Equestrian and Burlap in the Family Room

Friday, February 5, 2016

We used to call this the great room.

Previously there were two rooms where we could watch tv and entertain guests.  Just steps from each other, one room was the den and the other was this larger room with lots of windows, a fireplace and an exit door to the back deck, so we called it the great room which was fitting at the time.  We didn't use this room often because most of our leisure time was spent in the den.

A couple of years ago we began remodeling and combined our former den and tiny kitchen to make our new kitchen and keeping room. The great room was updated too.  We had already removed the popcorn ceiling and during the renovation we removed the old carpet and replaced it with hardwood flooring and the dark paneling was painted.  We now spend most of our leisure time in this room since our old den is now part of the new kitchen.

In the family room...

This is where we read, watch tv, visit with family and friends, and where the mister enjoys watching ballgames and napping on occasion.  The furniture is comfy, there are family photos all around, the antique chest in front of the sofa is where we prop our feet, and this is where our pup Ellie-Mae snuggles down in between the cushion and the back of the sofa for her naps.

Once the Christmas decorations were packed away the decor was kept simple compared to all the garland, trees and glitter.

The family room filled with farmhouse touches.

We live down south in a colonial home built on old farmland, so as you may already know, my decorating style is traditional.  And though we don't have any horses, chickens or goats as some folks living close by do, you will find farmhouse touches throughout our home.

On the mantel I left the large mirror in place and just in front added this antique horse pull toy, an old crock filled with flowers and a horse watercolor painting.  Just below is a needlepoint fireplace screen.

On the fireplace is an antique horse pull toy, old crock filled with flowers, a watercolor horse painting and a needlework fireplace screen with a lady gathering flowers and placing in them in a basket on the back of a donkey.

An old watercolor horse painting.

An old watercolor horse painting.

Needlepoint fireplace screen.

Not much was changed to the left of the fireplace.  The rabbit foot fern was placed in an ironstone compote and is doing very well in this spot near the window.  The basket on the antique chest has been filled with a few of my favorite decorating books, magazines, and daily devotional.

The family room.

To the right of the fireplace are a few hearts since Valentine's Day is right around the corner, a red amaryllis found just before Christmas and a new burlap shade for the marble lamp.

Toile and needlepoint hunt scene fabrics and burlap lamp shade.

Burlap lamp shade

This wingback chair is one of my favorites and is upholstered in a toile hunt scene fabric.  I made the pillow a good while back using a fabric with a English hunt rider in needlepoint and a friend monogrammed our initial on it for me.

The camelback chair is upholstered in a hunt scene toile with an emroidered pillow.

I've been searching for a cabinet so the wide screen tv can be tucked away when not in use but I haven't had any luck yet.  In the meantime, the tv rests on a Duncan Phyfe table.

I have also been searching for something to go above the tv and last week while out with a friend I found it.  In keeping with the equestrian feel of the room I hung this pair of antique horse hames mounted on old barn wood and paired it with brown pastoral transferware dishes.

Antique horse hames mounted on old barn boards paired with brown transferware plates.

The family room with equestrian farmhouse touches.

To the right of the tv is a small glass cupboard filled with Granny's dishes with a gallery wall just above.

The family room gallery wall.

If you ever stop by this is where we'll enjoy a hot cup of coffee and have a nice little chat together!
This is the place we relax and enjoy one another so the great room has become our family room.

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  1. This is such a warm, cozy and interesting room, Cindy. I love how you have blended a bit of farmhouse reminiscent of your landscape with your traditional style. I love mixing things up-elegant and rustic, old and new. You have perfect balance here. I love everything!


  2. Such a warm and inviting room, Cindy! Your winter touches of burlap and equestrian look just right. I also love your toile and check window treatments. :)

    Hope you have a great weekend! Will you and your family be watching the Panthers play in the Super Bowl?



  3. Well, if I ever did stop by, Cindy, I would truly enjoy a chat with you in your lovely room. Sweet touches, very comfy and I love the equestrian feel! Many blessings, Cindy xo

  4. My favorite part is the comfy-looking chair and ottoman... and that chest!

  5. This room is beautiful, Cindy! I love the addition of equestrian!

  6. Hi Cindy! You den is so warm and cozy looking! You have the prettiest pieces too. I know I would enjoy being in there.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  7. Oh, how I adore that artwork of the girl on the back of the horse. I'd love to know what medium was used. It looks like chalk. Your chest is a beauty that I'd love to have. It makes me sad that I have parted with many in my lifetime. Enjoy you lovely changes!

  8. I have been searching for a horse painting. But my allergies can't abide burlap!

  9. Well, I do wish I could stop by and enjoy a cuppa with you. What a warm and inviting room, love all your touches, especially the accent tables. I have a "thing" for accent tables and if I had any more room I've have more than I already do. :o)) Happy weekend!

  10. What a cozy comfortable room. Kathy

  11. The room says 'welcome' very clearly. Everything seems chosen and arranged for comfort. Just lovely.

  12. Cindy,
    You have a "great" Family Room, dear friend!!!
    I, personally, love the Traditional style decor!!!
    The addition of the pair of antique horse hames mounted on old barn wood and paired
    with brown pastoral transferware dishes adds a complementary touch to the room's decor!!!
    Since I live many States away, I'll close my eyes and envision such a lovely chat with you!!!

  13. Hi Cindy! I love your equestrian touches - always so classic. Jane

  14. Hi Cindy, Everyone should have a comfy, welcoming room like this. I'm sure it's where you spend all your time. I'm ready for some football. How about you? Go Broncos!!

  15. Very personal and though traditional, there are eclectic touches. The hames idea - so original! :)


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