Monday, April 12, 2010

Pass It On

The inviting homes my three children and their spouses have created are a value-added bonus to this mom who had fun sharing her design hobby with them.

This past week I spent a few days with my daughters, driving first to DC and enjoying the oldest daughter's temporary nest. (Oldest daughter is on left.)

This daughter and her husband are living in an apartment in DC waiting for the closing on their NYC coop. Because they left their condo furnished for real estate showings, she had to furnish a great room...

and bedroom nearly from scratch.

One challenge was the tile and wall color in the great room. Anna took a don't-fight-it,-join-it philosophy.

The end product may look high-end and expensive...but she put this together on a low, low budget. The sofa was a Craig's list purchase. The great room rug, white lamps, bedroom desk, chevron mirror and headboard came from a Pottery Barn outlet. Also from the same outlet, she purchased a duvet cover and converted it into table skirts for the bedside tables. The bedding was from a Restoration Hardware outlet.

She mixed her accessories--some from Ikea, some from Pottery Barn and a couple were more expensive Jonathan Adler. The glass coffee table was a true bargain from one country antique store in Pennsylvania, and the cool, black bedside lamps were in the bargain room of another country antique store in North Carolina. The painting over the desk she painted herself.

Truly, this apartment was put together in a week, "designed on a dime."

(Full disclosure: The cool geometric etchings over the bed were a birthday gift to her husband from me. The antique French chairs she purchased on First Dibs several years ago.)

This daughter certainly follows the Proverbs 31 model. Like that ideal woman she opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy as an advocate for victims of crimes against humanity. She has a steadfast, noble character...she makes coverings for her home...and she likes to be clothed in fine linen :). Best of all, although beautiful on the outside, her fear of the Lord gives her an inner, timeless loveliness.

In my next post, I will show vignettes from the other daughter's home. Stay tuned.


  1. So fun to see Anna's place! I can't believe I haven't been there yet. She is truly an amazing woman and a credit to you.

  2. Anna has amazing decorating style, and she is one talented woman! And to top it all off she has a beautiful, merciful, loving heart! I love that girl.

  3. Wow, Marcia, Anna has your exquisite taste for decorating. It is fun for me to see all the ways an empty room can be transformed into a temporary home : )

    Thank you for sharing,

  4. Mrs. P,
    I love reading your reflections and thoughts! Your taste is amazing and you've given me many ideas. Thanks!

  5. Hi Maurie! I'd love to give you some ideas about increasing traffic but have no way to contact you other than to comment on the blog! My email is Chat with you soon. Love the decor!

  6. Love both your daughter's homes!! Those Pottery Barn lamps are fabulous!!! Thanks for stopping by BH and welcome to the blogging world!!

  7. I love what your daughter did with the D.C. pad! The furniture and duvets are such great bargain finds, I really hope she can repurpose them for her new NYC coop .