Wednesday, April 17, 2013



We are moving right along, and making some new progress in the family room.

Last time I posted about the family room I showed my new ligting sconces designed by Mary McDonald.

I left a comment on her FB page, and told her how much I loved her sconces that I got from Lamps Plus, designed by her, and she commented on how much she loved the final results in my room. Can you believe she took the time to do that?


 I LOVE Mary McDonald’s designs, and after watching her on Million Dollar Decorator, I am convinced we would become fast and furious friends. Shopping and doing lunch would be perfect with Mary. 

So Mary if you are reading this let me know if you ever want to do lunch?

I am sorry I digress. Let me show you my sconces and my Winter pillows that are in the white chairs.

Both Sconce hanging 003 (800x600)

Here are the fabrics that I am using for my winter look….
winter look

I am not sure if you remember my Spring/Summer fabrics so I thought I would show you those too…..

spring summer look

The fabric on the top left is Carnival/green by Christopher Farr linen.

I got my custom pillows this last Friday. I had them made into 22in. pillows, the cord welting is in the bright green in a linen.

I love my pillows so much, they were just the right touch of whimsy and sophistication the room needed…..
pod pillows 001 (726x800)
You are also seeing the new white Atoll mirrors from Ballard that I ordered.

pod pillows 003 (800x600)
I think the mirrors add just another touch of whimsy to the room. They almost look like a clam shell with all their grooves around the edges.

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The white paint and distressing was not quite right for me so I got out the paint brush(which never happens and added two coats of my trim color.)

wainscoting and mirror 004 (800x600)
You can see the white paint, swiss coffee on the left, and the original gray based white with distressing on the right.

I am liking the new more finished look on the mirrors.

Oh there is one more thing taking place!

Here is a little sneak peek….

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As always…..


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Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

Hi Kathysue-
I like how your room turned out. The black and white rug looks fabulous. It helps everything pop off of it instead of just blending. The new sconces look fabulous and their shape are a perfect pickup to your mantle. Your pillow choices look great for both seasons and I love how you decked out the mantle with all the blue and white porcelain. Love the ferns too...the symmetry works perfect! This is a nice fresh and updated look! Congrats on Mary McDonald taking time to comment back!

Stacey {steward of design} said...

Love the new pillows! I have been adoring those mirrors for some time now. I had no idea they were distressed. I like the clean look you did to them much better.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh Kathysue, this is starting to look so fresh and new, I love it and I know you are over the moon. Can't wait to see more. Hugs, Marty

Kimberly Lemmon said...

Wow, big changes at your place! I love the new sconces - they're so crisp. Keep up the good work over there!!!

Patty Day @Pattys Epiphanies said...

Oh how you love to tease!

Your "looks" are beautiful! Of course I knew they would did them!

Have you heard from Mary yet?

When you do, Say "Hi" from me!

Shalini Ganguli said...

Wow Kathysue! You won't believe how similar our taste is. My family room has so many similar textures and patterns as yours it's unreal! My carpet is the chevron version of yours!

So happy seeing this post. :)

michele said...

if she doesn't have time to do lunch, just shoot her an email with a few questions for an interview, yes?

your progress looks great!


Linda {Calling it Home} said...

Haha, what a way to leave us hanging. I love how the mantle is shaping up. The pillows are beautiful...winter, summer...whatever, love them!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

The room is just the sconces and love Mary McDonald too...have her gorgeous book...and love her new fabrics by Schumacher!....The room is just evolving gorgeously Kathy...


I have seen those mirrors up close and did not love the finish either...I am sure they are going to be much better painted! Still loving your whole room and what a rock star you are to have a comment from the great MM!!!

Tiffany said...

How exciting! Those sconces are really beautiful and I love your seasonal looks.

La Dolfina said...

Looking good my friend!!!

vignette design said...

Looking great Kathysue! Love all your pillow choices!

Mary Ann at classic•casual•home said...

Love the pillows and how cool that Mary MacDonald responded. Fun!

Grace @ Sense and Simplicity said...

Your family room is really pulling together. The sconces look great and the pillows are so pretty. So nice of Mary MacDonald to reply to you - I love when people take the time to do that.