without replacing everything that is dear to me.
Right now it seems everywhere I turn there are so many adorable owls. It would be easy to snatch them up and place them all around the cottage but I am ever conscious not to let trends and cuteness make my main living spaces become themed out by what's in. (Of course, if owls are your thing and they always have been then surround yourself with them. It should always be first and foremost about what brings you joy in your space.)
I have allowed myself two owls (and trust me it was with great restraint that I allowed only two) one here in the living room and a gorgeous owl vase in the dining room. They were in the colors I love and they just seemed to fit where I placed them.
Everything else is pretty classically me. The pops of colors in the pillows...the large orange pillow is actually a removable pillow case that I made out of a vintage sheet. I used buttons to close it up so that I can easily toss it into the washing machine every couple of weeks as it becomes soiled. This is our only sofa and it get used every single day. People are going to need a place to lay their head, so having one removable pillow case made perfect sense.
The small red crate on the coffee table was from Home Goods and it holds all our remotes. It originally came with three dividers but I removed one so that it would better suit my purpose.
The TV stand is actually a repurposed bench from out back. My husband added the shelf underneath to hold the cable box and VCR and I painted it Martha Stewart Cornbread yellow.
You've seen my favorite corner before but directly across from it is my other favorite spot. This old leather chair is where I sit to have my morning quiet time. It is also one of Bear's favorite napping places as you can see.
Since this is a working living room there is also a spot for toys. I promise I edit it down to the one large wicker basket regularly, but another tote always makes it's way into this corner somehow.
One of the comments I get quite often is that our home looks like a real family lives here. I love that. Marrying pretty with function is very important to me. My goal is for you to walk into our cottage and know it is mine, to ask for a cup of coffee and to curl up and stay a while.
Thanks for stopping by. I always enjoy our visits. Come back again real soon!