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:

photo 3

When we first moved in:

photo 2

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



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


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



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


Here’s a peek into our kitchen:



How I feel about Mr. H…





Ahh… now it feels like home sweet home ūüôā



Home for the Holidays 2013: Family Room

Holiday Family Room 2

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.


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 ūüôā If only we could figure out how to light that fire… Oh the joys of owning a new home!


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.


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.


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!


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!


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!


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.


We are officially homeowners!!!

I am so excited to let you all know that we’ve bought our first house!! (Which is also why I’ve been MIA for the past few weeks…whoops!)¬† So far we’ve been here for two weeks and could not have been happier with our home. I am also excited that I can now start getting my hands dirty with all the design ideas I’ve been pinning for the¬†last year! Most of the house is still empty as we now have many more rooms to fill than we did in our 1 bedroom apartment, but I still wanted to share a few photos of our new digs.

For today’s post, I’ll share the Family Room/Kitchen area. By no means is this room done (we have several projects ahead of us including new floors, paint, window treatments, new sofa…etc), but this is the room that we spend most of our time in by far.


When we started house hunting, we knew we wanted a place that we could entertain. We love to have our closest friends and family over and wanted a home that would allow everyone to mingle and converse easily. We LOVE how this open floor plan allows us to do just that!

photo 5

This rooms get sooo much light– it’s amazing. Cooper loves lounging here too!

photo 4 (2)

The breakfast bar is perfect for additional seating and for grabbing a quick bite in the morning. Plus it¬†allows¬†me to¬†still feel a part of the action while I’m cooking!

photo 3 (2)

Next to¬†the kitchen¬†are 3 additional¬†spaces: the Laundry Room (left), the Powder Room (straight) and the¬†Garage (right).¬†Hanging in the right corner, you’ll see my¬†monogrammed Key Holder I made when we first got married.¬†Placing¬†it right next¬†to the garage is both attractive¬†and convenient as we are¬†able to hang our keys¬†right when we¬†get home. ¬†I also love that the previous owners added a buffet for additional storage. It’s a great place to set up a bar during parties!

photo 2 (2)

To the left of the buffet are our sliding glass doors leading out to our back yard. (More on the yard in another post.) These curtains were the first thing I purchased for this room. I wanted something to soften the doors, but still allow light to shine through. These finds were from Bed Bath and Beyond and are the perfect addition to the space. I LOVE them!


The gas burning fireplace and mantle were hand crafted by the original owners. I love how its rustic lines¬†play ¬†against some of the more modern elements in the room.¬† And with fall just around the corner, I can’t wait to snuggle up next to this baby!

photo 3

We’ve definitely got a list of things to do in the space to really make it our own, but with a few photos on the wall and some of our familiar pieces, it’s already starting to feel like home!