Spring has sprung!!

Spring is here and I couldn’t be happier! I’ve made my first (of many, I’m sure) Homegoods run to deck the place out 🙂 I always luck up at this store…remember my amazing Homegoods find for my dining room? Get ready for pastels, flowers, and pops of fun!

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The family room is the center of our home, so I had to give our fireplace mantle a little TLC.

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For this Spring, I wanted to bring the outdoors in. I can almost hear the birds chirping!

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It’s amazing what switching out a few accessories does for a room. It makes it feel brand new!  

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New pillows and a few spots of Easter charm warms our living room.

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My favorite spring accessory didn’t come from a store…

photo (7)These little surprises just popped up in my garden 🙂

Happy Spring!

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Family Room: Updates!!!

More family room updates are finally here and I’m so excited to share the space with you! (To see how we’ve gotten to this point, click here for our family room archive.)

Here is a reminder of what the space looked like when we first looked at the house:

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When we first moved in:

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And without further ado, the space today. Enjoy the tour!

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This vintage railroad trunk is my latest thrift shop find.  It serves perfectly as our coffee table.

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Cooper loves looking out the window. He’s always on the lookout for the deer that frequent our yard.

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These bar stools are beautiful and are a fun splash of color.

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Here’s a peek into our kitchen:

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How I feel about Mr. H…

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Ahh… now it feels like home sweet home 🙂

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Home for the Holidays 2013: Family Room

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Happy December everyone! Can you believe Christmas is here already? Mr. H and I are so excited to celebrate our first Christmas in our new home! The Friday after Thanksgiving, my family was gracious enough to come by to help us “deck our halls”. The guys (Mr. H, my dad, and my brother) were on outdoor lights duty while the girls (myself, my mom, and my brother’s girlfriend) were trimming the tree and putting magical touches on the interior. Thanks to everyone’s hard work, we’re about 90% done!  Go team!

I thought it would be fun to share some of the spaces we’ve transformed through a December series I’ll be calling “Home for the Holidays”.

The first room I’d like to share is the Family Room.

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I am so glad that we are finally in a home with a full fledged fireplace! Not only does it provide a stunning focal point in the room, but Santa actually has a chimney to come down at Christmas 🙂 If only we could figure out how to light that fire… Oh the joys of owning a new home!

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I love how cozy we’ve made this corner. We just added a warm throw and pillow and now it’s the perfect place to curl up with a good book and a cup of hot cocoa on those chilly snowy evenings.

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How darling are these stockings!? When I saw these beauties, I just couldn’t resist. You can’t really tell from the photos but up close the thread shimmers adding a truly elegant look to room.

Also peeking through in this photo is our memory tree. Our main Christmas tree is located in our living room. But here in our family room, we have tree containing important ornaments that mean something special to both Mr. H and me.

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Among these treasures are an ornament from the Roatan where we vacationed 3 years ago, a Lenox piece my mother gifted us to celebrate our first Christmas in our new home, a gingerbread man to honor our annual holiday cookie exchange we throw, our wedding invitation ornament I made, our “H” monogram we bought for our first married Christmas, and red bone specially made for our puppy Cooper. These all represent amazing memories if you ask me!

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We are lucky in that we have a great mantle to work off of. We really didn’t need to do much to make a statement– just a bit of garland and a rustic wreath and the place really illuminates!

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These stocking holders were a great find by my mother. I think they’re absolutely adorable and add a unique touch to the mantle. This one’s a snowflake but the set also came with a tree and a reindeer!

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One of my favorite parts of the room is this DIY “firewood” basket I made located by the hearth of the fireplace.  It was a cinch to put together and cost only about $10 to assemble!

Well I hope you enjoyed our family room holiday tour! Thanks for stopping by– and remember, there’s no place quite like home for the holidays.

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