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Reader Spot: A Colorful Family Room!

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The funny (and wonderful) thing about the blogsphere is that you end up "meeting" people you otherwise never would have met.  Kathryn blogs over at Team Whitaker and we first "met" through the What I Wore Sunday link-up.  Oh, but wait......she not only has a great sense of style, but she blogs about matters of faith and family AND has a love for DIY?!   How could we not be friends?   

When I saw her recent family room makeover, I couldn't wait to share it!  It seems there's been a big turn towards grey when it comes to wall color, but Kathryn's family room reminded me of just how beautiful and inviting a room can become with a warmer color palette.  So, we had to bug her for the details...

What was the space like before you began?
I affectionately called the space no-color hell. It was completely blank - white walls, white carpet, white tile - with zero personality. In a way, that made design easier because I didn't have to cover up things I didn't like. We just ripped them out! 

What were some of the things that inspired the colors and other design choices for the project?
When we move, we always replace the carpet in our new home. It's just a thing I have. I can't live on other people's carpet (or their toilet seats). I knew with five kids, white carpet had to go and therefore chose a great, very durable, neutral brown. For the walls, those were a bit tricky. Because the space also connects to the foyer and formal living area, all with 20-foot ceilings, we had to consider the same color for the entire space. I went with a warm, but neutral beige/brown. 

It allowed the wall moulding to pop. And, the window wall got some special treatment, both in color and fabric. All that neutral called for some big pops of color - namely, red - and I found a great fabric that I later saw featured on an HGTV show with Sarah Richards. I used it in the pillows, ottoman and chair backs.

Were there any problem areas and how did you address them?
Repeat after me, 20-foot ceilings. That made the space open and airy, but a real challenge when it came to making it warm, cozy and intimate. I opted to paint the feature wall a dark color and really anchor the room with some bold colors and neutrals. 

In addition, that wall moulding made it tough to hang anything. We had a great piece of art, given to us by a friend but it was larger than the moulding space. So, my husband affixed a scrap piece of wood to the back so it didn't rock against the wall. It is our favorite piece in the room.

How did you get your resourceful/thrifty/think outside the box/DIY on?
I couldn't find any big-box store pillows, so I bought fabric instead. We used it throughout the room and I love how it turned out. We sold our old couches to pay for the new ones (thank you Craigslist). The family movies are housed in two baskets I found on sale, 75% off, at Target and the remainder of the decorative accessories were all bought 50-60% off at various places: Pottery Barn, Hobby Lobby and Aaron Brothers. 

When we refaced the fireplace, we bought our tiles in bulk, saving quite a bit of cash. Our one splurge was the travertine in front of the fireplace. We joke that's the only space we can ever afford to tile! We intended for that to be a DIY project, but when we had unexpected surgery for our son, we decided to hire it out. 
For the TV stand, I used a sofa table instead of buying a TV stand. It was a perfect fit from our old house and I love that it's not really the focus of the room, conversation areas are!

How did you make this space work to fit your needs?
We made the fireplace the focal point, by using a stone/glass horizontal glass tile. At first, we were worried about its impact, but now it really makes the room. 

We built everything around that space, allowing for plenty of seating for friends and family. With such a big space, we had to find a way to make it feel cozy, the colors and fabrics really helped us achieve that goal.

What makes the space special and unique to your family?
Our house is the main gathering spot for every major family holiday, birthday party and sacramental celebration. We often host 20-30 people in our home for those events and this room gets a workout. Aside from the kitchen, it is the heart of our home. It's where we sip wine with friends, watch movies with our children, open Christmas presents, sing happy birthday and enjoy some lovely Downton Abbey as a couple.


Pretty amazing right?  Such a difference from the "no-color hell" that was the before!  When it comes to home eye candy there's the kind that looks incredible but that you're afraid to touch....and then there's the kind that looks incredible, but that you can totally see people living in.  This is one of those spaces.  I can see how this room would get a lot of lived-in love!  

You can find all the details for this space right here on Kathryn's blog.  But consider yourself warned.  Not only does she have this gorgeous redo, but all sorts of tips for organizing, some fab party planning, encouragement for moms and the journey of faith, and more incredible before and afters.  Like this drool-worthy closet makeover:
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Thanks so much for the inspiration today, Kathryn!

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A Vintage Toy Inspired Nursery

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Last night we put the last coat of paint on the dining room walls and now I am walking around this place like a fool.  Big ole goofy grin on my face...maybe high off paint fumes or maybe just so happy to have eliminated a layer of beige from our living room.   We still have the largest wall in the living room to paint, so that post (wall painted or not) is coming tomorrow!

In the meantime, I have the sweetest of spaces to share with you!  Our dear friends Brian and Kristy are expecting their first baminbo.  Well, actually it's a bambina, and she is one lucky little girl.  Kristy is an incredibly talented graphic designer and her creativity knows no bounds.  She kept the plan for the nursery under wraps and when she shared the much anticipated pics the other day, I may or may not have squealed out loud.

She was kind enough to let me share them here.  All pics are courtesy of her iphone :)  Check out their vintage toy inspired nursery...

Such a unique take on a space for baby, yet still so perfectly fitting.  I really can't choose a favorite part...the mobile...that alphabet wall...the framed toys...the gorgeous many sweet touches.  Most of the details in this room Kristy created herself, including the incredible art.  I was going to pick her brain on the project details, but her water broke and ruined all my plans.  The nerve!  We'll forgive her since she's a woman in labor about to meet this charming nursery's newest resident.  Good luck, Mama and enjoy every minute in that wonderful new space with your precious little one!

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Reader Spot: A New Big Boy Room For A New Big Brother

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Today, I'm so happy to introduce you to Kristen from The Windle Family blog.  She's a wife and mom to two adorable boys.  When she shared her son's big boy room makeover, I knew you would love it just as much as I do.  It's full of personal touches, thoughtful moments, and lots of straight up cuteness!  

Here's Kristen with the details on Everett's big boy room....

What was the space like before you began?
This space was our guest room. We painted a number of rooms when we moved in, but this wasn't one of them. Everything was cream--- the trim, the ceiling, and 3 of the walls and one maroon accent wall. The paint made the room kind of dark and dreary. 

What were some of the things that inspired the colors or other design choices for the project?
We knew we wanted to brighten up the space, so I was looking for something light. I just started pinning rooms that I liked and most ended up a light gray, so we went with it. I also love navy and decided to make gray and navy the main colors with an occasional pop of red, like his little hemnes dresser from Ikea. 

I also knew I didn't want anything too theme-y, but wanted to include things that Everett loves... and Everett loves dogs. We've got 2 rescue dogs and both sets of grandparents have dogs too. Dogs are his favorite animal, so it only made sense. I started brainstorming ways I could include dogs without making it too cheesy and just went from there. 

What were any problem areas and how did you address them?
I wouldn't really say we had any major problem areas. We were basically starting with a blank slate design wise, so I was able to just go for things I wanted to. The darkness of the room was easily fixed with white paint for the trim and ceiling. 

How did you get your resourceful/thrifty/think outside the box/DIY on?
 I made quite a few things to make the room fit my vision. I got plenty of inspiration from pinterest (this is my board that I dedicated to his room--- if I was more tech savvy I would've made a mood board ha!) and then put my own twist on them. 

I had seen the Emerson quote before and it's something I really want my kids to exemplify. They are 3 character traits that I think are really important for little boys and people in general to have! 
I ended up just using a random piece of wood, some yard sale letters, leftover paint and wood stain from the dog sign. 

The initials above the bed were just craft letters from Michaels that I spray painted and hung with 3M tape. 

I ordered the wool balls and just strung them up to add a little color to the reading corner. 

The biggest DIY project was definitely the dog sign. I had seen a dog sign for sale at Pottery Barn that I liked.  I knew that the sign would be the only major thing on that wall, so I wanted it to be pretty large. We went to Lowes and ended up getting enough to make the sign 4ft by 2 ft. Aaron put the sign together by just lining up the wood planks and securing them with 2 1 by 2's screwed onto the back. 

This happened in August of 2012 and a few weeks later I gave birth to our second son, Graham. Enter DIY hiatus. I didn't pick back up with the sign until June. I googled searched dog silhouettes and found one that looked almost exactly like our dog Marley. 

My friend Jill helped me get the scale right, which was the hardest part of making the sign. She drew the silhouette in chalk and I took it home, painted, stained and hung it. It was by far the hardest project and by far has my favorite results! 

How did you make this space work to fit your needs?
We wanted to make Everett's room fun, comfortable, and special, especially because he was kicked out of his original room to make room for his little brother. It's the perfect space for him to read, sleep and occasionally jump on his bed :) 

What makes the space special and unique to your family?
I looked everywhere for a bed and then ended up painting my childhood bed instead. I love that Everett's sleeping in a bed that me and my sisters and my dad and his siblings slept in too. The other awesome element is the chevron quilt. It was made by my mom for Everett's birthday last year. I love that she embroidered the date and her name on it. There are two things with sentimental value and I love that he has them in his room!

It took me forever (a little over a year!), but I love the way it finally turned out. I love the mix of diy, old and passed down from family, and new from Ikea, Etsy, and Homegoods (among others). The best part is that Everett loves his big boy room. When I asked him his favorite part he said the dog sign. :)


I think Everett is one lucky little man!  And I can see how the dog sign is his favorite thing in the room! So many great projects, special items, and lots of love when into this sweet big brother's room.  Thanks so much for sharing it with us, Kristen!  You can find all the details on the room in this post here, and be sure to hop over to Kristen's blog to see more of her home and family!   

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Reader Spot: A Nautical Playroom

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Oh my y'all.  This weekend was craziness.  We discovered a huge leak in our main water line in the front yard....the day my brother-in-law arrived in town for a weekend visit.  The plumbing crew was able to patch the line but as they were filling the hole back up with dirt, the line burst in another spot.  

So, front yard excavation commenced and we now have an entirely new water line running from the house to the street.  And now we're trying to catch up on the loads of dishes and laundry that were already piled up before they had to shut the water off for a couple days.  

Fortunately, since I don't have a pretty space to show you today, Chloe from Everywhere Beautiful is here with an absolutely amazing space to share!  Nautical inspired playroom anyone?  Oh, yes please!  Here's Chloe with all the details on how she turned a blank loft space into a cozy and playful spot for the whole family.....

What was the space like before you began?
Well our playroom has withstood some major obstacles. The biggest one being that we moved out of state in the middle of the project! The space in our last house was big and blank. I had plans to replace the ceiling light fixtures, install wainscoting, and of course paint the walls. All of those plans had to be swapped out for new ones though, when we decided to move to Arizona where we would be renting a house.  In our new house, our playroom is a loft space between the kid's bedrooms.  It's a small, bright room with light tan (which wouldn't be my first choice of color but it'll work!) walls. 

 What were some of the things that inspired the colors or other design choices for the project?
A few years ago my husband and I took a trip to New England. We absolutely fell in love with the scenery of the Maine coast in particular, and it has influenced the decor of our entire home in subtle ways.  Since this is a kid space, I felt I could take the nautical theme up a notch to create an inviting whimsical playroom. 
What were any problem areas and how did you address them?
When we began we had zero storage for toys in the playroom which meant it was usually a total mess. Even when it was "clean" it didn't feel nice because that just meant that most of the toys were organized on the floor against the wall. 
After a lot of research online I chose to go with two Expedit shelving units from Ikea. These put the toys at the perfect little kid height and make clean up easy.  
To wrangle smaller toys we used 4 Knipsa baskets from Ikea, and 4 metal buckets I found on Amazon. I glued small square chalkboards to the front of the baskets so my kids know exactly where to find each toy, and painted wide navy blue stripes on the buckets to add to the nautical look I was going for. 
Once we were in our new house, the biggest problem was the size of the space.  It is about 1/4 the size of our old playroom so it took a lot of thought and planning to get the most out of the space.  I don't even know how many times I rearranged the furniture, but it was worth it! I love the flow of the space now. 
How did you get your resourceful/thrifty/think outside the box/DIY on?
In so many ways! Here is a quick review of our DIY projects

-I made the curtains and most of the throw pillows

-I learned how to make cute nautical knots which I used on the lampshade and pillows.
-I found things on clearance or from around the house that I could just give a coat of paint, like the picture frames, the lamp, lantern, and the plastic magnetic numbers.
-I made the art display frames and the rope initials above each one.
-The magnetic chalkboard was an old bulletin board that we hadn't been using since the move, so I gave it a few coats of chalkboard paint and wrapped it with some rope.
-Painted our lego bin and added a rope handle
-The framed lighthouse pictures are just some wallpaper decals that were given to me years ago. I glued them on some card stock and stuck them in a frame, and I LOVE them now!
-I made an art caddy that is always stocked with Color Wonder markers and paper. 
What makes the space special and unique?
Even though we are in land locked Arizona, we can get a glimpse of the spirit of the Maine coast every time we pass by the playroom. The pictures of our kids that are on the wall were taken at the beach and on an old ship.  I love that the photos match the theme of the room.
How did you make this space work to fit your needs?
By addressing our particular storage needs was the biggest thing. Every toy has a specific place so nothing really ever gets lost! I chose labels that use pictures instead of words, which has really made a difference! The kids know where to find their toys and where to put them away at clean up time. 
Also, I think keeping the color pallet of the decor limited has made the room feel cleaner.  Most toys are so bright and colorful already and I wanted a peaceful, calming space.  All in all we are thrilled with the design and function of our new playroom!


I can completely see why!  She totally managed to create a space that lends itself to the full realm of kiddo play, but it also just looks so darn pretty!  The subtle details create a space that mom and dad can enjoy right along with their little ones.  You can find all the details on Chloe's charming sea inspired play room right here.  And while you're there, don't miss all of her other fab projects, like this amazing laundry room spruce up!  Thanks again, Chloe for sharing this fantastic room with us!

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