Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Botanical Prints and a New Pouf

Hi there! Have y'all noticed all the pretty botanical prints floating around blogland lately? I sure have. I wanted to try making a small gallery wall using some of them. 

Here's what I came up with...

Actually, mine probably doesn't qualify as a "gallery wall" because I only used 4 prints, but whatever. :)

Here's a couple of pics of what this wall looked like before...

See how tall the ceilings are? I just felt I needed something else on either side of the mirror to beef it up a bit. 

My first stop was, of course, The Graphics Fairy. I found four prints that I liked, had my son print them for me on quality photographic paper, and popped them in $4 frames from Walmart. 

Here's a few more "afters"...

free botanical prints for gallery wall

I like how they take up more room on this big wall now. 

botanical prints gallery wall

You can see that there's a little color in the prints, but I think they still go well with my neutral colors I have going on. 

graphics fairy botanical prints in gallery wall

Here are some closer shots of the individual prints... 

And now let me tell you the story of my new pouf...

Many years ago we had a red fabric sofa and loveseat that had recliners on each end. I loved the fact that it looked like a traditional sofa, but still had the built in recliners. We had that set for about 14 years. We loved that all four of us could put our feet up in them. We eventually got rid of that set and bought the leather furniture. (and I think you all know how THAT turned out) :) We've since purchased yet another sofa and loveseat for our living room, but have always kind of missed the recliners. Because of that, we've always had an ottoman in there to put our feet up on.

Our old ottoman matched our leather sofa and loveseat, so ever since we got the new set, I've been on the lookout for an ottoman or "pouf" to match. I found a grey one online at Walmart that I liked. It said it could be used as extra seating, which was an added bonus, but it was always out of stock.

I had been stalking the Walmart website for about a month, checking every day to see if this grey pouf was back in stock. Finally one day, it was available! I quickly put it into my cart and checked out before they could change their minds. :) 

I put this pic on Instagram the day it was delivered. I was so excited to finally get my pouf!

Then, of course, I started realizing it wasn't as big as I wanted. When we sat on it for the "extra seating" our knees were up to our chins. My love for it started to wane a bit. Then I remembered seeing one in the Target ad I really liked. I saw it a few weeks ago, but didn't want to spend the $60 they were asking for it. But, when it went on sale for $45, that made it a little more palatable and brought it down to about the same price I paid for the Walmart one.

Here they are side by side. You can see how much bigger the Target one is on the left. And the Target one specifically says it can hold up to 200 lbs. so it can definitely be used for extra seating. 

So, we decided to return the Walmart one in favor of the bigger, more practical Target one. 

It's so comfy to rest your feet on. 

target pouf as extra seating

Here's a close up of the fabric.

I love how well it goes with my new living room furniture. 

When I'm relaxing on the sofa, I sometimes use it as a side table. You can see just how much it can hold too...I have my reading glasses, phone, remote, and a couple of magazines on it with plenty of room to spare. Since the pouf is kind of squishy, I have a small plastic tray I'm going to put on it to hold my tea cup. I'm doing a makeover on the tray and will share that soon. 

threshold zigzag pouf

And that's it! Have any of you purchased a pouf lately? 



  1. Your gallery wall with the prints is lovely! Think you made a great choice in switching out the poufs. The Target one is a much better fit. Your room looks so homey :-)

    Happy Tuesday..

    1. Thanks, Sherri! I'm happy with my pouf choice too. :) The Target one is a lot more practical, I think. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!

  2. Hi Lisa,
    I've certainly missed your posts and decorating! I love the poof and it looks perfect with your other furniture. My daughter bought one of those in yellow and it's great! I had an ottoman with a large chair I used to have. Gave them both away and still regret not keeping the ottoman. :( Great job on your prints too! I agree that the wall needed something else...you nailed it. :)


  3. I love the idea of printing things from The Graphics Fairy in order to have artwork. Those botanical prints look great! I've actually considered making my own botanical artwork using real pressed greenery from outside. Love your new pouf! I agree that the one from Target is more substantial. Glad that you were able to make that change. It matches your family room perfectly!

  4. I love the gallery wall! The botanicals were a great choice for that spot. Your pouf is so neat! I've looked at those and always wonder if they are really comfortable. You'll have to let us know.

  5. You nailed it with the prints! They do look awesome and fills that wall much better!
    Ps. Love the pouf too!

    1. Thanks, Luisa! That big ol' wall had been bugging me for a long time. Gotta love all the free artwork that's available these days!

  6. Your pouf is just perfect for your space! And, it's wonderful that it's so versatile and can be a side table, an extra seat, or a foot stool. Multi-function pieces are the best, aren't they? And, you can never go wrong with the Graphics Fairy - gorgeous prints! Can't wait to see what you've done with your tray.

    1. Thank you, Carolyn! I'm definitely getting lots of use out of that pouf! Love it when an item is so versatile. Makes you feel like you got more for your money. :) Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a lovely Wednesday!!

  7. Love your botanical prints!! And your new pouf is so pretty...and it looks comfy, too!! I definitely like the Target one better than the Walmart one, too! I've always liked poufs but haven't bought one yet :)

  8. Love your botanical prints....they look great with the mirror! Your new pouf is fabulous....it's all trial and error at times when it comes to decorating. LOL!!!

  9. Lisa, the botanical's look so pretty! They really jazz up that wall and what a savings! They are super expensive to buy.

    We are totally on the same wavelength. I was at a blog and saw the pouf's from Target. I wasn't crazy about the $60 price but I ordered two anyway. When they came I was really scratching my head because I really had no space for them!! I had thought of them to use for extra seating but we don't need that. Finally I stuck one in front of hubby's favorite chair and he loves to put his feet up on it and set his laptop and remotes on it. I got the ones that sort of look like seagrass. I gave the second one to my daughter in law. Oh, by the way, they went on sale about a week after I got mine! :(

    Jane xx

  10. Oh Lisa, what an ordeal to get the pouf you wanted! ;) But I love the Target one waaaay better! As soon as you showed the picture I wondered if you returned the Walmart one. I would've too! By the way, I love your couch! Your living room looks so inviting!
    Kendra @ www.joyinourhome.com

    1. Thanks, Kendra! I'm totally the "queen of returns" lol! Glad you like the Target one best too. It's way bigger and even more comfy than the Walmart one. Thanks for the compliment on the couch. We used to have leather furniture, but it went bad quickly. I'll never buy leather again. Ha! Hope you have a great weekend, friend! Thanks for stopping by!

  11. Lisa, I feel like I haven't visited your blog in months. LOL Let me start by saying I love your new botanical prints. They are perfect on each side of the mirror and I love, love the wreath! The whole vignette is gorgeous. Your new pouf is beautiful. Love the fabric and it looks so comfy. It is perfect in your living room.

  12. Ooh, the assembly of photos above the table look really nice. You have a beautiful home.

    1. Thank you! I'm glad y'all can't see all the "oops" holes in the wall I made while trying to get the prints "just right." Lol! Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

  13. Love those botanical prints, will have to check out that site. Have a great weekend.

  14. Love your new pouf and your prints. The new grouping looks so much more balanced.

  15. Love your new pouf and such a great deal!!! I noticed your coffee table is round (as is mine) and I love the tray you have on it. May I ask where you found it? Thanks!~~Angela


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