9/29/13

Where We Gather Pt. 2

Hey everyone!  Well, I think it's time to share with you the rest of the family room.  I love that this room is so open to the kitchen and breakfast room.  It is truly where we gather -- just The Man and I each evening to watch our favorite TV shows or a movie, & also where the grandchildren play when they come for a visit.  We have 3 large baskets in the lower part of the entertainment center that are filled with goodies to keep them entertained.

This is what I can see from the kitchen when I'm using the island for meal prep.  I just love seeing the reflections in the mirror of the decorations on top of the kitchen cabinets.



Of course, you've all seen this many times, but I just love looking at this while we are watching
TV at night -- makes me feel all warm and cozy inside!

This bar game table was an impulse buy several years ago for our sunroom in our last home.  It was great in that space, but I like it even better here.  Such a fun place for the Grands to color or to work on a jigsaw puzzle.

These were very popular a few years ago and I always wanted to put one 
together -- a Blooming Lamp!

I had everything that I needed for this look.  Simply lined this old tin with a piece of burlap, placed my small lamp in the middle, added some styrofoam pieces to make it stable & filled in with florals & pumpkins.  It gives off such a cheerful "Fall" glow in the evenings.

Sorry, I forgot to switch off the flash -- hope you didn't go blind!  This deep, cavernous space (remember those behemoth TVs?) will be going bye-bye sooner rather than later, I hope!

It has provided a great place to do vignettes -- mainly vignettes to hide all the cords & huge outlet 
in the back wall.


Photos of The Man and I, then and now!

I had some fun "glamming" up some old pumpkins.

 
This little footstool had been my sweet MIL's.  I have a photo of my daughter when she was a year old, sitting on this at my MIL's home -- 40+ years ago.  The tapestry fabric is still in pristine condition, & I couldn't bring myself to change it.  But......

To give it a bit of a different look, I simple made a drop cloth slipcover.  I think it's
pretty cute!

If you turn around and face the kitchen-breakfast area, this small wall seemed like a perfect spot for my small baker's rack (garage sale find).

Sometimes I use it as a mini-bar;  but this time around, I'm using it for my small collection of 
Fall dishes.

This display adds a great pop of color and makes these dishes nice and handy -- I love
using them this time of year.

Just for grins, I thought I'd share a collage of my family room from last year.  I like to change things up!

 Thank you so much for stopping by.  Hope you are enjoying your Fall days!  Please feel free to visit any time.  The "Welcome" mat is always out!

I love to party with these fine bloggers:

Sunday
The Tablescaper at The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays
Cheri at It's So Very Cheri for It's So Very Cheri Party


Be sure to go HERE to find out all about this party from Becca!


Monday
Kathy at Creative Home Expressions for Creative Home & Garden Hop
Cindy at Dwellings--The Heart of Your Home for Amaze Me Monday
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday
Kathryn at The Dedicated House for Make It Pretty Mondays

Tuesday
Maria Elena at Our Home Away from Home for Tuesdays at Our Home
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life  for Inspire Me Tuesday
Leslie at House on the Way for Twirl & Take a Bow
Mary Beth at Cupcakes and Crinoline for Project Inspired

Wednesday
Suzy at Worthing Court for Homework Wednesday
Karin at The Style Sisters for Centerpiece Wednesday

Thursday
Kelly at Live Laugh Rowe for Live Laugh Linky Party
Richella at Imparting Grace for Grace at Home
Pamela at From My Front Porch to Yours for Treasure Hunt Thursday
Emily at 52 Mantels for Thursdays Are Your Days

Friday
Kathryn at The Dedicated House for Anything Blue Friday
Jody & Stan at Rooted in Thyme for Simple and Sweet Fridays 
Karen at A Stylish Interior for Stylish Friday Finds
Amanda at Serenity Now for Weekend Bloggy Reading

Saturday
Debbie at Debbie Doos for Pinterest Blitzen'


67 comments:

Babs Richman said...

Carol, It looks like you're ready for Fall. The blooming lamp is a great idea., and the slip covered foot stool is so cute. Thanks for the inspiration.

Vel Criste said...

that blooming lamp is totally gorgeous Carol! If you have the time check out my Halloween Dining which I posted just now. If your 'Fall crazee' then you'll see 'Halloween crazee' in me! hahaha!

Debbiedoos said...

Your Fallen home looks so pretty! I love all your decor and warm touches. Enjoy the season!

The Decorative Dreamer said...

Happy Fall! I love all your fall touches and especially the plates on the rack! I also really like the lamp in the tin bucket. I first thought it was a basket and was like, "OH, I've never seen a basket lamp before, cute!" I am so out of the loop I had no idea this was an old idea, LOL! But, I do love it and yours is adorable!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I love all of your wonderful Fall decor. Everything looks so pretty and that lamp is fabulous. Thanks for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

I love all your fall touches! That was a great idea to make a drop cloth slipcover for the footstool. Love your bakers rack too with all your fall dishes. Very pretty!

Blondie's Journal said...

This is such a cozy spot to spend time with your family. I love how you have it all festive for fall, especially your mantel!! And I love that lamp!

XO,
Jane

Teresa@1800 Farmhouse Rd said...

You always have everything so cozy looking, Carol, and that is my absolute favorite style. How could someone not feel welcome here?

Kathy Moreland said...

This looks so nice! Love your mantle!!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Very pretty, Carol! You've got some great decorations. I like how you dealt with the space where those big ole televisions used to go. : ) They can become nice decorating niches. Love how you just made a cover for that little footstool. Something with memories like that you might not want to give a permanent makeover to and this slipcover is a great solution.

Thanks for linking up to The Creative Home & Garden hop! : )

Ricki Treleaven said...

You've decorated so prettily for autumn, Carol. I love your "bar" or is a game table? Or maybe a drinking game table???? ;P

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

This is beautiful.
Those fall colors are gorgeous.
Thanks for sharing.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

JoAnn Hutcheson said...

All of your decorations are so pretty! I hope to get up a fall tree this year... we'll see ;-)

Dee said...

I loved seeing the entire room--looks great! I also like the fall dishes--I've been seeing so many cute ones around the stores, and someday, I'm going to break down and buy a couple. :)

Kim M said...

Carol, I just love your room...so cozy and charming! I am in love with your game table! I have always wanted one, but our family room is just too tiny!

Carol said...

Thanks so much, Dee!

Carol said...

Thanks, Kim! I'm getting ready to set up a big Christmas puzzle!

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