Summer Home Tour: Family Room

I'm really excited to show off the current state of our family room. I feel like it is finally getting close the point where I can call it "finished" and move on to another room. A few months ago I woke up and decided I wanted to do something drastic that day. Our walls were already painted a light blue/grey color, but there were 3 rather large walls that were just blank. I needed to add some pizzaz without making them too busy. So I grabbed my painter's tape and started measuring out the lines. Of course, because I am me, I measured wrong and had to redo one wall all over again. By the second wall I had it down, so it went up no problem. 

I'll tell you a lil secret though. That chair rail on top was put there to cover up a mistake. I measured wrong and it would have ended up with a white stripe on top if I continued any higher. There was no way I could handle the aesthetic of a white stripe against a white ceiling, so I had to think fast to come up with a solution to fix it. I sent John to Home Depot and he bought this chair rail that I painted white and then nailed to the wall to finish it off. I am actually quite satisfied with the results of it though. Now we can hang things up there if we want to, but since it is still at about eye-level it looks complete just the way it is. Total #MeasureOnceCutTwice moment on my part though.

I decided that the dining room needed some detail in it since it is the first wall you see when you walk into the back part of the house. I have a bunch of paper mache letters left over from different projects, so I decided on the word "gather" and went out to the garage to start assembling. This sign was made using a piece of wood I already had on hand, and with the same color of paint used on the walls. I think it was the perfect addition to a wall that I had originally made a mistake on!

We got this white ladder bookshelf from John's mom who bought it from Pottery Barn years ago. I enjoy bringing different types of items together to create a classy and unique display. The blankets are my favorite item on this shelf. They are so handy when we have people over because everyone gets their own. Between our big comfy couch and our big screen TV, these blankets make it impossible to stay awake for more than 15 minutes.

We have books staged all around our house for various reasons, some bring height to a display and some to bring color and detail to a room. The books I have on this shelf are cute and colorful, but our guests can also open them up and get some entertainment from them. Especially "A Pug's Guide to Etiquette." So Cute. 

The candle holders you see on the left are just cans that I spray painted white and wrapped twine around. Any can will work for this simple project, I think these were made out of canned corn. The white candles inside of them are propped up higher with a block inside of the can. They fit perfectly and no one would know the difference! Also... how cool is this radio that we got from John's grandparent's? You can't really tell, but it has a retro aqua-marine colored case around it. 

You may have spotted some other projects in this post that I'm also very proud of:

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