Our new house has a formal living room, something we’ve never had before. The room has remained mostly empty since moving in, but over the past couple of weeks I’ve made some progress on planning the decor. Today on Modern Parents, Messy Kids, I’m sharing some ideas for how to get started on an entirely empty space.
I’ve always wanted to have a lemonade stand with Jason and Jenna. Now that we live at the end of a cul-de-sac, our chances of having customers for such a venture seemed pretty slim. Yesterday, however, we participated in a neighborhood-wide garage sale, so we took the opportunity to set up a drink stand for passersby. Lemonade didn’t seem appropriate for the brisk autumn morning. Instead, we served a choice of hot or cold apple cider. Jenna was quite a trooper sitting outside with us in 40 and 50 degree temperatures and serving cider to everyone she could. I think our first stand was definitely a success.
I’ve always loved open china cabinets and dish displays but I’ve never had the opportunity to incorporate one in my home. In the new house, we have a couple of open shelves in our kitchen and I’m converting an armoire into a dinnerware cabinet in the dining room. Now that I have the opportunity, I’m not entirely convinced I have the skills to pull it off.
Here are a few inspiring displays to help guide me:
Sources: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6
After weeks of having only a single chair in our family room, our new sofa arrived and I think we have a new favorite room. Spending time in this space prompted me to want to decorate, so I spent the weekend adding some finishing touches.
The room stays fairly dark due to the narrow windows and the brick fireplace facade that covers nearly an entire wall. I would love to paint the brick white to brighten up the room, but my husband isn’t entirely sold on the idea. So for now, we’re going with a cozy, den-like feel.
Here’s a view of the room before we added furniture:
And here are some views of the furnished family room:
We’ve accumulated a few map prints over the past couple of years, so we decided to incorporate those into the decor and have even nicknamed the room ‘the map room.’
We’ll continue to use the console table as a desk for homework time, but will most likely minimize the desk accessories for now since most of the homework this year has been reading.
And, finally, one of my favorite accessories is the black globe that I “borrowed” from my son’s room:
A new sofa arrived, we roasted marshmallows three nights in a row and we enjoyed make-your-own pizza night with good friends – all in all a pretty great weekend.
Temperatures have finally started to cool down in Texas, and since we’re spending more time in our backyard, I’m hoping that there are lots of s’mores in my future.
Here are a few things on my fall wish list:
Sweater Jacket / Scarf / Outdoor Wine Glasses / Skewers / Sneakers / Fire Pit / Sweat Pants