Sunday, February 28, 2016


Dear Olive,

Whelp, I pulled the trigger and painted the back room molding.

It all started with our vintage side chair, which didn't jive with the 80s edition molding.  

I planned to paint the trim over the summer, but then I found this gem of a granny sofa at a local vintage shop.  It is actually the exact sofa my grandma had when I was growing up.  I removed the skirt to unearth some keen mid-century legs.  After that, I knew that I had to start painting to keep my ugly couch ironic instead of just ugly in the space.

Unfortunately, while I was taking down our very heavy wooden blinds, I crashed into my beloved blown glass lamp.  A few days later, I found this one at Goodwill for $6 and paired it with a black linen shade.

I finally assembled the Ikea cart that had been waiting in my attic and organized our picture book collection.

Recommended by Joni of Lay Baby Lay, I have loved this union rug from Pattern Society for some time and am pleased by how it works in the space.  

The builder-grade windows actually didn't have any panes in them.  I purchased this product to outfit the windows above the couch and used L brackets to overhang a century old sidelight window over the picture window.

The kids had painted these canvases as a Christmas gift and I love looking at them everyday.

Now I look forward to starting our day in the family room.  

Instead of an afterthought, it has become a favorite space!


  1. Love this! I just posted myself about my love of bold living rooms (especially green-painted walls!)
    Where did you find the awesome chair?

  2. Thanks Marcy! The chair was our former neighbors, scored it for the price of lugging it home. PS I love your green walls!