Ideas to Steal

Country Living has not been the first magazine I resort to but I have to say that the magazine has gotten better and better and I now I find it quite inspirational! Here are a few images from designer Mary Jane McCarty’s home.

Dining in a library. Different kinds of blues. Nothing matching. I like the style.

Put a nice slipcover on the antique sofa and you will both get a fresh new look and show the sofa’s original bones.

I will do anything for a good antique. Bu here is also a reminder to myself and maybe to you (!) to not forget to visit consignment stores and flea markets. Mary Jane, the owner, found this lovely table at the Salvation Army for $35! And wait to you see my own find – a fantastic wing back chair – for the same price! (I need to upholster it). You will flip!

I also love the vibrant shams on the beds in the guest bedroom (interior design by Brad Ford).

They shams + quilt are from Garnet Hill Barcelona” and I think they are pretty affordable at $40/sham. I am also eyeing the quilt. Very fresh together with white.

Written by Splendid Willow in: Lovely Rooms |


  • I love bookshelves lining a doorway (or windows)… They’re practical, they add light as it bounces off the sides, and they make the walls feel very substantial – like thick old castle walls. :)

  • kiki says:

    I love it all and I used to have those wonderful practical pocketdoors( why dont they do those more often nowadays…?)in my old Victorian/Swedish home in Wilmington Delaware, another Swedish colony.

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