Every year around this time, after the Christmas trees and decor have been put away, I get in the mood to declutter.

So I decided to clear out the wall where the fireplace and TV are.

Wish I could cover that cord. But you aren’t supposed to have anything close to the fireplace for obvious reasons.

The silver galvanized tub is on the other wall. I took some of the plants and put them in the bedroom and put the red tub back outside where I store it.

Where it was by the TV I was knocking the long fronds off the plant when I’d walk to the hallway. After breaking a couple of those I decided to move it.

Ivy is quite curious about the cool air humidifier. I just hope she doesn’t knock it over. She tries to be careful when she’s snooping.

Here’s Charlie on the couch waiting for me to sit down in the recliner. The reason I have the recliner so close to the couch is so he can walk over to it.

As you know he has steps up to the couch, so then he walks across and steps over to the chair. Just trying to make things easier for him and not focus entirely on how things look.

Now for the great buy I happened across Friday at Hobby Lobby. I was in there to buy oilcloth to put under the humidifier to protect the furniture. Oilcloth is at the very end of the store. And one of the last rows before you get to fabric is the lamp row.

As I walked past, little yellow price tags were like a beacon to me. I know that means clearance. So I walked on over there to check it out.

Many of the lamps were marked way down. The first ones I saw were in the boho style. Better yet, they had narrow shades. The lamps in my bedroom had a huge lamp shade and took up a lot of room.

So two of those went right into my basket. I got them (lamp, lamp shade and even the bulb) for $19.99 each. Original price $69.99 each.

I left the price tags on to show you.

I also got a black hanging pendant lamp, but I haven’t figured out where to hang it yet so it’s stored in the closet at the moment. It was $69.99 and I got it for $17.49.

I also got this lamp, which is kind of unusual but I love it next to the living room chair.

I got it for $12.49. Original price was $49.99. I just couldn’t pass that deal up!

I gave the two bedroom lamps to Irvina, my next door neighbor. She happened to only have one lamp and a floor lamp that no longer works, so she could sure use them.

I didn’t have anymore room to store them. My closets are full!

I know the air purifier and humidifier isn’t exactly stylish, but they’re part of our lives now. So they’re in the photos.

I was reading on the The Everygirl site what will continue to be popular in 2020 and the foreseeable future. Not that any of us necessarily follow trends, but it’s an interesting read.

  • Light and bright rooms
  • Lots and lots of plants
  • Black accents
  • Natural elements
  • Rich texture and pattern
  • Blush and warm, neutral tones
  • Styled shelves
  • Vintage touches
  • Painted cabinets
  • Statement prints, tile, and walls

If you want to read the article you can find it here.

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  1. You hit the jackpot clearance sale..The lamps are great..good finds. I am a lampaholic and think they add so much warmth and coziness to a home. So nice your neighbor could be blessed with your other lamps..and know she was happy. :0) .. Thank you for sharing your life and posts..like a little book. Love it. Have a blessed New Year in 2020, and best wishes to your Ivy and Charlie, too. Cheers.

  2. Brenda, I really like the lamp with the beaded lampshade. It is very boho. But the fireplace looks really lonely all by itself on that wall. I can’t imagine that putting something non-flammable next to it would be dangerous. Like a piece of pottery or the galvanized tub of plants on the floor. Or even a metal stand of some type. I think you might be taking the instructions to a little bit of an extreme. It’s not like you leave the fireplace on, unattended, all night or while your gone I don’t imagine. But you have to do what you are comfortable with.

    You certainly did get some good bargains at Hobby Lobby. They have unique and attractive merchandise but I don’t shop there as I don’t like what I know about their employee policies regarding the health insurance they provide.

    I want to do major decluttering in my house in 2020. I have accumulated so much stuff over the thirty years I’ve lived here and with my daughter and her boys living with me now with their stuff it’s just too much. Although, she is a purger by nature so she hasn’t accumulated much that she doesn’t use. It’s me that’s the problem! Anyway, that’s my intent and focus for the New Year–clearing the clutter! Wish me the ability to stay focussed!

  3. I like the new bedroom lamp! Just FYI for you or your readers, FB Marketplace is a great place to get lamps, too. People redecorate all the time and get rid of their lamps – cheap.

    Your fireplace – could you move it over to where it’s covering the outlet? I know you have to keep it a few inches away from the wall, but you could still do that. Also, is it ok to have a TV on top of the fireplace – the heat won’t damage the TV?

  4. I get in the same mood at this time every year. It also helps me to de-stress when I clear out clutter. Today I did my pantry. I think I will slowly over the next month go around the house and de-clutter. I also de-stress by reading your blog and looking at your photos for inspiration!

  5. Hi Brenda – Happy New Year! I am moving to a new place in NW Houston and looking forward to using inspiration from your beautiful boho changes to decorate. Plus, I will get a prayer plant and maybe a couple more indoor plants to brighten things up. I haven’t had indoor plants in a long time. Thanks for all the ideas and sharing so freely here.

  6. The lamps are cute and you’re right – deals too good to pass up and you were also able to pass along what I’m sure were very nice lamps to a grateful neighbor, so you did a good deed for yourself and a good deed for someone else. The list of things that aren’t going out of fashion (in other words, not trends), many of them are time-tested classics and they are around for a reason. I don’t say things like “oh I’m going to STYLE MY BOOKSHELVES today,” but I do ARRANGE them and sometimes even RE-ARRANGE them, LOL. I don’t speak 21st century, I’m still firmly grounded in the 20th century. That’s an adorable picture of Charlie. He looks so young and perky in it, cute as a button. Regarding the cord for the fireplace/TV stand. Since you are able to put it right up to the wall, it must have a heat shield on the back. I would try attaching a large command hook to either the wall or the back edge near the top of the fireplace/TV stand that is farthest away from where the heat source is, and then loop the cord around it a couple of times to take up and hide the slack – see if that works.

  7. Love your new lamps!!! Making a trip to Hobby Lobby real soon– like therapy just walking around there.Your home is lovely, cozy and welcoming.Love ” visiting” every day

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