In the last post, I shared the FALL LIVING ROOM. . .on what we call the 'guest side'. . .If you haven't seen it. . .then CLICK HERE. . .You don't want to miss it. . .
Now, in Part II. . .I'll share the side that John and I use the most. . .It's the practical side of the room. . .He has his chair. . .I have the couch. . .with BJ (my "Velcro" feline) joining me there most of the time. . .
I use throws on both sofas deliberately for two reasons. . .It hides the fact that the two don't match. . .and on a farm, there is always dirt and dust. . .It is so convenient to pull them off and throw them in the washer. . .I also cannot find newer sofas as well made as these. . .and to my liking. . .Besides, I'm used to these hanging around. . .
We only have five rooms in our house. . .(and a breezeway porch) but those rooms are quite large. . .Needless-to-say, we have to live in every one of them. . .No formal living room that stays immaculate for others to see. . .I think the trend is going more and more toward smaller homes, where every inch of space is utilized. . .It was a choice we made when renovating the old 1930s farmhouse. . .We had had larger homes. . .filled with furniture and 'things'. . .We were ready for some simplicity in our lives. . .
The front area of the living room was once a porch. . .Probably in the 1950s, it became an addition to the room, making the area quite large. . .You wouldn't know the difference unless you saw original photos of the house. . .
As you know. . .I like to coordinate the entire house in some way so that there is a flow from room to room. . .bringing colors or objects common in one room to the next. . .A good example of this is in the photo below. . .We wanted the walls a soft white. . .so for interest, I had the ceiling painted the same creamy color of the kitchen-keeping room walls. . .Also, there is the black, white, neutral color scheme. . .a pop of color. . .and cotton placed around the room. . .just as in the rest of the house.
One of my favorite additions to this side is the cupboard in the background, made from pallets and recycled wood that we found around the fam. . .and an old screen door. . .It was the first among many uses we found for cast-offs. . .(See: THRIFTY CUPBOARD ) . . .Notice the black cat, cut from wood and settling on the ledge. . .
Do you see the Hot Bath sign through the door? . .That IS our bath. . .also a large room . . .It was all decked out. . .but with simplicity. . .for the photo shoot also. . .and may be the subject of my next post. . .You won't see it in the Fall Issue of Country Rustic magazine. . .so all the photos will be new. . .For you who have followed me all these years, you know it has changed its look often. . .In fact, I like to change up every room with the seasons. . .something made possible with the neutral backgrounds. . .but always with the thought in mind that we love things plain and simple. . .and we love that we live on a farm. . .
More than any other season, Fall means Cotton. . .picked, ginned and sold here. . .so instead of lots of orange and yellow in every room, the living room decor reflects the fact that we do live on the family's Delta Cotton Farmstead that is not only a livelihood, but also our legacy. . .