It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Monday, November 23, 2015

I did it!  I totally caved and decorated BEFORE Thanksgiving!  I feel like I broke my own rule.. I just couldn't help it.  There is nothing more that gets you in the Christmas Spirit than a sparkly tree and the smell of pine filling your room.  Besides, the season is so short and I love being able to enjoy this space to the fullest before it all goes back in storage for another year.

Of course, the true meaning of Christmas is not all about the decor.  It's about celebrating the birth of Jesus, making memories, and spending quality time with family.  
I enjoy entertaining, especially this time of the year, so naturally I want my home to feel welcoming and inviting.  

This carousel is a tradition in our home.  It was gifted to our oldest over sixteen years ago, and it still works beautifully.  When turned on, it rotates through four different Christmas songs while the horses go round and round just like a real carousel! 

This chalk sign was a easy DIY.  I used the pom pom wreath I got on last years Target's after Christmas sale, and a chalk pen to draw the letters.

My decor is anything but traditional, but it fits our bright and cheery home perfectly.  

What about you.. Have you decorated yet, or do you wait until after Thanksgiving?  
I'd love to see your festive space!

{One Room Challenge}: Revealing our Multipurpose Space!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

It's here!  The Final Reveal week!!!!  I am so excited to share our new Multi-Purpose Space with you all! If you remember, I jumped on board six short weeks ago to participate in the One Room Challenge, and decided to not only finish the back room, but the stairs, hallway, and nook under the stairs as well.  About half way into the challenge I asked myself what in the world was I thinking.. but it's DONE, and I am ecstatic!

I started with the vision to create a space where my kids and their friends could hang out.  We have long winters here in the northland, so a cozy place is essential when you're stuck inside for months on end! This room houses a gaming area, a corner bench for snacks or puzzles, a music nook for my two guitar players, and even a exercise space for my hubby!  

At this point, I am too exhausted to write anything creative.  So, take a look around, and let me know what you think!

Just in case you need a reminder of what the space looked like BEFORE:

If you want to catch up on the progress of the space, check out the weeks before here:

Week 1 // Week 2 // Week 3 // Week 4 // Week 5

Thank you to Linda at Calling it Home for hosting this design challenge! It was a blast following all the other designers and getting inspired along the way.   You can check out all the other designs HERE!

ORC: It's the Final Countdown!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

We are on the HOME STRETCH for the multipurpose room!  I can hardly believe how fast the six weeks have flown by.  So here we are on week five, the week before the final reveal.  This week I am just working on the finishing touches for this space, mostly touching up paint and caulking between gaps.  If you want to catch up on how the room has been transformed up until now, you can check out the progress from the previous weeks here:

Week 1, (literally a blank slate) Week 2, Week 3, Week 4

This week has been the fun part of the challenge for me because it included adding all the fun design elements.  With the exception of hiring our friend Andy to help us with the things that were outside our comfort zone, my son and I have worked endlessly on completing this space.

We used every square inch of this room, so the corner got a cozy little bench and table. My friend Anna is a crazy talented, DIY builder of anything and everything.  She built this for me.  

Here it is in her workshop.  We repurposed our old stair treads for the seats, and covered some plywood for the back cushion.  

I got to shop for some fun pillow patterns.  

And I made some "oops" along the way. Once the pallet wall went up, I thought it would be fantastic to add some indirect lighting to the space.  So, I called up my friend handy - Andy and he agreed to add a light to the already completely sheet rocked room.  Have I mentioned how much I love this dude?  Our son was willing to fish the wire out, so we shoved him into the small space between the soffit and the closet, and Andy fed him the wire...

Three hours later, I had my light!  I will reveal the whole fixture next week, but it was just the right touch the room needed.

The media center and tv were hung, and we completed our stair case! 
Don't look too close, you may spot where I need to touch up =)

Don't forget to check out the other participants of the One Room Challenge over at Calling it Home

See you next week for the Full Reveal of our Multipurpose Space!