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 🙂



Update: Dining Room Makeover

It’s official…my favorite room makeover in our house is our dining room! I am in absolute love with the color I chose (click here for the post discussing my inspiration and paint selection). Picking that was easy. Selecting our table/chairs, however, was a different story.

I knew I wanted a rustic table with upholstered chairs I saw on Pinterest.

Something like this…


Or this…


I searched several department stores and furniture galleries. I eventually had my eye set on a Pottery Barn table, but just could not get past the price tag.

Then, I found the perfect table for an even more perfect price. And you’ll never guess where I saw it…TJ MAXX!?!?! WHAT?? And the price? $400!!! A STEAL. I also found a tufted upholstered bench on CLEARANCE the next aisle over!!


I immediately told the store to hold it. It was mine!!–as soon as I figured out how the heck to get it home :-/ I knew there was no chance it would fit in our 4 door sedan, but our midsize SUV gave me hope 🙂 I rushed back to the house, told Mr. H about my amazing find, and headed back with our larger vehicle to bring this baby home! All I needed now were 4 chairs.


Well, the bargain gods must have been looking down on me because 2 days later, I found these treasures at… HOMEGOODS!!! I cannot begin to express how PERFECT these chairs were. I wanted 3 things in my dining chairs: upholstered and tufted , high backed, and studded in nail heads. Well these chairs absolutely NAILED IT 🙂 I was on a roll!

Here’s how they looked in the room:



The table accessories were also from HomeGoods :-). To finish off the room, we added a large mirror and two paintings that have followed us on 3 moves.

Here’s the way the room looked when we first moved in…


And here’s the way the room looks today:



I’m sooo pleased!! The room looks a lot more expensive than it actual is. I’m still looking for a wine cabinet/credenza of some sort (and you all already know where I’ll be going to look first!) I’m stamping this one a success 🙂 Now to host my first dinner party…


DIY- Powder Room Renovation

As we updated our first floor, the one room that was  screaming for attention was our powder room. I found myself constantly apologizing for the harsh red reminding visitors that we had “grand plans for this room!” One weekend, I had just had it and decided to make it over from top to bottom– without the help of Mr. H. My goal was to take our builder’s grade bathroom and turn it into something with more personality. Here’s a quick “Before and After” so you can see how far this room has actually come:








Doesn’t it just feel so much lighter and more fresh??

I changed EVERYTHING in this room except the toilet and floor. I also left the vanity since the previous homeowners already updated it.

The wall color we chose to go with was called “Bleach Shadow” by Valspar. It’s such a pretty taupey grey. I even attempted my first stencil project on the wall with the window! (I’ll do a tutorial in a follow up post).


One of the easiest ways to update your bathroom is by installing a new light fixture and mirror. It instantly changes the tone of the room!


I even ripped out the old ceramic toilet paper holder and towel bar to give the room a more modern look. Definitely requires a lot of muscle power, but totally worth it!


Makeover tip: When updating a space, don’t forget about the small details as well! Changing out door handles and light plates are inexpensive ways to complete your new look!




What do you think? I am so happy with it so far. And the best part is that what you see only took me 1 weekend to complete!

Any other weekend warriors out there? What’s next on your project list to tackle?