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And speaking of thankful…I want to say thank you to everyone who has ever read Most Lovely Things. Whether it’s for a recipe, a simple DIY project, or for home decor inspiration, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I feel as though I’ve known some of you for 10+ years, others I have “met” only recently. Regardless, I really do appreciate you and I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Adding in layers to make a house a home
Step inside my home and you’ll see right away that I love Serena & Lily. Our home is mostly gray and cream and every shade of black and white. While the interior is all done in neutrals, the textures and different fabrics provide warmth that we all want people to feel when they enter our homes. Getting a new rug gave me an idea to look at my room in layers. I removed everything with the exception of the large furniture and the art. I then added in the “layers.”
Living Room/entryway Before
Getting a new rug from Serena & Lily was the perfect excuse to take everything out of the room and then add it back in layers. Once the room was cleared of pillows, plants, objects, lighting…it gave me a clearer picture of what needed to be edited and what needed to be brought in, like new plants.
Start with Rugs
We love the Banff rug from Serena & Lily. It’s neutral in color, but has texture and pattern that is just what our room needed. The rug from our New Canaan home was the wrong size. I didn’t mind bare floors in the summer, but now that we are heading into winter, I very much wanted to warm up this room with rugs. We used the round jute rug from Madeline’s room under the Saarinen table with the Louis Ghost chairs. Since the table and chairs are modern, mixing in a bohemian jute rug really softened that corner. We used the round wood board from Terrain and a wood stool from Ikea to soften the look as well.
A round jute rug softens the modern table and chairs
Add in things like baskets that serve a purpose. This small one holds extra computer and phone chargers for anyone that wants to work in this corner.
Layer in baskets, pillows, plants & books
Probably the best and least expensive way to add “life” to a room is to bring in real plants. I never understand why people use fake plants. I mean I guess its personal preference, but real plants add to having a healthy home, fake plants add nothing. I buy most of my plants at Home Depot. You have to shop around a bit and find a good one, because not all Home Depots have the same source. Whenever I’m in Fairfield, I stop at the Home Depot and I always find a gorgeous, good size plant for around $25. Smaller plants like ferns and even Maiden Hair ferns are around $15. To keep my plants healthy, I use a moisture meter and water once a week as needed. I have a couple that require water twice a week, but for the most part, it’s just water once a week and fertilize once a month at the most. I clean leaves and spray the soil when I water with Thieves Household Cleaner. I talk more about that in this post. I’ve never had inspects, but this may be the thing that keeps them away.
I usually use what I have in my yard or clippings foraged on a walk, but once in awhile it’s a treat to have a small bunch of fresh flowers. Black and white anemones are obviously my favorite.
Tip for keeping your fresh cut flowers, fresher longer…
- Trim the leaves below the water line to prevent bacteria.
- Cut the stems everyday just a tiny bit and put in fresh, cold water.
- When using a wide mouthed vessel like this one, tie the stems with kitchen twine and your single bunch of flowers will look fuller.
- Add a drop of Purification Essential Oil to the water to keep the water clear and fresh.
Add hooks by the door to create an entryway
The first thing we do in almost every house is add hooks near every door. Even if you have a coat closet, it’s so much easier to hang your coat, hat and bag on a hook. It can easily get out of hand and needs to be edited and sorted every week, but it’s way better than tossing them on a chair, no matter how many coats and hoodies end up on the hooks.
A console table, a mirror and Cooper Stools
Opposite the wall with the hooks we have a console table to sort of designate this area as the entry way. We do not have formal foyer, but by using furniture that is typically found in an entry, it makes it appear that we have one. The Cooper stools fit neatly under our console and can be easily moved around as needed. We have a bowl where everyone drops their keys and a bench that can also be moved as needed. We often use it on the porch as a table in the summer.
Add a triangle of lighting
Lighting is one of the most important aspects of a room. It’s what gives a space that hygge feeling. Overhead lighting with the exception of a chandelier or pendant is way too harsh and never in the right spot. Serena & Lily has a beautiful selection of lighting from floor lamps, table lamps to pendants and chandeliers. Imagine your space with three lamps that give a warm glow in the space of a triangle. I use the Harrington Floor lamp that can give as much or as little light as we need with two bulbs and a hi-low switch. On the console table, the Brass Ring lamp and a small Ion lamp from Schoolhouse Electric on the book shelf.
Coming soon. . . Brent shot a video of the room coming together from rolling out the rugs to adding in the layers. The pillows, throws, plants, books, objects, and lighting. We are just waiting on tech support. (Either Madeline or Patrick to help edit the videos and put into one)!
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