Well, I’m loving how our family room is coming along.. It’s quickly becoming a favorite room in our home, and simply makes me happy to be in. Simple changes, but significant in the overall feel & look, I would say.
Here is a before & after comparison:
I started w/ the mantel a couple of months ago. I knew as soon as it was finished that I couldn’t wait to tackle the built-ins as well. Details of primer & paint are on that post. I think Erik started to wonder how this would turn out when he saw it during this stage. Just the primer on, but I assured him it would be fine… lol
It took some playing around w/ styling each shelf once I was finished. Lots of up & down on the step-ladder moving items one at a time to get a feel for balance. I even texted my sweet friend who is a professional interior designer when I first started, and she said, “It’s too organized, mess it up a bit”. Cracked me up, because I wasn’t satisfied w/ how it looked and she was exactly right. By taking some of the books and keeping some upright, some stacked, then adjusting the other items here & there. It’s tough though w/ that many shelves! I’m super happy w/ the turn out now. Thanks for the advice, Jules!
Most of the items we already had, but I did pick up a few to add. The baskets on the bottom shelves are new (around $6 & $7 each). The book ends; vintage truck was an heirloom from Erik’s grandmother. The heart has scripture on it, a gift to me from Erik several years ago. The crystal piece was a gift from my mom when we got engaged. Both aqua colored, ceramic birds were super cheap (less than a dollar). The lantern is new ($6), butter dish is another heirloom from Erik’s grandmother. Teal bookend, ceramic pieces I picked up ($3 each). The wooden hand in a scout sign was carved by Erik’s grandfather. Loving that we can display special details in a place in our home that we & the kids can always see. All the books we’ve had, but never displayed because we didn’t have a spot for them. I love that we do now!
So quite the project, but definitely worth the time & effort.. On to the next one! What are you currently working on around your home?…