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Great Room Tour

Great RoomAh, this room. It makes me smile every time I walk by. When we were building, a lot of thought and planning went into this room. It’s a long rectangular room, and the fireplace isn’t centered because of the where the catwalk ended and our bedroom door needed to be. I spent a lot of time planning and envisioning what this room would look like. Bless my husband for the hours of a listening ear he gave me as I agonized over what was right…and the hours he spent with me at the design center talking about furniture. I had a firm vision of what I wanted and it ended up not working in the space, so I <we> had to come up with a new plan. As a control freak, that was not easy for me to let go. But once the new vision started to come together, we could not be happier with how it turned out!!
anyashouse-54This is the view from our catwalk. That fireplace makes me feel like a proud mama. It’s like a piece of jewelry. This room is the only room in our home that is fully decorated. The steamer trunk between the two chairs was my husband’s great-great grandfathers. I LOVE having history in our home, especially when it’s family history.

This room is the one spot in our house we don’t let the kids eat – though they sure try to take all kind of sticky food onto that couch. I try really hard not to yell when our frozen blueberry eating son heads towards that beautiful tufted arm. HA!

anyashouse-11 anyashouse-8 anyashouse-3 anyashouse-10Pot BellyThis beautiful potbelly stove my in-laws found over 40 years ago. When they came across it, the man who had it had been using it as his only heat source in his home (don’t worry, he had a heater when they took it). They kept it for years (usually in storage), and shortly after my husband and I got married they talked about getting rid of it. We begged them to keep it – our 800 sq foot condo at the time didn’t have space. So they held onto it for us until we had a spot for it (thanks guys!!), and it’s taken a predominant spot in all our homes since. It’s such a showpiece, I don’t put anything else around it so it stands all on it’s own. Sometimes I think about putting artwork or a tapestry behind it, but for now it proudly lives in this corner and is always a conversation starter.

This beautiful canvas is from Lindsay Letters Studios. It’s from Hebrews 6:19, one of my favorite pieces of Scripture reminding us what it is to be anchored in faith. In our old house, the navy of the canvas was the exact same as our navy walls. The gold frame broke it up beautifully. In this house, the blue of the canvas against the grey of the wall is a perfect contrast. That beautiful fiddle leaf tree is no longer there, (confession: I kill houseplants. Honestly, I try SO hard to keep them alive…) I’ve moved Herbert, yes I named my tree, to another location and am really trying to keep him from dying. It looks dismal, but I’m hopeful. I’ll keep you posted. 🙂

anyashouse-6anyashouse-19I try to keep design really simple. These are all things that have meaning to me. In the top photo, the lantern, toolbox, phone, butter churn and croc are all family heirlooms. We feel fortunate to have them and I love being able to display them. Another beautiful print from Lindsay Letters Studio, vintage Shakespeare books we found at Portobello Market in London on our baby moon (one of the best trips we’ve ever taken!), my grandmothers silver tray and some fresh lavender from our yard.

anyashouse-20 anyashouse-16The items on our coffee tables aren’t meaningful, but they’re a collection of items I’ve found and picked up along the way. Our decor is frequently changing in our home as I move stuff around and find new homes for items. Things in our home don’t usually stay put for very long…I like to rearrange.


Pillows. I have a love affair with pillows…I don’t seem to be able to go into any home store and leave without at least one pillow. It’s a problem really. Just last night I went to Home Goods with my husband and within moments of walking into the store I had a pillow in my hand. He laughed and said, ‘Do they just stick to you?’ Pillow are such an easy way to change up your decor without going overboard. Our couch is long, so we can have a whole lot of pillows on it. If you’re looking for a way to change a room, start with pillows. They make a big impact for not a lot of cost.

There’s our Great Room. Hope you liked the tour. I’d love to know what you think.

Photos by Matti Gresham


Couch & Chairs | Coffee Tables | Buffalo Plaid Throw | Large Pillows (20×20) | Lumbar Pillow |
Other Pillows from Home Goods | Cowhide Rugs | Canvas Bag | Coffee Table Book

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