This may already be glaringly obvious, but my favorite place to be in my house is my living room. As Buddy proclaims in the movie Elf, “I’m in love. I’m in love and I don’t care who knows it.”
This winter, as I contemplate life and try to stay warm, I’ve found myself nestling on the sofa more and more. And since my office is nearby, I’m in the general vicinity most of the day, which is a blessing and a curse. As much as I love the living room, I often over think the design because I see it so much. Thankfully, though, because of this blog and the changing seasons, I’m always rearranging shelves, swapping out accessories on the mantel, and re-styling the coffee table. While none of the major pieces move, the space is constantly evolving. In reflecting on my life (and writing my goals for this year), I’ve realized that decorating – changing, styling – is one of the things I’ve loved ever since I can remember.
About a week ago I received an email from my friends at Target, asking if I wanted to sample some of their new spring products to help prep my space for entertaining, especially around the Golden Globes and other upcoming award shows such as the Oscars. Despite my need to declutter, the joy of styling and decorating (especially now that the glow of the holidays has dimmed) won out. You know that my love of Target runs deeps. From their Threshold collection to Nate Berkus’ fab line, I seriously can’t get enough.
So, I got myself off the couch, made the 1.5 hour trek to Target, grabbed a Starbucks, and picked out some colorful, shiny, and functional accessories that are perfect for TV-centric entertaining. Now my space is officially ready for this awkward time between the winter holidays and spring.
Let me show you around.
Pillows were a natural first choice to change up this space. I was especially drawn to these navy and emerald beauties. Not only is the color scheme fresh, but switching out pillows seasonally is a great way to alter the look of a space. Plus, having extra pillows on hand when entertaining allows guests to get really comfortable and cozy. Even if you run out of space on the couch, you can create comfy seating on the floor.
If you ever struggle with how to choose / display pillows, check out this post from Emily Henderson. Wonderful tips and suggestions.
Speaking of extra seating, these poufs (I got them from Target last spring.) are still one of my favorite purchases. They are low-profile, stylish, and comfortable. They’ve held up wonderfully over the year, too. But don’t worry if you missed out on these guys; Target has a great new selection of poufs and one from Nate as well.
Moving on to the mantel, I decided to keep my large string lights up. They took me so long to find, plus I love the glow they provide in the evening. And being all white, they aren’t overly seasonal. To keep things fresh, I brought in an orchid, a dried branch, some air plants, and a few candles. There’s something so refreshing about minimal design after the holidays.
To ensure I have sufficient surfaces for drinks and snacks, I grabbed this gold accent table. I was also SUPER excited to get my hands on one of these pitchers from the Oh Joy! collection. It was on sale for $7.50! I’m also always on the hunt for interesting plates. These rectangular ones are actually spoon rests, but I love the design and thought they’d work well for appetizers.
While we’re talking about plates. this navy geo-pattern bowl and plate set were obviously calling my name. I’m imagining them overflowing with tortilla chips and chunky guacamole. Or maybe I’ll make some of my Chili Beef Wraps? Yes, please!
For a little more freshness, I picked up some flowers at the grocery store. Ranunculus is a favorite, so I couldn’t resist these yellow beauties. I actually arranged them in a few of my Nate vases from a past season. I noticed that his new collection likewise includes some gorgeous goodies.
Finally, in my opinion, no space is complete without something a bit weird. While my brass cats consistently take that title, I decided to mix things up with these navy lions / dragons. For now, they are adorning each side table. However, I thought they’d make chic bookends down the road. (If you’re also into weird, check out this Hedgehog table lamp. I was half tempted to buy it, but couldn’t think of a place to put it. Isn’t it amazing?)
And that’s it, dear friends. My favorite room is holiday-free, fresh, and ready for some TV viewing and stylish entertaining.
Now, I have a couple questions for you. First, what’s YOUR favorite space? Second, what are some of your 2015 favorites from Target?
This post was created as part of my collaboration with Target. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Inspired by Charm. As always, all of the opinions, thoughts, and ideas in this post are my own.