Inspiration – Window Seat

I happen to be reading a lot these days, which makes natural light my new best friend and one thing that I miss a lot in my home these days is – a window seat! Yes, really, I seriously need one. And when I explore different inspiring ideas on Pinterest, it seems there is nothing in the world easier than that – Push a bench or day bed against a window, throw on a mattress, add a pretty cover and stalk it with pillows! Viola!

Inspiration for window seat in home

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Even a loveseat can do the job in the most certain manner! Having a fancy built-in could be ideal but what if you don’t feel like spending that much or maybe you couldn’t afford, or even you just want a simple set up that could be easily moved to another place at another point of time…? I  mean who knows, there could be so many reasons for not having an expensive installation; like being in a rental maybe. In that case, I believe the best option is finding ways of making a temporary arrangement and not having a fixed installation, like a loveseat. It can be made look pretty as anything!

Inspiration for window seat in home

Better Homes and Gardens

Inspiration for window seat in home

Better Homes and Gardens

Decorating and adding accessories like a small book case or an end table to house your current read and your coffee are like a matter of time. The space would grow organically with time depending upon the use and need of the nook. But the point is it should be useful and happy to your heart’s content and even if you’re going to have an idea of your own, there is plenty of inspiration to accompany along the way.

Inspiration for window seat in home

Better Homes and Gardens

Inspiration for window seat in home

House of Turquoise

Inspiration for window seat in home

Better Homes and Gardens

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Cottage Style: How to Make it Yours

Happy weekend! Hope you have a wonderful one. Its another Friday and there are two sweet days before Monday. Weekends are such great times to wind down – they are meant to be so, right? But while you unwind, did you enjoy reading about cottage style this week (?) – I enjoyed a lot writing about it, and learning too because there was so much researching, brainstorming and light-bulb-thinking involved and it was fun. It sparked so much inspiration in me and gave me confidence to learn more about design and try sharing ideas that are inspire me at the moment. Anyway, in case you haven’t, do go back to find out a little more about what I shared about designing like a cottage this week; how it inspired, what elements make it come to life, the pretty colors involved and then why in the first place it works. There are so many variations and inspiring ideas that could be used in decorating a country home to make it your personal style – but have you ever thought, it could be the other way around as well. Yes, like any other style, it too can be mixed up with your personal style and give a new unique look to your home; a home that reflects you.

So, today, as the last post of this series, I would gather up a few simple things that can be done to make cottage-like feel at home.

Decorating with cottage style

Start with what you have. Don’t let that old dresser of your mom’s go if you don’t want to because it could still be of some use and make a statement in your home to make you proud in front of your guests. A weathered piece (and it could be anything that you love, if at all you love it) can create a lot of character and still serve in the best way it can.

Decorating with cottage style

Make seating more comfortable. A cottage usually has furniture that looks bulky and large but it’s more comfortable than anything. And that really needs to be comfortable anyway because you’re going to spend hours sitting there watching TV, reading books, chatting with friends or just be busy doing nothing. Even the look of a comfortable couch when you enter can relax half of your nerves. Try it!

Decorating with cottage style

Embrace botanicals. Bring spring in. Flowers and botanicals play such an important role in making your home feel like a home. Have you ever wondered that? A room that has live plants or flowers or even art-prints of them can make everything in the room smile and say hello. I believe that a room that has a pretty vase of flowers or plants is never empty even if there is nobody in there.

Decorating with cottage style

Make friends with warm woods. White looks great too, and wicker is a winner in cottage style, but the warmth and elegant feel that warm woods can create has its own charm. If you’re not a fan of warm wood furniture, then try using it in small doses. It adds character and texture to a room and looks good in small spaces.

Decorating with cottage style

Let florals make home. Cottage style is known for pretty feminine floral fabrics, and I just love them. Use fabrics in small scale or stripes in soft colors to create a feel of a cottage in your home. The best thing about fabrics is you don’t have to stick to them for long. Slip-covers, cushions, kitchen curtains; they can be changed according to your taste and style.

Decorating with cottage style

Texture up with natural elements. A few wicker baskets for magazines in the living, a rustic piece of art or an unpainted kitchen island can do the job. Anything that is closer to nature can warm up the home at once and look perfect. Just blend it in with other elements and let it become a part of whole look.

Decorating with cottage style

Decorating with cottage style

Display your best pieces. This is my favorite part – open shelves and built-in book cases! They are so much fun if you use them your way. Display things that you have a connection with – they are meant to house things that resonate with you; books, art, pictures and nevertheless, how convenient open shelves are. That’s why they are becoming more and more popular in other design styles as well. Putting up things that you use daily and need them to be at an arm’s length, it makes life easier (just in case you’re lazy).

Decorating with cottage style

Go casual. Country homes are usually decorated with a casual look. While being clean and well organized; they are just not filled up with expensive crystals and accessories. They have simple things that are mainly inspired by nature; yet it shows that these homes are loved.

Decorating with cottage style

Do what you love. At the end of the day, its your home, your life, your style. It should reflect you and not what others think. Everyone is unique and so should be their home. Do in whatever way you love to decorate your home; make it happy, pretty and comfortable. Mix in styles in what way you like; just go slow. Follow your instinct and listen to your heart; and your home will love you back.

Decorating with cottage style

Images: Better Homes and Gardens

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A small living room to love

Hello all! I spotted this living room last week and I had to share it. This cutest-of-all space is owned by Brittany Robertson who also runs a lifestyle blog and is a lover of all things charming. I’m really impressed by the way she used every inch of this space.

Pretty small living room designed with style and functionality

Ever since I saw this simple and elegant living room featured in Style Me Pretty Living, I just loved it! It has both style and functionality packed in a small square space. Just in time when I’m gathering up ideas and inspiration for our own living room; and you guessed it, its a square too, and that too by the window (welcome natural light), calling for a redo job!

Living rooms are the busiest in the house, whose isn’t? And they are super multifunctional with just about everything happening in there, which makes it really important to design them that way but it sometimes become a little tricky to make everything fit in a small space while making them stylish too. Here’s where inspiration comes into play.

Pretty small living room designed with style and functionality

Pretty small living room designed with style and functionality

Pretty small living room designed with style and functionality

I dream of a small and sophisticated living room in neutral tones and soft blue and grey, with little and subtle pops of color carefully used around the space. But most of all, it’s the ease in traffic, flexible seating and smart storage solutions that I care. Well, what can you say, it’s living room where living happens all day and even when the architecture allows, you can keep track of all other happenings around the house from there. Even better.

Pretty small living room designed with style and functionality

Pretty small living room designed with style and functionality

Pretty small living room designed with style and functionality

Images courtesy: Oh My Dear Blog

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