Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Moo :: A Living Room Shake-Up

I tend to get itchy with the changing of the seasons. Happens every dang time.

As much as I'd love to be the multi-seasonal girl who obliviously rolls with the temp dips, it turns out I'm actually the girl who spends her last $10 before payday on two bags of mini gourds.

And tacos.
But that's a given.

As luck would have it, just as that tweedy, golden-hued, nubby, brisk-aired itch blew through the screen, Cow arrived.


(Ruby has twice identified the nose as a dog's. We're working on it.)

Cow is from the lens and shop of my friend Meg. He's canvas wrapped and wall-ready. She has lots of options in her shop, and though I momentarily paused on the globes, it was really Cow all along.

I love him.


Cows are usually "her" anecdotally, right? Bessie? Anyone? Yes?

It soon became clear that Cow, while quite large and rather in charge, needed some friends.

So, you know, I scrounged around.
I could medal in scrounging around.

Don't be jealous. It's not as glamorous as it sounds.

I added to the mix my $8 estate sale Wakarusa water-color painting, a $0.25 garage sale Blue Bird Pies pan, a $4 thrift sale framed print that reminds me of Northern Ireland, an old tape measure that I strong-armed into an "M", one of my old score-board numbers from back at the farm, and a croquette mallet.

I'm loving the mix. Cow's looking so fly with his posse.

At first I worried the tapestry curtains wouldn't look Fall-ish enough. Dumb. They totally work.

And if I'd had my druthers, I'd have run out and bought a bunch of fun new throw pillows.

But a bunch of fun new throw pillows would So I unearthed the gray felt, the purple, and the grain sack numbers from the basement.

I tossed an old wool Army blanket across the back of the couch to warm it all up a bit.

Robert isn't down with the cow. (He's a city slicker, you know.)
I've decided not to let him impact my decorating decisions.

This right here is the extent of my photo styling. A $2 impulse-buy mum from Ace, two old books that previously sat on the green entry table, our fun new dinnertime book, and a fashionista pumpkin.

Nevermind the nail holes from our last situation.
We only half-roll. Life is too short to sweat this stuff. Pop and lean, people. Pop. And. Lean.

Then next month, do it all over again if you want.

(I'll concede that the jar of acorns and buckeyes is a bit weak. We have time...)

Too many pictures, I know. I know!

I just didn't want to leave out the rando chair ($15) or the ancient plaid thrift store throw, which is presently wrapped about my feet and knee-region. Just FYI.

Bird's eye view!

You can get your own Bessie (or globes, or sunflowers, or watercolor paints) from Meg's shop for 15% by using the code FPFG15 at check-out. Statement art! It's a good thing.

I love Cow so much.
I love him for inspiring another off-the-cuff collage wall.
I love him for his farminess.
I love him for his quirk and his girth.
I just love him.

I mean her.


  1. I'm loving cow too, but what I really love are the two fall paint by numbers!

  2. It seems to be effortless with you, I'm serious! And I'm a bit jealous!!!! I tend to overdo things, over stress, over spend, over scrounge....and am still not content with the turnout! But you?! You've got it girl, for sure!!! If I could, I would suggest adding a few smaller things with the jar of acorns or moving it to the table with the other sweet thangs. I just think it's an underappreciating spot perched way up there! But take it or leave it, as I said, I over think too :) It's all beautiful <3

  3. Never too may pictures!!! NEVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Never too may pictures!!! NEVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Yes?! That's right....NEVER!!!! :)

  5. Guten Morgan! This turned out to be quite a grand performance! And nice touch with the throwback scoreboard number...I still use a bunch of those from our trip to that antique store in Ohio. Well done.

  6. styling comes easy to you I see...LOVE the eclectic look of your hard as I try I can't seem to get that look...mine always looks forced..and yours so need to teach a course in that...I would definitely sign up! Thanks for sharing...I think the bird's eye view was my favourite

    Cheryl @ The Creative Me and My McG

  7. guuurrrllllll!
    you do collages and color SO well!
    come teach me your thrifty(awesome) ways.


  8. FPFG... You make me laugh.... Luv it all from the nail holes to the cow that I have secretly wanted since CW where I met you... She's great and makes a lovely addition to your family...:). Thanks for sharing a peek into your home... It's great... Sure hope to meet up with you again CW friend of mine.... Kelly from AR

  9. NOT too many pictures! Love all you've shown us! Love it all...beautiful. Thanks for sharing :)

  10. Stop it. I love your house. Also, that cow. And we have that Q&A book, although Jayci often reminds me that we are MONTHS AND MONTHS behind. Not sure why I'd think I could stick with anything for 3 years. Still, it's fun.

    Also, not sure if I've mentioned this, but I love you :-)

  11. Love all the pictures and your room that you have so wonderfully put together! Its perfect! Have a great day.....

  12. i LOVE your space!
    every last ewe ahh detail... yes i ewed & ahhed... :).

    love all you pulled together & hung... works great with her.... that beauty.

    and those tapestry drapes... they are so fun!
    great color!

    the army blanket... clever.
    really like that.
    wish my hubby had his navy blanket...
    i don't suppose his navy dress blue blazer would work? :)

  13. What Rebecca said! NEVER too many pictures. I loved every one of these. And now I'm inspired to go spend my last few bucks on some pumpkins and stuff. But if I can hold out till the end of October, I think I can get free squash and eggplant from my daughter in MO. Your curtains are dreamy! And PERFECT for fall! You inspire me. Did I mention, what Rebecca said?

  14. Love, love, love! Your decorating always make me happy when I look at it. Just make a little fall banner to hang from nail to nail and it will look like they are there on purpose. I had to do the same thing when I put out my fall stuff :)

  15. I'm concerned that you hung the 8 upside down. ;)

    Loving your crazy cozy digs! Makes me want a cow so bad. I smell them at least every week, so why not hang one on the wall?

  16. Love it! Heading over to the shop right now..

  17. swoon.

    come visit me.

    bring siley.

    and salsa.

    you know that number 8 makes perfect sense when you add up two parents, 3 littles, one bigger and his two littles.



  18. I own Bessie too. She is the most beautiful cow. I love Meg, even more because she lead me to you. The room looks awesome.

  19. This makes me want to bust out with "'re the inspiration..." And I don't waste Chicago lyrics on just anybody. I love all. the. things. Xo

  20. it's happy in there! bright and cheery and you... love it

  21. You've worked your magic again, Farmgirl. It's all just utterly delicious to behold.
    And I love everything Meg does, too. I spent my convalescence reading through her blog and it always brightened my day.
    And since you asked, cows are indeed "her", anecdotally and otherwise.
    You did ask, right? Otherwise I'm going to feel obnoxiously know it all-ish and I hate it when that happens.
    File the following under things I did not know before I moved to Montana, where people take their cattle verbiage very seriously.
    Cow = grown-up girl who has had a calf.
    Heifer = young girl who has not had a calf.
    Steer = boy destined for the meat department. Back when the kids were into naming, Big Mac, Whopper, and Quarter Pounder with Cheese were always popular.
    Bull = don't make me elaborate, but he still has something that the steer does not.
    Calf = baby still dependent on mama. Boy or girl - doesn't matter. They're all calves.
    I used to call everything in the pasture a cow, but was corrected so many times I finally conformed.
    For the record, I hate conforming.
    And now I'm off to shovel some manure.

  22. love your quirky, fun style~ so cool!

  23. I LOVE the cow!! Any thing with snow or cows is perfect. What does Robert know?? We will win him over, I am sure of it. I see cow boy boots for him by Christmas!!

  24. I LOVE the Cow!

    Now personally, I would replace the "8" with another round plate so that the wall kind of 'says' M O O....but then again, what do I sofa is in the same spot that the delivery man plunked it down 10 years ago.

  25. robert is just lucky you didn't hang in his room like i suggested. Shannan this looks straight out of a magazine. you have such great style. timeless. eclectic and classy.
    and i miss you.
    a bunch.
    so glad you love the cow. i think it's a girl... but i have no clue.

  26. You are ahead of me on fall decorating. We are still stuck in sumner here. Not one pumpkin in sight yet. Love the cow and all Meg's work.

  27. That gallery wall is gorgeous!! And I love your curtains. =) Do you mind sharing where you got them?

    1. I bought them over a year ago on clearance at Urban Outfitter. They are actually bed "tapestries", whatever that means. :) $20 each and each one made 2 panels! Score.

  28. that room is perfection. for real. in all is perfectly eclectic, not too eclectic glory. don't change a thing. until next month when it's time for a change, obviously. for me, the globes eeked out the cow but it was by the narrowest of margins. but a big print of bessie lives on my piano, i love her so.

  29. The cow looks like it was just made to live on your wall. You do eclectic to the inth and it is perfection. Love. it.

  30. I was in Ohio last week visiting family (live in California) and bought one of those vintage measuring sticks...I had no idea what to do with it until I saw your post--it makes a "T" too! Thanks for the inspiration!

  31. i think your living room looks awesome...and all the pops of color are great

  32. love it all. someday I am kicking Robert off the couch and moving in. For a weekend at least. XO