I carefully arranged the candles and the oil lamps. Fluffed the fur pillows. I hung things on the wall, then took them back down. I took the curtains down. I added a tchotchke, took it out. Peace and serenity is what I desired. I turned the guest room into our bedroom and will turn our bedroom into guest room. Just wanted a change of pace. My beautiful rustic bed frame that didn’t fit in the other room greeted me.
Perhaps it is the two retail shops worth of stuff crammed in my basement. Or perhaps it is the beautiful books I have read about a Nordic lifestyle. Maybe it is the time of year, the cool morning causing the furnace to kick on, the wood stove at the ready. Maybe I am secretly signaling to myself that I need a break. My other room looks like a tornado hit it.
I have too much stuff.
Perhaps I will box some things up and add them to the already daunting pile downstairs. Things I don’t necessarily want to rid myself of, but things that are contributing to the overwhelming feeling of chaos. For the moment, I just take on one area at a time.
I have a Nordic decorating mantra at the moment; Use Natural Elements
Wood, candles, fur (I have opted for faux fur and will risk making polyester extinct), natural elements from the outdoors, simple, sweet, uncluttered, soft, cozy.
Eight dollar plush blankets and a few throw pillows transform the couches from dog bed to lush reading spots. Throw pillows are an inexpensive way to add theme. The blankets can be rolled up when the farm dog comes in and takes his place on the sofa, or they can be washed and a lot wasn’t invested in them.
I placed the couches back to back to create two distinct areas in the l-shaped living room. One faces the television for movie nights and one faces the wood stove along with a few rocking chairs. Kitties placed haphazardly about create a cozy feel. (Oh my gosh, I have a lot of cats.)
Back in my new serene bedroom with hardly anything in it, I used only twinkly lights, oil lamps, and candles to light the room. A rocking chair creates a quiet nook.
Old trunks stand in for side tables.
An old heavy door leans against the wall. I used one of those over-the-door set of hooks to hang sweaters.
I don’t have any window coverings in my house so the interiors are flooded with natural light in the day and at night twinkly lights and candle light rule. Such a blessing to have a home.
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Ah, the pull between cozy and minimal. I sit on that fence, too.
I never thought of it that way, but yes, I cross back and forth constantly!
I’ve been craving this, too, but more of a country cottage theme. Hard to maintain that atmosphere while living in the city.
I live in the city! That is the lovely thing about home, you can make it whatever you wish!
I hope the change was exactly what you needed. I must say I do not miss a woodstove.
I believe it will be!
I loooove the natural elements and comfy blankets/pillows. That seems to be what I start with when I’m putting a space together. Your pictures all look wonderfully cozy! I hope you’re able to breathe deeply and recharge in your newly arranged spaces! ~Linzi Loo
I love my home! Thank you!