In the winter I was experimenting with how to set up our new house. An art and writing area, a music and reading area, and a sitting area took up separate sections of the old living room. Then my classes started and I needed to be able to seat ten people comfortably and have a bigger conversation area. The living room was rearranged again. Now I am looking at having my family over for Thanksgiving dinner and entertaining for the holidays. I will need a place for the Christmas tree (I know, I know, it’s not even Halloween…) and I wanted the seating area to surround the wood stove for cozy nights with a delicious book and a cup of hot chocolate. Add to that I wanted to display my medicines for when customers come by, and have a place for all of my plants so I tapped into my inner Martha Stewart and spent the day redecorating!
Faux fur rugs and gold toned throw pillows cozy up the velvet futon which reclines to become a double bed for guests.
On the other side of the wood stove the love seat sits. A colorful sofa cover and earth toned throw pillows set a comfy space to play the guitar or have a drink. Guess what is behind the cow painting? The television! Wish I would have thought of it years ago. I am always trying to hide that thing!
I knew our life transitioned into a new stage when I agreed to buy matching recliners. To me, recliners are the ugliest things ever and I swore I’d never have them in the house. (They are awfully comfortable though…)
There wasn’t room for the coffee table in front of the recliners so I made it into a stand for my farmer’s market kit of medicines. Games, movies, and music are stored on the bottom shelf of the coffee table.
Books are always at the ready and Maryjane’s books are easy to reach for when she comes to visit. A set of old doors creates drama, and my lovely grandfather clock adds charm. My collection of Native art and my feathers adorn the shelves.
The table is closer to the front door than the kitchen now but I have more space to expand the table here. I can roll the giant aloe plant to the corner and add another table in here to accommodate more guests.
My desk is an old sewing machine table and it can be rolled into the bedroom when it’s time to add a Christmas tree after Thanksgiving.
I didn’t spend a penny on this redecorating day and it only took a few hours. The house feels cozy and the pumpkins and colors add an autumnal spirit. Twinkly lights are always in order for a charming home. Wishing you a beautiful season filled with warmth and family and home.