It's the Little Things

It's funny how little things can make you fall in love with a space all over again. I've always loved my living room. Its 200+ year old exposed beams and its pitted and scarred ancient pine floors are what first made me fall hard for this house. However, I'd grown accustomed to all of its charms over the past year.

The old, plaid pillows on my couches, though, didn't escape notice.  They were worn and tattered and I've looked for replacements for nearly a year without success. It's not easy to find pillows that are just your style, color scheme, and quality.  Well, I finally found just the ones that met all my wants.  And an added bonus, they are paisley and I love paisley.

Last weekend I also finally had my husband hang one of my favorite candleholders on the wall. It's a reproduction of an 18th century holder. I've had it for years and I'm not sure why I didn't think to hang it in this house before now. It sat forgotten in an antique trunk in my library.

These small, simple things have rekindled my desire to constantly be in this room.  They've added to the atmosphere, to the homeyness.  You don't always have to spend a lot of time or money to overhaul a room and fall in love again.  It's often the little things.


  1. So lovely, Alyson! You have such a beautiful home. I long for the day when I, too, can snuggle up in my very own living room ♥

  2. Your home is beautiful! What a wonderful room to just hang out and read in!

  3. Oh, I love everything about your house! I also really like that worn leather sofa.

  4. Your home always looks so cozy and welcoming....not to mention VERY clean ....thanks for the inspiration.

  5. Alyson, I've been lurking for almost a year (?) now and had to comment. Love your blog and your willingness to share your home and thoughts with others. Your blog is a bit of comfort as I am living on the West Coast and wanting so much to return to the New England area. So, I guess, I've been living vicariously though you and your blog? Haha!

    Good job on the blog and keep it up!

    Wanted to know also where'd you get the teacup? Thanks!

  6. Your room is lovely. You are right...it doesn't take much to give a room a fresh look.

  7. such a pretty room, very comfy and inviting. I cant wait to see it for myself :) love all the new additions!~

  8. Erin - Thanks so much, Erin! You will someday!

    Pattianne - Thank you! I do love to hang out in that room.

    Teresa - Thank you! We've had these sofas for 11 years, and the more worn they get, the better! :)

    ND - Thank you! I'm not a clean freak, but I do generally keep it pretty clean. My ADD brain can't take it otherwise!

  9. penandink - thanks for coming out of the lurking closet! ;) Thanks for all your comments! Guess we traded places, as I was raised in the west coast and have settled in New England. I purchased the teacup at a tiny antique store in Connecticut. But the make is easy to find on the internet, although I haven't seen it in black like mine is. It's called Myott Fine Stafforshire Ware Royal Mail.

    backroadjournal - Thank you!

    Heather - Thanks! Can't wait for you to come see it as well!

    Ellen - Thank you! It's been my favorite kitchen we've ever had.

  10. Alyson-

    Traded places? Yes, indeed, I think we have. ; )

    Thank you for the name and color of the teacup. I stared at the pic long enough ,thankfully my eyes didn't cross, and figured out that I have the same cups, Myott "Royal Mail", same color also but might be brown? Either way, great cups!

    Thanks for the reply and info!

  11. hey Alyson!

    How have I missed your last couple of posts. So lovely to have you bck. I'm glad you wnjoyed your trip, and I'm looking forward to tales of the Uk and France soon.

    Love the blanket box by the way

    Leanne xx

  12. The house is lovely and your furnishing make it even nicer. Have you considered a career in interior design?

  13. I love, love, love, your blog! I'm a big fan of New England, my mom's entire family is from Maine. Grew up in Ca. too and now live in the Washington State. Dream about moving to New England one day, if I can just get the husband and kids on board. In the meantime your blog is a perfect escape. Beautiful pictures and writing! Thanks so much for sharing!

  14. Alyson,
    the additions to your room are perfect! I'm also a big fan of paisley, love it! The candle holder has found the perfect home over that fabulous blanket box. I went with my sister to visit my niece at Dartmouth in Hanover last fall and fell in love with New England, somewhere I've always wanted to visit. Also made it to Woodstock, it was all fabulously beautiful! We are from CA, (family still out there),I've been in TN for 15yrs by way of NC and WI.