Hello, everyone! I hope you're having a good day and are ready for another Weekly Wednesday! Last week, I showed you some of the must have items for your living area....now, it's time for the fun part...accessorizing! I don't know about you, but I love to shop for home decor. Maybe it's because I'm getting older...haha. I look for things that are quality items that aren't going to cost me an arm and a leg, but I don't want something so inexpensive that I have to keep replacing it. I guess my best advice when you love home decor is to invest your case wisely...piece by piece if you have expensive taste or are on a limited budget. Are you ready to accessorize your space? (Make sure you check out the first post for living area must haves here so you can get an idea of the space I'm putting together in my head!)
Item #1 is from LinenFeast
If you've never gotten to experience a kantha throw, you're seriously missing out! I have one that I purchased a couple of years ago, and I love it. These throws are so colorful and repurpose old saris (5-layers of sari fabric to be exact). The sari layers are hand-stitched according to a 100-year old West Bengal tradition, which means that you've got a large amount of culture and history within a single blanket. Can you imagine? Kantha throws are typically very bright and have unique combinations of fabrics. The brightness and variation are what drew me to them. Another plus is that they are light-weight and very breathable---perfect for any time of year (trust me, I've used mine in the winter and summer and it's perfect). If you're worried about washing, don't be! Just make sure you wash it on a delicate cycle and throw in a color catcher--I washed mine by itself the first time and the color catcher came out a vibrant red (just FYI). These throws are definitely not something to pass on, so make sure you check out the maker's shop for a variety of other colors and patterns.
Item #2 is from WatercolorMuse1
If you look closely at the throw, you'll notice some purple in there. I almost went with a green pillow, but I knew purple would be the best! The challenge of finding a purple pillow was not easy. Do you know how many purple pillows there are on etsy? 18,789 to be exact. I really knew this was the best one when I saw it, though. This pillow is made of dupioni silk that has the front panel painted (the other side is microfiber). It's like art for your couch. The watercolor effect is really neat because you can see the colors merging and flowing. It's also heat set to prevent transfer of color.
Item #3 is from WildRabbitsBurrow
Which my intense fascination with succulents here lately, I had to include these! They're so freaking cute!!!! I want them for myself!! The listing includes the three cacti in the image. Each pillow is made from a shade of green fleece and stuffed with fluffy fiberfill. I'm dying from the cuteness! I just need to combine cacti and kitties, and I'll be thrilled!!
NOTE: For the next part on curtains...yes, there are three different sets. No, I'm not crazy. Layering...it just works.
item #4 is from JadeInternational
I really like the look of layering curtains not only because it adds some texture to a space but also because it insulates (and right now it's freaking HOT). I actually have a set of curtains similar to this, but not as long as the outer layer of my office curtains. (When you have a cat, forget longer curtains...it ain't gonna happen. It's just a climbing challenge.) These curtains are a jute burlap meaning they won't be shedding everywhere like regular burlap. They're also longer and pool on the floor giving your space visual height. A great option in my opinion. (Note: the listing is only for 1 panel, but there are other listings in the shop.)
Item #5 is from TwistedBobbinDesigns
I really liked this green as middle layer to draw together the curtain and the kantha throw. If you want a blackout or thermal option, I'd suggest placing it in the middle, but that's my opinion. I like that there's not a large amount of white in this curtain, but it's not solid either. It also mimics the shapes in the throw. This set is unlined, but it's made of a duck material--kind of like a canvas material, so it definitely provides some light blocking but not a terrible amount. Like Goldilock--not too much and not too little.
Item #6 is from ClarasHandMade
For the innermost layer of curtains, I'd go with a sheer curtain to add some softness to the room when we have the texture and patterns already. The curtain is made from natural cotton so the color is off-white with flecks throughout the piece. They're very simple and so gorgeous on their own.
Item #7 is from warmpersonality
Every space (especially the living area) needs a plant of some sort. It can be living or artificial--it just depends on how green your thumb is. For those of you who absolutely suck at keeping plants alive or have no time to take care of any plants other than your veggie garden like me (I can be a mix of both), then I'd suggest artificial..If you can grow plants and keep them alive, then by all means go for fresh flowers or plants. This little flower arrangement is completely artificial, but looks SO real. The succulents are in a hand-painted, distressed mason jar with a small amount of artificial moss. If you like other colors, the maker has several to choose from as well as some cute little pillows.
Item #8 is from HangoutLighting
I don't know why I didn't put some lighting as essential for a living area in general, but I've got it now! I wouldn't suggest having this all over the room but maybe on a focal wall. It could become its own art piece. I'm really in love with the antique bulbs..they're just so interesting to me! The staggered lengths of the cables also adds a nice visual appeal. This lighting piece is pretty much completely customizable-the light bulbs, the twisted cord, the wood color, and the sockets for the light bulbs. I really don't think you could go wrong with this type of piece especially if you have the space for a 15-35 inch drop. I totally loving this :)
I'm going to end this edition now before I get adding even more stuff! That and bedtime is approaching..Don't want to be late (I've had my days)
I do hope you've enjoyed this edition of Weekly Wednesday! Maybe you got some ideas for your space! I know I've had fun browsing and gotten some other ideas for my house :) Feel free to share, tag, or link and head over to your favorite handmade site and show some artists some love!
Until next time,
Hi! I’m Meagan, designer for The Prickly Pear. I’ve created this blog to not only showcase my work and other crafty information, but also to give you an inside look into my life.