Updating the Living Room

Happy August, dear friends! Today, as promised, I am sharing updates with you that I have made to the living room. I had good intentions of sharing this with you sooner along with a patriotic tablescape, but as luck would have it my blogging platform had other plans. For some reason, the platform that sends my post to you would not work properly. After several weeks of trying to figure out the problem, hopefully it is now solved. When it comes to technology, I am definitely challenged.

How has your summer been going? Our summer has been pretty busy, and it seems to be going by way too quickly. We have had several days of triple digit temperatures. Keeping up with watering the grass, trees, shrubs, and flowers is becoming quite a chore. However, this past weekend we received a blessing. After several weeks without rainfall, we finally received rain. The farmers and ranchers in my area are truly suffering from this drought.

July has been quite an eventful time for our family. On July 1, we were involved in a car crash. I count my blessings that no one was severely injured. The crash totaled my car, but things can be replaced, people cannot. Saturday, I celebrated my birthday, and I am thankful for another year. However, the celebration will have to be postponed. Poor Mr. Bleu was not feeling well Saturday morning. Therefore, I made him go to urgent care. As luck would have it, he tested positive for Covid. He works so hard and has been burning the candle at both ends. He travels quite a bit with his job, and I feel that must have been how he contracted it. So, for now, I am taking excellent care of him. Hopefully, he will be on the mend soon.

With the extreme heat and being quarantined to the house, I will be staying indoors as much as possible. My heart is truly grateful for a roof over my head and air conditioning. Speaking of air conditioning, why don’t you virtually step inside and join me for a tall glass of iced tea and a tour around the living room.

You may recall, last summer, I traveled to Kansas City to visit Nell Hill’s to purchase a few things to refresh my living room. This was truly a thrill of a lifetime for me. That store is absolutely breathtaking! If you ever have the opportunity, I promise a visit to this lovely store will not disappoint.

In November, I returned to Nell Hill’s to work on the front sitting room. My ordered pieces for the living room arrived in early spring, and the items that I ordered for the front sitting room just arrived a few weeks ago. I’ll share the sitting room with you next week.

The Chinoiserie coffee table is one of the new additions that I chose to update my space. Nell Hill’s has several talented interior designers to help with designing or updating your space. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Kim. She is so talented and loves color and pattern as much as I do.

This pair of chairs along with the bar cart are another addition to the room. The chairs are by CR Laine and covered in a blue striped fabric.

I had the lumbar pillows made at Nell Hill’s as well. They have a room full of gorgeous fabrics!

As I was updating my room, I decided to refresh the mantel as well. The Federalist mirror was already in place, but I decided to add these botanical prints around the mirror. I purchased them a few years ago at an estate sale of a home that Charles Faudree had decorated. It was like stepping into one of his books. Blue and white pieces and Staffordshire dogs complete the vignette.

You may have noticed that Mr. Faudree’s pastry table has moved to this spot. In our new home, it felt hidden. So, I decided to move it to where I can enjoy it more. In a couple of weeks, I will share with you another Mr. Faudree piece that I was able to acquire a few months ago.

Friends, I am so happy that you joined me for sweet tea and a little tour. Your visits and friendship mean so much to me. I hope that you have a most beautiful and blessed day! Take care!


  1. Shannon, your living room is stunning! I love all the new pieces that you have added. The chinoiserie coffee table is perfect and is so handsome. The striped chairs are so lovely and add another pattern element which we both love. The prints over the mantel are a great find, as well. I really like where you placed the gorgeous Faudree pastry table, it really shows up well. I would love to visit Nell Hill. I have several of her books and admire her style. Shannon, this room is truly beautiful, sweet friend!

    • Thank you so much, sweet friend, for your very kind words. It seems I am still having computer issues. My post didn't go out this morning. So, I am going to try again in the morning. Fingers crossed it works. I hope that you are having a wonderful week and staying cool. Take care!

  2. Karin Book

    I love the chinoiserie table you picked out! It’s gorgeous. Your whole room is gorgeous!

  3. Oh Shannon, I SO love your home – it's so cozy and elegant, and full of wonderful pieces that make me feel like I know you better! 🙂 Thanks for sharing all this beauty – I'm always so inspired! Happy Friday my friend!

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