house tour {great room}

so its only been just over a month since my last house tour, but soon after i finished the tour i switched out several rooms.  apparently i really needed a change!  silas moved in with lily and gracie got her own room, then i switched the dining and living rooms!

today i’m sharing our entire great room: entry, dining, living, and a smidge of the kitchen.


welcome to my home!  as you can see, there is no real entry space in my house, you just walk right into the main room!


this fact was one of the main reasons i’ve been wanting to try swapping out the dining and living rooms.  our living room configurations (there are several options) never gave quite enough space in the entryway.  it always felt a little too tight.

but now it feels much more open!  and yes, i moved the piano again.  adding the rug under it really helped break up all the brown.  but i still am planning on painting the piano (don’t hate me, piano lovers!).

the walls are all painted silver sage by restoration hardware.  its a great neutral color that has a hint of color in different lights – we’ve used it in 3 different homes!  i think the white trim is called polar white (?).  i basically was looking for the brightest white possible.


after seven years of having the same mirror in our entry way, i finally mixed things up a bit!  i started off by hanging my new canvas ℅ naptime diaries, then worked around that.  aren’t the colors amazing on it?!  i was really tempted to limit my color palette here, but i just couldn’t.  i kept my big canvas i painted years ago, and added my laundry room rug from target. i still haven’t killed this houseplant yet so it found a new home here.

the #5′s represent our family of 5 and were both gifts.


i pulled a roman bust from the garden, hosed it off and plopped it on top of the piano along with my yummy candle from red letter words and a garage sale antler.


directly across from the piano is the dining room table.  yep, its kind of weird to walk right into the dining room, but it also feels so much more open then it did before.

our floors are engineered hardwood, maple with a walnut stain.  we bought them when we rebuilt the house and i don’t remember the company – sorry!


here’s a before pic of the previous dining room, just as a reminder of what it used to look like.


and now the table (from pottery barn, no longer available) sits in front of the fireplace and bookshelves.  most likely, we’ll be switching the rooms back in the winter because i love to sit in front of the fireplace.  but for now i’m enjoying the change!


we had mismatched, broken chairs for several years. one day my sister-in-law said she had a friend who was selling their chairs that perfectly matched our table for a steal –  sold!


we still have the tv hidden behind the barn wood cover, but since we rarely watch tv, we can just sit at the table if we do.


i love putting my books in rainbow order!  the “do justly” canvas from red letter words is the prefect shade of turquoise to pull it all together.


the yellow dresser (french pale gold by behr) fits great under the windows and gives the dining area just the pop of color it needed – all that black can be overwhelming sometimes!


this is the view standing in the playroom doorway.




and now on to the new location of the living room!


another reason why i like the living room here is because it allows for better conversation between those in the kitchen and those on the couches, the 2 areas where we spend a lot of time.

the glass rack on the island is from world market, spray painted pink by me.


while i normally prefer the couches to be facing each other, i liked the couch best centered under the photo gallery shelves.


the right couch is from ikea, left couch custom made in l.a. years ago, coffee table made by my dad & i, chair thrifted, rug from costco, pillows made by me, from world market and from paisley sprouts, and shelves from ikea.


sean and i bought the chandelier at the rose bowl flea market for our first apartment and have moved it with us ever since.  it was originally intended to hang over the dining table, but i sort of love it here!


the sofa table (still used as a wrapping station) still works great behind the couch, painted mermaids net by behr.



and here’s the view from the couch to the kitchen.  we left the space between the living room and kitchen pretty open since that space is a thoroughfare between the front porch and the backyard.


any questions?  ask me in the comments and i’ll do my best to answer!


boy/girl shared room


 i shared with you earlier this week that i split up the girls from their shared room, and gave gracie her own room.  all the details on her new room are here.

so that leaves 1 room and 2 kids: silas & lily.   so how did i change a super girly room into a room that works for both a 6-year old boy and an 8-year old girl?  basically, i just shopped the house!  i decided on a color palette, based on what i had most of, and what would work for both boy & girl: black & white, wood tones, teal, kelly green and  bit of gold.

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 what do you think?!  i had so much fun wandering through the house grabbing items that would work in this room!


 the room started with great bones: built in double dressers with a connecting window seat & twin beds.  the wall color is the same in both bedrooms, but i don’t know what its called – sorry!  but it is pretty similar to mermaids net by behr.


 since lily was staying in the same room, she got to choose which bed she slept in – her’s is on the right.


 we originally had silas’ tool chest to the left of his bed, and the grey side table between them.  but… they liked to look at each other/laugh/play/wrestle/fight too much at bedtime, so the larger red cabinet blocks their view from each other.  sometimes practicality outweighs aesthetics.


 those white curtains hide the shared closet.  silas’ bed is covered with a white textured twin blanket, with the fur blanket i pulled from the living room – i love it in here!


 silas’ little collection of s’s came with him, as well as his grammatically incorrect skate sign.


 the dotted pillow case is from a sheet set from target (love it!), i made the green stripe pillow (fabric from, and the gold pillow is from tjmaxx.


this tool chest holds all the little random toys: bouncy balls, nerf guns, dress up clothes, rocks.  you know, all the stuff i’d love to throw away ;)  how cute are those itty bitty baby vans?  the lamp was from target ages ago.


lily’s bed is covered with a vintage white chenille bedspread.  i want something a little prettier for her.  unfortunately, its for a queen bed so it drags on the ground.  thankfully, she hasn’t complained!  she has a matching dotted pillow, a fur throw pillow that coordinates with silas’ blanket, a gold dotted burlap pillow i made, and 2 pillows lily made for herself.  at the end of her bed is the black & white striped throw that i added giant pom poms to for the living room.  i didn’t tie the poms tight enough so we have shedding green pom strands strewn throughout out the house all. the. time.  i’m cutting them off and starting over soon.


 i grabbed a few random frames for lily’s side of the bed and she loved it!  she’s pretty easy to please.  i was afraid the room wouldn’t be girly enough for her, but she was giddy with it.  my dad made the grey side table, and lily loves having her very own table.


 we had a little collection of non-flowering orchids that just needed coordinating pots to tie into the room.


 sean & i found this vintage skate board at a flea market before having kids.


 can you see the pendant over the window seat?  remember the scrappy lampshade?  well, its days had been numbered and i just cut off all the fabric strips and left it as is.


 a couple pillows make the window seat a little cozier.


 i was about to move the gold frames into gracie’s room, but lily requested they stay.  no problem!  i just swapped out the pink art work and added in some new naptime diaries prints.  i still need to repaint the plaque behind the antlers…

that black framed mirror has been painted several times, but has sat in our entryway for the last 7 years.


 this book shelf was in silas’ room before, originally from a school staff room.  the laundry basket is the only item i bought for this room (from homegoods).


 we have a handful of these wooden beach signs that we bought in san clemente just before we moved here to san luis obispo.  it was such a fun town to start our married lives in!


 speaking of san clemente, this was the long board sean used to ride down to the beach to go surfing.  we just added hooks and screwed it directly to the wall.


 notice the empire state building on top of the shelves?  silas made it in kindergarten and just can’t seem to part with it.  and i kind of love it.


 so there you have it: a boy/girl shared room!