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February 18, 2013

my little corner

This little corner in our living room makes me happy.  There is no other way to put it.  It flat out makes me happy.  I think it represents me better than any area of our home.


I made up my mind when I started this living room spruce up that I wouldn't let anyone influence my color choices and only decorate with things I love.



If I want to put aqua blue ball jars in a chippy old box and place them next to a vibrant cobalt blue and bright orange potted plant then I will...because it makes me happy.


If painting an old upright lamp sunshine yellow and placing a new turquoise geometric shade on it floats my boat then so be it.




If I want to turn the challenge of a gifted (read hand me down) plaid chair into the most comfortable reading corner around by throwing a colorful quilt over it, then I did it.


If I feel inspired to throw in some mismatched handmade pillows just to infuse even more color and comfort that's fine, too.


You see this is my little reading corner in my little house.  It isn't my moms or my sisters or my friends or that stylish bloggers...it's mine.  It's where I go to retreat from the world, it's where I go to relax and unwind, it's where I go to read to my grandchildren, it's where I go to ponder things great and small.

I'm calling it Bohemian Cottage and I find it creeping into the rest of the living room as well.  It's happy and cozy and hard to mess up.  It offers grace when there are toys and blankets strewn about and the books are stacked high.  It allows room for an impulse buy at the flea market knowing I can make it work in here somewhere.

What about you?  What decorating style makes you happy?  I know we need to take our families into consideration when we decorate but do you have a spot in your home that is decorated just for you?

xo, Patty

I'm joining Brenda over at Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday and Dawn at Creative Cain Cabin...

43 comments:

  1. i love the owl. bright orange. awesome!! i wish we could have our windows open. but it is 45 degrees here & a chance of snow. too cold for that. love all the color. i'm happy with the paint & all those pops of color!! right on sister blog friend!! did you do the lamp shade yourself? i hope the chair is extra cushy too. enjoy that space. i sure could. do you rent it out for the day or for even longer? ha. ha!! just kidding, but it sure is nice. enjoy your week. ( :

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  2. Love it. My mission, starting today throughout the next couples weeks, is to switch gears, decorating-wise. I'm going to take down & put away anything that I'm iffy about. I'm going to only keep out things that I am in love with & can't imagine not seeing everyday. I'm sticking to your motto ... it's my house. I live in it. I will fix it just like I want! Thanks for confirming my plan ;)

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  3. I am sitting on my bright colorful sofa with my Lavender Dreams quilt behind my back, writing to you on a netbook. It's wonderful to have things the way we want them...that makes us happy! I love your sweet chair and all of your pretty things! Way to go!

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  4. I can totally see why you love it! The vibrant colors with the coziness of a comfortable chair and quilt make me want to grab a book and curl up for an afternoon of "me" time. Thanks for sharing your happy little corner. It is perfect!
    Blessings,
    Nici

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  5. Patty, your special corner is splendid. I love the orange touches and especially the polka dot pillow. I decorate for me and Joe all via thrifty means. xo, olive

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  6. Love it. We moved a chair across the room in my living room and suddenly it gets used all the time as a reading chair. I love a good reading space. Nice job!!

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  7. Love the bright colors. I've got a lot of dark colors in my apartment and I'm getting ready to lighten things. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  8. I love your bo-ho look. I actually do have a sitting room that is all my own. It is done in creams and rose colors and I love it...but seldom seem to use it. Crazy, huh? Blessings- xo Diana

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  9. please come to my house and make me a little corner like this, love your site

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  10. It is a happy place, Patty. As it should be...our homes should be full of the things we love. I look at some of these fancy blogs and wonder HOW they really live in that stuff!
    I love color and old stuff. I try to surround myself with both. lol

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  11. Hi Patty! I love your sweet corner and love your use of color too! The aqua and oranges look so pretty together. Looks like a very comfy cozy chair!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

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  12. I agree with Betty. I love beautiful things, but I need to live surrounded by simplicity, comforting colors and things that make me feel like "myself." And I find that new things are missing something. "Make do" things are more creative and personal. I'm with you.

    Blessings,
    Fay

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  13. Patty,
    I adore your Happy Place in your living room!!!
    (My MoMa always used the phrase,"Whatever floats your boat"...too funny!!!)
    I'm updating my creative space in Studio One for just the exact same reason. . .
    it's MY place to go to ponder, relax, create, plan..."chill".
    Stay true to your style...experience true happiness!!!
    Funny you should ask that question...
    I'm working on a blog for the future that is all about
    getting back to my Traditional Roots!!!
    Since, I began this quest a great sense of calm, peace
    and tranquility have flodded over my soul!!!
    I'd say you're finding that same feeling with your decor...
    You Go, Girl!!!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  14. I too agree with Betty and Fay. Our home of 43 years surrounds us with all the things,I love, that make me happy. Love your little corner.judy j

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  15. I must say that owl makes me happy.....Heidi

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  16. It is a warm and cozy spot Patty. I love the way you have it decorated too. The colors all work together, and they are so happy! My style? Hmmmmm, Early American Antique and Thrift!!!
    xo Kris

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  17. Hi, Patty,
    How I love your comfy little corner. I could spend hours snuggled up with a warm quilt, my kitties and a sweet cuppa hot tea.
    Lovely...just lovely!
    Blessings,
    Carolynn xo

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  18. I love your interpretation of bohemian cottage! It's so cozy and cheerful!
    xo, Andrea

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  19. I love your little corner! The colors and style are happy, bright, and cheerful.

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  20. What a sweet corner!...I love the fabric colors so cheerful! It makes me happy just looking at it! :)

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  21. What an amazing space, makes me happy just looking at it, you are very lucky x

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  22. Oh, my eclectic sister! I love it.
    Do you, baby.

    -Angie

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  23. Your corner made me smile.....and that's always a good thing.....:))))

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  24. You have such a lovely corner there, I love it!! I'm trying to create a craft room with everything I adore. x

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  25. I love your corner..so comfy and inviting. I also love color and for some reason as I have become older I am in love with the color red. There was a time I would never have used that in my color schemes. It makes me happy for some reason. I totally agree your home should be what you love...after all your the one spending the most time there and it is your retreat from the outside world. Great post!

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  26. I love it, Patty! I think it is the 'you' that I know.....bright, inviting and welcoming.

    I have always decorated to suit myself...period. Our cottage has many different styles. I never want to go into a room and have it look just like the one I came out of!

    xoBarb

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  27. This is a special corner for you...and it's adorable.
    I decorate for myself, pretty much. :)

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  28. OOO, and I'm your new follower...come see me when you have time.

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  29. Hi Patty!

    I love your little corner!! It looks so warm and cozy ...and very inviting with all the happy colors and the sweet painting and pieces!! Perfect little corner for any girl!! Talking about "my little corner" makes me think of that little song from a show that came on only once a year when I was a little girl. The movie was Cinderella with Lesley Ann Warren and the song was "My Own Little Corner"...I just looked it up on youtube. Your little corner is beautiful & nothing like Cinderella's...but I have always loved that little song ..bec it is true...you can be content even if all you have is your own little corner. :)

    xoxo. Carolyn

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  30. You have the perfect little spot!!!! Absolutely perfect!!!
    :)
    Cindy

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  31. Visiting from Creative Cain Cabin to say I love your little corner! Amen to doing what YOU love in YOUR corner in YOUR home. I'm going to pin this to my "Color Happy" board : )

    Jeanette @ Creating a Life

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  32. Found you from Creative Cain Cabin. I have to say, this makes me smile! I love all the happy colors and it makes be want to curl up with a good book and huge cup of coffee. This is perfection and I applaud you for finding your 'spot'

    Jen @ Noting Grace

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  33. I think your favorite corner reading spot is just perfect and all the colors work wonderful together. The quilt on the back of the chair is lovely:) Thanks for sharing at the Cabin!

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  34. The last two posts say so much about you, Patty. They are you. I love your style and would feel so at home sitting in your living room and sharing stories and a cup of coffee with you. You have some great pieces that add color and comfort and some that add the interest, but they all say Patty lives here with her family. Thanks for sharing you little corner of the world.

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  35. I think Mary Engelbreit could sit down with her artists pencils and draw your little corner for one of her charming illustrations. Love it!

    Visiting from Cozy Little House.

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  36. Nothing wrong with happy and cozy! Love the mix of pretty colours and I agree with Vickie, Mary Engelbreit would be right at home. Such a lovely little reading spot. I especially like the quilt on the back of the chair, the aqua jars in the old crate and the bookshelf with your favourites at hand.

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  37. Your corner is absolutely inspiring. Love the plaid chair with all your homey gorgeous colors around you. I'd love to see what rest of that room looks like. You hit nail on head by putting all your "happy" stuff around you.
    I pretty much decorate to please me but if hubs doesn't like it he'll give me an off hand comment to let me know it's not flipping his skirt, lol. I try things I see on internet to see if I'll like/love it, if not then it goes away, I'll reuse it another time. Hubs helps by making things I see on blogs. We both keep busy almost constantly making things for our home. Making good use of thrift shop finds, our stashes, what ever it takes. Keep our old brains working and old bodies moving. New to your blog, subscribing.

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  38. We have the same chair and ottoman! I just love it because it has so many colors to work with! I really love the space you have created.

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  39. That is one great corner for chillen out and reading. I do love the colors you used for it, the lamp is so neat with those colors too! My style, I guess, is electic at least that's what I'm striving for:)
    I'm visiting from Creative Cain Cabin!

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  40. LOVE THIS! Such a beautiful gift to yourself!

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