January 17, 2017

Winter Family Room - A New Furniture Arrangement

After we packed away all of the holiday stuff, I was craving a change in our family room for winter. We spend the most time in this space during the winter months and I like it to function as well for as family as possible. I thought about the different ways we use this room and decided to break it up into sections. The three main activities we enjoy at this time of year are tv watching, playing games/puzzles and reading by the fire.
Gallery wall in winter family room
I knew that I wanted to separate the wall unit into three separate pieces because that is an easy way to change the whole feel of the room. We put the two side pieces together to give them more of a bookshelf feel.
Painted bookshelves in winter family room
I enjoy reading in front of the fire at this time of year, so this arrangement works perfectly. The plaid armchairs by the fireplace are the sweet spot in the room for sure. I kept the snowshoes up on the mantel for winter and kept things simple. The jute rug under the chairs is a new addition that we picked up at Ikea a couple of weeks back. I love how much texture and warmth it adds to this space.
Snowshoe winter mantel decor on stone fireplace
Corner stone fireplace in winter family room
Books by the fire on Bassett ottoman coffee table in winter living room
We moved the big tv part of the wall unit to our planked wall and moved most of our gallery wall items to where the tv used to be.
Pottery Barn tv stand on planked wall
Winter family room with plank wall
I decided to leave the red and black buffalo check pillow covers that I had out for Christmas on the sofa pillows for a few more weeks.
Pottery Barn plaid throw pillows on Ikea slipcovered sofa
Ikea rug layered over indoor/outdoor rug from Lowes in winter family room
Winter family room with Pottery Barn plaid pillows, stained glass lamp and DIY quilt ladder
 I will share more about the nook area I created in this corner of the family room in a future post.
Corner of family room with seating nook
Pottery Barn console table and Target cubbies in winter family room
This arrangement allows for our gallery wall to be more spread out. I enjoy having the Pottery Barn mantel shelf as a centerpiece because it makes it easy to change up the pictures on the ledge. That way I can change the pictures with the seasons.
Winter gallery wall in family room with Pottery Barn mantel shelf
Golden Retriever sleeping on Ikea Stocksund chair In a few weeks, we will be looking forward to spring, but for now we are all happy to hibernate and enjoy some family time by the fire in our family room.

January 3, 2017

Happy New Year & Our Cabin Christmas

Hello and Happy 2017! It's been too long. Last I blogged was my Christmas Home Tour. How are you? Life around here has been keeping me busy, but I am certainly not complaining about that.
Red barn in the snow in the Adirondacks
We spent Christmas in the Adirondacks for the very first time ever. Billy has been scheduled to work either Christmas Eve or day for the last 20 years. When we realized that he was off for both this year AND the cabin was available for us to use, we made a plan to spend the holiday there. Which led to a very busy December because we wanted to celebrate Christmas with our families before we went away. And then there was the general business of packing all of our Christmas gifts, food (along with all of the necessary pots and pans necessary to cook a holiday dinner) and winter gear. I asked myself on more than one occasion if it was really worth it to travel for the holiday. But when we arrived to a winter wonderland, we knew we made the right choice.
Cabin Christmas in the Adirondacks

December 2, 2016

Holiday House Walk 2016

Sleigh Ride Christmas home tour with lots of  farmhouse style decor and rustic family room
Welcome to our holiday home! I am thrilled to be participating in Jennifer Rizzo's Holiday House Walk again this year. This year, we are sponsored by Wayfair and I am excited to share a few of their holiday items throughout the tour. If you're following along on the tour, then you have just arrived from The Golden Sycamorehttp://www.thegoldensycamore.com/2016/12/christmas-home-tour-2016.html's home, always a favorite of mine.

November 30, 2016

Christmas Master Bedroom

Christmas master bedroom with DIY scroll over bed made with a roll of kraft paper
Welcome to our Christmas Master Bedroom. At the beginning of the holiday season, I thought that I would skip decorating this room and focus my energy and money on the more family centered spaces. But as time went on, I realized that I would miss having this space decorated so I set out to add some Christmas cheer to our bedroom, without spending any money. I am so glad that I did.
DIY master bedroom window seat made with upper kitchen cabinets with holiday decor

November 29, 2016

Crafting Personalized Christmas Decor- Family Crest Tree Topper

Each year as the holidays approach, I try to think of a couple of unique projects to add a more personal touch to our holiday decor. The type of thing you just can't buy in a chain store or catalog. Last Christmas, I visited an awesome home tour over at The Crowned Goat blog and among many other things, I pinned a picture of the tree topper that CoCo used. Isn't it fantastic? Hers is vintage and I just love it.