Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Loving Everything...


Image Courtesy Country Homes and Interiors

... except the lights. Hmmm.....am I being too harsh? What to replace that foyer light with? I can see a gorgeous black-ish lantern (to tie in with the floor)... but there's not much head room! (alright for us short folk). A not too fussy chandelier in the living room?.... elegant yet slightly rustic...provincial. Yes? What else would you change? I think I'd have to do something about those bolster cushions!
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31 comments:

  1. The lights definitely! What I love about your little bloggy A-M is that you encourage me to see "beyond" the initial picture and truly analyse each and every aspect of the room. I guess that's what's called "Having an Eye for Detail" and you certainly HAVE that in the bucketloads. Thanks for sharing once again. :)Sharyne

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  2. Yes, have to agree with you. The lights need to be changed as they don't suit the style of house. I also don't like the striped cushion and bolsters next to the checked floor. I think this should be a solid colour, perhaps something bright to add a little zing? ;-)

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  3. Too funy - saw the pic. loading and the lights appeared and I thought mmmmmm they are not A-M's usual style!!!! KG

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  4. I don't like the sofa there at all...you would have to be careful where you sat or else you'd bang your head.
    I'd put a lovely chair in the corner near the french doors and a table under the lower part of the stairs. And I get rid of that silly plant. Love the floor and stairs though.
    Pamela xx

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  5. I'm with you on the lights but I like the stripes and bolsters and I love the floor!

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  6. I totally agree. I'm not too fussed by the bolster cushions but I don't like the stair runner - too mustardy and chunky for me :)

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  7. I am with you change the lights! Love that floor, I was a friends house who has that floor and has just painted her kitchen white I am trying to convince her to let me post it. It looks better than a new kitchen! Letitia x

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  8. Funny, I thought the same thing about the lights and scrolled down and saw your comments! Great minds think alike :)

    I ended up homewares shopping on my day off (as you do) and somehow ended up with 3 canvas prints of the eiffel tower, arc de triumph and notre dame... I knew they looked familiar. When I got home, jumped on my computer and did a search and found out they're exactly the same prints you had hung in your previous kitchen. I told hubby that "AM has the exact ones"... he just rolled his eyes. LOL.

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  9. Def change the lights, they dont look right, and the bolster cushions dont look comfy enough.
    Done.

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  10. I looked at the heading then the pic and immediently focused on the light and thought 'oohh no' .
    The stripe upholstery against the black and white floor doesn't gel and that coloured carpet on the stairs I'm afraid doesn't do it for me.
    xx

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  11. Yes without a doubt the lights just don't work in this home. If I am going to be extra picky I would say that the carpet is slightly too cream/brown for the bright white of the space - needs to be more beige? agree on bolster cushions - stripe going the wrong way would bug me & I'm not loving the rustic mirror over the fireplace. Now that was picky! LOVE the floor, wonder how difficult it would be to keep it that shiney.

    Katie

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  12. I agree with the lights, but must admit the first thing to go would be the carpet on the stairs! What a terrible colour!

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  13. Oh god! Get rid off that horibble 50's tile mosaic. Where did the black tile come from. There is no black anywhere else, brown carpet on the stairs, in the room, brown brick on the fire place, brown table, brown walls, grey couch.

    What were they thinking? The lights are also an after thought. Pocket lights would have given them head room and style. These are as out of place as is the floor.

    I know, I am harsh, but seriously, black and white tile?

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  14. Love someone who speaks their mind (wish I could.... more!) - don't hold back Will. Love it. A-M xx

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  15. Defintely change the lights, the daybed stripes have to go and the carpet on the stairs, bllerrrgghhh. I'm in two minds about the black and white flooring, no polished boards would look nicer.

    Vicki :)

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  16. All I see when I look at that picture is my arse sliding down those carpeted stairs. And not in a purposeful "I've had too much wine and am being silly" manner.

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  17. Love the stairs but not the runner. Love the floor and the stripes but not together. Love the orchid- I have orchids in 3 - soon to be 4 rooms. And yes the lights have to go. A pity the ceiling is so low- you really would need something sitting on the ceiling rather than hanging down. Maybe something with crystals- can a girl have too many crystals???

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  18. Oh! The floors caught my eyes as I was strolling through someone else's blog. I had to pop over to see them. Love the black/white floor, agree with the need for the light fixture to change and I think a cherry red would suit the cushions for that black/white space.
    I need to poke around here some more.

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  19. I could not agree more about the lights. And there is something off about the bolster pillows...are they too long maybe?

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  20. Ha, I think the readers have covered it all! :-) Love examining design photos!!
    xo

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  21. Hi, A-M:) Yes, have to agree with you! The lights need to be changed;)

    xo
    ANETTE:)

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  22. What's the drum with checkerboard floors? Are they in or out? A-M xx

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  23. I think it's more a case of 'could I live with this pattern for X amount of years'? In fashion or not.
    xx

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  24. Oops I spelt checkerboard incorrectly. I should have stopped at one glass of wine :)

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  25. Yep, the lights have to go. They lok like an afterthought! Also the carpet on the stairs and the bolster. Plump pillows, maybe a wooden floor with a light liming and a natural rug to pick up the brick outside.
    Ness xx

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  26. Definitely change the lights (to downlights or flush mounted ceiling lights....sounds naff, I know, but there just doesn't appear to be enough room for pendant lights (check out Laura Kincade's site to see what I mean...www.laurakincade.com) - then, perhaps a lamp/table arrangement under the stairs - lamp to the right...(just doesn't look like there is enough room to get from a "sit-down" position on that bench without a serious bump on the head - so it makes the bench placement look wrong to me!)
    I think the colour-scheme screams "circa 1996" to me...("clotted cream" walls, touches of blue/yellow, black/white) I could live with the floor, if the walls were in a "greige", ivory, soft white or pale taupe...or perhaps duck-egg blue....
    sorry, A-M, but I am having fun with this!
    Saying that, I do think black & white chequerboard floors are a bit of a classic, though!
    The "bones" are there, just need a bit of tweeking with the styling!
    Hope I haven't been too honest here (and sorry if you are reading this and this is your house!)
    Thank you for this decorating invitation, A-M, it's been fun!
    Cxx

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  27. me too, I notice the wood rods on the steps too, I really like that kinda detailing...

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  28. What I hate most is the color of the runner and the light fixtures. In the hallway they should be recessed lights, and in the living room maybe a little bit dressier.
    I see no function for the seat under the stairs, since nobody can sit there without bumping their head!
    The hallway has a French style because of the b/w tiles, but in the living room is country relaxed. They lost it!

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  29. Hi A-M,

    I haven't left a comment for absolutely ages, but I do call in every day all the same. I am dragging my feet here but thought I would add my two bobs worth in. When I first looked at this room, I really liked it, I still do but I'm with everyone else on the lights. Speaking of lights I noticed the ones in the lounge room and they would have to go too. I love the floor, I think it's a classic. My friend has tiles like these on her floor and I think it looks sensational and really packs a punch. I like the pattern of the carpet on the stairs and I think it's the same colour of carpet that's on the floor in the lounge room. I also love the stair rods, lovely detail. The hall seat is not in the best place that's for sure and those bolster cushions are too long and would drive me completely insane, all saggy and droopy on the ends like that. I love the lines of the couch and the colour is nice....I would like to see more pictures of this house to give more of an idea on finishes and flow. The small table on the far wall (past the couch) is bugging me 'cause I think something bigger in the way of furniture is needed and the accessories on it just seem to fade into the background and I think it's a shame. Anyway, thanks for sharing!
    Take care
    Janine
    XXOO
    N.W. Coast Tassie

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  30. Definitely not too harsh. The lights have to go. The black and white tiles made me feel very nostalgic. My parents always tiled the entrance of our homes in black and white marble tiles just like this. It was their signature in the four homes they renovated. Some things never go out of style.

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  31. I agree. Love it, but the lights...not so much.

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Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave me a comment. I love hearing from you. A-M xx