Monthly Archives: May 2014

I love these cottage gardens full of beautiful perennials!  Which is your favorite?

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You don’t have to be a minimalist and live with hardly anything to achieve simple living. Simple living is more of a mindset than a protocol. Surrounding yourself with things that make you happy and don’t weigh you down will help to create the inner peace that fuels simple living.  Part of simple living is about decluttering your life whether it be physical items or mental clutter.

As you may know from previous posts, I am a recovering sentimental pack rat.  I have a hard time letting go of anything that reminds me of something from the past.  What I have discovered though is that I was holding onto a lot of things that weren’t making me happy. Many of them did the opposite and reminded me of things that I really didn’t want to remember.  They also kept me trapped in the past.

Once I started asking myself “does it make you happy” when looking at an object, I found it was much easier to let go when the answer was “no”. Don’t get me wrong, it was still very hard for a gal who is very sentimental.  I hemmed and hawed over some of the items.  One of the hardest to let go was roses from my grandparents’ funerals.  I had wanted something to remind me of them, but I realized that the roses reminded me of an awful time and didn’t really honor their memory the way I wanted to remember them.  Instead, I wanted to remember them by the cookie jar on the counter that was always filled with cookies when I went to my grandparents’ house as a kid. That cookie jar is now on my kitchen counter.  The roses are gone.  I’d rather remember my grandparents by the way things were when times were happy than by the last hard days at their funerals. Plus, I feel like I am honoring their memory the way that they would want to be remembered.

This is just one example, but I discovered that there were many other examples in my basement packed away in boxes or out on display that didn’t make me happier or bring me joy. Why would I keep them?

What do you have in your home that doesn’t bring you joy or make you happy?  What is weighing you down so that you can’t achieve inner peace?  These are some very important questions to ask yourself.  There could be guilt associated with letting some of these things go but if it is robbing you of being able to achieve simple living, then it’s not worth the price of your inner peace.

 

I am in love with covered patios and these fabulous covered patios are to die for!

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Check out these and other great ideas on my Pinterest Boards

You don’t have to have a cottage to create a cottage-y feel in your home.  Create a cottage haven in your home with some cottage style elements. In this segment of my cottage style decorating series, try wainscoting as a way to create cottage style decor in an entire room or in a small room such as a bathroom.

Take a look at these beautiful rooms using wainscoting:

 

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For many more cottage style decorating ideas, visit my Pinterest Boards:

http://www.pinterest.com/thesimplelifede/

Or Visit The Simple Life Decor

Create a cottage-y feel even if you don’t have a cottage with different cottage style elements in your home.  The focus of this part of my series on creating a cottage haven in your home is in using shutters.

Take a look at these beautiful rooms using shutters:

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 Follow my  Pinterest Boards for many more ideas on Cottage Style Decoratin

Or Shop The Simple Life Decor

There are many cool ideas for using reclaimed wood to create beautiful displays in your home or cottage. Check out some of these ideas!

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What is your favorite?

Follow my Pinterest Boards to see other great cottage style decorating ideas.

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Shop The Simple Life Decor

You don’t have to have a cottage to create a cottage style haven in your home.  There are some elements you can add to your home to give it a cottage feel without having to go anywhere. In the first segment of my Cottage Style Haven series I’ll show you some awesome paneling to add to your walls and ceiling that are stylish and not dated like the wood paneling from days gone by. Deck the walls with these beautiful ideas.

Take a look at these beautiful rooms. Would you ever use wood paneling in your home?

 

 

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Follow my Pinterest boards for a lot more wood paneling ideas:

Coastal Decor

Nautical Decor

New England Cottage Decor

Fabulous Interiors

Shabby Chic Cottage

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My name is Wendy and after leaving a stressful career, I am on a journey to a simpler life. I have started a business called The Simple Life Decor (thesimplelifedecor.com) specializing in mid to high end cottage style furniture and decor for cottages and primary homes. My blog is focused on living a simpler life whether it be through creating a serene environment in your home or simple living tips! Subscribe to my list and shop TheSimpleLifeDecor.com!

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