feeling blue


i was feeling the need to change things up a bit recently in our living room.  usually i just shop the house and repurpose things i already have, but give it new life in a new space, or pair it with something unusual.  but this time, target stepped in with those tempting red tags.


i have never really done navy in my house before, but something about summertime seems to open up the nautical avenue, and navy was calling my name!

i found these navy, gold and white ikat pillows at target (the one in the back, far left) on clearance for under $10, then i also had a discount on my cartwheel app.  so i got these pillows for about $8 each!  i already had the gold dot burlap pillow that i had made for christmas, and i found the navy stripe lumbar pillow at our new home goods in town.


i’ve been wanting a pouf for awhile, but i never wanted to pay the price.  the solution?  steal one.  ok, so that wasn’t going to work (they’re way to big, duh), so i saw this one on a huge discount – i think it was around $25!  it was really important to me that the cover could be removed and cleaned, so thank goodness this has a zipper underneath to remove it.  because you know it will get dirty.


i pulled a navy globe down from our kitchen cabinet collection, and an atlas i got from my in-laws’ house.  simple.  clean.


i love the weathered wood coffee table my dad and i made with the crispness of the navy – i’m a big fan of contrasts when it comes to decorating.


this little lumbar pillow is an outdoor pillow that was also on clearance at target – i did really good that day ;)  or bad, depending on how you look at it.


the trie dye pillows were clearances as well.  those are super trendy, but i still love them!


 and the antlers because… they’re antlers.  i still love the organic form of them and the funky twist they add in all decor situations.


 i have a bunch of beautiful dark wood picture frames from silas’ old room that i’m thinning about swapping out on the photo shelves still.  we’ll see!


colorful front porch


my front porch had begun to get a bit neglected, so i decided it was time to spruce it up!  its a good thing we have really mild weather through summer and fall, so we’ll have plenty of time to enjoy our porch.


the pillows before were all covered with pastel vintage pillow cases but i was ready for a bit more color.  i bought the sold colored pillows from world market (for 40% off!), and made the black and white pillow cases with some left-over fabric from my previous business, and the coral floral pillows are from towels that i had been hoarding for a bit.


the pink & orange lattice pillow was also on sale from world market.  the porch bed mattress is just covered in a twin sized fitted sheet.  when it gets too stained or undamaged, i just replace it with another cheap one.


 buying a rug large enough to fit under the porch bed was going to be pretty pricey, so i decided to go with 2 less expensive rugs, also on sale from world market (i happened to go in the right day!).  these are the ones made from recycled plastic and can just be hosed clean.


 here’s to many afternoons lounging on the porch, with a magazine in hand, sipping on a mommy drink!

(click here to take a look at our porch a couple summer’s ago, and how we made the porch bed)