Saturday, June 23, 2012

Our Home | Summery Additions

When it comes to our house I haven't "decorated" much lately.  The project list is still long and wide, but I've been content for the moment to just leave things alone.  Partly because I'm trying hard to stick to a budget and refuse to start spending on the kitchen until I do, and partly because I'm just happy living with what we have and not obsessing about what changes I need to make.  Our upholstery is getting worn out so I don't care if the boys eat a bowl of ice cream on the couch while watching a movie or use the pillows as weapons in a pillow fight, our dishwasher has been on the outs but some nights it's nice to wash the dishes by hand with Jimmy and listen to music and talk {some days it is a real pain in the you-know-what though! And a new one is one the way}.  At the moment my focus has been more on just living and less on buying.  This is out of character for me, but honestly a home with with plenty of books, music, and good food is really more than well decorated enough and I'd lost sight of that a bit.  Before you go thinking I've lost my love of pretty interiors, let me assure you that is far from the case.  I've just been slowing down a little on the spending and it's been nice not running all over town looking at paint colors or fabrics or scouring websites.  HOWEVER, it is summer and a change of seasons always brings the desire to freshen things up a bit.  Here's how I've done it lately without breaking the bank!



I picked up this $19.99 toile duvet cover + sham set at Ikea for Holly's visit.  She stayed in Andrew's room and I wanted her to at least have something feminine in there.  I am normally an all white bedding kind of girl, but for that price it was fun to mix up our summer bedding without any real commitment.  The blue and white feels fresh and I pair it with higher end sheets so it doesn't feel like cheapy bedding, even though it is! :)


We've had lots of fresh flowers in the home.  While I like them all year round, in the summer I'm never without.  We only had peonies one week at Trader Joe's and I just about bought the whole bunch. {above photo by Andrew!!  I didn't crop or edit!}



I found a French antique bench for the bare space in front of our steps.  I've been looking FOREVER and when this one measured at the perfect dimensions I pounced on it.  I may or may not add a cushion. I was thinking a long, down filled cushion, covered in a pretty avocado green velvet with off white contrast piping.  I go back and forth.  I thought it would be a great place to sit and put on shoes, but it really has become more of dumping spot for the pool tote and my bag.

See? Meant to be.


I sewed a couple new pillows out of one of my favorite Kathryn Ireland fabrics. {Hey, good enough for Steve Martin to have in his home, good enough for me! :)} I have them on my red bergere chairs in front of the fireplace, but I prefer one on the above side chair.  Here's a close up of the fabric...


And lastly, I've added a little blue and white transferware to my collection...


When I get my open shelving in the kitchen I want a few platters to line the back and mix in a bit of color among all my white dishes and plates.

I will post soon about my kitchen planning and decision making... Enjoy your weekends!

ps. Thanks so much for all the great read aloud book recs!!  Off to the library this week!

21 comments :

  1. Tessa, firstly, I am right there with you when it comes to spending less and being satisfied and happy with with what I have. This is a frame of mind I've had for a few years now and it's very liberating. Secondly, I love your bench and really like the texture and color of the rush seat. I personally wouldn't add a cushion because it looks so good as it is (and is practical). Lastly, I really like the new toile duvet cover you bought -- it doesn't look inexpensive. Nice choice!
    Claudia

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  2. I, too, have been more content to just live in our house lately. I think my change of mindset came along with our new puppy and the beginning of summer vacation, though. Not much use in worrying over prettying things up when there are baby gates in every doorway and toys/dog paraphernalia everywhere! :) That, and we've had such great weather so far, it's easy to abandon it all for the outdoors! Thanks for sharing your beautiful home. I really enjoy your blog, and love, love your Pinterest pins!

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  3. I love the bench and I can't get over that duvet cover! I need to get to Ikea asap! You have some beautiful new additions!
    -Shelley

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  4. Your home is lovely and I like it just like it is. Great bedding, it looks soooooo pretty. I love the bench also, it is the perfect size. Hugs, marty

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  5. It all looks so fresh and summery. I love that bench. It's so fun when things work out perfectly like that. And everyone needs a little dumping ground for bags. At least I do! ;-) Amber

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  6. the bench is the perfect fit! nice find! pillows look great, too! ikea? nice! i thought i saw that when i was on the website. doesn't look cheap at all. enjoy the sunshine!

    ashley over @
    {hookedonhickory}

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  7. Your house looks so warm and inviting! I love the look of your sofa. Would you mind sharing where you bought it? I have been looking for one for so long.

    Kim

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    1. Thanks, Kim. The slipped loveseat in our LR is from Arhaus. We've had it for years, but it has held up remarkably well.

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  8. I love your philosophy of living with what you have and not worrying over what you don't. I've tried to be better about that in my own home... But I must admit that I have major ENVY over that bench! I've been looking for something similar (a smaller french bench with a ladderback) for years for one little nook in our foyer. Yours looks great in its perfect spot!

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  9. I never would've guessed that duvet is from Ikea. It seem like it was made for that room. And your bench is equally lovely. Nice finds. Your kitchen is going to be amazing!!! I wish I would've done open shelving for my two cabinets that have glass doors. I still sometimes contemplate just taking the doors off, but I'm pretty sure Phil would choke me. I'm not great at styling what is behind the glass doors. I know what I like but I dont know how to create it. I'm wondering........when is a magazine going to come knocking at your door to publish your home? They should!

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  10. your home is beautiful....so many details...and none spared!

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  11. Contentment is a beautiful thing. I learned it the hard way after we both lost our jobs. I'm glad that for the most part it has stayed with me. Sometimes we forget how very blessed we all are.
    Now...regarding your recent acquisitions. Girl you have excellent taste!!! I am continually amazed at your decor eye. And yes...that bench is perfect!! Oh and the pillows. Do they say, "SUMMER!"

    Hope your week is extraordinary in every way!

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  12. I'm sure this info is somewhere else on your site, and I just don't know where to find it... I love the paint color on your wainscot/trim that can be seen in the background of the close-up photo of the pillow fabric. It looks like a greenish grey putty kind of color. So pretty! Do you happen to remember off hand the name of the color?

    PS. I agree, the bench is perfect for that space! Great find!

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  13. Your summer touches are perfect! Love the bench - perfect for that space and I think library books and a pool tote are the only accent needed! I struggled when we purchased our current home (rush to get into school district) until I realized it's the memories you make in your home, not the size or decor, which matter when you look back. So I put three rooms of antique furniture in storage and will continue to squeeze lots of little girls into our tiny living room for sleepovers. I'll have my dream house one of these days. Also, about your black lace skirt in a recent post, I bought a cream one from Garnet Hill last year and wear it all the time!

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  14. i loved sleeping with all of that toile! and your bench is perfect! i cant wait to see what you do with that lisa fine material!

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  15. I love your monogram pillows and the IKEA bedding set. Did you make your pillows or purchase them? I would love to have them for my home!

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  16. Everything is so beautiful! Love your new bench and transferware...classics that you'll never get tired of! When we were at the Denver IKEA in June (sadly no IKEA in KC yet), Cecilia picked out that duvet for her room and it is just gorgeous AND affordable. She looks at your blog too...we both love your taste! =)
    xom

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  17. I love love love the monogram on the pillows! Where did you get them done? Would love a set for in our master bedroom.

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    1. thanks, amy. the pillows are from gramercy linens, here: http://www.shopgramercy.com/

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