Knock out those walls and create an open concept great room

I know, I know it’s not Christmas yet but this is one of the few pictures I have that shows most of the downstairs in one shot. One of our first projects (before my blogging days) we turned three small rooms (living, dining, family) into one large great room by knocking down a wall and creating a open concept great room. We now have a space that is 100% usable.

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Wood Floors in the guest room

~Hi Friends~

We had a good amount of rain come through, the air is crisp, the skies are blue and the weekend is here!

There is a little something I didn’t share with you…oops. When we had our master bedroom floors put in we had the floors in the guest room replaced as well.  The carpet was pretty nasty, being 12 years old. Instead of new carpet we decided to install the same wood  that is throughout the first floor.  It was pretty comical around the house that week, no beds for us to sleep in so we put the mattress on the dinning room floor which of course turned into a huge trampoline for the kids.

OK onto some updated pictures

Sophie seriously follows me everywhere.

My husband’s handy work, I love crown!

When our family stays with us it is usually anywhere from a week to a month so when the kids are driving them bonkers they can shut the door and watch the tube.

Before, bye bye carpet!

~Hope your weekend is fabulous~

Paint color:

Chelsea by the sea, Ace Paints.

Wood floors:


STYLE: Brindisi Plank

COLOR: Cognac Hickory
5-inch x 1/2-inch wide planks

Foyer reveal

Happy Weekend Friends!
I only lost one post while blogger was down so I feel pretty fortunate.
I’ve been trying to put off showing you the finished foyer until all the painting was done, but I’ve come to realize it’s a huge job that could take forever.  Considering it took 2 years to complete the stairs and 5 years to complete the kitchen……
I took down the signs I made by the front door and added the vintage mirrors I found while antiquing last year.
I purchased the wire basket at an antique store while in Tahoe and my husband put the crown molding up.
The antique mirror was also purchased in Tahoe, this is in a niche to the right as you walk in.


Decorating a open floor plan can be so challenging at times.  Adding wood to the stairs definitely helped pull the whole space together!

The Light is from CSN, it replaced a recessed light, much more glamorous!

Thanks for stopping in, have a fabulous weekend!


The mudroom~craftroom~playroom~reveal!

Ready for the big reveal?
It’s such a tight space to photograph but I tried my best.
I have had so much fun transforming this room with you! Thanks for being so patient  with us and joining in on the ride!
Walking in from the garage looking straight ahead
at the kids computer area and toy storage.


If you walk in from the house you see my craft area where I painted my grandmothers
Sewing machine.



Walking in from the garage you see the mudroom wall and the door that leads into the house.
Some of you asked where we purchased the book shelf.  It was a craigslist find for $30. I have seen them new at Ikea for $99. 
The bench was free at a garage sale.
You can find out how we made the wall organizer out of two used pieces here.

Hooks from Target

Baskets from Target.
 I modge Podged their names on the wood signs from Michael’s.

Woven baskets from Ikea. I covered the magazine holders with fabric.

Bench pad and pillows I made.


You can see how we hid our garage door opener.

 The kids craft area is bright and sunny under the window.
The shutters were purchased on Craigslist for $20.
Table was free from a friend, which I transformed.

Here are some before shots.  I can not for the life of me find any pictures of this room when it was a garage.  The wall was built my my husband and father in law.
If I run across the pictures I promise to add them!




Once again, thank you, for your support, encouragement and such kind words!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!