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Family Room Reveal! Kind of…

Wowah.  Yes, that just happened.  I got a bit tied up at work (the one that pays for my diy habit) and 3 weeks went by.  Just. Like. That.

And now, it’s like Thanksgiving?!?!?  Holy fill-in-the-blank.

But please don’t think that I’ve forgotten about us.  A little distance might bring us closer… or does that just work for marriages?!?  Not sure.  But either way… I’m back!  And I want to show you where I’m at in the family room update.

Remember this?   What the room looked like 6, er 10, weeks ago…

DSCN1319 FamilyWordsAnd here is what the room looks like right now!


It amazes me that a few little changes equal a totally different room.  All the big stuff stayed the same, even my mallard ducks made it back in the mix!!


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You know that I’m not a photographer, so please excuse the photos!  At least you can get an idea of what’s been cookin’ around here!

New pillows, with lots of fun tassels and bling!  New rug, photographs, and I’m most loving the versatility of the shelves!!

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Isn’t that FUN sign, well fun?!  I found that at a recent flea market trip.  She said I could always have “fun” for $10 dollars.  Who could argue with that?!


I did end up painting the tips of this woven art piece black.  It gives it a little something extra, I think.  I’m not sure I’ll keep it here, but for now it’s dressed up for the holidays!DSCN3373

If you’ve been following along, then you’ll notice there’s something missing.  Can you guess?

My vintage chairs!  Yes!!  I’m working on those so I hope to have them out very soon!

Thanks for dealing with my delays!  I want to show you the other rooms that I’ve been steadily eking out progress in…next week, perhaps?

Maybe I can get the hubs to take the photos?  He’s not too shabby with a lens =)

And (AND) we’re putting on a Harry Potter Birthday party in a few days!!  I can’t wait to get you those photos!

Happy Monday Friends!  Have a great short week!  Tootle-loo!  Jessica

Happy (late) Halloween and a bit on the 6 Week Challenge!

Hi Friends!

So, so, so sorry for going a tad silent this week.

Will you forgive me if I was finishing up these little ditties, for these super cuties?!?

IMG_2881They are my Lego Super Hero’s!

I’m sure that if you have kids, you know that Halloween is a BIG ‘OL Production!  There are parties, festivals, trunk-or-treating, trick-or-treating, cookie decorating, pumpkin carving, face painting, and on, and on, and on.  It’s like it’s own force of nature…luring children in one Snicker’s bar at a time.  My cousin, who is 9, even asked “Why do we have to go to school on Halloween if it’s a holiday?”

I’m feeling a bunch of head nods and “seriously’s” over the web.  It’s a bit of a pain, but WOW, it IS SOOOOO MUCH FUN!  I can’t help shoving a few Snicker’s into the ole piehole myself.

So, now do you understand what happened to me on Thursday morning?  But here I am, and definitely ready to get back to the family room action.  And I’ve got a few updates…

First off, the fabric.  Here’s what I’m thinking.


Do you likie?  I found that pencil drawing fabric in a box from a scrap store!!  I have just enough to get 1 pillow.  It’s so cool and I feel like I won the fabric lotto.  The stripe and the textured weave should inject a bit of modernism.

What about this for a surprise?  It may turn out to be my secret weapon… it’s like your hip grandma’s sweater.  So soft and pretty.  The hub is politely saying no (Grandma’s are not cool, in his opinion)… but I’m still debating.


The room maybe feeling a little too tribal.  I’m crossing my fingers that art and those chrome chairs will fix that up… and possibly the secret weapon.  (Is it that I like the fabric or I just want one $%#^& feminine thing in this room?)

Speaking of the chairs!!  Does anyone know a trick for fixing up chrome?  It’s a bit more beat up in the back than I originally thought.  I NEED SUGGESTIONS, PLEASE.  Spray paint just seems like a no-no here.  I ended up purchasing a strie black fabric that is coated for stain protection at $14 a yard at Michael Levine’s in downtown LA for those.  Such a deal!!  Now I just need to get to work.

Art?  Well, you’ve seen a few pieces, but what about some black and white photography ala


More flowers!  Buahhhahhhaahhhhaa!

My Crate and Barrel tables are out of the boxes and … hmmm… I’m just not sure.

DSCN3353Do you see those dark lines on the edge?  That’s how the table came out of the box.  Weird.  And then while I carefully lifted one out, I scratched it.  Oops.

I’m still torn whether it’s a neat used look or it’s a bad look.  The good news is that it’s really sturdy – a must in this room for sure!!

Oh!  And the flea market gods smiled on me last weekend.  I found two of my favorite things ever!!

DSCN3348 DSCN3349Yes, that is a handwoven wool rug.  OMG, amazing, right?!  The fringe makes me want to squeal. And that table?!  I could literally put it anywhere in the house and it would work.  I just love pieces like that!

Anyhoo, that’s what’s going on here.  Only a few days left to pull it all together!

Wish me luck!


And please check out all the fabulous updates at Calling It Home!  Linda has invited great designers and they’re killing it.  Not to mention the other 90+ bloggers strutting their stuff!  It’s a definite cup of coffee, weekend reading treat.

Happy Creating!  Jessica

Week 4 of the 6 Week Room Challenge – Family Room Update

Welcome Back, my hommies!

It’s Week 4 of the 6 Week Challenge!  Hosted by Calling It Home and man, it’s getting good up in ‘der!


You still got my back, right?  ‘Cause I could really use it.  This week was a literal back-breaker.

I have been hunchbacked, twisty-backed and achy-breaky aaaalllllll week long.  On Sunday night, my back died… at least that’s what it feels like.  I’m either turing one hundred or I may just have too many children.  Hmmm…. tough call, as I clean up the 3rd cup of spilled milk today.  Some days there’s just a lot of spilled milk.

And some weeks, you just grin and hope that you’ll have the strength to fight another day.  With that in mind, I did my best (I swear!) to take it easy so that I can see you at the finish line.

Luckily, I was able to get my tail in gear last week and actually get some things checked off the list.  Phew!

The shelves are up and now I’m working on the styling part.


I have a few pieces of art that probably won’t stay like this but you can get a peeksie!

DSCN3338This I made by painting, tearing and pasting some textured water color paper on an old canvas.  I like the organic nature of it and I was even able to get the monkeys to help!

DSCN3339I found this beauty at a flea market about 6 months ago.  I adore it and I’m so happy that I didn’t let my husband talk me out of it.  Just the hefty metal frame is fabulous!

The I took a few red metallic frames I had and spray painted them a dull gold.

DSCN3341I had this quote from Jerry Maguire printed in 11×14, ’cause you-know-what?!  It totally fits me!

As for the other frames, well, I’m still working on that.  These shelves are 10ft and 7ft long, so I still need a bunch of art.  Fingers crossed I can find the perfect pieces!

I also started to deconstruct my upholstery project….remember these?

DSCN3324Well, underneath that fuggly blue velvet, is… fuggly brown fake leather!!!??!?!

DSCN3343Oh, the surprises of decorating.  Needless to say, there is much, much more to be done with these.

I bought one of these for the back of the couch.  I hate when the cord digs into the back!


I’m considering these from House of Hardware for my bar area.  Have any of you actually seen and touched them?



Now for a little help, please.  Which do you think looks better?

A sectional where most of the pillows are matching on both sides



A sectional where the pillows relate, but are all different?

dbc28795961b7c19642617cba2f7c917I need to get going on sewing some pillows, but I just can’t decide if I want to keep them more neutral since there is a lot going on with the shelves or do I want to do a bunch of different fabrics.  Help please!

I am so loving these, that I think I may have to make some yarn tassels!


I think that might be it for this week!!

Now let’s see where we stand…

1. Build two gallery shelves for the focal wall. 

2. Add a new rug

3. Do some alterations to my slip covers

4. Make new pillow covers, But first, decide on fabric

5. Add a sconce/light, perhaps??

6. Side tables and bar stools – I think I will fix up the ones I have for now.

7. Make all the flat areas interesting and oh, so pretty

8. Find, make, steal some art

9. Revamp woven wall art

10. Reupholster chairs…say, what?!

Making progress, but this week I’ve gotta start making some major leaps!  Wish me luck!!

Happy Creating!  Tootles, Jessica