Archives for July 2019

Game Table in Living Room

Game Table in Living Room
Architectural Digest

My mom always has the best ideas for making a house a home. Case in point, growing up I remember having game tables in many of our homes.

Much like enjoying a meal around a table, having a designated spot to gather with friends and family to put together a puzzle, play a board game or cards definitely creates a relaxed atmosphere where relationships are built and fun memories can be made.

Game Table in Living Room
Our Oregon Beach House Tour

When my parents had our family beach house there was always a table set up with a chess board, ready to be played when the inspiration struck. Years ago my mom gave us one of her beautiful game tables (complete with a checker/chess board stained on the wood).

Our kids played games on that table growing up and we often used it for a puzzle in our living room. We still have it downstairs in this house! In fact, my husband and I have been venturing down to that table before bed to do puzzles together.

Game Table in Living Room
Traditional Home

So here’s what I’m thinking! If we could squeeze in a table to the corner I showed you in the post yesterday, we would likely get a lot of use out of it!

When the thought of a game or “library” table in the living room first crossed my mind a few years ago, I dismissed the thought as being unnecessary. We not only had that game table downstairs, but our dining room table was so near it seemed to be redundant.

But lately I’ve been revisiting that idea, realizing that I love keeping our dining room table free for sit down meals! And having a puzzle always set up downstairs means we don’t want to put it away to start a different game.

Besides the fun of a spot to gather for a game, an upstairs game table could double as much needed additional dining space when our family gathers for holiday meals.

Game Table in Living Room
House Beautiful – Miki Duisterhof // from The Inspired Room archives – Why I Like this Room

While I’m absolutely LOVING the summer weather and puttering around outside, I can tell my heart is already dreaming about cozy fall evenings with spots for playing games and puzzles :).

Game Table in Living Room
Homemade by Carmona

So, I’m thinking of giving this idea a try! I may even try it with my current dining room table (which can be made round) to see how it feels. Of course, I’ll show you what I come up with!

Game Table in Living Room
HGTV – Photo by Christian Columbres
Game Table in Living Room
Luxe Source – Photography: Nick Johnson

Hope you enjoyed the inspiration in this post for game tables in a living room!


Game Table in Living Room
Game Table in Living Room

Happy Corners + Home Sweet Home

Happy Corners + Home Sweet Home

I mentioned the other day that we have decided to stay here in this house and continue to put down more roots. We feel at peace with this decision. Of course, life circumstances, needs and desires can always change so it’s impossible to say with absolutely certainty what will happen in the future! And that’s OK. I feel at peace with that, too.

But just knowing that it is our current intention to stay here (as we enter a season where we will become empty nesters in September–I shared more about that here) makes dreaming about our home and next projects more fun, you know what I mean?

I think because I get emotionally invested in my sense of “home” knowing any changes we make or projects we decide to work on going forward will be serving our family makes me extra excited. That’s what nesting is all about for me. It’s not all about design or styling for photo-shoots, it’s really about creating a home that serves us well.

My husband and I got inspired this weekend and did a little furniture rearranging. Our antique Chinoiserie cabinet has been moved in and out of the living room over the past few years, but it’s back again! We ordered some new art for above it that is on its way here. I’ll share more about how we’ll use this cabinet and how it all comes together in the room after the art arrives.

Happy Corners + Home Sweet Home

As we were puttering around the living room, my mind starting whirling with so many new ideas! In fact, we came up with an idea for how we may want to use this underutilized corner.

The idea is simple, budget friendly and will be easy to complete. Best of all, it will make our family very happy!

Stay tuned tomorrow for what we have in mind!

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