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I love pillows and that’s a fact.  They can instantly take something drab like my living room and totally transform the look and feel of it with just a few of them.  Playing around with pillow arrangement takes time until you can get the perfect placement.  Such is the case with the couple of tries it took me to get my pillows looking as springy and as cohesive as I’d like.  So let’s look at the before, first.  Don’t fall asleep, now.

Okay now, here’s where I started bringing in the pillows after my first shopping trip.  I definitely wanted the brown pillows in because that’s the color of my rug and all of my old pillows…lol.  This arrangement just didn’t really gel together for me.  The brown really brought everything down and it seemed disjointed. 

So I went to this…

and it was definitely way too bright and juvenille for my tastes.  Great for someone else but for me it felt like someone else’s living room.  I needed to bring it down to earth a bit more but I was totally stumped as to how I was going to do that with the pillows I had.  So I shopped for some more and found two that I loved and felt would give me the balanced, bright yet still sophisticated look that I was going for and bam…now I’m happy. 

I love all of the texture and the frill and it’s brought together with the neutral tones that I didn’t want to lose.  My couch and my rug still seem like a part of the equation but this is definitely not the boring living room of old.  So pillows, done…but more decorating to go.  It definitely is starting to feel like Spring in my apartment.  What do you think?  Which was your favorite?

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Thank you to those who shamed me on and offline for my bland living room.  I’m getting it together a little more quickly than I thought.  Maybe I can bang something out before I lose steam.  I’m still looking for art and waiting for a bench that someone doesn’t want to seem to give back to me…ANYWAY, if you know any good/cheap art spots to peep let me know. 

Here’s a sneak peak of some things that I’ve bought and then some things I’m thinking about.   Like Meg (who has a great blog), I don’t believe in spending googobs of money for this.  What do you think?   Props to TamStyles (another great blog) on the Ebay pillow seller.  I am having a hard time finding a nice orange print pillow as strong as this pink one shown below.  Help!

So, my apartment is basically a blank slate.  I’ve been contemplating forever and a day about what curtains to hang up and I want something bright and cheery that will bring some color into my muted, earthy palette.  I fell in love with Etsuko Furuya’s Bird To Hang fabric and just knew it would be take my decor over the edge.  Then I looked at the price tag…I’m not gonna be able to do it (c) Double XX Posse.  It’s around $17 bucks per yard and I wouldn’t even want to pay the price to make a pillow out of it…LOL! 

Anyway, I lamented a bit, felt all sorry for myself and would sometimes take a look at the pattern to try to convince myself that it was worth the price.  Well I’m surely not there yet but I found the next best thing…if I can’t put it in my living room, why not put it on my shoulder.  Where else did I find these lovely, handmade creations but Etsy.  Enjoy!

Oh and a peak at my blank slate.  Someone please shame me into actually doing something about this…lol.

I like to update my bedding in the Fall and then the Spring for a change of scenery so of course I’m browsing Hautelook and I see a bunch of nice bold duvet sets for only $60.  In my mind, I’ve already bought all of these.  Back here in reality land, I don’t need it but maybe you do!  All bedding by City Scene and the full/queen sets are the previously-mentioned low price of $60 and the kings are the same price.  Enjoy! 

I love these pillows on sale at Pottery Barn but how much more fab would they have been if the JOY pillow was instead a SOUL pillow??!!  Okay, I’m over it but I’m saying.  Anyway, Pottery Barn is having a hell of a sale so check the rest of the stuff out.   Oh and these pillows are only $15.

Okay, not really but this rug is calling me like Pookie to crack rocks.  I love the texture and in decor I’m so addicted to browns.  It looks so soft I really would give some thought to rolling around on it in the buff.  Anyway, you’ll see more of these posts because I just moved and I need to whip my apartment into shape!

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I would definitely like to go back to bed right now. Most likely I’d just plop down and not even move all of these pillows. Wait, I’d need to move these pillows so I can burrow up underneath my covers, pull them to my chin, and sink deep down and drift off into some soft, billowy dreams. Soon. Anyway, yes…this is my bed. And yes, I need all of those pillows. Heehee.