Monday, September 28, 2009

Met Monday: The Living Room

Thanks to Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for hosting another Metamophosis Monday, so that I can share with all of you the mini-transformations of the Casa de la Vanderdogan living room. This summer, we were fortunate enough to have our home photographed for the Buffalo News in a bit they call: Home of the Month.

They opened with: " A place where rusticity meets elegance, in a friendly home in the falls'". As I read the article, and inspected the photos I just beamed with pride. The house looked great this summer, and Susan Martin and her crew from the Buffalo News did a great job of capturing that.
Of course, as we move toward fall, we make changes here. We switch out rugs, move around furniture and accessories; all to create a little more warmth when the chill in the air moves in.

So, this year we moved the rug back into the room (you all might be familiar with it as the rug from Christmas of 2008) and exchanged the two chairs for the sofa that was in the sunroom. The ottoman now lives in storage, and the vintage train cart came back into the space. Pops of a coral/rust/orange-ish (HARD TO PHOTOGRAPH) color came in to bring out the rich rusts and oranges of the rug in throw pullows for the chair and a cableknit throw for the sofa. Curling up with a book and wine in this room has become one of my favorite activities after a long day at work.

Orchids have a special meaning to Scott. It was his first "summer" job tending for orchids, and his first passion and love. He has so much knowledge for all of the varied species of the beautiful plant, that it made it hard not to indulge in one of these gorgeous displays for the space. Would you believe it's fake? Yep, fake as fake can be! But when you have someone who knows so much about real orchids styling the planter ... you can bet it'd be hard to tell.

A lot of times, I photograph our home at night. That's because we don't get a lot of light here in WNY, and it's usually dark when I get home from work. But, this weekend I decided to take a little time to show you all what it looks like during the day. Light pours in from the transom windows aside the fireplace, and a fine glow fills the space from the brightly lit sunroom.

And that folks, is the way we live come fall. I hope you enjoyed the little tour, and I look forward to seeing you all back next week when I get photos of the dining room up.