October 29, 2014

Family/Living Room Storage & Organization

Family Room storage and organization tips-www.goldenboysandme.com
When we decided to paint our wall unit rather than retire it for a console with a tv hung above it, our main consideration was storage.  We store a bunch of stuff in there, both decoratively and behind closed doors.  In fact, storage was taken into consideration throughout our family room and today I am sharing where we keep things.  Let's start with decorative baskets that are also so very functional.
Family room storage solutions in a wall unit and baskets-www.goldenboysandme.com
Baskets add warmth and storage and they are probably my favorite decorative element in a room to make it feel homey and lived in.  I usually shop for baskets at HomeGoods and Target.
Family room storage solutions in a wall unit and baskets-www.goldenboysandme.com
My boys are getting older so toys don't fill this space like they once did.  Now, we have one basket (from Target) hidden behind a chair that holds a few toys that still occasionally get played with.  We used to have several large baskets like these for toys.
Target toy basket in family room for storage-www.goldenboysandme.com
They may not play with actual toys, but we have an abundance of video gaming equipment. 
Family room storage solutions in a wall unit and baskets-www.goldenboysandme.com
They keep their video game discs in a binder.  The piles of video game boxes that were gathering all over the family room began to drive me crazy.  Now, they take the games out of the boxes they came in and store them in a binder which takes up much less valuable storage space.  They hold onto the actual cases in their bedroom closets in case they want to sell or trade in a game at Gamestop.  
Binder to hold video game discs-part of family room storage ideas-www.goldenboyandme.com
Under the tv and in the side cabinets, we store movies, games, and video game equipment.
Ikea baskets to store movies and video games in family room-www.goldenboysandme.com
Those small Ikea baskets are the perfect size for movies.
Family room storage in a wall unit cabinet-www.goldenboysandme.com

Family room storage in a wall unit cabinet-www.goldenboysandme.com
Finally, here is a look at the other view of the room.  Our Crate and Barrel trunk style coffee table is also useful for storage.  And I can't say enough about how great our leather furniture has been for kids and dogs.
Family Room storage solutions with coffee table trunk-www.goldenboysandme.com
I hope I was able to spark an idea for ways to store things in your house.  And I am always on the hunt for ways to make things a bit more organized at our house so please share if you have any ideas that are working great for you!

October 25, 2014

Saturday Spotlight Feature and a New Chair

Hello and Happy Saturday!  We have had a busy week of painting (our family room wall unit) and planking (a wall in our family room).  We are right in the middle of the planking so that is what is on the agenda during our free time this weekend.  We also took a trip to Ikea for a few small items and ended up coming home with a chair!   The new Stocksund chair to be exact.
Ikea Stocksund chair with Ikea Hack Hemnes coffee table and striped drapes in living room-www.goldenboysandme.com

October 24, 2014

Our "New" Wall Unit

Our family room can feel very dark.  It is the only room in our home that is built at grade level (on a cement slab with no basement underneath) and it can sometimes feel a bit like a basement, even though there are plenty of windows.  I knew that the dark leather furniture and dark wall unit weren't doing anything to lighten the space.  So we decided to paint the wall unit white. Painting accomplished just what we hoped.  It brightened the whole room.  
Painted white wall unit, entertainment center look-a-like to the Pottery Barn logan-www.goldenboysandme.com

October 22, 2014

Fall Porches

Hello friends!  Today I am sharing a few more pictures from Upstate NY in fall. 
First, we will start on the back porch.  We added a tree stump as a side table to the rocking chair.
  Fall porch with rocking chair and plaid blanket-www.goldenboysandme.com

October 20, 2014

Striped Drapes {and Lantern Light Fixture}

Striped drapes in Fall Living Room-www.goldenboysandme.com
Hello friends!  Recently, I have been getting lots of questions about the striped drapes in our living room so I thought I would talk a bit more about them today.  When I saw them in TJ Maxx, I thought they would be perfect for my youngest boy's room.  They cost just under $30 for the pair and I left the store a happy camper.  I have had my eye out for striped drapes for a while now.  They also had a pair that was khaki and white, but I liked the gray better for his room.  When I brought them home, I thought maybe I would try them out in the living room for a couple of weeks because I was craving some change in there.  Here they are in our summer living room.