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Welcome to our neutral “cozy cottage” living room decorated for spring!

amazing painted stairs painted stair runner grain stripe

Come on in! The first thing you see when you walk through our front door is our staircase with painted stair runner and gallery wall.

gallery wall with old mirrors and frames painted stairs

I really love this little gallery wall. I used antique mirrors and vintage picture frames, two of my favorite things to collect!  I am always on the lookout for more! When we removed the carpet the stairs were in really bad shape. There wasn’t time to redo the floors since we were moving in right before Christmas, so we decided to paint a grain stripe runner with colors inspired from some of my old vintage suitcases.

Turning to the right as you enter you can see the fireplace and cozy sitting area, as well as the beautiful French doors leading into dining room. The 96 year old doors and fireplace were major selling points for me! The original ceiling was wood but we dressed it up with bigger beams. LOVE IT! All the woodwork really gives the home a lot of character.

I have decorated the living room in cozy cottage style using neutrals. I incorporate shabby-French- brocante-cottage-farmhouse-industrial-chic-flea-market style accessories and collectibles. Basically I use whatever I love!

French Country Farmhouse Style dining room with vintage wallpaper

You can see into the dining room from our living room area. While I love the pretty vintage style wallpaper I am thinking of using something more neutral to brighten it up later this summer.

modern farmhouse living room neutral decorating ideas

Here is our quiet and cozy sitting area which my family uses daily. The bookcase belonged to my Great, Great Grandfather, my oldest family heirloom. It is filled with favorite books and trinkets and momentos from family vacations.

Neutral living room vintage bookcase

My husband and I designed our coffee table using the top from an old pedestal table and the bottom of a different side table. I wanted a Restoration Hardware style so I gave the table a DIY gray wash I made from lots of different leftover paints in my stash. Currently it is all decorated for Easter and spring!

Neutrals Easter Decorating living room

demijohn with pussy willow vintage postcards spring decorating

vintage Easter vignette birdhouse birds nests eggs

I shared more of coffee table styling along with many other ideas in Easter Decorating With Bunnies and Blooms!

restoration hardware inspired living room decor

Cute spring mantel vignette birds

I am always moving things around and trying out different vignettes. Right now I have a spring bird theme on the mantel.

neutral living room with coffered ceiling beams vintage salvage corbels

Here is a shot of the view coming down the stairs. I love to sit on the couch in the morning drinking my tea and watching all the deer in the forest across the street through our three big windows.

french doors wood ceiling corbels music room guitar

Sitting on the couch looking behind back toward the door and stairs you can get a view into my music office and lessons studio. I painted the room dark green obviously very influenced by the fact that we moved in right before Christmas. While it looks absolutely amazing with all the Christmas colors, I am not really happy with it year round, so I have decided to carry my neutral scheme into the music room. Hopefully the room will be getting a makeover this summer! You can also see the vintage suitcases which inspired the painted stair runner.

Modern farmhouse style neutral decor gallery wall antique mirrors vintage clocks

In front of the stairs is an old wooden table. I am always changing it up for the seasons.

pretty pastel easter eggs decorating books vignette

I have used some bright and colorful books for spring along with some pretty Easter eggs, vintage postcard and a beautiful peony in a teal bottle for a springy display.

sweet easter eggs and vintage postcard

I love having a neutral color scheme! It makes it easy to change the decor seasonally with accessories and holiday items. I especially enjoy using vintage postcards for quick and easy holiday touches. You can see how I have used them in my Easter vignettes here.

Thank you so much for visiting! I really hope you enjoyed this first tour of my living room. If you liked seeing all of my original stained trim, you will certainly want to check out Trending: Original Unpainted Woodwork And Stained Trim where you can see many more beautiful homes with stunning woodwork.

Have a joyful Easter!


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  • Reply Stacie Arthur

    Amber! I am so excited for you! Can wait to check out every detail ❤

    April 11, 2017 at 5:34 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you Stacie!!!

      April 12, 2017 at 1:22 am
  • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

    Thank you Stacie! I am so glad you visited. It means a lot!

    April 11, 2017 at 6:53 pm
  • Reply Phyllis Hunter

    Congrats on your blog! Enjoyed touring your home. Beautiful styling and look forward to seeing what you do with the music room wall color.

    April 11, 2017 at 7:28 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you so very much! I appreciate you stopping by today!

      April 12, 2017 at 1:22 am
  • Reply Erica Swagler @living_in_a_landmark

    Your house is beautiful Amber. Love all the woodwork and your collections. I’m inspired to paint my stairs with a runner! Congrats on the new page!!!

    April 11, 2017 at 11:21 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you so much! I am so glad you stopped by!

      April 12, 2017 at 1:16 am
  • Reply Pamela-FromMyFrontPorchToYours

    You have such an amazingly beautiful home!

    April 12, 2017 at 5:27 am
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you very much!

      April 12, 2017 at 4:57 pm
  • Reply Kerryanne

    Hi Amber,
    Thank you for linking up at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week and throughout 2017. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all your projects and hope you’ll continue to share your awesomeness with us in 2018.
    May your New Year be filled with lots of creative endeavours!!
    Hugs ~ Kerryanne

    January 5, 2018 at 1:41 am
  • Reply Debbie-Dabble

    I Love all the woodwork in your beautiful home!! Your home looks very pretty and welcoming!! Oh No, you are going to paint your music room!! I LOVE that room!!

    March 4, 2018 at 9:07 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thanks Debbie! No worries…this was LAST year’s spring home tour. I already painted the room this past fall, which you have seen in all my Christmas posts this year. I will be sharing this year’s spring home tour in a blog hop next weekend. I hope you will come and tour again. Happy March!

      March 6, 2018 at 4:13 am
  • Reply JaneEllen

    You have such a beautiful home, love everything I saw. Your gallery wall on stairway is incredible, I might need to borrow some of your decorating ideas,you have a knack for styling.
    Enjoy your wonderful home and happy week

    March 5, 2018 at 6:53 am
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you so much JaneEllen! That was my home tour from last year. I will be participating in a spring home tour sharing my decor from this year on March 14-16. I hope you will stop back by then. Have a great week!

      March 6, 2018 at 4:10 am
  • Reply Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond

    I love neutrals they are always so elegant. Thanks for sharing your ideas with us at #BloggersPitStop and have a great week.

    March 10, 2018 at 11:07 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you much for hosting Sue!

      March 23, 2018 at 1:35 am
  • Reply Fabby

    Very beautiful amber, I love your style.

    I will check your decoration for this year too.


    March 12, 2018 at 12:57 am
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