It’s finally finished! It took about 7 times as long as I anticipated, and gave me many more gray hairs, but this bathroom remodel was worth every penny! It’s my favorite room of the house, and every day I look forward to using it. Should I soak in the tub tonight? Or use the amazing rain shower with the perfect water pressure? These are good problems to have people!Read More
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.Read More
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??
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!
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!
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!