Cottage Tour: Our Living Room

We've been living in our little cottage on the East side of town for almost 7.5 months now! That's crazy. It seems like time just zooms on by. Our home is sweet and we love it, though the decor isn't where we'd like it to be exactly. It's still cozy though, so I guess that's what matters. Mike and I have been digging through thrift store bins, flea market stalls, and the occasional yard sale or two to decorate our house. It's a double win because a lot of the stuff in our home will make for the best wedding decor, too. We have very different design/decor styles, but somehow they meet in the middle and we're able to compromise enough to live in harmony. (Read: I gave up on my "all white shabby chic" dream and he doesn't pester about "stainless steel" everything haha!) We've arrived at a middle ground of rustic charm with handmade elements. All of the furniture you see in our living room (less the tv stand) was made by Mike. He's handy with a chop saw and that's kind of the best thing ever. I'm 110% in love with our farm table to the left of the fireplace, and the record table top is so fun. Anyway, here's more about our living room!
The little red cowboy boots on the shelf were Toby's very first boots! My parents bought them for him when he was about 18 months old. He would walk through the flea market showing them off to every girl he passed. Pretty sweet. We also keep our fortune cookie salt + pepper shakers up there because Mike and I have kept every fortune we've opened since we started dating. (With no earthly idea what to do with them!) 

The table is hard to keep clean thanks to toddler crumbs and handprints, and our hardwood floors get so dusty due to two pups who shed 110% of the time, but we try to keep it as well maintained as possible. The old wooden toolbox under the dress form holds all of our sewing essentials while we're in craft overload mode. It's usually not there but our living room is craft central station so we make it work. 

We keep thinking about next year and if we'll stay in this house longer. We like the idea of staying put for quite a while, especially since we really like our house (even if it is a smidge too small for us and we have no dine-in kitchen), but all of that will get figured out around the holidays while we decide what the next step will be for us. Until then, we're loving our little home. Thanks for taking a look at our living room!

(You can find the tutorials for the heart map artwork HERE + Instagram coasters HERE)

What's your decorating style like?

42 comments:

  1. I absolutely looove the way you've decorated your home. I recognize all the DIYs you've posted on the bog throughout the time as well (especially those hexagon shelves... AMAZINGGG!!). That last photo of Pip is too cute (i think it's hilarious when animals sit like humans).

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  2. i love your style!! you have a decorating style that really reflects your personality, which is cool!

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  3. Beautiful & cosy, so many lovley items.

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  4. I LOVE it!! I adore those honeycomb shelves + your coffee table!! I also love that little mint tray on your coffee table.

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  5. I love your decorating style! And that handmade furniture is amazing :)

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  6. so sweet, love all of the personal touches! it's been that long?! i swear you just moved in! haha sounds like us..my room in highschool was all simply shabby chic, target shopping was an obsession!

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  7. My boyfriend has a house but did almost zero decorating (his nephew said it was like a hotel- No one lived there), so its been an adventure discovering what styles work for us.

    This is really cute and I love seeing DIYs you have posted on your blog being used in your home.

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  8. oh i loved how you met in the middle, i can be so over the top with what "i" want and it is not nice >_>. i love your style..

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  9. If I have half of the eye you and Mike have for decorating when I get my own place, I'll be happy. You two just manage to make everything look so cozy and personal. I love it!

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  10. such a cute space! i'm so pleased the platter is displayed in your living room! it makes my heart so happy that you enjoy it!

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  11. Your home is so sweet! I love that ya'll are meeting in the middle for home decor. My boyfriend and I are trying to figure out the direction we want to go. He loves minimalistic and I love houses that look like candy. Haha!

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  12. love it! your decor is all too cute and right on par with my taste :)
    Oh, My

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  13. So cute! Is that little tree in the corner real or fake?

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  14. wow, how amazing that he made all the furniture! i especially love those shelves with the little red boots. xx

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  15. Your living room is gorgeous!

    My vision would be all white shabby chic too but I guess men just aren't so keen on that!

    Becky
    xx

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  16. What a beautiful room! And I feel you on the dog hair front! We invested in a small room air purifier and it has helped significantly, but I still feel like I am always vacuuming up dog hair :)

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  17. I love your home! The handmade furniture from your husband adds such a nice touch.

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  18. I love all the elements that you have in your house. I can't wait until my husband and I own our very first home so we can put all the love and care into it like you!
    Thanks for giving us a little look into your house! :)
    Katlyn

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  19. What is it with men and stainless steel everything?! We've managed to compromise on everything except the living room clock...I have so much hatred for that clock...x

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    1. Haha, I was just going to write exactly the same thing. I'm not living with my boyfriend yet, but I know that stainless steel will be something we won't agree on. Fingers crossed for that wall to accidentally fall of the wall one day!

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  20. your place is so cozy! love it!!!! xx

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  21. It is such a warm and cozy room. The touches of books and handmade items make it really look like a home.

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  22. What a lovely space to relax in! Totally digging the twinkly lights. Maybe you can use your fortune cookie fortunes in your wedding decor somehow?

    -Lindsey

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  23. Hunny, your house looks just like the home of my dreams: cozy, lovely, inviting, warm and functional, one couldn't aske for more ^^ Thanks for sharing it xx

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  24. Love your style. Looks cozy and welcoming. And I love your painted brick fireplace.
    http://shannonhearts.blogspot.com/

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  25. Love the cozy living room! been dreading to decorate my boyfriend and I new home. So stressful.

    Jess
    http://seventhirtyninety.blogspot.com/

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  26. Aw! Your living room is so gorgeous! Your two styles work so well together - I think the combination of the two is better than either could be on their own. ;D

    I can't wait to see what your wedding looks like!

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  27. You have some really great advice and posts on here... I LOVE your sense of style! I was hoping that you wouldn't mind checking out my blog as well and following me if you like it.

    www.enjoyingtheepiphany.com

    Thank you so much,
    Sarah

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  28. It all looks so amazing, Mike's table is fab and I am super in love with those honeycomb style shelves!!

    http://www.rafflesbizarre.blogspot.com

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  29. Your home is wonderful! You are such an inspiration :)x

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  30. It is such a cute place ♥ When I grow up I hope to be able to decorate my rooms like you :-)

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  31. I am so in love with your window pane table.
    And Mike is a very talented carpenter. Beautiful room!

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  32. Your house is so incredibly cute. I can only hope mine is as adorable when I get to buying a house in the semi-near future. I love all your knickknacks and Georgia and Pip just hanging out on the couch.
    As for 110% shedding dogs, I understand that very well! Bulldog shedding. The hair is like little knives or something. I can never get it out of the couch! Or my clothes...

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  33. Stop it! Your house is too pretty... I have total home envy right now!

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  34. Its seem very pretty. Really you have decorated your living room very elegant.

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  35. It looks so pretty! I have a white mantle similar to yours and I always feel so bad for never dressing it up or decorating it. I think it's like illegal to not hang stockings or garland on it come Christmas...

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  36. Your fireplace is lovely :) xXx

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HEY! Thanks for dropping by. xo KB