Give Thanks In All Things

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in
Christ Jesus for you”
‭‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5:18‬ ‭

 A couple of weeks ago, we took a look inside Katy’s bedroom that we decorated (see here: Blessings In Bloom) and I told you we would be back for more, so let me welcome you back to her home!  Today we will be in the living room, where the chalkboard says it all… “Give thanks in all things!” And I am so proud of Katy, that she is choosing to live life this way!  It is a beautiful example for all of us to see, and I wanted to give her the opportunity to share a little with us today…

Eucharisteo.  Ever heard of that word?  It simply means “to give thanks”.  This time of year, we see those words on everything from dish towels to church signs.  But to make that a signature of our life is quite another.  How on earth do we do that, especially when it doesn’t come naturally?  As I struggle to thank God in all things, I need to be reminded that the good hands of my Heavenly Father are in control of both, therefore He is worthy to be praised through it all!  He gives, he takes away, and remains faithful.  As Pam takes you through my living room, you will notice that hardly anything was bought by me.  It was all given to me by people who are so very special to me.  I love things that tell a story, and I think my living room does just that…from the tedious needlepoint work made by loving hands to the old suitcases that have traveled the world!  It all serves as a beautiful reminder to me each day that I have family and friends who love me and take care of me on this earth, but more than that, a good, good Heavenly Father who is the giver of all things.  Now that is a reason to be thankful.

Katy’s living room is warm and cozy…inviting you to come in!  We worked with what she had and I think the results are beautiful!

The sofa was passed down from Katy’s parents. Paisley window treatments from TJ Maxx work well with the existing sofa!  I love mixing patterns in a room…paisley with the plaid sofa!

The stack of suitcases make for an interesting little corner, since two of them belonged to family members.  The round case was used by Katy’s great aunt (who was somewhat of a wanderlust), and Katy rescued the one on the bottom from her Dad’s shop!

Her oldest brother was no longer using the rug, so it found its way into the living room!

This might be the cutest mug ever – purchased last week at Cracker Barrel’s gift shop!

In the late 70’s and early 80’s I was into cross-stitching.  This throw had been packed away for years and long forgotten…but it has found a happy home!  I remember that I worked weeks to complete it and I am honored that Katy loves it!

Autumnal touches on a table that she has had for a long time…so long that its origin is unknown!

The chaise lounge also belonged to her great aunt.  The upholstery was worn, but nothing that a brightly colored throw couldn’t hide!  The small gate leg table beside the chaise and the oak chest also belonged to Katy’s older brother!  The rabbit giclee has made its rounds to several of my family members and friends’ homes and now resides in this cozy little room!

The perfect pillow for the sofa was, of course, a TJ Maxx find!

Allison (my sweet daughter-in-love) had been given this frame with a broken mirror that she replaced with a chalkboard and in turn gave to Katy!  It is perfectly placed as you enter the front door!  What a fun way to greet your guests with personal and seasonal messages!

These cute wooden pumpkins were a gift from our pastor’s wife!

The copper metallic lamp was found at Hobby Lobby for 50% off.  The throw and down pillow are from TJ Maxx!

I love how everything came together for this room!

Katy and I on the day of her housewarming…my precious chosen daughter!

 As a decorator, I have worked with clients that had large budgets or no budget at all, but I also had clients that had restricted budgets.  I have always enjoyed the challenge of taking what a client has and making it work!  I hope this post inspires you to use what you have and add a few bargain accessories to bring beauty into your home. Please stay tuned for more from Katy’s home!

pam closing

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  1. Kim says:

    I love it all! Can I move in? (Not really, HH would have his feelings hurt.) The most beautiful spaces are the ones that look lived in and enjoyed, full of personal touches and memories. Katy’s space says it all. What a perfect room!

  2. Jo Ann Barnett says:

    Katy…I love yor new home and am so happy for you. Y’all did such a lovely job! I love the suitcases. And…. I have to know, who wrote on the chalk board ? Love it!

  3. Two great decorators make a good team. Your room is cozy and charming with many personal meaningful touches. I think HOME on the pillow is perfect. It’s your home full of family memories of furniture passed along to be cherished by a new family member now.
    Love your chalkboard.

  4. Rebecca says:

    What a sweet room. Warm and comfy. And I especially like the fact that you used so many items from the family. Decorating to me is not just about being magazine perfect but surrounding yourself with love and family. You managed both of these in this beautiful room. Blessings.

  5. maryintheboondocks says:

    Now this is truly a home. So warm and inviting, with lots of special little touches.. You did a fantastic job.

  6. harropaj says:

    Love the owl mug so much – love it all – Thanks for linking up to Pin Worthy Wednesday, I have pinned your post to the Pin Worthy Wednesday Pinterest Board.

  7. Jann Olson says:

    Katy’s home is warm and cozy! It’s the mixture of old and new that makes a house a home. All new is boring. All old sometimes smells musty, but the mixture is divine! 🙂 Love the throw and glad that it came out of storage. The chalkboard art is sweet. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

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