Monday, February 9, 2015

February Living Room

It's that time of year again!
Around here, the slightest shifting of the seasons has me itching for a switch-up in my bitty living room.

February is totally a season.

Did you know I love Valentine's Day? I don't know why.
Every year, I say this and every year, I feel the need to explain... haha
So many people are anti-V-day.
Are you one of them?
No, don't even tell me if you are.
Is no bueno, mi amiga.

V-Day is only a day for dedicated to celebrating love, smack-dab in the dreariest month of the year.
Haters gonna hate.
I'll take it!

I don't necessarily "decorate" for Valentine's Day, aside from stringing magazine heart garlands on ALL OF THE THINGS. But my approach to decorating a space isn't super themed. And I usually don't have extra cash to spend.  I just love giving our most lived-in space new life. It keeps me energized, but maybe I'm the weirdo.

Per usual, I didn't plan to do much this year. I wanted a few cute pink/red throw pillows, but I couldn't find any that were practically-free (where is the Practically-Free store, anyway???) So I shelved the idea, strung up a heart garland, and called it a day.

It's truly a blanket from the Lord. It's pink. And red. AND GRAY. And plaid. And soft.
And it was $2.99 at Goodwill with an extra 40% off.

It changed everything, including my life.

Here's where I fess up and say I should have kept that other needlepoint pillow out of the frame. I dunno. I felt bad for it.
It was fifty cents and hand-made and colorful. I love a misfit.

The wall decor is left-over from Christmas.
I just popped a new print into the frame. (You can find the print here.)

Sidenote: I always feel like a snob when I use the word "decor". Why is this? I feel like a big, fat poser. "Decor" strikes me as involving gilded things and rich mahogany. Or maybe a tapestry or nubby silk or abstract sculpture.
It always has airquotes around it in my mind. "decor"
(Yet I can't seem to find a suitable replacement.)

Here's how this area worked: I wanted some more pink in my life, so I dug out another old print and taped it to the wall, but I didn't want to take that nail out of the wall, so I hung it just under it. Which was sort of too low and looked pretty blah.

Then I remembered this M from our fall getaway and leaned it up against it. Still looked a little sparse. So I grabbed this tulip-shaped bowl off my dresser and added it to the mix. (The bowl is still filled with chapstick and other junk and I've walked in the dark to the living room two nights in a row to put chapstick on before bed. It seems like there might be a better way...)

There's very little thought put into all of this, guys. I literally walk around the house and look for random things that might not look too ridiculous together. I lunge for whatever makes me happy. I do it for almost-free. It takes all of two minutes, or no more than twenty.
For the TV cabinet, I flung the same floral fabric from last February (because, PINK!) over the tension rod. (Isn't it great? It's the BEST. But unfortunately, I have no idea what the name is or where it came from. I found it at a yard sale and the selvedge is no help at all.)

On top, I strung a few loops of heart-garland, propped a painting of roses and added my antlers. Because nothing screams love like antlers?

(I'm so sorry.)

I'm not someone who "always has fresh flowers", even though I wish I was...but who can afford that? No me, that's who. Still, a particularly bad day last week found me buying two $4 bouquets at Kroger, along with a pint of fancy Kroger ice cream and 3 fancy Kroger frozen pizzas for dinner, because sometimes you have to bring your own sunshine.

And sometimes, it can be bought.

I like this phone shot because it makes my living room look HUGE, when it's totally dinky.

Also, it discloses the fact that I tossed all the blue and green pillows on the other end of the couch. Just because they don't fit the V-Day vibe, doesn't mean they're not special and important and necessary.

Our little vinyl-sticker family motto still helps me refocus my Mama efforts every single day.

This is how we're rolling in February, with the snow piled up to our bosoms in a house filled with the loudest, messiest kind of love.

I  might have a few other Valentinian things to say this week. Bear with me.

Ever fond,


  1. No lie, I've been totally waiting for you to post ANYTHING spring-y to get me in the mood. So thank you boocoodles sista! I really needed some visual cues that springs a comin' !

  2. How about swapping "decor" for in "The wall pretties are left over from Christmas", I don't know, just a thought, I do think you can rock the fancy "decor" vibe though. Your "decor" is so much prettier than the snobbish kind, not to mention practical and magical! :)

  3. I like your "decor"... So homey!
    I love the needlepoint pillow, just sayin' :) Its the first thing that caught my eye...

    1. I love it, too! It may have just stolen a smidge of my V-day vibe from that tightly-cropped photo. Haha.

  4. You encourage me so much. I am going to find the magazines and cut out some ♡s. Shalom, Deena

  5. i love plaid blankets from goodwill. the most.

  6. Please keep using the word decor. I just like it.

  7. I always love snippets into your comfortable and unpretentious...keep rocking that decor!!

    Cheryl @ The Creative Me and My McG

  8. I feel the same way about "vignette." I'm not brave enough. Honestly,

  9. I think we should ALL use the word decor. You've inspired me. During nap time I will scrounge around and see what I can find and reinvent. I do have some wedding decor that I might be able to repurpose. One thing I did for the rehearsal dinner, get a jar, I used canning jars. Then find an old book, the yellowed pages of a paperback worked perfectly but it can be any ole book. Make a strip that will fit inside your jar, fold it in half to help cut out a perfect little heart maybe 1/2-1". Put a little votive or tea light candle in it. Saw it on pinterest and they were adorable on the tables. High five for decor!

  10. But it IS decor. Your decor just happens to be Waaaaay more authentic than mahogany. Like you said, "Haters gonna hate." Love that room, & your family motto. Have a great day! We are on school snow day # 5. Oh yes. We will be going to school all summer at this rate…..

  11. I have a tiny family room also. I actually love it because we all sit on the couch together and watch TV.

  12. Love your space. I always admire when someone can turn out something cute for almost nothing. That there is skill!

  13. Your decorating style is dreamy-- the fun prints, maps, and mismatched-ness. It's cute and it's REAL! Your house looks like a home, not a glossy magazine, and I love that. :) Thank you for sharing!

  14. You can't beat half off at Goodwill. We recently bought a chair to redo - $4.99 regular price. It was a dirty orange vinyl but it is on it's way to becoming a cool yellow and white chevron. Thanks for not hating on Valentine's Day. It is also our anniversary so holds a special place for us : )

  15. Looks so cozy and love the color combination! And I'd love to see your decor storage closet :)

  16. I got some new throw pillows at the local thrift store today too, but I like your needlepoint number much better. Alas. I'm currently bemoaning the fact that no combination of my many throwsies are currently melting my butter. But inspired by your success. (And the ongoing success of that tv cabinet/tension rod combo. Lovey.

  17. Forgive me... your use of "decor" is just fine (and love your rooms!), but "bosoms???" That was a little 1970's-grandmotherly for me. LOL And then, I just remembered a friend's mom (totally 1980's) that pronounced it bozOOMs. Yes, seriously. Memories.... cue the music. ;)

  18. Okay, so firstly...that blanket. My grandparents had the SAME identical. It made me happy to see yours so happily gracing your couch. Secondly, I love the "redistribute and arrange things" style of 2-20 minute holiday "decor" and in my mind, you are a professional at it, I aspire to be like you when I grow up. Thirdly, please please let me know when the Practically Free store comes to town. :) And last, I love V-day too.. and your post about real love was spot on. Good work, today, FPFG.

  19. I love you! We were missionaries for four years in Mexico and all around me were very poor people living in dark little shacks. I so wanted to make my home a lovely place that could inspire, without spending any money at all. Now I have a little bigger decorating budget but I really would rather give that money to help a missionary than to make my house beautiful. You have found the perfect balance, making your surroundings inspiring and beautiful without sacrificing justice or love for people. And you are funny. You are such an inspiration.

  20. It may be small, but at least you have room for a couch and love seat. I only have room for couch and recliner (which my husband MUST have! Haha) because long, narrow room that must be traveled through. It's not enough seating. So I'm jealous of your space. And Valentine's is my favorite holiday, too, because hearts are my thing. Even though my husband doesn't share my enthusiasm, I persist.

  21. Love this so much. I also have the same feelings on the word "decor." I feel like such a wannabe when I use that word. Especially when decor means printed instagram photos and vintage afghans.

  22. I'll put up with you and your love fest... and adore every minute!!

  23. Such a cozy and home-y space! I love your sofas! May I ask where you got them!

    1. Yes! It's the Karlstad from IKEA. We love it!

    2. Me again :) Have you had it for a while? Wondering how well it would hold up to four kids and a dog!

    3. We've had it just over a year. It's our only living area so it gets lots of wear! So far it's holding up really well.

    4. We've had it just over a year. It's our only living area so it gets lots of wear! So far it's holding up really well.