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June 07, 2007



I just love the way you have decorated this room!!!

Vicky G.

Kim, your lack of "perfection" just couldn't be more perfect!!! That room looks great! I would just curl up in there and daydream all day. Vicky G.

Michelle A.

What a beautiful room. I love the rich wall color. Your collection fits in nicely.
Michelle A.


It is perfect! My husband would love this room, no flowers and frills!

Phara Thomas

I'm so envious of your thrift finds. I can never find anything like that at my stores. Just found your blog and love it. Great home. Great colors.

Patti in Texas!

The room looks great! Love the wall color...can you share with us what it is? Thanks! Many blessings!


Hi Kim...your office has always been one of my favorite rooms in your home. It just simply says...curl up with a good book! Love it!

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Susan Ramey Cleveland

What a talented decorator you are.

Lisa B.

Kim...LOVE this! Those paintings are so pretty! I've always wanted to do something like this (need more walls I'm afraid) What a great room!!



I love the fact that you have chosen pictures so many times may not have even gotten a second look. You not only have given each of them a second chance- But when they are all grouped together make such a beautiful collection! You are one of the most talented people i "know"! :)
Thanks for sharing your cozy home with all of us!!


What a beautifully displayed collection! And that room is wonderful...I love the wall color! It's so warm and cozy!


I have to tell you again how talented you are. Everything in your home is so beautiful! -


I love this room. I also have a vintage travel room that is constantly in flux and change. I'd love to use some of your pics on my luggage web page
LMK if it's OK. Again, I looooove this room and the landscape paintings. Great job at hanging them too, they look perfect.

C. Stower

Oh Kim, I love that room, it is so comfy looking too. Guys would feel comfortable in there, your walls are an interesting color and I really love that lamp shade, and it matches your wall color, how cool is that!?! Have a great day, Cindy


Your office is just gorgeous! You have such a talent at decorating. Wish you could come spend a few days at my house and help me. I love some of the ideas from your room. The timing is perfect. Yesterday I decided to redo our library guestroom, sell the sofasleeper bed and make a daybed out of our daughter's antique iron bed (twin size). I'm going to repaint it wrought iron black and do lots of pillows. This winter, hopefully, my sweetheart will make a trundle to go underneath. Our room features things from different countries in the world as I have collected foreign dolls since childhood and we have had many missionary friends who have given me wonderful dolls and other things through the years. We have travelled in Mexico several times and love the things we brought back. I need to paint the walls a good color like your room.


What a pretty room! I bet it's fun and relaxing to stay in. (o:



Amazing and so I said before, your lil cottage goes on for blocks and many spaces for stuff! xoC


This is so perfect........everything.....i love the lampshade, the colored wall, the fun pillows, ALL of it, Kim! You are having fun, aren't you! :) Thanks for sharing another bit of your lovely home!


Wonderful! You're right about perfection. I'm struggling with letting go right now.


Your room is so cosy. When I see a grouping like that on the wall, I stop and think where each one has been and what wall/room and family they belong to long ago. So happy that you are giving them another place on the wall instead of stuck in a store. Wonderful place to read a book or just stop and smell the roses.



Ah! Finally someone whose home is delightful and whom I respect said it! Perfection is not fun! It meeds to go straight out of the window!
When I discovered this, when I stopped worrying about how others perceived my humble home, I started having real fun with it.
I do not live grandly nor with fancy things yet I love each piece. I love my home. Perfection does not live here and I LOVE your home!!! Perfect is in the eyes of the beholder and to me, your home IS perfect just the way it is!


I love it!! Just this week I went on a hunt for vintage luggage - I found two very old Samsonite pieces at two separate thrift shops - and they match perfectly! And today - I found the most perfect blue old one - big - and the best part? It was $1!!!



And now that I look more carefully - I realize the first two pieces I bought are the large and medium size that go with your train case, and the blue one I bought today looks like the bottom one on the chair in the corner. :)



Now where have I been? I don't remember seeing this room at all, but I love it. Your collection of landscapes is great & I love your idea of getting rid of perfection with hanging them. I'm like that too...I hate to measure precisely. I'm a "eyeball" it kind of girl!


The Feathered Nest

I love the theme for this room and your collection of landscapes fits in perfectly. I never measure when I hang things, but my husbnd is a stickler for it. That's why he usually insists on doing the hanging. He's a virgo - maybe that explains it!



What a fabulous theme for decorating a room! All the men in my house would LOVE this one!


It looks so Ernest Hemmingway...ish
Very appealing,and cozy.

tammy g.

What a great room! I didn't notice anything uneven in the display - besides, I can't stand perfect...I'm getting tired of all the magazine layouts that look like museums...I like real. Speaking of suitcases...I am on a break from priming & painting one from the thrift store. It was super ugly & dirty but the brown lining inside wasn't bad. It is a soft pink now & I think I may antique it up & tie on some vintage ribbon & will store my vintage ephemera. I am also gonna put the little round tags back on it that said, "stockings, gloves" etc.
I wish I could find decent paintings for less than $5. I cheated & found some small floral oil paintings at a dollar type store...I'm painting the fake brown wood frames now...I think they are pretty darn cute for my girls room. I love this little store with the pinatas...I got some pretty bowls that look very vintage for only 98 cents & polka dot change purses! It reminds me of the Ben Franklin Dime store from childhood.


Very nice room. Love the colors.


You'll have to check out my post on my landscape wall. Not nearly as romantic or creative as you!

julie (jane's apron)

great me some ideas for our "computer" room that needs a little more personality.

Mrs G

Love the walls...and, well, everything else, too :)


Your collection of landscapes is just awesome! I just love the way you've used them in the room. What a great wall color and all the accessories just come together. Beautiful!


I love this room! I love old suitcases and travel-themed rooms. The landscape collection
is great.


OK MISS DAISY you come over to my place I have a room you can decorate for me! Nice job done on this room! hugs NG


Oh thankyou, thankyou, I am so worried about my hallway. I want to hang a number of my own pastel paintings and you said it - throw perfection out the window and have FUN! I have been putting off doing this as I was worried it would not "look right" - well as we say in Australia - Bugger it! I am going to get them framed and put them down my hallway the way I bloody well like!
Thanks! Your room looks fantastic and I am so glad I found your blog! Thankyou for taking the time to do it for us.


What a wonderful room! You've certainly got the "knack," but then I think everyone who visits your blog already knew that. I haven't been reading your blog for too long, but from what I've seen of your home, the color of this room came as a little bit of a surprise--but I love it! Thanks for sharing!


What an amazing room! I love your framed art and the room decor looks like something out of a magazine! I love to thrift shop and now feel even more inspired to decorate!


It is a gorgeous room Kim, I could spend hours there.

The Decorated House

This is another room of yours that I really love. I picked up a boook the other day titled something like...Flea Market Style. It reminded me of you and your talent.
It is not easy decorating with things from thrift stores and it not looking as though that's where everything came from. You, my dear, have such a talent for a collected look. As though you or your family have had these things forever, not just a week or two!


Very charming and cozy -- reminds me of lots of rooms mentioned in Enid Blyton's English series "Adventure" books -- like the "the Island of Adventure" -- rooms that invite armchair tourists and travellers to open a favorite book or an old atlas and look again .... and dream of distant shores and their own ideas of adventures!

Remember J.R.R. Tolkien's:

Still round the corner there may wait
A new road or a secret gate
And though I oft have passed them by
A day will come at last when I
Shall take the hidden paths that run
West of the Moon, East of the Sun .....

Jan x from her favorite armchair adventures at Rosemary Cottage


What a FANTASTIC Collection! The room looks Awesome! I love how whimsical & creative you are with your decorating...whatever you do, it always turns out beautiful...and you make it all seem so effortless! You Amaze me Ms. Kim!


By the way, if I gain 5 pounds this weekend, it is all YOUR fault! I made those cookies and they are too darned good. I swear I've eaten eight of them already. I never eat that many cookies!
Can't...resist...peanut butter and chocolate...

Southern Heart

This room is one of my favorites! The combination of the beautiful paintings and other elements, with that wall color, are really just perfect!


The whole room is fabulous. Everything goes together so well and each space compliments the next. I'm always wishing I had more wall space for more hanging, but I don't want more square footage to clean....or give up any of my windows. LOL Thank you for sharing your landscapes with us, Kim!


Love the room, I hate to measure too usaully it works out when I hang stuff sometimes it is out with the hole filler stuff!

Betty @ She's Sew Pretty

Your room reminds me of Casablanca. I can just imagine Humphrey Bogart sitting and smoking a cigar. Very cool!!

Betty @ She's Sew Pretty

Your room reminds me of Casablanca. I can just imagine Humphrey Bogart sitting and smoking a cigar. Very cool!!


What a beautiful room! I love the terracotta wall colors and stacked suitcases. Your collection of paintings is wonderful!!



I just love this've done a lovely job...I am loving the color, too...I love that the room has (to me) an air of mystery surrounding it...I don't know why I say that...but it does...I think b/c of the unknown...where has the luggage traveled, who carried the luggage, who were they traveling with OR were they alone???... the landscapes...who painted them...where were they painted and when??? what was the motivation???...the hat...what mysterous man hid behind that brim???...and the walking sticks...who's, where, and what's again...I just love what you've done with the items you collected...they work together like a good book...and I love that!! Thanks for sharing.


I'll take the old luggage when you're done with it.

Robin Sherwood

This room is perfection. I can see your soul in the decorating. You have shared so much of your style by how you have effortlessly put this room together. And your talent shows.
I am sure your quest adore visiting with you
because you have taken the extra effort to make a statements. this room says "here I am"
and that is what quests come to
P.S your son and his dog are gentle souls.


ooooh.. love your when do i pack my suitcases [and I have a tower of them!!]!!?? good reads, fab pictures..I'll be back.. had to add you to my blog..


Kim, I just love what you've done with this room!


Kim, I love all your landscape paintings. I am drawn to them also and find them frequently at thrift and Goodwill stores, but have not known exactly what to do with them. Since most are original art, I think they should be treasured --- and that's what you have done. Thanks for a great idea. I love your room!



Beautiful colors.

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