Great Room Update

Barney: [picks up dart] Hey, guys! Guess what I got? A new dart!
Robin: Oh, wow, a new dart!
Ted: Hey, that new dart is great!
Robin: I did not know you were such a fan of “newdart”, Barney!
Barney: Oh yes, Robin, I just love “newdart”…”nude art”. “Nude art”![Barney, Robin, and Ted laugh.]
Marshall: Okay, all right, so what, you guys found the painting, huh?!?
Lily: I knew this day would come.
Marshall: How did you know that?
Lily: Because I didn’t hide it very well. -How I Met Your Mother

In this post from a few weeks ago, I asked you all for advice on some wall decorating ideas for our great room. I loved all of the suggestions. They really helped me visualize what to do with the space.

I will eventually be adding wainscoting to this wall, as a reader suggested. It would look amazing, but right now we just don’t have the time or budget to do it. So for now, I’ve put up a triptych of sorts. These are pictures that Match and I took on some of our trips, which I modge podged to canvas that I painted black.

canvas photo:

canvas photo


I also got a new seat cushion for the rocking chair. That chair belonged to Match’s mom, and she used to rock him in it when he was a baby. canvas photo, triptych, decorating

great room decor
I love the way they turned out, and I think it helps separate the two spaces, as you all suggested I do.  On the right side, above the dining table I will be doing a gallery wall of family photos, with our wedding canvas picture in the middle, and maybe a family photo once Piglet gets here. I hope to find black frames and do a mix of framed pictures and canvas prints.  I also plan on getting an area rug for the left side, and one day we’ll put our couch on the other side of the coffee table. I just have to save up for a leather couch for the family room first. But for now I’m loving the way it looks, and I think it’ll look great for my baby shower next month!

Thanks again for all your great ideas, and I’m sure I’ll be asking for more decorating advice in the future!





    It looks great.
    We have gallery photos on our walls and we used a variety of frame styles and laid everything out on the floor to determine the way we wanted it to hang. It ended up looking like a collage of sorts. That could look really good on the dining room side of the wall.


    It really looks great! I’m so jealous of your wood floors!


    It looks great! And love that you mounted/mod podged the pictures yourself.


    It looks great!


    Love it!! Looks great and I like the pictures and the fact they are special to you. So nice to have them out then just in a photo album on a shelf 🙂

    love jenny xoxo

    looks great! love the photos you took! I want to do something like that!

    {love jenny xoxo}


    looks great!! you did a superb job with it 🙂 i think the wainscoating will for sure look fabu!!


    I love the way the triptych turned out, and that it holds meaning for you & Match! Great idea!! I love the idea of a family photo collage of pictures once Piglet arrives 🙂

    Sarah Shumate

    I think it turned out beautiful! You really do have a lovely home! I didn’t even think about wainscoting – that was a really great idea!

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