Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The Parlor

...ok, so it's really the living room. But I like to call it the parlor just for kicks and giggles : ) Our TV/hang out area is in the guest bedroom, so our living room is the area for pretty. It's my room. The girl room.

It also happens to be the smallest room in our already small apartment. The furniture barely fits. But that makes it very cozy. It's a good thing I like white, bright and airy or it could easily feel claustrophobic, but the white furniture keeps things open.

Candles: Kringle Candle Co. (always white no matter the scent...awesome!)
Lamp: TJ Maxx, Shade: Target

Lavender Topiary: TJ Maxx, Monogram: Anthropologie, Terrarium: Hobby Lobby, Lamp: Target, Shade: Walmart

I apologize for the quality of these pictures. We got a new camera as a wedding gift so my photos were finally not fuzzy...and then my purse was stolen, with the new camera inside, last week. That's a whole saga of its own. I'll spare you all the heartwrenching details, but suffice it to say that having your purse stolen with every identification, financial card, gift card, etc. that you own inside is a terrible ordeal. I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy... except maybe the person who stole it, so they could see how utterly selfish it is.

Annnyway, back to happy things like decorating our living room : ) I was going for a white and linen theme. I used doses of linen on the lampshades, pillows and drapes to temper the bright white of the furniture. I love the soft, lived-in look this creates.

The white slip covers are from Target (online). I never worry about getting something on them because I can just throw them in the wash with some oxyclean whenever necessary.

I have to show you the "before" of the living room so you can get the full effect. It's a different house, but mostly the same furniture.



Coffee Table: JC Penney, Rug: Kohl's, Curtains: Bed Bath and Beyond (online)

See what a difference white slip covers/different accessories make! It's incredible! Ok, taking pictures during the day is also helpful : )

Hope you enjoyed the tour of the parlor!

{live beautifully}

I'm linking with Tuesday's Treasures at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia and Good Life Wednesdays at A Beach Cottage.


  1. Anonymous8/10/2011

    Oh I love everything about your parlour (soooo gonna start calling my living area the parlour too, lol!) I adore the old door and window you've propped against the wall and I your decor is just so pretty. You must love sitting in there with a cup of tea and a good read :)
    You've inspired me, so now I'm following along!
    Cas x

  2. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! The room looks wonderfully beautiful, but also comfy and cozy! I am so sorry about your purse being stolen. That really stinks!

  3. Your parlor room (love the sound of that) looks so great...it's so crisp and cozy...love it. So sorry to hear about your purse being stolen.

  4. Lovely lovely lovely parlor!!!! White makes such a huge difference in a house, doesn't it? LUV it!!! Every inch!

    xoxo laurie

  5. Anonymous8/10/2011

    Cute, cute, cute! Love it!



  6. Wow what a fantastic before and after. I love, love your parlor, glad I found your blog. Following you, looking forward to upcoming posts. Diane

  7. Your white parlor looks great! White makes a room seem a lot bigger than they really are. It looks so cozy and and also very pretty :) Thanks for sharing at Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays.


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