I’ve been wanting to add more to my home tour series, but it’s a difficult task to undertake. For one, every room feels like a perpetual work in progress. I do like the slow accumulation of furniture and decorations, but I get stuck in a cycle: “I’ll take photos once I get this one final thing…. and then this other.”

Besides that, it’s hard to photograph rooms! Even when I breakout my 18mm lens, I can never accurately grasp the feel of the room. This is especially true in my living room, which is the center of the house and very large and open. The grandness of this room is the reason we bought the house. And I admit we definitively said, “Leonardo will love this!” when we walked in. He can sit upstairs and keep an eye on everything happening in the lower part of the house.

We’ve known for a long time that we did not want a television in our living room, so our book collection became the centerpiece. Most of the books are from our subscription to The Easton Press’ 100 Greatest Books Every Written. We’re sent a surprise book every month! We’re making our way through the list quite nicely and will need a second bookcase soon. There are also a few other books that we’ve picked up individually, including the works of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Jane Austen’s six novel.

I’m sure this style is not to everyone’s taste, and sometimes I worry that it seems a bit ostentatious. But the room really came together organically. It holds a lot of our momentos, like a childhood photo of my grandfather and his brother, the embroidery I made Joseph for our first anniversary, framed postcards and a mask from Venice, and an alabaster cat and hand-painted papyrus from Egypt.

Finally, the room as viewed from the walkway upstairs.


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