{our home} the rug

If you follow me on instagram this morning you got a sneak peek of the rug I picked for our family room.

If you don’t follow me on instagram, here is the rug…

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Last week I posted this photo on instagram…

rugand wrote a post with a link to my pinterest board with the rug choices.

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I made the choice I did for a few reasons:

1. Price…this is a huge rug at a great price on overstock.com

2. Color…while some of the lighter backgrounds would have made the room brighter, we have two black labs and young children…light rugs would have shown more dirt and hair

3. Pattern…the floral rugs are BEAUTIFUL and I had a hard time steering away from them, but I subject my husband to lots of flowers and “pretty” things…this is a rug in the room (other than his office) that he spends the most time in, so I wanted it to lean a bit to the masculine side.

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A grey day doesn’t help these photos much (I’ll have to get some better photos with good light), but I think the rug is perfect fit for grey days this coming fall and winter in the Pacific Northwest.

Can’t you just picture a fire in the fireplace, rain falling outside, and a football game on the TV?


home is…warm and cozy.

{gallery wall} take two, three, four, and more

After all the Christmas decor came down the house felt clean, but empty.

So, I started hanging artwork.

I added to the gallery wall at our front entry…

I put up some new artwork in our family room which is mainly a beige neutral room and needed some color…

And, I gallery walled the entire power room (inspired by a good friend who put a gallery wall from floor to ceiling on one wall in her powder bath…I hope you don’t mind, Melissa)

These photos were just taken with my iPhone on instagram to show my husband while he is traveling for work this week.

As you can see, there are still stickers on some of the frames, and spaces to fill with photos or artwork, but sometimes just getting something done is better than nothing!

I am hoping to do a blog home tour this year…something along the lines of inside the {real} house of an interior designer.

Stay tuned…

home is…filling up walls.

*linking up with…

Home Stories A2Z

Tip Junkie handmade projects

The 36th Avenue

{holiday home tour} bits and pieces

I am still working on some last minute decorating and then plan to get the house cleaned up and enjoy some time with the kiddos and Ryan once the weekend rolls around.

Here are some photos of our family room.

You will notice the trolls on the mantel and a project that I borrowed from Pinterest.

I am using the same fabric covered bulletin board to display our Christmas cards from family and friends as I did last year. Only this year I added a string of lights with ribbon tied on it as a frame {a Pinterest find}.

I also made a garland for the windows in the family room.

As you can see, I am not sticking with the traditional red and green of Christmas.

Once I get the craft room {or dining room table} cleaned I can show you the decorations I have in there.

I still have a few projects to finish up before I can get to that!

You can also see our playroom, backyard, and mantel on my {holiday home tour}

Stay tuned…

home is…may your days be merry and bright!

*linking up with…The Shabby Creek Cottage, Just Sew Sassy, Today’s Creative Blog, I Gotta Create, and Bleak 2 Unique

Grown up looking storage solutions for kid friendly spaces

If you are anything like me you long for a space in your home that can be designated as a “Playroom”.  I dream of a room like the ones I see in the Pottery Barn Kids catalogs that can be dedicated to my children and all the toys and activities that keep them occupied.  In reality, we share all of our space with them.  Our “Family Room” is exactly that, a FAMILY room.

Recently, we made some very big changes to our “Family Room” that have made it a comfortable space for all of us to “play” in.  Using Markor storage solutions from IKEA, I have created a “grown up” look to store all of our childrens toys.  In addition, we have storage for DVD’s, video games, books, accessories, and our new flat screen TV!

Reminder: I am an interior designer, not a photographer!

While I still long for a designated “Playroom”, I am happy with the solutions that we have put into place in our “Family Room”.  What storage solutions have you implemented in your “Family Room”?  What would be on your wish list for a dedicated “Playroom”?