I have regrets. I wish I could go back in time when I uttered the now infamous words "I think I'm going to redo the whole upstairs at the same time." Even in a perfect world with a steady flow of money, no real life issues that get in the way like a wedding, surgery, getting a new puppy, school starting, and so on, it was a big undertaking for one person. But I am happy to say that at least with three of the four rooms, I am nearing that glorious light at the end of the tunnel. Speaking of light, I love my family room and its large windows! It has always been one of the sunniest posts in the house.
I got all the shelves put up so I was able to spread the books out a bit. They are still sorted by color. I can't wait until we have filled the shelves with books! But until then, I added some plants and things so it wouldn't look so sparse.
The card catalog will actually go on the other side of the room but the chair that will go there is not upholstered yet. The card catalog sure makes a pretty place holder until the thrifted chair gets it makeover.
I am so happy we took out the filing cabinet in the corner that was hiding behind the screen. The shelves make for a better use of space. We have never had bookshelves before so it was so nice to get all the books out of boxes and totes and actually have a place for them. We couldn't do floor to ceiling built ins because of the coved ceiling (rounded corners). These floating shelves from IKEA worked out great.
I had been eyeing moroccan white shag rugs for a long time. I asked a few people in instagram if they liked theirs and finally bit the bullet and contacted Rugs USA. They generously sent me my favorite rug seven months ago. We have lived with it and have to say that it is fabulous!
With the dark floors and dark couch, I wanted a lighter color. Now you might be thinking "But you have four boys!" but if you remember ( if you were around back then), we had a plain cream shag rug before when the room was yellow. So I had already lived with a lighter color and knew it was totally feasible. The older one was way too small for the space and once I painted the walls white, it looked too yellowish. It was in really good condition and has a new home with some neighbors.
The key to having a white rug with kids and a puppy and having it stay nice is the "no shoes in the house" rule. We snack in there but do not eat messy food (like pizza!) unless we lay down a blanket to have a picnic while watching a movie. But even if the puppy piddles or something spills, it doesn't immediately soak into the fibers. If you hurry and get a paper towel it doesn't even get in the rug at all. So far (knock on wood) we have been fine.
By the way, photographing 4 boys and a dog and having none of them be blurry in the picture was hilariously difficult! This was the best we could do.
I love having a space filled with books, things that have meaning (like the antique clock that was a wedding present from my mom), plants, sunshine, and of course my family. The thick, plush rug sure doesn't hurt either :)
I can't wait to share the full room with you!
This is a sponsored post. Rugs USA sent me the rug to review. The opinions are 100% my own.
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