, and the wonderful light fixture, are beautiful and very formal.  The checked curtains tone down the formality and make the room more interesting and inviting.

BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS

Oh how I love the mixture of red toile and red buffalo checks.  I also love the mixture of blue, red, and yellow.  Of course, I couldn’t have that dark blue sofa at my house.  It would show all of the dogs’ hair.  Did you notice those formal window treatments?  The rest of the room, including the color combination, is so casual that the window treatments don’t feel ostentatious. Infuse with Liz

INFUSE WITH LIZ

This photo is an example of taking a room to a more formal level.  I think of the kitchen as a casual area, almost unworthy of elegance.  This unexpected elegant vignette is in a kitchen.  A beautiful lamp, an urn filled with pears and a cloche turn the utilitarian kitchen into an elegant room.

ATLANTA HOMES & LIFESTYLES

I didn’t even realize I had collected so many photos of checked fabrics until I started preparing this post.  I think this back entryway is so inviting.  To me, this says “welcome”.  Love the stone floor, of course the red check curtains, French doors, blue and white chinoiserie, and what appears to be cubbies for coats and shoes.  See that pretty piece of antique furniture?  It has a formal look, and so does the runner on the floor, but all of the other elements turn this into a casual room.

 

ATLANTA HOMES & LIFESTYLES

What a serene blue and white look. The wonderful mirror, chandelier, and dining table are so grand, but the cute pleated skirt slipcovers seem to bring the elegance down to a manageable level.  It looks like the chair covers have a monogram on them – another plus in my book.

Do you mix formal and casual elements?  I love the way these rooms feel more interesting to me, because they mix those two elements together.  Thanks for coming by, and I hope you have a good weekend.  laurie

I’m linking this post to Thursday Favorite Things at Vintage Mom’s Cottage.

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11 comments:

laura Madalene said...

I love this post, too! I'm a writer, too and completely agree with what Wendy said. Thank you for your posts, Laurie Ritchey , they're wonderful!
Stunning Living Room

Sarah said...

Laurie,
I like each one of these rooms. The checks are a wonderful detail, not to mention the pretty blue and white pieces. '-)
Love the Friday Favorites Feature!

Tricia said...

Laurie, I could move right into any of these gorgeous rooms! Now you have me craving big checks! And I adore the color of the walls in that dining room. I think it's time for my red walls to go. . . .

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

These are all gorgeous. I am loving my new check drapes, so naturally I loe all of these pictures. Hugs, Marty

Palomasea said...

All so gorgeous, dear Laurie! Yes, my style is mixing, all about the mix...some pieces bohemian, some elegant and classic, but all very personal.
I hope you're feeling better, my friend!
Have a wonderful and relaxing weekend....
Blessings,
- Irina

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

I'm with you on loving the buffalo check. I really love that 2nd to last photo from Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles. It would be fun to add pillows or curtains to get the look. Thank you for featuring one of my photos. I love to adapt ideas I see into my own living space. A little inspiration can go a long way! Have a great weekend!

Debbie said...

Fabulous inspiration photos!! I am right now (and I mean literally at this moment) working on a plan to incorporate my late MIL's things which are coming here next weekend with my more casual stuff. I love every single picture you showed and am nuts about the checks. I was actually thinking something along those lines for a bedroom I'll be redoing. Perfect post for me today!

Debbie said...

Fabulous inspiration photos!! I am right now (and I mean literally at this moment) working on a plan to incorporate my late MIL's things which are coming here next weekend with my more casual stuff. I love every single picture you showed and am nuts about the checks. I was actually thinking something along those lines for a bedroom I'll be redoing. Perfect post for me today!

Curtains in My Tree said...

I'm with you Laurie that first picture I could set right down in there and be comfortable, love the red and white checked curtains
I always love toile no matter what color since I have a lot in my house

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

I love the red check drapes and red toile. The post was great.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Mary

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

Laurie, I always enjoy your Friday Faves but this week I LOVE every single photo that you've shown. I'm on a check kick right now, too. I found 2 red-checked pillows and some yellow-checked curtains at the auction recently (paid $10!) And last week I ordered a green and white checked tablecloth for spring.It's a sickness, I tell ya!