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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Pulling It All Together - Creating A Life Living Room

You are going to really love seeing how Jeanette at Creating A Life pulled her living room together.  She started with such adverse circumstances and turned a negative into a positive with tons of DIY and creativity..  So grab something to drink and enjoy as she shares her gorgeous home.

Hello everyone! I have been a big fan of Marty's for some time and I can't tell you how excited I am to be invited over here to participate in her "Pulling It All Together" series. 
Marty's home is so warm and inviting and she is so good at showing us how to add personal and beautiful details to a home without breaking the bank!

Today I'm going to be sharing how I pulled together our cozy, casual, cottage style living room!

Just over three years ago, in the middle of a divorce, my four kids and I moved into this rented home. We had no clue how long we could stay or what would happen next. This photo is the day we moved in. That young man on the left is now my son-in-law :)  

Just over a year ago, I finally felt ready to invest a little effort into making this room 'livable' for us, and gave myself "Permission to Nest". Since then, I've never stopped tweaking and rearranging and working to make it the most functional and comfortable room it can be, on a very small budget. 

When it comes to redecorating,  I'm all about "shopping" my own house, reinventing pieces, using thrifted, gifted, and yes, curbside finds to gain a fresh look for our rooms. This is how the living room looked this past summer.{Summer Living Room post here}

And here it is this week, wearing a freshened-up cottage style look for Spring. I sure would love to replace the ceiling fan with this!

Come on in, and I'll share some of the details of how it all came together.

When I decided to rearrange and redecorate this room for early Spring, I wasn't exactly sure where I was going to go with that. I've had an electric fireplace with a faux mantel on this back wall for over a year. 
I was ready for the electric fireplace to go to a different room, and I knew I wanted another "statement" piece for this wall. I also knew there wasn't going to be any possibility of buying a large piece, so I set about thinking up a way to make a large piece for this wall. That is how the gate ended up here! 
{If you'd like to see how I accidentally made the gate from a former shelf unit, head over here.}

Once it was up, it seemed to become the cottage-y inspiration piece for the room.

On the gate I hung a sweet little antique print of sheep and that I've had for several years. I 'framed' it with a large grapevine wreath that has been repurposed around my home (3 homes!) for a long time. 

Also on this wall, the only items that were actually purchased new recently. I am in love with these darling sheep and cow watercolor prints from artist Rachelle Levingston! Her original watercolors are far beyond my budget, but these little prints were very affordable and fit my rustic thrift store frames perfectly. Did I mention I love these? 

There is just no getting around our big "brown beast" of a sectional. It was perfect in our old house, but pretty overwhelming in this small space. Someday I would LOVE to replace it, but until then we have to make it work, right? 
Pretty pillows and a fluffy comforter help to lighten things up. I know it looks a little rumpled and messy, but it's so comfortable and we like it that way :)  

Pretty Rachel Ashwell pillow covers, one thrifted (for a dollar!) one from Target several years ago. 

 The large yellow bookshelf was given to us a few years ago. I'm used to having it filled with books from top to bottom, so this is different for me. I thought it would be fun to hang a curtain across the bottom and add some of my ironstone, my grandmother's suitcase and some cottage-y feeling accessories. 

My collection of little Beatrix Potter books fits just right in this ironstone tureen. 

You can never go wrong with beautiful old books and birds :)

You can find a free printable of this vintage Easter postcard here.

Inside this rustic white planter box I placed some deconstructed books and pretty vintage style postcards. My little iron chick has been a springtime favorite for years. 

At the left end of the sectional I created a storage end table using a very large, sturdy, basket and the top of an old table.

The white curtains are actually pretty cotton sheets picked up long ago at a thrift store {of course}. 

They have actually been used as sheets at times. They also been used as tablecloths, and even as a room divider at our previous home! Everything gets re-purposed...

To the left of the window, a little d.i.y. wall art. I used double sided tape to attach this vintage print to the lid of an antique picnic basket. 

To the right of the sectional is my vintage farmhouse cabinet I purchased at a consignment shop years ago. It needs to be repainted so badly, but I'm holding out for when I can afford some "nice" paint :) 
The curtain panels inside the doors are actually flour sack kitchen towels that I got from the Frugal Ain't Cheap shop when I won a giveaway! Atop that, an antique toolbox I got from a farm sale a rustic wood caddy from an antique shop. Pretty pink coffee filter flowers courtesy of my 10 year old :)

On this side of the room, a thrift store dresser, lamp and chair add to the casual charm of the room. 

I was so honored to be included in the Spring issue of Artful Blogging Magazine! It was really fun to be able to choose some things from The Shoppe at Somerset, and this wire basket with three jars was one of the things I selected. You can see some of the other things I chose over here.

An old farm basket holds some of my favorite decorating books close at hand. 

A vintage suitcase becomes a unique side table next to my chair. 

It's hard to believe the room I used to try to avoid is now one of my favorite spots in the house! 
If you'd like to see more of our home or my projects, I'd love it if you'd pop over and visit me at Creating a Life.

Marty, it was so fun to share our living room here today. Thanks so much for having me over! 

Don't you love her style.  If you don't know her, be sure to hop over and click that follow button, you don't want to miss a single post, plus you will definitely want to see more of her home and how she continues to create a warm and inviting space for her family.
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  1. Wow... Very creative, and what an inviting space... beautifully done!

  2. Hi Marty! Oh, I've really enjoyed seeing this blogger's living room and her style. Love how she's rethought how to use ordinary objects and make them look so pretty in her home.
    Be a sweetie,

  3. It looks beautiful and I absolutely love it that most is thrifted, gifted, and curbside treasures! Great job!


  4. Hi Marty, Thanks for featuring Jeanette. I just love her style, her story, her creativity. She is a wonderful example how to bring beauty from ashes.
    Let's Add Sprinkles

  5. She is very creative. I love the comfortable, warm colored home she made for her children. What a contrast from the first photo.

  6. Marty,
    Jeanette was a great choice to feature. I have gotten to know Jeanette in Blog Land and she is as sweet as her blog. She is courageous and has over come a lot to make a beautiful home for herself and her family. I love her style. So happy she has given her self "permission to nest" she has the perfect nest.

  7. Wow Marty, I'm so glad you shared Jeanette with us today. Impressed would be an understatement! She is my kinda gal and I'm going to head over to her site next so I can start following her!
    Marie@The Interior Frugalista

  8. Jeanette has done such a fabulous job of creating a very comfy, cozy, fresh and light living room!! Looks like such a happy place for family and friends to hang out. Love all of her creativity and repurposing!
    Mary Alice

  9. What a lovely room, Marty! I admire the waI y she has shopped her own home, thrift stores, etc., to give it a fresh look. Smart lady is Jeanette! I purchased the spring issue of Artful Blogging, a favorite publication, a couple of weeks ago. Dore at Burlap Luxe is a contributor to this issue, as well and her article is great, tool. This was a really good post, Marty!

  10. Oh Marty, Jeanette's LR is wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing not only her style but also a small part of her story! I had not heard of Artful Blogging Magazine so it is something I'm going to need to be on the lookout for! Blessings, Cindy

  11. Love her house, Marty! And how she's brought it together.

  12. Marty, I'm so grateful for being able to share our living room at your place! Thanks so much for having me over!


  13. Whoa. You’re always beautiful Marta just like the living room, I see today! I admit that the table is not just an ordinary, but I find it amazing! Looks like a pirate chest, beautiful and classy!

    Sebastian of
    Gazebo and Bali Hut Super Store

  14. Such a pretty room - my favorite cozy, cottage style.

  15. Marty, I'm so glad to see you featured Jeanette's living room! I love it. Cozy, collected, and friendly. Thanks, Jeanette for sharing with us!

  16. Jeannette is truly and inspiration...her living room is so very beautiful and filled with wonderful things and great ideas!

  17. Jeanette is such a sweetie, and I love her style! Great feature :)

  18. What an amazing space. Using what you have and making it work. Thanks for sharing at TTF!

  19. Hi Marty,
    I fell in lové with Jeanette after sharing the shame Artful Blogging magazine when we both were featured in the same issue and a typo of printing her last name as mine with our banners. Her humble home is a delight to see, it so reminds me of me at one time living young on my own and creating with what one has, while working my way through school and living out my passion.
    Does her home just not display the best in gathering and collecting pieces that lives so charmingly in her cottage.
    I love this post and Jeanette touches our hearts.

    Thank you for including her in your post.