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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,

Natalie

Little Prairie Girl

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Thanksgiving is near…

Hello!

With Thanksgiving fast approaching I’ve gathered some quick & easy Thanksgiving ideas for you to recreate in your own home.

 

 

 

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image via The Vintage Mixer

This table contains mismatched plates, simple glassware and centerpieces of gathered leaves, berries & nuts you can snatch up on your next outdoor walk!  Easy, Inexpensive & best of all SIMPLE!

 

 

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image via Project Nursery

 

Set up a dessert station by covering a board or foam core with polka dot fabric.  I would personally use black and white polka dots so you can use it for a Christmas backdrop too!  Vary your heights on the sideboard or table with cake stands, or even plates with an upside down glass or crock.  After all “a flat table is a BORING table!”

Gather some outdoor abundance and slip them into mason jars tied with a simple ribbon.

 

 

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image via Shelterness.com

 

Don’t forget your outdoor entry way!  Assemble a grouping similar to this with a fun lawn chair, an old table and fall mums & pumpkins…..then add in some twinkle lights of course!

 

I wish you abundance and peace in this beautiful season.  Take the time to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea outside snuggled in with plaid throw and enjoy God’s beauty that is all around us!

Warm Regards

Natalie

Little Prairie Girl

 

 

 

 

 

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Downtown Ingredients in Cedar Falls this weekend!

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Gather some friends and family and enjoy the amazing weather this weekend!

Stroll thru two levels of our store while sampling a complimentary holiday treat with coffee.

 

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Cozy scarves & hats are in abundance as well as a FABULOUS array of jewelry.  We offer gift cards in any amount for those hard to buy people on your Christmas List!

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Colorful sweaters & tops in all the hottest colors of the season….burgundy, olive, navy….plus they are in are signature flowy style that flatters your own unique body shape.  Comfy, Cozy & Flowy!

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Check out the Ladder Tree in our GYPSY CELLAR….it has touches of vintage mixed thru out with adorable ornaments like tin campers and metal signs with fun sayings.

Our HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE is Thursday November 3 10-7, Friday November 4 10-5 and Saturday November 5 10-5….and just a reminder we are always open on Sundays 12-4.

Visit our Facebook Page for more pictures, a short video tour of the store, and our Events Page.

Warm Hugs & Holiday Wishes,

Natalie

Little Prairie Girl