Cottage Living Room TourFriday, February 13, 2015
One of my goals this year is to share more on my blog. More fashion, fitness, food and lifestyle, more home and gardening... And tons more photos! Basically having fun as often as possible and sharing life with you fine people!
There's just something I love about browsing photos of people's homes on blogs and watching home tour videos on YouTube. You get to see the real deal, the lived-in look, a peek into someone's everyday dwelling and all the little things that reflect their personality within that space.
When filming our living room tour video last month, I took lots of photos, so I decided to compile them into a living room "gallery" on the blog.
So here's a look at our little cottage living room.
It's somewhere between a sunroom with a breakfast nook, a posh coffee bar with unlimited wifi, and a yoga retreat within a business office. It's very much tailored to what we do on a daily basis.
This tufted linen love-seat is from Ross. The bench seat opens and it has a good amount of storage space inside.
Fun fact, Michael has never been fond of large sofas or sectionals, his preference is small scale sleek, modern and visually lightweight furniture. Though I wouldn't mind finding a slightly larger sofa. If I found one at the right price that was sleek and white or a light neutral, I'm sure he would give me the go-ahead to upgrade.
But we both love this piece and would still definitely keep it.
The sweater pillows are a DIY that Michael sewed, I tell you, he is so darn crafty! The faux Mongolian fur pillow is from Kmart.
This set of mirrored cube lamps are from Ross. The end tables are actually white faux leather ottomans from Amazon, they're super firm so they worked out great as "end tables".
Currently we have this cream and greige chevron print storage ottoman (from Ross) multitasking as our "coffee table" and extra storage space for Michael's chess set.
I've been wanting a clear lucite or acrylic coffee table forever but unfortunately no company (not even Amazon) would ship one to us. Sigh... Hawaii is awesome but you miss out on a lot of things living outside the Continental US, home furnishings is one of them.
This white faux leather ottoman tray with silver nailhead trim was a DIY. My gardening book is from MFOL (Maui Friends Of The Library). That's where we purchase most of our books, best prices on the island!
The bronze and crystal curtain rods are from Ross. I like that they add a touch of contrast to our otherwise white/linen monochromatic space. But I would've been just as happy with white or silver rods, it just turned out that these were the best quality I had come across.
We love the look and function of layered curtains or window treatments. On each window, we have four panels of white sheer curtains from Walmart. The sheers allow plenty of light in the room without sacrificing your privacy.
These extra long linen curtains are 96 inches. We have four panels on each window. They were a score at $18.99 a set in Ross. Linen curtains can cost a small fortune, even in the regular length panels. So knowing I'd probably never see that deal on 96 inchers come into our Ross again, I bought all that they had, 8 sets (2 panels in each set) and we were able to do our bedroom windows as well.
I can't ever go back to regular length curtains, we love the pooling effect on the floor too much! It really does add a luxurious feel.
The glass/chrome bistro table and white faux leather bar stools are from Amazon. Michael had been wanting a bistro table since we moved into this cottage. He wanted it specifically in front of this window, so he could look out over the garden, watch the sunrise and sip his morning coffee. He spotted this one online and loved it, so I ordered it for him as a surprise and he was totally stoked when it arrived. You can now find him perched here every morning.
Meet Lolita, my white Phalaenopsis Orchid. Her orchid pot is from Walmart. Though ceramic pots look lovely, for the sake of the orchid I prefer clear plastic containers, drilled with extra aeration holes and then placed in decorative ceramic pots. I can make a separate blog post on my orchids in the near future.
This set of coasters and matching box was a DIY. I used foam board, white faux leather fabric, silver/crystal beaded trim from the fabric store and a hot glue gun, super easy!
This chandelier is a DIY from my "DIY Room Decor Ideas" video on YouTube.
What's behind door #2? An AC unit that was determined to dominate the room with it's ugly... Until I extended the curtain rod to cover that thing up. It made such a huge difference in the room! Thankfully we now only have to look at it when it's actually in use.
The reclaimed wood mirror is a DIY from our "DIY Weathered Wood Leaning Floor Mirror" video.
Michael built a set of mirrored cube accent tables, love them!
A few winter decor items that I enjoy having out during this time of year. An Austrian crystal mirrored tray and hurricane (from Ross) with a vanilla scented flameless candle (Costco), vanilla creme scent diffuser reeds (from Pier 1 Imports) and a mirrored container with a natural vanilla room spray I'm using up. Kinda have a thing for vanilla lol. And during summer it's coconut-vanilla! ;)
The ghost chair and white faux fur ottoman are from Ross. The silver sequin pillow and faux sheepskin pelt are DIY's from my "DIY Room Decor Ideas" video.
This weathered wood and silver nailhead trim magazine crate is from Ross.
The legs on this ottoman were originally black but I spray painted them French Beige by Rustoleum (Satin).
We both work quite a bit from home and like to keep our desk and main computer in the living room.
Michael is truly the sweetest thing, almost everyday he picks me roses from our garden.
This smart phone holder is a DIY from my "DIY Vanity/Desk Top Organizer Ideas" video.
The ghost chair is from Ross and the faux sheepskin pelt is a DIY. (Deja Vu! Indeed, we have a set of two ;)
Our glass top desk is from Office Max.
This wall art is a DIY project that Michael and I made together. We call it... Del Nova. Do you really want to hear this story? Probably not but since we're both here, let's talk about it.
So as I layed out the mosaic design, I envisioned a sun bursting with solar flares or a supernova. When it was finished, I asked Michael what he thought we should name it. I was thinking "Supernova" ....He was thinking "Del Taco" ...A gringo style Mexican fast food chain? I agree they have tasty green burritos and their logo is in fact a sun. But. I can't name wall art after them. So we compromised with "Del Nova". ;)
On the right is a cube shelf by Closet Maid, purchased at Lowes. We keep paperwork filed in the fabric drawers and we have books and other items here.
This is the second mirrored cube from the set that Michael built. Right now I just have a couple of books stacked on top temporarily. Feng Shui and Orchids.
This is Lolita's friend, another white Phalaenopsis Orchid.
A large Austrian crystal hurricane (from Ross) with a flameless candle (from Costco).
The acrylic tissue holder is from Amazon. I never thought I could love a tissue box this much. It brings a tear to my eye :') ...and can wipe them away too.
This is one of my paintings, White Lotus. Inspired by our travels through India in 2013.
This cabinet was $25 at Habitat For Humanity's, The Restore.
The sweater candles are a DIY.
We keep our remotes in this silver beaded box (from Ross), it's handmade in India.
These tea light/votive candle holders are from Ross.
The remotes we have operate the lamps and flameless candles.
So there's our little cottage living room! It fits our day-to-day lifestyle really well and we hope you enjoyed the tour!