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!



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 🙂



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!

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

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!


The Good Wife’s Guide: Circa 1955

Right before I got married, a co-worker of mine gave me a copy of a 1950s Housekeeping Monthly article on wifely duties.  As someone who admires traditional values, I was excited to see what this list had to offer.  Below are a few of the tips given and how I view them as a modern bride:

  1. “Have dinner ready. Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal ready upon his return.  This is a way of letting him know that you have been thinking about him and are connected with his needs…” Agree (to a degree)– I actually am a strong believer in meal planning. I am not always the best at practicing this idea, but I do enjoy coming home from a long day of work and knowing exactly what’s for dinner. And if I really planned ahead, dinner is probably warming in the crock pot as I turn the key.  However, Mr. H doesn’t expect me to have dinner every night. Some nights we order in or go on a date to a nice restaurant.
  2. “Prepare yourself. Take 15 minutes to rest so you’ll be refreshed when he arrives. Touch up your make up and put a ribbon in your hair”Disagree—I don’t have 15 minutes to “refresh myself” before my husband arrives. I work.
  3. “Be a little gay and more interesting for him. His boring day may need a lift and it’s your duty to provide it”Agree (to a degree)—I do think that as a spouse we should lift our partner’s spirits if he’s having a bad day.  We love to share our day with each other, talk about what’s going on with our friends, or ask for advice on things on our mind. Even though we are a couple, there are individual parts of our lives also that make us who we are.
  4. “Prepare the children…they are little treasures and he would like to see them playing the part…”This is not always possible!- Children are children. They can be perfect angels one minute and screaming on the floor the next. If anything, I’d be happy to have my husband home to help give me a break! Maybe to take that nap listed in tip #2…
  5. Be happy to see him”–Strongly Agree—Why wouldn’t you be happy to see your best friend?
  6. “Listen to him…remember, his topics of conversation are more important than yours”.–Agree with part one of that statement…But the rest…Yeah…
  7. “Don’t greet him with complaints and problems”Agree- There’s nothing worse than coming home from a stressful day at work to deal with a stress at home.  If there’s something really important we need to discuss, I try to let it wait until after dinner.
  8. “Don’t complain if he’s late for dinner or even if he stays out all night.”–Disagree- This is just a respect issue.
  9. “Make him comfortable… Have a cool or warm drink ready for him.”–Agree—Only because it looks so cool in Mad Men! I actually tried doing this for our first few weeks after marriage and had a Jack and Coke waiting for him when he’d come home! (Then we thought of our livers…)
  10. “Don’t ask him questions about his actions or question his judgment or integrity…You have no right to question him.”Strongly Disagree—While my husband is the head of our household, we make decisions as a couple and discuss how they will affect our family
  11. “A good wife always knows her place.”—Agree—only if they mean that her place is by her husband’s side and not as a submissive slave!


So what do you think???

Are these traditional “wifely duties” still applicable today or have our roles evolved past the point of executing such responsibilities????