Casual Spring Decorating Cottage Living Room Tour
We had some sunshine today so I sprinkled some Spring decor around the living room, and took pictures real quick, before the rain returned! It was like speed dating, decor edition. I ran around pairing things up until I found the right fits. Everything got about ten seconds in a spot to see if they matched up. No time for dilly-dallying. I kept it casual and easy. Chances are, they’ll all be separated again in a few weeks when I get the urge to flip things all around again anyhow. So they just hang out for a bit and play nice. My decor definitely needs to stay perpetually single in this house.
Casual Spring Decorating Cottage Living Room Tour
Welcome to my cozy living room! This is where I do things like, visit with girlfriends, snuggle up to indulge in girly TV that Jimmy isn’t interested in, scroll Instagram… and when I carve out the time, a great spot to read. I’m a voracious reader, and I find it incredibly hard to put a book down once I start reading. So I need to make sure I’ve got several free hours once I start!
This is the new rug we’ve been talking about. I shared it a few weeks ago on Facebook. It’s just visiting the living room floor though. I love it, but it’s going to go date the floor in The Little Cottage guest room soon. It was a an amazing 50% off impulse buy. It’s a cotton/wool blend and it’s so soft. The colors are perfect for our house and I knew I could easily find a home for it in several different places, so I grabbed it while the grabbing was good.
Now, you knew there would be a new pillow right?
I can’t help it. I like them. They make me smile, I enjoy them, and they are affordable. It’s not the worst thing I could collect… right? This sweetheart hopped (pun intended) right into my cart at HomeGoods. In my defense, I didn’t buy any pillows the few previous trips. I’ve been trying to be more selective.
I’ve got a such a soft spot for animal themed decor though. Gah!
Are you just waiting for the little nose to twitch?
Jim just made me this darling little side table a few weeks ago. Custom furniture is the best because you can get the exact dimensions that you need for your space. I painted it with some Magnolia vintage furniture paint. It’s perfect here, and it’s got a really thin top – just like my other one!
I did a makeover [details here] on the furniture piece pictured below, that I’m now using under the mirror.
It used to look like this…
After the original makeover, it eventually got another new look with fresh paint. And again, last week when I re-painted the top in a base coat of Mushroom (it’s so gorgeous) and a top coat of Oyster. Both are Vintage Furniture Paint shades from Maison Blanche.
I’ve been really pleasantly surprised with how far faux florals have come! I picked up the Magnolias on a day trip up to Eugene at a shop called The Vintage Industry, and the Peonies at HomeGoods. Such a treat, and a great investment for me! I live in a small town and don’t have many of the markets and shopping sources for fresh flowers. This is so budget friendly too, because they last and last!
You know I’m really all about versatility.
I practically preach it!
When I shop, I look for things that can easily move about my home. I like neutral colors, textures and finishes. Like the natural woven chairs I bought as “captains chairs” for the farm table. They have just enough structure & height to sit at the dining table, but are casual enough that they can also act as wonderful accent chairs and additional seating anywhere in the house.
Our house is far from formal, and the soft wood tone and more causal style washed-woven finish are perfect! As is the removable, washable white seat cover on the seat. That was a huge selling point for me. I wouldn’t have bought them is the white seat was attached and not able to be laundered.
Sometimes, it really pays to wait until you find just the right thing. And I waited.
Letting your homes decor evolve over time can be hugely satisfying (as well as more budget friendly) if you aren’t in a rush, and let the pieces fall into place at a little slower pace.
It’s been so nice to slowly tweak and add things that make our home function better for us. Like adding the brass wall sconce light fixtures last Summer. And upgrading the drapery hardware, that make the room feel more like I want it to.
Of course, baskets with big, fluffy pom-pom tassels aren’t exactly necessary…
Though, a little whimsy is always fun!
But mostly, I tend to stick with the basics… the tried and true that prove their value year after year, like wreaths. A home decor must-have at Fox Hollow Cottage.
I hang them, lean them, layer them and get so much use from this simple staple. I depend on them to decorate our home for every season of the year!
Some of my favorite basics are really that, basics, but they are tried-&-true and make decorating effortless, enjoyable and pretty darn fool proof. And I’m happy with that!
Less stress, more joy.
I’ll take it!
PS: Thanks for helping me name “our” girl. She got two names, since she’s doubly cute!!
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- HomeGoods: Wreath, White Ruffle Edge Pillow, Bunny Pillow, Coffee Table Candle, Small Green Wreath, Cable Knit Throw (sofa), Cottontail Farm Art, Faux Peonies, Natural Woven Chair, Baskets, Sequin Pillow
- Blinds.com: Norman Woodlore Plantation Shutters
- Side Table Lamps: Find similar click here
- Shopping tip: I heard that Target has a black & white buffalo check candle
- Buffalo Check Curtains: click here
- Buffalo Check Pillow Cover: click here
- Brass Wall Sconce: click here
- Side Tables, Coffee Table, Accent Tables: DIY
- Painted Furniture: I use Maison Blanche Paint Company products
- Concrete Planter Pots: sources and details [click here]
- Rug: Fred Meyer. They don’t offer online shopping so I can’t share a link
- Curious about our wood floors? Read all about them [click here]
- Other items not listed are more than likely vintage finds