Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Room by Room...The "Great" Room...

Hello friends, and thank you for all of your sweet comments on my first post in the little tour of my house.  It's fun to have you all "over" thanks for stopping back :)

So this is where we left off after our little "Entry/Sitting Room" post...if you missed it and you'd like to peek back you can see that post HERE.

So if you're all ready...we'll head into the "Great Room"...and since there are tons of pictures, I'll keep the "chatter" to a minimum and let the pictures do the "talking".

The "Great" room...I've always struggled with that name...but the WIKIPEDIA definition said this...
"The term great room denotes a room space within an abode which combines the specific functions of several of the more traditional room spaces (e.g. the family room, the living room, the study, etc.) into a singular unified space. Great rooms are typically at or near the center of the house, feature raised ceilings, and have been common in American homes since the early 1990s."
So a "Great Room" it is :) 

It was actually harder than I thought to here's the big picture and than I'll take you around for a closer look at all of my many vignettes around this rather large open space.

I made this light out of an old empty radio can see that post HERE on JunkMarket Style.

Ahhh...this is still the best seat in the house :)

A sign made by my friend Joan...we'll be sharing a booth (along with Larry of the Country Junk Sale) at the fall Flea Market Under Glass Event.

We "gussied up" these chippy architecure pieces for bookends.


These XL glass jars have been all over the place...sorry, I didn't iron my runner for you.  Does it make you feel better to know I would probably forget to do it for "real company" too???

Love them sitting on these rusty old saw blades..."one man's trash...", literally :)

And this door will lead you to my porch which I showed you HERE.

You might also remember this special hutch and little house from my Sentimental Junk Post way back you can see, I've simplified quite a bit since then.  It's my goal to "simplify" my decorating...but as a life long collector, it's really hard for me!!!  Maybe some of you can relate?  Baby steps :)

We took down my great-grandfather's ski's and added this old screen door.

Chippy-licious...just how I like it :)

So that about covers it for the Great Room...hope I haven't lost you :) 
We'll move on to the kitchen next...and it's so teeny-tiny it's almost not worth showing...but I will :)

Sharing here...

Also linking this post to...
for the Authentic Style Series featuring Miss Mustard Seed

Hope to see you there!!!
Chat soon,


  1. I love all of the details of your space! You have such a great eye and the space feels very welcoming!

  2. Laurel...I gotta say it...what's not to love??? I LOVE it all, from your sweet radio light to your your jars on your table...and it does feel like home - no ironing necessary for friends!!!

    Hugs, Kathy

  3. Laurel~
    you know what I find so restful and gorgeous about your rooms? The fact that you have no paintings or pictures (except a family photos, tucked in) All of your art on your walls is architectural and offbeat. It literally draws the eye in and captures your attention!
    YET... it isn't TOO BUSY either.
    So comfortable. I love it.
    thanks for showing your great room! you always leave me wanting more,~~

    I can't wait to see that "teeny-tiny it's almost not worth showing" kitchen! Pat

  4. Love the pictures in the frames. Especially the little boy with the bulging eyes. Reminds me of my older brother. Also really liked the screen door and mirror. Can't wait to see more!

  5. Everything looks beautiful!!!!!!

    When can I come over?

  6. Laurel, your home is beautiful! I love each vignette and the furniture layout. Just gorgeous! You need to link up to a few parties. You have great ideas to share. Love those funnels in mason jars and all your cute frames too. Thanks for sharing!

  7. So many beautiful details, love it all!

  8. Your home is lovely and I love all of your beautiful vignettes. You have such creative touches and displays. Beautifully done. Hugs, Marty

  9. Hi... Just became a new what I see...Hope you'll come and visit me too. Chippiness is fantastic.
    xoso Sandy O

  10. You have such a talent for decorating! Now, when was it you were coming to do my house? So many great ideas here!

  11. I loved the tour!! It took me awhile to get through this post because I had to enlarge every picture to see all the wonderful detail!! You know I love all of your ideas!!

  12. Thanks for the tour. Love the architectural bookends.

  13. What a GREAT great room! I love all the pretty vignettes you've created. First time visiting and now your newest follower :)

  14. You really have an eye for decorating. I really love that radio lamp and will have to check out your tutorial on it. Also love the white farmhouse your husband built for you. so romantic!

  15. Oh Laurel, you are just SOOOOO talented!! I mean, I felt like I was looking at a magazine and just had to keep scrolling up and down to take it all in. You definitely have a gift for this and every corner is full of charm and character. Your centerpiece is just fabulous and I love the radio lamp too. Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Inspiration Friday this week!

  16. Your great room looks so inviting! Great job!

  17. You have an incredible knack for decorating and a lovely home to do so with. Love the ceiling in the Great room, it is great.

  18. Thanks for the tour. You have a great Great Room. ;-)

  19. Beautiful! I love your style. This is the first time I've visited your blog. Where have I been!? Have to go browse your archives now.

  20. Love your little cupboard of treasures!!

    barbara jean

  21. I love all your little treasures Laurel! Such a unique and pretty home.

    (PS I have a new blog home, I hope you'll come by)

  22. Laurel,
    I love your great room. It is a wonderful space. We have one and we literally live there except for sleeping. It is hard to photograph though. You did a good job breaking it up into vignettes. Lovely! Thanks for linking it up to HSH!

  23. Your room is indeed great and full of inspiration and creativity. Loved it.

  24. Your great room is wonderful, inviting and full of charm and inspiration!

  25. Your great room is so wonderful~ I love all the charm and details you have! The open shelving in front of the windows is beautiful and love the table setting!! Thanks for sharing this at FNF:)

  26. I am catching up on the it all Laurel! Your home is beautiful and just my style of awesome "junk"!

  27. What a beautiful space you got here!
    Lovely tablescape! Hope to see you on my blog:)
    Have a great week!


  28. You have a very pretty home with great accessories and some lovely furniture pieces. I really like the old hutch.

  29. those are such elegant rooms! Beautiful, peaceful colors. :)

    Paula Montgomery
    Ayala Premier Makati


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