Favorite Nook: La Dolce Vita

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Today I'm starting the 'Favorite Nook' series I mentioned last week. To kick it off is the uber gorgeous Paloma of La Dolce Vita. Her blog features a number of great guest series (some of which she has invited me to participate in) - so it's no surprise that she was the inspiration that got me to invite some of my favorite bloggers to share here. Enough about me, lets see her space...

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I am thrilled to be sharing my favorite nook with you on Brooklyn Limestone today. I work from home and while work and blogging keep me cooped up in my home office most of the day, I would have to say that my favorite nook in my home is our family room. It is the place where I get to hang out and relax with my husband, Fabian and our puppy, Tate in the evenings and where we entertain our family and friends as well.


My coffee table is stacked with interior design books and magazines. Although I love my bowl of starfish, I usually have to put it up on a bookshelf because my puppy, Tate seems to think that it is a bowl full of treats. I took these pictures a little while back and there are even more books now!

Last year, my husband and I completely made over the chairs in the background. We think they were from the 1950s. We removed the dingy powder blue velvet they were covered in, painted them, and had them reupholstered in a more modern, graphic fabric.

My Suzanne Kasler Quatrefoil Lamp is one of my favorite pieces in the room.

I also adore my Penguin Classics Collection and get a lot of compliments on them. I like that they add color to the room without being too obvious.

My design style is more masculine in a sense. I prefer darker palettes and am not one for over-the-top girly details, but I always have to add a touch of glamour to every room. In our family room, a pair of mercury glass candlesticks and a starburst mirror do the trick!

I am all about the balance of masculine and feminine design sensibilities, so I think this vintage seltzer bottle from the 50s and strong “C” typeset letter from Anthropologie round out the fireplace vignette perfectly.

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My favorite "accessory" in the room would definitely have to be my sweet Tate, who likes to play with his toys in the family room whenever he isn’t sleeping under my chair in the office.

Thank you, S for inviting me to participate in this wonderful series!

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38 comments:

  1. Cute nook! I realllllyyyy like the books. They are beautiful.

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  2. Very nice, and I agree the books are beautiful! As is Tate! Hugs from Texas

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  3. Great space! And such a cute dog :)

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  4. I *heart* Paloma, her style, and her adorable pup Tate. This space of hers is SO chic yet looks lived in and warmly inviting. Love her!

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  6. cute dog..and love the books..oh and the chairs

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  7. Love Paloma's blog and I LOVE her puppy! I have two cockapoos also. They're the best. I've been debating getting the letter A from Anthropologie for quite some time but just haven't. Looks great on her mantel!

    On another note - does every design blogger have a copy of the Domino book on their coffee table? I know I do! Hah.

    Alaina

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  8. The lamp is fabulous, I've had my eye on it for awhile! Adorable dog as well...Janell

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  9. Love the mirror, chairs, lamp and, of course, the Penguin books.

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  10. Gorgeous!!! I just commented on another blog how the Domino book is a great book to read as well as decorate with - it's so pretty!

    Tate is so adorable - I want to give him a big hug!

    And those reupholstered chairs are amazing! They make such a statement!

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  11. We like many of the same things! I've been eyeing that quatrefoil lamp ever since I first saw him!
    Lovely!

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  12. the books are just so lovely! i'm sure they're just as pleasing to read

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  13. Loving those chair re-do's...I could pull one right up to your coffee table and start chewing on starfish and reading away! Fun!

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  14. This room is just fabulous and I am dying over those books! I've been wanting to start my own collection of Penguin Classics for awhile and this is just the perfect inspirational nudge! Thank you!

    xo Mary Jo

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  15. Nice nook! I think Paloma was the first person (that I read) to mention the Penguin Classics - "back then," they were only available through a Canadian book dealer.
    She's such an inspiration, and lovely person! Nice feature!

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  16. That Tate is adorable....xv

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  17. Everything is beautiful, including the dog.

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  18. I wouldn't expect anything less from Paloma, great post, love these series, thanks!

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  19. I love her favorite accessory! Too cute!

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  20. I love those books and her dog! Fabulous. I think I'm going to really love this series; a peek the favorite places of such cool people.

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  21. I love the mirror above the mantle, but agree that the puppy is the best accessory of all. Too cute!

    I'm having a jewelry giveaway - stop by to enter!
    http://journeychic.com/2010/03/01/jewelry-giveaway/

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  22. I am here via La Dolce Vita, I love her blog and this is a great post. I am glad to have found your blog, Off to look at some past post, Kathysue

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  23. That Tate is adorable!

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  24. MY GOOOOOODNESS, TATE looks like the most adorable stuffed animal! I could kiss him!

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  25. Joi is one of my favorite bloggers ~ so glad you showcased a little piece of her home! :)

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  26. Wonderful guest blogger! Love the segment!

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  27. I really like this feature....it is so nice to see some of my favorite blogger favorite spaces. Will you share yours as well? Pretty please?

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  28. Thank you so much for inviting me to participate in this series, Stefanie! I am so excited to kick off the series! I am excited to see everyone else's nooks. :)

    Thanks for all of the sweet comments, everyone! I will be sure to share them with Tate. ;)

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  29. Super cute nook! Love the accessories! and Tate is a cutie. ;-)

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  30. Anonymous12:13 PM

    Your space is beautiful and I was pleasantly surprised to see your HIWI ("Houston: It's Worth It"- for those of you who don't know) book. It's a great warm lovely feeling for anyone who has ever lived in Houston or has visited long enough to adore the sprawling, chaotic, zoning-free city!

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  31. Looks fabulous. Now the big question is, why don't you show moew of your home on your blog, Paloma??

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  32. Love it! Now why doesn't Paloma show more of her home in her blog?? :)

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  33. What a perfect coffee table collection! I love keeping design books out (my favs. right now are 1000 greeting cards and A Girl's guide to decorating). Because they're off the beaten path for most people they love to pick them up and browse! Also, this is the first time I've seen the Penguin Classics in a room (I've been debating about getting them). They look fab!

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  34. Love those black & white chairs :)

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  35. paloma is oh so stylish. love her home. and her puppy. how adorable?

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  36. So fun to see Paloma's home!
    xo xo

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  37. Beautiful room... absolutley love the fabric that was used to cover those chairs! Any idea what it's called, where I could get it? THANK YOU!!! :)

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