Over time, our living room decorations have changed a bit, and I figured enough changes have happened now to update the blog.
The mantel is ever changing as I find new things I want to display.
For instance, just today at a garage sale, I was fortunate to find an original painting, painted by the owner’s grandmother in the 70s! I knew the colors would work and I loved the painting, so it found a good home on our mantel for only $2.
Another painting has also found it’s way above our couch… but this one was painted by me, and is still waiting on a frame. (And of course I noticed AFTER I took the picture that it’s hanging slightly crooked.)
A couple of the pillows on the couch are new, too – I found the far left pillow just yesterday on clearance at HomeGoods. The next pillow over I made out of vintage barkcloth I found up the street from us at a flea market. The tiny pillow was a garage sale purchase. And I made the far right pillow a while ago.
The yellow stand below was a free garbage find down the street. The accessories on the table were either gifts or garage sale finds.
To match the barkcloth pillow, I made the ottoman. I’d been itching to try using a big electrical spool as an ottoman, so after checking during our many trips to Lowe’s, I finally found one – they will give them to you for free! (Are you noticing a theme, yet? Free, free, cheap, cheap!) I loosely followed the instructions I linked to above, but honestly I just made it up. I got the idea and the basics from Design*Sponge, but just went with what worked for me! To do the tufting, I followed (again, loosely) a tutorial I found here.
And to wrap this up, my favorite: the before-after shot!