Tuesday, May 21, 2013

A Country Living Room in the Vermont Mountains


Well Campers!!!
We've perused Connie's entry hall and her dining room, so now it's time to 
explore the living room!!!!!
Take a deep breathe.... we're going in.....
Traditional Home Magazine 2004
Some of you may remember this room.....
Some of you won't.....
Some of you don't care.....
and some of you wonder what the @#$ I'm going on about....
anyway....
This was the room that Connie first hired me to decorate.We started with the wonderful toile from Brunschwig & Fils.
This is when I found out that Connie's favorite color was coral.
Of course at that time, I didn't realize that this was the color that would haunt follow us down to Florida.....
But the girt just loves this hue.
She's blonde, so it looks really good with her coloring.
She tends to wear it too.
She's got sweaters......
She's got shirts....
That's as far as I'm going......

As I mentioned when showing off her dining room,
I unified the some of the rooms on the first floor by using the same fabrics throughout the spaces.
The check on the club chair is the same one I used for the dining room draperies and host and hostess chair


The ottoman fabric was used on the dining room side chairs.

Now some folks could accuse me of being lazy.
And they might be right.
But using the same fabrics in several rooms, in different applications, is a good way to unify areas of a house that are open to each other.

I designed the bookcase/fireplace wall and had it installed to everyone's delight!!!!!
If I do say so myself.....it transformed the room.
Now....
before I get hurt, patting myself on the back.....
I must admit that adding it was Les Brown's (the architect's) idea.
BUT I DID THE DRAWINGS.....
'cuz, as I've repeatedly told you.....I am a rock star when it comes to interior architectural details.......
I chose a mantle that was very close to the style I had in my Watertown home.
Here's a shot of my old living room with the fireplace....
House Beautiful
Sooooo.....
now you know.....
I just copy what I like.
I don't have an original idea in my skull.
I am a big fat fraud.

Well.....
how's that for no filter?????
On that note.
Latah, Gatah
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16 comments:

Anonymous said...

'Why waste time reinventing the wheel'would be more accurate a statement in my book, Betsy!!
Your rooms are warm and wonderful and reflect deep thought on your part, otherwise they wouldn't be so successful.
That living room is timeless,and you are an amazing designer. Never stop!!!!
Please?? :-)

Anne Boykin said...

Betsy, I remember this room - I saved the picture for inspiration! Love your style.

Anonymous said...

toile and checks....it doesn't get any better than that....Love it!

Anonymous said...

Not surprising that you are Famous. For. Your. Decorating. TALENT.

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

Oh so timeless. Could be in a magazine today.

Kathy@ Gone North said...

Well, you my Dear.. not only are you hilarious, you are an amazing designer... Who would have thought coral for a Vermont country house ?? but it works.. fabulously. The fireplace wall is fabulous & I would kill for that ottoman.
Very well done!!!

Beth C. said...

That Connie is one lucky girl. Two gorgeous homes and one fab friend. One teensy weensy observation: that lovely double ottoman blocks the view of the fireplace. It's the first thing my eye went to. I think an upholstered bench with legs, being more open would allow more enjoyment of the fireplace when it's lit without having to move it out of the way. Best, Beth C.

Anonymous said...

I saved that magazine because of this home, it is perfection!!!

Anonymous said...

When I opened this page I was just...WOW. You do got mad skills. I like the repeating fabrics from to room and feel it gives them all connection. Plus, when I love a fabric...I just wanna see it!

Jaybird said...

Ahhhhh, absolute perfection!! I am a red and white person, so I can easily snitch this idea, but unfortunately it will never look quite as good!!! You are an amazing designer!
Thank you for answering an unasked question about repeating fabrics! Your ESP is working overtime :^)
Blessings,
J

vignette design said...

I love Connie's room and remember it from Traditional Home. I probably still have the magazine! I love the your living room in Watertown even more. As far as original ideas go, Coco Chanel said, “Only those with no memory insist on their originality.” Thanks for reminding me that I too have no original ideas. I've been copying you for years! haha.

Anonymous said...

Remember it?! Are you kidding??!! I stalk that photo!!! I have to admire it from time to time although I admit I thought is was a true red. Absolutely divine!

Anonymous said...

Oh Betsy, I have admired this room with the color and pattern. Just perfection! And Beth C. Really?! and who the %$#@ are you??!!

Victoria said...

have always loved the Bruns and Fils fabric
the whole thing is yummy!

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Gorgeous...all of it!!! Love toile, red checks and your chairs in you old living room...love them!

Were they slip covered and is that ball trim?
Blessings,
Cindy

Joni Webb said...

this has always been one of my favorite rooms you have designed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! love love love

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