Shopping For Modern Tropical Inspiration

Decoist says.

“Modern Tropical… involves clean lines, fresh palettes, and lots of greenery. The look is tranquil and chic. Rather than overloading beachy spaces with seashell collections and rattan furniture, the new feel is all about less-is-more decor. It’s simple, breezy, and naturally relaxing.”

In July I wrote about Modern Tropical Inspiration for my living room. I began to develop a plan for updating the space. I certainly like the description of clean lines, lots of greenery, and a tranquil space. I’ve been wanting to refresh my living room. Being eclectic I’ll just add a few touches of the modern tropical style I like.

Modern tropical style can seamlessly overlap with today’s popular Boho look. It reminds me of the 1970’s when macrame and hanging spider plant vines were really hot decor choices. I’ve been wanting to add some new textured wall art like macrame for some time. My goal is to create a cozy space that makes me relaxed and happy.

My first step in the plan is replace my futon with a light new sofa not quite as wide as the futon. My home is small and the futon really was too big for the living room. I listed my futon on Marketplace on Facebook. It sold and is gone. I researched a new sofa and have ordered one. It should be delivered tomorrow. It has white fabric. I know they are hard to keep clean, but I have no children or pets. I think it will work with my other furniture and almost any design element I choose. I really don’t suggest white for active families, but it works for me. I can continue to change pillows and throws for different looks.

The next step is to shop my home to rearrange decorative elements. You know I like to seasonally change some art. Let’s start with the left side wall in the living room. I’ve had my sunburst mirror up for a good many years. I took it down and placed it in the bedroom where I’ve been wanting to add a mirror.

Now I am considering what to place on the corner wall. One idea is to place my handmade vintage coastal scene I normally have in the hall. I’ve used it in the fall in the dining area before.

This plaster wall art was made by my brother-in-law almost 50 years ago. For a year or two, he tried the hobby of plaster painting. He made the Last Supper scene for my mother. For my grandmother he made this almost European port seascape. The date is on the back. I love the style and subject of this piece, but most of all, I love its history. It’s family to me. I went to Walmart early one morning last Wednesday. I wanted to look at inexpensive elements for decor inspiration. I found a 16 inch round wooden frame. I’ll place it around the coastal art for a more finished look.

I may use my painting, Sunset in The Keys, which was painted by my friend Mary. I ‘ve shared it in many photos of my fall living room decor. Now is the perfect time to display it in the living room.

Besides the decor I already have, I will add a few new elements. I started at Ross for Less. I love to visit as it gets lots of nice decor items at great prices. I found a large vase wrapped in twine and several bunches of fall fillers. It will sit beside by new sofa. When the holidays come, I will remove fall items and probably add red poinsettias to the solid white filler. I hope to have this in the living room every season.

I went to Bealls Outlet for inspiration. It is a Florida discount store that offers clothing, home goods, and kitchen ware geared for the Sunbelt climates. No matter the time of year, there is always something interesting for a Florida lifestyle.

Bealls has displays of popular turquoise but they pair it with yellow. I find this a most unusual combination.

I love this ottoman with the fringe.

In the next few days, I’ll have my new sofa. I’ll add my blush throw I got last year with a couple of fall pillows. I’ll make a vignette for the side table on one side of the couch and place my autumn vase with fillers next to the other side. In the next 4 or 5 months. I will be trying other wall art and decor items in the room. I can’t afford to just buy everything new at one time and really don’t want to. I prefer to slowly decide what is the best mix in the room. More shares to come. Thanks for visiting today!

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I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

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