A Book and a Fireplace

With freezing temperatures here in Dallas (and all over the country), I yearn for a book and a warm place to read it. Here are some beautiful spaces that plan for moments just like this, placing fire and literature in close proximity. Brilliant.









And here are some living rooms I have photographed for Houzz.com that have the same idea:

Home of Scott and Rachel Anderson - photo by Sarah Greenman

Home of Brian and Deanna Pennock - photo by Sarah Greenman

Home of Morgan and Monica Campbell - photos by Sarah Greenman

My Living Room is Finished!

I painted my living room blue last weekend and the results are in!  I snapped photos yesterday morning while fixing oatmeal for my 5-year-old and intermittently picking up a crying 2-year-old. So while they're not top notch photos, you'll get an idea of what I've done!  Presenting my very blue living room:

And just for fun, here's a before shot:

I painted with Benjamin Moore's Symphony Blue, which took four coats.  It was crazy but worth it.  Most of the room is comprised of furniture I already had on hand. However, there are a few new things in place.  The primary purchase was a set of red ikat curtain panels from Castle Creek Designs on Etsy.  They are beautiful and I'm in love with these curtains.  The other new piece is the red tripod table pictured above from West Elm - an early Christmas gift from my husband.  It was on sale!

Where did everything else come from?  Here's the breakdown:

Everything below came from Craigslist:
pair of yellow Midcentury chairs
pair of blue barrel back chairs
brown sofa
both sofa side tables
coffee table
circular table between blue chairs

Thrift Store
all four table lamps, each lamp was 5 dollars or less
(I spray painted two of them in turquoise)

red ikat curtains from Castle Creek Designs
grey chevron pouf by Aleta Fae - I won from a blog giveaway at Head Over Heels

Joss & Main
blue Ikat pillows on sofa
lumbar ikat pillow I won from a blog giveaway at Deliciously Organized

Pottery Barn
red paisley throw pillow and blanket
area rug

Stuff I made:

And just for fun... here are photos of our eat-in kitchen and dining room, both of which share space with our new living room... 

P.S.  All of the art in the photos below were painted by my son, Walker. 
Our dining room is like his little gallery.

Thanks to everyone who encouraged me to go bold and paint my living room dark indigo blue.  I love the look of it, as does my family.  It's warm, dramatic, energizing and just plain fun.  Have a GREAT weekend!

Vintage Glass and Such

I'm a sucker for collections of vintage glass bottles, hurricanes, jars, vases and such.  I especially love the idea of using them as displays for photos as seen in these first two photos.  Such a sweet idea.  This would be a lovely way to decorate your holiday mantle.  Imagine garlands, shiny ornaments and pillar candles laced in and out of glass bottles containing family photos.  I think it would be beautiful!

Apartment Therapy
Shima Studios
Hans Blomquist
via One Day I Saw
via One Day I Saw
via Design Sprout
via Remodelista

P.S.  Don't forget about this week's giveaway from Formosa Designs! 
The contest ends on Friday, Nov. 5th 9pm EST!

Clean Slate

Instead of running down to the Home Depot for another gallon of something bright and bold, perhaps I should take a hint from these gorgeous spaces. They are so clean, fresh, calm and free. The light quality and creamy colors are divine.

Photos via Air Space.