Musings of an Italian-American Catholic wife, mother, and writer

Musings of an Italian-American Catholic wife, mother, and writer

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Share You, Share Your Design

Today I was invited to participate in a "share you, share your design" extravaganza, complete with Diet Cokes and tons of decorating ideas. Here is our family's favorite spot where everything fun happens: slumber parties, Lego contests, Nerf gun wars, parties for all occasions, and huge family dinners.

Favorite Spot
Once upon a time a husband and wife decided to convert their two-car garage into a rec/entertaining room. The garage door was replaced by french doors; the industrial gray walls were painted a sunny yellow; the concrete floor was carpeted; and built in benches were added around one wall. They purchased a beautiful farm table, and the wife proceeded to decorate the room in an eclectic style, inspired by all things Italian Country.


Favorite Object

One day the wife was browsing through an antique store and came across this beautiful hutch. She fell in love with it, but decided not to get it since the garage renovation was still going on. One month later, and two days after our new room was complete, the antique store called the wife and said that the vendor was leaving the area and was selling everything at half price. Half Price! The wife paid next to nothing for this beautiful hutch...which was just fine with the husband. The sign over the hutch is also a favorite. It is the actual wooden sign that used to hang outside the grocery store of the husband's great-grandfather in Pennsylvania.



Favorite Idea

On one wall the wife decided to have a vacation wall, highlighting photos of family vacations. Right now, photos of their two week vacation in Tuscany is still being highlighted.





But all decorating aside...
The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Salute! Cheers!

28 comments:

Judy said...
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The Summer Kitchen Interiors said...
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12 weeks at a time said...

What a lovely room, I LOVE the hutch. Don't you love it when the planets alighn and you get a great bargain on something you've been eyeing? I especially love the VACATION wall, what a great idea! Thanks for visiting me and leaving a comment! ~Becky~

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KayEllen said...

Love your wall color! What a fun room for the family:)

Great hutch!

Thankyou for stopping by for a muffin!

kayellen

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...
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Sandy Toes said...

Saw your comment on another post and stopped by...I love your room. That black cabinet is just wonderful and I love the sign you have on top! Wow!
-Sandy Toes

Kathryn said...

Oh, I love your decorating style!!! Lovely,welcoming,and cozy!!! I'm ready to come over for that coffee!

Aimee said...

I love your room!! Seriously, I am coming over for coffee :)

And, as a practical question, how do you like having no garage? My hubs and I have been going back and forth about converting our garage but we don't know many people who have done it. Do you miss it at all? What do you do abuot storage? (Sorry - so many questions!)

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

What great stories behind your favorite spot. The whole room turned out beautiful. I especially love the story behind the grocery store sign. What a treasure!
M.L.

Mrs. Trixi said...

We too, are planning a garage enclosing redo. Yours is absolutely beautiful.

Songbirdtiff said...

Thanks for coming by my blog. Your dining area is gorgeous, no wonder it's your favorite place!

Laura said...

If I had good taste? This would be it.

Montee said...

I love that hutch too!

windycorner said...

Nice family story and beautiful use of the space. I can just imagine it full of family and friends having good food and good times.
Holley

LaDonnaMobile said...

You have perfect decorating taste! I love the story about the hutch--I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who loves to share "Great deal" stories! :)

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Very nice! I love the idea to display vacation pictures and the hutch was a perfect find for that location.

Catherine Holman said...

Beautiful room! I love the hutch and the antique sign. It's great that it has a special meaning too!
Hugs,
Cathie

becky said...

Renovated garage? WOW! The room speaks for itself...and that wonderful vacation wall...I'm lovin' it!

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