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January 9, 2018

Living Room With a Fresh Look

Last week I started putting the living room back together.  I switched up a couple of things on the mantel borrowing items from other areas.

The big wood bowl had little Christmas trees in it during the holiday.  I still wanted to use it in this room and decided to give it a go up on the mantel.  I mixed in the deco balls and artichokes I've used in other containers and I think it worked out nicely.

The candlesticks were new last summer and offer some softness which I thought would look nice next to the portrait.  

This white lantern was already here before and so was the candle votive but set up differently.

The lantern/conservatory has moved around the room but is now back on the hearth.

I pulled it apart and re-did the bottom with a layer of dark green moss.

I added this combo of natural and green reindeer moss.

I picked up this cherub early last fall but hadn't used it yet.  I love how it looks like such an old piece.

The Christmas Cactus now resides out in the living room as it outgrew it's space near the kitchen.  I open the bottom of the shade when it's sunny.  Our windows have a UV protective coating so it doesn't really get a full shot of UV.  This is a south facing window and it was used to an eastern exposure so I hope it will continue to do well.

The sun was dipping in and out through the afternoon...

A little more greenery for the room- once again using the metal planter that I've used many times.

I swapped places with the large dark stained tray and put it on this game table which offers a nice contrast.   I like how it mixes with the darker tone in the chairs.  Two of these pieces used to be on the coffee table came along with it. 

This tray had been on the game table but I like how it looks here better- again a better contrast.  Using some more decorative pieces I had on hand gives a whole new look.  I got the tray a few years ago at Pier 1.  I would like a small glass object to sit on there too but don't have what I am looking for yet.

So thrilled when the sun comes out during these long winter days.  

I've been tearing through closets straightening things up.  We have made some nice donations with things I've decided to let go of so I feel good about that.


  1. Lovin' the fresh look, Liz!!! I do love the deer bowl on the mantle.

    1. Thank you Ron! I never imagined it would work so well there so I’m glad I tried it.

  2. The deer bowl is fabulous Liz. I love the conservatory lantern and how you have that styled. So pretty. That lantern has so much character too. Have a good week.

  3. So many beautiful things here. I love the pieces that are reminiscent of a garden, especially in the winter when the garden is resting. The cherub with the pan flute is so precious. My older daughter was a flutist in high school and college and I am drawn to them. Thanks for sharing. Your room looks lovely.

    1. Thank you Lorri! I’m glad you gave the “pan flute” a name. I couldn’t find any reference to describe what it should be called. I also played flute from 5th grade through high school!

    2. I think that the pan flute has to do with the god Pan from Greek mythology. I think that he was half man/half four legged animal, goat or horse maybe,and played the flute? My other daughter played the sax but you don't find any garden cherubs with a saxophone. I have a little cherub too, but with a standard flute, or maybe it is a piccolo. The flute is such a beautiful instrument.

  4. Liz, Your home is so pretty. I love the touches of greenery. Blessings to you, hope you are having a good start to the new year.. xoxo, Susie

  5. Hi Liz, I've been enjoying your blog for awhile now. I'll bet you didn't know you had a reader in Russia! I teach in Moscow at an international school, but look forward to the day I will once again be in my own home with my own furniture. Maybe I should send you a few pictures for some tips on what to do with the 80's era blue and maroon striped furniture the teacher apartments are furnished with. ; ) Thanks for all the great ideas.

    1. Thank you for being a follower. How fun to learn that you are following from Russia! I bet it is challenging to live within the decorating confines of the 80’s blue/maroon design! Sounds like slip covers would be a big help! I tried to reply to the email but it shows “no reply blogger”.

  6. Liz, everything looks so fresh after Christmas. The touch of green is perfect as well as your mantel! Happy New Year!


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Welcome to Home and Gardening With Liz. I have combined my previous blogs “Infuse With Liz” and “Sit With Me In My Garden” into this new blog. I love interior decorating and gardening. I enjoy redefining interior spaces by moving things around and reusing decorative items already found in the home. I also enjoy creating tablescapes and an occasional crafting project. I'm so pleased you've stopped by. I invite you to follow me and I do hope you will keep coming back! Liz
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