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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

2010 Home Tour - the family room


Last year, with Kelly’s Korner hosting “Show Us Your Home”, I did all kinds of posts on all the un-finished rooms in our house. Then I made a tab at top of the blog labeled “New House Progress” and upon inspection the other day I realized, “ICK! These rooms look awful! That’s not how my house still looks?!”
There is little “progress” depicted there. I need to update y’all ASAP.
 
It would be pitiful if you actually thought our office still looked like this. SCARY even. {I can’t believe I even provided that link for you!} The office isn’t even in that same room anymore, that’s actually  {I believe} a lovely guest bedroom now. But how would you know with such a bad blogger as a friend?
 
I apologize and will now set about making it right, one room of our “2010 House Tour” at a time. {Because I know my house will never actually be finished, just as I will tell you my future plans for this room at the end of the post, surely there will be a 2011 House Tour =) }
 
We spend far too much time in this room for it not to be a relaxing and peaceful place, decorated just how we I like it to look and feel.

Nick doesn’t offer much in the decorating department, except to support me. Though he will stand up against something he truly doesn’t like, such as the pretty multi-colored Ralph Lauren flowered sheets I bought for our bedroom {gorgeous and ON SALE}. Though we do still own them, I like to think it’s a compromise that they get alternated with the other sheet pattern we have for the bed on wash day. He’s more apt to declare the sheets need cleaning and wash them himself if he gets to take the flowered ones off!

I get sidetracked so easily. Back to the family room.
I’ve done a lot of writing on putting together this one room, thus this particular post is full of links galore to other related posts.
 
Like a post dedicated to choosing the paint color, Blue Twilight by Valspar.
And several posts about the painting process itself, which took many long woman hours, between my mother-in-law and myself. {Yes, I love my MIL!} We finally finished and I started talking about decorating my blank canvas and had to run some ideas by my readers to help me decorate the space.
 
Well here it is, our little family room.
{OR our “living room” depending on where you’re from ;)}

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Looking in from the front door of our house: entryway table is an antique from Nick’s grandmother, small black African statues from a family friend of Nick’s, and lamps are one of my most prized finds from Goodwill! Lampshades from Wal-Mart.
 
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Entering into the kitchen from the family room, I love this verse and thought this was a great place for our daily reminder of what is truly important in this life.
 
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We ordered the couch from Haverty’s, the rug is from Overstock. This is a fantastic rug at a great price – I’m gaga over rugs from Overstock. I’ve always lucked into great quality from them and have at least 6 rugs in our house ordered from Overstock.
 
Sadly, several readers have tried to find this rug themselves on their website and haven’t had any luck since. It’s a grab while you can kind of a place.
 
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Speaking of, I just realized I didn’t take a photo of the entryway rug, so here’s a quick camera phone picture. {Also from Overstock.}
 
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Paintings from Marshall’s. Not ecstatic about them, but they’re good for now. Still on the lookout for some “real” art for this wall.
 
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Mirror above mantel from Homegoods.
 
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Silver lantern from TJ Maxx.
 
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These 2 little lanterns came from a yard sale a couple of weeks ago.
Love me some deals =)
 
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End table: 5 bucks at an auction. Lamp: free from my momma. Both spray painted and lampshade recovered by me.
 
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Coffee table bought at a thrift store and spray painted by yours truly.
 
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Love this clock from Hobby Lobby!
 
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He always Houdini’s himself into my pictures. He’s a little attention hungry, this one.
 
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Keepin’ it real: can you see the socks we always look for under the couch before doing laundry? I have no idea what attention hungry little animal would love to munch on some dirty socks under the couch in hiding…
 
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I got the white bowl for a quarter at an auction =) Loving these little flowers planted in it right now!
 
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Branch-candle-thingy from TJ Maxx, apothecary jars from Homegoods.
I love changing up the mantel for Holidays – check the “Seasonal Decor” tab up top on the blog for more pictures of it through out the year.
 
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Birdcage for another quarter or two at the auction. It use to be black and rusty and gross until I gave it a little lovin.
 
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This use to be a living tree untill we killed it… now it’s spray painted remnants rest in my living room with crystals and photos hanging from it – post to come on this one!
 
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This is the hallway from the living room back to the bedrooms and office. I just bought this rug and it’s match {you can see starting around the corner} from RugSale.com. Hendrix finds it to be a great resting place for  a busy little guy like himself.
 
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and of course, because a room is never really finished, I will soon be adding drop cloth curtains to the family room!
 
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Don’t give me that same confused look my mom and husband did – go read here to see some other’s beautiful examples. It’s really tres chic, ya know.
 
Thanks for touring! More rooms to come shortly.

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123 comments:

  1. I'm diggin' the blue. When you get take a break from your house will you come do mine? I STINK at decorating, but I look at others' cute houses with longing.

    Thanks for the tip about the rugs. Ours in the living room is looking a little worn, and I've had my eyes peeled for a new one.

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  2. You have such a beautiful living room! I love the wall color and everything in your room. I think your drop cloth curtains will turn out amazing!!

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  3. Oh my goodness, Hendrix is the cutest little thing ever!!!

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  4. Thanks for the link to those curtains, I currently have blinds only up because I can't find anything I like...I love those! I added her tom my "Good Reads" so I can go back and explore when I don't have school starting in minutes!!

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  5. Oh, and the one pic with the antique table Hendrix is looking at you in with the sweetest little face!

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  6. I'm not sure where to even start - I'm in LOVE with your living room! The TV stand is perfect - and I can't get over your white coffee table. And that clock?!? LOVE it all! ooh, and that rug too - love that! :) BTW - I love the name of your blog.

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  7. Thnaks for posting these photos! I think you just helped me decide on a wall color for my guest room :-) LOVE it. it's exactly what I've been looking for :-)

    The colors in the guest room are going to be gray, yellows and aqua/blue.

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  8. Thanks for the heads up on your rugs. I have been looking for a few rugs for months, so I will check out both websites.

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  9. I love all of your thrifty finds! The room looks great :)

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  10. i love that sectional! it looks so comfy. i was just complaining last night that i dont think our house will EVER be done. there are uncompleted projects everywhere and so much to do.....i know, whine, whine, whine!

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  11. That is gorgeous! Love your thriftiness and your creativity. Hendrix is too cute :)

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  12. So, so pretty! I love the bible verse above the door and the calming blue color of the walls. And all those great thrift store finds.

    Your pup is pretty cute too!!

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  13. What a gorgeous room. I looooooove the wall color!

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  14. thanks so much for linking up to "AP Tuesdays!" Love the wall color and those windows are amazing. Also love those little lanterns on the floor.
    Oh, and the title of of your blog..:)

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  15. I have outfitted our new house with many great finds from TJ Maxx, Marshalls and my beloved Home Goods! I love those places! I can't wait to see the curtains! Hope all is well!

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  16. You have created an absolutely beautiful and cozy family room! I just keep going back and looking! Gorgeous!

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  17. GORGEOUS! And I'm off to Hobby Lobby to find that clock! :)

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  18. Everything looks great! I can't wait to see the rest.

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  19. love the whole room...it's gorgeous! I love your sectional, the wall color, the little tree, the apothecary jars, and of course your sweet little pup (they always manage to be right where you're taking pictures, don't they!) What a fun room. You can come decorate at my house any day!

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  20. your puppy is JUST like mine, under the couch is her favorite hiding spot! It made me smile :)

    love the fireplace, beautiful job!

    -Jackie
    http://jaclyndesigns.blogspot.com/

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  21. I love the room. Especially the wall color and that clock!! Where did you get that. I'm in love with it. And I think the purple flowers are perfect. Bring a little pop!!

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  22. I love, love, love your living room! It's just so pretty :) And little Hendrix is so adorable!

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  23. I love the paint color and the overall feel...You did crack me up with the living tree/dead tree...that is perfection dear friend.

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  24. I aboslutely love your family room, something exactly like I would do!!! Beautiful.
    I e-mailed you about the giveaway I won! :)

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  25. I love love love your living room! what is the name of the paint color and what company carries it? I might need to find something that needs painting so I have an excuse to try it out!

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  26. Looks great, Stephanie, especially loving the mantel!

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  27. Thanks for sharing your living room....it really looks great!

    I'm anxious to see those curtains up...I've considered doing some, and my husband has given me that crazy look! : )

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  28. Love this room. Thank you so much for sharing. I am obsessed with the unavaliable couch - of course! However, everything just looks spectacular in your room. Well done!

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  29. I love the colors in this room! They are so soothing. I've been looking for a coffee table like that everywhere!

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  30. Oh my gosh -- this is my all time favorite type of room -- something to enjoy and look at everywhere, but not at all overcrowded or cluttered. The colors rock and work well together. Your special touches don't shout out, they are there to be seen and then appreciated. What a great job you did. It's not all matchy matchy, but it all does work extremely well together. I'm following you, brown-eyed girl and you too, blue-eyed boy, and I invite you to do the same at my place!

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  31. Everything looks so coordinated and welcoming. You have a great eye to put it all together so well.
    My favorite shot included Hendrix beneath the table.

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  32. So when are you doing my living room, ahem whole house?

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  33. what a beautiful room!! its amazing how you can make all those items work, having that vision is truly a gift!
    and your pup is too cute, my guys would love him!

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  34. Holy cow, that room is beautiful! I love the wall color. And those fabulous pillows. and your clock, and the bird cage, and the rug, and your dog (totally finished the look), and, well, everything! You've given me some ideas. I think I need to redecorate :)

    Thank you for participating in the Creative Therapy Session with Life in the Pitts!

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  35. Your living room is GORGEOUS!!! I'm a new follower from WW. So glad I found your blog. Will be back to check out some more!!
    Katy
    www.kdbuggie.blogspot.com

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  36. You have such a fun blog! :) I'm now following you from Welcome Wednesday and would love to have you follow back at www.dandygiveaway.com!

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  37. I love it! You really did a great job on the room! That clock reminds me of something you would see at an old train station, LOVE!

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  38. I love your living room its so bright and airy. i love the color on the walls. Following from Wednesday blog hop.

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  39. Hey, I love your blog!! I'm your newest follower from Welcome Wednesday

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  40. Stephanie- it's GORGEOUS!!!

    Just wanted to say THANK YOU for participating in this week's WELCOME WEDNESDAY! We hope to see you weekly! We are so happy to be following your blog! Thank you for helping spread the word about our great event by grabbing our button!

    Kristin & Jaime
    Take It From Me
    http://takeitfrom-me.blogspot.com

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  41. Wow! what a great room! I love the colors you have used in this room and also all your thrifty finds you've incorporated. It looks just fantastic!!! I just redid my master bedroom , I did it in blue as well. I made my own drop cloth curtians. Stop by my blog and have a look at them. Have a great day!
    Joy

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  42. There are so many good things in this room to comment on but I was really impressed at how you thought to repurpose a dead tree instead of tossing it. Now that's thinking outside the box! *two thumbs up*

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  43. So pretty! And I really love your little model!
    He's a sweety!

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  44. I love the blue color of the walls, we have a similar color theme in our house except for we have beige walls (boring!). I have always loved how you decorate your mantle. Love it. Super impressed with your crafting abilities on your side table/lamp project too.

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  45. Following through WW! Would love to have you follow back.

    Lucas's Journey with Sensory Processing Disorder
    http://lucasjourneyspd.blogspot.com/

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  46. I really love the colors of your room. It is sooo relaxing and inviting.

    Visiting by way of Strut your stuff Thursday!

    ~Makalani
    Makaz home

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  47. You living room is so big!!! And i love your big glass doors! Oh and also, I am following you now thanks to Welcome Wednesday! It would be nice if you could share back the love on my blog! Happy Welcome Wednesday!

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  48. Hello,
    Thank you for leaving me such a sweet comment on my blog, and also a link to your beautiful family room. You have a beautiful home!!
    Take Care,
    Maria

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  49. Hi Stephanie, it's my first time here and just wanted to say hello and how much I loved seeing your family room photos :) I love that couch! Hendrix is SO cute. I am off to look at your other posts. Hope you have a wonderful day.
    Come say hi
    Hugs
    Denise

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  50. Your family room looks wonderful. I love all the little details, like the jar with the feathers. So great!

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  51. it's all simply gorgeous. love the color palette and the eclecitc mix of decor- it all blends beatifully!

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  52. I love how clean and crisp it all looks! And I love Hendrix--he's adorable!

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  53. PS...I have an art suggestion for you! How about Andy Warhol-type artwork of adorable Hendrix? Seriously, you could either use a photo program and copy 6 or 8 different versions of the same shot of that cute little face...or you could make a line drawing of him, have it photocopied onto big pieces of paper, then go to the drawings with oil pastels. It would be "Modern Art" so you wouldn't even have to stay in the lines, LOL!

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  54. Wow, what a gorgeous room! I love all the colors and details in the room. And your dog is adorable!! We have a little maltese/poodle mix that we love, and he always tries to sneak in my pictures!

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  55. What an awesome room. I love all the little details. Can you come do my room? Please?

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  56. Very pretty! I like the blue, a lot! It adds a real sense of peace to the room!

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  57. That's a very nice space. Great job with everything and thank you for sharing. Your newest follower, Kansas Amy

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  58. Thanks for sharing! What a lovely room! I LOVE your paint color! Oh how I miss Homegoods...they dont have them where we live now :(

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  59. Okay, I'm IN LURVE with that blue wall colour and your coffee table (and that too cute pooch). I love that it's thrifty. I recently posted about my thrifty living room makeover too. I'd luv your thoughts on it if you have time.
    Kristine
    xxx

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  60. love the blue walls! now you give me idea what to paint on my walls.. thanks for sharing..

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  61. Beautiful! I LOVE the verse over the door!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Amy@www.thecheapandchoosy.blogspot.com

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  62. Girl, get on with yourself!!! Everything looks fab!

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  63. Love the colors in your room!

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  64. What a great room! I have sat on that couch at Haverty's and it is so comfy!!

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  65. Your room is gorgeous! Love the colors!
    I'm a new follower!

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  66. I found you over at Centsational Girl today. Your living room is gorgeous. I'm going to have to go back over each picture because there are so many great accessories. Your dog is adorable, too!

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  67. I LOVE how your living room turned out! The paint color is gorgeous! And the coffee table is perfect!! Thank you for sharing.

    ~Alison
    http://oopsey-daisy.blogspot.com/

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  68. I love how a lot of the pieces in the living room mean something and you did an awesome job making the most of the space....thanks for sharing at It's Party Time Thursday@PonyTails&FishScales!

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  69. Fabulous....love home goods, love the verse on your wall ;)

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  70. Your living room looks beautiful and comfortable. Great work!

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  71. HI! I find your blog very inspiring...and I think we have similar decorating styles. I love your big rug and your fabulous finds! I made drop-cloth curtains for our living room too and love them! You can check out my blog if you'd like...

    www.thenurturednest.blogspot.com

    You have a gorgeous house...keep up the good work!

    -Gail

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  72. What a beautiful room! We're so glad you joined us for another great Anything Related party!
    {Rebekah}

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  73. I just wanted to drop you a note to let you know that I featured your fabulous family room on my blog. You can see the feature here:

    http://wwwbobbypinsboardwalk.blogspot.com/2010/07/featured-attractions-on-bobbypins_18.html

    Feel free to grab a "featured" button and I sure thank you for linking this project to the Boardwalk Bragfest!

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  74. So pretty! Love that wall color!

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  75. What a great space - super airy and inviting at the same time. I love your little tree! Thanks for linking up to Be Inspired last week.

    Chelsea

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  76. Your home is beautiful! Thanks for sharing the photos and ideas. I love that you shop at the mission and yard sales. I do, too! :-)

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  77. Wow! I think your room is looking so great!!

    Thanks so much for linking up!

    Please stop by for another link party Friday! Also, I will be having a giveaway on Friday too!

    Ashley
    www.simplydesigning.blogspot.com

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  78. I am posting this to my favs.
    Girl, you are one crafty gal. You need to go over to our other blog www.diyclubinc.com and enter the next party the give-a-way package will be announced on Monday for the Aug party--they are amazing--it will be over $300.
    Cheri

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  79. Great room! I LOVE your rug! I've looked on Overstock, but you are so right, you do have to watch for them and grab them when you see one you like! We actually have that same clock from Hobby Lobby! We love it too! Your room is actually the only blog I've seen it on, how fun!

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  80. Great decorating! Where is the couch from? Love your blog! Are you from Cincinnati? My hubs grew up there!

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  81. I love your living room!! You have such great style, the color on the walls is beautiful and all your fun accessories!! BeautifuL!!!

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  82. you have such an eye for decorating!

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  83. Found you at Kelly's Korner! I love your living room!!!

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  84. Love, love it! I am feeling so inspired!

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  85. Beautiful room! I love, love the paint color!

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  86. Your room is AWESOME! I LOVE your style! Love the color too, wanna come to a little village in Ohio and help decorate my new home? lol

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  87. I am DYING over this pictures! That picture of your puppy looking at you under that table is the most PRECIOUS thing I have ever seen!!!

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  88. Such a beautiful room! Love it!

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  89. Beautiful room and gorgeous...colors....I had to look at all the pictures twice....Great blog

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  90. Love this living room just beautifuL!! Love the color blue and the hardwood floors and the open space!! What a cute puppy!! That bible verse is so pretty on the wall

    love this
    have a great weekend
    xoxo
    Summer ;0)

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  91. Wow, everything looks so beautiful!

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  92. I love that shade of blue and the rugs are perfect!

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  93. I love your whole look!! I am a huge fan of the trellis pillows on your couch!! I love this fabric!!! I just saw the bird pillow on someone elses couch! The rug really is great!!! You have done a great job tying the room together and making it look inviting!

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  94. Beautiful living room! Love your blog and can't wait to read more. :)

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  95. I absolutely love your colors and your accessories are perfect.
    Anita
    www.feedingmypickyeaters.blogspot.com

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  96. I love it all...especially your funky end table, your gorgeous coffee table, and the wall clock!

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  97. Oh my gosh! Beautiful home but what really blew me away was your DOG! So,so cute! I saw the first few pictures of the living then I saw this cute little teddy bear in the corner of one of the photos and then I realised it was a dog.
    What breed is it if I may ask?

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  98. What a beautiful room. And your dog, I can't think what's cooler his name or his look.

    PS: My dog always Houdini's himself in my project photos too.

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  99. Your room is beautiful. Love the color on the walls. It is very inviting and young.
    Great work. I'm off to check out the rugs at Overstock. And I'm a new follower, Yay!
    Brooke

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  100. Beautiful! I love the peaceful feel of the room.
    Ronda

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  101. Love all of this! My favorite parts are the beautiful purple flowers, your cute puppy and the shape of your sectional is awesome. The white couch is perfect with the wall color...it really adds a fresh crispt element to the room.

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  102. This is so lovely! The colours you chose are gorgeous and the decorations are perfect. Great job!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha.

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  103. Hi Stephanie,
    I'm a new follwer from Remodelaholic. I love your colors and the room is just so beautiful. I'd love for you to stop by my blog and follow if you like.
    Thanks
    Nancy

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