Bathroom

FURNITURE

Storage & Vanity

I have a floating wall storage in the bathroom that needed to be supplemented for more storage. I bought a solid wood vanity from Houzz to replace the old standing sink that had no counter space. I couldn't find out the type of wood, but I'm glad it's not made of faux wood, like a lot of the others selling in the market. I noticed that Houzz has a rich variety of vanities than Home Depot and Lowes combined.

LIGHTING

from home depot

ACCESSORIES

liquid soap pump

dispensers

DECOR

Clock/feather/angel wings

angel wings

oil diffuser/feather

candle

Bedroom

FURNITURE

Bed

The bed and the two nightstands are made of acacia wood and match the entertainment center and the buffet. You can still buy the nightstands on Lampsplus and the queen sized bed on Walmart.

Desk

I like to have a desk facing the window. I found a slim refinished desk in one of the local antique shops! It is perfect for the limited space between the window and the bed with enough room to pull out the chair.

Armchair

I had also wanted to add some seating to the bedroom and I found the natural Kubu armchair. I placed it in the corner next to the desk, paired with a low, slim stool.

DECOR

Bedside Lamps

I bought the wider Atrium Glass Table Lamp from Pottery Barn. Currently, they only have Atrium Glass Tall Table Lamp. This is a fillable lamp made of mouth-blown glass. It looks beautiful as it is or filled with your favorite pieces.

Dining Area

FURNITURE

Dining Set

The 60" dining table is distressed, limewashed and made of reclaimed teak wood. I think it goes well with the rest of the acacia wood furniture without being a perfect match. I wanted comfortable, fully upholstered chairs with an option for slipcovers so I could wash them in the case of spills. And I got lucky when I got a good deal in World Market.

I wish to have more seating around the dining table for entertaining but the small area restricts having more chairs. So, I bought two white colored ottomans made of canvas and wood. They would double as seating and storage. One of the ottomans gets regular use as a side table and footstool. I keep the other one out of sight in the closet!

Buffet 

I also bought a Buffet matching the entertainment center, to store and display my glassware and dinner set.

LIGHTING

Above the dining table hangs the pendant light in the dining area that was inspired by the street lamps that were used in the olden days. It goes perfectly with the antique furniture and the seasonal themes inspired by the beautiful outdoors.

DECOR

Table Runner

I decided to buy a white cotton table runner to create a white and beige arrangement in the dining room mimicking the arrangement in the living room. Now, the 82" white cotton table runner from target adorns the dining table. I also liked the linen & cotton throw sold at Houzz.

Centerpiece

I use the mango wood tray to a create seasonal centerpiece for the dining table. This tray was bought from Target.

Buffet Decor

The mirror that rests on the buffet is an old mirror from the bathroom! When I upgraded the bathroom, I decided to put this mirror to good use. I decided to a create a black frame for the mirror to create a symmetry with the TV in the living room that is a couple of meters away from the buffet. Since I have no experience with woodworking and wanted to make something really easy, I decided to create a border with tape! I neatly applied the black tape that I had at home to create an even border. No one so far has been able to tell its a tape 😉

The only figurine that stays out round the year is the angel gifted by a very close friend. I love angel figurines and this was a surprise. It is displayed on the buffet and makes me happy whenever I see it.

Living Area Decor

LIGHTING

I bought a floor lamp from Wayfair that was inspired by the bells at the railway stations. It doesn't take too much of space yet puts out a good amount of light.

RUGS

I had been hunting for a plain jute rug which would be easy on the pocket and storage space. I found one with bright teal print at the World Market for just $150. The reverse side had splotches of print which makes it look antique. This was perfect for the casual, rustic, antique, lived-in feel I was going for! I use this rug for the warmer seasons.

I bought a 5x7 ivory colored rug for cooler seasons. It is plush and adds a touch of sophistication. This rug was bought prior to going organic. A better option would be Flokati Wool Shag Rug for $199 at SuperAreaRugs and for $179.10 at Houzz.

Rug Pad

RugPadUSA has various options for rug pads and you can order in any custom size. They have a great customer service - they helped me out of my confusions on the type of rug pad suitable for my two rugs. I bought the 1/4" rug pad made of recycled felt and natural rubber.

THROW PILLOWS

I needed several throw pillows for my couches for each seasonal theme. Since my couches are long loveseats that are way smaller than a sofa, I wanted to preserve as much space as I could for maximum seating while making them extra comfy and inviting. I decided to go for 16x16 throw pillows. I wanted these pillows to pull together the painting, the accessories, and the furniture! So, I custom designed some of the pillows and found some existing patterns, all on Zazzle. Yes! You can custom design on Zazzle. They sell pillow inserts as well as pillows with zippers. So, if you like to order just the pillow covers and reuse your existing pillow inserts, they will do that for you, but for the same price. I so wish they provided cotton inserts too! They provide pillow covers in polyester as well as cotton. As you know, I always prefer natural materials over synthetic ones, I choose cotton covers.

If you plan to order pillows (with inserts) from Zazzle, do remember, the donation centers do not accept pillow inserts for sanitary reasons. Instead of throwing them away, check with the recycling facilities in your location or better yet, repurpose and reuse them! You can find cruelty-free and eco-friendly kapok pillow inserts in limited sizes on Coyuchi and buck wool pillow inserts in a variety of sizes on WhiteLotusHome.

THROWS

I bought the eco-friendly and cruelty-free Alpaca Fringe Throw from Coyuchi. This is a very soft and light throw; good for summers and light cold. Coyuchi is dedicated to creating items that are natural and sustainable.

I have an old faux fur throw by Pottery Barn, which is not eco-friendly. But since I plan to use my old items till I don't get bored of it or it becomes old and unusable. I searched for some eco-friendly throws. Here are two options - fur throw, currently for $1,799.98 and eco-friendly wool throw for $40.

DECOR

Wall Clock

The Pocket Wall Watch with stylized black Roman numerals from Pottery Barn inspired by antique English pocketwatch hangs above the floor lamp. You can either place it on the easel or hang it on a wall.

Plants

To keep the indoor air happy, I kept in one corner, a happy plant (Dracaena Fragrans ‘Massangeana’) potted in a rustic whitewashed antique looking pot.

Living Area Furniture

I decided to go step by step to create a seasonal theme - furniture, soft furnishings & non-seasonal decor and, finally the details to create a seasonal theme. Let's start with the furniture.

Seating

My couches from Target are nine years old but still sturdy and comfy. They are the perfect size for our small living area. They are longer than most loveseats and smaller than a sofa. So, I decided to freshen them up. I bought white cotton slipcovers from Surefit that scream casual and fresh. They would transition well from one season to another - From Winter to Beach to Summers. The folds and wrinkles add to the casual laidback feel. For Autumn, I prefer warmer shades. I decided to go for beige-colored slipcovers that would provide a neutral backdrop for my throw pillows and double duty as secondary slipcovers when the white ones go for washing. The beige-colored loveseat slipcovers from Surefit were too short for my couches. So, I ordered the sofa-length slipcovers and stitched and tucked the slipcovers to make it look custom fit. Surefit provides the option to buy Scotchgard treated slipcovers, but I chose the regular ones. Scotchgard is used to make the slipcovers stain resistant but is harmful to humans and the environment.

I decided to place one couch facing the TV and another perpendicular to it, dividing the living and the dining areas. I later bought a swivel chair from Living Spaces to occupy the space below the small window and hide the ugly AC. I added an ottoman on the side to act as a side table or a footrest. I also use it as an extra seating at the dining table - you'll read more about it in the coming posts. The U-shape setup works well for conversations.

Coffee Table

The round coffee table from Houzz is made from reclaimed barn wood and is perfect for our small space. The lack of corners eases the flow around it. The hairpin legs ensure the table does not take up too much space visually while providing ample space to display seasonal decoratives and to put coffee and snacks while entertaining. When we have game nights, we sit around the table and play games. I had to buy brass hairpin legs separately from Etsy since I wasn't fond of the plum colored legs it originally came with. And I think the table looks great with the new legs! For little extra storage, I kept a basket under the table.

TV Console

The TV console is distressed, whitewashed and made of eco-friendly and fast-growing acacia wood. Along with providing storage for TV accessories, it acts as a mini library, that I had always wanted in my home. I found it in Living Spaces and on JossandMain.

Side Table

The side table from Living Spaces is distressed and whitewashed. The legs protruding from the sides instead of the corners add visual interest to the table. I like that it does not match the TV console perfectly and yet goes well with it. This is taller than most side tables and is perfect to display decoratives.

That's all the furniture that I have in my living area. Next, read about lighting, soft furnishings, and non-seasonal decor in the living area. See you soon!

Non-Seasonal Decor

LIGHTING

I bought a floor lamp from Wayfair that was inspired by the bells at the railway stations. It doesn't take too much of space yet puts out a good amount of light.

Above the dining table hangs the pendant light in the dining area that was inspired by the street lamps that were used in the olden days. It goes perfectly with the antique furniture and the seasonal themes inspired by the beautiful outdoors.

I bought the wider Atrium Glass Table Lamp from Pottery Barn. Currently, they only have Atrium Glass Tall Table Lamp. This is a fillable lamp made of mouth-blown glass. It looks beautiful as it is or filled with your favorite pieces.

RUGS

I had been hunting for a plain jute rug which would be easy on the pocket and storage space. I found one with bright teal print at the World Market for just $150. The reverse side had splotches of print which makes it look antique. This was perfect for the casual, rustic, antique, lived-in feel I was going for! I use this rug for the warmer seasons.

I bought a 5x7 ivory colored rug for cooler seasons. It is plush and adds a touch of sophistication. This rug was bought prior to going organic. A better option would be Flokati Wool Shag Rug for $199 at SuperAreaRugs and for $179.10 at Houzz.

COUCH SLIPCOVERS

My couches are old but sturdy and comfy and they would be the last piece of furniture that I would want to get rid of. So, I decided to freshen them up. I bought white cotton slipcovers from Surefit that scream casual and fresh. They would transition well from one season to another - From Winter to Beach to Summers. The folds and wrinkles add to the casual laidback feel. For Autumn, I prefer warmer shades. I decided to go for beige-colored slipcovers that would provide a neutral backdrop for my throw pillows as well as act as secondary slipcovers when the white ones go for washing. The beige-colored loveseat slipcovers from Surefit were too short for my couches. So, I ordered the sofa-length slipcovers and stitched and tucked the slipcovers to make it look custom fit. Surefit provides the option to buy Scotchgard treated slipcovers, but I chose the regular ones. Scotchgard is used for stain resistance but is harmful to humans and the environment.

THROWS

I bought the sustainable Alpaca Fringe Throw that's folded on the armchair, from Coyuchi. This is a very soft and light throw; good for summers and light cold. Coyuchi is dedicated to creating items that are natural and eco-friendly.

I have an old faux fur throw by Pottery Barn, which is not eco-friendly. But since I plan to use my old items till I don't get bored of it or it becomes old and unusable. I searched for some natural throws. Here are two options - fur throw, currently for $$1,799.98 and eco-friendly wool throw for $40.

WALL CLOCK

The Pocket Wall Watch with stylized black Roman numerals from Pottery Barn inspired by antique English pocketwatch hangs above the floor lamp. You can either place it on the easel or hang it on a wall.

PLANTS

To keep the indoor air happy, I kept in one corner, a happy plant (Dracaena Fragrans ‘Massangeana’) potted in a rustic whitewashed antique looking pot.

DINING TABLE RUNNER

I decided to buy a white cotton table runner to create a white and beige arrangement in the dining room mimicking the arrangement in the living room. Now, the 82" white cotton table runner from target adorns the dining table. I also liked the linen & cotton throw sold at Houzz.

MANGO WOOD TRAY

I use the mango wood tray to a create seasonal centerpiece for the dining table. This tray was bought from Target.

MIRROR

The mirror that rests on the buffet is an old mirror from the bathroom! When I upgraded the bathroom, I decided to put this mirror to good use. I decided to a create a black frame for the mirror to create a symmetry with the TV in the living room that is a couple of meters away from the buffet. Since I have no experience with woodworking and wanted to make something really easy, I decided to create a border with tape! I neatly applied the black tape that I had at home to create an even border. No one so far has been able to tell its a tape 😉

FIGURINES

The only figurine that stays out round the year is the angel gifted by a very close friend. I love angel figurines and this was a surprise. It is displayed on the buffet and makes me happy whenever I see it.

Furniture

Once I had decided to change the theme seasonally, it was time to decide the type of furniture I had wished to buy - Eco-friendly, sturdy, durable, rustic, distressed, transitional and something that would go with all the four themes - Beach, Summer, Autumn and Winter. That's a long list of criteria!

LIVING AREA

My couches from Target are nine years old but still sturdy and comfy. They are the perfect size for our small living area. They are longer than most loveseats and smaller than a sofa. I decided to place one couch facing the TV and another perpendicular to it, dividing the living and the dining areas. I also decided to add an area rug to provide more definition to the living area. I later bought a swivel rocker from Living Spaces to occupy the space below the window and hide the ugly AC.

The round coffee table from Houzz is made from reclaimed barnwood and is perfect for our small space. The lack of corners eases the flow around it. The hairpin legs ensure the table does not take up too much space visually while providing ample space to display seasonal decoratives and to put coffee and snacks while entertaining. When we have game nights, we sit around the table and play games. I had to buy brass hairpin legs separately from Etsy since I wasn't fond of the plum colored legs it originally came with. And I think the table looks great with the new legs! For little extra storage, I kept a basket under the table.

The TV console is distressed, slightly whitewashed and made of eco-friendly and fast-growing acacia wood. Along with providing storage for TV accessories, it acts as a mini library, that I had always wanted in my home. I found it in Living Spaces and on JossandMain.

The side table from Living Spaces is distressed and whitewashed. The legs protruding from the sides instead of the corners add visual interest to the table. I like that it does not match the TV console perfectly and yet goes well with it.

DINING AREA

The 60" dining table is distressed, limewashed and made of reclaimed teak wood. I think it goes well with the rest of the acacia wood furniture without being a perfect match. I wanted comfortable, fully upholstered chairs with an option for slipcovers so I could wash them in the case of spills. And I got lucky when I got a good deal in World Market.

I wish to have more seating around the dining table for entertaining but the small area restricts having more chairs. So, I bought two white colored ottomans made of canvas and wood. They would double as seating and storage. One of the ottomans gets regular use as a side table and footstool. I keep the other one out of sight in the closet!
I also bought a Buffet matching the entertainment center, to store and display my glassware and dinner set.

BEDROOM

The bed and the two nightstands are made of acacia wood and match the entertainment center and the buffet. You can still buy the nightstands on Lampsplus and the queen sized bed on Walmart.

I like to have a desk facing the window. I found a slim refinished desk in one of the local antique shops! It is perfect for the limited space between the window and the bed with enough room to pull out the chair. I had also wanted to add some seating to the bedroom and I found the natural Kubu armchair. I placed it in the corner next to the desk, paired with a low, slim stool.

BATHROOM

I have a floating wall storage in the bathroom that needed to be supplemented for more storage. I bought a solid wood vanity from Houzz to replace the old standing sink that had no counter space. I couldn't find out the type of wood, but I'm glad it's not made of faux wood, like a lot of the others selling in the market. I noticed that Houzz has a rich variety of vanities than Home Depot and Lowes combined.

ENTRANCE

At the entrance, I added a bench with his and her baskets to store our belongings. On the wall above it, I hung a customized calendar with key hooks.

I hope you enjoyed my journey of creating my perfect home!

Glass Terrarium

This piece looks at home in any theme. Here, I will tell you a few ideas on how this piece can transition from one season to another. Keep some other seasonal accessories around it to enhance the look you are going for.

For the beach theme, put some sand, an air plant and few sea shells and pieces of driftwood.

For summers, add some moss, river pebbles, and succulents.

For fall, add one or two air plants, a small pumpkin, dried fall colored leaves.

For the winter theme, add sea salt to look like fake snow, some tiny pine cones covered with fake snow, a tied bundle of cinnamon sticks to look like logs and one or two twigs to look like leaf-less trees.

Isn't it one of most versatile pieces of decor? If you wish to buy, click here. Can't wait to hear from you and see your pictures!

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