Spring Living Room Tour and a Paradox

I realize that I’m a decorator/stylist blogging here, and I haven’t shown you pictures of my house lately.  The thing is, it doesn’t change that often.  Maybe this is kind of a paradox in the decor blog world, but truthfully, I have some minimist tendencies and once I get a room “right” for me, I like to leave it alone.Spring Living Room_2

If you know me in real life and you’ve seen any of my closets or my garage you’re laughing at the thought of me being a minimalist, aren’t you?

But, I don’t really shop much for my home.  I mean, I did when I was first decorating each room.  But now, I like to use what I have and I don’t like bringing in anything that isn’t going to add a lot of purpose.

After coming out of a little season of some major discontent, I pulled open the shades a little higher, fluffed the pillows a little more, and started seeing things (literally and figuratively) in a whole new light.  Fluffing smushed couch cushions, bringing in some fresh greenery, and clearing out clutter can really make a world of difference in how I feel about my home.

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I have a small assortment of pillows and covers that I change out somewhat seasonally, but really its more just about what sort of colors are “speaking” to me at the moment.  Right now, I’ve been wanting subtle neutrals, not a lot of brightness.

I changed out the coffee table books and added in a small succulent that was a gift from a sweet friend.  I’ve had it for a few months and have not killed it, so I’m calling that a success!

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The top two little books on the coffee table are ChatBooks made from getaways Paul and I took together- one in New York City, the other in San Francisco.  I used to keep them on the shelf, but they’re so pretty and I love having them down where we can look through them now.

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I’m still really enjoying the ottoman and side table here for early morning moments of quiet.  Of course, we use it all throughout the day, but it is totally my happy spot.

I haven’t changed or rearranged the bookshelves one bit with the exception of adding or changing out books as they are read or loaned.  These shelves are as functional as they are decorative for us and I love the practicality of them.

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New around here? Check out my shelf styling tips here.

If I’m being truthful with you here, what I’ve really been wanting is a new couch.  It just isn’t in the budget right now though so instead of buying a bunch of smaller and less expensive things to fill that void, I’m making peace with waiting.  I’m working to get the “bones” of my house right and I don’t want to fill it up with things I don’t need.

Less really can be more.

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10 Responses to Spring Living Room Tour and a Paradox

  1. Jill April 5, 2016 at 5:27 pm #

    Your Anthro homegrown monogram mug on the coffee table – a favorite! I so enjoy reading your thoughts and reflections 🙂

    • Bethany April 5, 2016 at 9:50 pm #

      Thank you so much, Jill!! I love that mug. ?

  2. Theresa Van Skyock April 5, 2016 at 7:31 pm #

    I’m TOTALLY with you on the couch thing. We also made the mistake of rushing and buying what was on the floor, only to realize we should have waited to purchase what we really were envisioning.

    Lesson learned!

    • Bethany April 5, 2016 at 10:02 pm #

      This couch was one of the first pieces of furniture we ever bought and so looking back, I’m glad/surprised that we bought something fairly neutral and well made. BUT after three kids and eleven years it’s certainly showing wear and tear. Now just researching and saving up for the next one that I hope can last three times that long. ?? You’re so right, the waiting is tough!

  3. Eva @ Design Café April 7, 2016 at 1:22 pm #

    I agree with you, 100%. Less really can be more. It is so much better to wait and plan and think 10x before a more serious purchase. I didn’t always follow this principle but right now we are renting and saving up for our dream home so I understand where you’re coming from. Love your blog!

    • Bethany April 13, 2016 at 2:30 pm #

      Thank you so much, Eva!

  4. Nichole April 14, 2016 at 2:20 pm #

    I’m loving the succulent! I think I might need to add a few of those to my decor.

    • Bethany April 18, 2016 at 7:16 am #

      Thanks! Its been pretty easy so far and the kids haven’t messed with it so that’s good, haha!

  5. Jenny April 16, 2016 at 8:14 am #

    I’m right there with you – I get a room just the way I like it and basically leave it that way for all time. 🙂 I also love “shopping” my own home and moving things around that I already own rather than buying a bunch of new things I don’t really need. And, I am also a wanna-be minimalist but my closets and our giant barn storage tell otherwise :). Now, you’ve inspired me to open my shades and fluff my pillows and just enjoy my spaces the way they are (even when I do get discontent and often want a complete overhaul). ❤️

    • Bethany April 18, 2016 at 7:16 am #

      Thank you sweet Jenny! xoxo

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