Wednesday, May 12, 2010

A Summer Living Room



We decided to rearrange the living room for the summer. To keep things fresh we moved the two chairs in front of the windows, and have the couch facing them. We have a beautiful view of Mt. Adams over in Washington state (we're in Oregon), so we're focusing on that view through the clear skies of summer instead of on the fireplace, which we probably won't use much.


The peonies are still smiling. This Japanese variety doesn't seem to last as long as the classic Sara Bernhardt styles. But I love them just the same. They are so unique and large that their limited life span is all the more cherished.


We still need to order a larger sea grass rug for this room. The sea grass above is meant to go in the dining room which is several feet shorter (in both directions) than the one we'll eventually place here. But we're trying to space out our home expenses so the rug purchase is on hold for now.


I'd also like to get a delicate table to put between the two chairs. I have several antique side tables (all dark wood) but I'd like to lighten it up a bit with something made of glass perhaps...with gold metal legs. Something bright and light.

54 comments :

  1. Its all beautiful. Love the peonies.

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  2. I love those chairs..they are elegant yet they look COMFY as well!

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  3. IT's so beautiful! Where are you in OR? Outside of Portland? I love your blog and your airy style.

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  4. It's just a oasis of calm visiting your blog! Sets me up for the day! L x

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  5. hey thee... stumbled upon your blog and now can't get out of here:) Where do you live? i saw in one post that it's a short drive to LA but the nature in your pictures is so amazing! and you have 4 seasons? where is it?! :)

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  6. How absolutely beautiful. The peonies give the room such a bright spot of colour.

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  7. Gosh, the flowers look beautiful in this very beautiful room. I agree a nice light side table would be a great addition :)

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  8. You have my DREAM view and you are making the MOST of it! My parents live in Ridgefield, WA just over the river from Portland and when I take my kids to visit in the summer, we spend so much time outdoors enjoying the long, dry days and the beautiful sunsets {and four mountain views on a very clear day}. I had never considered rearranging a room seasonally, but in this case, it works really really well. Love the little table idea ~ I can just see it. xx P&H

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  9. What a beautiful living room! Stunning!

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  10. I love that idea of changing the room's focus with the seasons Trina, just brill! Looks lovely too : )

    jxoxox

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  11. Trina,
    I like the new arrangement, and I bet that is such a great thing to lounge on the sofa and look out the window.

    And the peonies...ahh..love them!

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  12. Trina I think you have one of the loveliest homes I've ever seen.
    I've really enjoyed seeing how all your hard work has paid off. Is the backdrop to your 'Porch Dining' photo on the side Mt Adams?
    Best wishes
    Dan
    -x-

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  13. I'd love to be sipping my coffee there

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  14. Beautiful! Can I ask what color of paint you used. It looks like such a clean clear white?

    And...I happen to love the juxtaposition of the dark antique cofee table with the lightness of the room.

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  15. Beautiful living room, I love the idea of changing things up with the seasons.

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  16. The new living room arrangement is lovely, as are your beautiful flowers! Have you checked Ikea for a sea grass rug? I was photographing a home last weekend and they had a great rug, they said it came from Ikea! My peonies are in bloom and I have a big bouquet on my dining room table!

    Kat :)

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  17. That looks very restful and charming, and a small round table would be lovely between the chairs.

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  18. A sweet hello from Frog Hollow Farm! I love that you change your rooms around based on the seasons, I do it all the time! A great look for a glass coffee table is using two pretty floral ceramic vases as the legs on either side, holding up a piece of glass for the tabletop. I think that would look wonderful in your room! Ciao, bella!

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  19. I love that room. I have a mirror just like yours in my sunroom. I just love it. The simplicity of your decor is so relaxing. I would love to have an old farmhouse like yours. Carla

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  20. my dear friend trina,

    you have outdone yourself with these photos. i love that all you did was move some furniture and added a vase of fresh flowers. this is so my style. i adore it.

    just yesterday i was working on a post for getting the house ready for summer. you've accomplished what i was trying to put down in words. just beautiful.

    ~janet

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  21. It looks great like this Trina and your closeup shot of the peonies is incredible!
    T

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  22. I really like your new room set-up. So pretty! Now you can see what's going on in the world outside you when you sit down to relax. :) Funny...I was just thinking last night how I wanted to change our living room up when Winter returns to accommodate a Christmas tree....we've never had a Christmas in our new place. Silly me...already thinking about Christmas...but I love it!

    But now it's Spring! I AM going to enjoy it, too!

    -Gail

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  23. your room is so lovely. i love the peonies!

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  24. Beautiful. I am in love with the pedestal coffee table!! So great!!

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  25. Hi Trina,

    Your living room looks good any way you have your furniture. They say change is as good as a holiday!!! Enjoy your peonies!
    Take care
    Janine
    XXOO
    Tasmania, Australia

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  26. I am all for the new arrangement! It keeps things fresh. Looks great. I agree that a light maybe shiner table for the chairs. It will give interest and a different texture to your room. Have fun with it! Enjoy those views!

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  27. Hi Trina,
    Your Summer living room is beautiful; it is so light and airy. I love fresh flowers and your photos are exquisite. I have a small table with a marble top that I love for the change of texture. Now if I could just change the outdoor view from the suburbs....lol

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  28. Good grief. You have the calm, spare, beautiful farm look down to an art. You make me want to toss a match on my house and start over. :)

    As for tables with glass and gold, have you seen the Jules accent tables from Crate and Barrel? I just love them. I would link to them, but since I rarely comment here (I'm a lurker, sorry for that) I'm afraid my comment will go to spam--at least that's what happens at my blog when new visitors leave links to items. Gotta love Akismet! :)

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  29. Hi Trina! Your living room looks lovely as always with the new summer changes - I love your attention to the simple details. I think a glass table would be lovely in front of the windows...it will be the perfect place to display your flower arrangements.
    Enjoy your day!
    Sarah

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  30. Still in awe of those peonies...and the new furniture arrangement is perfect, and so smart!
    Looking forward to seeing your future little side table...I know it will be beautiful, unique and special.

    A Washington wave to you Trina...
    xo Jessica

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  31. Hi Dan,
    I'll do a post on that soon. The wraparound porch is on the south (front) and west (side) sides of the house. The porch dining was taken on the west side, and frames the view of Mt. Adams that's to the north. So view from living room is the same as the porch dining as it faces north as well.
    X Trina

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  32. It always amazes me how big a difference moving things around can make. Loved your living room before, Love it even more now.

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  33. Just beautiful, Trina. Loving the very cozy and warm but calm space...the perfect place to call home. xo Lidy

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  34. Trina, Your living room is just lovely. It reminds me of the living room in our 1830 farmhouse in upstate New York, which we are in the process of restoring. Yours is such an inspiration to me - the simplicity is key! Cassandra ♥

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  35. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. I just love the beautiful simplicity of your home & of your spring living room....you have such a wonderful way with it all. *sigh*
    xo
    Melis

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  36. Lovely as always. You make everything look so perfect. I need to send you a pic of our pantry counter top. I had asked you about using Ikea butcher block and so we bought it, installed it, stained it and we really like it. Thanks for answering my questions about it, you were a big help.

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  37. Those flowers are beautiful...and I just love your aesthetic. I can't even put my finger on it, but it is such a fantastic combo of Victorian-cottage-farmhouse...I love your style. :)

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  38. What a beautiful room. Just gorgeous! I love the new arrangement!
    xx-Gina

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  39. Peonies are my faves!!! I love the idea of Spring Rearranging. I am planning that for my lounge too!

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  40. First time leaving a comment. I just love your blog and your home. Thank you for sharing it so beautifully! I think a glass table between the chairs would be the perfect addition to the room . . .

    Jennifer

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  41. Beautifully done. Light, airy and cool!
    Yvonne

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  42. This blog is like the best decor magazine ever! I've spent hours looking at every post. My new favorite blog...for sure!

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  43. just lovely! my husband and i are building
    a farmhouse in the mountains and want a
    very similar look to yours.

    thank you for sharing your photos.

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  44. it's funny,
    (or perhaps not):
    but looking at the photos,
    without having yet read the post,
    i thought a side table would complete the area;
    it'll act nicely as a bridge between the chairs.
    perhaps something low,
    so as not to interfere with the view?

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  45. I just found your blog and have really enjoyed looking around. You are living the dream!

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  46. GEORGEOUS HOME. I HAVE THOSE BUT THEY ARE JUST TINY BUDS.BEAUTIFUL POST.

    YVONNE

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  47. Those are simple beautiful.
    Wonderful blog. Have a great day!

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  48. My Gosh Trina, so stunning (as always).

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  49. it's nice,looks very restful,charming and i like your airy style,wonderful blog indeed.

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  50. New to your blog...drooling everywhere. I am in Portland - but that is where the similarites between your stunning home and my sad rental end. Beautiful, beautiful!

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  51. Simple and elegant. I love it. I love Portland and if I would say yes, my boyfriend would move tomorrow. It's one of my favorite cities and I love the architecture. I love how clean and elegant your home is!

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