Wednesday, August 10, 2011

My visit to Betsy Speert's House!


 The Speert story continues...I was invited to Betsy's house to help her get her blog started up.  I was really looking for forward to seeing her house and how she had decorated it~it was everything and more than I thought it might be!  I can't tell you how pretty and detailed all of her rooms were.  This lady is a genius decorator and each room had me blown away!  I couldn't help but gawk and try and take it all in. Betsy is letting me share with you her living room.  She mixes things with a seemingly  effortless style.  Gasp!  This room is gorgeous~lets get to all of the things I loved about it.  The white slipcovers, the floral slipcovers, the mix of pretty fabrics, the tole trays, the pastel blue linen draperies, the cow paintings, the white wood walls...her table tops each are accessorized with things that make you stop and look and want to touch..
Oh, and a super design secret she shared with me...that window you see above on the right of the cabinet?  It is a mock window she installed with mirror behind it to create balance in the room. Just amazing, she is!
Her white slipped sofa has an assortment of floral pillows.  She has summer slipcovers made for her ottoman and side chairs.  I adore that large ottoman with the short kick pleats, and the fabric underneath is a fabulous old textile for when winter arrives.  The only thing she considered dated is the tiny footstool because of  the tassel trim.  I still thought it was darling.
OMG!!! This was what I first saw when I entered this room.  Wow, I just LOVED how this room felt. Its bright and cheery and elegant and whimsical and pretty and inviting... Do you see that great big cabinet in blue and coral pink?  Isn't it wonderful??  Lots of white slipcovers to be had, but not such a shabby chic look as much as a sophisticated cottage look.  Betsy has such a nice collection of paintings, and in this room they are mostly of cows.  Look at those pretty blue linen draperies on white poles... I am so going to copy you Betsy.
This coral color is terrific in here, and look at how great all the cream ceramics look against it.  Now, look above the painted cabinet~she has accessorized it with nothing other than tole trays!   Yes, one of my personal favs, Betsy uses tole throughout her house.  I was in heaven taking it all in.  So many things to covet...she yelled at me not to steal anything while she went to the bathroom.  Huh?   I hadn't thought of that....and I did bring a large pocket book!!   She gave me a tour of her house, and with all the prettiness I could hardly stand it!  Then we settled into the dining room with our laptops.  OMG!   Her dining room is another gorgeous room~
Such pretty wallpaper and what a knockout of a chandy!  I am sure she will be posting on this pretty room for you all soon.
I wish I could show you more of her house, but that is what you will get to discover on Betsy's new blog.   I helped her get it up and running today and I can't wait until she starts sharing images of this incredible house. Would I trade my house for Betsy's?   In a New York minute!!  I know I am using lots of exclamation points, I can't help it, this house is so perfect in every way. She has the best taste!  Its going to be great seeing it all unfold on her blog, Betsy Speert's Blog. So go over and introduce yourself and then watch for her posts.  Its going to be awesome!  
I left her house feeling so inspired~to visit Betsy's new blog and say hello click here: Betsy Speert Blog



35 comments:

  1. I'm sooooooo copying her too! OMG on the coral color in that cabinet, and I would never ever pick out that rug, and look how fabulous it looks in there... and the blue in the dining room, ummm what's that color, and you wanna talk about cow paintings, now those are some cow paintings...! i can't wait to go to her blog..
    you two are a trip sitting there at your computers, i want to come play!

    Cindy

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  2. That is the most Darling home, ever..
    Thanks for sharing a beaufitul Room-so much inspiration..
    Karryann

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  3. Wow its beautiful, I'm drooling and swooning. I cant wait to see the blog. Boy are you lucky to get to hang out with this fun and talented lady.

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  4. Ok, I love this room. I was expecting her house to be a lot more formal. This is perfection. I love it. I can see why you were so excited. That cabinet is so amazing....it's such a focal point in the room that it took me awhile to realize there is not fireplace. That cabinet does the job. I am so wanting to make slipcovers for my living room furniture. I want this look in spring and summer. What a great day you had!

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  5. The first thing I noticed were her draperies...beautiful, I love the shade of blue. Isn't it amazing to go into someones home and just fall in love? Hopefully, be inspired without losing our true selves. I am definitely going to be one of her followers, Thanks, Amy!

    XO,
    Jane

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  6. I just ran over there and became a follower. Her home is beautiful and I thank you for sharing:)
    ~Debra xxx
    Capers of the vintage vixens

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  7. Nita, This room does have a fireplace too on the opposite side of the room! We will have to get Betsy to share it!

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  8. Thanks for sharing ! Her blog and home are great . She has a great sence of humor too .
    Sharon's Wannabe Cottage

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  9. aren't decorating tastes relative? what is 'OMG' to one isn't to another? no offence, please...just sayin'. i enjoy using vignettes from others but still want my own signature in my house. :) love the ceiling! Esther

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  10. Exactly Esther! Thats why when I think a house has an OMG factor I put it on MY blog!

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  11. So charming and pretty.....very similiar vibe to yours Amy! Question is did she ask YOU what you would do/change in her room...lol. Very nicely done...and what a pal you are to help her with her blog, being the pro you are she is in excellent hands!! Nice post will stop by to say hello.

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  12. Oh, that is a gorgeous room!! Love the colors...

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  13. Lovely room! I love Coral and tried to paint my old bedroom that colour but i was not successful but I love it with that blue!!

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  14. Can I just tell you, Amy, that is EXACTLY how I feel when I view your blog. Everything you described about Betsy is how I feel when I look at the rooms and ideas you post. No wonder you loved it so much! Thank you for sharing. I'm heading over to Betsy's blog now and I'm sure I'll become a follower. :)

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  15. How absolutely gorgeous her room is!!! I am loving so many things about it!! What a fun day it sounds like you had!! Off to check out her new blog! :)

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  16. Amy, I'm so happy for you and your new friendship. You are two peas in a pod! Her home is beautiful, but you must know your house is just as pretty. Truly. It really is.
    Stacy

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  17. That room is perfect! My favorite part are the trays and horse above the cabinet. Everything is gorgeous, thanks for sharing!

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  18. Well Amy I think she would've found me standing on the dining room table with a cow painting under each arm trying to remove the chandelier with my teeth! Lol! Gads I LOVE those cows!
    And I can certainly see similarities between your two decorating styles. I noticed the tole trays right away and thought they were so "you" Beautiful room! I can't wait to see more. And what didn't you like about her entry hmmmmmm??? Vanna

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  19. Thank you for giving us a glimpse into this beautiful home. You are right that there is beauty in every direction and yet the room looks so comfortable, like you would want to stay a while. I will definitely visit her blog. Shannon

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  20. Hi Amy, I have been catching up on your past few posts as I have been to busy to read everyday and wow girl you have had quite an adventure lately! I am so happy for you, I can feel your excitement coming through my computer! Her house is very lovely, I agree, but I also have to say I feel the same way about yours - I think that your house has the same charm (and I love all your mirrors and crystal). Your photos are great. Thanks for sharing ;) xo Sherri

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  21. Oh Amy...I adore her style! That room..it could be a room in an English country cottage in the Cotswolds. I am getting ready to slip my sofa and that is the exact look I am going for.

    Thanks so much for sharing Betsy with us.

    Janet xox

    ps...headed over to her blog

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  22. Amy...I had to come back here after visiting Betsy.

    I signed up for her posts to come to my e-mail and the word verification thing popped up to finalize the request.

    Guess what the word was....

    SUCKS !

    Is that not too perfect for Betsy with her take no prisoners attitude...I was cracking up !

    Had to share that with you.

    Janet xox

    http://theemptynest-janet.blogspot.com/

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  23. Wow, that is hilarious and so perfectly Betsy! I made sure she had the word verification for comments turned off, as we all hate having to do that just to leave a comment.

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  24. Her home is gorgeous and no wonder you love it so much - you have very similar tastes....her decorating style reminds me of yours.

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  25. Amy, thanks so much for sharing. Betsy's living room is gorgeous! The small glimpse of her dining room is stunning, too, and I would love to get a closer look at her art.

    Thanks for an *awesome* post.

    xoxoxoxo,
    Ricki Jill

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  26. One of your comments about her LR was "not such a shabby chic look as much as a sophisticated cottage look". Yup! That's what I've been saying...I like some shabby chic and have one table in our LR. But too much of a good thing is well...too much of a good thing :-) I'm eager to see her blog as it starts to show her beautiful home. Thanks so much for sharing this first installment.

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  27. What I loved in her room was that blue cabinet with the coral paint inside that was a POP for sure

    how fun to have an interior designer as a friend

    i really need help at my house

    Janice

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  28. Hi Amy,
    Her home is so pretty. I'm going over now to check out her blog.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  29. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing, Amy! I love the colors in this room and am pleased to see that Betsy's white slipcovered sofa looks very much like mine. I'm heading over to her new blog now.

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  30. I just visited her new blog, thanks so much for the great posts about Betsy and her wonderful style!! xo Debra

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  31. No fair......I stamp my foot and want you to come fix my blog......!!!!!!! XOXO

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  33. Wow! Thank you so much for sharing these photos of her home. You are so sweet to help her get her blog up and running - now I am off to check it out!

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  34. ohmygosh- I followed Betsy in the magazines for years. I can still see her cabin (think there was a cabin) and a beachhouse and house in my mind's eye! how fun that you have met her and are helping set up her blog! off to visit!!

    joan

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  35. Amy,
    Thanks for introducing Betsy. Both your writing styles are similar (funny).

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