Helloooo Friends! Glad you made it here…Even if you are quiet…even if you are in your pj’s…are you sipping on a hot drink? Made myself a chai tea with hot milk and sprinkled cinnamon on top yesterday. De-lish! Inspired by The Cottage Nest. Mom, are you still drinking chai tea every night?Welcome to my Homespun Country Cottage Living Room! This is my first “official” Interior Styling with Professional Photographers…I collaborated with Piepereit Productions and Annetta Bosakova on this project. It was a lot more work than any of the other Styling Shoots I’ve done this year. I learned sooo much! The above “Home” embroidery (on the front door) was crafted with love by Annetta
We’ve been renting the last 5 years or so and even though it’s been hard to move so many times (4 times in 5 years!), I sure do get to work on my decorating and styling skills. For this room, I was highly inspired by Selina Lake’s Homespun Style.
A few sources…cozy rug from Home Depot, Shear Curtains from Target, cow quilt pillow from a garage sale…Coffee Table built by my husband at Dream Garden Woodworks and painted by my homemade Chalk Paint. Annetta really helped with the styling of the “close-ups.” She was so kind to travel all the way from the Seattle Area to help Style and Photograph. Yankee Candle and oversize teacup from TJ Max. Slippers from Walmart.The embroidery, which I begged off my sister in-law is 100 years old. LOVE it!! Fielding, who was the lead photographer, asked…”did you know there is purple tape showing??” (on the pumpkin botanical print) he he! Yes!! Washi Tape. I always like the trend when it’s just at the end of “trending.” I used “washi” tape in my styling because it’s easy and cute…I took out a lot of black framed pictures. (however, the truth is the washi tape I bought did not stick very well and everything kept coming down…so maybe tack in first and then cover with the cute washi tape)
Annetta and I collected the flowers for the bouquets (including this one) from around our neighborhood and at the Park. My friend T opened my eyes to clipping “free” flowers around town…on empty lots, church parking lots, abandoned houses, just along the road. Genius, right? In all my Styling Shoots this year I’ve never paid for flowers! (the cute pumpkin homemade by me! tutorial HERE!)
The above globe is from TJ Maxx. For this shoot I incorporated a lot of TJ Maxx products. However, much of the furniture and accessories are just second hand, from thrift stores or garage sales and re-purposed.
Simplicity is beautiful…don’t you think? (End Tables and wooden boxes in Entertainment Center: Dream Garden Woodworks.)
I was telling Annetta that I wanted women to believe that their house doesn’t have to be modern or up-dated to be beautiful. And that’s how I choose to believe. Yes, these images are “Sunday Best” and my home does not look like this everyday and I don’t usually “Style” my life. However, we don’t need to feel like we have to keep up with Pinterest or all the latest trends. That is impossible! And sometimes we have to be content with what we have. Gold doorknobs, gold ceiling fans and orange kitchen cabinets are growing on me because it’s what I have and I’m working with it and not against it… Do you feel like you have to up-date your house all the time? Do you always feel discontented? That’s not what I want to happen to you while you are here! Please be encouraged, your space can be beautiful with a little cleaning, maybe some re-purposed junk, and some “roadside” flowers
Stay tuned for Part 2! and check back more often because I’ve got several more Country Cottage Living “Styling” shoots to share…