August 31, 2010

Living Room Decor - Part 2

OK, I survived Living Room Decor - Part 1, so here goes Part 2.

I apologize in advance for this photo. We have bright sunlight coming in the living room at all times and it makes it hard to take photos at this angle. So I took the best photo I could and adjusted it on Picasa.

Anywho, this is the view from the entryway into the Living Room.


Starting in the far right hand corner and going counter-clockwise, this is my television armoire vignette. I change it up with the seasons. Lately I've been trying to incorporate some of the white ironstone pieces that I have found at garage sales into my decor.


This is the area to the left of the french doors.


If the return air vent from Part 1 was the albatross around my neck, then this is the thorn in my side (that also makes me giggle).


I love the stone look on the walls and the top of the wood stove is a good place to put some seasonal decor, but


what's with the decoration on the wood stove's door?


Scalloped edges and that orange-sunburst-swirly-ceramic-thing. It's not that I absolutely hate it, because I don't, but I would have thought they would have put in a stove with less of a "distinct" style to it. Is it Norwegian? Pennsylvania Dutch?


Continuing around the room this is the entrance to the dining area and kitchen.


The oak table is from my Mom's house and is in the arts and crafts style. It is where we ate many family dinners.

The chairs are from Penney's. I looked high and low for chairs to match the table and when I decided to not be matchy-matchy is when I found these great quirky black chairs.


These bar stools are probably my favorite buy ever from Big Lots. And that is saying a lot because I love a good deal at Big Lots.

I bought these when they were on clearance plus I had a 10% discount coupon. They are ridiculously sturdy, have real leather seats and a tapestry fabric back. I don't know what they were doing at Big lots in the first place, but I was happy to stumble across them.


This stairway leads down to the lower level also known as the basement/family room. Or more precisely, cat bathroom. I had always wanted a finished basement, but we never, ever, ever use it. I can't tell you the last time I was down there that didn't involve cat litter.


And in case you noticed, yes I have a deer head in my living room.

No, it's not a decorating decision on my part.

When we were clearing out my Mom's house prior to it being sold, my husband only wanted dibs on one item. And it was this old deer head. He kept talking about how cool it would look in his man cave of a garage, so I finally gave in and told him to throw it in his car. Who cares if he just sticks it in the garage?


Well, he drove home one day earlier than I did from my Mom's house and when I got home the next day he had taken down my nice huge wall clock (seen here in its new location)


and replaced with Bambi's Dad.

But since it's hanging above the stairwell I cannot reach it to move it! And hubby is fully and completely aware that I cannot reach it. So this is his contribution to our living room decor. It's been there a few years, so it's probably permanent now.


So back to the living room tour - this is a shot from the french doors looking toward the front door. The bright holes in the wall are the two dormer windows that go through the ceiling and up to the 2nd floor.


Except there really isn't a second floor, it's just a window placed on the roof line to make it appear like there is a second floor.


Maybe it makes more sense to see it from outside.


This is the artwork hanging on that wall (again, sorry for the quality of the photos - the light and glass were wreaking havoc on the camera)


It is an architectural drawing of the Brooklyn Bridge.


Which then ties into the New York Subway art project on this wall from Part 1.


Hubby is from New York. Which you would realize within two minutes of talking to him. He's lived in Ohio for almost 30 years and he still has a thick New York accent. Get him, his brother and friends from Rhode Island and Jersey together and I feel like I'm in an episode of The Sopranos minus the whole mob, drugs, prostitution and killing people thing.


Hope you enjoyed the tour.

I'll post a tutorial on how I made the subway sign later this week in case you are interested in making your own.

11 comments:

  1. THanks for the tour. I enjoyed every moment of it. Your home is lovely. Those wooden floor are great! La

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  2. What a lovely home, Pam~ and I'm looking forward to the subway sign tutorial...

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  3. Pam-Great tour! Loving the deer head-loving it because I am glad it's at your house and not my own. lol Actually, it's not so bad...not like it hanging over your kitchen table or anything! Those things keeps the guys in our house happy, don't they?

    Ok-ya know the fireplace thingy in the center? Well, we used to sell those little woodstoves at the old lumber company here...and guess what? It is SUPPOSED to represent FIRE burning behind the door! Get it? Red/orange/yellow/swirly flames...now you just KNOW some MAN thought THAT up, don't you? uh-huh!

    I love your stools. I have never in my life seen anything like that in a Big Lots store. Are you sure you were in a Big Lots place? Did you have a little afternoon cocktail BEFORE you went to the store and just THOUGHT you were in Big Lots? just askin....

    You have a lovely home and I will be looking forward to the tutorial on the subway sign! Diana

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  4. Very pretty!!! I really love your bar stools too and your kitchen table! Your sheba dog is so pretty!

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  5. Thanks for the tour of your lovely home. I also love the barstools!
    Hugs, Sherry

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  6. Big Lots surprises you with unexpected goodies like the bar stools sometimes...they are fab. I still am not over the sign,the sign the sign. Your hubs is too cute with the deer head. Thanks for the tour! hugs♥olive

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  7. I'll watch for your tutorial. I'm envisioning a weekend project. Love the barstools - Big Lots is one of my favorite places for new home stuff.

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  8. Hi Pam
    I thoroughly enjoying touring your lovely home and love the placement of your furniture on the beautiful floors.

    The white pieces you've added give such a brightness too...lovely windows and doorways...

    Isn't that a hoot about the deer head. YOu know I wouldn't like one of those just anyplace...it has the perfect place at your place! Lovely finds at Big Lots...I DO have to go there!!!

    Very lovely home....thank you again for sharing..
    I am going to become a Follower
    It was so nice to have you Visit...I'm announcing a Giveaway this evening..
    Judi

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  9. I really enjoyed the tour, Pam. You have a beautiful home, funny about the deer head, how your hubby hang it there so you couldn't take it down, lol. I have no problem with it living in a town full of hunters. My favorite part of your home is the cast iron fireplace and I love the bar stools. Don't you just love Big Lots sometimes?....Christine

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  10. Pam, Shoot me an e-mail sometime and I'll drive over to help you take down that deer head! LOL They have their place in a man's study or somewhere else-read garage- but here? He's a devil! uh oh.... if I help you, are you absolutely SURE that there isn't anybody that has "family" ties?
    Love the bar stools... They were most likely a buy out from a decent manufacturer who got rid of the entire collection. It can be a good deal for the consumer, but it hurts us as furniture retailers...
    Aren't you loving our cooler weather these days? My windows are open and I'm enjoying the breeze as I catch up on all my blog reading!
    ~ Sue

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  11. Oh, Pam! How I loved this post. I loved the LIRR sign tying in with the Bklyn Bridge pic; those stools are GORGEOUS; and as for that deer head: you could always relocate it to that vent that you don't like. If the deer head were there, no one would even SEE the vent, after looking at the deer head and the either averting their eyes from it all night, OR just continually staring at the deer head. :)
    Best,
    Gloria
    P.S. I should be in the room with your hubby and his family. I'd sound the same way as the do(my NY accent comes back even thicker when I am around other NY'ers!) I'd also be cursing up a storm just for the hell of it! LOL!

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