Friday, June 5, 2015

From Whence Inspiration Abounds. . .

Returning to my Traditional roots in home design
has made my life more content and tranquil here On Crooked Creektt.

"Mr. Ed" and I have worked many interior design changes
titled 2015 Projects since January, 
however, the lower level Family Room 
continually presents itself with multiple design challenges.

This long, narrow room makes me seek into the very depths of my inner designer
to try to accomplish a symmetrical seating and dining arrangement 
while using the furniture pieces we own.

Recently, as I was purging through past publications of Southern Cottage,
I was inspired by the Traditional Southern Cottage Style 
combining rich patina of heritage collections 
with the fresh appeal to modern day living.

I guess you could call this my "Ah~ ha Moment"!

On page 10 titled Relaxed ELEGANCE, 
under the Traditional & TRUE section, I began to see similarities.

Our English roll arm club chairs were similar to 
Relaxed ELEGANCE wing back chairs.

Another Relaxed ELEGANCE similarity 
was in the over sized coffee tables and the long neutral sofas.

And while I didn't have a Relaxed ELEGANCE over sized club chair,
I do have a comfortable heritage chair and a round table within the Family Room.

While On Crooked Creektt's 1970's Ranch Style Home 
doesn't have symmetrical bookcases on either side of the fireplace,
I compensated by positioning the TV stand and the vintage record cabinet
on opposite sides to bring balance to the space.

I still had that one awkward space where we descend the stairs.
This area is wider than the rest of the lower level Family Room
and features the red chicken wire cabinet, quite nicely.

A special thank you to my blog friend, Kathy @ Sharing 
Shadymont for her recent post on Furniture Rearrange At Lake House (here). 

Once I saw the difference Kathy made to her living area 
by moving a wing chair to the bedroom, 
I knew that moving this armed dining chair from the back of the Family Room 
to the front was what was needed to make sense of this awkward space
merging it into the Relaxed ELEGANCE Traditional design.

My goal with or lower level Family Room was to create a design
that reflects our current everyday life style 
and to bring the furniture pieces closer to the focal point. . .our fireplace.

Each and every week,
I stand in awe at the continual inspiration I receive 
from the ever amazing host and hostesses linky parties in The Land of Blog!

It is from these parties and Traditional design publications 
that I obtain some of my greatest inspirations for my own home decor!

One just never knows from whence inspiration abounds. . .

Until next time. . .

On Crooked Creektt will be joining

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Each and every week,
seeds of inspiration bloom from these host and hostesses linky parties.
Be sure to visit and delight your family dwelling with brilliant interior design.


podso said...

That is just amazing, Pat. So similar and equally (or more) it looks so good!

Marigene said...

Looks great to me...but if you haven't been happy with the many different ways you have changed it up, it can mean only one need to find another piece or two to balance things out! LOL
Enjoy the weekend.

Christine Graves said...

Love it Pat! You nailed it so well. And I have a serious crush on your rug, thats beautiful!

C.D. Loken said...

It looks like you succeeded at reaching your goal,Pat! Isn't it amazing how a few simple changes can create such an amazing outcome? I love your cozy space near the fire-and I believe I drooled a bit on my keyboard (LOL) when I saw that gorgeous red hutch of yours!!

Barbara @ 21 Rosemary Lane said...

You did a wonderful job Pat! And you are right you never know from where inspiration will come. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful room at SYS and enjoy the rest of the weekend!
XO Barbara

chateau chic said...

I love those ah-ha moments that trigger ideas using what we already have! Your room looks so comfy and cozy.
Mary Alice

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

I just love it when things click! You room looks wonderful! We all have our challenges with our own unique limitations. It's ongoing for me, but over time I feel like I am conquering more and more space! It's a lot like figuring out a puzzle. But it's all about feeling comfortable in your own space. Well done! I hope you are enjoying summer!