This look was just too, boring and stark for my taste. I admire symmetry, It adds calm. The pieces are definitely highlighted. In the end, I am more of an asymmetrical kind of gal and I like quirky! I decided this was a good starting point. Now for the fun!
Living Room and Dining Room
In case you were wondering where the red Tonka pick-up truck comes in to play--wonder no more! It is featured on the coffee table in our living room. It has a story behind it, and has had a make-over, which I will share in a future blog. Suffice to say for now, it is indeed my very own pick-up from childhood. I wanted my own truck to play in the dirt with the boys, and my parents acquiesced. I am forever grateful for them letting me be who I was at every age.
I cleaned up another bucket and put a second Christmas cactus in it. This one could probably use a buffalo plaid bow.
I made the square table mats from dish towels I found at Marshalls. I simply cut one side down to make a square. Then I hemmed the one side and it was good to go. The geode is another memory piece. It was given to me by one of my 3rd grade boys almost 25 years ago. I always had a small geode on my desk, and I told my class that geodes were like people. You really can't tell much about them from the outside. You have to crack a geode open to see the beauty within it. Likewise, It is only when you get to know a person, that you can see a their real beauty and sparkle. Ryan's father was a jeweler and that Christmas, Ryan gave me this beautiful geode. It was in my classroom, until I brought it home when I retired from teaching. It has been touched and admired by many young hands. My students/kids and the geode are all part of my treasures!
I hope this post inspires you to cozy up your winter home with memory pieces and all things that bring you happiness!
Product Sources: (Click on product source for links.)
White and Black Buffalo Check Wired Ribbon (and more!): Ribbon Source: The May Arts Retail Store
Unique Teapots: A Bit of Britain
Birch Bark Log Bundle: Wilson Evergreens through Amazon