Over the weekend, I washed the windows in our living room, cleaned the wooden blinds, vaccumed and mopped under the sofa and rug, taped the cords to the back of the table legs, and made a pile for donation. I was left with a clean slate.
(Just an aside, the sunlight does weird stuff in this room and casts a very yellow tint over everything.)
Next, I gathered and piled together various accessories from all around the house, to play around and see what could work in the living room.
Some careful selecting, adding, editing, placing and replacing, and by the end of the day, I had reaccessorized the living room space.
For the coffee table, I used the rule of threes "stacks", and added a reflective surface (a thrift store silver plated tray) to bounce a little light around.
A favorite book (formerly sitting on a shelf), a porcelain stick (from a drawer), and Jonathan Adler votives.
On the wall behind the sofa, are favorite photos from our trip to the Royal BC Museum, work by Lisa Congdon, and a small handquilted piece I did several years ago.
The rug and the 2 blue lamps are new, but everything else is what we already had around the house. It is a surprisingly traditional rug for my usual taste, but I really like it. And those blue lamps add some much needed texture and color to the side tables.
In the photo below, the print on the left is by Jennifer Judd-McGee, the large landscape is thrifted, and the small piece on the right is by Lisa Solomon. The mantle is a work in progress, using my pinboard for inspiration.
During this exercise I realized that I have a collection of small bowls. I knew I liked small bowls, but apparently I have a collection. The one below is my latest one from the Folk Art Museum
in New Mexico, a gourd bowl. Here's a close up.
A few things put me in the mood to do this. The time of year (every year at this point I get the urge to change things up). The lovely book Making A House Your Home by Clare Nolan. And a really fun Skillshare.com class taught by Justina Blakeney, Interior Styling: Style Your Space Like a Pro. Walking through this room as I've been doing all evening makes me very happy. It's clean, it feels fresh, and cozy. We are thinking about getting a gas insert in the fireplace in here, and this now feels like a room I want to hang out in. It still desperately needs a fresh coat of paint (that isn't such a yellowish creamy shade of white), but for now? It works just great.
Even if you are busy and think you don't have time, I challenge you to do this to just one room in your house. Just one room. Deep clean and freshen it up. It will change your whole outlook!