Like any room, our living room is in a constant state of progress. It’s pretty rare to find someone – even a blogger – who will ever declare a room truly “finished”. Well, our living room is FAR from finished but it is definitely coming along nicely!

Not only am I updating you on the progress of my living room decor today, I’m also letting you in on a new step for Flourish & Knot! As of August, I became an affiliate of Etsy Canada. If you’re not already familiar with Etsy, it is an online marketplace that connects people around the world, with a particular focus on unique or handmade items. I’ve had a major crush on Etsy, ever since Erick purchased my perfect wedding jewelry through an artisan in Australia.

As an affiliate, I can link directly to shops and products that I particularly love, and when my readers purchase them via the link on my blog, I make a small commission. It’s a small step towards Flourish & Knot actually generating some income (I have a DIY habit to support, after all) and it’s a great chance to connect you, dear readers, with awesome Canadian artisans.

From now on, if a post contains any affiliate links, I will make sure to include this disclaimer directly in the post:

This post contains affiliate links. If you click on a link and choose to purchase a product, I will receive a small commission. Any personal or banking information provided to Etsy will not be disclosed to me.

If you have any questions regarding my work as an Etsy affiliate, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Last time we checked in on the living room, I had done a few things to spruce it up for the spring, but things were still very unfinished.

We painted everywhere and that's about as far as we've gotten!

We still have plenty to do here (and I’ll get to my plans for that in a moment!) but we have managed to cross a few more things off our to-do list:

  • sew some cushion covers in the same fabric as the curtains
  • hem the curtains (only a year later but whatevs)
  • get a new lamp (or two)
  • find a solution for the wireless router and CD player that are on the floor (yes, we still play CDs on occasion – what is your point??)
  • put up some artwork – especially over the GIANT sofa!
  • buy a new sofa, two new armchairs, build/buy side tables… Generally overhaul 🙂

Our living room as of September 2015 - still lots of decorating to do! | flourishandknot.com

This summer I was able to cross hemming the curtains and sewing some throw cushions off my list. I also borrowed a side table from my parents to house the CD player and router system. It is by no means a permanent solution (because they’ll want it back eventually), but at least those items are no longer sitting on the floor.

Erick an I also regularly go back and forth on whether to use the yellow and cream damask or blue polka dot armchair in this space. The blue one actually goes with our guest room set, so we like to keep them together, but it is a far nicer piece that the yellow one (which was a $30 Varage Sale find). Of course, the plan is to replace the furniture in this room with something more to our taste, but funds are what they are… So we’re making them work for now!

I sewed both the larger grey and smaller patterned throw pillows with remnants from other sewing projects. Two thumbs up for DIY recycling!

A simple and easy-to-sew cushion cover | flourishandknot.com

An easy-to-sew cushion cover | flourishandknot.com

I’m going to post a tutorial for those cushion covers as soon as possible! They are so easy to sew and are a great solution for people who can’t/won’t pay $40 for a cushion cover sewers of all levels.

On our trip to Prince Edward Island, we purchased a really charming print of shorebirds by local artist Nancy Ching. It is now hanging on one of the living room walls!

I love it so much! I’m really happiest when I’m near the ocean, so this art will remind me of our romantic PEI vacation whenever I’m having a dull or down day.

Of course, there is still that GIGANTIC wall space behind the sofa which is desperately crying out for some artwork. I really don’t know whether to go with a larger piece ($$$) or a couple of smaller pieces (also $$$). Here are some of my favourites from Etsy.

Watercolor Painting Landscape Mountain Art Print by NancyKnightArt

Mountain Watercolour Print by Nancy Knight

Neige colorée art contemporain paysage hiver by Constance BeaulieuNeige Colorée by Constance Beaulieu

At the edge of the L'Assomption River by Constance Beaulieu

At the Edge of the L’Assomption River by Constance BeaulieuCloud Over the Lake by VESNAsArtCloud Over the Lake by VESNAsArtWaterfall by Andrada

Waterfall by Andrada

I’m constantly attracted to any artwork that features water, so it’s all very convenient that our living room is done in greys and blues. I also prefer something more impressionistic or abstract, and of course I’m a total sucker for watercolour. My grandfather was a watercolour artist, so the style is very near and dear to my heart.

Anyone have any suggestions for us? Maybe you have a creative way of dressing that wall space that won’t cost us an arm and a leg? I’d love to hear your ideas if you have ’em!

I’ll be back later this week with Part II of my “Yes We CAN!” preserving recipes. I hope you caught last week’s pickle post. I’m also working hard on a couple of autumnal DIY projects. Fall may be busy, but it’s my favourite season!

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  1. it all looks great – I love the water colour artworks – so many to choose from! and also your waterbirds. The cushions are great too – the same but different which is nice and avoids too much matchy/matchy.

  2. I love all of the paintings, but don’t really know which would look the best over your couch. I’m terrible with decorating. I have absolutely nothing above my couch right now, because I can’t make up my mind. ugh…. I’m sure you’ll decide; you have great taste! Thanks for linking at Together on Tuesdays!!!!

  3. Hi Sarah! You space is coming along nicely! Those paintings are beautiful, I love etsy but my bank account doesn’t Ha! I love how your doing everything yourself, it’s so much more personal and it feels so much better knowing you made it yourself. My suggestions for over the wall (with the couch) would be maybe a gallery wall? If you have extra photos/paintings laying around or accessories you can hang on the wall, I think it would look great! Or maybe add a few floating selves or ledges you can use to lean things on (they’re relatively inexpensive at ikea). Just some suggestions 🙂 Hope those help!

    • Thanks for all your suggestions! We’ve actually just acquired a piece of art that belonged to my grandmother, so we’re thinking an elegant (and sparing) gallery wall. I like the idea of the shelves, but I think I may save that for the hallway or foyer.

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