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.

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