"One Man's Folly" Inspired Me

10.13.2016

After I share how I change things around my home y'all are always saying that I have so much energy and I wish I had your energy. Actually it may look like I have a lot of energy, but I sit way more than I should. A lot of the time when I'm sitting if I'm not reading blogs or perusing pinterest then most likely I'm looking at magazines or design books for inspiration.



My new favorite book is this one. One Man's Folly is about Furlow Gatewood and the homes and cottages he has restored in the last ten years on his property in Americus, Georgia. Very interesting reading and beautiful style. I have picked this book up to look at it again and again. I was not given this book to review. I'm just sharing how it sparked some ideas for adding a bit more color and pattern in the sitting room.

Furlow Gatewood mixes color and pattern with colors I would not have put together, but it all works. Often when I read a book like this I'll jump up and grab pillows and things and just start changing things out and that is what happened in here.

This is the picture in the book that sparked some new ideas. Look at all the colors and patterns mixed here. My room isn't colorful like this, but it gave me some new ideas. 

I have used the kilim pillow in here before, but not the bold suzani pillows. I didn't think they worked with the rug, but actually they do.

It's not a match, but they work together. And yes, I added a bit of fall in here, too.



It's been a long time since I changed up the shelves of the vaisselier. I pulled my majolica out and displayed it in place of the ironstone. I kept a few of the ironstone pieces mixed in. I'm loving the added green.

This is my newest ironstone piece that I bought a few weeks ago for $12. I had not seen this pattern before. It's marked Mason's "Bow Bells". Furlow has a LOT of collections in each home and the book mentioned that he still goes to the Scott Antique Market in Atlanta almost every month. He drives over three hours each way and is 90 years young.





This is a pillow I bought at the Country Living Fair a few years ago and maybe I'll find more this year. I hope the French Laundry Home booth is there this year.

I changed up the vignette on the table a bit. I added some of my blue transferware pieces.

Do you see the tiniest pumpkin ever?

My photo bomber said, "Can I have the sofa back now?"


Do you have any rooms that could use some refreshing?
Grab you a good design book and see if it sparks some ideas.

Happy decorating!

30 comments:

  1. Beautiful! My favorite pictures in magazines and blogs are those that artfully mix colors. I love rich and sometimes unexpected mixes...not that I've achieved that but it's on the list. Your pillow collection is the best!!

    I'm going to find that book asap.

    ReplyDelete
  2. The room looks fabulous!!...I must get this book as I have a very good friend who lives in Americus...Glad he was a great inspiration to you!!!

    ReplyDelete
  3. I love all the color and pattern that you put into this room...absolutely beautiful! I am such a color person... I adore color and pattern! Your pillow and majolica collection looks stunning in the room!

    ReplyDelete
  4. With a name like Furlow Gatewood, he sounds like a Hollywood character...who would of course lovingly restore old houses.
    I love your rug--it looks nice and thick and plush, and I like the design and colors. The suzani pillows DO go well with it, because one has lots of color and the other has just a bit.
    I also love the switch to green in your cupboard. Somehow it feels like fall. Maybe because white feels like summer? Just FYI, it's spelled vaisselier, for vaisselle, or dishes. It's pronounced vay-SELL-ee-ay. I still get words wrong in French and I've lived here or in Belgium for 20 years. SIGH.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks so much for the correct spelling. I think I spell it differently every time. Corrected!

      Delete
  5. What a fun look, Kim! While I love all the lighter neutrals you've been embracing lately, you also do color so well! How fun to use pillows since they can be changed out so easily. I'm also loving those feathers!!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Kim, I am not familiar with Mr. Gatewood, but I definitely need his book. Love the color and pattern that you added...warm and perfect for autumn. Pam @ Everyday Living

    ReplyDelete
  7. Totally love your rooms! I love shabby chic, farmhouse, DIY - BUT I have to have color...especially on my walls! I too am going to purchase this book.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Beautiful decorative touches Kim. I love the color you added with the pillows and majolica. What a great space to enjoy fall in.

    ReplyDelete
  9. isn't it amazing how pillows can tranform the look of a room. That chocolate brown sofa is a fave of mine. I love seeing your changeups!

    ReplyDelete
  10. I will definitely check out Mr. Gatewood's book - love new inspiration and help to see my spaces with new eyes. YOUR new changes are great with the subtle accents of color. Great job!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Luv the warm cozy feel. It has a very English hunting lodge feel I think. Perfect for snuggling down with blankets, hot drink and a fire for the cooler seasons.

    ReplyDelete
  12. That is one of my favorite things that you have done. That room is loaded with coziness and personality. I am buying that book.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Love, love the bold pattern and colors in there! I think the unexpected just works so well. And I love the addition of the green. I am crazy about green this fall, and it makes such a statement with the wood tones:-)

    ReplyDelete
  14. I often do that, too, Kim. I get more ideas from books than I get from Pinterest or even online. There is just something satisfying about studying something that you can hold and truly absorb. So many of my ideas come from good designers--and if you pair their ideas with your own it is usually are win/win situation.
    Have a great Thursday-sitting, eating bon-bons, and perusing books and magazines. xo Diana

    ReplyDelete
  15. You have the best chairs! I love the striped one.
    One of my favorite design books is Beekman 1802 Style. I'm also dying to get my hands on a copy of Beautiful by Mark D Sikes. Now, I'm going to have to check out this book too :)

    ReplyDelete
  16. This is my favorite room of yours, ever!! You nailed it!

    ReplyDelete
  17. That looks like a great book. Love the changes you made.

    ReplyDelete
  18. this is such a favorite room of mine. i love how you are mixing it up in there. tiniest pumpkin i ever saw.

    ReplyDelete
  19. Good to see sweet little Bailey. Cutest photo bomber! Love love that dog pillow you got at Country Living Fair. Just beautiful and looks so great in that chair.
    Kris

    ReplyDelete
  20. Change is good!! I think it keeps things interesting and gives you something fresh to look at when you do sit! ;) Lovely...as usual! You should write your own book.

    ReplyDelete
  21. Love this look! Everything works together so well!

    ReplyDelete
  22. I love the new look and changes! Great job. I still wish I had your energy.

    ReplyDelete
  23. I love a bit of colour, especially at this time of year, it adds warmth and cosines which is what we need in the winter. The room looks quite English now, I think a combination of the colours and the paintings and of course the sofa table.

    ReplyDelete
  24. I love the new look. You always manage to keep things fresh in your home and inspire us all in the process! Enjoy your weekend!
    Shelley

    ReplyDelete
  25. Your room is simply beautiful
    Those woods beads on your table caught my eye,is that a large rosary?
    love all your pillows and they do match your rug, the pillow with the dogs is wonderful also.
    I am going to check out the book you mentioned.
    I wish I lived close to a flea market so I could go every week.
    I am traveling to Portland Oregon soon so hope to find some treasures out there

    ReplyDelete
  26. Hi Kim - I sure love your pillows - all of them and the way you mix them in your room and move them around!

    ReplyDelete
  27. Lovely, and a bit of excitement never hurt any room. Really like the pops of color and the texture added by the patterned transfer ware. Thanks for the inspiration and I will try and pick up that book at the library this week, Thanks, Sandi

    ReplyDelete
  28. I 'm gonna get that book! Sounds wonderful and inspiring. Also, I LOVE that tiny pumpkin!

    ReplyDelete

DESIGNED BY ECLAIR DESIGNS