I'm a stay at home mom of 4 cute kids. I love anything that has to do with homes & decorating. My husband Steve often gets recruited into helping me finish things that I start! We are making our house a "HOME" one project at a time!!

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Friday, July 31, 2015

Basement Family Room...

We have started another pretty big project...
 Our basement family room is getting a makeover.
This has always been our playroom/exercise/Junk room!
It has been a nice place to put all of our extra junk and it's been great for the kids to have a playroom.
Now a few of our kids are moving into their teen years and we have noticed it would be nice to have another area for them to "hang out".  
My husband and I decided we'd like our TV room back on the weekends.

These two agreed and helped my husband start this project...
 They are actually becoming really helpful!
These two made a stage and were dancing to the song "Happy"!
This is when I started feeling "overwhelmed"!
It is amazing how removing the built-in really opened up the room.
It's nice not to come down the stairs and around the corner and feel like you're hitting a wall.
We are going to make this area a "TV" room and the other side will become the air hockey/play area.
We will also be adding a wall of storage.

I can't wait to have our family room be bright and fresh!
I did a post on family rooms that I loved from the Salt Lake Parade of homes last year.  If you'd like to see it, you can find it HERE.
Here are a few of my inspiration photos:

We will either do a smaller version of something like these built-ins...

Or we will just mount our TV on the wall and put a buffet/hutch below it like this:

Or this...

Our wall in the play area will be used for storage.   
We will probably be using the Pax System from Ikea.
Here are a few beautiful ideas for that...

We picked our carpet, couch and paint color.  Now we have to get to work!  
Why is it always so easy to "start" a project?
Then once there is a mess, you realize just how much work it's going to take to complete it and you run out of energy!
Hopefully, this makeover is a much faster project than our KITCHEN REMODEL!

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Monday, July 6, 2015

"4th Of July" Decor...

We love to celebrate this holiday!
  We are so grateful our freedom and for our daughter who was born on this special day!
She turned "14" this year!
She loves cheesecake, so that is what we make for her on EVERY birthday.
If you'd like the recipe, you can find it HERE.
It's delicious and serves a large crowd!

Our decorations were simple this year...

Here is our fireplace in the great room.
I actually got the banner at Walmart for $1.99.
I cut it to fit and actually hooked it on the mantle with thumb tacks.
 I love how simple and festive it looks!
Here are a few pictures of our kitchen...
I love having a white kitchen, it makes all of the decor kind of "pop"!
 I placed a patriotic table runner under my lantern...
I also placed a wooden flag by the chalkboard...
 Here is one more picture of our kitchen...
It's simple, but festive.
I hope you had a wonderful Fourth Of July too!

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Monday, June 1, 2015

Beach Themed Great Room

It has almost been a year since we remodeled our kitchen and great room!  
Here was the before & After...
This is how it looks one year later...
We did sell our old leather set and we moved our sectional from our living room into the great room.
You can see how our living room turned out HERE.
I did buy a new chair...
I found it at Homegoods and I LOVE everything about it!

I also added some ottomans...
It was so hard to find an ottoman that looked good in the space that wasn't a fortune.  
It's amazing to me how an ottoman can be as expensive as a couch!
I found these at Target for $39.00.  
The coral pictures were in the clearance section at Target and I got the anchor from Homegoods.
I purchased the mirror from Rod Works and I love how it looks like a port hole in a ship!
This little corner took me forever to get it to feel right.  
I had this whale above the lamp...
It looks better above our door.
 Then I had a single picture above the lamp and it was too small.
I found this birdcage shelf at Gordmans... 
I found the frames, but wasn't too sure what I should put in them.  They ended up hanging there empty for about a month.  
Then I  had these prints made... 
They bring back good memories from a vacation we had taken to California a few years ago. 
 I think the room is finally complete!
Just because I always love a good before and after here you go!
 I love how bright it feels!
Now, if there was only a way to turn our house into beachfront property!
Source List
Clock: Hobby Lobby
Lanterns: Michaels
Balls in Lanterns: Walmart
Pillows: Homegoods
Coral pictures: Target
Ottomans: Target
Anchor: Homegoods
Birdcage shelf: Gordmans
Frames: Homegoods
Couch: RcWilley
Chair: Homegoods
Paint Color: Pelican Grey (Benjamin Moore)

Friday, May 1, 2015

Living Room {REVEAL}

We have lived in our home for over 10 years and our living room has gone through a few changes.
Here is how it looked for years...
A few years ago, we sold our floral set and got a sectional.  
We recently remodeled our KITCHEN and GREAT ROOM, so we decided to paint our living room the same color.  We used the Benjamin Moore Color 'Pelican Grey'.  I love it because it's grey, but in different light it can look a light blue.  We also changed the baseboards and trim around the windows.
We decided the sectional would seat our whole family when we watch movies, so we moved it into our great room.  So, this started the process of finding new living room furniture.

You can see the post about switching around all of my furniture HERE.

It's taken me quite a while to get it together, but here is how it looks now...
I really love how it turned out!
Here is the view from our entryway...
In the past, I have always purchased a matching set, but this time I bought each piece separately.
It actually turned out cheaper this way and I really like how it looks.
It took longer to get it to the look the way I wanted and was a little frustrating at times.
I ended up buying and returning four sets of chairs! I was ready to take back our couch! 
Then I scored these chairs at Homegoods...I'm addicted to that store!
They were only $99 a chair!
I love the stripes!
Then I found a table runner that was made with the same material and made pillow covers out of them.
It only cost me $10.00 for both pillows!

I was going to find a round coffee table, but decided I liked this tufted ottoman. 
It opens up and has storage too!
I bet you can't guess where I bought it from?  
Yes, it was once again Homegoods!
My next find that I adore was this bird cage bench...
It is so unique and fit perfectly because I have little birds throughout this room.
I love the material on the bench too!
It's our dog's favorite piece of furniture...
He's always on the lookout for someone walking by our house!
I also found a wingback chair at Homegoods (That store knows me on a first name basis now!)
  It fits perfect in our bay window...
It's classic with the nailhead trim and stripes.
This is a great little corner next to our piano.  I also found the frames at Homegoods and put our new family pictures in them!
This is what our bay window/piano area looked like before...
Here it is now...
I got the clock at Hobby Lobby.  
It was turquoise, so I spray painted it grey.
I also found the lamps at Homegoods! 
They work great for more lighting when the kids are practicing. 
 I just need to buy smaller bulbs!
The little white flowers are from Ikea and the pots were in the dollar section at Target.
The little white bird is one I already had.
It looks cute for spring and the piano is fun to decorate for the different holidays.

Here is our entryway and hallway...
This is in the entrance by our front door.
You take one step down into the living room/hallway...
 I stained this table a dark walnut and added the cute bird knobs from Hobby Lobby...
This is the table that was behind my couch in the first picture, it looks totally different now!
Keeping with the bird theme...
The shelf has a cute little bird on top and of course I put one inside!
Our living room feels so much brighter!  It feels like a totally new house!
I always love a good Before & After...
It's so fun to see how our house has changed over the years!
I've never loved it more than I do now!

Source List:
Paint color: Benjamin Moore (Pelican Grey)
Couch: Ashley Furniture
Wingback Chair: Homegoods
Striped chairs: Homegoods
Lamps: Homegoods
Grey accent tables: Homegoods
Ottoman: Homegoods
Birdcage Bench: Homegoods
Frames: Homegoods
Clock: Hobby Lobby
Bird Shelf: Hobby Lobby

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