Little Updates and Fireplace Plans

Gray and white kitchen with subway tile

Hello friends! How is everyone? This has been one of those weeks for me where my to-do list seems to grow faster than my “done” list. Sometimes that’s just how life goes, and keeping up with the priorities is what really counts. But! I did find time for a few little updates here and there around the house!

I’ve been loving my new counter stools from Target around the kitchen island. They’re the perfect little stool for chats in the kitchen or a place for a quick snack.

Family Room Rearranging

I also did a little bit of rearranging in the family room. I brought the gold bamboo tables (from Pier1) out from behind my sofa and tried them on either side of the fireplace with a couple of new lamps I got from Target.

My daughter gave me the nicest birthday present for my birthday in January, a Restoration Hardware salvaged wood mirror! We hung it a few days ago and I REALLY love it above the fireplace. I’ve been wanting more of a focal point piece there and I think it is perfect!

I actually have a long range plan for the fireplace and surrounding wall that I’m kind of excited about. Let’s take a look at how this fireplace started out.

Fireplace before tv niche

Changing the fireplace finishes and covering up the TV niche made a huge difference in this room. (Click here to see the full post on our fireplace makeover and the tile sources we used!)

But my long range plan is to take the fireplace design a step further and add built-in bookcases and cabinets to surround the fireplace!

Our home started out as a pretty basic builder home, and I’ve worked hard to bring in elements and customizations that have made it feel more like us, and also give it some of that old house character that we love so much.

Family Room Fireplace Future Plans

A full wall of bookshelves around this fireplace will finish off the design of this wall with an extra bold architectural statement. Bookcases will make it extra cozy, too.

I’ve found a few built-in ideas on Pinterest, so I thought I’d share some of my inspiration pics for this wall.

Fireplace built insMuskoka Living

Fireplace Cabinetry Inspiration - Windows Above Built-In Shelves

 Great Neighborhood HomesSpacecrafting / Architectural Photography

Fireplace built ins and striped rug BHG

Fireplace built in ideas

Do you have built-ins in your house?

{Romance Week} Cozy Reading Corner

Traditional Hall by Washington Architects & Designers Barnes Vanze Architects, Inc . . . Yes, please. … ** Read more **

The Plate Wall

white plates on wall

 Just thought I'd let you know I finally took down the crunchy Christmas wreath from the dining room. And, I found some plates to fill in the awkward blank wreath-shaped area on the wall. PHEW! Crisis averted. I know you've been losing sleep over … ** Read more **

{Easy DIY} No Sew Embellished IKEA Curtain Panels

extra long curtains

Remember awhile back when I got my new bamboo shades for the family room? Well, I STILL love them. I've been especially loving them all summer because when the sun pours in hot I've been able to lower them to keep the house cooler. Even though I … ** Read more **

Thrift Store Finds {New Vignette in the Entry!}

summer decorating entry table

Thrift Store Finds For awhile I didn't want to bring too many new pieces in to my house, I was trying to weed out things I didn't want while fixing up our kitchen, adding the wood floors and painting to make our house feel more like "us." And I … ** Read more **

Gallery Wall in the Family Room!

gallery wall family room

Do you ever have one wall in a room that bugs you because you can't seem to decide what to do to pull it together with the rest of the room? Our long wall on the right as you enter our family room was THAT WALL for me. It was longish, with no … ** Read more **