Happy Weekend! The cold is here on the coast of Virginia. We’re talking “get out the wool socks and light the fire people” — brrr it’s chilly. Still, the sun is shining and the air is crisp and clear, so it’s not all that bad. You’d never even know it’s freezing outside from indoors, which is where I am and plan to stay. It looks glorious looking out through the windows.
So let us start with the elephant in the room of the photo above. Yes, you’re seeing right, that’s my Christmas tree. It’s still hanging around. I know, I know … tisk, tisk … but I just love it. And it is potted after all, so really I could just start calling it a potted house plant and all will be good. I plan on finding a spot for it out in the back garden when the weather warms up a bit.
Now on to easy breezy cottage basics, things like area rugs, lamps, and window treatments. Things I wanted to purchase when we first moved in, but was distracted by other things like painted furniture and vintage mirrors. Rugs and window treatments didn’t sound all that exciting and there was always something prettier and more interesting for me to empty my pockets on. Well over the past couple of months I buckled down and focused and I’ve been bringing in the essentials, the things that really make a house feel more cozy. The cottage is feeling more welcoming and comfortable with the simple addition of drapes, rugs, and lamps.
I already had a nubby, natural fiber rug in our living room, but since Paisley chewed up the corner, I thought it would be a good time to replace it. It’s from World Market and is a 6×9, one size larger than my old one. I love the thick nubby texture so much that I ended up getting a second rug, one size smaller, for our office.
In our dining room, I went with a large round braided rug from Overstock.com, also in natural fiber. The dining room feels nice and cozy with a rug underfoot. The chairs have scuffed up some of the fibers from pulling them in and out, but I don’t mind.
I wanted another round rug for the front entry and I found this cool natural fiber rug from Serena & Lily. This is what you see when you first walk through the front door so I wanted it to be a little more snazzy.
I’ve been eyeballing these all-cotton tie-top drapes from Pottery Barn for months. They finally went on sale so I went for it. The sun porch has a lot of window so I really wanted something with a little drama — but not too over the top. I love these!
They were longer than I anticipated so they kinda puddle on the floor. One of the reasons I chose these was because they’re all cotton and I assumed they could be thrown in the wash. Nope, I realized when I was hanging them that they’re dry-clean only; but by that point I was already in love. Hopefully I won’t have to take them to be cleaned too often. I certainly have no room in my life for a high maintenance window treatment! Who does?
The sun room also got this cute glass lamp and ivory shade from Target.
This is such a fun look and it can really go with many styles. I tend to go a bit shabby chic at times and I think this lamp will look good when that happens too.
I also put one in our family room. I would like one in the living room too, but I thought three rooms with the same lamp might be overkill!