the smell of my desperation has become a stench

Small changes

When I first moved into this house I had no sofa for the main living room off of the kitchen where everyone gathers to talk and eat and watch TV, so I grabbed the cheapest one I could find at IKEA. A year later I realized no one was ever sitting on that couch because it felt like sitting on top of a jagged rock. Instead, everyone was either standing or moving dining chairs. They were avoiding that couch as if it were a fatal disease. It was just so stupid. It was like living in a house in college where one of your roommates grabbed a stained couch off of the sidewalk that had a sign on it: “FREE OR BEST OFFER.”

So I splurged on this couch from West Elm and it changed everything. Friends and family actually started using the living room and spending more time at my house. They had a place to sit! And it wasn’t poking through their pants and piercing their butts!

In the meantime I tried to warm up the space with accessories including some of what you see here: blankets and pillows, metallics and textures. My kids love blankets, the more the better, and there are far too many in my living room now. Which is I will probably get that ladder and use each rung to hang a different throw. Everything here is under $100 in case you’re saving up for a sofa that people will actually use.

1. Mongolian Faux Fur Pillow $14.99

2. Air Plants, Set of Five $47.50

3. Tall Beden Vase $34.95

4. Tick-Chalk Clock $59.95

5. Pom-Pom Cotton Throw $45

6. Fair Trade Storage Basket With Leather Handles $46.97

7. Whitewashed Teak Ladder $98

8. Turkish Kilim Pillow Cover $17

9. Nautical Brass Accent Table $69.99

10. Moon Phase Poster $24

11. Glass Cloche With Rope Handle $30

12. Skipper Stool $49

13. Metal Framed Mirror With Chain $39.95

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Heather B. Armstrong

Hi. I’m Heather B. Armstrong, and this used to be called mommy blogging. But then they started calling it Influencer Marketing: hashtag ad, hashtag sponsored, hashtag you know you want me to slap your product on my kid and exploit her for millions and millions of dollars. That’s how this shit works. Now? Well… sit back, buckle up, and enjoy the ride.

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