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Have I told you that I am a huge fan of ticking stripes mixed with checks, blush and even a little ruffle? I think it might be the romantic in me — I love fresh flowers and believe that a bouquet belongs in every room.

The other day, I walked into HomeGoods and found everything I needed to give my living room a fresh look for spring and summer. It all started with a taupe and white checked pillow, which led to finding a few blush and ticking striped pillows, too. Slowly, a romantic living room refresh started to come together, right there in my cart.

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1. When refreshing your room, think pillows and quilts for an inexpensive and easy-to-change look.

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These pillows are pretty on their own, and even more so when they’re stacked together on the sofas. The most gorgeous taupes, grays, blush and whites play perfectly together.

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I also added a pale gray matelasse and ruffle quilt to cozy up in. But, I bumped into something else pretty spectacular while I was shopping.

2. Add something with big impact to make a bigger change in your space. Think furniture, a rug or wall art.

You know the feeling when you turn down an aisle and find the perfect item waiting for you? Let’s just say that I kept a close eye and guarded my find until the ticket said that treasure belonged to me.

This treasure was one that was covered in chipped paint charm.

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It had carvings and layers galore.

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A mottled old mirror that was perfection — and did I mention it is huge? It’s almost 9 feet tall and 4 feet wide!

When I found this mirror, it was on a shelf on its side. I didn’t even realize how large it was; I just knew that I loved it and it needed to come home with me.

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It is pretty perfect leaning against the wall in the living room. And between that mirror and a pile of pretty pillows, my living room is ready for summer already.

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3. For an easy and refreshing summer style, think light and airy colors and textures. Mix and mingle them for a collected look and add your signature touch, fresh flowers and a favorite candle. 

Restyling your room for each season is easy if you think about ways to incorporate what you have, while adding a couple new elements for a fresh feeling.

That mirror might be one of my favorite HomeGoods finds!

Courtney is a paid blogger. She writes the blog lifestyle blog French Country Cottage where she shares design, outdoor living and entertaining inspirations along with the ongoing renovations of her 1940’s cottage.


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