Decor

Family Room Design

Decorating an entire house is a slow, but steady process and we are excited to be thinking about our basement/family room area next! Our basement will essentially become a family room where we can relax, watch movies, and comfortably seat 10+ people. Right now our current family room/living room area upstairs is great, but it’s more formal than a typical family room. The basement will be the perfect in between. Family Room Design I love to mock up a simple design layout in Photoshop before purchasing anything. It’s an easy way to get a feel for what a room will look like and readjust as needed. I centered the room around the sectional I wanted. And I knew I wanted a neutral L shaped sectional to fit the space. I then chose a rug to make the area feel warmer. I love a patterned rug and the colors in this one are beautiful. From there, I chose a coffee table that would compliment both the sofa and rug styles and colors. Then I chose a side table, table lamp (still on the fence about this one, but I have a few other options I’m mulling over), and lastly the 2 side chairs. I rarely like to use patterns when it comes to furniture, but the subtle, neutral stripe fabric in these chairs is timeless and ties in nicely with the rug. All of the pieces I chose blend together without looking cookie cutter. They play off each other well, while each standing out in their own unique way. The overall vibe/theme I was going for was relaxed, cozy, neutral, updated classic. Our basement floors are going to be a thick jute carpet (they’re an ugly tile right now that I can’t wait to get rid of!) so the patterned rug will really pop against the jute. Family Room Accessories I want the room to be bright and airy, so I don’t want to clutter it with too many accessories. I’m thinking of bringing in a few different textures like these subtle velvet pillows, linen pillows, maybe even a quirky floor lamp, these fun straw floor pillows, and ceramics. I really love these abstract prints. Shop the rest of the room below!
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Lulu and Georgia Sale

Lulu and Georgia is having a huge sale through March 21 and I wanted to share what pieces caught my eye! They have a ton of great items, and with the 25% off – it’s a no brainer to snag them now. Lulu and Georgia Sale Living Room Furniture I love this sofa, side table, ottoman, bench, and rug. This floor length lamp is really cool – oh, and this one too! Bedroom Furniture This is such a classic bed, this bench would look great at the end of any bed, and this lamp would tie everything together. Dining Room Furniture For dish storage, or even office storage, I love these bookshelves…this one would look good in any home, this is simple and sleek, the linen material makes this one so classic, and this one is timeless. For chairs I like these wishbone chairs, these cane chairs, these cane arm chairs, and if you’re looking for an outdoor dining chair I like these. I am seriously swooning over this table. And this would be a perfect outdoor table. Accessories Really into this abstract piece and this one too. This rattan mirror is beautiful. I have my eye on this tray, this bowl, this wood bowl, this marble chain, this black wood tray, and this velvet pillow. How great is this pendant for a kitchen? Shop the rest of my picks below!
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Farmhouse Dining Room

Our Connecticut dining room has finally come together in the most beautiful way! Many of you may remember we scored these wingback chairs at an estate sale for $7! They were hideous before – covered in a bright green fabric, and we had them reupholstered in this cream linen material. Thomas then sanded down the legs of the chairs and stained them a light honey color. I am so happy with the end result. It really is incredible what a little stain and fabric can do to a chair. Farmhouse Dining RoomVintage RugThis vintage rug is what ultimately pulled everything together and made the space feel warm and cozy. It’s from Linda’s Barn – an incredible vintage rug store with literally hundreds of rugs in all shapes and sizes! It was so hard to narrow down a rug (I legit wanted each and every one), but Linda was so helpful and I went with this neutral one. Although each rug is one of a kind, she has several similar to this – so definitely browse the site. Dining TableMany of you may remember that Thomas built our dining table. I did a DIY post about it here. It’s such a special piece, and the thick white oak planks are so unique. I’ve linked a few similar options below like this table and this one. Dining ChairsThe 2 end chairs are wingback chairs from an estate sale that we had reupholstered, and the 4 wooden chairs are “wishbone” chairs from Wisteria, which sadly now is closed. I’ve linked several similar options below though! In terms of reupholstering, I’ve received several questions about the process. This article is really informative. We used Prince Upholstery in Connecticut. They picked up both of our chairs, brought fabric books for us to choose from, and also dropped the chairs off when they were done. Make sure to be specific if you want a cushion remade to be thicker, want it down filled or partial down filled, etc. I suggest writing down your requests and giving it to them so it’s very clear! ChandeliersThese Visual Comfort chandeliers are one of my favorite pieces in our entire home. They are so classic and well made. They really make a statement and elevate the entire room. The previous owners had a straw/rattan set of chandeliers which were really fun, but they made the home feel too rustic/casual for our personal preference. The brass chandeliers really add that elegance I wanted in the room.
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DIY Walk In Closet

Over the years, I’ve converted 5 different bedrooms into my office/walk in closet. I’ve always worked from home, so I’ve needed the spare bedroom to be as functional as possible. Up until our most recent home, I was renting, so I never wanted to spend a ton of money on built ins! I had to get creative! Here’s what I’ve done to maximize my spaces on a budget. DIY Walk In Closet Ikea Billy Bookcase The absolute BEST, most affordable closet shelving unit has been the Ikea Billy bookcase. I’ve had both the regular bookcases and glass door bookcases – both are amazing. If your space allows it, I would get 3-4 of the Ikea bookcases to store your shoes and bags. (And this is another great bookcase/shelving option!) I’ve always liked the look of seeing my shoes + bags displayed, but if you think it will be too messy, I would get the one with glass doors. Then I would get a white or taupe linen fabric from a fabric store, and use a staple gun to add fabric behind the doors. This really elevates the entire look of the cabinet. Last step would be to swap out the knobs. I love a tiny brass knob like this, or even a fun crystal or painted knob from Anthropologie! This DIY Billy Bookcase hack is perfect for an office, kid’s playroom, or bathroom! Ikea has a ton of other closet systems that are more built out with hanging and drawer options as well. PS if the exposed white shelving holes bother you – you can buy these caps to fill them in! Past Home Set Ups In my first NYC apartment, I used a simple rolling rack to hang my clothes. It was perfect for the time being, but I didn’t LOVE the way the silver rack looked in such a small space (I wish they had made this one back then!) In my second West Village apartment, I paid a contractor to create a simple white built in closet with cubbies and hanging space on one side of the wall. I was renting and *technically* shouldn’t have done this, but I had the same contractor remove it when I moved out, and it was fine. In my LA house, I used 4 of the Ikea Billy bookcases and rolling racks, plus took advantage of the walk-in closet that already had built ins when I moved in. In my Soho apartment we had enough hanging space in the closets throughout the apartment, so I only used 4 of the Ikea Billy bookcases. Now for this house, I’ve been doing a TON of research and debating. Do I have a contractor do custom built ins? Do I get an Ikea larger built out wardrobe system like the Pax? Or do I mix and match my existing Ikea Billy bookcases with these cool mounted industrial clothing racks? Wall Mounted Clothing Racks I love the look of a gold industrial mounted clothing rack. It’s simple and sleek, doesn’t take up space, and is sturdy enough to hang a ton of clothes. You can do 2 or 3 next to each other, and really maximize your space. I have my eye on this simple clothing rack, this one, or this one with a white shelf above it. If you can’t mount anything – this subtle gold rolling rack is ideal. Accessories Once you have your clothes, shoes, bags, and storage taken care of, you can do the fun part which is accessorizing your closet! Add a fun ottoman or bench. Vintage hat boxes, Steamline luggage suitcases, a gorgeous chandelier, an oriental or shag rug, and a side table or chair. And lastly, get a floor length mirror! I have this simple gold West Elm mirror in my closet currently, but I recently bought this Restoration Hardware Salon Gilt mirror for our living room, and kind of want to get another for my closet!!!
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