cottage corners


It's amazing what looking at things with fresh eyes can do to your attitude.  As I have begun the process of clearing out clutter and pairing down to what I truly love, I am rediscovering what a gem my little home is. 

Simply refreshing a few corners of my cottage has made me excited to continue with the long, laborious task of editing and purging.  As an added bonus, I'm finding a bit of my personal style along the way, too.

I've also discovered that if I don't make an immediate decision to put something into the purge pile that more often than not I end up putting it the storage pile, which is the pile that should be the smallest.  Old habits are hard to break, that's for sure.

While I will never be a true minimalist in decorating, I am starting to love having open space and blank walls.  What a revolution to find out that every wall doesn't need a picture or a plate to make me happy.  Displaying what I love in clusters and leaving some areas free seems to be the best mix for me.

Does this mean I don't love stuff and enjoy seeing it in other homes...not hardly, nor does this mean that when I look at a beautiful home with minimal things displayed I'm not tempted to follow suit.  It means that I'm finally starting to find the balance that works for me, right now. 

After all, isn't that what style is all about?

I'm joining these lovely linky parties...

House in the roses for Show off Your Cottage Monday
Dittle Dattle for Amaze Me Monday
Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphis Monday
Mellow Yellow Monday
Boogie Board Cottage for Masterpiece Monday


  1. It is such a good feeling to see your own home and your own stuff with new eyes. :)

  2. I love how you're decorating! Beautiful. Have a good week.
    Also, I want to invite you to participate in my next blog party on Sept 15: Travels Near And Far. Link up a big trip, or a trip to a local place of interest...hope you can come!
    Blessings, Beth

  3. Purge....that's what I need to do. I brought some storage boxes home from the office, but they are still in my car, lol. Maybe soon. I'm hoping when I decorate for fall.....we'll see.

    Your home is lovely.

  4. This sounds like a wonderful method to me.

    Was it hard to get started?

    White Spray Paint

  5. You just gave me the idea of "purging", I need to do just that! I love it when I see my old, forgoten, somewhere things with new eyes and to fall in love with them as I probably did when I got them in the first place! Thanks and I love your beautiful decorating! Hugs, FABBY

  6. I like your style. Good for you to be able to get rid of things and show off what you truly love.

    Have a great week.

  7. I tried to purge a couple of years ago and got rid of so many things but as I look around my home, I still have lots! I guess I like stuff!
    Love seeing your little areas! Love the place you've hung everything on your wall and I'm a Rooster kind of gal and just love seeing your little fat Rooster/Chicken. Sometimes I can't tell the difference.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  8. Your mantle looks great - love the gold pitcher!

  9. very lovely.... thank YOU for bringing me here and for participating in Show Off Your Cottage Monday! I shall be back soon.


  10. I truly adore your home. I look at it for inspiration in my own. :0)

  11. Your home looks absolutley lovely! I try to reduce some clutter in my home as well, its not easy always but its rewarding!

  12. Your home is just so pretty. I love the way you have decorated you mantel. Purge you say, I admire you for doing this. I seem to purge and than buy more stuff. I think I just need to stop shopping! Thanks so much for stopping by and finding me so I can find you. I really love you blog and following you now!
    Marianne :)

  13. Finding that balance is so difficult. (especially with so many antique markets out there...)

  14. More and more of us are doing this. You've got some lovely stuff left on the shelves.

  15. That is awesome!! Love your vintage stuff!

    Shades of Yellow

  16. What a cozy little spot you have there. Nicely done! Found you via Between Naps on the Porch. Pop on over for a visit when you get a moment. Tootles, Kathryn

  17. I think it is what style is all about, and it is the way that we find our own style. And that is what it sounds like you are doing. I love your chickens and the egg canister, very country and very pretty, too!
    Hugs, Cindy

  18. I'm liken' what I see so far. Keep up the good work. Lana

  19. beautiful pictures, thank you for sharing :-) visiting from MYM, hope you can visit my entry here too

    Have a wonderful weekend,


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