Holiday Home Tour (and bonus family room reveal)

Happy Holidays, friends!

This year has certainly not gone as planned, for anyone, but as it draws to a close I hope you have blessings to look back on and things to be thankful for. I’m incredibly thankful for all of you — those that read my ramblings here, and those that cheer me on through social media.

Me and my best boy. If I can’t wear an ugly Christmas outfit and put it on the internet then why do I even have a blog??

For my final post of the year (crazy, right!) I wanted to keep it short and sweet. I’m going to share the other side of our “great room”….what’s attached to the kitchen that you didn’t see last week in the kitchen reveal. I don’t have any great DIY’s in there, and I really think it needs a lot of work in terms of furniture and design. A work in progress for sure. And I’ll end with a quick visual holiday home tour since ’tis the season!

Our future family room
I learned a lot about trusses during this process.
In case you’ve ever wanted to see what $16,000 worth of lumber looks like.

Last week I shared how we built the addition onto the back of the house. Details can be found here. You saw the rear porch get ripped off, the foundation be built and the framing go up. We definitely wanted vaulted ceilings in the family room, and even considered exposed beams. That ended up being more than we wanted to spend, so it got nixed along with a potential fireplace. Future projects…maybe?? We did want as many windows as we could have on the back of the house, and got double-open french doors to the deck.

Those double french doors open to the family room. The door on the left goes to the laundry/mudroom.
We needed space for my husbands giant TV on the wall and privacy from the neighbors so we just did two high windows on the side wall.

Our contractor completed the drywall and then we took over priming and painting the walls and installing the flooring and the trim (including door casings).

This is the stage where our contractor left us.
Primed and walls painted Behr Juniper Breeze.
We chose this fun Sputnik brass chandelier. We have a mixed, mid-century vibe in this room.
The first row of tile. Pretty exciting!
Tiling done, grouted and freshly sealed. This large room was exhausting to tile.

If you’ve been following me for any length of time you know that I love old things. This room was tough for me because everything was new, and there wasn’t any character. One place I could add it in was with the door to the laundry room. I found an absolutely gorgeous old door on Facebook marketplace that was the right size to become a sliding barn-style door. It adds a bit of character and something old to the room which I love.

These pics on Facebook marketplace totally sold me.
I didn’t even realize that the hardware was so cool!
Look at that detail!
I need to put glass in this door. I’m STILL debating about whether I should do frosted or clear glass.

This room has the same finishes as the kitchen — porcelain, wood-look tile, Juniper Breeze wall color and white trim. We opted not to do window casing (we’re tired, ya’ll), and instead did wood window ledges. My dad helped me create those out of leftover oak stair treads. I stained them Minwax Jacobean to mimic the color of the floors.

We did the same thing with the kitchen window, only made it deeper so I could use it for plants.

This room is where we spend the majority of our time, so comfort was key when furnishing it. The giant leather couch and humongous TV are things I had to work around when designing the space, and I certainly don’t feel like I’ve successfully navigated them yet. I don’t really know what to do with the wall space around that big, black box.

We went with a 101.5″ leather sofa from Pottery Barn. I can lay on it and my body doesn’t touch the back or either arm. It’s HUGE.
I don’t remember how big this TV is, but somewhere in the 70″+ range. Ridiculous.

On the opposite wall, however, I knew I wanted a gallery wall. I ended up with a 12 foot long installation and it was kind of fun, and frustrating, to put together. It’s a collection of photos taken by my husband, art from a local artist (and friend) and old windows from the house. If you’re interested in original, beautiful art check out Maltry Creative.

I initially debated between doing a 9 foot long version, or extending it past the sofa area to 12 feet.
I moved all the deck furniture out of the way so that I could get a feel for the location and spacing of the pieces. I marked out a 9 x 12 foot area, marked the thermostat location and just started laying out the pieces.
And here’s the final arrangement, with a little Christmas decor thrown in. I’m glad I included the old windows because they really help fill the space. They were in rough shape, but I was ok with that. I just vacuumed off the really loose chunks and did a light coat of spray paint.
My fiddle leaf fig has been displaced by the Christmas tree.
Normally I have three very large plants in that corner. They have been moved to the dining room for the holidays.

Since this room is decorated for the holidays, I thought I would do a full holiday home tour. Enjoy! See you in 2021!

These pillows will be in place until spring when they get swapped out for different covers. Do you change your throw pillows with the seasons?
I love our Wicksham Oriental Spice area rug from Joss & Main. I put it on top of a 0.5″ rug pad so it’s super plush.
I made the paper bag snowflakes and wood bead and bell garlands for my mantle display.
I also made this minimalist wood Christmas tree stack.
This is my memory tree, with all of our old ornaments from childhood. I made this tree crate from scrap wood and added a spare paper bag “star” above our Nativity scene.

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