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Painting: Family Room Update

A few weeks ago, we had the main floor of our house painted.  What a difference new paint can make!!  I shared a few pictures of our newly painted entry (And I still have more pictures to share!)  But today, I’ll show you our family room.   The wall color is the same as the entry: Benjamin Moor Classic Gray.

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In case you forgot what the family room looked like, here is a before picture.


… B E F O R E …


… B E F O R E …

And now, with a fresh coat of Benjamin Moor Classic Gray paint…..

 . . . t h e   a f t e r . . .

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I think the picture below is my favorite.  If you look at the before pictures, I had an old door propped here.  When we painted, I of course had to move things out of the room. When we pushed the couch back in place, I decided to move around the wall decor. This chalkboard found a new home here.

The cotton stem is from everyone’s favorite new HGTV show, Fixer Upper.  I ordered a bunch from Magnolia Homes and this stem was an extra one that didn’t fit in my vase…so it found a casual home on top of this frame!

FAMILY ROOM ben moore classic gray chalkboard print

magnolia homes cotton stems on gold chalkboard frame

And here is a peek to the right of our sectional…

FAMILY ROOM ben moore classic gray old doors with wreath

I have an old cabinet that was always a challenge to open up. So I took the doors off! Now the cabinet is more functional, and I now have a fun  accessory to decorate with….old cabinet doors!

old chippy doors with boxwood wreath and ribbon

I had a faded boxwood wreath in my garage that I hung from black and white striped ribbon.  It felt good to put the old wreath to use (instead of throwing it out).  And I love how it brightened up the doors!


Now, swinging over to the others side of the room sits Dan’s chair.  It’s the Hathaway Swivel Glider from Crate and Barrel. We special ordered it in a linen fabric about 18 months ago.  I think it blends nicely with the couch.


And recently, I picked up this lumbar pillow on a whim from World Market.  I hadn’t planned on putting it on this chair, but I love it there!

world market black and cream stripe pillow close up

There are still a few tweaks that we need to make to the room {like replacing the well loved area rug}. But for now, painting the room was the perfect update!

FAMILY ROOM ben moore classic gray gallery wall pottery barn sectional

Thanks for humoring me and looking through my many pictures today!


Family Room Shelf Update

Hi there!  Happy November!

Today I’m sharing some pictures from a recent project that I worked on.  I have a client that recently bought a house and did a bunch of updates to the home.  They moved a wall and created this beautiful set of built ins for them family room.  They hired me to help accessorize the room… of my favorite things to do!  So I brought in some lighter colored pillows and decor, giving the room an entirely new, fresh feel.

Let’s first look at a few before pictures….


shelves before


couches and rug before

And now for the fun part! Let’s see the room now.


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Isn’t it pretty?  I moved a chair to the right of the tv to give the room a conversational feel.  And of course, the updated shelf decor.

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Here are some close-ups….

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blue glass and orchid

And here is a quick look at the leather furniture.  I added some patterned pillows that coordinated with the room and new, brighter rug.

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leather couch with lighter pillows and rug

It’s such a bright, fresh look!  Here’s one last look at the after…

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Thanks for reading!  I hope you are inspired by this updated room!


Family Room Update {with our new Pottery Barn Sectional}

I mentioned a few months ago that we were getting some new furniture for our family room.  We purchased this sectional from the Pottery Barn in stone everyday suede.


via pottery barn

Here are a few pictures BEFORE the sectional arrived…



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Wall decor had to be moved.  And new lamps purchased to work with the new arrangement.

Let’s take a look at the room now!


The sectional fills the space in this room nicely! And we finally all have space to stretch out!

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I’m still working on pillows for the room.  I’ll be sure to share pics when I get them figured out!

It’s safe to say that we are enjoying our new couch!  We waited a long time to make this purchase. And we’re so glad we finally did!

Come back in a few days for a peek at some of our Christmas decor!


Family Room Update

Our family room is in need of an update. Our couches are about 10 years old. And they show it.  Life with two kids equals spilled chocolate milk and dirty shoes have left their mark on the fabric.

We currently have the PB Basic couch and chair from Pottery Barn.  Since they’ve been great pieces of furniture, we decided to begin our search at Pottery Barn for our next couch as well.

We went with the PB Square sectional.  Initially, we considered this size…

pottery barn pb square sectional


But after further discussion, we  chose  something bigger.

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The kids aren’t getting any smaller. And I’ll be honest, when the kids are watching a movie, I want a place to stretch out too!!

I chose the stone colored fabric to keep the room light and fresh feeling.  Knowing that we will be rough on the couches, we went with everyday suede.  Have you had any luck with everyday suede?

Dan’s request for the room was rocking chair.  I immediately started searching for a swivel glider, because I prefer the look of an upholstered chair than a standard rocking chair.  Fortunately, swivel gliders are becoming easier to find these days.

 We selected the hathaway swivel glider from Crate and Barrell.

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Did you know that Crate and Barrel offers custom upholstery?  If you visit one of their stores, they have a fabric section that  isn’t shown online.   And Crate and Barrel  is having a custom upholstery sale right now, so we were able to get the chair for 25% off!

Here is the couch and chair fabrics next to each other.


And while I’m not 100% certain of pillow fabrics that will be used in the room, here are a few samples of combinations I was playing with the other day.


I’m really drawn to oranges and browns (even when it’s not fall).  Though I actually think this combination above could look nice year round.

Now we just get to wait about 10 weeks for the furniture to arrive!


Family Room Before and After

Do you remember the hutch transformation that I shared with you back in May?  Today I’m going to show you the rest of the room!

My client moved into the house last fall and she needed help pulling the room together.

This is what it looked like when the house was purchased…

brick fireplace before

Before moving in, the room was painted a light gray color and the brick around the fireplace was painted white.


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The furniture was already a good neutral color, so after they got settled in the house, I got to work!

The red hutch above was painted white and moved across the room.  And a few accessories were purchased to help style the shelves.


Curtains were hung and an end table, lamp and vase with flowers were added to the room…




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Doesn’t it look great!?

Summer has gotten the best of me and my blogging has suffered!  Thanks for being patient as I am slow to produce new blog posts. I have lots of post ideas in my head….it’s just finding the time to get them written!!


Family Room Update

Our family room is in need of some love.  The area rug and pillows are old. And the colors are dated.   Fortunately, our Pottery Barn couch and chairs are neutral and a give me a good base for updating the room.

I dug out some  yellow napkins that I hope to make into a pillow.  And I brought one of the doors in from the garage and propped it in the corner.  I like the added height and color that it adds to the room.  But Dan is a bit iffy about the door.   We’ll see if he can get used to it because I kind of like it!

And today I picked up a new are rug.  It’s really light so I’m hoping we don’t regret that decision {as we have two small kids who drag in a bit of everything on their shoes…}

I think the room is coming together.

What do you think?  Should the door stay in the room? Or go back out to the garage?


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Family Room Before and After

My good friend, Heidi, was looking to update to her family room.  She has lived in her house for eight years and felt like it was time for a new look.  I love re-doing a room, so when she asked me to help out with the update, I was more than happy to assist!

Over the years, the shelves got a little tired and cluttered looking.  The first move was clearing off the shelves, giving me a clean slate to work with.  Photo albums were removed.  New photo’s were placed in the picture frames. And a few new items were purchased to freshen up the look.  Here is the before picture…

And the after….

And a few close ups…

Mantle Before

Mantle After

In a nutshell, this is what I did to update the shelves….

* Remove all of the photo albums. They were placed in the larger baskets in the bottom shelves * Four matching baskets placed across the top shelves for a unified, clean look. * Pictures were updated in all of the frames * Small, simple vignettes were created on each shelf with just a few items to minimize a cluttered look. *  A few new items were purchased for the update – white enamel pitcher with flowers, vases with rocks, moss and flowers, metal buckets with faux green grass (and a new tv, which wasn’t necessary but sure looks great!).*

And now onto the couches….

The old couches were a special order item several years ago.  Heidi didn’t love them from the start, but being that they were special order, the couches weren’t able to be returned. So this update has been a long time coming!


The leather couch is still a family favorite, so Heidi selected chocolate colored couches that would coordinate with the leather couch and ottoman.   The new chair and love seat create a more unified look to their family room.

The floral chair was replaced with a chocolate microfiber covered chair.    The black end table was switched out for a cream colored one that was in another corner of the room.

The salmon colored love seat was replaced with a love seat in a chocolate microfiber.  A variety of white cotton pillows were purchased on Etsy. And a coordinating pair of powder blue pillows add color and variety with their different shapes.

Now that the couches are in and the shelves are redecorated, Heidi and her family think the end result was well worth the wait!


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Client Project : Living Room Before and After

Yesterday I shared about a client project that I just completed.  Today I’m going to show you some before and after pictures! Let’s look at the inspiration for the room.

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Here are a few before pictures of the living room…..

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I recruited the help of my handy helper.  {Thankfully he doesn’t charge much!} I was happy that Dan had the day off because I put him to work unloading the car….and more importantly, ironing!

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Now the room has a fresh, now look. Let’s take a look at some after images of the room…

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We ended up keeping the leather chair, piano and little black bookshelf that were already in the room.

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It’s a smaller living room so baskets below the coffee table provide extra storage for the family.

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And the tray on top of the coffee table help corral the decorative objects and coasters, yet leave plenty of room for reading material as well.

living room after. coffee table tray. at home in the northwest

The pillows are made from Schumacher Hothouse Flowers.

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I love this fabric for so many reasons.  The soft blue color, the touch of black and the variety of the pattern. I had two pillows made but we were able to get a unique look by centering a different part of fabric on each pillow.

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This gallery wall will soon have family pictures in them that were taken on the beach vacation.

living room after  at home in the northwest

I lightened up the look of the dark leather chair with a gray throw and cream pillow.

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Because I’m so in love with this room makeover, let’s take one last look at the before and after!

LIVING ROOM BEFORE  at home in the northwest

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What do you think!? Turned out great, don’t you think!?


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Dining Room Reveal

It’s done! The dining room is complete.  Wall decor hung. Light fixture installed (and working!). Christmas decor in place.

Thank you for waiting so patiently for my reveal.  It’s been done for a bit, but the days have been a touch gloomy and I’ve had a hard time photographing it in what little natural light we’ve had. But the pictures will have to do the job, good lighting or not….you’ve waited long enough.

Here are the before pictures (or to read the post, click here.)

And now, I introduce to you, the dining room!!  (Drum roll please…….)

Slipcovered parson chairs, from World Market.  It is a light, neutral color, but the face that they are slipcovered allows me to take them off for a quick cleaning.
Red lanterns from Lowes cost only $6 each.   And by adding fresh greens, pine cones and berries, I had a full centerpiece that was low enough to not block visual space when we sat down to eat. (Decorating tid bit: before you throw out your fresh, green wreath after Christmas, take off the pine cones and fake berries.  Toss them in your Christmas decor bin and re-use next year when decorating!)
I hung a fresh wreath with some satin ribbon.  It added nice color to the room.  There isn’t a ton of wall space in this room so the window provided the perfect background for the wreath.
New light fixture from Ballards – hung by yours truly!  I love that you can see the texture in the drum shade.
The dining room table is also from World Market.   The color of the finish is just what I was looking for.  It’s rustic looking, which is perfect for our family of four. My hope is that any new scratches or dents will just blend right in!  It came with two breadboard leaves too, which we have already put to use.

I have some of my grandmothers old silver trays. They don’t get much use so hanging them up seemed like a great use of my dining room walls (which I’m still itching to paint a different color. Dan still likes the red.  So we’ll keep that through the holidays and leave that project for another day).
What do you think? I hope it lives up to the anticipation.  We are sure enjoying it!!  
Thanks for reading.
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Laundry Room Before and After

A year ago, we started the addition to the second floor of our home. And we figured that while we were at it, lets remodel the laundry room too! (Aren’t those famous last words during a home project… “while we’re at it….”?)
Let’s take a look at the before shots. Clearly these before photo’s were not staged. We were about to begin construction and I was emotionally DONE with the laundry room. So the not so pretty room was REALLY not pretty when these images were shot. The pictures below show which walls were moved during construction.

There wasn’t a single counter top. The only usable space was the top of the washer and dryer.
The wall below didn’t move. This is the future site of our mudroom bench. Do you see that little hanger with 4 hooks? That was the only place we had to hang clothes to dry. Sometimes when there was a lot to hang up, the items in the back sometimes wouldn’t dry completely. They would then have to be re-washed because of their musty smell. Very frustrating.

Cue construction outside (and cue chaotic family life indoors! Think 7 days with no washer or dryer. Not the end of the world, but almost the end of clean clothing!)
The first step was digging up part of our front porch.
Now it’s starting to look like something! Hard to believe that this small area will make such a huge difference in our laundry room!
Below you can see where they bumped the wall out 24″ into the garage. And where they bumped the window wall out 4 feet toward the front of the house. (Can you see that ugly linoleum flooring? It has a touch of pink in it. No thank you!)
And now for some after pictures. Drum roll please……..
The sink moved to the new wall that was bumped out into the garage.
And the washer and dryer were pushed into the 4 foot bump out, giving us so much more room.
All of that extra space allowed us to put a row of cabinets and a mudroom bench along this wall, where the sink used to be.
Here are a few of my favorite things about our new laundry room. The mudroom bench top was used from a 200 year old piece of wood. I asked the builder to put something rustic in there since kids would be sitting on it, standing on it, throwing bags on it…. I didn’t want to have to worry about scratches. This piece of wood was perfect!
And the cabinet to the left of the mudroom bench fits our ironing board and vacuum cleaner….two things that always seemed to be in the way before the remodel.
Our new drying rack, purchased from Ballard Designs. It is so unbelievably handy (and it closes too when not in use). We have both this and a clothing rod above the sink to hang up clothes. No more musty smelling clothes!!
And with this great counter space, no more folding clothes on the family room floor!
What do you think? Do you love the finished product as much as I do!?
Thanks for reading!!
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