all is one of my favorite times of the year to decorate around. I love how all the orange, gold, and brown makes my house look glowy and warm. I’m not one of those creative-crafty DIY types who goes all out, creating an Autumn Wonderland that has Better Homes & Gardens beating down my door. But I do like to swap out all the summery stuff for orange throws and pillows, pumpkins and gourds, and lots of candles (I discovered the joys of flameless ones this year, so I have them flickering all the time now!).
I’ve been enjoying the coziness of our family room. Come on in…
You may remember I used to have a black coffee table with a glass top in front of the sofa. Here’s how it looked before:
You also may remember me complaining about how it drove me crazy. That glass top was impossible to keep clean. Everyone wanted to put their feet up but the table was higher than the sofa, which made it uncomfortable. And because the table was black, it showed dust approximately 5 seconds after dusting it. Not only that, but dust would seep underneath the glass and taunt me.
In one of those “I’ve had it!” moments, I relegated it to the basement rec room, where I don’t care how dusty and smudgy it looks.
Problem was, we had nothing to replace it with. For a while the family room was kinda empty. Then my husband pulled this poor old footstool up from storage, and it sat in the middle of our family room all summer.
It was not only too small, but it was ripped in places and missing two of its buttons. I felt compelled to tell everyone who came to my house that the footstool was “Only temporary!”
At one point I ordered a black ottoman from Target.com, but it was immediately obvious that it wasn’t going to work. It was like a big black hole in the middle of the room. And the square shape didn’t look right in the space, either:
Finally, I found an ottoman I both liked and could afford in a Grandin Road catalog. It came in lots of colors (I chose Natural), was the right size (a rectangle, not a square), and was only $249–a lot less than most of the others I had looked at. Woo-hoo!
I like how it lightened things up in here, especially since it’s such a small room:
I have so many more things I want to do in here. We got an estimate on installing hardwood floors. The carpet is worn out and needs to go. But as you know, I already spent a lot of money on new flooring this year, so it might be awhile.
Also worn out: the sofa. I’m constantly having to fluff the cushions back up. Lots of throw pillows are required to hide the mushed-up, lumpy cushions. But it’s comfy and the kids love taking naps on it, so I’ll put up with it for a little while longer…
About this point in the photo session, Maizie decided she wanted to be a part of it. She’s the Shih-Tzu we adopted last year. She was in bad shape when we got her. But after surgery and lots of TLC, she’s doing great. And she is the sweetest little thing. You’d never know she had such a rough start in life. (You can read her story here if you missed it.)
We were recently told by someone who works with small dogs that Maizie is actually a Micro Shih Tzu. The woman was very excited to see her because apparently there aren’t many of them around. We had no idea–we just thought she was small for her breed. (She usually looks even smaller–she needs a haircut!)
Then the kids came home from school and crashed the photo shoot, too…
Within 5 minutes, the family room was wrecked again, the throw pillows tossed off the sofa and the floor littered with book bags, dirty socks, cast-off hoodies, and homework. But let’s just pretend it always looks this neat and tidy, okay?
P.S. I won’t be hosting a linky party this year but there are plenty out there if you want to participate. A good place to start: The Inspired Room’s annual month-long Fall Nesting Series. If you’re hosting one, feel free to let us know in the comments!