The Lettered Living Room

Every time I pass one of those great big pre-assembled doll house kits at Hobby Lobby I think about how wild it is that (insert ever-changing mortgage company name here) gave us a great big pre-assembled grown-up house to play with just because we promised to pay for it. Do you ever think about wacky stuff like that?

And speaking of playing with your “big kid” house, I’ve really enjoyed arranging and re-arranging things in our living room over the past few years. One of my favorite little pieces is a quote I printed out and framed that sits in one of the cubbies in our entertainment center. It reads, “A good laugh is like sunshine in the house“. Isn’t that the truth?

And speaking of cool quotes, we decided to hang our new White Boy Dog art on the wall to the left of our front door.

It reads, “Remember when you go into the world to keep your eyes and ears wide open. And be kind. Love one another and take care of each other. Tell the truth. Always do your best. Listen to the big people and the little people. Explore new paths and have fun! Get lots of rest. Eat good food so you may grow to be big and strong. Mind your manners and think before you speak. Remember to protect little things. Know that you are loved like crazy. Give thanks for all of your blessings. Above all else, Love, and you will do wonderful things in this world!

(Available through our fabulous sidebar sponsor Abbe, at Shop Ten 25. Note: we stained our frame brown.)

And speaking of new additions, we picked up a gorgeous green plant at Home Depot yesterday and I love the freshness it adds to that corner of the room…

(Note to Mom: I haven’t gotten around to re-potting it yet, but I will today!)

We haven’t really had much of a winter (yet) here in Alabama, but seeing that sucker sitting there kind of has me excited about spring already!

And speaking of spring, here’s another fun quote we’ve got sitting in another one of the cubbies in our entertainment unit…

(Can you see Kit-Cat’s reflection in the mirrored frame?)

And speaking of the entertainment unit, here are a few more shots of some of my favorite “moments” inside some of the other cubbies…

And speaking of favorite little moments in the living room, I’m quite fond of this one, too…

(blue pillow: Pottery Barn (discontinued), green & white pillow : Stacie Ann on Etsy)

…I think I’ll go curl up in it right NOW.

PS- Here’s some info about some of the other “stuff” in the photos in this post: ‘Markor’ entertainment unit – Ikea (discontinued); green tray – Pottery Barn (in store only); crocks (antiques from my Grandma Beth!), Accurate scale (vintage, thanks Mom!), wooden ball (flea market), iron pedestal (flea market), locker basket (flea market), metal box and rattan baskets (Ikea); sofa – Total Liquidation, Montgomery, Alabama; coffee table – J & G Flea Market, Prattville, Alabama; area rug – Pottery Barn (discontinued); driftwood sailboat –; wall color: Natural Choice, by Sherwin Williams.

And the winners of the One Little Word Workshops are…

Congrats, Te’re and Sarah! I’ll be in touch with you shortly!

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  1. says

    Hi Layla,
    I found your blog about a week ago and I love it!!! I think I spent my whole Saturday searching through everything, and I especially like your kitchen redo and all those guest my nests! So fun. I am going to sign on my new house this Friday and am exhausted at the daunting task of furnishing and painting the whole thing. I don’t want to choose the wrong colors or furniture and end up hating it!!! AHHH. Wish you lived in Tennessee where I could get some design advice. I will definitely be trying to send some pictures for a possible virtual redo! Anywhoo, my question is how do you get rid of HORRIBLE POPCORN CEILING? or what is the best way to cover it up? Keep on blogging!!!

  2. says

    Thank you so much for the shout out! Your living room is fabulous and I love the mixed graphic pillows mixed with all of the natural elements in the room. Changing the frame was genius!!! I appreciate your support!
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  3. Koren says

    Hi Layla – I love your blog!!! It always makes me smile, every time I read it. I really love how you printed out the “Smile is Sunshine” quote, it looks great and I want to frame that quote for my family room – could you please tell me what fonts you used (or possibly share your template???) Thanks so much!!!! Your house is beautiful!!

  4. says

    We recently celebrated our 27th anniversary. Reading this I was instantly transported back to when we bought our first house. We had been married for just over 2 mo. (This is what we did instead of taking a honeymoon.) The whole first year I expected someone from the bank to knock on the door and say, “What were we thinking?!”