My Style Today: In a Picture

Alek of the new & super-stylish blog From the Right Bank to the Left Coast tagged me and a few other bloggers to do a post feauring 1 photo (only 1!!!) that sums up our style. [WARNING: I will use the word "love" way too much in this post!!!]

I chose this image of Chaffee Braithwaite's living room (featured in Cottage Living- I've posted on it before). But I love everything about it: It's light & airy, natural, textural, there's lots of white , gray & an ethereal quality to it... The room is focused on the outdoors & nature. The coffee table (not sure of the material) has a beautiful texture & I love its strong clean lines. Of course I love all the slipcovered white upholstery & my sofa at home is almost exactly like the sofa pictured. (LOVE shelter sofas for hanging. lounging & cuddling!)

The wheatgrass on the coffee table along with the branches on the desk over looking the window probably make this space for me. I'm working on some wheat grass for a client right now.

I also can't think of a place I've ever seen a ghost chair where it made more sense than this: You can see that beautiful view straight on through the chair. (My opinion on ghost chairs is that there should be a reason for using them, like in this case.)

I also love the casual vibe in the room: The books piled next to the chair, the throw "tossed" on the chair... I like that the throw on the chair could be replaced with virtually any color and it could change the feel of the room. (I'd probably have some pillows on the sofa too)

I also love the draperies right up there under the crown molding with the small rings on a white rod. They blend right into the walls [color: Benjamin Moore "Revere Pewter"] and it works perfectly here because the focus is on the gardens outside, not the draperies. The lamp is prefection to me & reminds me of my own glass lamps. And finally, I love the sisal carpet. [Fiberworks Island's Color Collection from Jobson's Carpet ] It brings in more of that natural feeling I love.

SO- now I'm tagging YOU to choose just 1 picture that sums up your style. You can either put a link to it in the comments section or you can put a link to your post. Can't wait to see what you come up with!! :)

I'm off to one of my best friend's wedding in NY this weekend so I'll be back Monday!!! Have a great weekend & I also wanted to let you know that the house people came back & might be considering our offer now!!! So we'll see!!! :)




High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

Lovely image. Totally your style so it was a great one to pick for your one image. I love the ghost chair there. It pratically disappears. Perfect.

Have a great time at the wedding!

So totally happy to hear that the house people got back to you again. Let's see what happens!

Bethany said...

My first reaction to this photo was - Wow I love that rug. Thanks for including the source. I am off to check it out. I would love to hear your thoughts on having a white slipcovered sofa - and little kids. I am wondering if it really works like I think it would. DO you wash it often? It is a pain to take on and off? Does it wear well? Have fun in NY>

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Way to say a TON with just one lovely picture!!

So....ya kinda like it?

Me too.

Sweet Nothings said...

god, i want a ghost chair!

my brother and sister in law are off to NY today for a wedding!! any chance yours is at Tavern on the Green??

Dagny @ Beautiful Living said...

Really?? That's great news! Fingers crossed again! And that pic is SO you!!! :)

alice said...

Her house in Cottage Living remains on of my favorites for exactly everything you described!

Hmmm just 1 picture... oh boy, this is going to be hard but it will drive me crazy if I don't start looking now!

Robyn said...

check out my inspiration:

Jennifer said...

now that is a challenge! eek.

I'll confess that I kind of skimmed your post (supposed to be working!) but did you mention that the slipcovers on the chairs are made of all-white antique quilts she and her mother made?? LOVE LOVE. I've never even seen an all-white quilt, but I'd snatch it up no matter the cost if I did!

LindsB said...

That picture is totally you...I mean not that I know you personally or anything but it has your style written all over it. I LOVE that ghost chair!

What awesome news about the house people...serves them right for not accepting it the first time- I'll keep my fingers crossed for you! Have a wonderful weekend at the wedding! xoxox

TJLoop85 said...

I love everything about this room. It has some great character and the wood crown molding is spectacular.

It feels very earthy!

Thanks for sharing these amazing pics.


DesignTies said...

From what I've learned about you via this fantastic blog, Lauren... I can SOOOO see you living in this space!!

I don't think I could find one pic that represented my style... hmmm... the search is on!

Victoria: EdinDesign Interiors @ DesignTies

Things That Inspire said...

This home is in Atlanta, not sure where. It's too bad that Cottage Living stopped publication, because it was one of the few magazines that showed 'real' homes. This one is an older home that was renovated, it looks like the ceilings are only 8 ft, and yet it is beautiful and stylish. Great post!

from the right bank said...

Thanks so much for participating in my crazy challenge! Hope it didn't keep you up at night(!) I love this room and think it is so you. Of course, I love all the white and I agree that it's a great use of the ghost chair. The industrial looking tables are pretty great too.

That's such good news about the house. I just wish they would hurry up and stop keeping all of us in suspense(!) Have a great trip and thanks again.

DesignTies said...

So Lauren, do you love this room?? ;-)

I didn't even notice the ghost chair till you mentioned it. I had to go back and look at the picture with the desk again!!

Have fun in NY, and good luck with the house!!

Kelly @ DesignTies

Maria Killam said...

I'll take on that tag! Great idea. I love your blog. Interesting what you said about the Ghost chair (makes sense) I think we all want one in our house somewhere!

Haven and Home said...

Love that picture too. It is so you!

Melissa said...

What a great post. This room is one of my favorites, too. I've tried to rise to your challenge; check out:
I have passed the baton onto my readers; I can't wait to read and see what they come up with!
Best of luck with the house folks. Remember that with your talent and creativity, you will make any house you decide upon into a fabulous and welcoming home...

j u s t i m a g i n e said...

oh wow.........dreamy dreamy :)

Love Where You Live said...

I agree with you on the Ghost chair. This is a great placement!I have one myself, and I've placed so it's there but it doesn't cramp the small space. You see right through heavy look. And people have commented on it being there but, yet, not. ha.
(I love it because it reminds me of all the fun P.S. places we've been. And how we enjoyed his whimsy.)
Love the calm of this space...!-susan

Mrs. B. said...

That room is wonderful! I agree.

I did it on my blog too. Here's the post:

anonymously chic said...

great post and good choice in images. i'm trying to figure out what to post (i was tagged) and it's proving to be quite the challenge.

Michelle said...

I love linen too! Great pics! Love your style.

Kara said...

YES!!! I remember this so well. The Atlanta bungalow. I refer back to this often for the shades of's used SO well here.
What's up w/ the house hunt? Catch me up!!

Cote de Texas said...

love love love it too!!! haaha


Maria Killam said...

Hey, I clicked over to your profile from your comment on my blog and I was your 3,000 profile view! Your blog is a force to be reckoned with! I am still working on doing a post with MY style. Thanks for the inspiration!

simply seleta said...

Beautiful post, you know yourself so well. And you're still so young! I've searched and searched and feel as if I'm just now defining my style (at an ancient age).

Loved how you described what you enjoyed most about the room's features.

I can't believe we missed seeing each other in NY by one week. Crazy!

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Jen said...

As a long time subscriber to Cottage Living, I remember this issue and it's one of my favorites. It's so sad that they stopped publication; I agree that it's one of the few magazines that featured real people with real homes (not mansions in Atlanta or Houston)! I love your blog and I've added you as a follower, I have a new blog, would you mind adding me? Thanks!