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!



Match= Mr. Grinch

When you walk through the door does it feel like you’re being slapped in the face by Christmas? -Marshal, How I Met Your Mother

My Match is definitely my soulmate in many ways, except when it comes to Christmas. He doesn’t get into the decorating the way my family does and it bums me out sometimes. He loves the family time and togetherness that is Christmas, but he doesn’t do the music, doesn’t like giving gifts, and the worst crime of all? He doesn’t like to decorate the tree!!! GASP! Why am I still with him you ask? Well…despite these enormous flaws, I love him dearly and he is the best boyfriend a gal could ask for. But I do wish they made some sort of Christmas spirit drink, because I’d be spiking his nightcap with it let me tell you! Continue reading Match= Mr. Grinch