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Friday, September 24, 2010



One of my favorite things to do is to relax with a beautiful design book.  Do you have this book by Betty Lou Phillips?  If so, you might as well exit this post, because today I’m sharing some of my favorite photos from this book.


bk cvr I apologize for the quality of the photos.  My color printer is broken, and I am taking photographs of the pictures in the book. 

I love a plate rack on the wall (Y’all know I have a few plates I could display on a plate rack.  Of course, I don’t have any wall space left for a plate rack!)  Look at that corner cabinet with the painted scene on it.  Not your ordinary kitchen cabinet. I love it! 

ktchn w plates

Okay, there is nothing I don’t like about this kitchen.  That range; that range hood; that tile backsplash.  I love it all!

stove And I think these bar stools are so cute!

bar stools

These thick stone walls and the windows just speak to me – they say “Laurie, you need to live in this house”!  And look at that wonderful chandelier!

thk wls

Okay, I want this painted vanity in my bathroom, and did you notice the cute little footstools under the vanity?  This may be a child’s bathroom – lucky child!

vanty w flwrs  And I want this sink in my powder room.

sink fntn

I think my doggie needs a door just like this one!

dog dr

Not only do I want to sit on this balcony; I want that view too!  (Do you think I want too much?  I’m really happy with my home – But I do love to dream!)


balcony I just had to include this next photo, because I think it is so much fun!

dogs on bnch

I am so glad you stopped by today.  Thank you for letting me share my book with you.  I hope you’ll go visit all of the links to the wonderful bloggers who are sharing some of their Favorite Things.  laurie


Sevenbeads said...

Every room is a masterpiece. Thanks for inviting us into your dream.

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous, Laurie! I do this kind of dreaming all the time!:-)

I think I'll add my wreath post to favorite things..that will work, right?

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh, I want to live there with you. Such pretty rooms. Love that view. Isn't it fun to dream. Hugs, Marty

Sarah said...

Laurie, thank you for sharing this beautiful book. I don't have a copy of this one, but I think I need one. This looks like a wonderful book to spend long afternoos with. I'm putting it on my list. Wouldn't it be fun to have a kitchen large enough for a huge plate rack?
Have a great day! ~ Sarah

Kathleen said...

It is fun to dream, and it is free! Right now I am dreaming I have a cleaning person so I don't have to spend the day cleaning the house. Don't pinch me, I will get to it it a few minutes!

fiberdoodles said...

Okay I just drooled on the keyboard ;0)
I so love those barstools, the doggie door is a scream and the pup bench is a must. Love it all!

vignette design said...

Hi Laurie,
I have a couple of Bettie Lou Phillips books, but alas, not this one. I love all the photos, especially the doggie door. How cool is that? And the stone sink. I'll take that kitchen too with the fabulous plate rack. It's fun to dream, huh!

Helen said...

Hi there! I seem to do more dreaming than doing --- retirement!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Thanks for sharing those beautiful photos. I also dream about the kind of home I would like to have - Now I just need to win the lottery. :-D
I added my spoon find post. Thanks for hosting again this week.
"They" say it is suppose to cool down some this weekend. Have a great weekend.

Sonny G said...

I'm Dreamin right along with you.. What an amazing home...

thanks for sharing this with us..

Lynn said...

Laurie, now that you've shown my kitchen (the second one with amazing back splash) what will I do for Sheila's party???
Actually, some of those kitchens are bigger than my whole house! Enjoy:@)

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

Oh Laurie! you got me drooling at every one of those pictures! GORGEOUS!! These pictures pretty much sum up my fantasy home!!

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

It is fun to dream...I love my home also, but I would love a lot of other ones too! Beautiful rooms you shared!!

xinex said...

Those pictures are wonderful, Laurie. I was drooling all over, lol. I love the bar stools most of all.....Christine

susan said...

Save one of those chairs on the balcony for me! I think my favorite is the painted vanity...and of course, the dogs :). Have a good weekend!

Anonymous said...

Oh- I have to rethink doggie doors now, and kitty doors, and maybe even one for the mice as long as we keep it bolted.

Anonymous said...

Wow--that book has some beautiful ideas in it!

Christie said...

Laurie, I do have this book! You inspired me to pull it out and look (drool) through it again! So lovely!

Anonymous said...

Laurie this does look like a great read!! So many wonderful books out there these days to inspire us- I still prefer real peoples homes like yours for inspiration!

Love the doggie door!!That is adorable!

bee blessed

Sonia said...


I can so dream about those wonderful kitchens you shared! I would love to have a frenchy or italian kitchen!! Beautiful pictures!

Miss Bloomers

Lori @ Dining Delight said...

Thanks for hosting this weekly meme, Laurie! It is my first time joining in! I don't have that book but I sure want it now that you've shown us the gorgeous pics in it! Ahhh, to dream...Those doggies are cute too!


Anonymous said...

Laurie, Thanks for hosting this wonderful party!
That home is over the top! I don't think I saw anything that I didn't like!
Today, the range spoke to me...that range would be a dream come true!

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi Laurie! I love Betty Lou Phillips...second only to Charles Faudree! My grandson says he loves the doggies, too! lol Have a great weekend...hugs...Debbie

Unknown said...

What a delicious looking book!! I just love that huge butcher block island with the sink...wowsa!!


Maggie said...

I'd not come across Betty Lou Phillips efore, her photographs and ideas seem very inspiring.
Hope your weekend is gorgeous.

Debbie said...

Why Laurie, that looks JUST like my house!

But it does look like some stuff that lives inside my head. My favorite things are the bar stools. I was really drawn to just about all of it, though.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

What an awesome book. I love each setting and the cat door is precious. I want to live in that book, do you think they would let me?

niartist said...

I have this book, and love it Laurie! There's nothing that says PERFECT KITCHEN to me more than a beautiful floor with genuine turkish or oriental rugs! GORGEOUS! I have missed you at Color Outside the Lines ... I hope I haven't lost you forever! Stop by when you can ... let me know what you think of the new layout! :) xo, Artie

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Oh, what an amazing home! I love it too Laurie, what amazing views! Yes, I do think we need to live there. How do we find one of those we can afford? hehe.
We had quite the scary few days but things are looking better now.
Big Hugs,

Kathleen Ellis said...

Hi Laurie~
What a wonderful post! I love Betty Lou Phillips books...I think I have all but one....they are the best for DREAMING!!! I love to dream, too...especially of beautiful rooms with beautiful views! Now I will have to go get mine and do a little dreaming of my own!
Have a beautiful day!
;-D Kathleen

Lady Katherine said...

I so enjoyed your book! Love the kitchen! Adore the bar stools! The vanity! Just wonderful! Love that view!
I haven't been visiting lately, lots of days in bed. Looking forward to the cooler weather! But not the cold. lol

Unknown said...

I agree, it would be very easy for me to live in that house. Every room was eye candy, (lets say chocolate eye candy). Thanks for visiting and for sharing.

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi Laurie!
Betty Lou Phillips has some fantastically beautiful designs! I have several of her books! Thanks for stopping by my blog this evening- I will have to join up to your Favorite Things party soon! I love parties!! I would love it if you would join in to Feathered Nest Fridays too! Lots of decorating inspiration over here! :)

Entertaining Women said...

I don't have this book, but I shall as soon as I pop over to Thanks for sharing the photos. I am a trompe l'oeil artist, and I paint things like the scene on the round corner cabinet. I appreciate that you stopped by my post. Come visit any time! Cherry Kay