And we’re back! Happy New Year and hope you had a happy holiday season! We spent some much needed time with family, relaxing, playing games, and doing puzzles. It was our first year in our home and it was very therapeutic to take the time off and spend it making new memories with old traditions. I love coming into the new year with fresh eyes and excitement about sharing again. And this year, more than any other previously, I feel EXCITED about our home and what’s coming. We’ll share our annual projects list tomorrow, but before we get to that, I wanted to catch you up on a few leisurely things we did or added around the house over the break–which is my favorite way to spend a vacation. Just puttering about. Hanging art, rearranging furniture, zhushing, and making plans are just a few of my favorite things.
Here’s a few things we did around the house, while we were on break:
This cabinet was so heavy and stressful to move but I’m so happy to see it up here! Since we moved in, it has been in the dining room housing our every day dishes because we didn’t have any cabinets. But now that we do, I knew it needed a new home. Chris and his brother managed to move it from the dining room (using this shoulder dolly!), up to the bonus room nestled where the Christmas tree once was. Not gonna lie–the tree is sorely missed in this room. This corner needed something and I always love using what I have on hand FIRST. I think it will eventually go in our home office, but for now I love the collected look of it in the corner. I filled it with extra blankets and books and even a basket to fill with toys that inevitably spill out from the playroom.
I shared this a bit in my stories, but we hung the art that was in our Modern Cottage bedroom, into the kitchen area. The frames are gorgeous and substantial, and the art is from Juniper Print Shop, printed super easily at Walgreens actually! The picture light we had hard-wired and there’s a matching one on the kitchen hutch on the opposite side of the room.
We used the same frames and family photos from Framebridge, that we had hanging in the hallway in our last house! We even saved the gallery hanging template just for this reason! I love having this little peekaboo moment of family memories from the living room. As you can see, one frame in the gallery didn’t fit due to the thermostat and light switch, but once we get our new thermostat, I’ll probably squeeze a small frame in.
I’m truly obsessed with the vintage rug we rolled out in the kitchen. I’ve had this planned since the start of this renovation, and it feels like a little puzzle piece coming into play. Peep the new flatware Chris and I gifted ourselves for Christmas. We were at Williams Sonoma and tested out the weight of a bunch of different options and fell for this classic set that has some really beautiful curves. We ended up ordering the set that came with matching steak knives as soon as we got home. They filled our gorgeous silverware drawers before Christmas arrived.
Polly asked for a tent for Christmas and I couldn’t pass up the William Morris x Dockatot one. It fit her storybook room so well!, The pattern and tassels is stunning, and the way that she nestles inside, on the cushion, with a book or some toys is so precious! She has spent countless hours in it over the break–even falling asleep inside one night.
As a little girl, there were few things I wanted more than a canopy bed. The idea of cocooning myself into this cove of a bed felt so royal and quaint at the same time. The little girl in me is so happy, but not as happy as Faye is, which makes me even happier. She asked for a bed canopy for her new room, and this gingham addition has her beaming. But, between you and me, the canopy is smaller than I imagined, but it could be a little dwarfed by her queen size bed and super tall ceilings. Faye’s room is getting some love this year and I’m excited to make this canopy the star.
The extra long media cabinet from restoration hardware (that was in our old basement) found its way to the entry, with another 17′ vintage rug. A too-small mirror that’s hung too high and buffet lamps that are just right. A lot of our money is going to large renovations right now, so I’m having fun re-imagining furniture pieces we had in new places and it’s really fun and invigorating.
Sometimes it works and sometimes it allows me to make a list of pieces to look out for (note: larger mirror needed for the entry). I’ve never felt this way after only living in a home for 6 months. I feel so at home here. And so excited about the possibilities. And so anxious to continue making it ours. Can’t wait to share what we’ll be tackling this year tomorrow!
Our wood grain Shaker cabinet fronts were designed for busy, high-traffic homes like ours. Clad with durable textured thermofoils, this line is compatible with Sektion, Akurum, Godmorgon, and Besta cabinets from IKEA. It's the perfect, practical way to add the warmth of wood to all the rooms of your home.
We have teamed up with Loloi to create a line of rugs that are as affordable as they are beautiful. This collection houses a great mix of traditional and modern rugs, in cottage-y colorways, as well as vintage-inspired beauties that you’ll want to roll out in every room.
We partnered with Stuga on a line of hardwood floors — The Ingrid is really livable, and the color is very neutral. It doesn’t lean warm or cool, it’s that just right in-between. We have really loved putting it everywhere in our house. It’s the best jumping-off point for design, no matter your interior style. In addition to being beautiful, Ingrid is really durable — we have three kids, and we always have a home construction project going on. Ingrid stands up to it all.
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