Slow Decorating: How We Make Our House A Home

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We were away last weekend celebrating the upcoming arrival of our new granddaughter with friends and family. We had a wonderful time! Such a special season. Although I was very sad to leave the people we love, I always enjoy returning to my daily rhythms and routines. Plus, I couldn’t wait to ride an antique bamboo cart we brought with us!

Slow Decoration: How We Make Our House a Home
Sources: Printed lampshade + wall light //

The first thing I did when we got home was run out and check on my peonies! I brought some flowers for a bouquet. It feels good to have flowers to cut again. I missed all the flower hunting I could do in our last garden! A cutting garden is high on my priority list for this house. Fortunately, the deer don’t seem to bother the peonies in our neighborhood, so I plan to plant many more.

Slow Decoration: How We Make Our House a Home
Sources: Checkered chair // bamboo shades (you can see my post with details on these shades here with close up photos) // Jute and Cotton Rug: Click here for more details and read my FAQ post here with a close-up photo of carpet

Here’s the vintage bamboo cart my mom has been saving for me! She’s had this stroller at her house for years, but she didn’t have room for it at Tiny Cottage. I’m so excited to have it here! I’m still not sure what I’ll put in it. I would love to use it for plants, if possible. My mom always put plants and books in it. My dogs eat plants, so unfortunately that makes it a little complicated. 🙂 I can’t wait to style the cart and this corner.

Slow Decoration: How We Make Our House a Home

My mom had asked me a few months ago if I wanted the stroller here and my answer was YES! She didn’t even know she still had it.

This is not a big room, so I want to get the right furniture and accessories for our taste. Enough to be interesting as well as comfortable, but not so much that we feel crowded. It takes time to figure it out (and I’ll probably always be changing things).

Every layer we find or incorporate makes this house feel more like home – it’s starting to tell our stories! This is how I always love to decorate. Slow, layered, serene and meaningful.

In a world where the goal of decorating seems to be instant, quick, modern makeovers, I enjoy this slow, thoughtful process even more.

Slow Decoration: How We Make Our House a Home
Sources: Jute Wrapped Chandelier with Shades (many tone options) // Rattan serving cart // Patterned Rug (Ocean/Gold Color)// More sources at the end

Once I brought the stroller in, I had to relocate a few things and was inspired to reorganize them a bit. Let the putting begin! I grabbed a couple of navy blue scalloped trays I had purchased to use in the summer (I bought them at HomeGoods) and made a quick little “centerpiece” with one for the dining room table. Use what you have! I was going to go out and cut some hydrangeas but decided to wait until I took some photos outside this week. The sun is supposed to be out!

Slow Decoration: How We Make Our House a Home

Then I wondered if the round table between the two chairs in my living room felt a little crowded or out of place in some way. I had planned to buy new chairs, but put it off once I found my bed on Facebook Marketplace. Once I moved the table, I loved the opening. Instead of the larger round one, I will use smaller accent tables for drinks, etc. We like to keep the doors open in the summer for the dogs and when we have people over, so it feels a little more open this way!

I didn’t know what to do with the table, so I lowered the sides and put it behind the couch temporarily. Now I think I like it there! I was going to buy something similar anyway, but maybe this will do, at least for now! We can use an extra dining table anyway when the family is here so it will be useful and still easy to move around.

Slow Decoration: How We Make Our House a Home

I wasn’t sure what to do with the basket that had been sitting next to the bamboo cart, so I placed it on top of the other basket that landed here a few weeks ago! A happy accident, I love it.

I don’t love the black hole of a fireplace when it’s not in use and since I can’t put anything in it (the insert is behind glass), this makes it feel a lot more like summer to me!

Slow Decoration: How We Make Our House a Home

I’m excited to have my newest antique pieces on either side of the fireplace. Now we have the marble-topped sink on one side and the bamboo cart on the other. It is a serene look and tells more than one story, which I love.

I shared about the vintage sink in this post.

Slow Decoration: How We Make Our House a Home
Sources: Scalloped Shade Lamp on sale (color and size options, mine is the smallest) // Kitchen Supplies

Then, as I stepped back and looked into the kitchen, I had an idea for a super simple swap. I took down two plates that I had on the wall and replaced them with my blue and white bowls. The blue and white seemed more summery to me! I love it!

Related Post: How I Hang Plates, Platters, and Bowls on a Wall

That’s all I’ve done so far, but now I really want to get out in the sun! I want to show you our progress soon!

Are you a slow decorator? Come sit with us! we are opening our HomeBody community Just this week so we can start the new season together on Monday! Learn more and register here.

This summer we are learning to care for ourselves and our homes with simple, slow and savored seasonal rhythms.


I had more photos from this day, so I’m putting them below followed by a list of room sources.

Slow Decoration: How We Make Our House a Home
Slow Decoration: How We Make Our House a Home
Slow Decoration: How We Make Our House a Home
Slow Decoration: How We Make Our House a Home
Slow Decoration: How We Make Our House a Home
Sources: Checkered chair – with brown plaid pillow // Blue blanket – called organic cotton fleece
Slow Decoration: How We Make Our House a Home
Slow Decoration: How We Make Our House a Home

Striped Blue Ruffle Pillow

bamboo shades (you can see my post with details on these shades here with close up photos)

Similar Tufted Ottomans

Pleated screen (see my post with more pleated lampshades here)

Wicker Storage Trunk

Jute and Cotton Rug: Click here for more details (Mine is beige) and read my FAQ post here with a close-up photo of rug.

Blue and white flower pot

Leather sofa – no longer sold but here is the chair version

Blue Battery Operated Taper Candles

Checkered chair – with brown plaid pillow

Blue and Green Battery Taper Candles

Rattan serving cart through the kitchen

Scalloped Shade Lamp in Kitchen

Dining room Patterned Rug (Ocean/Gold Color)

Rattan dining chairs – SimilaMine were from here but exhausted

Blue Stripe Covers (Downey Blue Fabric)

Parsons Dining Chairs

Jute Wrapped Chandelier with Shades (many shade options)

Fabric for dining bench – this reversible blanket

Living Room Paint Color: Beach Glass Benjamin Moore

Trim Paint Color: Classic Light Buff Sherwin Williams

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