I realized today that I don't really have a "style"....well, not just one style, anyway. My style changes... sometimes daily. Today, I'm sharing my coastal eclectic family room. I decided that it's probably more eclectic than coastal...
especially in light of the fact that the nearest body of water is the pond, in the park, a block away.
Sure, there's a huge tin fish above the fireplace...and my collection of plover decoys is displayed on ledges at both ends of the room but, there's also a fair amount of vintage...
from the reclaimed wood tray on the ottoman to the bark cloth panels at the windows...to the architectural salvage on the mantel.
There's also a pretty strong traditional influence as you can see from the built-in cabinetry, wainscot and columns that make up two walls in this room....okay, they're not really walls...I don't really like walls...so I designed our home not to have very many.
Most of the rooms on this floor open into each other. Columns, arches and knee walls divide the spaces for much of the living space to the rear of this floor. Having an open floor plan allows for lots of natural light to flood the rooms and creates a wonderful space to entertain family and friends.
However, it is, (as I discovered today), not easy to photograph with sunlight pouring in. (I'm not complaining about the sunshine...honest! ...it's been raining here for days!)
This pediment is destined to be the top for a mirror one day but today, it's here... along with a crazy collection of vintage prints, a Swedish ceramic tile and some plaster medallions...
This small space next to the window is the only real "wall space" in the family room. The rest of the room is windows, cabinets, arches and the fireplace. Over the years, I've considered closing some of the openings. But then, we'd have a party and I'd change my mind.
I've given that a great deal of thought recently and I've decided that if we move, our next home will probably have an open floor plan too....we'll see.
For right now, I'm still trying to figure out whether having a pig and a rooster hanging in the hallway count as a part of my coastal eclectic family room or my country kitchen....what do you think?