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Little Updates and Fireplace Plans

Little Updates and Fireplace Plans

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.

Little Updates and Fireplace Plans

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.

Little Updates and Fireplace Plans

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.

Little Updates and Fireplace 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.

Little Updates and Fireplace PlansMuskoka Living

Little Updates and Fireplace Plans

 Great Neighborhood HomesSpacecrafting / Architectural Photography

Little Updates and Fireplace Plans BHG

Little Updates and Fireplace Plans

Do you have built-ins in your house?

A Touch Of Green

A Touch Of GreenLonny

A Touch Of GreenLonny

A Touch Of Green
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A Touch Of GreenCottage Living Idea House

A Touch Of GreenLonny

Green has always been one of my favorite colors. Since March snuck up on us (how did that happen?) and St. Paddy’s Day will be here before we know it, I thought we should be inspired to add a touch of green to our decor!

Do you like the color green?

Ya’ll, I’m STILL pinching myself about this exciting news– EEK! I am so honored to have been listed in the top five home decor bloggers by the editors of Better Homes & Gardens Magazine!

WHA? YAHOO! CRAZAAAY!? RIGHT? So I always feel totally awkward asking for help on anything, but so many of you have been with me here since I started this blog seven years ago and I’m extremely grateful for your support and encouragement along this wild journey. Without you I’d be talking to myself every day.

So here’s the deal: readers are able to vote on the five finalists for the top decorating blogger until March 5th, and you can vote every hour! (You don’t have to post it on Facebook for it to count). If you could rally your mom, your dog, your cousins and neighbors far and wide to vote every hour, maybe I’ll have a chance!! I appreciate you all SO MUCH.

Here’s where to vote, just click the vote button under my face at this link! Thank you!

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