A potpourri of “Cottage-style” Living Rooms!

“Living in a cottage is like living in a Fairytale.” ~ Author unknown


A Cottage style living room… out of all the words for the charming and cozy phrase ‘cottage,’ (berth, bach, (from New Zealand,) cabin, chalet, lodge, dacha, shack, summer house, bungalow, cot, hut and shanty,) I am so glad ‘the experts’ chose ‘cottage’ for this chic and snug design, as it evokes the emotions of repose and romance. 🙂 (The other words just don’t sound ‘quite right;’)  ” An English country hut or French country shack.”  🙂

In researching this fabulous decor motif, I learned there are many types of cottage styles…for some reason, I’ve always thought it was a ‘country style,’ but there is also English country, summer cottage, beach cottage and a rustic – cabin style design as well as French cottage. No matter which one you choose, (in which you will see a cornucopia of them today within this vignette, they are all absolutely relishable, blissful and gemutlich!

What exactly is the Cottage look, you may ask? It is a room filled with virtue, innate comfort, simplicity, diverse colors and a convivial ambiance. It’s the kind of atmosphere that  many movies create their plots around, berth1 where memorable and wondrous, intimate conversations take place, palatable cuisine is shared with loved ones, and the daunting sounds of the magical thunderstorms are undoubtedly more pronounced. 🙂

Surprisingly enough, it was the medieval style of the English Countryside that inspired the charming, comfy and snug cottage style home.  The tiny  berth was a modest, warm, relaxed dwelling place typically within the rural areas and the bucolic countryside. It was built for the cotter who worked the land on a substantial, large property,berth providing  a place for himself, his family and friends to live together under one roof.  (No wonder they call it “cozy.” 🙂   But now a days, in the 21st century, you can have your own “cottage  style home” in the middle of such glamorous and fascinating cities as New York, Rome or Paris.

Our home in Delaware does not look like a typical “cottage home” on the exterior, but I have had many people who have come for an afternoon Tea, ladies birthday luncheon or Christmas party, who have commented that our haven resembles a little cottage home…each room with a cozy ambiance and lots of comfort, color and “eye candy.” Because we have a mixture of diverse decor styles within our home, (vintage, Victorian, shabby chic, and country cottage,) I think their assumption just may be correct. 🙂 I just like to call it “ours” and hope it blesses others as they enter its doors. 🙂 I know it has been a true bestowal for all three of us. 🙂

Some of the renowned, classic and heartwarming movies that have been centered around a  whimsical ‘cottage home’ are Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Sleeping Beauty, the enchanting, ‘Into the Woods,’ The three little Pigs, Sleeping Beauty AND  Gull Cottage in ‘The Ghost and Mrs. Muir.’ Go   A few films from our generation that have brought the cottage style back to life are, The Lord of the Rings, the Cornish berth in ‘Half light,’ Sabrina,  Julia Robert’s  ‘Sleeping with the enemy,’ the romantic the thrilling ‘Practical Magic,’ and the romantic and heartwarming classic, ‘The Holiday.’  Some of the alluring havens in these films are quite prodigious and gallant, where as the others are more modest and snug cottage homes but they all have one thing in common, they’re all magical, inviting, alluring and warm.

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” Homecoming means coming HOME to what is in your heart.” ~ Author Unknown

Cottages are MAGICAL.” ~ Author Unknown

” I would rather be poor in a cottage full of books than a king without a desire to read.” ~ Thomas B. Macaulay

“I can envision a small cottage somewhere, with a lot of writing paper,doggy1 and a dog, and a fireplace and maybe enough money to give myself some Irish coffee now and then and entertain my two friends.” ~ Lt. Richard Van de Greer

“I had rather be shut up in a very modest cottagedoggy2 with my books, my family and a few old friends, dining on simple bacon, and letting the world roll on as it liked, than to occupy the most splendid post, which any human power can give.” ~ Thomas Jefferson.

(There must be something special about a cottage, lots of writing paper, and a wealth of books!) 🙂

I am excited to show you a few of those alluring and dulcet ‘cottage living rooms.’

Both of these photos are taken inside the English cottage home used in the romantic  and whimsical movie, ‘The Holiday.’ It’s a great film if you have not seen it yet. This story is about two single ladies who ‘switch houses’ for the glorious Christmas season…One of them lives in a quaint cottage, nestled in the countryside in the UK and the other lady, a regal, Brobdingnagian estate on the west coast. I would take the English cottage any day over the large and prestigious, incredibly modern mansion! (That is just me.) 🙂

This room is definitely warm and snug decorated in a cornucopia of decor styles…kind of a hodgepodge of flavors… I love the  innate wood beamed ceilings as well as the petite, storybook-like stair case. Very charming! ccl20

I adore this photograph of the dreamy and welcoming country cottage from the movie ‘The Holiday’ as well, with it’s winning and classic cobble stone fireplace, the welcoming fire with its dancing flames in the hearth, (I just love fireplaces,)  the vintage furniture, the  galvanic area rug and the abundance of white accent color the decorator has used in this living room to brighten its ambiance.  ccl19

With red being my all time favorite color, this room is ‘Primo.’  It already is blessed with vaulted ceilings, (bringing forth the look of spaciousness and volume,) as well as an idyllic setting.  The red and white floral designs mixed with the red and white stripes is beautifully courageous and enthralling.  I adore the white walls, white paned windows and French doors along with  the vintage – country hutch. This is a charming  as well as felicific cottage style living room…one of my first choices. 🙂 ccl15

Venturous, delightsome, winsome and riveting! I love this cottage living room… The decorator has used an enlivening hue of green amongst an abundance of gorgeous,  fresh whites, highlighted with diverse tones of the serene color of blue. The light woods are breathtaking and bring about a beautifully, fortuitous ambiance. I think this living room would not only bring many a restful and calming afternoon, but also be a place of many gladsome gatherings. It’s absolutely unique and captivating.ccl17

These two ‘cottage’ living rooms share the exceedingly esthetic and magnetic combination of the colors, tan and blue. The first photograph has simple lines, is a bit formal, yet also relaxed, comfy and inviting. I love the added highlights of the soft whites. In the second photo, the tans and blues are much richer, and the room is quite a bit larger with it’s emboldened vaulted ceilings. The artist here again, has courageously mixed her fabrics, ( lovely floral designs amidst the striped and checkered patterns.) I love it!  I have never seen such a perfect match with window valances and  an area rug…absolutely gorgeous. Both rooms are picturesque, winning and heart warming. (I could easily envision our husbands or boyfriends being partial to the second living room…it’s one of those rooms that  pleases both genders.) 🙂


This  English country cottage room is “up my alley.” 🙂 I adore the vintage armoire, (the  seasoned wood and architectural design is superb,) the relaxed, bright white wicker with the opalescent, cheery red fabric, highlighted with the accent of the white sheer curtains,  delicate lamp, baronial hard wood flooring, and the hushed greens and bright reds displayed in the quilts within the armoire. The little table is perfect for this fetching ambiance, as well as the picturesque and resplendent area rug.  This style is exceedingly refreshing, filled to over flowing with ‘charm’ and is a place I would spend most of my time… (I’d just have to place my desk in a corner with my computer and an abundance of writing paper… 🙂


Color is EVERYTHING! I adore both of these cottage living rooms with their kaleidoscopic combinations of beautiful colors. The first photograph is absolutely gorgeous. This decorator has combined the rich colors of red and tan together and it is undoubtedly one of the most warm and inviting rooms I have seen.  The custom window treatments, amongst the paned windows, cobble stoned fireplace and the built in wooden shelves are stunning. It gets a Five Star rating! 🙂 The other living room is cozy, (I absolutely adore floral couches or slip covers…) with its myriad of rose, blues, greens and reds…The striped wallpaper in the background is inventively creative and makes for an eminently enticing, galvanic and winsome cottage room.


This cottage room is beautifully formal and refined, yet at the same time, inviting, snug and cozy . I love the lulled golds, creamy whites, soft blues and ‘touches’ of the  passionate color of red against the bright white walls and window treatments. (I adore how so many homes  are now using ottomans as ‘coffee tables’…They look fabulously warm and are cleverly creative. ) The dreamy vase of fresh flowers is  a wondrous added touch. Beautiful room.


This is a ‘snug cottage style’ room within a gorgeous estate…. It shows you that you can “have your cake and eat it to.” 🙂   YES, you can have both! 🙂 A very formal look with it’s vaulted ceilings, breathtaking crown molding, regal columns and par- excellence window treatments. The soft creamy wall color creates an eminently warm ambiance as well as the potpourri of colors on the couch amidst the wealth of classic and imperial artwork. The whites are refreshing and add a stellar and quintessential flavor to the room… A gorgeous and felicific room to spend many hours in, whether entertaining guests, sharing intimate evenings with family  or reading your suspenseful novel, it’s certainly a room fit for ‘luxurious living.’ 🙂


This delightsome room is most definitely ‘country cottage’ with its warm and snug ambiance. The winsome rose fabric mixed with the sky blue, checkered patterned couch, amongst the brilliant white walls, paned windows and built in shelf is amazingly eye-catching and entrancing. This room brings forth the feeling of pure comfort and yet you are surrounded with an abundance of whimsical beauty.  It’s undeniably splendid.


The first word that comes to my mind is HOME! This room exudes the meaning of what our homes mean to us… A place of beauty, safety, relaxation, cheerfulness and COMFORT! I love the mix and match fabrics, the combination of diverse shades of red amidst the subtle color of tan accompanied by the old brick. The red roses are an endearing highlight and don’t you just adore the unique and creative coffee table? Very impressive! (We replaced our coffee table with an antique hope chest for a creative and  added flavor to our living room.)


This duo of ‘cottage style’ living rooms are total opposites, but I love them both. 🙂 The first room is filled with bright, motley colors…I especially am impressed with the mixture of the yellow and rose tones. The cobblestone fireplace is enchanting and the overall patina of the room is cheerful, charismatic, love-some and sweet. Another enticing touch added to this cheery room is the striking, lambent white paneled walls, (definitely  creating a ‘cottage’ flavor for sure.)  The second living room is more formal, traditional and noble. With it’s rich, dark woods, tans, reds and hints of yellow amidst the white paned windows, it creates an entrancingly welcoming place of repose. Very cozy and snug!


What would our rooms be like without our beloved and cherished accessories? Here are a few ‘cottage’ accent pieces for your new creations… 🙂

Both of these chairs would enhance your cottage style living room, it would just depend upon your color palette and  the style of ‘cottage decor’ you have chosen. The candescent  green chair, looks alluringly vintage and more country where as the blue and rose fabric amongst the luminous white wood chair, appears more refined and formal. Both are lovely and look homemade. (A great Saturday afternoon project.) 🙂


This is endearingly sweet and winning…definitely a wonderful garden accent for a beach cottage. I love the topiary tree. 🙂


What a lovely and delicate mirror to display in a bathroom, atop your dresser or a hallway table in your foyer. I adore peaceful sleeping, cuddly love birds. 🙂


This cottage style hutch, filled with kaleidoscopic quilts and dulcet linens is definitely a showstopper. I love the architecture of this piece of furniture with its unique and distinct Victorian decor. This is a ‘true find!’ 🙂


A darling, winsome and artful pillow would look perfect in a country cottage motif created in the renowned beautiful blue and white color palette.  ccl58

How precious! I don’t think I have ever seen a tea light candle display quite like this one before. This would be a wonderful centerpiece for a cottage hutch or coffee table with it’s enchanting and riveting theme. (You already know by now that I love birds…)  🙂 The shelf and towel rack is also an alluring room accent as well as a great convenience. In a cottage styled living room, I would  display this on my wall with heartwarming pictures in classy frames atop the shelf and use the hangers for our house keys, car keys, sunglasses or drape a pretty shell or pearl necklace upon a loop, to add some charm. Both of these accent pieces are creatively amicable and warm.


This period piece chair with it’s beautifully decorated white rose and satin ribbon pillow is exquisite. Combined with this entrancing,stunning and grand wallpaper, this room exudes the romantic ambiance of an English Country cottage.


Another clever and creative shelf for the entrance of your cottage room. I think two of my most favorite color combinations are a light rose mixed with diverse shades of green.  (Like this adorable homemade heart says; its very pretty. 🙂


You can never have to many photographs…(Yes, another motto of mine ) 🙂 and, you can never go wrong with choosing a myriad of diverse styles of frames throughout your cottage living room. This display is charmingly country and has such beautiful, simple lines in it’s presentation. Very creative!


This bird cage looks as if it has never, (even once)  beheld a feathery creature within it’s pristine, four gated walls! 🙂  It looks amazingly fresh and brand new! There is a wealth of ways to decorate old, (and new) birdcages for lovely accents to any style of living room you choose to create. All you would need to begin is the birdcage of your choice, (wrought iron, wood, metal, etc…) a can of spray paint, a creative theme and a Michael’s or Hobby Lobby Craft store near by!   🙂


Okay, another thing, (in our home) that I can never have to many of is ‘teapots.’ This regal blue and white  teapot is ‘top of the line’ and would grace any cottage living room with charm, blissfulness as well as be a wondrous addition in bringing forth a felicitous ambiance.  🙂


Lastly, this dateless and august vintage chest of drawers would look alluring tucked cozily in a corner of your country-cottage living room. ( I love the wallpaper and green trim that this decorator has chosen.) Very cozy! army

I am hoping that I have been able to add a tad bit of ‘enlightenment’ to what cottage decor is all about. I feel as if I learned quite a bit myself in this vignette… However it has inspired you, enjoy your time of planning and creating! 🙂 I will leave you with one more entrancing photograph of a heavenly cottage home. It truly does look like a dream house doesn’t it? 🙂


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The bazzaro, Shabby Chic Living room.

“Where we love is home….home that our feet may leave but not out hearts.” ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes SR.


I had not even heard of the decorating style of “Shabby Chic until about 6 ears ago, when a friend of mine invited me over for a cup of coffee and showed me her new coffee table book called “Shabby Chic Homes.” When you think about its title, its quite catchy but there is certainly nothing shabby about the styles presentation. 🙂  The minute I opened the book, I was ‘hooked.’ 🙂 Each page with it’s resplendent decor, was even more lovely than the one before…It was definitely a different kind of style, yet it really captured a part of my heart.  It’s a great ‘look’ to mix with other decor techniques as well, especially country cottage, vintage and French country.

What exactly is “Shabby Chic?” First of all, “Chic” is pronounced as “sheik,” not “chick.” That made me feel a lot better. 🙂 (I mean lets face it, if the title for this decor style was going to be named after ‘a tumbledown, hip girl,’ I would have to come up with a new nickname for it.) 🙂   It is a decor theme that creates an ambiance of pure comfort...you know the kind of solace that says ‘it’s okay to take your shoes off and put your feet up on the couch?’ It’s simple, mix and match, romantic, elegantly lulling, has some tiny imperfections but that is what makes it endearing, eminently girlish, usually created in a white and pastel pink color palette, using antiquated linen and cotton fabrics, highlighted with vintage accessories.

Dried rose swags, appliques, a myriad of diverse garlands and adorable chubby cherub angels are also very popular accent pieces for this kind of decor theme. Other types of  accessories for this eccentric patina would be pillows made of bark cloth material, chenille fabrics, vintage  lamps and chandeliers, antiquated picture frames, all types of roses, an abundance of lace, floral fabrics and antiques.  The style itself has accents of the noteworthy and eloquent French country motif.The furniture is ‘made to look old,’ with many of it’s tables, chairs and hutches painted over several times throughout the years, with the different hues of paint color shining through. You are sure to find an ‘old fashioned pie safe or jelly cupboard ‘ in a Shabby Chic home.  Some have commented that it has an ambiance of a small fashionable shop, a charmingly warm and snug home, or an old, garret style dwelling place.  All I know is that it Shabby Chic is beautifully alluring, fetching and it makes me feel all ‘warm and cozy’ inside. (I am not sure if it would be my husband Kit’s first choice though.) 🙂

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“I use to travel to see visual beauty and find comfort for my soul…I no longer feel that need as I find an abundance of  beauty and comfort in my home as it surrounds me at every corner.” ~ Author unknown

” Be a connoisseur of comfort.” ~ Author unknown

“The miracle isn’t that I finished, the miracle is that I had the courage to start.” ~ John Bingham    (I love this quote in regards to beginning your journey to take a room and make it into your hearts dream come true.) 🙂

“A house that does not have one, worn, comfy chair in it, is soulless.” ~ May Sarton

” The ornaments of your home will be the guests who frequent it.” ~ Author Unknown

“There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.” ~ Jane Austin


Lets look at a few “Shabby Chic” living rooms and you can decide for yourselves! 🙂

The first thing I am thinking about right now is  that my big, burly Briard dog would not be allowed in this crisp, white, elegant room. 🙂 (Or I would be forever taking out my ‘dirt devil’ to vacuum up his black hairs… 🙂 On a serious note, I love this style and it truly is very ‘girlish’ and feminine as well as classy!ssh10

I adore the way this decorator has combined her bright whites with the creamy light, tan painted walls, an abundance of pastel rose and green highlights, along with the antiquated, vintage lamps and chandeliers. This particular living room does remind me of an ornate, enchanting boutique…If that were true, my basket would be full! 🙂 Beautifully captivating!ssh4

This elfin living room looks delicate, yet courtly! I really like the vintage wood behind the “chic” couch, the chocolate brown walls , potpourri of light and dark woods as well as the motley throw pillows. This room reminds me of a little cottage hidden away in the mountains by a beautiful, placid lake. Very inviting!ssh5

These two “Shabby Chic” living rooms are a bit more formal, yet still give you the ambiance of romance, bliss and comfort.   I just love the whites with the perfect blend of faded rose, blue and yellow highlights.  Both rooms look eminently fresh, crisp and clean. I love the  decorative floral rose pillows against the bright white couch. 🙂 There is just something about the color of white as a foundational tincture. I can’t decide which one I like the most! 🙂ssh8canopy2

Elegant, warm, creative and very inviting! This decorator has used an abundance of light, creamy and soft tans amongst the brilliant whites. The added blue tones in her accessories and area rug are heartwarming and fortuitous. The vintage mirror is striking and  definitely a poignant  decor piece for the ambiance of this room.   I am impressed with the combination of cozy-comfy amongst the formal and regal decor style.ssh16

Welcome to a Shabby Chic , genteel yet very casual living room. The flavor of this room is resplendent,  unique and triumphantly welcoming. It is a tad bit more on the laid back side with it’s wrought iron table and fireplace artwork. Again, the soft whites are captivating and the hints of hushed yellows a heartening addition.ssh7

I love this living room! With the bright, winning whites, (so refreshing) highlighted with the shiny, light wooden flooring and the inviting sunflower yellow kitchen in the background, this room is not only gracefully feminine, alluring and amazingly comfortable, but warm and charming. This decorator has added the perfect amount of accent colors to her color theme with the rose pillows, dried flowers with a wealth of green hues and her red flowers as a coffee table centerpiece. Another  riveting addition is the bay window with the soft pink and white pastel pillows with their enrapturing roses. So far, my favorite! 🙂 ssh9

Shabby Chic with a Victorian flare! 🙂 There is still plenty of ‘white’ for the fresh, blissful motif, yet a potpourri of great accent colors that greatly enhance this rooms charm. The high ceilings are perfect in creating a voluminous, spacious ambiance, and the accent colors of rose and green are captivating. I really like the  picturesque and engaging valances. Another great room that sings; “Let the sunshine in,” 🙂 with it’s wondrous sunlit windows.  ssh

Shabby Chic, vintage and cozy! Surrounded by gorgeous paned windows, the antiquated painted walls, vaulted ceilings along with the accent colors of muted greens, lulled blues, and creamy tans, this room is very welcoming and ornate. (Again, I feel like I am in a cozy, mountain cabin near the alluring timberland’s.)   ssh21

This duo of living rooms are “Shabby Chic,” to the max! Exceedingly  distaff and girlish, filled with ample chairs and couches, making each guest feel pampered, coddled and in the midst of a “lovely, happy home.” 🙂 I can just envision a Victorian tea pot upon each coffee table! 🙂


Okay, I already have a new favorite! This delightful room is Bunyanesque, enchanting, summoning as well as magical. It embodies the perfect amount of furniture, each piece, delicate and comfy, beautiful vintage lamps, tables and I adore the petite chest of drawers with it’s pastel blue and white shades. The roses add a touch of elegance and the creamy, ethereal butter colored walls are fabulously complimentary. A perfect place to enjoy a cup of coffee and fresh baked, warm sugar cookies, right out of the oven with your best friend or enjoy reading your beloved novella.   ssh19

Elegant, regal, stunning, inviting and down right “gorgeous.” If I were a single woman, without a “big, black, hairy dog,” I would create my living room to look just like this one.  🙂


What a whimsical, gossamer, enchanting and creative living room. The vaulted ceiling with it’s white wood beams are infinitely classy and something you don’t see everyday. I love the boxcar white pillows for a “coffee table,” the jubilant and picture-book window treatments, the vintage white furniture amongst the cleverly wood paneled walls, and the hunter green chair.  The paned windows are also breathtaking…This room is definitely engaging, lovely and sublime.


Lastly, this classy living room exudes the words welcome, snug and commodious. I adore the lighting, antique plate display upon the soft yellow walls, the vintage mirror and lamps as well as the lulled rose pillows. I am quite impressed with this decor style and who knows, maybe my husband would agree to me doing a ‘Shabby Chic” bathroom one day. 🙂 It is undoubtedly, a beauteous, captivating and exceedingly feminine decor!     ssh14

If you love this look as much as I do, and plan on doing at  least one of your rooms within your lovely haven in this decor style, here are some engaging, posh and recherche’ Shabby Chic accessories.

What a creative, enchanting decorative idea…ballet slippers festooned with lace, pearls, ribbon and stars… I love it!  (It really would be easy to make with the help of your favorite craft store.) 🙂   I already have a myriad of ideas of diverse uses for this adorable blue wired basket. In or out-going mail, a place to display your favorite magazines, a home for your baronial and motley kitchen towels or even pastel washcloths if placed in the bathroom. (You can always change the ‘name’ of  your basket to whatever you  choose to keep inside of it.) Very lovely.

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I adore this quaint little chest of drawers with it’s potpourri of colors and creative stenciling. This would look fabulous tucked away in a corner with picture frames filled with your loved ones along with a decorative topiary tree, or in the foyer of your home with a vintage lamp.  ssh33

WOW! These are rhapsodical. They remind me of hanging birdcages, but look so beautifully decorated, I see them more as candle holders…They would be so welcoming and alluring with a tall, creamy, white pillar candle lit within.  ssh38

A perfect “Shabby Chic” corner with all the vintage clothing and accessories in their regal tans amongst the noble and delicate pink roses…. What a great idea for decor.


This vintage, shabby chic armoire, antiquated mirror, motley flowers with the ageless,  venerable lace is absolutely stunning as well as  par-excellence, evoking emotions of bliss and romance. I adore this look!


This vintage, Victorian frame is not only a “true find'” but it would be a showstopper in any Shabby Chic or Vintage home. (In any home for that matter!) 🙂  I love the style and duo of the hushed rose-pinks against the gold and white intricately created frame.


Another creative and homemade Shabby Chic home decorative accessory! This would be so easy to make with a mason Jar, white lace, motley ribbon and netted fabric. I could easily see these displayed throughout any room with petite tea light candles glowing from within. Very charming!


These candle stick holders are delightful!  I love the intricate and unique work along with the decorative display of  pastel teal green berries. Not only would they be absolutely superb and grandiose on the dining room table but also on any living room or bedroom  table as well.    ssh34

What a gorgeous ladies Armoire. Displayed in the corner amongst the beautiful and ornate fire place, bedecked with vintage lace, it truly is euphoric. The painted and stenciled birdhouse is serendipitous and would look great in any room. The crystal-like prisms create the ‘Shabby Chic’ flavor to a “T”. (It’s amazing what one added change can do! ) 🙂


Two other famous decorative items within the “Shabby Chic”  decorative style are the renowned Jelly cupboards and the popular Pie safes.

This Jelly cupboard is definitely part vintage, looks adorable and very “Shabby Chic” with its weathered blue doors and the bright, buttercup yellow artwork and crisp white, (with hints of blue and green,)  table top decor. jc

This decorator is using her Pie safe as a quilt holder…Very creative and a beautiful piece of furniture and decor style!


The ‘Shabby Chic’ decor style, as you can testify, is absolutely genteel, artful, creative, cozy-comfy, heartwarming and blissful.  I hope this blog has given you some great ideas and don’t forget to check this link on Shabby Chic decor as you will find more breathtaking photographs than you can possibly take in, within one sitting! 🙂 Enjoy!

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The Living Room…the place where happy sounds reverberate throughout the room.

“You are a king by your own fireside as much as any Monarch in his throne.” ~ Cervantes


Did you know that your living room creates a lasting impression to all those who enter it’s doors? It ‘tells on you,’ whether or not you are a laid back kind of person, a collector of antiques, country at heart, formal or a lover of hodgepodge. With first time visitors to your abode, your secret is now out!  🙂  This room is a very special room for in actuality,  it sets the mood for the rest of your home.

“Every house where love abides and friendship is a guest, is surely home , and home sweet home, for there your heart can rest.”  ~ Henry Van Dyke


I again liken the creation of this very eventful room, to an artist that has been given a blank canvas along with the tools to bring forth the dream within their heart, thus the dream becomes reality, so that many others may behold the beauty. YOU are the artisan…your living room is your fresco! Creating a painting is likened to deposing a brush stoke around a concept, notion or idea. Never be afraid of YOUR ideas!

I like to think that at the core and center of every home, there is a personal tone and fashion that always illuminates through. Where does it come from?  Perhaps from our roots, escapades and adventures in life, our interests as well as our passions. Create your home, each and every room, from what is within! (You can never go wrong!)

“Where we love is our home, home where our feet may leave but not our hearts.” ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes Z-3060

Whether you call your main room your living room, sitting room, parlor or drawing room, It is the room that is ‘lived in’ the most. It is the room where you will entertain guests, do homework with your kids, watch great movies, listen to your favorite, (or everyone’s favorite 🙂 ) genre of music, and enjoy one another as you share your lives together. It is your ‘hearts gratified snuggery room’…you get to chose to open your door to the outside world or leave it shut! Create your ‘parlor’ to be a room filled with all the things YOU LOVE and that you are in love with.

Our living room is a sundry of decorating themes but I liken it mostly to the Shabby Chic style accented with a little Victorian amidst a bit of a country-cottage air.

“Home is a place you grow up wanting to leave, and grow old, wanting to get back to.” ~ John Ed Pearce


Our living room has witnessed a myriad of memories. Game playing, movie nights, bible studies, Ladies tea’s, birthday parties, sleepovers, (we have a couch bed and an abundance of out of state guests,) laughter, tears, joy, delicious cuisine, entertaining friends and family and lots of ‘nosy neighbor behavior,’ as we have a lot of windows. (Yes, we are the nosy ones! OK, It is really our Briard Graham and I that are the inquisitive ones.)  🙂   It is our families favorite room. (But not because of the windows.) 🙂

Whether your tastes are nautical, formal and elegant, pure country, a potpourri of different themes mixed together, country cottage or vintage, beautify your place with all the things you love, your favorite colors and furniture, and of course all your  treasured accent pieces. Some of our prized and significant decor items are  seasonal throws, candles, hutches adorned with garlands intertwined with enchanting lights, a montage of throw pillows, accent rugs, an old, solid oak and very handsome over sized desk that I do all my work at and adore. We also display a few very beloved teddy bears, a tea pot shaped pewter lamp, lit up seasonal trees, photographs, ornate plates and my hope chest, often times used our our coffee table. What I love most about each friends or family members homes that we visit, is how very different all of our tastes are and how much I love their decor as it fits them so well. All of their homes are warm, alluring, and cheerful (just like them) and truly displays a part of their personality.

“The light is what guides you home, the warmth is what keeps you there.” ~ Ellie Rodriguez



As you create your living room, remember that all the fabulous things you love, bring accolade to one another. Have fun, enjoy, show off your personality and then DELIGHT yourself, every hour you spend in your ‘hearts jubilant snuggery” with the ones you love the  most!

*Be sure to check out the other blogs on how to decorate your living rooms in different styles and themes,  located in the “Living room” category!

Happy Decorating!

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