In another view of the living room, you can see where I decided to put the boho mirror and where I placed the couch.
To get a sense of scale, this wall is across from the quilt on the wall scenario over by the patio doors.
You can also see the couch and how I placed it, though I didn’t get a complete photo of it.
I’ll do that, but I wanted to focus on the wall where the mirror and paintings are first. (Also I still have “stuff” hidden behind the couch I haven’t found a place for yet!)
A Recliner Has To Be Part Of My Decorating Strategy:
Yes, there’s my ugly recliner. But it does so much for me physically that I suppose it’s just going to have to be a part of my decorating “style”.
The entire living space would look much nicer without it, I know. I would much rather not have to have it.
But this is “real living” here in my home. And part of “my real living” is having a recliner to hold these old aching bones up to rest them.
Bringing In House Plants:
I’m envisioning a house plant on top of that boho cupboard.
But Teri has them all and she’s out of commission right now. She fell on the ice last week and busted herself up.
Even though you can’t see behind the couch arm, there is the slightly shorter boho table much like the one you see by my recliner.
I haven’t unearthed the pillow covers yet, so there are no throw pillows on the couch right now.
Floral Cottage Style Wall Decor:
I went a little bonkers at Hobby Lobby the past two days with their half-off price sale on all wall decor.
As soon as I began decorating the living room walls, I knew I wanted all cottage-style paintings here.
I’ve got all kinds of farmhouse-style paintings I could have used. But as the years have passed, I’m finding that I want my home decor to be a little more feminine.
I was just ready for more cottage florals to decorate the walls in this space. And sooner or later, I may spread them throughout my apartment after time has passed and I collect more.
The Cottagecore Aesthetic:
Maybe it was the burgeoning of the “cottagecore” aesthetic that became popular around 2020 that rekindled my desire for cottage florals.
I realized that I wasn’t done with that kind of decorating, despite having gone all out for “boho/farmhouse” decor for some years there.
All the years you’ve known me I’ve been container gardening.
Flowers and plants have been everywhere outdoors as long as you’ve known me. Drawing in butterflies and bees and being a big part of my life every gardening season.
So I guess it isn’t surprising that I want to see them indoors as well.
Indoor & Outdoor Flowers:
As you know, I dearly love house plants and outdoor plants and trees in containers and the whole bailiwick.
Watching my granny tend her flowers inspired me to grow up and plant those pretty flowers I became accustomed to seeing in hers.
The vegetable garden inside the fence was serious business when I was a kid. It fed us.
But around the outside perimeter of the house were where she so tenderly tended her flower beds. For such a serious woman, it was her one delightful bit of whimsy.
When I think of her now, I still think of quilts and flowers.
Angling The Couch:
So what do you think of the angling of the couch? As I think I may have mentioned in one post or another, I envisioned it this way before I ever moved.
Due to the placement of the fireplace, which is not centered, I figured this placement of the couch would work best.
When Kendra saw it she said: “Well now I can’t even think about visiting you because your couch looks off and it will drive me crazy.” (Says she in her witty manner of speaking).
But then that was when everything was a mess and chaos reigned. I hope she’ll feel differently now.
She’s always been great at designing the bones of a house. But she isn’t as comfortable when it comes to the placement of the furniture. That’s more my domain.
And I felt that angling the couch would provide more square footage for the dining space behind it while still defining the living room.
Which will probably be what you see next. If I can get the mess off the floor surrounding my dining room table.
The nurse at my ankle doctor’s office called and told me he wanted me to be in the walking boot until my appointment on Monday. He’d originally told me to stay in it until the MRI.
But a month or so ago my hip became very painful and I just assumed it was due to the walking boot, so I stopped wearing it.
Dr. Lashley called me late yesterday. He said to stay in the walking boot because there is a split tear of the ankle. Which I’d never heard of before.
Do any of you have experience with this?
It’s Been 10 Years Of On & Off Injuries:
I guess I’ll have to take this ankle thing more seriously because it just keeps getting worse. Ten years of living with it should have warned me about the danger of further degeneration.
But you try to put that on the back burner and just live your life. Because to think about it every time you move your body is somewhat depressing day after day.
I’m going to stop driving as much as I can because I sometimes wear the boot to drive due to pain. He told me last time I saw him not to drive with it on. Because it really isn’t safe. You can’t always feel whether you’re hitting the gas or the brake.
But I live alone. What am I supposed to do?
I have an appointment with him on Monday and will know more then.