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Our Winter Living Room

 Our winter living room feels so fresh and cozy now that the holiday decor has been packed away.


White and wood is the foundation of my lakehouse/farmhouse decorating style. I am learning that I am happiest with a room when I start with white and wood and then I can add in other colours and textures. I love the fresh white of our living room walls (that really help with overcast days and early darkness), slipcovers, and white painted tables mixed with the wood tones in the flooring, dresser and vintage skis. I use black, grey, brown and off white in accessories and natural elements. Mercury glass adds a touch of sparkle.




I kept the simple wreath with a glittery beaded snowflake and linen bow hanging on the mirror above the dresser. My favourite spot to sit is the end of the sofa with the thick suede and sherpa throw.


Our living room walls are Benjamin Moore Cotton Balls and the new colour peeking in from the front entry is BM Revere Pewter (love it!). On the pedestal coffee table that I painted white, I added lots of natural wicker, burlap and string wrapped filler balls to a tray filled with pillar candles wrapped in birch.


I have been working on the stairs to the basement, tearing up carpeting and patching walls. There is still lots to do. We ordered black iron lever type door handles and hinges for the front hall bathroom and closet doors, and the basement landing door. Now I just need to install them. 



Our winter living room seems 'quieter' with the Christmas decor stored, but there is still lots going on in different vignettes. I don't do minimal well lol.  I added texture with the white sweater pillow (still need to finish one) and the candle cozy I knit. I like using trays and ironstone platters to corral decor items and it makes it easy to move a display too.


Besides the wreath, I kept out mercury glass in tealight holders, oval balls in the apothecary jar, and the footed bowl, plus pinecones and the white deer.


I would love to find a pair of snowshoes to go with the vintage wooden skis.


More texture in the chippy old window frame, porch post and the little grey knit star.


Stacks of decorating magazines and Restoration Hardware catalogs are close at hand in wire baskets. The distressed black plant stand was a $2 garage sale purchase. The grey and white striped curtains from IKEA still need to be hemmed.


I added some extra throws to the wooden crate under the end table.


The olive bucket still holds greenery, birch logs and large cones and in the evening I turn on the strand of globe lights that are tucked inside.


The footed mercury glass bowl has snowflakes etched on the sides that echoes the beaded mirrored snowflake on the wreath above.
  

Despite being an overcast day, the light really reflects off our snow.


With the cold January weather and snow we have been getting, coupled with some long drawn out cold viruses, we are enjoying snuggling into our warm home after a day at school and work. Our cosy living room is my favourite place to relax with family, read or do some needlework. The aquas and turquoise may reappear in Spring or summer, but for now I am enjoying this room decorated for winter. 

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25 comments:

  1. I love it - you've captured that monochromatic, soft, serene winter look perfectly. You have so many interesting items in your living room. The little knitted star is adorable. I would love to make a garland of those. Your living room looks so beautiful.

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  2. Your home looks great, Elizabeth. I love whiter walls now, too and wish I had gone lighter long time ago. I saw a pair of snowshoes in an antique mall here back before Christmas and I remember them being very pricey. They were cool looking though. I hope you can find some. I love Revere Pewter, too and just added it to another room.

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  3. Nice job, I love all the texture! It really makes a neutral space homey.

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  4. Looks wonderful in whites and wood with accents of colour, which when changed will change the whole look of the room. I really like the bucket with birch logs and cones and I'm sure it looks lovely when the lights are on.

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  5. Gorgeous. You living room looks so cozy and inviting. Beautifully done.

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  6. Beautiful space, I love all you have going on, so much to see.

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  7. So wintry warm and cozy Elizabeth. I too must have a base of wood and white... then I toss colours in to suit my desires and the season.

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  8. Your room is just beautiful. I love all of the different vingettes you have!

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  9. Looks wonderful, that wood dresser is perfect there to balance off all the white.

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  10. Your living room truly is warm and cozy. When using lots of white, it's easy to surround yourself with wonderful accessories without feeling cluttered. I see why this is a favorite spot.
    Mary Alice

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  11. Beautiful space ...love the mix of elements

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  12. Your living room looks so comfy and airy. I like the winter touches you've added, such as the pinecones and snow skis. White is such an easy color to live with, so I'm sure you're enjoying the neutral colors this Winter.

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  13. Elizabeth,
    Your home is so very warm and inviting...all the whites are sooooo pretty and I hope that you will join us at Show and Share on Monday.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  14. So warm & inviting. I love whites!

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  15. Love your room! Question: I purchased a box of wooden thread spools on a whim. I would like them to have a dark patina like your large spools, any ideas how to do that? Hopefully I can dump them all in a bowl or jar of something.

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  16. Your living room looks so pretty, Elizabeth, as well as comfy and cozy for the winter months. I love the skis and I think the addition of snow shoes would be great.

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  17. Your winter living room is wonderful, Elizabeth. White and wood look so great together and I just love all of your special touches. It all goes together so well. I would love to snuggle up on your sofa with that cozy throw!

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  18. I like this warm and cozy look for your living room. It's all in your details with the woods and textures. I've always had a white living room and am now painting it a blue grey for a change. I admit. It's freaking me out just a little.
    Farmhouse hugs,
    Cindy

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  19. very beautiful and inspiring.. and so peaceful and warm.. the perfect calm after the holidays. thank you for sharing..
    tamara

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  20. Elizabeth, I love your warm and cozy living room! It is so inviting and fresh looking. I like the fact that you can go in at any season and add color to taste. Love all of your vignettes. Great room!

    Judy

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  21. Very pretty Elizabeth! I love the way the rich brown tones bring such warmth to your space!

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  22. Your living room looks so beautiful and cozy!

    Kathy

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  23. So cool and serene yet the wood touches provide just the right amount of warmth!
    Have a beautiful day!

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  24. I love your decor each detail is amazing

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  25. Love every detail. Especially how you layered the mirrors!

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