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  1. MaryAnne
    November 11, 2017
    11/11/17
    10:02 am

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    MaryAnne said...

    Love your taste. Whatever you come up with will be wonderful, I’m sure

    11/11/17
    10:13 am
    Lisa said...

    @MaryAnne, Thank you so much! Just the encouragement I need. Although suggestions are also encouraging. xox.

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  2. Roseag
    November 11, 2017
    11/11/17
    10:03 am

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    Roseag said...

    I hope you’ve got a luggage rack in your guest room as well.

    11/11/17
    10:15 am
    Lisa said...

    @Roseag, Aha! Thanks for the reminder!

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  3. Parnassus
    November 11, 2017
    11/11/17
    11:30 am

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    Parnassus said...

    Hello Lisa, You are reclaiming your kids’ old spaces, but I have the opposite situation. Each time I go back to Ohio, I seem to add more to my mother’s apartment. Most of it is in the storage closets, but last year I started putting up framed art in the back bedroom. (Including scenes of Yale, Harvard and University School, and my one ukiyo-e print. Don’t worry, I have some nice early Princeton material to add once it surfaces.)

    I love the Gallagher card. Like you, there is something about it I find mesmerizing.
    –Jim

    11/11/17
    2:47 pm
    Lisa said...

    @Parnassus, Happy to know that Princeton is to be included;). I imagine your mother is happy to have your stuff, as it’s possibly a harbinger of your return. And mesmerizing is the exact word. I wondered if they were drowning or celebrating, someone on Instagram said “they are going to be rescued.” So much meaning all at once.

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  4. James Washburn
    November 11, 2017
    11/11/17
    11:49 am

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    James Washburn said...

    Hi Lisa, just wanted to let you know I’m still enjoying your musings. You were one of the first blogs I followed. I don’t post any longer ,in fact I’m hoping you even remember me, but I still enjoy reading the good ones like you.

    11/11/17
    2:48 pm
    Lisa said...

    @James Washburn, Yes, of course, the early blogger crowd! Thank you so much for continuing to read. I’m getting the hang of this once a week business, so I think I can keep going!

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  5. Frances/Materfamilias
    November 11, 2017
    11/11/17
    12:08 pm

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    Frances/Materfamilias said...

    I suspect your guests are keen to get out of their room and hang with you, but oh, that’s a great corner for lingering. . .
    I’d thank you for spelling “chaise longue” correctly (“chaise lounge” is one of my pet peeves) except that of course you do! You’re the one I learned “fuchsia” from ;-)
    Your son’s boyfriend’s painting is so compelling. Gets right at that tug between the familiar and the strange that makes the uncanny. That tension in the German word “unheimlich” that got Freud so interested. . .

    11/11/17
    2:51 pm
    Lisa said...

    @Frances/Materfamilias, Oh I know! It’s a long chair! And spelling has always been my little fun thing. Although fuchsia, that I had to look up myself, truth be told.

    I didn’t know the term “unheimlich.” I love having learned readers, it is the best possible way to never stop learning myself.

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  6. Mary
    November 11, 2017
    11/11/17
    12:48 pm

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    Mary said...

    Investigate rug layering. New concept to me but my daughter did it brilliantly in her university apt: jute rug base with shearling over it. Apparently, it’s a thing.

    11/11/17
    2:54 pm
    Lisa said...

    @Mary, Exactly what I’m thinking! So many things are things and I don’t know about them!

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  7. Susan B
    November 11, 2017
    11/11/17
    4:56 pm

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    Susan B said...

    I do very much like the chaise lounge. And that embroidered throw is gorgeous. I agree about the rug too…you need something that “grounds” the room. But really good job on the chaise!

    11/12/17
    12:40 pm
    Lisa said...

    @Susan B, Step by step;). And I’m thinking that essentially I need the same degree of detail and shading at every level, so just as the bed has a pattern and a couple of hues, the chaise too, the floor needs some extra and so do the walls. I’m now thinking a couple of sheepskins – or small woven rugs in shades of ivory and cream.

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  8. Pat Hoar
    November 12, 2017
    11/12/17
    3:08 am

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    Pat Hoar said...

    Hi Lisa, I wonder if you have heard of Abigail Ahern, and English decorator , who has a blog. I really think you might like her, she is very quirky but practical and widely successful. In the Christmas edition of Verandah there is an article on
    a decorator called Alidad home in London, completely over the top but I love it Pat

    11/12/17
    12:48 pm
    Lisa said...

    @Pat Hoar, I hadn’t heard of Abigail, but I am going to subscribe to her blog. Thank you very much! I think I am leaving the lower hills in my house and heading towards the top;).

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  9. KSL
    November 12, 2017
    11/12/17
    5:38 am

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    KSL said...

    I love Ian’s art – the painting on the invitation is so compelling and strong. Thank you for the lovely mention as well.

    11/12/17
    12:50 pm
    Lisa said...

    @KSL, You are more than welcome! And I am happy that Ian’s art resonates with you, your still lifes and his family pieces feel similar to me in a way I can’t articulate.

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  10. Ian Gallagher
    November 12, 2017
    11/12/17
    10:44 am

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    Ian Gallagher said...

    Lisa- Thank you for the wonderful mention, wish you could’ve been here for the opening. It was a great help to have P help me hang the show. Would love for you to have a piece, something that will complement the lovely decor. All the best.

    11/12/17
    12:52 pm
    Lisa said...

    @Ian Gallagher, You are so welcome! You know I think your stuff is brilliant. And I really wish I could have been there, I’d have helped you and P with the hanging. Let’s talk. I don’t want to take one of your pieces if you are still grouping them for shows, but, otherwise I can’t wait to hang one here.

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  11. Linda
    November 12, 2017
    11/12/17
    11:09 am

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    Linda said...

    I think your color palette in the guest room is gorgeous, Lisa. So enjoyed this post. “…keep layering for lushness.” I like! Words to live by, I think! :-) -Linda

    11/12/17
    12:53 pm
    Lisa said...

    @Linda, Thank you so much! Lushness is new to me, High WASPs prefer austere usually, but I am learning! My mom was great at disciplined lushness, I hope to emulate.

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  12. Victoire
    November 12, 2017
    11/12/17
    2:06 pm

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    Victoire said...

    I absolutely LOVE the painting by “Kathy” (Kathryn Leeds) that shows up when you click her name above (in your post). Given the richness of those amazing colors she’s using, maybe she is the friend to turn to for suggestions on where to go next in your guest room (re)furbishment. (That painting itself many give you an idea or two…)

    And I like the notion of one of your readers above that “layering area rugs” might be the way to go floor-covering-wise. Just be sure to put a rug pad between the top rug and the white bottom one, so the colors on top won’t bleed down. (Written by one who learned the hard way!)

    11/13/17
    8:43 am
    Lisa said...

    @Victoire, Kathy’s colors in that painting are indeed gorgeous. She was in fact an interior designer in a former life – definitely someone to learn from. As are you, clearly, I will definitely watch for color bleeding!

    11/14/17
    6:28 am
    KSL said...

    Thank you so much Victoire! Such a lovely compliment. Also Lisa, she’s correct about the rug pad and I’m not sure that sheepskin will do anything to pull the room together. I think you need something with color to sort of anchor the room.

    11/18/17
    9:58 am
    Flo said...

    @Victoire, That awesome painting by Kathy contains a bunch of color information to finish out that room, short of buying the painting itself and hanging it on the wall [which is not a bad idea at all!]. The only 2 colors of hers you haven’t used yet are her rich mustards, and her leafy greens. Once you incorporate those additional colors, I predict the romm will get the lift off it wants. xo

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  13. Sydney Shop Girl
    November 12, 2017
    11/12/17
    8:08 pm

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    Sydney Shop Girl said...

    I’m glad you’ve now got some time and mind space to dress up the spare room. I love the prints and choices of colour.

    SSG xxx

    11/13/17
    8:43 am
    Lisa said...

    @Sydney Shop Girl, Thank you!

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  14. Chronica Domus
    November 14, 2017
    11/14/17
    7:13 am

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    Chronica Domus said...

    Well, what a score! That table is a pretty near match to the one you were hoping to find at the market on that lovely day of our inaugural visit.

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  15. dottoressa
    November 15, 2017
    11/15/17
    9:46 am

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    dottoressa said...

    Your chaise longue and the throw are beautiful- such lovely colours and textures
    You only have to spend some more time in the room and,I’m sure,it will “tell” you everything you need to know-your taste is impeccable
    I love Ian’s painting-it also speaks a lot-colours,expresions,emotions……some of them hidden,some visible
    Dottoressa

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