Quiet, Beautiful and Peaceful

Hello friends. No words needed here. I am going to be almost quiet and let you wander in this lovely summer home of Terry John Woods. What an eye for beautiful things. What incredible ability to put together simple and gorgeous rooms he has. Many of the treasures are flea market finds. Take serious notes friends.  For those of you who prefers a more modern look, envision some of these rooms with a just a few added contemporary pieces and accents. That is the beauty of an old style with simple lines and neutral colors. They can be easily mixed.

Against the wall in Terry’s living room rests this old, green door with a window louver attached to the top. Terry uses it to display art. Beautiful. (Donna, my friend, I think of you when I see this).

This is why I love Terry and his design approach:

“I love old prints and having water damage or stains have never stopped me from bringing them forward to be enjoyed. This print I found in Maine for a song and a waltz and it is one of my favorite to date. Perfect things are so boring. Who wants to be perfect. Not me”.

Layered ironstone plates.

I love this room. It feels very old Swedish to me. Look at the washed painter cloth slip covers. Terry painted the mural himself. He wanted a tiny bit of color and a reminder of where he likes to be, by the sea.

I am slightly envious of this metal cupboard. He says it is handmade and comes from a naval ship yard. It was most likely used to store tools.

Terry, you are lucky to be living on the other side of the coast! Because if you lived anly closer to Seattle I would have been stalking you on a regular basis and trying to tag along on your shopping trips, hoping to learn a lot more about design and styling. You are brilliant.

Happy Wedneday to you all!

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  • The painted freeze looks good. At first I thought it was wallpaper.

  • Charlotta says:

    Beautiful simplicity in a serene setting.
    I particularly like the simple rocks on the mantle and that wooden horse.

    Lovely inspiration as usual dear Monika.

    Stor kram
    Charlotta xx

  • Greet says:

    The patina of the furniture and decoration is stunning! I love it! It looks very Swedish to me!
    Thank you Monika for introducing us to Terry.

    Happy Wendsday!

  • Love starting my day with your peaceful and calming photos!

  • nkp says:

    Really beautiful, thoughtful styling. I love all of the weathered surfaces and the quiet moments encapsulated in the vignettes. But that mural, well it is my favorite-simply stunning!

  • Mon, you are absolutely right. These spoke to my soul. I think I almost gasped when I saw these images. Absoutely beautiful and with such spirit. You can tell Terry has a very real connection to the ‘imperfect’ things he loves. I adore his quote, “Perfect things are boring.” I do so agree and I celebrate finding others who do!

    Mon, as always, it was a treat visiting you. Thank you for your personal beauty and your personal style…

    Love, Donna

  • Therese Long says:

    Hi Mon!!!
    It’s been way too long since I’ve been over here but boy did I pick the perfect time to stop by!!! I’m loving his work, it’s fantastic. His edited style and composition are drool worthy. I wish I could see more of his mural which looks to be pretty amazing too. His talents seem endless.
    I’ve been missing you…
    Hope you and your family are having a wonderful summer!!!!
    When are you coming to Santa Cruz? I’ve been so preoccupied that I forgot all about it! I hope I haven’t missed you guys because I absolutely want to have you all over… you promised!!!!

  • With all of the warm and muggy weather we’ve been having here, this is just the type of space I’d love to retreat to. The colors are soft, cool and I love the time-worn feel. It just makes you want to slow down and breathe! Very tranquil.

    Hope all is well with you, Monika!


  • Piper says:

    Ok, I’m dying over the floorboards in the 3rd from the bottom photo…love that washed out look. so cool!! i’ve been wanting to do that in my office since we have paneling…but not sure i’m handy enough to make it look right :)

  • What great treasures!! Everything is so soft and you can tell each piece has a story, which is my favorite way to decorate a house. I LOVE his floors! Happy Wednesday to you as well!

  • Tina says:

    What a lovely mix of everything – great! :-)

    Take care!

  • Hi Monika…
    Can you hear my “ahhhhh?”
    This is so soft and peaceful,
    which is exactly what I needed
    this very minute {you always know}!
    I have an old green shutter hanging
    in my bathroom and I’ve never
    considered layering a painting on
    top of it…great idea!
    Terry certainly has the eye and
    I really enjoyed your writing
    about his wonderful place.
    Thank you!
    xx Suzanne

  • So calm and serene. No way I could ever achieve that level of serenity, but beautiful to look at.

  • Anci says:

    Hej !
    Tack för att du visar alla de här helt underbara bilderna !! Nu förstår jag ännu bättre varför jag tycker om gamla saker och jag blir såååå inspirerad.

    Ha det så bra !!


  • gorgeous images- what a house! love those two little oil paintings.

  • Julie says:

    HI Monika
    It’s all beautiful… love the metal cupboard too.. and the light in these photos is magical…I remember finding his site when i first started blogging.. thanks for reminding me… xxx Julie

  • Gorgeous and calming! I absolutely adore it!

  • The Zhush says:

    I am in love with it all! The wooden horse, those blue pillows and that gorgeous mural especially! So bright and pretty, exactly what I needed right now…some soothing inspiration!

  • It has been a happy Wednesday for me. Have worked with a new client all day that I will abe sharing about soon. Just came home from dinner for my brother-in-laws birthday. Had a wonderful time. Love this post. I’m often torn between what I think my readers will want. My expert commentary (ha, Ha), or just let the images speak for themselves. Sometimes , I think they do us both more justice. Loving hearing from you again. Hope you are having a great summer with your children. Mona

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  • liza says:

    This one is gorgeous, Monika. Thank you so much. Have a lovely Summer weekend!

  • Laila says:

    Så herlig, du vet nok at jeg elsker denne type bilder, Monika! Fredfylt, naturlig, enkelt… Og den grønnfargen er “min”;-)

    Tusen takk for tips, jeg skal sjekke ut nettsidene nå:-) Klem fra Laila

  • veronique says:

    mmmm … what a nice post! Love the structures and the life it brings.



  • liz morten says:

    We loved the soft palette and the mural. Thanks for this inspiring room. I’d like to have a lavender lemonade there. Liz

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