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Oh how I love these rooms.
Let me count the ways.

by | Jun 16, 2010 | Decorating Inspiration, Details, Summer Decorating

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Oh how I love these rooms. <br>Let me count the ways.


Now and then I stumble upon some rooms that make me drool. Right on my keyboard. I gaze at them. Study them. Covet them. Hate Love the people who live in them.

Then I ponder whether or not there is a take away idea or two from the photo that I could recreate. With no money.

I think about the feel of the room and what made it stand out to me as special. Then I picture my own house and ponder what is missing.

I adore this room — the red toile, the stripey sofa, the coral outdoor drapes, the funky hanging candle chandelier, the rug…so much to love. I miss my red toile (which is hiding under a blanket right now). Maybe I need to bring it back.

Oh how I love these rooms. <br>Let me count the ways.

Happy red striped chairs. I am forever a fan of stripes. Red stripes are so youthful and fun.

Oh how I love these rooms. <br>Let me count the ways.

Ahhh. More red.

Oh how I love these rooms. <br>Let me count the ways.


When I saw this photo I stopped dead in my tracks. I think I would love having a little pool house like that. Wouldn’t you?

But I don’t have a pool. Or palm trees. Do you? If so, I’m a wee bit jealous right now.

images: Traditional Home


  1. tara

    love every single one of these photos…the striped chairs and blue plates in that kitchen are absolutely striking!

  2. Julie

    Just found your blog ….. love your finds! The lines of the chairs in the kitchen are awesome.

  3. Becky K.

    Clean lines and beautiful touches of color struck me about these photos. Oh, and the floors in the first one. I see why you loved these.
    And as for that pool house….awesome!!!!

    Becky K.
    .-= Becky K.´s last blog ..Refreshing! =-.

  4. Trish

    Beautiful photos! Each of the interiors is un-cluttered and clean – which give the rooms a very comfortable feel. (If I just spend an hour “picking up” and cleaning this morning, I can get a lot closer to those photos without spending a dime!) Have a great day!
    .-= Trish @TheOldPostRoad´s last blog ..My Paint Brushes are Happy =-.

  5. tina

    all the rooms are gorgeous…. but i have to say the very first one caught my eye, cuz i just love love love me some Toile!!

    oh, and you don’t have a back yard like the last photo? i do (in my dreams) hahaha

    love your site
    .-= tina ´s last blog ..Happy Easter =-.

  6. Imperfect

    What a beautiful porch and pool house – I’m loving the outdoor spaces despite the 100+ heat index we’re having these days. Yikes!
    .-= Imperfect´s last blog ..I Love Him More Today… =-.

  7. Kasey

    Gasp is right!!
    I love that pool house… drool worthy

  8. Franki Parde

    We’re having HOT here too, however, that aqua just lowered my temperature several degrees. Aqua and red…who would have thought. Love all of it. franki

  9. Anita

    All beautiful pictures. I love the red and the aqua. The pool house does look beautiful. We have a pool but way too hot around here to sleep outside and the mosquitoes would eat you alive. But lovely to look at!
    .-= Anita´s last blog ..A Series of Unfortunate Boating Events =-.

  10. Astrid

    Those are gorgeous rooms! My favorite colors right now are turquoise and red. Those colors to me are both fun and vintage. I want to know where you can have open pool-side room without getting eaten alive by bugs! The mosquitoes around here would carry you away!
    .-= Astrid´s last blog ..Garden Update:: June 12 =-.

  11. Pine Tree Home

    I so love the pool house. I wanted to put a big bed in ours, but Hubs thought that was stupid…how great to sleep by the pool!

  12. Pinky

    No pool, but I do plant palm trees each year on my deck. I am in Pa. so they are only good in the summer but I enjoy them every day. I LOOOOOVED that first picture and the pool house is adorable, I would love to sleep out there! Thanks for sharing these! XO, Pinky

  13. Pat

    Perfection. This has all the elements that I love.
    Blue and white plates…I love plates hung as artwork
    pool…and a bonus pool house to covet
    I have no pool, but I can dream, thanks for the dreamy thoughts!

  14. Cheryl

    I’m new to your blog, happy discovery. Like you, I try to see what’s possible for me and our home when I look at photos. I see touches of black here that I like in a room (I just repainted all our counter stools black from honey oak, now the fun part–finding fabric that I love for the stools–stripes, love that look); turquoise and red/coral (love that combo, love turquoise!); lots of white to freshen up a room (like hanging out sheets in the wind); and atmosphere.

  15. Rebekah

    That pool house may be the single best guest room I have ever seen ANYWHERE! Definitely a “GASP!” :)
    .-= Rebekah´s last blog .."Scary Richard Potter" =-.

  16. Kathy

    I understand your feelings ~ these are all beautiful rooms, Melissa! I’d love them for myself! I’m also a fan of stripes and like to incorporate it in a room, especially if I have other patterns going on. Love the same things you mentioned in the first picture ~ the toile, the striped sofa, the outdoor drapes. . .
    .-= Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions´s last blog ..What Do You See? =-.

  17. Eileen

    I adore the first picture also, but I could never do outdoor fabric in rainy western Washington. Outdoor curtains would be completely trashed. If the rain didn’t ruin them, the dogs most certainly would.

  18. Lori

    (Forgive if this is a double…techy glitch!)

    I do not have a wee little pool house like that (nor a pool) but would love one!

    I DO, however, have the dark floors in the red-stripey-chair photo. Very, very bad idea.

    Looks good for the ten minutes after I mop, and that is all.

    I cannot keep up with how much mopping that floor really needs.

  19. Karen

    Why is there a blanket over your red toile chair? That picture (of your chair) at the top of your website is what first prompted me to explore your site—being a huge fan of red toile myself!

    I loved all of these exact images from my most recent Traditional Home magazine—I had marked these images with sticky notes. Great minds think alike!

  20. Erin

    Oh. My. Goodness. THAT LAST PHOTO! Dreams are made of that!

  21. Tiffany

    Oh my gosh I love it. Gorgeous. All of those photos. They totally inspire me right now for my own home. Time to get decorating!
    .-= Tiffany´s last blog ..When We Were Young =-.

  22. Arlene

    I love your thoughts of recreating these rooms….with no money :)
    I could go for that.
    Lates blog: Loft it up

  23. Lisa

    I just treated myself to the Traditional Home mag that the living above is on the cover of. *sigh*. So delicious! I’ve been drooling over the pages. Love the clean, fresh look of rooms like this!

  24. Katie

    Oh Lordy, the white living room with pops of red…just perfect.
    .-= Katie´s last blog ..better late than never =-.

  25. teresa

    Oh man that pool house…how Divine! I have a little garage right next to a pool…maybe I will need to do so talking to the man to see if he will give up his space…. =)
    Thanks for sharing.
    .-= teresa´s last blog ..Mission update- =-.

  26. Cheryl Elsbree Interior Design

    I am new to your blog. I recently added red in my bedroom along with a warm blue/green. I love it and has opened a whole new can of ideas for me.
    Thank-you for your ideas!
    .-= Cheryl Elsbree Interior Design´s last blog ..Remodeling the Kitchen and Bath with a Green Mindset =-.

  27. Megan McGhee

    I LOVE these rooms! I am really into the sea green and blues of the summer.. I am so jealous of anyone with a pool, so I will take that pool house any day! Great post :)
    .-= Megan McGhee´s last blog ..Thanks for Simple Things.. =-.

  28. Laurie

    I’ll take the pool, palm trees, pool house AND the sunshine please!!!
    .-= Laurie´s last blog ..Tuesday Inspiration =-.

  29. Myra

    Oh my! These are beautiful! I love looking past the focal point in an image to see the little details in the background. Such great ideas. Thanks for sharing!

  30. Donna

    I’ll take that adorable pool house!

    .-= Donna´s last blog ..Playing with dishes again~ =-.

  31. Susan

    wow. I love that toile chair…and I would kill to have those floors.

  32. Genevieve

    Yes, yes! I want every single one of these rooms. Now I just have to win the lottery.

  33. Lindsey

    The red, white and blue has always been my favorite combo, like in the first pic. Definitely my fav!

  34. laney

    …i vote for you to bring back the toile too…hang on to everything that is uniquely you…and put it right out there for all the world to love…love the pictures…and of course the blog…

  35. Traci Hutcherson

    I loved every single one of those photos! They took my breath away. I am a lover of all things red too. I am in the process of making some red and white pillows for my back patio. However, I am working full time this summer, so the process is slooooow. Ugh.

    Hope you are doing well!
    .-= Traci Hutcherson´s last blog ..Wednesdays with Wanda =-.

  36. Holly

    i ripped that top image out the instant i found it and the sourced the red toile (because i want to freshen (replace) my red waverly country life toile drapes in my lr..they are just tired.but i have to have red toile…it goes with my black floral i thought “hey i will upgrade the red toile” that is pierre frey red toile…its $175 approx (I think if i am remember correctly) WHOLESALE but it is discontinued…

    i love the second photo because of my longstanding obsession with bamboo blinds..just love em..great post!
    .-= Holly´s last blog ..Girls’ weekend =-.

  37. Linda

    I am so with you on this one, I would spend half my life drooling over pictures of beautiful rooms if I could lol!! Especially adore those pink and red stripes, you have great taste! Thanks for sharing.
    .-= Linda´s last blog ..Success!!! =-.

  38. Ohmigosh! Blog

    Love your posts and look forward to spending a bit of time perusing it every week. As a designer that’s new to the blog scene, I can only aspire to inspire the way you do. If you have time, please feel free to visit mine as well… I would be honored. Have a wonderful evening all!

  39. ninjagranny

    So fresh and pretty! I didn’t used to like the aqua and red color combination but I’ve grown to appreciate it and may even incorporate it into my home. Probably around the time that it goes way out of fashion. lol.
    .-= ninjagranny´s last blog ..The Happy Lamp and How to Wallpaper a Horse =-.


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