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Friday
Feb042011

Friday Favorites: Lynn's Living Room

Welcome back to our weekly column, Friday Favorites where we visit with a design-savvy person who shares with us their favorite item or room in their home.  Today we’re visiting with Lynn who shares with us her living room and her love for the unique details.

 

Tell us about your favorite room.
This is our first home and I love the space and the forms and the light. The bones of the house are really perfect and it’s harmonious. The whole first floor has a ton of light. In this room, I adore the two little, square windows that flank the fireplace. After having lived in those New York apartments without any good light, we moved here and I feel like I can breathe.

I’m really enjoying putting the room together over time. (We’ve been here three years.) It’s coming along very slowly only because you can’t spend all the money at once. If it wasn’t for the budget, I’d be done by now! But, there’s also something smart to taking your time. Like the piece I want for [the corner by the stairs] is a cross between a console and a secretary. I want something antique, I think, but I’m going to have to wait until I see the right piece. I’m always looking around, scouting things out. I’ll know it when I find it but who knows how long that might take!

What do you use the room for?
We don’t really use it enough! [laughs] I just like to sit here and enjoy it. I find it very peaceful and soothing. When the kids get older, I hope we’re going to entertain more and use more of our spaces.

How did you get started?
When we bought the house, I convinced John to get rid of what we had in our New York apartment. I wanted to start off fresh. It didn’t make sense to pay to move stuff that you don’t really love. The first thing I bought is this rug just because I loved it. And I loved the existing color of the walls (Benjamin Moore Quiet Moments) which is shocking because I’m extremely color picky. I can’t believe how much I still love this color. So it all started with the color of the walls and the rug.

And then came...
The sofa was the first piece of furniture we decided on after the rug. I’m in love with that sofa. It was custom upholstery from Alexa Hampton for Hickory Chair. I like the scale and that it’s contemporary but has some more traditional elements. I’m crazy for the nailhead details. In retrospect, I would have picked a different fabric. The decorator whom we bought the furniture from was sourcing fabrics for me. She suggested the cream and once I saw it I loved it. Now, I’m terrified something will spill something on it and it will show everything. Then we added in the chairs [all from Baker].

 


What about the details?
We have a lot of straight lines and I had already bought [the rectangular coffee table]. So I decided I needed a “curvy" table and that I’d know it when I saw it. Once I found this, I loved it, I loved the shape.

  

The lamp is made by Tracy Glover, a Rhode Island artist who makes each piece by hand.  There had been no lamp here for about two years and when we were on vacation in Chatham [Massachusetts] we found a lamp like this one, the same color. After visualizing and measuring the space, we called the store and ordered it. And you’re not going to find that lamp just anywhere.  It’s nice when you can start to mix in other things that not everyone else has. I love that lamp and that an artist made it and that she made it for me. 

We bought the antique vases and Buddha in Brewster [Massachusetts] to bring in more color. I was trying to work off this cranberry red [in the window treatments]. They were on those horrible little ugly wooden stands. I think the lucite platforms make them sparkle a little bit, adds a little something. I love that these pieces are unique and that no one is going to have them. They’re things that I am going to have forever even if they migrate to somewhere else in the house.
 
  

How do you find the things you fill your house with?
Antique stores. There are shops in Brewster that we go back to all the time. Also, Spruce in Princeton [New Jersey] and British Home Emporium in Madison [New Jersey]. I really like things to be unique and try to wait until I see something I like. I’m always interested in finding more. But that takes time and you have to go out looking. I get inspiration a lot from art which is my background. Also, from design magazines (like House Beautiful and Elle Decor) and online reading like Apartment Therapy and Young House Love.

Do you consider decorating for the rest of the house done? Or what’s next?
It’s in progress. I’d like to redo the fireplace but don't really know where to start. Also, I hate that we don’t use the dining room right now because it’s so sterile. I’m going to have a custom rug made (because it’s a weird size, 10’x11’) and get a chandelier. I’m not buying any art for that room until I’ve got those things in place.

Please complete the following phrase, "Here in this house..."
...things are clean, calm and peaceful.

 

Lynn, thanks for sharing with us your home and your beautiful antique finds!  See you next week!

 

 

 

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Reader Comments (2)

where did you get the curvy table? love it!

February 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertania

This is great to have beautiful house with beautiful antique furniture. Thanks for sharing! :)

I think I need to put some antiques to on my new condo here: http://www.amaialand.com/condominium/quezon-city/amaia-steps-novaliches.

January 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMike G

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