In the last 6 months, I have started to repossess my own home. This involves:
1. Moving all toys out of the living areas and into bedrooms and playrooms (with the exception of adorably cute art projects and books).
2. Tossing out enormous eyesores that have been masquerading as furniture for the past decade.
3. Acquiring new pieces of furniture and decor that I have personally selected for my home for the sole reason that I like them (and not because they are free, a good fit with children, or so cheap I can't pass them up).
4. Masking existing furniture eyesores that I cannot really afford to replace right now.
My latest initiative has been to acquire pillows. I figure that if I get enough pillows, I will forget how ugly the couches and chairs really are. At this point, I've purchased about 10 pillows and feel like I'm a bit of an expert. I've bought them from retail stores, on-line shopping groups, and my new favorite, etsy.com.
If you're not an etsy.com shopper yet, you should be! People make and sell a lot of really cool stuff! Like pillows! Like smelly body lotions! Even pasties! (I only know this because etsy.com sends out a newsletter and much to my suprise, there are a lot of people at home sewing pasties in different colors and shapes...who knew?)
If you are in the market for pillows, my absolute favorite pillows are from the esty shop, http://www.etsy.com/shop/marygamelin. Not only are they beautiful, but they come wrapped up like a present. It's just like my birthday or mother's day.... I select the gift, I pay for the gift, someone else wraps the gift and gives it to me. "Why that's exactly what I wanted! How did you know?" Best part, they are reasonably priced.
Here's my awesome new pilled from Mary Gamelin. See, even though I'm moving all of their crap out of my house, I still like like them enough to buy a pillow in their honor.