Family Room Phase 1 Complete!

Oh hey there! Remember me? It’s been just a little while since I’ve posted. Okay, a really, really long time. Listen, three kids is no joke. I’m not really sure how people do it. I mean, we’re handling it. Everyone is happy and growing. I’m afraid to say healthy since one or more of us has been sick for the past 5 weeks. It’s been a winter you guys. But here I am with a really fun progress before-and-after for you all!

family room reveal

I started dreaming up the plans for our family room exactly two years ago. It was part of my New Year’s plans for 2018 (view post here). While we did accomplish a LOT that year (painted the kitchen cabinets, got additional cabinetry, temporary countertops, etc., we did NOT get to this family room reno. (Check out this post to see what we did in our kitchen that year instead!)

Last year, we spent our dollars on a new roof and our surprise baby Norah! We redid the girls’ old playroom into her nursery, which I’m still completely in love with. I actually loved this nursery so much, that having it live right off of this family room made me even MORE impatient to finish this space to match the awesomeness of Norah’s room.

Painting her room white did so much for the space, I found myself craving a white and clean pallet in the rest of the house. I’ve been working on minimizing our things, and having our home be a place of rest and space, rather than busyness and clutter.

Before and After!

family room before
family room after

Without any new furniture (that won’t be until phase 3), we’ve completely transformed the feel of this space. We’ve moved some pieces around to open up the space and clear the path to our new sliding patio door. We’ve also completely changed the texture of all four walls, including a shiplap accent wall against the back of the house. I’m in love with it, and it was totally cheap. About a hundred bucks all in. Finally, we threw out those ugly red roman shades (I hate red- what was I thinking??) and got one long bamboo shade to help with the strong sun that comes through these back windows. The gray curtains that flank the windows were leftovers from a design project I worked on a while back. They’re pretty heavy which has been nice and warm in the winter, but I might switch them out for something lighter in the springtime.

shiplap wall, family room

A Calming Environment

Spending any amount of time in our house, you’ll see that our family is far from calm. More accurately, I should say my husband and I are calm, but our three girls are NOT. We have a six-year-old that dances and jumps on our furniture from the time she gets home from school until the time she goes to bed, a two-year-old who takes out and reads through every book in the house every single day, and spills cereal in the den at least once a day. Finally, we have our 8-month old, who is walking already, and has started her “knock everything off the coffee table and toy box” phase a bit too early for my liking. It’s always noisy, and the house is RARELY clean. HOWEVER, that doesn’t mean that I don’t strive to create a home that feels calming and organized.

family room reveal, kids

One of the ways to bring cohesiveness and the feeling of calm to your home is to tone down the amount of colors you use. From our front door, you used to be able to see our blue formal living room, through our peach kitchen, and straight back to our yellow family room. It really was cute and fun and warm, but I wanted to tone it all down. Two years ago when we painted our kitchen cabinets, we also painted the walls a light gray (Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore). I took that same color into the walls of our family room, allowing for much more flow from room to room, making the spaces feel bigger and more cohesive.

family room reveal
family room reveal

My father-in-law (bless his soul) also skim-coated three of the four walls in this room that were covered with a very rough wood paneling. We discussed putting drywall on top of the paneling, but he came in and skim-coated each wall, leaving it buttery smooth. The smooth texture has also helped to calm down the room a bit, and somehow makes it feel cleaner.

This is what the walls looked like when we moved into the house.

It was basically a cave. This is what that corner looks like now.

The Next Phase

We’re not done in this room. But we will probably be taking a break for the rest of this year. Our next round of improvements to this room will be continuing the flooring from Norah’s room into this room (this laminate from Lowes) and getting a big area rug. And finally, once our kids are a bit older and not spilling juice on our couches once a week, we’ll be trading out our hand-me-down leather furniture for some of our very own pieces. When it’s all said-and-done, this room really will be amazing. For now, we are loving the refreshing change the new walls and window treatment have brought to this room and are soaking up every minute of our crazy girls using this room to the fullest.

Small, Simple, Scandinavian Nursery Reveal

nursery reveal

I say this every time I finish a room in our house, but this nursery really might be my favorite room in the house. This former hot tub/sauna room from when we moved in, which transformed into the girls’ playroom, has now been given the ultimate face lift and has become what it was always meant to be: a stunningly simple baby girl’s nursery.

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Three Bedrooms. Three Budgets.

via GIPHY

Ever get caught in a designing snowball? You decide you would like one new item for your house: say, a new arm chair. And before you know it, you’re thinking, Well, if we’re going to get a new arm chair, we really should switch out our sofa as well. And while we’re switching up our furniture, it would probably be a great time to refinish the floors in this room. And come to think of it, that area rug is pretty nasty. We should probably get a new one of those to match our new furniture. And this, my friends, is a designing snowball.

I’ve been tossing around the idea of switching to a king size bed from our queen. Once I started looking at new headboards, I found myself in a bit of a snowball. Well, lucky for you, I use my designer snowballs for good! Today I bring you three different bedroom designs, at three very different price points. Each design has the same elements: a bed, nightstands, lamps, art, area rug, plant, planter, throw, and throw pillows. But each one has a very different price point and a slightly different feel. So which one is your favorite??

Bed // Nightstands // Lamps // Area Rug // Plant // Planter // Art // Throw Pillows // Lumbar Pillow // Throw Blanket

Clean, classic, and dreamy, this bedroom has a few higher end pieces that make it oh-so-luxurious. That Serena and Lily bed is to die for and if I didn’t have little kids playing on my bed several times a day, I would totally want one just like it!

Bed // Nightstands // Lamps // Area Rug // Plant // Planter // Art // Throw Pillows // Lumbar Pillow // Throw Blanket

This one is probably the most “me.” A bit mid-century with some fun pops of pink and yellow. This bed from One Kings Lane has been in my online cart for a few weeks now. And I love the idea of sconces next to the bed instead of table lamps. They free up some more space on my nightstand for the stacks of books I’ll never get to!

Bed // Nightstands // Lamps // Area Rug // Plant // Planter // Art // Throw Pillows // Lumbar Pillow // Throw Blanket

This room is absolutely fabulous for the price. And the major pieces (take away the throw pillows, etc) total under $1,000! What a steal! Add some beautiful white bed linens and this budget bedroom can totally pull off a high-end looK!

Time to weigh in!

Give me your thoughts in the comments below! Which room would you choose right now? Your opinions might just sway my future design decisions!

Baby Girl Nursery Plan

Claire Krista

Hi friends! It’s that time again! Time to start planning out Baby H’s nursery! I can’t believe we’re over halfway there already! If you’ve been following along with my Instagram stories lately, you probably know that in addition to planning for baby #3, we’ve also been house hunting. We’ve seen some beautiful homes (and some not-so-beautiful ones). However, we sat down a few weeks ago and decided to remove some of that stress from our lives. We can always move, but we do not need to hold the baby’s due date over our heads as a deadline. Does anyone else do that when they’re pregnant? Feel like ALL of your life decisions MUST be figured out before the baby comes? I have felt like that during all three of my pregnancies. Probably something to do with the anticipation mixed with a lot of restless energy.

So for now, I’ll keep an eye out for that perfect house in our budget, but we’ve gained a new respect for staying put, and making the most of what we’ve already been given. I really do love our house. I’m not crazy about the location, but the house itself has been very good to us. It also has a lot of potential I’ve been itching to expose. I’ve got my list of projects I would love to get started on, but for now, this baby’s nursery is taking priority.

I know you’re probably thinking by this time, I should be an expert on girl nurseries. And I might agree with that. You can click here to check out Logan’s Millennial Pink nursery from last year. I’m planning this one out a bit differently though. My thought for this baby’s nursery is to almost go gender-neutral with it. Mostly whites and woods, maybe a touch of soft pink here or there.

The Existing Space

This is the girls’ playroom that we will be using for the nursery. In the bottom-right picture of the two doors, the door on the left leads into our master bedroom, and the door on the right leads to the den. We’re obviously going to need to get rid of that tile floor (something that’s been on my punch list for years), and I will probably paint the wood paneling white. I’m contemplating leaving the wall with the large window unpainted.

This room gets tons of light which I love but unfortunately, can be a pain for a sleeping babe. We will need to account for that skylight as well as the huge window that takes up the whole one wall. Here’s what I’m thinking in terms of style:

My Inspiration

A Merry Mishap

I love the Scandinavian feel of this nursery above. I’m even contemplating that white floor. The room we’re putting this baby in is about this size too. We have an extra bedroom in our house but it’s currently being used as my office/storage. We talked about moving my office into this space and using the bedroom for the nursery, but I love how this room is attached to our master bedroom and I won’t have to walk throughout the house to get to the baby in the middle of the night.

This inspo pic, other than being adorable, is for my husband. He is a big Friday Night Lights Fan- so I’ll know if he read my post when he mentions something to me about that letter board. I’m just really liking the calmness of the color pallet in here- but notice how much texture they’ve incorporated through the rug, wicker, plants and lampshade.

I’m always drawn to a black-and-white pin-stripe. I’ve had this nursery pinned for a long time. I think it’s neutral and calming, while still being interesting.

My Initial Plans


  1. Baby Sleeping Door Sign 2. You Are Magic Print 3. Asterisk Ceiling Light- Project 62 4. White Roman Shade 5. Restoration Hardware Sheet Set 6. Crib 7. Area Rug- Lulu&Georgia 8. Wayfair Dresser/Changing Table

This mood board will surely see some changes over the next few weeks, but this is my starting point. I’m going to try my best to keep costs down, so we can do other things to our house. Plus, I really do have plenty of little girl things for this nursery. Buying another crib might be a tough sell for my hubs too. But I’ll keep you updated! In the mean time, what do you think?? More color? Too much color? If anyone has had a good experience with skylight shades, let me know! I haven’t even started looking into that yet. Sixteen weeks left