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Living room updates

IMG_1458I love designing spaces that are Easy to change up and most of all Simple & Clean but yet Cozy & Warm.

The living room in our 1950’s cape cod home was lacking warmth and personality when we’d moved in a year and a half ago.  White plaster walls filled with cracks and holes from years of being a rental house.  The woodwork was a stained wood color….I’m thinking maybe birch wood?  Sloppy painters over the years had taken their toll on the sad but still in tack woodwork that filled this room as well as many other rooms in our sweet little home.

A few coats of “Roman Column” paint color by Sherwin Williams and our windows started to breathe in new life AND LIGHT!

Since I like to change things frequently … I mean several times a year I chose simple furnishings in neutral tones and then add POPS of seasonal color in accessories like the yellow Pepsi wooden crate for spring/summer that holds our remote controls and my never-ending fresh supply of the decorating, lifestyle & fashion magazines….all neat, tidy and in a controllable pile. (I tend to want to hoard my decorating magazines)

The curtains are shades of grey, mustard yellow and off white…and can you guess what’s unique about them? Any guesses yet?  Well, I’ll tell you my little secret to inexpensive curtains that you can change for the seasons…..TABLECLOTHS!  Yep! They come in all sizes and colors!  You can add height to your windows by moving your curtain rod way to the ceiling and buying a longer tablecloth.  Easy and inexpensive!  It will add height TO your room and more light IN your room.

My pillows my sweet Mama made and I also change them seasonally.

The basket trunk I use as a coffee table a friend gave me and it has the coolest rope handles and metal iron strap hinges….she was tossing it out and I quickly said YES!  SCORE!!!

Our wingback chair I bought for $20 from my mom…who bought it from my Aunt Carol and the ottoman was something my mom recovered years ago.  A true hand me down…lol!    I have plans to redo both of these pieces in the near future for a clean modern but cozy look!  Stay tuned for updates on these two pieces.

In between the sofa and wingback is a little heater in which someday I hope to find a small piano bench or something like that to slip right over it.  To disguise the top of the heater and bring it up to end table height, I added an old wooden box with lid.  Rustic and the black strap and rusty hinge that encases the box add history and some vintage vibes into the room.  I store old church hymnals in there and old bible study materials I like to go back and study time and time again.

My old chippy baluster lamp has the grungiest patina…it makes my heart skip a beat!  The burlap shade is octagon in shape and this too I often change out especially near Christmas time, a red and black check shade always looks awesome!

I  need to add in summer greenery and seashells in the Pepsi crate and end table and then give my mantle a summer makeover but I thought I’d share today with you my living room, in its simple state….EASY~SIMPLE~CLEAN!

Warm hugs,


Little Prairie Girl

living room, mary carol garrity

Mary Carol’s Living Room

Her living room is huge and is seperated into several seating areas. When you walk in from the foyer, you see this ornate secretary desk. It’s filled with photos, books, and trinket boxes.

A ornate side table is stacked wtih books and a silver compote is filled with seashells. Look at that lamp…it looks like a ram’s horn. Notice she is always creating layers and layers of texture, height and color. I always say a flat table is a boring table!

Here is a close up of ONE of the many coffee tables she has in her living room. A gigantic ornate silver tray is once again stacked with books, another silver tray, tiny trinket boxes, a glass pear in setting in a glass footed dish. Then next to this is a wooden box with a decorative bowl with a raised design.
This dark stained coffee table looks like an indonesian trunk on legs…not sure what it really is though! Then she layered on another silver tray, a large gray planter filled with twig topiaries and trailing vines….so devine! The vine reminded me of baby tears.