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Home Tour 2018 | Downstairs | Jennifer L. Scott

In today's video, I'm sharing a tour of the main downstairs rooms in our home: the dining room, living room, family room, and kitchen.

This tour will give you a good idea of our style. We are very fortunate that much of our furniture has been handed down to us from our family in England and is of high quality. We like a neutral palette for our furnishings, walls, and floors. I then add pops of color with accessories like lamps, decorative dishes, plants and family pictures.

This is our dining room. We have decorated it with cream, taupe, white, and tan. The chairs around the dining room have been reupholstered as their original state was worn down from use in my husband's former retail shop. The table is a cream dining room table from Pier 1 Imports. The cream rug is from Ikea. The Victorian painting is from eBay. (Please note: because most of the items I'm showing you are no longer available, I am simply leaving links to the shops I purchased them from. The table from Pier1, for example, is well over 10 years old.)

Our formal living room is my favorite room in the house. It's the music room, the game room and the room that we generally receive guests in. The comfy-looking checkered arm chair belonged to my mother-in-law, as did many pieces in this room. She has really excellent taste in interior design and much of this furniture was from a flat she once had in Santa Monica. The piano was a gift from my husband to me. We love our piano! The sheepskin rug is from Ikea. The blue and white lamps are both from eBay. The gold-gilded side table is from Ballard Designs. The Union Jack pillow was a gift from Ben's family.

This coffee corner is located off of our dining room and directly in front of the pantry. The coffee, sugar, and tea canisters are from Amazon. How funny is the "Sorry for what I said when I was hungry" magnet? The decorative boxes are from a tea set that my mother-in-law gave us as a housewarming present.

Our heavily-used family room is characterized by white slipcover sofas from Sofa U Love, a large zebra rug from Pottery Barn, and minimal accessories. I often get asked how we keep our white sofas white. Because they are slipcovered, I can easily wash the sofa coverings to remove any stains. To prevent wear-and-tear, I place a throw blanket on top of the seated section of the sofas. We've had these sofas for nearly 10 years, and they have held up well. I like to accessorize them with neutral pillows and throw blankets in soft textures. Many of the throw pillows are from Ikea. The faux fur pillows are from Frontgate. The ottoman is from Costco and has storage inside. This is where we store some of the toys the baby plays with. The large lamp is from Home Goods. The small lamp is from Ikea.

Finally, we come to the kitchen. It has taken me some time to get used to the darker colors in this kitchen, namely the countertops. I have always enjoyed white, cream, and grey in our kitchens from our previous homes. But since we do not have the budget to redo the kitchen, I am focusing on what I love about it. I decorated the tops of the cabinets with vintage cookbooks, china dishes and bowls, faux plants, and baskets. I like to keep the kitchen very functional and utilitarian as I am in there so much cooking meals for the family. I like to keep the countertops as clear as possible.

While our home and decor is not picture-perfect, we have really enjoyed decorating our space and making great use of the items that have been handed down to us. There are many decorating projects I would love to do as our budget allows, but many of them will have to wait. In the meantime, we are enjoying our space as it is.

I hope you enjoy today's video.

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Sandra said...

Your home is beautiful and just my taste. I also have a white slipcovered sofa. I use a twin bed sheet on my bottom cushions and it fits nicely and stays in place because of the elastic underneath. I had trouble with blankets because they shifted around too much. The sheet is lightweight, fast and easy to wash and matches my sofa perfectly.

The Daily Connoisseur said...

Hi Sandra, what a fantastic idea! I will have to try the twin bed sheet. Thanks so much for the tip! ~ Jennifer

Polly said...

So pretty! Your aesthetic is very similar to mine--I love white! We are so fortunate to have good, used furniture from others and so much of our dining and living area furniture is actually brown (brown leather sofa and chair, brown buffet and table, brown piano from my grandmother....). The walls are golden yellow. One of my favorite things about our house is our original art. Somehow I don't mind all the warm tones because they set off the vibrant artwork so nicely (in my opinion). I inherited lots of paintings from my mother and we have purchased or been given original paintings over the years from various sources. One of my favorites is a painting a friend did of our valley (I live on my family's farm) and another is a portrait of our son. Our artwork kind of "makes" our home, in my opinion. Every room features it!

Ideally I'd probably have more white furniture, but we don't have the desire to spend a lot of money on new furniture when what we have is perfectly fine! I am very content with what we have and very grateful for it.

I painted my kitchen cabinets, which were honey oak, years ago when my son was 2. They're white and I love them! They made the room so much brighter, which is nice because we have a VERY tiny kitchen.

I think there's so much to be said for loving your home, no matter what, and doing the best you can in it. I started a little series a while back on that on my blog ("What if You Hate Your House?") and really should finish it! Because the irony is that I used to hate my house and now we swear we'll never move. ;)

Loved the tour!

Ladylike said...

Hello Jennifer,

Your home is lovely, and it is enormous! I'd been wondering whether all your children would eventually have their own bedrooms. Now I know that they will!

I feel the most important factors in home decor are having a home that is free of clutter and that is clean. You have accomplished these goals! I have a four bedroom home with no family room, and I find it a challenge to keep it clean. I am thankful that you mentioned the "Flylady" in your etiquette chat. I'd never heard of her before. In fact, at first I heard you wrong, and I thought you said, "580". This is the name of a freeway in my region! Needless to say, I didn't find anything when I looked up "580". I had to listen to your chat again, and then I realized you said "Flylady". Now I am trying out her home cleaning schedule. We will see...

I have some things in common with Polly in that I also have many paintings from my mother in most of the rooms of my home, and we also painted our pine kitchen cabinets white. In my case, my mother actually painted many of the paintings herself, making them extra special. In many cases, a member or two or three of my family is the subject of the paintings.
I adore your family portrait, and I can see the space on your husband's knee where your new baby will be in the next portrait!

I also received a couple of nice rugs and a French wall tapestry from my mother. I have a red kilim on the kitchen floor and another large light red Oriental-style rug under the dining table. I really like color, contrast and texture, probably more than most people; so we have terra cotta red paint in the dining room, a reproduction of a Tamara de Lempicka painting featuring a cobalt blue, and green dining chairs, for example.

My living room area has more neutral colors, but it features cozy textures, an area rug that resembles a large fisherman's wool sweater and a cloth-upholstered coffee table/ottoman. for instance. In decorating, I've sought to avoid so many rectangles, and I've chosen a round dining table and a square coffee table/ottoman.

Well, I'd better return to my cleaning tasks!

Warm best,

ICU aus B said...

Hello, Jennifer,

thank you so much for the wonderful home-tour-video. What a lovely home you have and such special taste. It looks very elegant and classy. I would love to see more home-tour-videos if you would like to show more of it. Have a wonderful week. Inga
P.S.I feel really flattered that you chose my previous comment as the comment of the week. And thank you for explaining to me how to be able to follow the live-chat. I appreciated it very much.

J Marie said...

Hi Jennifer,
I really enjoyed your home tour video, and would love to see more! Your home is so graceful and calming. I love how it is family friendly yet elegant. I would describe my home as Traditional/Farm Style. We also combine a lot of hand me down pieces, and the color scheme tends to be cream with wood accents, and green/yellow/red for pops of color! Thank you for showing your lovely home!

Gigi said...

What a beautiful home! Thank you for sharing.

Our style is up for grabs. I tend to lean toward your style a bit but the husband prefers GIANT, dark pieces. So we meet in the middle.

Wellyboots said...

Thankyou Jennifer. It's quite special to be invited into an individuals personal space! Even though the kitchen isn't exactly what you would want, the way you have decorated the spaces around it with your own furniture in the family room, seems to balance it out so that it looks quite nice all together in the panoramic shot you gave us! Well done on your being content.πŸ‘Œ I too have a functional kitchen that isn't really my style. We have been in our house 11 years, but I know one day we will update....when we don't have to go into debt to do it!

Frenchcaligirl said...

Love your style and decor Jennifer. It was fun to see your downstairs home video. Your taste is similar to mine. One of my favorite rooms is my spare bedroom with my childhood antique dresser and desk in it, antique white, and still in excellent condition. My dad made some great finds in second hand and antique stores ages ago and they were also very well-made. He antiqued the pieces so they all went together well. Also have a white slip cover chair and ottoman from Ikea in there. I’m happy with my functional kitchen but know that many would view it as too old looking. Had the cabinets all refinished and changed out the hardware and had flooring redone, so not a massive re-do but an improvement. Felt like that was as far as my budget would go. Have always lived within my budget and have enjoyed your debt-free course.

Susanne Trotter said...

Greetings from Chicago Jennifer!
Thank you for sharing your lovely home with us, I loved it! Your home definitely reflects my style! I just moved back to the states last fall from Germany & that classic traditional European styling kinda stuck with me.
Not only is your home lovely but you & your sweet family is as well!!!

Unknown said...

Hello Jennifer!! I was curious about your piano. What brand do you have or what brand do you recommend? My son about your son's age and I want him to take lessons when he gets a little older. I was hoping you had some recommendations. Thank you!!!

The Daily Connoisseur said...

Hi Polly, thank you! I didn't realize you had a blog. What is the name of your blog?

Hi Inga, thank you so much!

Hi J Marie, thank you! I love farmhouse style too.

Hi Gigi, it's hard to decorate when there are two different style preferences for sure... It's nice that you and your husband meet in the middle.

Hi Wellyboots, yes, it's all about being content! :)

Hi Frenchcaligirl, I love antiques. Your new kitchen sounds beautiful!

Hi Susanne, thank you so much for your kind comment!

Unknown, our piano is Yamaha. We bought it used from a piano shop in Los Angeles. I like it because it has the feature where you can play with headphones on. This allows me to play at night after the kids have gone to sleep or when someone is watching television or listening to other things.

Vicki Zimmerman said...

I really enjoyed your home tour and your soothing use of neutrals. It all flows so beautifully, Jennifer, and makes your loving home very calm and serene. I look forward to your floral arrangement video on real and silk plants and how you combine them throughout your home. I was about to buy a Mother Fern today, because I have cats and the ASPCA lists this as one of their non-toxic plants, along with many others. I have the vase and need to get the plant. I went to Michael's, but they were low on silk greenery. Your furniture is so nice and I wanted to ask, when you said your chairs were refinished and reupholstered, if you and your husband did the actual painting and refinishing of the white chairs. I understand your fondness for a lighter kitchen and down the road, when it's in the budget, could you paint the cabinets and then add a backsplash and countertop to your liking? I found an old, early video of yours and noticed a lovely grey-tiled backsplash in one of your kitchens and it was so pretty, as your current one is, too. You've made a lovely home.

cleigh said...

Hi Jennifer! Thank you for showing us your beautiful home. Can I ask where you got the curtains that are up near your kitchen? I've been looking for new sources since Country Curtains sadly closed!

Niculina McClanahan said...

Hi Jennifer, your home looks lovely and reflects your aesthetical preferences. I agree that despite the common belief that white slipcovers are hard to maintain, In fact a simple wash brings them back to clean and neat. And the most important thing is that you feel comfortable in the interiors you have created for you and your family.

I have lived in many houses and I made a home in each of them, through an intentional process that starts with keeping the house clean and finding a place for everything, so the clutter doesn’t accumulate. My personal taste is also classic, in warm and neutral colors, with some bright color accents and a little bit of whimsy added into the mix. I like to add a piece of visual interest in every space so it doesn’t look too sterile. I also noticed that a little bit of red added to any room brings warmth and a little black ties things together, especially in a space that mixes traditional objects with more modern pieces. It is important to buy the best quality of furniture one can afford. Our furniture is 15 years old , has been moved several times and still looks fantastic. It’s true that we take good care of it and avoid destructive behaviors such as scratching or water/food damage. I shop for interesting decor pieces anywhere from Home Goods, Wayfair to Frontgate and Horchow, which have expensive items but also offer great sales. I don’t buy cheap stuff, I buy expensive when it goes on sale. I found that this is a strategy that works for me, as I surround myself and my family with good quality and beautiful objects that I will be able to hand down to my children to enjoy for years to come.

Sherry Johnson said...

Thank you for the home tour. I enjoy being able to "place" you in my mind when reading your blog. Our furniture is re-upholstered and well love too. Fits our casual life style just fine. "Be Thou My Vision" is may favorite hymn too. No way could I play it on the piano though. Might you play it for us one day soon?

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F0706 said...

Jennifer thank you for sharing
It’s beautiful and timeless !
You know if you still dislike darker cabinets you can have someone paint them or so it yourself

If you go on Pinterest it gives you ideas about budgeting this and it could be cheap Actually
But if it’s growing on you then even less work :)