Well my daughter successfully started the third grade today. Hard to believe she’s growing up so fast! Thanks for allowing me a day off yesterday while I got her ready. These moments are priceless.
Now I am back and excited to continue the photostyling tour through my home. Today’s stop…the Family Room (photos by Nancy Nolan).
Many of you have seen a few iterations of this space. And like my bedroom, it has an after and an “after” after.
Here is how this space looks now after sprucing it up for Ronda’s great book, Designers At Home.
Typically I think of my photostyling as editing a space. This time, it was about leaving my personality and favorite creature comforts in the space because Ronda’s book was all about living a well-lived life in my own home. So what do I surround myself with to make me most happy?
Well certainly design books. Lots and lots of them. And of course fresh flowers. Tulips are in my top 3 favorite varietals. And who could cozy up without my pups near by. There’s my sweet Harley again (a couple of photos above) cuddled up in the wing chair.
This image has been making the rounds internationally, recently featured in Canadian House and Home.
And British Homes and Gardens–there’s Ronda showing it off. How exciting!
The sofa seating area isn’t the only part of the room that I livened up. I also gave a punch of color to my bookcases.
Inspired by my favorite orange gourd lamps, I thought the white books needed a bit of pizazz!
Here is how this space looked in the Traditional Home spread in 2011 (photos by Werner Straube).
And here it is back in 2007 when it was featured in At Home in Arkansas sans all the orange.
So what do you think? Stacks of design books or no books? Orange lamps or white ones? All white bookshelves, or a punch of citrus to spice them up? Which photos are your favorites. I really do want to know.
Leave me a comment and let me know what you love. Now I’m off to help with some third grade homework.
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