Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Living Room




Here are some views
of living room.
The sun was coming in the other morning
and it bathed the room in the prettiest way.
I also took some pictures when the
evening sun was shining through as well.

Do you live in your
living room?


Framed Aubusson tapestry cartonniere.


It's a great room
and I really love it.
But I find myself in the kitchen
or family room more often,
imagine that.




This is "Bob" ..... my daughter named him when she was little. Even the cats won't mess with Bob.






Oops. Pay no attention to the bird nest of cords under the buffet!!!





The hayloft above this space
was cut back to allow the room
to have a cathedral ceiling
when the barn area was converted.

You can see the railing of the loft area
which is now the master bedroom.

















Portrait of Grandfather....... not mine, but somebody's!








Morning sunlight streaming through.









Empty decanters.... teens in the house, what can I say?

Thanks for stopping by today!

My grandfather's gout stool. It has an accordian base that lifts and tilts in 10 positions.



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54 comments:

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Alison,
Your living room is so pretty! the wood work and your floors are amazing!
We have one great room that we live in and a large eat in kitchen. Its been hard to decorate since every room can see into other.
Your home is so gorgeous and I have to back and look at the pictures again.
Have a sweet day, Elizabeth

Deserae said...

Your living room is absolutely STUNNING! I love all the touches of animal print....your French bench is gorgeous!I never tire of seeing pics of your beautiful home :o)
~Des

Karen said...

How beautiful! I just love the room...the soaring window and the furnishings. LOVE the style of your sofa and the twin chairs with the animal print fabric. You have fabulous style! Thanks for sharing all these pics.
xo~
Karen

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Thanks for the tour Alison. I love the traditional beauty of your living room, and all the light coming through. Your home is lovely.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Alison, your home is stunning and I love all of your upholstery choices. So pretty. Your furniture and accessories are gorgeous. Always a teat to see. Hugs, Marty

Michelle said...

Oh Alison your house just amazes me with it's beauty every time I decide to pop in and visit your blog! You have a wonderful decorators touch :) Hope you are enjoying your summer. And YES, we use our living room every single day. Our wood floors are worn down to splinters we use it so much, and that's our room with no tv, just musical instruments, a fireplace and a cozy spot to read or relax :-)

Michelle
NewEngland-Style.com

Richard Cottrell said...

Your Home is Divine. It looks so cozy ,yet very beautifully done. I love the soft colors and the polo theme makes it fun. I think it is one of my favorite among bloggers. Thanks for sharing it with us. Hugs, Richard from My Old Historic House.

Sarah said...

Alison, I'd love to spend time in this room. It is full of texture and interest and looks very inviting. I have 3 of those Chinese brushes too, but different handles from yours. I like the way you displayed them. Thanks for sharing the details of your living room and the way the sun dances across it through the day. This post has me dreaming about living in a repurposed horse barn. You have the most charming home. ~ Sarah

CalypsoInTheCountry said...

Alison,
What a stunning room! I love the windows, the loft..everything! Your vignettes are beautiful and I love your furniture and how you placed it all. I swear that room should be in a Ralph Lauren ad!
-Shelley

d e l i g h t said...

Stunning! I felt like I was paging through an Interior Decorating magazine! Love your color scheme.

Kathy said...

Every last detail is perfection, this is worthy of a magazine feature. Some of those pieces I couldn't stop looking at..the armoire and mine favorite was the buffet..goodness have you been collecting antiques a long time. Well done my friend!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Hi Alison, your living room is so warm and inviting.. so many textures. I adore your silver tray with the decanters on it..empty or not it is gorgeous..I recently came across two that I emptied for this purpose. hugs ~lynne~

Town and Country Gals said...

Alison,
Your home is wonderful, love seeing the different rooms and what you've done with them! Your wood floors are amazing and of course you know I love all your equestrian touches! "Bob" brought a smile to my face, I have his "brother" perched on top of my cabinet in the family room! He was the logo for our store and on our business cards. He was living with a good friend and customer of ours in his den untill he gaciously was allowed to come live with us at the store. When we closed, he came home with me and we've been very happy together ever since!
Rebecca

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

BEAUTIFUL Alison!! Love your animal print chairs and that big bay window is gorgeous!! I loved looking at all the little details up close! Martina

Honey at 2805 said...

Your living room is breathtaking, Allison! Everything about it is absolutely stunning!

Designs By Pinky said...

Alison, this is another beautiful room! I love that you have a TOUCH of animal print, I love animal print too, but not over the top:):) Your furniture pieces are gorgeous, I have never heard of a gout bench! How interesting. I am SO GLAD that others have "birds nests of cords"!!!!! Luckily, when we built this house I thought about putting an outlet under where the sofa would go for lamps. So, at least there, they are hidden!!!! I never tire of seeing your gorgeous home. XO, Pinky

AntiqueChase said...

Gorgeous space... love the light coming in... you know what I love most about the space?? (and there is a lot to love)... but my favorite is the way you have your furniture arranged... the conversation areas and the ability to still walk around the space easily.... And yes...my decanters are empty to...as is the wine closet. Too many teenagers around...

Carolyn@SweetChaos said...

Have I told you lately how much I love your home? Such a pretty living room! We only go into ours to play piano or guitar, or sometimes I hide out from the kids in there while I'm trying to talk on the phone :) Right now I'm experiencing a hardwood flooring crisis... the old floor is ripped up, and no one knows when a new one is going in. So, I guess we won't use it for awhile ... ugh!

Cheri said...

Beautiful and elegant! Love the animal print accents and the art. I'd love it too!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers said...

What a beautiful living room...

We actually spend more time in our living room, that we do our great room. Unless it is winter, because the fireplace is in the great room...

Pamela Gordon said...

Your living room is really beautiful. I love that carved wood mirror and the beautiful wood furniture. Thanks for sharing with us. ~ Pamela

Olive Cooper said...

Alison, it is very inviting and arranged so well. My favorite things are the paintings and the large black urns. Your attention to detail is exquisite. ♥O

Gypsy Heart said...

Just gorgeous! Animal prints are some of my favorite fabrics ~ loved seeing the touches you have. It's a very warm and welcoming space ~ thanks so much for sharing!

xo
Pat

The enchanted home said...

Nothing like seeing a beautiful and I do mean beautiful with a capital B room while listening to one of my favorite tunes!! Your room is just breathtaking, I AM IN LOVE WITH YOUR LEOPARD BACKED CHAIRS AND THE CHAIR WITH THE NEEDLEPOINT/PETIT POINT BACK AND PLAID SEAT!!!!!!!!! Did you do those or you bought them that way? The leopard accents are just perfect, the way you have your whole room set up is just gorgeous!!!!! Thank you so much for sharing. I love touch a wee touch of leopard and you got it spot on...no pun intended!

Cozy Little House said...

What an elegant room!
Brenda

rachelsjunkinthetrunk said...

Simply amazing living room!I loved the picture...Granfather, not mine someone elses!!I have a pic in my living room of a lady that everyone thinks is my Mother!I get a funny look when i say I have no idea who she is.......

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

Okay, I'd be pretty much mortified if you walked into my house right now. What a magnificent home! Your decorating talent (and great taste) is so evident here! Thanks for sharing.

xoxo
Kathy

Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

Alison, every room in your home that you have shown is beautiful to me, and this room is no exception. Just beautiful!

A Hint of Home said...

Hi Alison,
Your living room and dining room are just gorgeous. Love the furniture and the way you decorate!
Such an inviting room!

Bevelry said...

Alison, what a beautiful room. I just love tours of your home. Your fabrics are great. I think my faorite part of the whole thing is the fact you converted your home. You have done an awsome job at preserving the history of your home.

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Thank you all so very much.
You have made my day, my week,
my month!
I truly appreciate the sweet comments.
Thanks again!
Alison

Lori Lucas said...

I love reading your blog and seeing the pictures you post of your home. I think it is one of the prettiest--most liveable---home in blogland. It has so much personality and beauty. I just love it. Lori L

Cozy Home Scenes said...

Your room is beautiful, as well as the rest of your house. I've yet to see anything in your home I haven't liked.

I too know what you mean about ignoring the living room. If our living room wasn't on an open floor plan and had doors, we would probably change that room into something else because I could count the number of times on one hand that we use that room in a year.


Thanks for sharing your space!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I love this room and so glad you shared more of it. What wonderful furnishings and accessories all carefully placed. Love the railing and those old wood floors on the balcony. The carpet you have is what I want to replace my carpet in our bedroom with. You could share this at my party, girl.

laxsupermom said...

Beautiful room! I find that I spend way more time in my kitchen and family room, too. Still I do entertain in the living room, so it's not just a pretty room. Love your use of animal print! And I love the railings above in the loft. Thanks for sharing.

Tee of Vinnord Cottage said...

Pretty!!! I love the equestrian details (of course!!!)

you've become one of my permanent reads now :)

Hopefully I will be updating with a very horsey post at Vinnord soon... Just waiting for some pictures :D

Becca said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! Please tell me this stunning room has been featured in a magazine ... if not, it soon will be! And, I never would've notice the "bundle of cords" had you not said anything. :) Love your home, Alison ... beautiful!!!

Cindy said...

Your living room is very beautiful! I love the masculine feel of it. The loft area with the fabulous railing is wonderful.
I don't live in my living room in the summer time, but I do a lot of living there in the winter. I don't have a family room, though, that may be why.
Hugs, Cindy

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜@ Debbiedoos blogging and blabbing said...

All I can say is WOW! Just gorgeous. I love all your details. I love the plants in the room too, they add just the right touch of greenery. Love the big horse too on the table, so stunning!

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

Alison,
What is your other favorite restaurant in Chicago, besides RL?

michele said...

it's gorgeous, A.

mine needs A LOT OF HELP. seriously. people are so kind and say it's zen. but i know what they're really thinking. wow. she's boring AND lazy with a fear of commitment.

thanks for the peek of lovely today which will inspire me to get in gear!

michele

michele said...

not sure you saw this where i linked to you:

http://hellolovelyinc.blogspot.com/2011/08/flame.html

:)

SHERRY HART said...

So many beautiful things to look at! The room is perfect for conversations with all of the seating areas. I am always thinking of that when arranging room....

Babs said...

Alison, While I love every detail of your gorgeous living room and your attention to detail is just perfect, what I also love are those windows, high ceilings, and the palms in the urns. Oh, what I wouldn't give for high ceilings and tall beautiful windows. What do you do about privacy with no window treatments?
I also adore the chunky lamp in front of the windows.
Hope you're having a great weekend... and good for you having empty decanters with teenagers in the house.

Designs on 47th Street said...

Hi Alison, you have the best taste. Your style is one that I love. We certainly have very similar taste only your are worlds above putting your talents together beautifully.

Donna

Red Rose Alley said...

I just love the photos of your living space, especially the buffet table and the mirror. Your taste is similar to mine. Thanks for giving us a tour.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Alison, I am so happy that Kim featured your gorgeous living room at WUW because I missed it... and it is just stunning. My kind of style and attention to detail.
I see we have the same end table. The one with the drop leaves from Ethan Allen. It never looked so good! I am pinning so many of these pictures as inspiration for my living room re-do.
Just perfection!!!!
Yvonne

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Hey my friend Alison, how on earth did I miss these???!!! What a stunning tour of your house, it's no wonder I always said it was my fave home and your also a wonderful decorator, professional I would say! I love your furniture pieces and the gorgeous apholstery choise with so much class and elegance, really congrats Alyson! Thank you for sharing I enjoyed it so much, I'm so glad I saw it at Wow Us Wed., you're featured! Lots of hugs. FABBY

housedressingblog.blogspot.com said...

What a stunning room you have created! I am so glad that I found your blog from Savvy Southern Style's feature. I'm your newest follower.

Barbara Bussey {The Treasured Home} said...

Each piece looks like it has a story to tell! Alison, you could be a stylist...you are a stylist. Your pictures are beautiful. I love Bob and Grandfather too. Fun guys!

Love your blog!,
Barbara

Katherines Corner said...

You have a beautiful home and exquisite taste.Thank you for sharing with us.
Hugs

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Your living room is so pretty. I never stepped foot into our tiny living room until I turned it into a studio. Now we are in there all the time!!! :D

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

How lovely your home is! I am especially envious of your kitchen. It's gorgeous! Enjoyed seeing your blog.

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