living room updates

burlap+blue home

Looking back over my home tour page, I’m amazed at how much things have changed over the last year or so. We’ve recently made some big changes in our living room, and I’m excited to share some new images today…

living room

home tour

After many wonderful years, it was time to say good-bye to my stenciled china cabinet. It’ll always have a special place in my heart, but we needed something with a bit more storage space. Fortunately, I found a sweet girl, who also happens to be a blog reader, who was so excited to welcome it into her home. She even sent me pictures of a couple of days later, and I loved seeing how much she loves it.

living room

lidded baskets

We replaced it with this Ballard Designs sideboard, added a few baskets, and this armchair which we found for a steal from Wayfair.

pottery barn pillow

The pillow is from Pottery Barn, and the teal throw is a Target find. I love both, but, if you look closely, you can see how two kids can wreak havoc on anything with pom poms attached…

pottery barn pillow

My kids gravitate towards all pillows and throws, so I should’ve known better.

home tour

burlap+blue room

blogger home tour

We have a half wall separating our kitchen from our living room where we put a console table filled with baskets (naturally), books, and other odds and ends.

blogger home tour

living room

blogger home tour

I’ll do a post soon on some of my favorite design/inspirational books, but here’s three in case you just can’t wait :)

Thanks for reading!


    

picture rail molding {updated}

Yesterday, I shared some picture rail molding inspiration, and today, I want to share my own updated picture rail wall…

picture rail

picture rail

picture rail

I replaced the black ribbon I previously used to hang my frames with jute twine for a more natural look. Because the twine is so thin, I was able to easily loop it through the hooks on the back of my frames and hang (the ribbon I had used previously had to be hot glued onto the back of my frames).

picture rail

I positioned the tied end of the jute at the top so it would be visible on my hooks…if you want a cleaner look, just position your knot at the bottom and hang with the looped end of the twine.

With a mixture of white, gray and brown frames, all with white mats, the picture rail ties together the finishes in the room nicely. 

picture rail

picture rail

picture rail molding

Do you have picture rail molding in your home? If not, would you ever try it? I love how I can easily change up the frames/arrangement/art without making new nail holes (important for someone with a short decorating attention span!)

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easy flower arranging with grocery store greenery

Grocery stores aren’t particularly known for their floral-arranging prowess, but, with a little creativity, you can easily take a simple bouquet and turn it into something more. I started with an under-$5 bundle of green and gold (!) stems, and was able to easily stretch it it to fill my entire living room with gorgeous, festive greenery.

grocery store flowers

I started by taking a few of the larger gold stems, and inserting them into this beautiful aqua vase that’s constantly trying to figure out it’s place in my home. It was in our family room for a while, then did a stint on our dining room table, and now it’s taken up residence on our living room console. No matter where it resides, though, these simple gold stems are the perfect casual, whimsical pieces for it!

floral arranging

These grocery store stems also fit perfectly in this decorative wood/glass centerpiece on our dining table. I varied the heights, and added a pop of gold, which brings out the gold in our canvas art perfectly!

grocery flowers

grocery store flowers

There was lots of greenery left over, so I filled a gold glass vase I had on hand, and I love how well it complements all the green in this corner of our living room ♥

What is your favorite way to use grocery store blooms?