Wednesday, January 18, 2012

A Tour of Karens Cottage.... Part 1

Part 1 of a three part series.

 Today we are going on a little tour of one of my daughters homes.  Karen has decorated some of her living spaces in black and white with a touch of red  and she is a master at it. Both she and her husband love all things french. Her husband lived in France for a number of years and speaks french fluently. They love not only french design but also french food. She has a wonderful collection of french cookbooks. (Photo coming in future posts.) They have three children...two teenage sons and a 12 year old daughter. For Part 1 of the tour we are starting with
Her Cozy Sitting Room

First off Karen does all her own sewing. When she was little her favorite thing was my sewing machine so she learned to sew at a very young age and has been in love with it ever since. She made
*All the slipcovers and pillows herself.
*All the drapes and valances.
*Purchased thrift store frames and painted all of them plus many, many other thrift store items.
*Covered all the lampshades....again thrift store finds.
*Enlarged art herself and framed it making her own wall art.

This cast off sofa she covered with material that she had left over from a model home that she did for a contractor at a parade of homes. Her designs won that contractor an award for best in decorating.That bolt of black and white fabric was the jumping off point for her to do some of her living spaces in the black and white color theme.

Notice how she uses frames within frames with the backgrounds between the frames in paper prints. The plates were either given to her as gifts or again thrift store finds.

The pictures on the wall are really straight. I took this photo at an angle so it only looks crooked but is not. She has taken a picture of the Savior and made it the centerpiece for this wall grouping. You will find alot of religious art throughout her home because their religion and family are the focus of their lives.

This wall is adjacent to the love seat wall. You can't help noticing the beautiful antique christening gowns. She collects them and displays them. The one on the left and in the corner to the bottom right are from the very early 1900's. The one on the right that is hanging is from the civil war era. It was purchased at an estate auction for a mere $25. What a find!

The sofa table and large mirror anchor this wall. Isn't this just a lovely grouping. She painted both the table and the mirror herself. The red berries at the top of the mirror add a pop of color that brings the eye up.

         Karen loves to do vignettes and has done several here.

She has grouped things with balance yet diversity.

Love how the red berries and red italian book add color and interest.
Also did you notice the white battenberg lace runner. She loves various laces and uses them throughout her decorating.

This vignette adds another pop of red at another heighth to give added interest. She has some beautiful religious books that she likes to display and as a reminder to whom their faith belongs.

She made a gathered and fitted cover for the ottoman out of a coordinating print. She then topped it off with a black and white toile paisley print throw. The throw was a gift to her from her marvelous mother (moi). (Big smile)!!!

This photo shows two of her slipcovered chairs and is the window wall across from the love seat wall.

This black slipcovered  chair is her favorite chair.

This lace piece she purchased at a very small 'hole in the wall' thriftstore in a tiny touristy town. And she got it for $1. She was just delighted.

The toss pillows she made with fabric remnants.

Another lovely vignette on this little accent table. Again she made the topper and the table covering. Also the drapes.

This cute little guy is 'Thor.' They adopted him from a shelter. He was so shaggy they thought he was gray. They didn't find out he was really white and black until they had him groomed. Isn't he just adorable. When he shows his teeth, Karen says he's smiling. So he 'posed' for this photo. (smile)

Karen uses alot of ginghams. And so with this slipcovered chair.

Here is the whole sitting area. It is so cozy and inviting. Its a pleasure to just go and sit and visit and enjoy viewing all her vignettes and artwork. A truly lovely beginning to her charming cottage. It is so warm and welcoming!

Hope you have enjoyed our tour of Karens Sitting Area. Isn't it just wonderful!! Over the few weeks I will be sharing  Parts 2 and 3 with you.

Thanks for joining me. Its always fun to have you visit.


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Domesblissity said...

Oh Nann! How gorgeous. Please, please don't tell me she has children. If she does I'll be so envious. I'd love to have my home looking so nice but my kids are wild! (Or so it seems. LOL) Can't wait for the next instalments.

Anne xx

Unknown said...

Absolutely adorable and I can't even believer her doggie matches too!!!!
Great photos Nancy I really enjoyed them and look forward to parts 2 and 3!

Bliss said...

I love black and white. She pulled it off great. The touches of red too. My favorite is the jar with the berry's in it and the red Italian book. Now fess up, the dog used to be all white. You dyed him for the sake of decorating.


Tablescapes By Diane said...

Hi lovely lady.
This was a joy to come visit with you
and the tour of Karens Setting Area!!
so Gorgeous with the black and white colors. The foot stool Is Beautiful I love the whole room. Thanks so much for posting for us, she did a lovely job putting this all together.
And thanks so much for your sweet comments on my Tablescape and Kitchen. I hope you have a great weekend.
XXOO Diane

Anonymous said...

I love black and white other with toile and plaid being my favorite. Every now and then, I look at those patterns in the store and wish I could pull them off someplace in my house. However, although they are beautiful, I'm a pink shabby girl at heart and know I couldn't pull the black off long term. This style is just one I admire in other people's homes.

How extra special all her things must be since she made so much of these things hereself. Can't wait to see part 2!

Cheryl said...

OH! Nann!! When can I move in!! lol!! I am in love with that room!! I am loving black and white these days!! What a absolutely beautiful job your daughter did!! She is so talented...but then again, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree!! heehee!! I can not wait to see more!!! Have a wonderful evening!!

Cheryl said...

OH!! I forgot to mention Thor!! TOOOOO CUTE!!! ;-0)

Nellie said...

Wonderful decorating talent! This was a real pleasure to read, and I look forward to the next installments!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I love black and white combos, including your black and white pooch :) Thanks so much for the visit! Happy to meet you.

May said...

I really love her choice of fabrics. The frames within frames are quite pretty as well. And I am a sucker for the christening gowns.

Our Country Bungalow said...

I love the photos you've shared here! How talented she is. Don't you just love it when a home is personalized to reflect the owner's tastes and style? So many boring furniture-showroom homes out there. But this one has real charm!
Very cute.

Nancy Manlove said...

Lovely Lady Nann. Love the black and white and the dog matches the color theme! I know you are proud of your daughter's decorating capabilities,creativity and talents! Nancy Manlove... Texas, City Texas

CJ Foss said...

Nann, Great black and white decor. You have woven in your vintage finds without it looking cutsey, but instead cohesive, cozy and elegant. Thanks for sharing with us. ~CJ

Anonymous said...

Hi...This is Peggy!

How inspiring your creative daughter is! I need her ASAP! lol Just lovely and to have put so much of herself into it...her home is really a big piece of her!

The Tablescaper said...

You have one very talented daughter. Her home is lovely. Thank you for sharing it with us and it's lovely to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

Unknown said...

I love it! Great job! See she is talented like mom. Thanks for sharing love the dog too joann

Honey at 2805 said...

It's so pretty! Thank you for sharing your wonderful post at Potpourri Friday!

Anonymous said...

Your daughter is very talented. I also love you showing her work. It is neat how each photo is labled with your web page too! <3 Roberta

Delicious Dishes by Debbie said...

So beautiful and I also love the dog that matches. I would LOVE to have this room in my house. Absolutely gorgeous. Love the posting and how you highlighted everything. Looks like a room that came right out of "Dear Lizzie's" kidding.

Unknown said...

Love it ALL to pieces!!! So talented!!! Thanks LOTS for sharing at Overflowing with Creativity!

XO, Aimee

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cathy@my1929charmer said...

Such a beautiful sitting room. Love all the Frenchyness and the black, white and red colors. I love to sew, and your daughter does a really great job. Thor is adorable! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday's Best party.

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

So charming!! Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday!

Jennelise said...

Hello! Your daughter has such a lovely home! She is very talented with design! Thankyou so much for stopping by my blog and leaving such lovely comments! It was wonderful to hear from you :) Take care!

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