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Daybed + Living Room (and Daybed Sources)

Daybed + Living Room (and Daybed Sources)

When we moved into this house we envisioned a window seat or bench under this back window in our living room. The view out the the mountains, water and sunsets was one of the selling features of the house, so creating a spot to relax and enjoy it made sense!

We had so many other projects to work on, though, that all dreams of built-ins had to be put off until a future year. Three years later, we are still awaiting the right time to tackle that project (but you can see a round up of the home projects we have worked on here!).

At some point we decided to go ahead and get a rattan daybed for this room as it would serve essentially the same purpose as a built-in window seat (and we could enjoy it right away).

Daybed + Living Room (and Daybed Sources)

This daybed has provided us an extra spot for guests, which we use often for our niece or nephew when they visit.

It’s been a very a cozy spot to curl up on to read, work, or watch the sunsets.

The daybed also serves as a regular couch for more seating, we just add a few more pillows behind us.

But of course, I have to say that I think our dogs are the most grateful for this spot. I’m sure they completely believe we provided this bed for them so they can experience the ultimate comfort every day. Ha, they certainly relax in this spot more than anyone else in the family.

Daybed + Living Room (and Daybed Sources)

Daybed / My Nova Rug / Stool / Blanket / Pillows and more

It’s really an ideal piece of furniture in a home with dogs because you can easily keep it clean. Just like with a bed, you use normal sheets and blankets so you can just toss them in the wash. (Click here for my blog post about how to keep a house clean with dogs!).

Anytime I’ve considered moving the daybed to another room, I start to feel TERRIBLE and GUILTY and like a bad dog mom because our pups love it so much.

Most people probably haven’t thought about using a daybed in their main living room, but if you have room for one, there are many different styles that could work in a variety of spaces and rooms!

We think of our daybed as the best spot in the house!

Do you have anything in your home that you might think about moving, but then you feel guilty because someone else loves it?

Daybed + Living Room (and Daybed Sources)

Daybed Sources:

  1. Cane Daybed
  2. Daybed with Trundle
  3. My Rattan Daybed (or click here for a similar option!)
  4. Wood Daybed
  5. White Lattice Daybed
  6. Nailhead Trim Corner Daybed
  7. Gray Trundle Daybed
  8. Slipcovered Daybed

Click here for even MORE daybeds!

Daybed + Living Room (and Daybed Sources)
Daybed + Living Room (and Daybed Sources)

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Mood-Boosting Spring Room Refresh

Mood-Boosting Spring Room Refresh

This post is in partnership with World Market

After a week of several back-to-back snow storms here in Seattle, I think it’s safe to say we’re ready for spring! Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been in homebody heaven! I love staying home and we don’t get snow like this very often, well, basically never.

Mood-Boosting Spring Room Refresh

Even though I’m loving the cozy Hygge vibe right now in my house, I still really am excited about spring. And actually, being buried in snow was the perfect excuse to do a little spring nesting.

Today let’s talk about some super simple, get ’em-done-so-you-can-enjoy-them spring refreshes around the house. Specifically, I’ll share THREE rooms I refreshed this week around my own home.

Mood-Boosting Spring Room Refresh

Lamp / Lamp Shade / Wood Footed Tray / Faux Peonies / Faux Fern

After a long winter I start feeling a little restless staring at the same things over and over, so I think a change in scenery can be a real mood-booster.

Mood-Boosting Spring Room Refresh

Green Dragonfly Bowls

I know for some people, a change of scenery probably means laying out on a beach somewhere. :). Bless.

Not me! I’m taking the whole Go Big or Go Home mindset literally. Instead of flying off to a sunny location, I decided to hang out in my hallway at home to complete a very (and I do mean very) small project.

WHO’S LIVING HER BEST LIFE? This girl.

Mood-Boosting Spring Room Refresh

This wall literally had two nails on it all winter. Two nails in the wall, not covered by art. Just the nails :). It was a barren and unsettling space. It didn’t spark anything but sorrow every time I saw it.

Every day I’d walk by and think to myself, “self, you really need to do something about that wall”.

Pro-tip: I should have taken a before photo so this would be a more dramatic reveal.

But I didn’t do anything about the wall. By the time I had the thought that I should do something, I was out of the hall.

I decided it was time to change my life and home for the better. Could I transform the entire hallway in two minutes? Yes. Yes, I could. I would challenge myself to get it done.

Just like in yesterday’s project, DONE can spark joy. But to be done, you have to start.

In full disclosure, I didn’t relocate the nails for this project because I couldn’t get them out of the wall and I didn’t want to look for the hammer. Don’t judge. I reminded myself that this isn’t open-heart surgery, I can always rearrange later (which we both know I won’t do, but that’s beside the point.).

Now it was time for the transformation. I grabbed a framed painting off a different wall (one that wasn’t as critical to my well-being) and I set it on one of the nails.

Then on the other nail I hung this adorable metal candle holder (with a battery operated votive) I had picked up at World Market.

Was it an unexpected spot for it? Yes. Did it pass the spark joy test? YES IT DID.

Now to bring in some greenery. I had a plant in here at one point, but it just wasn’t happy with the lack of light so I had to move it.

Mood-Boosting Spring Room Refresh

I had intended to use this galvanized plant stand and a few faux ferns from World Market in another spot, but suddenly I thought about how much better this hallway would feel with greenery. And what better spot to use faux plants than in a room that doesn’t get much natural light?

The stand is such a convenient size to tuck in just about anywhere! Two minutes later, my job in this hall was done.

Spring hall refresh complete.

Mood-Boosting Spring Room Refresh

Garden Sign

Now I was feeling extra motivated, so I traipsed out to the side yard for an outdoor room makeover. It took a full two minutes to complete this space, mostly because of the long trek down the staircase through the snow in my slippers.

I was limited in what I could do thanks to the the arctic amounts of snow in my backyard, but I’m telling you, hanging this one sign SPARKED MORE JOY THAN I EVER DREAMED. I returned from the garden with a new spring in my step and a desire to stop and smell the roses.

Mood-Boosting Spring Room Refresh

Except I didn’t have any roses. Yet, I did happen to grab a faux succulent and a bright bouquet of peonies from World Market. Peonies most definitely spark JOY. For maybe a minute. They don’t bloom nearly long enough, IMHO.

But this time of year, bright pink faux peonies can bring almost as much joy as real peonies.

How could you not feel happier with a pop of pink flowers in your home? 

Mood-Boosting Spring Room Refresh

If that isn’t enough mood-boosting joy for you, go even BIGGER and make your own miniature garden!

Mood-Boosting Spring Room Refresh

World Market has sweet little fairy garden accessories and vessels you could use to make one! Perfect weekend activity. It’s like therapy, really.

My three Mood-Boosting Spring Room Refreshes are complete!

Mood-Boosting Spring Room Refresh

Mood Board Sources: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9 // 10 // 11 // 12

Mood-Boosting Spring Room Refresh
Mood-Boosting Spring Room Refresh
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