I spend most of my time in the living room. The colors have evolved into purples, shades of red, pink, and green, and of course, leopard print. I love to be surrounded by books, art, and hats. And I always have an orchid on the vintage coffee table that lives in front of the purple couch.

I don’t really have a style that I adhere to. I live with what I have collected over the years, what I love, and what makes me feel good. The stained glass window above the purple couch is original to the house, which was built in 1907. That’s a lot of years of blooming tulips who have seen a great deal of life, including mine since 1989.

The floral rug grounds me and provides warmth, both esthetically and physically. My daughter Camille’s dance photos float above me on the shelves to my left. What would my living room be without hat boxes? “Lifeless and barren” would be the correct answer!

The pieces placed on the fireplace mantel reflect my love for headwear, along with found and gifted objects. Memories are held within most everything in my home, and living with them is comforting and peaceful.  I’m always adding and subtracting as the years pass by. It is a process that I now know is lifelong, like the evolution of my style.

I’m wearing a vintage silk satin dressing gown that I found at an estate sale many years ago. The vintage floral embellished satin slippers were also estate sale finds. Most everything in my home is second hand and treasured. A lifestyle that began in the 1970s and is even more important now, in the midst of the reality of climate change.

The vintage glass Hollywood Regency tables in front of the vintage leopard print couch hold cherished books that I can grab at a moment’s notice. This is where I blog, and read, and live my life the majority of the time when I’m at home. My office is a leopard couch and my desk is a glass side table.

Photos by Nicole Marcelli

Posting photos of my home at times brings feelings of vulnerability. This quality or state of being has been intermittently true for me since I began blogging in 2010. Research professor Brene Brown states,“Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity, and change.” So why stop now!

 

 

 

 

 

 

12 Comments

  1. It’s a beautifully curated collection of life tidbits, accented by a stunning woman in a gorgeous garment! And I love the book piles!! What a cozy and wonderful room; I’d want to hang out there all the time, too. Thank you for going outside your comfort zone and sharing your lovely life.

  2. I always look forward to your email.
    Thank you for inviting us into your home.
    Your style is amazing.
    Have a lovely day.

  3. Such a gorgeous room – I appreciate your vulnerability here, to share your home with us. Seeing your living room reminds me that I don’t have to confirm to an interior decorating style, that I can live with the things I collect and that mean something to me. I have very similar couches: one in gold and one in gold and black stripes. They are comforting.

    Thank you so much for sharing this, Judith.

  4. I’ve always thought your living room was a perfect encapsulation of your personality and style. Is the leopard print couch a recent addition, or did you move it from somewhere else in the house? It is extremely fitting that your office is a leopard print couch!

  5. Your home is so beautiful and eclectic! I love all the color! You are just beautiful inside and out! I have the same print that you have above your leopard sofa! Love it all. Love reading your posts! ♥️♥️♥️

  6. Thank you for sharing a piece of your home; it makes you much more real and approachable (at least to those of us who are style-stymied). I don’t know which is more beautiful, the leopard couch, the purple couch, the rug, the stained glass window, or the woman within. One can tell you have a rich and varied life collected over time. Thank you.

  7. Just loved this warm & inviting personal tour of your personal space. Thank you so much!!! Now this is “authentically” living in style. Beautiful!

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