Friday, June 10, 2016

Home Tour: #reallifelivingrooms

Welcome! Today I'm linking up with Kelly's Korner for the start of Every Day Real Life Home Tours.  I love this #linkup because of these words from Kelly; "...I also like to just see real life normal homes.  Ones decorated on a budget and by moms of young kids who "can't have nice things" or apartments where single girls live or a retired couple's home.   I always want to just knock on doors of homes in my town and ask if I can have a tour.  I love to see how people live." It's not about perfect or designer, it's just about home, every day. 

Today is the first link up of this series and we're talking living rooms, {click here} to sit down on the virtual couch of living rooms from all walks of life!

I fall into the "single girl in an apartment" category, so my space is small-ish, but perfect for me.  I recently moved and with moving always comes a little rearranging and if you come back here to my home again, you'll see the living is also the dining and the dining is also the living and the living is also the office, and the office is  also the living.  #openconcept :) 
I received this towel as a gift and it is a favorite, know someone who would love it? {click here}
I've had this screen for over 10 years, a random find in an antique store that I couldn't walk away from. It's hung in various places in my home, and currently it's close to the front door, maybe somewhere within me it gives the feeling of a screen door entry. 
So this is my favorite thing about my new place...the sunshine.  When I was moving I thought there weren't many windows in here, until I moved and started living here.  The blinds are typically pushed back, the door open, screen keeping out the bugs and the sun shining in. I've never been one to have to have "everything in place" for someone to come over and if you dropped by this is pretty typical of what you would find when you walked in. The TV tray might have a Yeti full of water or tea, maybe a coffee mug, or nail polish or a book. 
A known favorite when I moved was this built in.  I love books, (and reading books) and bookshelves.  The first load of boxes I brought over were books, 9 boxes of them, and this was one of the first things I unpacked. Which also gave me 9 boxes to immediately re-use. :) 
Other favorite: words.  I have maybe one or two things on my walls that aren't words, but most everything I have hanging is words. I often times just catch one specific quote or verse from these walls and it's just what I need to keep going. Other favorites here are the pics in frames that weave a sweet story of my life. 
Without the sun shining in, this is the living room, including the pillows fluffed. Yes, that is a partridge in a pear tree in June. #allyearlong #noshame The flower pillow is an oldie from Target, and I've seen it in lots of home posts through the years. The TV armoire is a gift from home of one of my besties who was killed in a car accident 2006, and a treasured piece of furniture in my home. Also, I'm not much of a TV watcher, so sometimes the doors will stay closed for a few days, or sometimes I keep them open all the time.
Here's a closer look into the corner...one of my sweet besties gave me this chicken wire frame and it makes me happy with tons of pictures of my family, littles, besties, quote and memories. The blocks below are part of a collection of Kelly Rae Roberts, again, words that matter and inspire and speak truth in this house.  
I picked these nesting tables up on a whim at TJ Maxx a couple of years ago. They are a blue-gray color and don't really "match" anything, but "go", and I love them. The toy box awaits a new friend in this house after losing my sweet Barney
I switched from a real coffee table to an ottoman with tray a few years ago too, mainly due to space. I debate back and forth on getting rid of this oversize chair and ottoman for something different, but I also really like them....  I wrote about stacking books on the tray previously {click here}, magazines and other books come and go on this tray.  
...and books. This is the 3rd table to the nesting set, actually the middle in stacking order, and is perfect for a little side table as the chair/table are out in the middle of the room. The book, "What Do You Do With An Idea" was a housewarming gift and such a good story. I also keep {fresh flowers} in the vase on this table. 
Thanks for stopping by, see you next time! Stay connected in the meantime on {Instagram} and {Facebook}!
Blessings, 

7 comments:

  1. Looks great! Feels like a very warm, inviting space with lots of personal touches!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by Theresa!

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  2. I love the way you have your word-art all grouped together--they really have such a cool impact in that arrangement with the oar!

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    1. Thank you! The oar was a find from Hurricane Ike clean-up back in 2008, and a favorite on my walls!

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  3. It looks great! I'm an apartment dweller myself, and sometimes it's really hard to decorate a space where you can't do a lot to it! It looks like you've made it your own special place! :)

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    1. Thank you Emily! I may or may not have been charged for "extra nail holes" when moving out.... :)

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  4. Very nice. Feels warm and inviting. I love all of the light that comes in.

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