Whats Your Favorite Place In The House?

by Sherry

The ultra  talented Blayne at  This Photographers Life  has asked Whats Your Favorite Place In The House.  You can submit your answer and pictures of your favorite place to McLinky to enter her fabulous giveaway.  Blayne will choose her favorite five rooms and then  you  get to vote on your favorite. The winner will receive a gorgeous black pearl lariat from Nastro Bello.

My submission is our family room. This is the space that was a total compromise on my part and has now turned into one of my favorite rooms. If you have been following my blog you have seen photos of other rooms in our house and know that my decorating leans toward french country, shabby chic and more light and airy. Our previous homes have all been decorated in this style.

As some of you have read we moved into this home one year ago with only four pieces of furniture. I started designing this home with the four pieces of furniture…. no beds, lamps, linens, cookware, dishes ect.  You can read more about this Here.

Hubby gave me pretty much free rein on the design with only one request….don’t make the family room girly! I thought this was a fair request because to be honest most of our home is more feminine. Hey, He lives with toile in our bedroom. I took this to heart and tried to design a family room that was warm, cozy and somewhat masculine. A room that both of us would be comfortable with and that we could entertain our family and friends in.  Keep in mind that all of the decorating had to be done on a tight budget…and I do mean tight!

The inserts in the coffer ceiling are faux painted copper and the walls are alligator green. Most of the furniture, rugs and accessories were bought at auction, consignment shops, Craigslist or flea markets.  I have always believed you can have a beautiful home by being resourceful and without spending a lot of money.


Baskets were collected from various flea markets and garage sales.
A high end shop went bankrupt and I was able to buy these two Deruta signed lamps also bought at auction.
Wall unit was a steal at the auction
I did incorporate some of my Italian Pottery.
Winter look

This room I designed for my Hubby has turned out to be my favorite place in the house. This is where we sit and talk about our day, watch television, sometimes eat and always entertain. There is nothing in this room that is intimidating for our guest. We wanted everyone to feel welcome and not be concerned about the furniture, sitting drinks down or walking on the rugs.

I hope you have enjoyed this tour of our family room. If you like our room I would appreciate your vote at This photographers life.  Thanks so much!

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Melanie June 23, 2010 - 7:01 pm

It is BEAUTIFUL!!!! Honestly, I am really surprised at your comments about being on a budget because it looks SO expensive! Can you please come decorate my entire house? 🙂

I just found your blog through 'we are that family'… following and looking forward to more of your posts!

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Kim @ Savvy Southern Style June 23, 2010 - 7:04 pm

Sherry, I love your family room. This is my first time seeing it. I love all your things that you have collected. Love those baskets and the pot with that great patina. I spy a little santos doll on the mantel. Still want to get one of those. There is a shop here that carries the large ones. I just love that huge wall unit and all your wonderful pottery. I read about this linky party and the prize yesterday. Good luck.

www.MaisonStGermain.com June 23, 2010 - 7:55 pm

OOOH I can see why that is your favorite room. It is beautiful! LOVE those baskets:) Have a great week.
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Linda Merrill June 23, 2010 - 8:40 pm

Lovely – very warm and rich! Nice to be introduced to your blog!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions June 23, 2010 - 10:20 pm

Beautiful room, Sherry! You got some great things at auction! Very inviting room and I think you accomplished your goal here.

Grandma Nina June 23, 2010 - 11:04 pm

Thanks for following on Blog Frog. Your blog is beautiful and so is your family room. I'm also not a minimalist, so I can completely relate to your style. I love it.
I'm also a lover of antiques and flea markets and I'm also the proud grandmother of 3 and very soon to be 5.
It's so nice to meet you.

Nancy June 23, 2010 - 11:49 pm

Sherry, Your family room is so warm and welcoming. Love the green on the walls, the baskets stacked behind the chair and am head over heels for your ceiling treatment! Stunning!

Thanks for sharing your beautiful home with us,


Roberta June 24, 2010 - 12:49 am

Beautiful room and thanks for sharing it all with us as well as the contest 😀

Pamela Rosenberg June 24, 2010 - 1:26 am

That ceiling is stunning. I was also awestruck by the wall color combined with the copper. Gorgeous, really.

Nancy June 24, 2010 - 1:43 am

You're a very smart shopper and you do an amazing job with your decor. It's fantastic!!


Low Tide High Style June 24, 2010 - 2:00 am

What a gorgeous room, you did a wonderful job in decorating it! I love the ceiling and you really have created a room where guests will feel welcome and right at home!

Kat 🙂

[email protected] Decorating June 24, 2010 - 2:16 am

You have done so well on a budget. I love your choice of colors and the ceiling is awesome! I love deep, rich colors, too. You have my vote!

Sherrie June 24, 2010 - 3:25 pm

Your room is so cozy and soothing. I love those baskets, what an attention getter :0)

Becca June 24, 2010 - 11:20 pm

I love your ceiling! I'm visiting from Somewhat Simple. I'd love it if you'd stop by and link up to my Home and Family Friday Linky Party. I host each Friday. Hope you'll come join us!


Rebecca June 25, 2010 - 5:40 am

I love the idea of faux copper tiles!! You did a great job! I used faux white painted tin tiles as my kitchen backsplash which turned out great and will hold me over till I can save for the marble carrara tiles I want 🙂

♥ Sonny ♥ June 25, 2010 - 12:21 pm

I love everything about it.. Especially the ceiling.. You sure got some great buys too..~!


Lana June 25, 2010 - 3:55 pm

This room is stunning and looks like a million bucks as the cliche goes, NOT a budget room.

It's classic and timeless which should definitely appeal to your husband as well as yourself and other readers!

Love the olive walls and the coffered ceiling and ceiling paint treatment!!!

Gorgeous textures everywhere, too.


Pam @ diy Design Fanatic June 25, 2010 - 3:05 pm

What a beautiful and warm room! I love, love, love the coffered ceiling!

This Photographers Life (Architecture+Interiors) June 25, 2010 - 3:48 pm

This family room is amazing. Thank you so very much for entering the contest. Check back later today for the finalist! (hint)

Laura Ingalls Gunn June 25, 2010 - 7:21 pm

Happy Friday! I am stopping by via the linky party.

Your room looks utterly charming!

decdiva1 June 25, 2010 - 11:22 pm

very HANDSOME! a nod to the hubby is nice!

Terri(TerriBoog) June 26, 2010 - 10:30 am

What a beautiful room! You did such a great job at making it comfortable and beautiful and welcoming!

[email protected]'sMusings June 26, 2010 - 3:52 pm

Just discovered your blog via This Photographer's Life, and just had to come over….really love your spaces…and the pics on this post, divine! I think if I had a house again and the funds to do it, it very well might look something like this….well a touch of sparkle LOL Good Luck in the contest.

Sherry July 2, 2010 - 10:47 pm

You have a beautiful space. Funny you said you designed it for your husband. With three sons and a husband my house is not shabby chic, I gone more masculine.LOL Have a great 4th!

AntiqueChase September 10, 2010 - 5:59 am

Looking for your domes and I got diverted.. love the baskets… did you paint on the top one?? If so, I would love to know your technique!


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