I was sorry to miss “Favorites on the First” over at The Polohouse.  I was on vacation and otherwise occupied with a 21-month old granddaughter…no complaints here!  Alison always hosts such fun monthly “favorites”.

I’ve been delivering posts that are more subject-specific since returning from vacation and even I’m bored with that!  {I guess it could be argued that all posts are subject-specific, but I just miss looking at pretty rooms, no specific topic or even particular focus}.

It’s time to feast our eyes on beauty, plain and simple (in my humble opinion) and these are some of my newer found “favorites”, and a couple of returning great rooms that I could look at daily and still find reason to be inspired somehow.

I hope you enjoy this frivolous interlude of well designed/decorated spaces and the accessories that inspire me…

This room/space had me at wood paneled walls and ceiling. The chandelier and eclectic accessories create interest.

Atlanta Home Foyer, Garden Home & Party{Atlanta Homes Magazine}

Old world rooms always draw my interest, don’t you wish they still made arched doorways with this kind of detailing?

Old world charm, Garden, Home and Party{source}

Any room with books says “comfortable and inviting” to me.  In fact I enjoy finding a library of sorts in unexpected places.


I’m looking for an entry rug similar to this, any shopping tips?

Foyer, Garden, Home and Party{source}

Vintage painting and beautiful furnishings, wow.

Tailored room, the Steward,Garden, Home and Party{source}

This sun room is so pretty, love the windows and doors.

Garden, Home and Party{source}

My apologies to those who are put off by antlers.  I understand, but I do like the lodge-look, even old European style they impart.

Garden, Home and Party {source}

This Jane Moore kitchen has been on a couple of my “favorite” blog sites lately, but I absolutely love the room and it’s non-structured, non-typical kitchen design.

Jane Moore, Veranda, Garden, Home and Party{source and Cote de Texas}

When Southern Accents magazine was still published I became an avid fan of Dan Carithers style…I used to be able to pick his rooms out of any magazine.  He’s now retired but his style is timeless and will remain close to my heart.

Garden, Home and Party{Dan Carithers}

There are so many features in this smallish space that draw my attention.  The little lamp, the comfy chairs and the table are all inviting and great use of a small dining area off the kitchen.

Better Homes and Gardens, Garden, Home and Party{Better Homes and Gardens}

I would love stone walls in a kitchen!

Garden, Home and Party{Elle Decor}

This tub is a favorite and I like the closet doors, I’d have to work on keeping order to my closet with these doors, but it would be worth it.

Garden, Home and Party{source}

The headboards and the chest are appealing, not to mention the botanics above each bed.

Garden, Home and Party{Design Chic}

Another small space but I really like the transferware grouping on the wall and a wingback in the kitchen is such a great idea…why not really be comfortable when you dine?

Garden, Home and Party{source}

I realize I couldn’t really allow the vines on our house to grow indoors, but I like the rustic look for this, don’t you?

Garden, Home and Party{Garden & Gun Magazine}

This is the best ever kitchen chandelier!

Garden, Home and Party{New England Home}

Joan and Dan’s house (for the love of a house) is one I can revisit weekly, they have such a great house and the way Joan pulls her incredible collections together makes it my favorite example of how to accessorize any room.

Garden, Home and Party{for the love of a house}

I’ve always liked this kitchen and the marble counter and back splash.

{Traditional Home Magazine}

If we EVER add a kitchen eating area, this is the image I’ll show the contractor.  Love it!

{Velvet & Linen}

I hope you enjoyed seeing some new and returning favorite rooms.  Do you revisit certain images for inspiration from magazines, design books or Pinterest?