Tips for Choosing a Sectional Sofa

After struggling for a few years to keep my white sectional sofa white, I finally caved in and chose a new one that will be easier to live with. It arrives in a couple weeks but I thought I'd share tips for choosing a sectional in case you're in the market for a new one. Photo by Bejnar's Fine Furniture   You'll find a variety of styles and colors, but a few things are consistent when considering a sectional sofa to purchase. First and … [Read more...]

How Paint Adds Warmth to My Family Room

I did it. I finally worked up the courage to brush dark paint on some of the walls in my home. And let me just say that I love how paint adds warmth to my family room!   Today is the first Saturday of the month so it means I'm joining a few blogging friends for our Cozy Living series. You can visit their links at the bottom of this post to see how they enjoy cozy appeal in the month of February. I'm enjoying it with a new coat of … [Read more...]

How to Create a Cozy Spring Family Room

May has arrived and it finally feels like spring in Illinois! Today I'm joining a few friends for our monthly "Cozy Living" series that's published the first Saturday of each month. I thought I'd share how to create a cozy spring family room using my own space as an example.   My inspiration was this beautiful white Portuguese bowl from HomeGoods. I knew I wanted just one item for the coffee table and spied this beauty while wandering … [Read more...]

Create a Cozy Time-Out Corner

Do  you remember putting your child in "time-out" when they needed a break from misbehavior? I decided sometimes we need a break from the stress of life and should have our own cozy time-out corner! The difference however, is that the latter corner is a reward to yourself!   Today I'm joining a few blogging friends for another Cozy Living session. Check out everyone's cozy ideas for April at the end of this post. Work is getting busy, … [Read more...]

Casual Christmas Comfort: Holiday Decorating

Christmas comes too quickly! I wish I could stretch it out for about three months. Then we wouldn't have to rush and we could enjoy casual Christmas comfort. Which is exactly the vibe I'm going for in our family room with this year's holiday decor. (This post contains affiliate links.) My vintage-style red truck is the focal point and inspiration for this room.   Christmas decorating is simple yet festive in the family room. You can … [Read more...]

Fall Home Tour 2017: Part Two

Welcome to part two of my fall home tour! This week is another round of blogger home tours and I'd like to give a special thanks to April at House by Hoff and Krista at The Happy Housie for organizing this week's Seasonal Simplicity event.  Cherished Bliss is on today's tour just before me. Be sure to visit Ashley and her pretty home if you haven't already. (This post contains affiliate links.)   Farmhouse Entryway Last week's fall home … [Read more...]

How to Select the Right Coffee Table

This post on selecting the right coffee table is sponsored by Oak Furnitureland. All opinions are my own. Ever since I added our white, slip covered sectional to our family room, I've been longing for the right coffee table. I've kept my eyes open while shopping but nothing seemed to fit the bill. I wanted natural wood with a square shape - and not too tall. After months of casual searching, I was thrilled when I finally found what I was looking … [Read more...]

Winter Decorating and a Tale of Two Pillows

I find myself craving two things when decorating my home this time of year. Natural elements and the color blue. I turn to blue after all the reds and greens typically used for Christmas. The desire for natural elements comes from not being able to enjoy them outdoors in our frozen world. So it's no surprise that winter decorating in my family includes both these things. (This post contains affiliate links.)   Normally the first thing I … [Read more...]

Color in the Family Room

Fall is in the air. Can you smell it? Driving down the country roads with the windows open, I can smell the harvest of wheat and sweet corn. In my garden, the scent of tomatoes and marigolds fills the air. While I was tending my flowers and vegetables, I noticed the zinnias aren't blooming as profusely so I snipped a bunch and brought them inside to add some color in the family room.   The colors of late summer are so vibrant and … [Read more...]

Summer Blues in My Farmhouse Family Room

Summer is hot and humid here in Illinois so the color blue is perfect for cooling things down in our farmhouse family room. Blue also lends itself to a coastal theme which I'm slowly adding to the room. I'm also adding beach style to my son's old bedroom and will share that with you when it's all done. For now, I've added a few more touches of blue to the family room. Light and airy is the look I'm going for in my farmhouse family room. Blue and … [Read more...]

New Spring Pillows in the Family Room

People often ask why I like to decorate with white, and the answer is simple. Besides the fact that I love the color white and feel it always looks fresh and clean ... you can easily change up the look and feel of a white room from season to season by adding beautiful color and pattern with pillows and textiles. I recently added a touch of color in the family room. I was actually shopping for something specific for the kitchen and wandered into … [Read more...]

New Year, New White Sectional

Happy New Year!! Hopefully you didn't party too much last night. During my 2014 Christmas home tour I shared my new white sectional, but I didn't share much of the background story with you. For months I had been thinking about getting a new sectional. When it comes to furniture, I'm always shy to pull the trigger. I don't know why. It's just the way I'm wired. But when Kris at Junk Chic Cottage emailed me and asked if I wanted to buy her … [Read more...]

Summer Decorating in the Family Room

Once summer rolls around I like to lighten up my home decor and this year I've been in the mood to add color. I recently added some fun color to my front porch and like it so much better now. The next room to get some fresh summer decorating was my family room. Can you tell the main thing I changed in here? If you guessed the wall clock, you're absolutely right! It became the inspiration for the rest of the room changes.   I spied the … [Read more...]

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