Wednesday, January 2, 2013


Happy 2013! I don't know about you, but I was craving a clean, simple aesthetic in our living room after the holidays. There's just something so soothing about clearing out the Christmas clutter for a fresh, simple look at the new year.

It didn't hurt that the White Issue of Country Living just arrived in the mail, providing endless inspiration for pared back, neutral spaces.

I was out on a junking trip this week and found this great arched window. Actually I found a pair, and the one I could make myself part with is for sale at The Cottage : ) The other side is a dark stained wood, and I like to think they were out of a charming old church.

The two white curtain panels were Christmas gifts to replace the oatmeal colored drapes that no longer matched the chairs. I love the smocked detailing and how light the fabric is (from World Market). I think it makes the room look a little lighter also.

One thing I didn't foresee about living in this house was just how often I would restyle these darn shelves in the living room. They've been through all sorts of reconfigurations, but I do think it has been a good exercise in practicing design. If you want to brush up on your decor skills...restyle shelves multiple times and see where you end up : )

This table can get busy quickly, but for now I wanted it to be simple. A painted basket filled with books, linens and greenery is just the look I was hoping for. The basket didn't sell after several months at the shop, so I took it home for now...if you look closely you can still see the tag : ) 

On the coffee table, I was again going for simple but with some fresh green to soften the winter blahs.

This just makes me smile : ) 

The light was so beautiful for this particular photo was sunny but snowing out which flooded our apartment with winter light. I probably took too many photos but everything looked just right with all the creamy tones.

Have you put away the Christmas fluff yet? What look are you loving in the new year? 

Have a great week! 
{live beautifully}


  1. HI COurtney~ Your home looks gorgeous and just the simplistic inspiration I needed today. Yes, The decorations are going to start to come down. It is a long task ( 3 days) ,but it always feels so fresh and clean when I am done. I think I will do some simplifying too!!!!
    xo~ Cheryl

  2. Your living room is so light and airy!!!! LOVE your new window too! I don't think I would have been able to part with the mate though! LOL
    Happy New Year!

  3. Lovely room. Off to buy that magazine. Thanks for sharing. Happy New Year to you!

  4. Happy New Year, Courtney! Your home looks lovely. It's simplified and clean, but warm with personality and texture. I'm always so happy to see photos of your home for inspiration.♥

  5. Its like a dream home, awesome designs and nice living room, I love that printed pillow on the chair its really very nice.

  6. Anonymous1/20/2013

    Beautiful! Can you tell me the wall color?

    1. Hi there, I'm sorry to say I don't know the wall color because we rent. So sorry!

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  8. Love your fresh style. Can you tell me where you purchased your arm chairs and what color? I love the legs on rollers.

  9. Where are the chairs from? I am hoping I can buy what you have.


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