I have been doing a little sprucing up
around the house lately. Nothing major, just tidying the bookshelves, framing pictures that have been waiting to be
framed for a long time, placing candles around to be lit on these dark winter
evenings. I always get the urge to do this after Christmas; once all the
decorations are put away, the house looks so bare and I feel the need to make
it a bit fuller, a bit cozier.
Shortly after Christmas my sweet husband
was in the book store and picked up this magazine for me...
.....and it the most beautiful magazine I
have ever seen. So many beautifully styled pictures, so much creativity, great
articles about designers. I have spent many hours pouring over the pages
soaking up the inspiration.
I was particularly inspired by this
picture, specifically the pillows on the couch. I love the mixing of
traditional patterns – the rose pillows that look like something my Oma would
have – with the graphic, modern pillows that look like they could have come from
IKEA. And I was inspired to try something similar in my living room.
Using some IKEA fabric
that I fell in love
with and bought a few months back, I made this polka dot pillow and added it to the others on my sofa.
The fern pillow came with our couch and looks a bit more traditional to
me, similar to the rose pillows in the magazine, while my new polka dot pillow
is definitely a little more modern; the same could be said about the tulip pillow
that I made a few years ago.
I am not
a decor whiz by any means, and I often fret way too much about how things look,
but I am slowly realizing and accepting that if I decorate with things that I
love and that mean something to me, everything will come together. I love this
polka dot pillow, I love the pillows that came with our sofa, and I think they look
good together. I may add a brighter colored solid pillow to pull everything
together a bit more – maybe a teal pillow. What do you think? I really like the
mixing of traditional and modern – it gives things a collected and timeless
look and I love that.
did put my polka dot pillow on one of my kitchen chairs and I love how it looks
And while I was out scouring the clearance
aisles this past weekend I found these beautiful dinner napkins for a mere
$1.50 each – I am going to sew these into a pillow and see how that looks on
the couch. Worth a shot for only $3.00.
So in addition to crocheting (projects to
show you soon), scrapbooking, and all the stuff that makes up regular life, I
have been working on mixing things up in the living room. And I have really
enjoyed doing so - making my home, where I spend so much of my time, a little
cozier. It has also been nice to get
the sewing machine out again...it had been a while since we spent some quality