Sunday, February 3, 2013

Adding Pattern & Texture in the Living Room

Did you all have a good weekend? We spent our time running errands to catch up on all the things that didn't get done last week when I wasn't feeling well. 
It was such a huge relief to have our big Trader Joe's run done and put away before our date night on Saturday (it was insane in there with all the Super Bowl party shoppers)! My youngest, Gennaro, is allergic to many foods and that store is just a lifesaver for him.  His staples at TJ's are rice milk and sunflower seed butter. Do any of you or your little ones suffer from food allergies?  It can be a pain, especially when eating out.
Anyway, I was recently lured in by some after Christmas sales and made a couple of purchases for the living room.

I love the muted colors in this Arrow Pillow Cover from West Elm and had been waiting for it to go on sale.  You can find it here.

Also, I had been wanting to get either a graphic print or a rich-toned oriental rug to layer over our existing living room rug for interest.  I just wanted something small and this Tribal Dhurrie Rug from Pottery Barn Teen definitely fit the bill.  Plus, I was super excited that it was marked down to only $34.99 from the original price of $129.  Score! (The rug is still available and you can find it here.)

We all still love the bold pop of gold from our thrift store chair and how all the grays, whites and blacks of the pillows mesh so well with the couch and rugs. With the exception of the ottoman (you can read about how I upholstered it and see the dramatic before and after here), there is currently not a lot of blue going on in this area.  While there is quite a bit in our adjoining dining room, I think I should add a bit more in the living room. Don't you agree?

Anyone else notice that we totally matched our cat to our color scheme? I swear to you this was just a coincidence.

Lastly, and honestly, what are your thoughts on my new blog design? It's still a work in process, but I am really loving the neutral and simpler layout.  Any additional suggestions while I'm in update mode?

Thanks so much for your support each week. I look forward to all your visits and comments!


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  1. it looks great- angela.... cozy and eclectic!

  2. Hmmm, never thought of laying a rug on top of another, you always have such great ideas! Your cat matches so well too!
    Your blog layout is fine love the background!

  3. Love your collected and pulled together style! Your cat is adorable, such cool markings on it's face.

  4. It looks wonderful, and your thrifted yellow chair is the perfect accent piece!

    Visiting from Tweak it Tuesday.

  5. Your blog design is very pretty and your living room is gorgeous! I love the black and white with a mustard chair thrown in, very nice!

  6. Hi Angela! My first visit here and I am loving your look/style! Everything looks well balanced and light and airy...something I'm working on for myself!

    Sorry to hear your son suffers from food allergies..I know that has to be difficult for him with all the junk out there! Hope you find more solutions to add to his menu!

    I'm off to explore the rest of your blog.
    Have a fun day
    Sincerely, Jeannette

  7. Hi Angela, Love your new blog design. Your new rug is fabulous too!

  8. Thanks for the link to the black & white rug. It is gorgeous. I have a black cat, and a grey & white cat, so neither of them will coordinate as well as yours does, but I may give it a try regardless.

  9. What fun you had. Adding pillows can change a whole room.
    Come for a visit,

  10. No kidding, you scored on that rug! I know it makes your heart race to get a bargain as well as it does mine. And I love the look of your blog! I did the same with mine. Clean and simple!

  11. I love EVERYTHING about this room! The textures, the colors, and your cute cat :) Would love for you to share at the party tonight! xo bridgett

  12. Everything looks so great! Love it!

  13. wow! Great deal on the rug! thanks for sharing your fun additions. Little Bit from

  14. I love all the textures and colors of your room. It looks so beautiful. Come link up to Centerpiece Wed and share this post with us.

  15. Your living room looks fantastic! The textures and colors are great. I would add a touch more of the blue. It works so well with the other colors in there. Life to the full, Melissa @ DaisyMaeBelle

  16. I love added different patterns to a room. Maybe to much in other peoples opinion. That is my style though. I am hosting a link party and would love it if you would link up. Thanks.

  17. There's so much to love in this room! The owl lamp, the coffee table/trunk, the brass camel... Your new pillow is also fabulous!

  18. You are so good at it too, Angela! Beautiful room. I love your mix of texture and patterns. Great accents. I'm including a link back in this week's highlights. :) Thanks so much for sharing your tips!

  19. I saw you were one of Nita's picks over at Mod Vintage Life and the photo drew me in.
    I LOVE your style. Perfection.
    I laughed about matching your color scheme to your cat.
    I have 2 black cats and a white cat and a white and black Great Dane (and a couple of more pets too) but people are always asking me if I color coded my pets to match my decor.
    No..but maybe the other way round!

  20. Love the eclectic, bought over time, collected look of this room! And the matching cat is the icing on the decorating cake!

    My girls have food allergies too so I understand - and love your blog design!!

    Off to pin -so many great ideas here!

  21. Oh my - it looks great!
    Love that fun yellow chair!
    Featuring this tonight - so pretty!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  22. Everything is beautiful...the colors, all of it! The ottoman...lovely!
    What a great deal you got on the smaller rug. :) I love (and have been looking everywhere!) for a rug similar color and style to the one you have, the big, plain, light colored one underneath. Where did you find that one?

  23. Hi! I'm a first-time visitor. I particularly love the dresser peeking from behind the chair. And the kitty!

  24. Love the new rug, I'm thinking of getting a similar one from Ikea for my living room! New follower :)

  25. Angela it all looks great! I need some more pattern in our home.

  26. Angela, Your room is beautiful and I adore the rug and pillows.
    xx, Sherry

  27. Your blog looks marvelous - love the rug and the pillows - your cat poses perfectly in front! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  28. Angela, Your living room looks so elegant. I love your new rug, it adds so much to the room. Thanks so much for sharing at Simple & Sweet Fridays.


  29. Wow - looks great! I love how you layered the patterned rug on top of the white rug.


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