Happy Friday, dear readers! The weekend is almost here, and I am so ready for it to arrive! We are expecting beautiful weather, and I am anxious to be outdoors. Today, I would like to invite you into my home to show you around a very special room. It is definitely a “girly” room that is meant for enjoying conversation with friends and family, reflecting, reading a good book, or just escaping from the rigors of every day life. In fact, it has become a treasured spot for my sweet Caroline and I to sit, enjoy a cup of tea, and visit. You see, I am savoring every minute with this precious girl because next year she will be going off to college. Oh, how that pulls at my heart strings. Time goes by way too quickly!
Those of you who have followed me for a awhile know that a year ago I lost my grandmother. You also have seen many of her treasures displayed throughout my home. However, I have never taken you upstairs for a tour. So grab a cup of coffee or tea, and I’ll give you the grand tour and a little backstory.
The upstairs houses two bedrooms with a Jack and Jill bathroom, a movie room, a small kitchenette, and a large great room with a wonderful view of the backyard. When my grandmother passed, my uncle, aunt, and mother graciously allowed me to have the furniture that was in my grandmother’s formal living room. As a small child, I would marvel at all the pretties that were in her beautiful formal living room. Everything was so beautifully displayed. My grandmother’s traditional decorating style definitely influenced my mother and I.
This room is by no means perfectly decorated. It is a mixture of my grandmother’s things and mine combined, and as I previously stated it is a very feminine space. My decorating belief has always been a practical one which emphasizes decorating with the things that you love. I’ve always had to work with passed down items and consignment finds combined with a few new things. I have never had the luxury of just going out and choosing a house full of new furnishings. I have reupholstered and repurposed to make things work, but I have to admit I always love the challenge.
The chintz sofa was the focal point of my grandmother’s living room. I adore anything floral and love this pattern. Sometimes, when I am sitting on the sofa the smell of my grandmother’s house will waft through the air. I can’t lie…it puts a lump in my throat. My grandmother’s house always had the most delightful fragrance. It was something that even my children would comment on.
The green wingback chairs, occasional table, and coffee table also belonged to my grandmother. I simply added my own lamp, pillows, and accessories to this side of the room.
The opposite side of the room is made up of my things along with a few of her accessories. You may remember that the chairs were in my sunroom at my previous home.
I purchased the painting at my favorite consignment shop for a wonderful price. I needed something rather large on this long wall, and it worked perfectly.
Sweet friends, thank you so much for allowing me to share this special place with you today. I hope that you have a blessed day and beautiful weekend. Take care, and I will see you next week with some fall decorating ideas.