I've been struggling while attempting to redecorating our small living room recently. I can't seem to come up with a cohesive overall look. I find little pieces I like here and there (flowers in vases or candles) and then change my mind because one doesn't work with another.
If you find yourself at a stand still in your decorating plans first find the style that suits you best, then find photos of rooms you like (I looked here http://www.myhomeideas.com/ and browsed the "cottage" section)then find the common theme in each room you liked.
I need to not be afraid to mismatch patterns on pillows and rugs.The stripe and damask print really works here. I also like the red accents (note they even carry into the kitchen), as well as the use of brown through out with the bamboo shades...
Here I like the splash of pink from the flowers and how well it works with the patterned chairs. Perhaps a similar patterned throw pillow with bright pink accent flowers would go well next to our dark espresso ladder shelves and light olive green couch.
Do I have a thing for neutral colors and then bright flowers or what? I love the curtains here as well, and the large painting really pops and makes the room seem less stuffy.