Thursday, July 24, 2014

A Quiet Living Room









For the most part, we've kept the living room the same since we first moved in, minus the addition of the chair that was relocated from the office. It is a room that we seldom find ourselves in unfortunately, due to its location at the far side of the house from the playroom. 

It is a room that lends itself to a quiet moment now and then - a moment to just be still and listen to rush of the river, the creaks of the house, the chatter of voices coming from elsewhere in the home. 

It is one of my favorite rooms in the house. 

37 comments :

  1. Based on hour comments I'd say "This would be a great personal 'hideaway'/sanctuary.

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  2. lovely -love the reflections in the mirror

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  3. So elegant and peaceful, very much like in the Jane Austen movies.

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  4. I love the stillness. Beautiful and calming.

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  5. Yea...another room update! You always seem to put together the most simply beautiful rooms. That mirror reflecting your mantel is amazing.

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  6. Lovely . . . and perfect quiet living room . . .
    Love the large container of Annabelle Hydrangeas . . .

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  7. Such a gorgeous room. I love all of those windows.

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  8. Love the peeks into your lovely and peaceful home.

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  9. This room is stunning, calm, peaceful, abd serene. Would love to see the kitchen and master bedroom- please!!!!!

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  10. Very simple and elegant at the same time. The painted trim around the windows is just perfect!

    Jane xx

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  11. Beautiful! It looks like a lovely place to relax and read a book.

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  12. It is indeed, a beautiful room...just lacks some personality and life. A room that does not look used, is just a room.

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  13. I like all the light…I would be curled up on that settee with a good book…and enjoy some solitude.

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  14. Catherine,
    Your living room is lovely and truly peaceful.
    xoxo
    Lisa
    Leeshideaway.blogspot.com

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  15. There is no doubt that this is a beautiful room. It is simple yet elegant and calming. However I think I would not be able to really relax much in a room like this because I would be scared to dirty or ruin something especially with kids. The settee is absolutely gorgeous but oh man that white really scares me. I have white couches in my living room and find myself having to wash the slip covers every 3 weeks...it's a pain. I love following your blog and again compliments for the lovely home. Ciao from Italy.

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  16. I would add only one thing to this otherwise beautiful room...that would be me!

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  17. It's beautiful and serene - perfection! What a lovely place to listen to the song of the river and quiet your quiet your mind. xx

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  18. I love that room ! It looks quiet . It has a peacefulness to it , non-busy-ness , a serene quality.
    Our minds need as much quiet as they can get :)

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  19. I love this room. Can't get over the fact that you have toddlers in this home. I would be terribly nervous about sticky fingers. Everything does look a little too perfect. I would also be afraid to sit down- would worry about leaving a mark on something. Perhaps the playroom is a more realistic, welcoming, friendly kind of room.

    You have great style- this room could easily be in a museaum.

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  20. Such a beautiful and calming space. I would love to see what your playroom looks like, and clever ways of organizing children's books and toys. I have three little ones, and am still trying to figure this out.

    I think you may have answered this in the past, but where did you get your rug from? What kind of natural fiber is it?

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  21. Each piece of furniture is so unique and beautiful. Put together it is just stunning. U have such good taste. Linda r (phila burbs)

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  22. I love all the photos you post of your home, but does anyone live there? Show us the playroom!!

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  23. Dear Samantha, Rug is seagrass! I am a huge fan of seagrass.

    Dear Jenn A, I'm realizing that perhaps I should have mentioned in my post that our drying rack is kept in our quiet living room. It's the only room that it's out of the way! I removed it for photos of course.

    Best, Catherine

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  24. Beautiful Catherine - tranquil and so beautifully edited.
    Can you tell me where you got your rug? I so badly need a reasonably priced natural rug and like this one! The border does not seem too wide.

    xo Terri

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  25. Dear Terri, We purchased the rug from Pottery Barn ions ago. It was similarly priced to all the other seagrass rugs I found online. I have since purchased some seagrass rugs for our mud room and found Amazon to have a great source.
    Best, Catherine

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  26. I like finding things from the old house in photos. I think that portrait was in the old dining room. I get where people are coming from about the white, but it seems to be working for Catherine's family. A little elegance is good for the soul. (Altar cloths are often white, in spite of the red wine.) To each her own. Beautiful room. Thanks so much for sharing.

    Take good care, Em

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  27. Hi- quick question- do you find seagrass comfortable to walk on? I believe you mention that you all remove your shoes by the front door which mean you walk around barefoot or in socks. I ask because while I love the look of seagrass- it feels very rough and uncomfortable to me. Just wondering how you feel?

    Thanks, and I love all your rooms!

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  28. Dear Anon, Seagrass is not soft. Although we do remove our shoes at the door, we wear house shoes most of the time. When I am barefoot on the seagrass, it isn't uncomfortable but it isn't as soft as something like wool or other natural fibers that have a flatter weave like sisal or jute. But it is the most resilient to stains, furniture moving, etc.
    I am looking into a wool rug that resembles the look of natural fiber for our future play room due to its comfort and softness under foot. I will keep you posted on what I discover.
    Best,
    Catherine

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  29. just a suggestion.....(my daughter says....."not everyone wants your opinion!"

    Really? Wel....for43 years people have been paying me very well for my opinion....so here it is!

    If in your living room...you went for carefully selected upholstered pieces....(get old ones....stay out of pottery barn.) small comfy arms...down and feather cushions.....not too big....and a comfortable seating area....you would use it more.

    just my opinion! Such a pretty room.....but nowhere to sit that is comfy and would induce a great conversation! Formal furniture...that doesn't invite!!

    just my opinion!!!


    www.mcccormickinteriors.com take a peek! (to get the idea!)

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  30. Tee hee! I just have to repeat what my client had to say about "seagrass" (provided by her former decorator.....whew!!)

    "It is like walking on emery boards every day! so scratchy and terrible!"
    There you go! One woman's opinion!

    She got a divorce! (thank God I did not supply the seagrass)

    However; I replaced the "seagrass" with "wool sisal"; and she is happy as a clam!

    (maybe the new husband?? No more emery board rugs! Tah day!!!)

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  31. Are you the Catherine who left a comment on my blog?

    Penelope

    www.mccormickinteriors.com

    (I don't mean for this to be a comment published....but I didn't know how to write you!

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  32. Penelope, The Duncan Phyfe was my Great Great Grandmothers - not so cozy to sit on but very cozy to the heart!
    Best, Catherine

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  33. Catherine, I spotted some lovely images while viewing the link below. I thought of you and your heirloom Duncan Phyfe sofa when I saw the living room. Your family treasure is going to be beautiful in your new (old) home. http://circaoldhouses.com/property/fernandina-beach-beauty/

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Thank you for leaving your thoughts. Best, Catherine

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