Living Room: Summer to Fall Decor

Long long ago, I shared the inspiration I’d gathered for decorating the living room for summer with a beach house nautical feel. I never did get around to painting the entry way navy, sadly, but I did still achieve the sophisticated Southern California vibe I wanted. 
I kept the posters up that I used for my spring mantle because they worked so well with everything else. I think I might just keep them up year round, they go with everything, and they’re just my favorite.
I bought the anchor, seashells, and starfish at a shop in Seal Beach, the overflow of what I used in Edison’s room. The shadow boxes are a DIY.
The whiteboard in front of the fireplace…that’s just to keep Sirius from getting in there and dragging remnants of charred wood all over the rug, and leaving sooty footprints all over the house. Been there, done that.
Ah yes, the entry way. I love the little lanterns I got at Ikea, and the fishing net I got to keep after one of the baby showers. But this arrangement, and the gallery wall, are seriously lacking something. More things on the wall? Taller objects on the table? 

And now, ladies and gentlemen, the time has come to bust out the fall decorations! Let’s get this pumpkin spice scented party started.

I own one tote of fall decor, which is a 50% increase since we bought the house. A little goes a surprisingly long way.

How fitting is that pillow? I bought that in Southern California along with the beachy items, but the burlap, red, and gray fit perfectly for fall. And it’s super comfy.
I bought navy and white pillow cases from this Etsy shop to give the pink and gold pillows a face-lift without having to buy and store more pillows. The anchor pillow in Edison’s room used to be out here on the couch also.

Better Homes and Gardens got the memo to match my teal and orange color scheme. 


The globe is from Target, and the clock I’ve had so long, I’m not sure where it came from. 
I realized as I arranged this that have “autumn wreath,” “cinnamon spice,” “farm stand apple,” and “cappuccino” scented candles, but I’m not sure I own a pumpkin spice candle! The horror!

And my sad entryway… it doesn’t help that the lighting was terrible, but I only have limited time before the little man wakes up from his nap. So if you have any ideas for this space, let me know in the comments below.
Anyone have a recommendation for where to find a good pumpkin spice candle? Let me know asap! 

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DECOR: Living Room Reveal

Yes, I’m still talking about home decor. I can hardly contain my excitement – we got a rug! Last weekend we went to Ikea again (this is becoming a date night tradition) and I used the last of my birthday money on a living room rug, four pillow inserts, two pillow covers, and a set of six drawer organizers. 
Remember the living room before? Probably not, because I didn’t really take pictures of it. This is the best I could find: 

I debated with myself over what rug to choose. Brian loved modern designs in neutral colors, and I wanted something colorful and classic. I’ve referred to two rooms on my Pinterest inspiration board time and time again:
This apartment was featured in Better Homes and Gardens a few years ago, and I fell in love with the deep blue, rustic textures, and bold prints. Since this apartment has white walls and light colored wood floors, just like our place, it made a great model to base our apartment off of. I made navy and white striped curtains for the living room to imitate the bold navy and white curtains shown above. 
The Nester
This house is also my inspiration. It uses a more neutral color scheme, with touches of cottage and modern style. I love the cow skin rug, but so far, Brian strongly opposes it. He’s more concerned about the feel underfoot than the appearance, so he voted for a cream colored rug that looked like a big piece of shag carpet to me. Since I was spending my own birthday money, I got to make the final decision. 

I went with the more colorful inspiration. This rug is slightly larger than 5×7, and cost $69.99. The blue toile pillow covers add a touch of French style, and match my blue and white dishes collection and the blue and white curtains.
I have two more pillow inserts, not in use yet. I plan to sew my own pillow covers for them, and I’m in the process of creating my own designs! 
The rug really pulls together the living room. The light blue in it matches the blue wingback chairs perfectly, the navy matches the curtains, and the red and gold adds warmth. Eventually, I’d like my kitchen to be red, yellow, and French country, so it will all tie in nicely. 

Now that my birthday money is finally all spent, there will probably not be any more trips to Ikea, and this home decor streak will come to an end. Next up, I have several ideas for some great crafts that I can’t wait to try, and then share with you. 

How do you decide on a rug for a room? I’d love to hear your tips!

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Christmas Inspiration: Amp Up the Cozy Factor

To get out of the house and get into the Christmas spirit, Brian suggested we go to the mall. After a long week of work, I wasn’t thrilled about the prospect of being on my feet, but I didn’t want to spend another free night by myself while Brian slept on the couch at 7pm. (By the way, I still need suggestions for my winter bucket list! See link above. Please and Thank you!)

In spite of my sore feet, I had a wonderful time. I was totally inspired by Macy’s, Williams Sonoma, and Pottery Barn! This was my first time in a physical Pottery Barn, and it was magical. But expensive. As were Macy’s and Williams Sonoma. Interestingly enough, I knew for a fact that Target had many of the same or very similar items, for considerably less. I enlightened Brian on this subject until he asked if I could please stop talking about Target.

Since you dear readers aren’t tired of me talking about Target, yet, here’s some of my favorite cozy decor:

Cozy Christmas

This winter I’m loving the red and white, the fair isle and plaid patterns, and the mix of silver and wood. It’s cozy cabin meets elegant country cottage.

While at Williams Sonoma, we did a little Christmas shopping. I bought the Peppermint Hot Chocolate, and for Christmas morning, peppermint pancake mix!

Brian wants a pancake flipper for Christmas, and I think this will compliment it perfectly.

In addition to the peppermint hot chocolate, Williams Sonoma also has classic hot chocolate, and salted carmel hot chocolate.

I think all those flavors of hot chocolate call for a hot chocolate party!

These lovely invites are free to download here from A Pair of Pears. Visit their post for matching labels, signs, and decor ideas. I think a hot chocolate party might be the perfect theme for a casual get together!

Even if I don’t have time to throw a hot chocolate party, I might get a few more flavors to give my parents and in-laws for Christmas. I never know what to get them, and I think anyone would really enjoy these.

Have you done any Christmas shopping yet? Who is the hardest person to shop for on your list? 

By the way, this is not a sponsored post. I just love Target, Williams Sonoma, and Pottery Barn and wanted to share the love! 

12 Ways to Decorate For Spring Using What You Already Have

Spring is in the air, and I don’t know about you, but something about the fresh air, sunshine, flowers bursting into bloom, grass poking through the earth, makes me want to refresh my wardrobe and home too. But there’s no need to run around to Hobby Lobby and Pier 1 Imports. Because I’m a fan of simplicity and living within your means, I gathered ideas for using things you probably already have in your home. It just takes a little creativity and a new perspective!

1. Group objects with the same bright colors.   
Like this picture illustrates, placing objects with the same color together creates a display that packs a lot of punch. There’s strength in numbers: the pieces each get more attention when they’re together as opposed to sprinkled around. 
Pick a bright, cheery color, like the yellow above. Some others that would be good for spring would be white, greens, shades of blue, or pastels. I’ve grouped blue and white plates, vases, candles, and flowers together in my living room. 
2. Put your fruit to use as decor.
Don’t the bright orange, yellow, and greens look fresh and cheery in the picture above? Why hide away your bright spring colors in the kitchen? Put your fruit in glass apothecary jars like these 
Chateau Tall Covered Botanical Jars Set by Two’s Company®, or arrange them in a pretty bowl and put them where they’ll be seen.

3. Use plates and pillows in new places.
I had pretty blue and white dishes wrapped in paper hidden away in the pantry, and empty walls and bare shelves. Putting the plates to use was an easy fix!
Plate easels are just a few dollars at Walmart, or just lean your plates up against the back of a shelf or wall. Place a plate on your coffee table and arrange candles of different heights on it, or hang them on the wall as shown in the picture. If you have a long stretch of bare wall, here’s a good solution: 3 Tier Ionic Plate Rack by Spectrum. Only one plate is on it in this picture, but it holds three. 

3 Tier Ionic Plate Rack by Spectrum
Gather throw pillows from beds and chairs throughout the house, and mix it up. The pillow you’ve had on your bed might add a pop of color to the living room, or the pillows on the couch might look great on your bed. Mix and match!
4. Lift and lighten your curtains.
It’s an old trick to make your ceilings seem taller: hang your curtains higher. Just moving your curtain rods up a few inches could change the way your room feels, making it seem bigger and more open. 
Also, try taking off your valance and leaving just the panels. This little change looks more simple and lets in more light, especially if you have sheers, like in the picture above. 
5. Make new curtains without spending a dime.
No need to buy fabric! The curtains in the picture above were made from sheets! Maybe in your spring cleaning you found that you have more sets of sheets than you can use on the beds. Some of them might look great on the windows.
You don’t have to get as fancy as the picture above, where they combined sheets and added trim. You could keep it simple with solids or florals, just sliding the sheet onto the rod, or cut and sew two together to make wide stripes, and embellish with some trim. 
6. Move your mirror. 
These mirrors leaning against the wall make the room double in size, and reflect light from the windows to make it brighter inside. If you have mirrors already, consider hanging them in a new place where they can better reflect light, or set them on the floor against the wall. Experiment to find a new look. 
If you have long mirrors, try hanging them over your bed for a new headboard! 

The Linea Mirror in Java Brown 42 x 84 by tag furnishings group™ is very similar to the one in the picture above: 
Linea Mirror in Java Brown 42 x 84 by tag furnishings group™
7. Use glass containers for displays and centerpieces. 
Don’t have one of these?
Jars, bottles, cake stands and upside down bowls make inexpensive cloches. Try this versatile jar from
Hermetic Glass Jar - 37.75 ounce Fido by Bormioli Rocco

Group a display of sprigs of leaves, plants, birds nests, feathers, or easter eggs on a shelf or use as center pieces. Or, display fruit as mentioned in #2.
8. Add splashes of color with scarves.
Take inspiration from your closet for adding color to a room. A scarf draped over a chair or sofa makes an inexpensive throw. Lay it over a table for a new table runner. Or, drape it over your headboard to add some interest.
In the picture for #3, (plates and pillows) it looks like a blue scarf was draped over their round coffee table.
9. Move your furniture.
This hutch looks like something you’d find in a dining room or kitchen, and the chair looks like patio furniture. Walk through your house and patio and look at your furniture with a fresh perspective. Where are you lacking storage or seating? What could be re-purposed to provide it? Where else would it work?
Here’s a similar chair to the one in the picture. Where in your house could this one go, besides outside?
San Marco Bistro Chair with Cushion

10. Use your accessories as decor.
In addition to scarves, you can use your jewelry to decorate. Frame spring colors in shadow boxes, or picture frames without the glass, and hang in your bedroom. Not only will the colors and textures provide works of art for your walls, but seeing the color combinations together will make accessorizing your spring outfits easier!
Here’s some more attractive ways to display your jewelry as decor: 
Twigsy Jewelry Wall Hook in Black
Nesa Wall Jewelry Organizer in Nickel

11. Give lamps a makeover.
Recover your lampshades with cheery fabric or scrapbooking paper. If you use sheets for new curtains as mentioned in #5, use the pillowcases to recover your lampshades so they match. 
Look for Springy patterns, like Flutter Specialty Paper Pack – 8×8, on clearance now for $2.99.
For cheap fabric, look through that bag of clothes you cleaned out of your closet. Before you take them to Goodwill, are there any patterns or colors that would make a good lampshade?
12. Frame Fabrics for easy and inexpensive works of art. 
In the picture above, vintage handkerchiefs were framed and grouped together for a headboard. 
Here’s another way of doing it for a more modern look: fabric was stretched over canvases and stapled to the back. You could use fabrics with the same colors but different patterns, or the same exact fabric and different shapes to create different looks. 
As mentioned in #11, look through those old clothes you were going to donate or throw out, and see if any colors or patterns would look good as decor. 
Many of the ideas I gathered from Better Homes and Gardens, and their images inspired some of the others. All the interior decor pictures are from Better Homes and Gardens unless otherwise stated. 
Let’s hear from you! 

What are your ideas for inexpensive decorating? How are you sprucing up for spring? Let us know in the comments!