Yesterday, my husband and I spent a few hours at one of my favorite shopping haunts, The Galleria. ( Back in the days when I had a corporate job and made REAL money, I used to do a bit of shopping there. Now, on my teaching assistant's salary, not affordable!).
This mall is very upscale, and includes stores like Tiffany's (yes! THE Tiffany's). This time of year, it's a feast for the eyes, with all the beautiful window displays and decorations.
I stopped by some of my favorite shoppes, and some new ones (sadly, a few of my old favorites are now out of business). The biggest surprise came when I walked into Pottery Barn... wow! they've really outdone themselves this season! I was impressed with the very European "look" to their furniture, their decor, their displays. Lots of taupes, natural linens, a bit of "rustic cottage" and "country bungalow." Even my husband commented on it!
Needless to say, friends, I was inspired! I decided then and there (this is how I usually make my decorating decisions) that I would be re-doing my living room this winter.... a fun project to keep me busy during our 6-month Minnesota winter! We already had on the "to do" list a kitchen renovation project, so adding another room was a natural thing, right?
My shopping for accessories starts TODAY! Yippee! I'm hitting the local, biggest HomeGoods store ever... pillows and throws in taupes, creams, chocolate brown maybe? Some "rustic cottage" accessories... We'll see what's out there. (I actually started last night, when I picked up some paint chips/samples at Home Depot... the mantle wall will become my "accent" wall.)
Here are some pics I took to help me remember exactly WHAT triggered my inspiration...
LOVE LOVE LOVE these great big pinecones!!! (not so affordable at $10 a pop! are they crazy?)
The lantern filled with holiday greenery was beautiful... I have one almost exactly like this on my porch which I'll bringing inside and using as a table centerpiece...
(another crazy expensive thing we say: "fake" snow for $42 a bag!!!)
The photo does not do justice to this room display... I currently have very similar basic white furniture in my living room, but it's a "shabby chic" look... well, after looking at this room, I realized I really liked the contrast of whites with darker woods. However, I like more of a "distressed" look to my woods, not so much country... but you get the idea. Our living area is not large and is complicated by the fact that all 4 walls are interrupted (bay window, mantle, 2 doorways), so it's a challenge to get the right furniture placement.
OK... so off to lunch at a friend's house we go... followed by an afternoon of shopping. Can't wait to show you my finds!
HAPPY SUNDAY! STAY WARM (it was 18 degrees here this a.m.!)