Friday, October 11, 2013

Show Off & Inspire - Common Ground

Today I am absolutely thrilled to have Debra from Common Ground as my feature.  She is such a talented lady and loved by everyone in blogland, so being able to Show Off and Brag about her a little is such a pleasure.  Her home has inspired most of us in some way, either by her style or her diy projects.  It is such a delight to have her share her Fall decor with us today.  So settle in while this gracious and lovely lady takes us on a tour.

I was so thrilled when Marty asked me to be part of her "Show Off and Inspire" series, and so excited that she asked me to do it in October, since Fall is my favorite time of the year. I love to decorate with the seasons, and since we live in the lower Mid West, Southern Missouri is a place where we have some of the most beautiful Fall foliage around. 

We bought our home a little over ten years ago, and at that time, as I think many of us were, I was very into color and deep earth tones. Since we've been here I've repainted almost every room, to bring in a lighter and brighter feel. Three years ago I decided that not only the walls, but furniture too, was going to become part of the lighter aesthetic, so I painted out over 20 pieces of furniture to finally get to where I am today.  Using neutrals as the base and backdrop in furniture and wall color let's me add in seasonal hues and texture, which to me is an important part of decor.

Our home is 31 years old, and is very traditional, with a little French flair. I'm big on letting the architecture and styling of the home be a guideline for the furnishings and decor. My first love is "vintage", so I like a mix of old and new playing off each other, as I have a lot of sentimental family antiques and keepsakes.

I've always loved French Country and English Country, and by adding in vintage pieces, I feel that I've combined the essence of both throughout our home. I like to layer elements, like the old house shutters and the mirror hanging from them, below. Then using old prints and florals, I like to keep it always changing and different. I get bored easily with my decor, so I'm glad that I can rotate elements to make new vignettes and centerpieces seasonally.

One of the first things I wanted to change when we moved in was this monster chandelier, original to the house. It was almost 5 feet in diameter and bright shiny brass, which blinded you when you walked into the room, whether it was "on" or not. I spent one weekend 12 feet in the air on ladder as I painted it out while it was still hanging. What a difference that made in the feel of our living room!

Befores of the Living Room and the onset of my
furniture painting extravaganza!

When we first moved in we had purchased almost all new furniture, but I wasn't happy with a "showroom" look. It took me several years to add my personality back in to the house. Using vintage prints and elements like my big vintage window box in the Dining Room, have helped do that. Adding the custom chair slips made a big difference in the feel I was going for. Relaxed and bright.

Befores of the Dining Room wall color from what I had painted when we first moved in. I still love the green and toile, but it made for a really dark Dining Room.

My sunporch is one place I love to play and it's the place that changes the most here at the house. I can do "fun" and "Holiday" to my heart's content! I have a lot of old quilts that are the basis for my seasonal color theme out here. There's a change up at least once a month. This would be my "therapy" spot, because if I need a change, I just head to the sunporch.

Three years ago I also painted out the kitchen cabinets and changed the wall color. I think this was the most dramatic change in our home, and I know, the one that's made me the happiest. I've done most of the diy work myself. I get an idea in my head and then it just has to be done. I don't like waiting for or paying someone else to do what I can do myself. I have a supportive hubby, so he's usually on board with my ideas.

Before pics of Harvest Gold paint and hardwood cabinetry.
Gosh, it was dark here, too!

I'm a collector by nature. Nothing that's important or expensive, just odds and ends of little things, like ironstone, transferware, and my little sheep and lambs. (which always find their way into my decor) Since I started blogging 4 years ago, I've realized how much photography is an important part of my life, and how much I actually love sharing my home and life through the lens of a camera.

Life to me is best expressed in the details.
 I enjoy the small things in life.

I'm blessed to live in an area with many shops and flea markets, and so many people that also have a love for vintage and a connection to the past. I really enjoy taking my readers along to the different shops, sales and markets we have in the area. I've become great friends with so many like minded people since I started buying and selling vintage goods as a business a little over 8 years ago. Recently, I shared photos from two of my favorite shops in the area.

I really enjoy styling and display, and miss having an antique space, so right now I just try to enjoy decorating all the nooks and crannies around here. One of my favorite seasonal areas to have fun with is my "Holiday Cupboard" in my downstairs sitting area. Here it is decked out for Fall last year.

Creating a warm and comfortable home has always been important to me. Whether it was taking my girls to pick out their pumpkins, baking a batch of Snickerdoodles, or just having a warm quilt to snuggle under, I enjoy the comforts of family and home. I hope you'll come visit over at my place,  Common Groundwhere I have two weekly parties. Be Inspired focuses on vintage items and decor, and The Marketplace is a showcase for Etsy and Online Boutique listings.
Thank you so much, Marty, for inviting me over today, I really appreciate you sharing my blog with your readers!

Isn't her home absolutely stunning.  I drool over all of her gorgeous vignettes and photos, so much to see and be inspired by.  If you don't already follow along with all of her projects, then you need to rush over and click the follow button.  You really don't want to miss a thing.  Thanks so much Debra for allowing me to Show You Off today.
Common Ground

I am linking to the following parties:

 Imparting Grace for Grace at Home, My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
             Stuff and Nonsense for Friday's Unfolded  French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
 The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday, Common Ground for Be Inspired Friday
The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home , Chic On A Shoestring Decorating for Flaunt It Friday
 Finding Fabulous for Frugalicious Friday, Jennifer Rizzo for Fabulously Creative Linky Party
 Tatertots and Jello for Weekend Wrap Up Party Friday
 Redoux Interiors Friday Party, A Stylish Interior for Stylish Friday Finds
Classy Clutter for Spotlight Saturday, Pieced Pastimes for Saturday Sparks Linky
It's Overflowing for Overflowing with Creativity Sat.
Funky Junk Interiors for Party Junk Interiors

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  1. I love Debra and her home. Her sense of style and decor are simply fabulous!

  2. dear Marty, thank you so very much, you're such a sweet blessing to everyone here in blogland!!

  3. So many beautiful things to see in your home Debra! Fall goodnes at it's best! Thanks marty!

  4. Common Ground and Debra are fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing her beautiful work for all to see. Debra is right, Marty. You're a little blog angel!

  5. SO beautiful! I love all of the burlap on the surfaces and pumpkins in different urns and vases (especially the one in the nest of twigs). It all looks wonderful.
    Thanks so much for sharing!
    Ashley Rane Sparks

  6. It's so elegant. I love it! Great choice Marty!

  7. Hi Marty and Debra,

    Debra's home has been an inspiration for so many bloggers like myself as she is super creative and knows what she likes and then just gets down to business making it all come alive! I love her orange accents mixed in with her mostly neutral colours. Her home has a light and airy quality, which is always so refreshing!

    Thanks for featuring Debra's beautiful home here today, Marty!

    Happy weekend to both of you!


  8. Marty, visting debras blog is always a treat. Her photography and styling are very inspiring to me. Of course I love you too marty!

  9. Marty, It is always such a pleasure to visit Debra's is so elegant and very classy...just like Debra! Hugs, Penny

  10. Her home is stunning! I love how she layers things!

  11. Debra's home is one of my favorite homes...every corner and every room is so prettily decorated and her sense of style is always an inspiration to all of us:) Thanks for sharing her beautiful home with is awesome to see her elegant decor all in one place:) Hugs, Poppy

  12. I so love Debra's very inspiring and her rooms are so recognizable in blogland...truly warm, inviting, and simply stunning rooms...and her outdoor spaces are just as wonderful...She inspires me every day!!! Have a wonderful weekend Marty and Debra!

  13. Where do I even begin! I adore your home and your style and your photography! Of course the porch is my favorite. The wonderful way you decorate it for each season! Your porch would my therapy too! I could come live in her home! Debra you are such an inspiration and I would not miss a single post!

    Marty, you are such a darling person. I'm so excited to have two of my favorite people in one place!

  14. Marty and Debra, first thank you Marty for having Debra on your blog. What a beautiful home and I love all the decorations. I really like how she transformed her furniture - simply beautiful. Thanks you so much.
    Both of you have a wonderful weekend.

  15. Thank you so much, Marty, for featuring Debra this week. I have been a long time follower...she is as beautiful inside as she is outside and her home is a reflection of that. Debra, your home is a constant source of surprise and inspiration for me and so many others. To take the pieces and treasures you own and transform areas of your house the way you do is truly admirable. I can honestly say...if there were ever a home in Blogland that I loved the most, that was more than I could ever want, it would be yours. it speaks of love and a true dedication to surrounding yourself with not only beautiful pieces, but those that have meaning and are heartfelt. Thank you always for sharing that. :)


  16. Marty, what a great blog you chose to feature! I became a follower, of course. I loved everything she did to her home. It's wonderful..detail is everything..

  17. debra's created such a gorgeous home with her fabulous vignettes and collections:)--so charming!

  18. Debra's home is wonderful and I love to see all of her latest changes.....she is indeed an inspiration to so many!

  19. LOVE the way you put things together. Simply and beautifully AMAZING!

  20. Debra is such a lovely person, and her house is amazingly beautiful. Thank you for sharing all this loveliness!

  21. I love Debra's blog too. This was a real eye candy feast though, seeing all of her house at once!!! Thank you Marty and Debra!!

  22. Thanks for taking us along on a tour of Debra's beautiful home filled with her wonderful collections! I already follow Debra's blog, but it was nice to see the whole house in one post and all the changes Debra's made since she moved into her home. Lovely photos!

  23. Debra's home is simply stunning!! I'm a big fan and am going to become her newest follower! thanks for sharing her lovely home!
    Cindy @ Diy beautify

  24. Beautiful home and style! Always a joy to view Debra's home. Thanks for linking to TTF this week.

  25. Hi Marty, Debra is one of the sweetest ladies and I love her pretty home and blog.

  26. Debra's home is so very lovely! Great feature!