Well, I'm glad I showed you an update on my vegetable garden just the other day because we got a HUGE thunderstorm that rolled in at 3:30 AM last night that left my garden looking rather mangled. I think it will all spring back, but it is surely in no photogenic state! I do have a little ripe cucumber that looks like it will be ready to be picked in the next day or so. I'm very excited about that.
Here I go making an awkward transition from gardens to living rooms. I hope you'll stay with me. I've been making some small tweaks to my living room decor. Here's what our living room has looked like since we moved in 2.5 years ago.
I still love the blues, greens and browns. But, the rug was starting to get to me. I'm discovering that I'm the type of person that needs variety and needs it often. I kept feeling like the rug was hindering me from changing out the pillows, accessories, etc. because it was hard to coordinate with.
So, I guess a couple of months ago I just came to the conclusion that I would remove the rug altogether and maybe save my pennies and purchase a more neutral one for the living room. I picked out some fabrics online that coordinated with our room colors, but not necessarily the rug, that I used for pillow covers. I bought fabrics that we will use for spring/summer pillows and another set that we will use for fall. I'll just show you the spring/summer ones now. And, when I redecorate in the fall I'll show you the others.
I used a very simple tutorial for pillow covers - adding an extra 1/2 inch to each side to accommodate the "edging." I ended up having a few old pillows in the house that I could recover, so there was no need for pillow inserts. Here are the spring/summer pillows. The fabric is Amy Butler's Lime Tree Peony and Full Moon Polka Dot:
Here is the new room (minus a rug):
After Jesse got over the initial shock of a lack of rug in the living room (I happened to remove it one evening while he was away, which resulted in him waking me up at 3 AM when he got home to discuss it) and after he made fun of me for sewing 10 pillows covers in one week (which cluttered the living room and dining room tremendously for a long time) he seems to like the change too. Whew.