Tuesday, June 3, 2014

I Wasn't Always Like This - Living Room, Early Summer Ed.



It's official: I can't leave well enough alone.
It's a recent affliction. I blame the pine-planked walls.

During the four years we lived on our farm, I basically moved zero things off the walls. I hung them, I liked it, the end.

I would sometimes read things about people who "couldn't stop" rearranging their furniture and I would instinctively begin ticking off a list of things I would like those poor, bored souls with too much time on their hands to take care of for me. 1) Potty train my belligerent almost-four year old 2) Solve our mole "issue" (vermin, not dermatological situation, though I have some of those, too) 3) Referee arguments between Calvin and Ruby in which his ultimate come-back was, "Well, I'm South Korea and you're...NORTH KOREA!" etc...

As usual, I now find myself perched on the throne of that which I used to judge.

Only instead of furniture switch-itis, it's the wall art strain.

These days, I lap up posts like this as though they were fountain Dr. Pepper on a hot, who-gives-a-rip kind of day.

And then I go hammer a few more holes into my walls.

The magical thing is, you don't even notice the pock-marks in the planks. I daresay they look better.


And hey, we got a new couch! For the first time in my life, practicality won out. We can't stop loving our Ikea sectional. Now, when you come and visit, you won't get stuck in the strange, wooden rectory chair! You know you're excited.

For the record, the couch is light gray. For two days after it arrived, it looked blue in certain light. It probably still does, but I'm here to say: It Doth Be Gray. Don't think of telling me otherwise, unless you're Haven, in which case you'll march in, shout, "I love your new couch! It's blue!" and I'll feed you soup and keep on loving you anyway.

(Side table - Target clearance.)

 

My solution was to buy two aqua clearance pillows from Target, thinking the bright blue would render any other bluish thing not-blue in comparison.

And yes, I did get my PhD in fancy decorating. Why do you ask?

For one split, redonkulous second, I believed the new couch would require different curtains.
Why do I do this to myself?
Why do I try to complicate life?

I still love the curtains. And since I already have them, they are free. They're staying.

 
Pillow Talk
Aqua pillows: Target
Yellow/White herringbone pillow: Homegoods
Colorful, geometric pillow: Paisley Sprouts
Be Classy pillow: Joss & Main

We haven't figured out a good coffee table situation.
We're real coffee-table kind of people, on account of the late-night snacking and our propensity for stacking up junk.

For now, the flowered bench is pinch-hitting.

When I was taking these pictures, I noticed all the junk on the bench and almost moved it out of the frame. Crisis averted, because on second glance, though I don't really want to know why there were two baseballs in the living room, these are the details that speak to who we are.

In the happiest accident of all, our junk is what gives life to our homes! (in moderation)

I found each of these paintings for around $3 each at Goodwill stores over the past 6 months. They're BIG. The two paint-by-numbers were bought together, the aqua one on the end came later, in almost the exact size, in a very similar frame. FATE!

Across the room, I flung a new piece of fabric across the tension rod to the TV hutch. Let it be duly noted, I do not sew anything for this. I buy a yard and a half, wash it, and fling it. I rather like the raw bottom edge, and yes, I do prefer you read that last line with a British accent. Thank you kindly for asking.

This is actually an indoor-outdoor fabric bought at JoAnn's for 50% off. I picked it out and paid for it in a total of 5 minutes, because when you know, you know.

I was so disappointed years ago when I discovered my "plant stand" was an ash-tray.
Now, it ups the cool-factor of our home by at least 40%!

This is my "mantel".

At this moment it strikes me that the becloched camera looks a little puny.
Objects in your laptop screen are larger than they appear.
Whatever.
It doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful, nor does it have to be to scale.


Peony photo-turned-paint-by-number: Canvas People (50% off + FREE SHIPPING right now!)
Watercolor map: Whimsical gift from my friend Lezlie
Spirit Lead Me print: Sacred Made

This is one of the happiest corners in my home, IMHO. (I used to think <<-- that meant something...unsavory. True story. Don't tell Robert. I'm still trying to convince him I'm street.)

Howard approves, as far as I can tell.
(And trust me, he's not always an easy audience.)

Happy Tuesday, friends.
Thanks for sticking around, even when I ramble.

XOXO,
Shannan Girl

** Vote reminder!**


Other Summered-up areas of our home:
Book nook
Entry table and funky art wall
Kitchen - Magazine flower garland


*affiliate links used for Joss & Main, Canvas People, and Amazon

83 comments:

  1. This post makes me happy because you have such a happy home with your bluish grayish couch and happy art! As soon as I can spend I'm going to think about the spirit lead me print cuz that's just good sauce. Love your style. LOVE even more that you're so uniquely you! ps I need some good book recs when you have a sec. And go team SHANNAN!

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  2. Ah, love your living room! That peony photo/painting is GORGEOUS and I MUST make one for myself.
    Which Ikea couch is that? I am about to move and happen to be in the couch market...and yours looks perfectly comfy and neutral enough for me to change pillows every week like a crazy person.

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    1. Ah, I thought so! Totally the one I've been eyeing for months. Thanks!

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  3. An IKEA couch is at the top of my wish list. You lucky lady!

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  4. i'm jealous.
    that is all.
    thank you for making me covet your room.

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  5. Don't you DARE change those curtains! I have loved them since the minute I saw them, and the new couch, pillow arrangement and paintings only make the curtains look that much better. I could not love this room more! It is perfect! (I love rearranging and changing out pillows, etc. so much that my family makes fun of me. But it's a way I can feel like I have new stuff all the time without spending a dime. Or sometimes my rearrangement is inspired by a $3 garage sale find, like your paintings. Either way, it's a great creative outlet. And you are the QUEEN of it! :)

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  6. Awwww. Glad to see you are enjoying your map of Mu and Atlantis! I love everything you've done - so bright and cheery!

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  7. I love you and your home! I too recently got an Ikea couch. I have narrowly escaped a tailspin, like your drape situation. I need to put on my FPFG glasses & shop this house for pillows and tweak the wall art.

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  8. It's all perfect. I've been patiently waiting to see a full pic of your new sectional. Love it :)

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  9. as always, adorable. and now I will come visit, since there is adequate couch coverage. ;)

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  10. I dig the paint by numbers !! The room looks very cheery & comfy !

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  11. My OCD has kicked in big time. Flowers over couch are uneven to me. Blue in middle and seperate paint by numbers. Its un even to me and I repeat uneven. The ashtray/plant stand I would rearrange since its 3 legs to have 2 legs side by side. Yes, we are all different. Yes, I notice odd things. Yes, all my cups hang on a hook in the same direction just like my stockings @ Christmas. I want your couch.

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    1. I'm allergic to "even". I'm surprised you didn't know this!

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    2. Lolly, same thing happened to me with the pictures...i had to look away but i liked it too much and i knew FPF was probably allergic to even so i couldn't bring myself to post!! i may lose sleep over those pictures! ;o}

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    3. You've got me laughing, cause I was wondering how I could politely post how much I LUUUUVVVV the aqua painting, and how badly I want it to be in the middle. So glad I'm not the only one who craves symetry. :)

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    4. And the aqua painting with the curtains, yum!

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    5. Yes, I had to scroll down quickly because the aqua painting HAS to be in the middle as far as my brain is concerned. Yes, I do OCD much. ( and just so you know FPFG I too thought IMHO was ahem, a little off color for this southern girl. ) you make my heart smile real big, yes you do!

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  12. You do have a skill at this stuff. Loving it.

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  13. Love your couch! Living room looks great - very fancy and cheery :)

    BTW - moles...ewwwww.... found a dead one in our yard once and almost insisted that we move. They are so gross!

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  14. I love your decorating and bloggin style!! and I definately see that your couch is grey :)

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  15. You really know how to knock it out of the park!!!! LOVE it ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What does IMHO mean by the way? Clearly I'm not street at all :)

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    1. In My Humble Opinion. (Not short for I'm a woman of I'll repute.). :)

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    2. IMHO<-- Hahahaha! I was laughing out loud like a crazy hyena when I read that part.

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  16. Love the new GREY couch, love the new side table, love the pillows, love the flower artwork, now give me your cow picture since you aren't using it! Love your sense of style and color combos!! ~Kim

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    1. It's in the toy room! But she has more. :)

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  17. I love it all! I was actually able to easily vote today after all the glitches yesterday.

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  18. LOVE all the color. It's just beautiful. And, you are so funny! <3

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  19. If I whip up a few gallons of salsa, would you mind coming out to help me with my arrangements? :) I'm eyeing those curtains...anything green gets me.

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  20. LOVE the couch and LOVE the curtains even more - I have to say it looks like a HAPPY place to hang out! I am never lucky about finding good art at the Goodwill - I would have definitely bought those!!

    Cheryl @ The Creative Me and My McG

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  21. the thing is, i will need you to immediately move out of your home as i will be occupying it shortly. this is your own fault because you made the living room so lovely. i feel bad for this short notice eviction, but mostly i want your living room so deal with it.

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  22. By far my favorite post I've read lately..laughing so much and loving how inviting your home looks :) And now in July I will be asking you exactly WHAT you thought "IMHO" meant..because..inquiring minds & whatnot.

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  23. I've been saying IMHO forever and I'm waaaaaaaaayy too old to be street. Love the "uneven" pictures. And lastly, if you're worried about the camera / cloche looking small you could raise it up, upside down plate maybe? Dark color to give it more ummph? And maybe slide it further in front of the picture so it doesn't have to hold its own alone. But only suggesting because you mentioned it!

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    1. Thanks for the ideas! The cloche is verrry slightly wider than the top of the cabinet, so scooting it in front of the picture won't work. I tried that the day I put it up there. :)

      And THANK YOU for understanding my desire to always be at least slightly off balanced!

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    2. Ooooh, what about a stack of books underneath the cloche and camera?? That's what I would do.

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  24. Oh, how I covet your happy pillows. I love pillows, but in a fit of "I refuse to constantly pick up pillows off the floor" I stashed them all away. What a sad boring state of affairs that made of my couch! Bleh.

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  25. I second the comments about how comfy and cozy your home looks!! So inviting. And how do you get your cat to stay still for a close-up? Ha! Mine bolts the second I put the camera up to my face to snap the pic.

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  26. Love the new couch! I have been eyeing it at Ikea for sometime. Love your cheery pillows and curtains too! I think the whole room works well, it is very balanced in new and old and the colors compliment each other nicely. You give me lots of inspiration for my home.
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  27. wait. you have a cat?
    when did i miss that?
    and i love what you've done to your home missy. and please say THAT in a british accent! i love it!!

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    1. Where have you been, lady? You've never met Howard??! He's all the rage.
      With everyone but me.
      Ha.

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  28. Love. It. Love the new gray couch, love the flower painting triptych, love it all. No matter how much i know about the design rule of avoiding too much symmetry, i still want to swap the aqua one into the middle of the other two, but good for you, avoiding the temptation. :)

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    1. THE TWINS DID NOT WANT TO BE SEPARATED! :D

      You people are killing me. Ha!!!!!!!

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  29. It 's beautiful! I have been looking for paintings JUST like that - your Goodwill is, as of now, far superior to mine. Mine has disappointed me.

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  30. When I saw the first photo of your new couch, I was like, "Hey wait a minute, when did she get a new couch...how could I have possibly missed it!?!' (Said like a person who actually comes over and hangs out all the time...ha!) Then I continued reading and realized I, in fact, hadn't missed said post after all. :) All that to say....love the couch....and the paintings that cover the new holes in your wall. :) You are not alone....I am a chronic re-hanger as well...much to my misters chagrin.

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  31. I love your style, and thank you for sharing your spirit of thrift! It is so easy to get caught up otherwise. You show that you can have a beautiful, colorful, artistic home without spending gobs of money.

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    1. Thank you! I've become a bit passionate about this. Glad you noticed. :)

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    2. Are you Karel's sp? daughter?

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  32. The last picture speaks! The couch is gray! Absolutely.

    Here is my dilemma. I have never hesitated to hang things in the walls. But now we live in a house with plaster walls - plaster that we spent nigh of six months patching and sanding. I never understood the fear of hanging things...until now. So do I just go for it? And the heavy things? Oh plaster, please don't crack.

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  33. Love EVERYTHING about your living room, wish it was mine, yada, yada, yada. Totally jealous as usual. Please have a garage sale again and get rid of your gorgeous "junk!". Sincerely, and totally serious...Vintage Country Girl.

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  34. Love it. Your living room is so pretty! Beautiful mix of color and pattern. :)

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  35. Which IKEA couch did you get?

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  36. Oh how I've missed reading every inch of you as I took a blog hiatus :). Now I'm happy again :). Can I ask about the plank walls?? I REALLY want them. My husband is afraid to tackle it and thinks a new home doesn't need them. I just point to your blog and say; "see!??!!" Did you do them yourself? Or did the builder do them? My whole world is revolving around these walls.... Although it's a 1st world problem.... Right now my brain needs a 1st world problem. It's on overload and silly things like planked walls and planting cabbage roses in the right spot help my heart heal ❤️

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  37. THE KARLSTAD!!! we can't wait to get that dream sectional one day!! also, i love that you make wonky work- sometimes i try to be uneven, but i just can't seem to get it right. haha the irony!

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  38. Your living room is beautiful, bright and happy. It looks comfortable & cheery. Love it! Great job.

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  39. i was going to comment on how much i love your curtains! don't you dare get rid of those! and if you do, you can just send them to me. ;)

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  40. You knocked it out of the park with this one!!! Can't stop thinking about those paintings (especially the blue one) hence the late untimely comment. :) Love how everything ties together so beautifully from the drapes to the pillows to the paintings & flows effortlessly into your dining & kitchen area with that awesome aqua/teal island. And the BEST part all on a flea market budget. Inspiring as always!!! Thank you!

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  41. You should see my Goodwill paintings. I literally shed a tear. So " me" in every way possible.

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  42. Do you know the name of the fabric for the curtains?
    Erincyoung (at) yahoo.com

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    1. I do know...because I left the selvedge on. :)
      It's Fish Eye by HGTV fabrics, found at JoAnn's. And it's indoor-outdoor fabric, so it's a thicker weave.
      I love it!

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  43. Love the couch and those paintings. Your Goodwill must be cooler than ours...

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  44. Love your style so much and the way you write! Its hilarious and real, and speaks to me! Cute cat btw ;-) Thanks for sharing!

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  45. I think your living room might just be my favorite.ever!!!! Would you pretty please share where you got those amazing floral curtains?!? If fabric, I can sew too...ha!!

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  55. Omg, I'm in love and totally obsessed with your living room!! I came across your site while searching for post and pics about the IKEA Karlstad sofa i've been considering purchasing for my tv room. And then there it was... I stumbled across your website and the pictures of your beautiful living room. I've never seen anything like it and yet it's everything i've ever wanted! Could this be love at first sight? Simple yet captivating, charming, warm and unique... I never knew I could feel this way about a room lol! Simply the best, great job!

    I think i'm gonna go for the IKEA Karlstad couch. How's it holding up? Is it comfortable and how durable is it? I'm curious and wondering what the draw backs might be for a sofa that looks so nice and priced so well.

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    1. Your comment CRACKED me up! I read it out loud to Cory. Ha!!!
      I'm so happy to have rocked your world. Yes, we love our couch. Our only slight complaint, which we knew going into the purchase, was that it has a low back. So in order to really lounge on it (which we manage to do nightly) you have to hunker down on a lot of pillows. :) It has held up amazingly well. I flip the cushions around now and then and it's a major relief to know if there was ever a catastrophe, we could order new slip covers. It's definitely a heck of a deal. Go for it!!!

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  56. Love the couch! Is this a sectional? Cant seem to find it online.

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    1. It's the Ikea Karlstad sectional. We love it!

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    1. We bought it 10 years ago off Ebay! Try RugsUSA.com

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  58. I just bought an Ikea couch with the same fabric and am looking for a rug just like this! is it jute?

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    1. It's something like that...we bought it almost 10 years ago off ebay! Just recently got a different one. :)

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  59. This was a totally delightful read. Your writing style as well as the photos... perfection :) So glad I stumbled across your website!

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