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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Pulling It All Together - A Thoughtful Place

I am super thrilled to have Courtney from A Thoughtful Place share her tips and secrets for how she pulls it all together.  Courtney is such a beautiful lady that has impeccable taste in her style for dress and her home.  I love how she incorporates both into her blog every week.  Sit back and enjoy, you are in for a super treat.

 Hi, all! I was so excited when Marty invited me to share one of my rooms with you. I am a mom to two little ones and live in Southern California. I am hoping to explain how I pulled it all together. I must admit this room has taken shape over the course of a few years and has taken a while to grow into it’s current state. This is probably my favorite room in our home because it’s where we relax, giggle, snuggle, discuss life and truly enjoy each other’s company.


While a sectional is not my go to when designing rooms, there are some spaces that just beg for one. This was one such space. Our family room is rather small and I need to make the most of the space. We LOVE to entertain and often host parties with large groups. Because of that, we had a sectional custom made to meet the exact specifications of this room.
Once the sofa was in place, it took me a while, but I fell in love with the lead fabric pillow. It is Wilmington Covington and offers great colors to pull from for the rest of the space. In fact, I pulled out the blue for the slipper chairs. Those were another DIY project and offer great seating. Don’t be afraid to place chairs in front of a fireplace and away from the television. It makes the room that much cozier and if you go with a low profile chair you do not lose the pretty visual of the fireplace and mantel.


Because we have little ones, at the time I needed a very soft and functional coffee table. This little number was only $100 from K Mart a few years back. It’s been perfect for us. Great storage for table linens and the softness allowed me to relax with my crazy toddler boy running in and out of the room. Now that the children are 6 and 8 I am actually contemplating graduating to a real wood coffee table {gasp!}.

To pull this room together I relied on some of the things that make me most happy in design: a touch of glamour, bold pattern, color, comfort and meaningful pieces. The bold stripe of the rug is such an easy way to add a big impact in one shot! It also ties into the black accent elements I have in the space. 


The subway art we have is quite meaningful to us. I made it using names of the streets my hubby and I have lived on throughout our lives. It’s a nice conversation piece and instant reminder of where we come from. I added gold corners to the frames one night on a whim. I sprayed some duct tape gold and wrapped each corner. To be honest, most of my DIY projects are just done on a whim and I hope for the best! 


I realized that while the room was coming together, I had gone crazy with rectangles. They are everywhere! So I needed to break that up. I had this mirror hanging near our piano and decided it was a much better fit above the mantel.


Every space needs fresh greenery. I am a huge fan of it in all rooms. We have a pretty magnolia tree out back that lends itself nicely to fresh branches on the mantel.



I think the guiding force in any room I design is a lead fabric. The floral fabric of my pillows really directs what I bring into the space. Because it’s a floral it provides lots of color options but it also keeps me in line. I am not going to bring home a hot pink pillow, despite loving that color, as it does not go with my lead fabric. The drapes were another DIY. I fell in love with the large neutral print and knew it would blend well with everything in the space. It’s a tough room to add drapes to so we had to get creative with the DIY rods. If you ever find drapes that are too short, consider doing what I did to make them work.

Mixing finishes, adding some glamour, infusing bold pattern and meaningful art made this room finally come together. Thank you, Marty, for letting me share our family room with you and your readers.


See what I mean, how she pays attention to all the tiny details and creates such beautiful DIY elements for her home.  I love this room and it definitely looks chic, inviting and a place to come in and relax.  That's all you could ask for in a room and she pulled it together with such style.  Thanks tons Courtney for letting me brag a little about you.  Now if you don't follow her blog, by all means, run over and click that follow button.  You really don't want to miss a thing.


 I am joining the following parties:
 Craftberry Bush , Posed Perfection ,
 Katherines Corner , The Vintage Farmhouse , A Delightsome Life ,
Love of Family & Home ,  Between Naps On The Porch ,
 From My Front Porch To Yours , The 36th Avenue , Imparting Grace ,
 My Romantic Home ,   French Country Cottage ,The Thrifty Groove ,
                  The Charm of Home , Chic On A Shoestring Decorating , Finding Fabulous ,
                                        Rooted In Thyme , Jennifer Rizzo , Redoux Interiors





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19 comments:

  1. This is an awesome room, Marty! I zipped over to check out more of A Thoughtful Place and it is a lovely blog.

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    1. Thank you so much, Lynn. It's where our "real life" happens every day with the kids and all of their antics so it's fun to be able to share.

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  2. This may be the best "pulling it all together" post yet! Courtney gives some excellent decorating pointers here!

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    1. Thank you so much, Pat. Such a sweet compliment. It's an honor to be sharing on Marty's blog. Happy Friday, to you!

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  3. A very pretty room. I actually love the chairs in front of the fireplace. Had never thought to place them like that and I love it!

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    1. Thank you, Alicia. It's our favorite spot for hanging out.

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  4. Thanks for sharing this pretty fmily friendly LR. Hve a good weekend. Linda @busheandapickle.com

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  5. Beautiful! I love the black and white, it's so fresh and really, very lovely for every season, in fact. It's also very elegant as well.
    Thanks for sharing sweet Marty.
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    FABBY

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    1. What a sweet comment, Fabby. I really appreciate it. It's taken us a while to get it to this point but we enjoy it very much. Happy Friday to you.

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  6. What a beautiful home!!! Your decorating style is very classy.

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    1. Thank you, Susan. That is so kind. Appreciate your taking the time to comment. Enjoy your weekend.

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  7. Marty,
    What a great choice to have Courtney. Love her style and how cozy and pretty her home is. Thanks for sharing Courtney. I am headed over to your blog now.
    Kris

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    1. Oh, thank you, Kris. So nice. We spend a heck of a lot of time in this room. Hope you enjoy your Friday evening.

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  8. Marty! Holy cow. You have the sweetest readers. Thank you so much for inviting me to share a part of our home today. I was really honored.

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  9. I really enjoyed Courtney's tips and her home is beautiful. Going over to follow...
    Thanks.

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  10. Such a beautiful room! I love all of Courtney's touches and how she explained why she chose something. We went with a sectional in our sun room because it was the only realistic way to get more seating in a small room. Especially since it has become more like our den or family room with the television. Love how the straight lines were broken up with the round mirror over the fireplace. I find too many straight lines drive me crazy.

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  11. What a beautiful room! Thanx for introducing me to a new to me blogger and for linking up to THT.

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  12. What a great styled room! Thanks for joining HSH!

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