41 responses

  1. materfamilias
    February 1, 2010

    Darn! cyberspace just swallowed my comment — wanted to say what a gorgeously light-filled space your mother's home is — if you have to be away from your own house (oh dear, I'm forgetting all the High Wasp semantics around home/house which I remember you discussing earlier), at least you're surrounded by beauty and comfort — and light! I can't get over the light! Sooo very different from up the Pacific Northwest Coast, so very non-grey!
    Thanks for inviting us in.

  2. JMW
    February 1, 2010

    Great images – love how your mother has combined the different elements in her home, yet everything looks classic. High WASP, indeed. :)

  3. Belle de Ville
    February 1, 2010

    What a wonderful home. European antiques with California casual, a great combination.

  4. f8hasit
    February 1, 2010

    I LOVE eclectic houses…and this mix is no exception! In my office I have a entire wall of photos. The cleaning people hate it, but I think every house should have one!

    Thanks for sharing the photos! Love it!

  5. LPC
    February 1, 2010

    Thanks everyone. It's funny, kind of hard to get back in the blogging saddle after last week. I was hoping you all would like the photos.

  6. Miss Cavendish
    February 1, 2010

    Beautiful images!!! Love the light-filled room and the tile floors.

  7. Patsy
    February 1, 2010

    Oh, it's gorgeous! And welcoming, a hard combo to put together.

    I love the scrimshaw.

  8. Mouse
    February 1, 2010

    The wall of photos is fab.

  9. Someone
    February 1, 2010

    Lovely home! I was expecting some white or dove-gray Gustavian…if not a tiled stove…but this will do! The empire console with soapstone (?) top reminds of one my parents had with gilt fittings, marble top, and porcelain insets. It's so interesting how some forms persist.

  10. Sher
    February 1, 2010

    What makes a house breathe history is not the artifacts, but that wall of family photos. Every house should have "the wall"

    I just love the big windows that lets in all the warmth of the sun. Your Mom's home is so warm and inviting.

    Happy your Step Dad is well on his way to recovery.

  11. Headbands and Hand Bags
    February 1, 2010

    What a welcoming charming house! I love the personal touches! So many fun treasures!

  12. Bumby Scott
    February 1, 2010

    Thank your Mother and Stepfather, for allowing the share of her home. I can easily see the care and restraint in the Merger. Well done.

    Always Bumby

  13. Jill
    February 1, 2010

    I adore the cocktail table. I would be HUGE if we grew avocado trees! Tell you Mamacita gracias for giving us a peek into her beautiful home!

  14. The Mrs.
    February 1, 2010

    Yummy fabulous! Got your question on the blog! How it came about? Do you mean how I got in the show? Need more defining so I know how to answer! xo

  15. Tish Jett
    February 1, 2010

    How absolutely stunning.

  16. Maureen@IslandRoar
    February 1, 2010

    Beautiful…great light!

  17. Maureen@IslandRoar
    February 1, 2010

    Beautiful…great light!

  18. Princess Freckles
    February 1, 2010

    I iwsh the "weeds" I faced were avacado trees and tropical flowers!

  19. Jan
    February 1, 2010

    I love that living room – it's so spacious and light and airy. And I'm about to cry over the palm trees and tropical flowers; it's all of 19 degrees here. *sigh*

  20. julia::ordinarysaturdays
    February 1, 2010

    You could walk right in to that fireplace! It looks really homey, and that light fills this midwesterner with envy.

  21. Reggie Darling
    February 1, 2010

    Hello LPC:
    Seeing this living room vividly recalled a trip I took to Santa Barbara more than 30 years ago, when I stayed in a similar house where East Coast Wasp was reworked and made modern, and clean. Lovely. How perfect the melding of that sensibility with Swedish, the ones who really "get it" in my books. We have some Gustavian chairs at Darlington and they are marvelous. Your mother's living room reminds me of photos of some of Francis Elkins' California interiors, check those out if you haven't seen them yet in the book published on her recently. My Darling grandparents had a similar wall of framed family photos in their house in Grosse Pointe, and I will forever associate such walls with thoughtful and caring grandparents.

  22. LPC
    February 1, 2010

    I will let my mom know about all your kind words. Jill – which is the cocktail table? Ha. Funny I don't know. And Reggie, there are some books on that designer. Great present idea for mom and stepfather. Thanks. Julia, my mom made the white tile bordering the fireplace:). Do you see why I liked your white on white pillow so much?

  23. Twenty Four At Heart
    February 1, 2010

    And now I want to go back to SB. Yes, I was just there … but I never grow tired of that place. Sigh …..!

  24. Buckeroomama
    February 1, 2010

    I think your mother's house is lovely! I especially love the tiled floor, the light, and the airy feeling about it.

  25. What a Splurge
    February 2, 2010

    That beautiful white fireplace just jumps out at me. There should always be a wreath there.

  26. Turquoise Diaries
    February 2, 2010

    Beautiful house..There is so much light there.

  27. Summer is a Verb
    February 2, 2010

    A wall of family photos is hands down one of my fav things in anyones home. Particularly fun in a powder room. Kinda makes the visit to the loo exciting…XXOO

  28. Joyce Hor-Chung Lau
    February 2, 2010

    For some reason, when I read your headline on my bloglist, I conjured up an image of Connecticut farmhouse meets IKEA meets Florida retirement home. Ugh. God knows where my sub-conscious comes up with these things.

    Obviously, I should expect better than that from your blog. Your mom's home is beautiful.

    It reminds me a bit of my parents' condo in Melbourne, which is much smaller, but has that same lightness, white furnishings — a little classic, a little eclectic, not showy, very comfortable.

    We don't have a wall of photos though. Maybe next time I visit, I will make one for them, as a gift.

  29. Anonymous
    February 2, 2010

    Unpretentious and beautiful and serene.

  30. Duchesse
    February 3, 2010

    Beautiful, such character and comfort.

  31. metscan
    February 3, 2010

    A charming living room. Each article has its place and is well thought through, yet there is place for imagination for each and everyone of us. The wall of family pictures inspires me now to rearrange some of my photos too.

  32. Shelley
    February 4, 2010

    Interesting, the wall of photos. All my family members have had them and I always hated them (most of all my photos, probably), so I've never done one. Also, I came to understand, since coming to England that it's not the done thing. Photos are supposed to be on horizonal surfaces (on the piano if one has one). I've found this convenient as one of my Grandmother's tables is decidedly fragile and covering it with photographs prevents anyone using it otherwise. Sadly, it's rather a graveyard collection of pictures.

    I notice your parents' wall of photos are not from Olan Mills, like mine, but rather fairly individual pictures in scenic spots. Also, they seem to all be in black or red frames, not a hodge podge of colours. Perhaps there isn't really a rule (other than perhaps being born into the right family) about photos and their placement.

  33. Pink Martini
    February 4, 2010

    Oh yes. Very Santa Barbara. The look is like no other. I spent many a dangerous liason there. Your photos look terrific and capture the feeling very well. Hope everything has settled and all is well.

  34. vintage simple
    February 4, 2010

    I loved getting a little glimpse into your mother's home, Lisa. That fist room with the beautiful sunlight – it's lovely. And the wall of family photos – I have a soft spot for those. It all felt like getting a little glimpse into who you are, too. A very sweet post, my dear.


  35. Elie’s Papel
    February 4, 2010

    Great combination of styles… lovely pics!

  36. karen
    January 12, 2013

    I live in Goleta and that’s Hope Ranch house if I ever saw one! Lovely.


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