Hello, friends! First things first, thank you so much for your wonderfully sweet comments and emails yesterday. Your words of encouragement, and the fact that I was missed by so many, really warmed my heart. I am so grateful for all of you. Because honestly, without you, I wouldn’t be able to do what I do. Ginormous thanks and hugs!
While I continue to work on my goals for 2014 (I’m hoping to have something together by Friday.), one of my goals for this week is to un-decorate from Christmas. This is a somewhat bittersweet process. As much as I love the color and sparkle of the holidays, I’m always ready for a clean start in January. Putting the holiday decor away gives me an excuse to weed and clear out some of the clutter. Plus, I really love seeing my collection of colored glass balls organized. (And yes, I just put them all into big plastic bags and pack them away in totes. No fancy storage system here.)
Some of you might remember that before the holidays I picked up a few new additions for the living room area of my office. I haven’t forgotten my promise to show them to you, so here they are.
In my hunt for the perfect sofa, I ended up ordering the Henry Sectional from West Elm. When I was in Portland in October, I stopped by the West Elm there to test out a few of their sofas and this one was wonderfully comfortable. I love the style and fabric, too. However, you may have noticed it isn’t here yet. (My little love seat from my upstairs served as a place holder over the holidays.) Since I live in the middle of nowhere, getting the new sofa here takes a little more time. It is scheduled to arrive a week from today so I can show you then. I’m also ridiculously excited to get some new throw pillows.
Anyway, before I got my couch, I figured I should find a carpet for the space. When I spotted this gem at CB2, immediately I knew that this was the one. (I was thrilled when so many of you loved it when you saw it in one of my Instagram photos.) I had the chance to check it out in person on one of my trips to NYC. The only thing I don’t love about it is that it’s more of a thick mat than a carpet. I’m not sure how to describe it. But, for what it lacks in cushiness, it makes up for in style and color.
I also ended up ordering a new mirror for above the fireplace. When this room acted as a gift shop, I had a mirror there and always love it. However, the old mirror just didn’t fit this space. I did a lot of searching and finally found this one from the Jonathan Adler collection at JCP. The white glossy frame with the curved detail on the top was just perfect. Plus, I got it on sale, with an additional 20% off and free shipping. What a steal.
While shopping for a mirror, I came across a wonderful new desk chair. It’s also from the Jonathan Adler collection at JCP. Again, I got this bad boy with the same deals above. The seat and back are a navy velvet, and with a colorful pillow, it’s the perfect place for getting work done.
And finally, I got some blinds. I’ll most likely talk more about them in a later post (They are seriously amazing.), but a few of you noticed them in a post back in December so I wanted to be sure to pass the source along. They are bamboo shades from Select Blinds. The color is Rangoon Umber.
A few years ago I bought some bamboo shades and later discovered that at night you could pretty much see right through them. While they looked great, the lack of privacy sort of defeats the purpose. No matter where I looked, all the bamboo blinds that I found were semi-transparent. I was pretty bummed. However, thanks to Melissa of the Inspired Room, who used the same blinds in her kitchen remodel, I found these.
Having an older house with weird windows, I can never find blinds that are long enough so I usually have to get something custom. With this custom order you can also select to have a privacy liner installed. Genius!! Needless to say, I’m in love and hope, over time, to get all of my windows suited up with these beauties.
And with that, you should be pretty much updated with all things new in the office / living room. As you can see, I’m in desperate need of a few new accessories now that all of my Christmas decor as been removed. But, to be honest that’s my favorite part, so I’m excited to start the hunt.
What do you think of the new pieces?