New $99 rugs in the family and dining rooms

Last week I showed you our brand new kitchen. You probably noticed a new rug in the dining room. I'm here to give you the low down. I've been searching for a rug for the dining room and living room for awhile. I've mostly looked online, but haven't pulled the trigger on anything for a few reasons: a) rugs are expensive!, b) there are way too many options to pick from and I just get overwhelmed and bored clicking through page after page of rugs, and c) I like to see stuff in person before I make a purchase. I just happened to be at Sam's Club with my sister and came across … [Read more...]

Finally! New paint in the family room.

Hey guys! I have missed you. After I posted about all our new doorknobs a few of you noticed I painted the family room. It is true! The family room is painted (but unfortunately, there are still no new light switches or plate covers, so bear with me). The last image I left you with of our family room was this: Brown walls with color blocking on them. I was trying to narrow down a paint color, but every time I thought I'd finally found the "one" I'd discover another new fabulous color while trolling pinterest; hence all the color blocks everywhere. I'm happy to report after a few … [Read more...]

A family room update

Hey guys! I realized I haven't updated you on the family room - where we spend the majority of our time - since we moved in. Here's what it looked like when we moved in: I have spent 4 months moving chairs around and decrapifying all the piles of decor and frames that got dumped in there. Coming up with a chair configuration was making me a little insane. You can see from all the before pictures that I kept moving chairs in, then out, then swapping them, then changing their angle, etc. In this photo from the house tour everything has been moved around again. It's always so … [Read more...]

A side table basket with tons of storage

Several years ago I scored this awesome huge basket at Target in the clearance section after Christmas. I have hoarded it and saved it trying to figure out exactly what to do with it. Obviously I could put a big ol' plant in it, but that seemed to boring and obvious. During a cleaning spree, the basket got turned upside down and a pile of stuff ended up on top of it. LIGHTBULB MOMENT! A table! Dur. But what a waste of all that storage space inside. So I flipped it right-side-up again and purchased a round piece of glass intended for candles. You can find them at Hobby Lobby … [Read more...]

Chair rail in the family room and breakfast nook

The last several weeks I've devoted to getting half-finished projects wrapped up and checked off the to-do list. I'm great at going full steam and starting a project. Finishing the project? NotSoMuch. I'm a 90-percent-er. I get about 90% of the work done and then get distracted with a shiny new fun project. I'm like a dog who sees a squirrel. Totally focused and then all of a sudden,... "SQUIRREL!!" It's time to hunker down and get these loose ends wrapped up. Even if I literally die of boredom. One of the projects that I've been putting off for months is finishing hanging … [Read more...]

A dramatic fireplace makeover {white moulding & black mantel}

I just finished a project that didn't take too long and wasn't too difficult, but has a huge impact. The fireplace in our home is in the corner and angled. It seems like the perfect high impact focal point, so to enhance the fireplace and make it really stand out, I added a bunch of moulding and painted the mantel black. Check it out. Here's a refresher of what it looked like when we moved in, and a week ago: {Way Before and Before}    Such a dramatic difference, right?! I couldn't be any more pleased with how it turned out. It definitely has that WOW … [Read more...]

Headboard turned sofa table turned buffet table turned…

Today one of my friends asked me how I can have blogged for almost 2 years now. Wouldn't I run out of content? How do I always think of what to write about? Well, in short, if there's one thing I'm good at, it's talking! ;) My kids get in trouble for talking in class at school. Their teachers will ask me what they can do to get my kids to just stop talking already! Honestly, I don't know. I apologize for my children's behavior and offer up a few half-hearted suggestions like taping their mouth shut or removing their vocal cords. Nothing works. Poor teachers. They really … [Read more...]