Monday, August 23, 2010

~The New Front Room~

This is our front room in the new house (Cottage #12). Its one very large great room, 700 sq feet. I stayed awake many nights dreaming of how to decorate this room,  trying to use everything I already had. I also knew that purchasing new furniture was not in the budget. 
 Gary and I wanted to use every inch of the room and divide the room up into functional spaces. I was  used  to very high ceilings in our other home so getting use to a average height ceiling of 8 ft was going to take some adjustment in my decorating strategy.
I hope you can see the room well enough, it was hard for me to get a photo to show you, with all the windows in the room.  I love  all the windows and how bright the room is, also the french doors.
Gary and I still have a lot we would like to do with the room. But for now its comfortable for us and we love our new home.
Today I will show you the T.V area of the room. Gary wanted his T.V hung on the wall over the fireplace so we had to have the corner cabinet built to provide a place to hide all the stereo equipment and movies. We really debated over the decision to hang the T.V.
You can see Gary won this one. I really don't mind, because we are a family that enjoys watching movies, T.V. and listening to music. The new surround system Gary had installed can really rock this house.
Enjoy the tour of the T.V. room.  In a later post I will take you around to each space.

Originally the home had carpet throughout, we replaced the carpet with wood flooring, as well as there were no window coverings, so I did have to purchase rods and curtains.
There was a gas connection in the fireplace and we wanted to do something different this time rather than the traditional log burning look, so we went with glass marbles, the marbles come in many different colors, Gary and I chose a sea green. We really love the look and at night its so pretty and fills the room with ambiance.(Great for cuddling)

When the fire is flicking and reflects off the glass marbles it seems magical and it looks so pretty to me.
The fire place had been redone with a glazing and wash technique. I think its really different and seems to be  the center of attention in the room besides the T.V of course.

This photo was taken looking back towards the front door. As you can see all the rooms are open to  oneanother and from every seat of the room there is something different to look at.

This is one of our favorite paintings, the colors are so pure and the rich red just makes me so happy. In one of our other homes we had a Tuscan room and this painting was purchased for that room. We had thought about selling it, but there's just something about it that sings to me. Maybe its the bottle of wine LOL.....
Well that's our little tour for tonight and this is how the room looks for now. Heheheh, for now! don't you just love those words, "for now". Things are always changing around (Cottage #12)    


AntiqueChase said...

What a FAB room. It feels so cozy even though it's so big! Love the wood floors too!

Sandy said...

Wow...your new great room is fantastic! You and Gary decorated it beautifully. We are still debating whether or not to wall hang our new 55 inch flat screen TV. I'm still concerned it could be knocked over. And I would like a theater sound system. I'm the TV person in our family. Thanks for sharing your photos...just love all those windows and the French doors!

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

Elizabeth and Gary,
Everything about your room says homey and cozy. Love everything you have done!

Chris said...

Elizabeth, your room is delightful! I am so glad you're loving your new home!


Connie said...

That is astounding, especially those glass nuggets in the fireplace, Elizabeth! Ooooh, I think you did a marvelous job on decorating that huge room, sweetpea. I only wish I had a room I could make cozy little areas like that, but the different sofas speaks to our California lifestyle for sure. Just magnificent, chick...

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

I love this room! I love all of the different cozy seating areas. It is just perfect!

Claudia said...

Well, I would just like to drop in and sit a spell! You've done such a wonderful job decorating this big space! You've managed to take a large space and make it cozy and inviting. Bravo!


Happy@Home said...

You have done a wonderful job of making your large room cozy and beautiful. I love your sofa and the touches of red sprinkled throughout. Also love those glass beads in the fireplace. How pretty.
Can't wait to see more of your rooms :).

Lallee said...

Elizabeth, this is a lovely room all the way around. If we didn't know, we would think your furniture had been specifically picked for this room. It all blends very nicely; giving a warm, cozy, and welcoming feel. You have done a great job!

Vee said...

You've done a wonderful job with all that floor space creating wonderful nooks and seating arrangements. It appears to flow beautifully!

Jaclynn_kyuss said...

Oh Elizabeth! It's perfect! I love the new house and can not wait to come over! That fireplace is so sexy! I love it! :)

Catherine Holman said...

I love big open spaces instead of a lot of small rooms. It's fabulous I love the fireplace and the glass. The touches of red here and there are great to!

bj said...

WHOA.....this is ONE BIG wonderful. It's just fantastic and you've done such a nice decorating job on it. Looks so pretty and comfy.

I, too, have been caught more than once with people coming and me either naked and getting in the shower or still in pjs at noon. My mother used to tell me to get dressed first, make my beds, wash the dishes and if anyone came, things would look pretty good. I don't always follow advice very well,, yep..I've been caught lots of times.
O, and the cookies...a mix...very fast indeed...:))

Melinda said...

What lovely areas you have come up with.
Love the pops of red!


Barb said...

You and Gary are "masters". Your home is lovely. I think this would put an end to moving again-hehe. I love everything about it. You two could have a serious future in decorating. I saw the pillow and it looks right at home.
Thank you for stopping by. I have been an absentee blogger, that is for sure.

Big hugs,

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Hi again!
The mosaic cross on my post is not the one in The Katillac Shack giveaway. The one in the giveaway will be custom made for the winner...

Rebecca Nelson said...

It is gorgeous my friend! I love everything you have done! I think this space looks cozy and warm and so very, very inviting. I could so live there.

My hubbs just got the balance of our shutters installed (easy peasy) and once we have the front of the house decorated for fall I will post new pictures. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the black which kinda freaks me because I always thought it might look too hard. It's fab!

Can't wait to see what else you are doing!

Love to you~

Rebecca PS: Thank you so much for visiting! I love it when you stop by!

Shari @ My Cottage of Bliss said...

It has been way too long since I have had a chance to stop by for a visit. Wow! You have certainly been busy! I can see I have a whole lot of catching up to do here.

Congratulations on your new home. It's gorgeous! I especially love your beautiful front door. (I'd eventually like to have something like that for the "house in Hooterville.") Those fireplace marbles are pretty neat too. :)

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Your open floor plan is absolutely stunning. Your separate seating areas are so cozy and inviting.
I love all your colors, textures and vingettes.

Thanks for leaving a sweet comment on my blog. I am following you now and will be back often. I think your blog is lovely and I'm going snooping around.


Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings... said...

Hello you two...
Can I say "I'm in love with your new home".
I loved scrolling through all your angles of the living room space....and your guest bedroom.
You must be so happy with how things have taken place.
Your seating arrangments are great and the fireplace is a beauty.
Love how your banner turned out too.
Your creative juices must be going crazy thinking of all the fun decorating you'll be doing...Christmas is coming!!!!Lol.
Well...Have fun and enjoy every minute!
xoxo~Kathy @
Sweet Up-North Mornings...

Unknown said...

G'morn, Elizabeth ~ Now this is one FABULOUS room. I love your decor, your keen eye for details & your wonderful presentation of each piece of furniture/accessories. Your wood floors are gorgeous ... I am thinking about taking up our carpet & doing this also.

The warmth & beauty of your home is so inviting & warm ...

Have a beautiful summer's day ~
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

nannykim said...

I have never heard of the marbles for the fireplace--that is so very cool. We have the logs...but this is so neat!! I love that painting too---although it just might make me want wine every day.

Vintage Linen Treasures said...

Oh My!! You did an awesome job with this gorgeous space. It looks like a model home or pictures out of a magazine. It's BEAUTIFUL!!
Patricia :o)

Brenda Pruitt said...

This is absolutely gorgeous! LOVE it! I like big rooms (limitless decorating) and lower ceilings myself. Probably keeps the electrical bill down with the air conditioning. This should be in a magazine. I'm curious about the marbles. Can you just use regular marbles?

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

OMG Elizabeth it's just can see the love and work that you and Gary put into this wonderful #12...I love the pops of red and the floor plan is wonderful my friend...Just LOVE it...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

...and i got to see this BEAUTIFUL home in person! i just love every single thing that you both have done to the room. it is breathtaking and very cozy!! and yes, you have a stellar surround sound! i so enjoyed sitting with you both and listening to music.

hugs to you,

Mamajil said...

Your room is so inviting!! I really loved it!