by laura janning

My Favorite Room

November 26, 2012

In case you missed my favorite room of the house over at Kim's  Favorite Room Series a few weeks ago, I wanted to share my Keeping Room, aka "Mom's Zone".
Keeping Rooms are generally located right off the kitchen and back in the day it was used to gather the family and keep them warm, as it was close to the main heating sources of the home. But for me it's a place to look out the window and enjoy nature from the indoors. The room is actually the reflection you see in our backyard pond.
A place to read the Sunday paper and drink my tea.
A place to meditate, look out the window and be thankful for what I have and for a room that is mine! 
A place when girlfriends visit we can sit and chat. 
In fact, it's also a popular staging area for a lot of the projects you see here at Top This Top That.
Curtain details are here.
 Occasionally when the mood is right I will invite my hubby in so we can sit back and appreciate all of the hard work that went in in constructing this room and the details that make it special to us me.
Like the wood beams on the ceiling that came from Cypress Trees on our property.  
Or the transformations and journey that it took to get to this point. This is how the room looked when I decorated it when we moved in 10 years ago. My husband swore that the valance looked like a circus tent! I happen to like it, it's the red tent roof that perhaps was over the top!
And when my color senses settled down a few years ago and the room was a bit more serene and calm.
And the room as it is today. A room that is more of a reflection of me, who I am and what I want others to see.
Simple, clean and quite, unfortunately that's  generally less then 1% of the time when the kids aren't around.
See my table transformation here.
 A room that was meant just for me but I do have an extra chair in case you want to come over!
What's your favorite room in your house?

 If you want to see where the rest of the family hangs out in my house, you will want to visit my Home Tour .
Hope the week is off to a great start. 
Grateful for:
A safe trip back" Home" from spending the holiday with my family in S.Florida.

Sharing at:
Between Naps on the Porch
At the Picket Fence
French Country Cottage


  1. LOVE this beautiful room Laura!! I can see why it's your favorite! Have a super week!

  2. I need a keeping room !!it is justperfect and i looooove the drapes!!!

  3. Hi Laura! OH, I just love your keeping room and how you've made it look so lovely and comfy! Wish I had one.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  4. I can see why its your favorite room in the house n I love all those windows facing your beautiful backyard

  5. Such a beautiful room, Laura ... love your amazing view, too! I love seeing all of its stages and can see why this is your favorite spot!

  6. Isn't it fun to see the evolution of a room? I love this space, so relaxing I can see why it is your favorite!

    xoxo, Tanya

  7. Love, love, love, everything! Beautiful space :) BL

  8. I'm lovin' that white round table! I like the changes you made to the room. It looks bright and airy now. :)

  9. I saw this last Friday at Kim's...I love your room..and the ceiling is fantastic!...What a beautiful place to retreat to..I love how there is so much light...I really liked seeing all the transformations that room has undergone...you must be very happy to be in that space!!...Glad you had a good trip and safe travels....Have a great week!

  10. Oh, what a lovely room! I love the color scheme you have currently. So very pretty. Thank you for sharing. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/11/make-it-pretty-monday-week-25.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse


  12. I'm on my way ... and I've got wine. :)

    I am in love with your house, so many elegant details ... circus tent and all. ;)

  13. That is such a beautiful space! I think it would be my favorite place to sit and unwind too. Love all the windows and the peaked ceiing with the flowy curtains.

  14. Oh Laura.....this is so beautiful....really :) I love the sunlight streaming through the windows and the wicker. Absolutely wonderful!


  15. Laura - that room is so lovely! I would have a hard time walking away! Take care, Laura

  16. Love it!! How do you get anything done with that beautiful space beckoning? ;-)
    xo Heidi

  17. Every mom should have their own "zone". This is perfect. I have been missing your posts while I have been away Laura. So I am going to go through here and get caught up. Hope all is well!!

  18. I can see why you like it so much. I light coming in the windows and the cozy decor is just lovely.


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