Monday, February 16, 2015

~~~Collected Over Time~~~

That is what our home is now. Things that we love and have collected over time. I thought I would share the living room. Our homes are our sactuaries, the place where we are comfortable and where we show our love to our family and friends. I know many of you have seen the living room  before. I will tell you about some of the pieces. This is the living room as you come in from the foyer. When we moved in, I knew I wanted to do the matchstick blinds on the windows. I then asked Joe to make me the valances and make then so I could display things on them. The lamps are from India and are carved elephants. They used to have other shades but we got these rattan ones many years ago.
 This is a beautiful chair, that FITS me. I can sit in it comfortably. It was  my sons, and he gave it to me when he moved to Florida. It has beautiful, silk upholstery. I placed the 2 tiered rack next to it with 2 Asian pottery pices.
 On the other side is a carved table from India that was my in-laws with a blue and white planter holding ivy. The pot on the stand I bought at Epcot 24 years ago....the year my Mom died.
The curio cabinet was purchased about 29 years ago. It holds blue and white pieces and Hummels. The tree was made by my brother-in-law.
 This sofa is also 29 years old!!! My Mom bought it for us when she came to live with us. I needed a sectional in the old house as that is the only thing that would look right in that space, and I found this PERFECT one! It is amazing that it fits right in here too!!! Of course all my blue and white pieces have been collected over time as well. The screen was my in-laws as well. We have inherited so many beautiful things for which I am SOOOO grateful!
 The elephants, one of my prized possesions were also my in-laws. My FIL was a pilot and got them in Vietnam. I ADORE them. UH OH!!! I just realized that there are paint swatchwes on the wall!!! We are about to paint, FINALLY, and are choosing colors:)
 Recently I came across this needlepoint that someone made for my parents when they got married. I realized I have a few boxes that new got unpacked!!!!So, I decided to hang it here in the living room.
 I found the bamboo ladder many years ago too. It hung in the stairwell at the old house. Now I have a great spot for it here! The Asian guy is a fairly new purchase, (again, Home Goods) and the 2 vases were purchased several years ago. The LARGE blue and white jar was also a gift from our son.
 This is a favorite jar that I got at Home Goods many years ago. I am also giving you a sneak peek at the mantle. I will share that next.
I hope you all had a wonderful Valentines and spent it with the ones you love. We went out on Friday night to beat the crowds and were very glad we did. Thanks for your visit. XO, Pinky
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  1. Hi Pinky! Oh, my goodness how beautiful your living room is! You do have some gorgeous pieces ad no matter how many times I see it - I enjoy it! Your little special chair is so beautiful and how nice you've inherited so many lovely pieces. Have a great week.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  2. Your sectional has held up beautifully over the tears, Pinky! I have a husband who is such a Messy Marvin that NOTHING can survive that long around here!

    I love that chair! It looks comfortable, and the fabric design is really pretty! I van see why you like it so much!

    I hope your week ahead is a happy one!

  3. Hey Pinky....your many beautiful collections always amaze me....from the gorgeous blue and white porcelain to the wonderful collection of asian artifacts so beautifully styled in your home. I have noticed that pretty chair of yours and have always admired is a wonderful petite chair that certainly fits the pretty, petite you!!!

    1. You are too sweet! Thank you! YOUR home always amazes me, I hope someday to see it in person. XO

  4. Yup have quite a collection of heirlooms. I LUV things with a soul... things with a story to tell . Especially those passed down from family.
    Hugs, Gee

  5. ,Hi Pinky. such a collection you have and something so special too. Each item does tell a story and I am sure you love them all. The chair is lovely with that adorable fabric. Happy Monday. xoxo

  6. I love how you decorated your living room by using family heirlooms that tell a family's story; and it all coordinates so well with your newer items!!!

  7. Your home is so welcoming and beautiful Pinky! I love the valances your handy carpenter/hubby made over your blinds! I think my favorite thing is your sweet framed needlepoint picture commemorating your parents' wedding date. ♥

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    1. Thank you, Deb. That is what I am goingh for. Always want friends and family to feel welcomed.

  9. This living room is wonderful...I kept going back to your images. Thanks for sharing with the Thursday Blog Hop!

  10. Sweet friend, you have such a welcoming home. You have some beautiful pieces. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. xo

  11. Your home is beautiful. I love seeing a home with personal collections. It says so much about the family who loves and lives in the home.Thanks for sharing your pretty things. Your blue and white collection is amazing.

    1. I do love all my blue and white pieces, so glad I decided to start collecting it....over 30 years ago!

  12. Pinky, it is fun to see your living room and hear the story about your special pieces. A home layered with bits and pieces over time is one with soul! ;-)

  13. I love your style, I enjoyed the visit. I would love the ladder to put quilts on. The windows are just wonderful giving so much light. I have my living room in a deep browny red and love it. It does make it dark though.


Thanks you for leaving your lovely comments. xo, Pinky

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