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Friday, May 15, 2009

Friendly Friday: Karen's Home

I recently had lunch at my friend Karen's house. In a previous post I talked about the happy way we met. Karen reads my blog regularly and expected that I would have my camera with me. Can you believe she still let me in the door? One of my favorite things in her house is an oil painting that hangs over her fireplace. It is of her husband's grandparents. They immigrated to America from Italy.

Karen has a fabulous collection of jadeite that is housed in an equally fabulous antique cabinet.

A bit of the jadeite showed up on the very pretty table she had set. The long wooden table and beautiful china belonged to her grandmother.

She and her husband are avid DIY'ers. They created this amazing hood in their kitchen.

Her home is filled with wonderful modern furniture and family heirlooms. She mingles the two together beautifully.

I loved this old watercolor which she picked up for a song.

When Karen was over at my house she had spotted a loft bed in the Fashionista's room. She remarked that her son would love a bed like that. I told her "It's yours when the Fashionista moves out." Karen is well aware of the struggles I am having in finding a twin bed for Sweet Boy. She said she had something in her attic that I might like.

I squealed with delight! The headboard perfect. What a great friend!

Have you ever participated in a swap?


Linda said...

Karen's home is fantastic! I too love that painting of her husband's Grandparents ~ what a treasure!

I've never participated in a swap, but that's a great idea. The closest thing we come to that is when we place our items on our curb with our free sign. Everything we've ever set out there has been taken and I'm glad to help out others in this way, since all of the items are still in good shape and useable - we just tire of some things and part with them in this manner.

zoe said...

You have such good BFF :) jealous here! Karen's house look so neat and delightful i really enjoy looking at her house photos but bad thing was when i look at my house i feel like makeover :*

Glad you had a blast over the week with you Bff:)

It's friday again!
Enjoy your weekend with family


Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

This is such a fun week it seems for many, with a visiting friends theme! I love getting to see interesting, caring friends. I am so glad you had fun! Blessings dear from Amy

Muthering Heights said...

She has a lovely home!

Anna Lindsey Sailer O'Reilly said...

Oh! What fun! What a beautiful friendship you share.

Mildred said...

I really enjoy seeing Karen's lovely home and heirlooms. The bed for Sweet Boy is great! Much of my furniture was too big for our current home and my brother swapped many pieces with me. It's funny to visit him - I feel right at home!!!!!

Lisa said...

The range hood is beautiful - they're so talented.

I love the jadeite, and the lighted cabinet shows off the colors beautifully.

Thank you for sharing your friend's lovely home - she's very inspiring.

Enjoy your weekend.


Bobbi Jo said...

What a lovely home. I love the picture of the husbands grandparents. Very pretty items and the hood is wonderful. Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Blue Muse said...

Hi there!
What a wonderful day you had! Karen's house is great and you are right, she intermingles old and new beautifully, and I, too, love that little watercolor!

The bed frame for your son is beautiful, and such a nice gesture on both your parts to do the exchange!

I once traded a friend a prayer rug for a side table - and we both still think we each got the better deal =)
Happy weekend!
xo Isa

Terri and Bob said...

I loved the art! The bed is a great find! I haven't swapped before but I think it is a grand idea!

Glenda said...

Wow, so many things to marvel at.

How lucky to get a bed for your young one.

I swap with friends, but not a blogger yet. Maybe in the future.

Stay cool

Allidink said...

Nope never had but it would be cool. I love that she has that picture of the grandparents. My Italian great grandmother and great grandfather did a similar one :) Great photos :)

All the best,

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

So many pretty treasures in your friend's home. That picture of her grandparents is such a treasure. How great that she had just what you need for your son's room! Everybody needs a friend like that! laurie

LiLi M. said...

Isn't nice to have such great blogfriends?

Yes I did participated in several swaps. I organized one myself for Valentine's day 2008, 96 dutch women participated it was fun! I swapped vintage goodies and some selfmade things.
Enjoy your weekend!

Coastal Sisters said...

What a beautiful home. My favorite is the oil painting :)

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!


The Quintessential Magpie said...

Laura, that is a great swap find! NEAT!

Just wanted you to know I got my goodies, and I'm THRILLED! :-D I am going to do a special post about them so if I'm tardy, please forgive me. I'm on this break and trying to get my head above water, but I did want to thank you here and now for the giveaway goodies! You will be properly thanked on my blog, but it might be after the first of June! I am behind on several thank yous, but I like to make each one special... and the old brain has to have time to cogitate! LOL!

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Love you much...

Sheila :-)

Joy said...

What a lovely house she has! I've never done a swap like you did but how cool that you and your friend worked together like that!

Efrat Dalton said...

Darling place your friend has. Love the watercolor painting. Swaps are a wonderful way to share things with people you love.

Willow said...

I have enjoy looking at your blog.