Beauty: Daisy Cottage

Beauty: Daisy Cottage

Beauty: Daisy Cottage

Beauty: Daisy Cottage

Beauty EVERY DAY

One of my favorite songs, ever, is “Morning Has Broken”. The sweet lyrics, written by Eleanor Farjeon, in 1922 (which coincidentally is the same year that Daisy Cottage was built) always seem to speak softly to my soul…

Morning has broken, like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken, like the first bird
Praise for the singing, praise for the morning
Praise for the springing fresh from the word

Sweet the rain’s new fall, sunlit from heaven
Like the first dewfall, on the first grass
Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden
Sprung in completeness where his feet pass

Mine is the sunlight, mine is the morning
Born of the one light, Eden saw play
Praise with elation, praise every morning
God’s recreation of the new day.

I can honestly say that I try to never miss the chance to say hello to a brand new morning. They ARE precious. They ARE beautiful and we are blessed to have them. Mornings are to be treasured. To me, they are THAT special.

My favorite mornings are when I take the time to witness them on the back porch where I can be entertained with the rambunctious antics of the neighborhood squirrels and listen to the many spirited birds who share this little patch of land with us. I smile when I see that a new red bloom has emerged during the night, treating our eyes to glorious color.

Beauty: Daisy Cottage

I choose to sit in my white rocker because it is like an old friend to me. We’ve been together forever. I so love its’ chippy paint and weathered lines. They are little details that, to me, make this rocking chair more comforting — more beautiful.

Beauty: Daisy Cottage

Beauty: Daisy Cottage

Beauty: Daisy Cottage

Before I sit, however, I like to reach into my china cabinet and choose an extra pretty cup to celebrate that first, hot cup of coffee that I am about to enjoy! I truly believe in USING our pretty things every day. And a beautiful morning such as this one definitely calls for that.

Beauty: Daisy Cottage

Ah yes, morning has broken indeed. True bliss! A simple rocking chair, a pretty cup, hot coffee, and a sweet morning to witness — just beautiful. This is one of the ways that I find beauty every day. I hope that you can savor a few moments of YOUR mornings too, for it is your GIFT to receive. Please be kind to yourself and OPEN IT.

Beauty: Daisy Cottage

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How to Decorate a Coffee Table

How to Decorate a Coffee Table

Styling a coffee table is sometimes a tricky task. You don’t want your tables to look cluttered, but it is a nice touch to have a few attractive items to add to the ambience of a room.  A coffee table is a real focal point, so use it as an opportunity to have a little fun with styling!

To prevent the room for becoming overly cluttered or decorated, don’t style every table in a room with decor. If you want to style your coffee table, perhaps leave an end table clear.

I saw a great post on Neutral Dwelling and it inspired me to think about coffee table styling, so I thought I’d share the concept here.

Here is a simple formula that can get you started:

  • Books + Plant Material + Decorative Object = stylish and attractive table scape

How to Decorate a Coffee TableBHG 

Here are some other quick coffee table styling tips:

  • Try unifying different shaped objects by using items of the same color. Three different shaped vases all in blue, for instance.
  • Create interest with items of all one color by using different textures.
  • Try opposites: pair smooth with rough, shiny with dull, old with new, round with square, organic with man-made.
  • Vary the heights so that each object is just a little bit shorter than the next tallest item. This keep items from feeling disjointed.
  • Make sure objects are not all too small. Choose at least one bolder item to be in focus.
  • Use books or pedestals to elevate items that seem too short.
  • Use a basket or tray filled with a collection of items: maybe books, fruit, artichokes, seashells, vintage toys, games or buttons.
  • Interesting conversation pieces are wonderful for coffee tables, we use carved wood instruments and attractive wood or vintage game boards.
  • Do double duty! Corral remote control clutter with pretty bowls or baskets.
  • Leave plenty of room on the table for actually using the surface for something other than display. If you don’t leave room for a coffee cup, the table will appear awkward and will not be useful to you. Make table tops pretty & useful!
  • Make sure your tablescape looks good from all angles.
  • You can use just one item on your table, such as a piece of pottery or a vase, but make sure it isn’t tiny! Wide and bold would be a better choice than tall and skinny.
  • When you look at magazines, focus in on coffee table table-scapes you like and duplicate what you see with your own items of similar size and shape!

Check out these four easy tips for decorating a coffee table!
For more decorating tips, check out the How to Decorate series!

How to Decorate a Coffee Table
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